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Shortbread style biscotti that are baked with all-natural organic ingredients combine tea with shortbread into this teatime snack. The health attributes of tea are available in each of the tasty biscottea squares. These biscottea are packaged in retail packages or in grab-and-go packs.

Biscottea is available in five flavors: mint tea shortbread, chai tea shortbread, honeybush tea shortbread, earl grey tea shortbread and blueberry tea shortbread.

Biscottea, LLC., 23216 SE 135th Ct, Issaquah, Washington 98027. Tel: +1(425) 313-1993, Fax: +1(425) 427-0709, Email: info@biscottea.net, Web: www.biscottea.net.

Book Review: The Harney & Sons Guide To Tea

The Harney & Sons Guide To Tea is a resource for tea drinkers interested in developing and refining their palate as well as their understanding of the complex agricultural, historical and cultural significance of tea.

Drawing on his experience, Michael Harney explores the full range of teas, revealing how each tea is distinctive, with a taste that derives from a precise combination of cultivation and production techniques and influenced by the geography as well as its history. These profiles of diverse tea varities - from delicate white tea to aged black puerh tea - include brewing instructions and vivid descriptions of the beverage scent, taste and appearance.

The Penguin Press, 375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014. Tel: +1(212) 366-2846, Web: www.penguin.com.

Torn Ranch Distinctive Foods and Gifts

Torn Ranch is a California-based gourmet specialty foods manufacturer and supplier. Specializing in chocolates and baked goods, Torn Ranch has come to incorporate coffee into its creations.

The product line includes Chocolate Confections, chocolate covered coffee beans in dark chocolate espresso beans, dark chocolate Kona coffee beans and chocolate coffee caramels. They also offer Coffee Infused Chocolate Indulges, milk chocolate pieces that have been infused with coffee and come in six flavors; hazelnut, raspberry, French vanilla, Irish cream, chocolate truffle and amaretto; and Tea Infused Chocolate Indulges and Tea Infused Chocolate Bars in jasmine green tea, orange black tea, ginger green tea and masala chai black tea. Tea Truffles, in oolong, hibiscus, English breakfast, chai and jasmine flavors, are also available. Torn Ranch also makes Chocolate Bars, Chocalati Biscotti, Java Truffles, Mocadots (flavored disk coffee enhancers) and Zozo Beans (Colombian coffee coated in chocolate).

Torn Ranch and Gifts. 23 Pimentel Court Novato, California 94949. Tel: +1(415) 506-3000, Fax: +1(415) 506-3002, Email: rshaffer@tornranch.com.

The Collectible Teapot & Tea Calendar 2009

The Collectible Teapot & Tea Calendar 2009 features a year of rare teapots photographed in teatime settings. Some photos include the 1893 Royal Worcester, the 1910 Calyx Ware set and Lefton’s 1960s “Little Miss Priss.” Accompanying each month’s setting are morsels of history and lore from food writer Joni Miller.

Workman Publishing, 225 Varick Street, New York, New York 10014. Tel: +1(212) 614-7596, Web: www.workman.com.

Hot Coffee Ginger Chews

With similar taste and effects of a cup of coffee, Hot Coffee Ginger Chews are the new cup-less coffee creation from The Ginger People. These chews are made from Arabica and Robusta coffee from East Java. The fresh ginger in this all-natural coffee chew creates the sensation of a hot cup of coffee. These treats are also packed with antioxidants.

Hot Coffee Ginger Chews are available in 3-oz resealable bags and 4.5-oz shelf-friendly boxes.

The Ginger People, 215 Reindollar Avenue, Marina, California 93933. Tel: +1(831) 582-2494, Fax: +1(831) 582-2495, Email: info@gingerpeople.com, Web: www.gingerpeople.com.

Book Review: The Spirit of Tea

Touching on tea’s transcendental nature, Frank Hadley Murphy builds a thorough treatment of more conventional information about tea - the history of its cultivation, the six classical groupings of tea (White, Yellow, Green, Oolong, Black [or Red in China] and Puerh), the distinctive aromas and tastes of each group, methods of brewing and the botany of tea. Murphy discusses tea’s psychoactive qualities and describes its heretofore-undocumented mystical attributes, paying close attention to the effects that particular varieties have on one’s spirit.

In addition, the book covers both the healing effects of tea and consequences that can arise from overindulgence, proposing remedies that can be used in response to the latter. Murphy weaves his personal experience into his narrative throughout the work, so that areas of discussion that might be susceptible to an academic treatment are here infused with the author’s reverence and love for his subject. The work also contains a number of poems that have arisen out of the author’s experiences with tea.

Sherman Asher Publishing, 126 Candelario Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501. Tel: +1(505) 988-7214, Email: westernedge@santa-fe.net, Web: www.imperialtea.com.

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