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With winter upon us - those of us in the Northern Hemisphere that is - what better way to enjoy the cold, crisp days than curling up with a steaming cup of hot cocoa or hot chai and a good book about your favorite beverages.

Get On the Big Train
Big Train has added two new products to its existing lines of gourmet coffee mixes and Fruit Tea Blast. The new Steam Engine, a blend of Arabic coffee and Dutch cocoa, comes in three flavors -Mocha, Vanilla Latte, and Toffee Coffee. The mix can be used to make either an ice blended or hot drink. Pack size is twelve 10 oz. cans per case. The company says that the design of these new cans should make them hot sellers!

Also new from Big Train is Pineapple Coconut Fruit Tea Blast. Fruit Tea Blast is a blended energy drink that combines real fruit, black and green tea, and botanicals such as ginseng, gingko, and guarana. Other available flavors include Mango Guava Madness, Strawberry Sensation, Wild Berry Boost, Passion Orange Guava, Peach Pizazz, and Pineapple Coconut.

Big Train, 30331 Esperanza, Rancho Santa Margarita, California 92688. Tel: (949) 459-7700, Fax: (949) 459-7777, Web site: www.bigtrain.com.

Just Add Water
Oregon Chai recently introduced a dry chai latte mix, which only requires hot water for a hot cup of chai. The mix includes tea, honey, vanilla and spices. Made with all-natural ingredients, the mix is the first instant chai to enter the natural foods market.

Chai tea latte mix is available for the natural food and retail markets in two flavors: The Original and Spiced Original, a slightly spunkier version of the Original, says the company. The new mixes round out the family of Oregon Chai products, which includes seven flavors of just-add-milk concentrates and ready to drink soy-latte products.

Oregon Chai offers chai in three formats, liquid concentrates, ready-to-drink soy tea lattes, and dry chai tea lattes mixes. Oregon Chai is made with organic and all-natural ingredients.

Oregon Chai, 1745 NW Marshall, Portland, Oregon 97200. Tel: (503) 221-2424, Fax: (503) 796-0980, E-mail: nirvana@oregonchai.com, Web site: www.oregonchai.com.

Capresso’s at It Again
Capresso recently unveiled the new MT500 Coffee Maker, the 10-cup electric coffee maker with an alloy body, stainless steel thermal carafe and a new stainless steel lined heating system. This heating system eliminates any contact with aluminum, reduces decalcifying and brews up to 50% more quietly than most coffee makers. “Some will buy visual appeal of its sleek metallic design, and others will be attracted by technology and features. Either way, it’s a reason to buy a new coffee maker,”said Michael Kramm, founder and president of Capresso.

The Capresso MT500 has a small and convenient side panel with soft-touch controls and illuminated LED display. This new machine brews 10 cups of coffee in just eight minutes and the coffee stays hot for up to four hours. The Capresso MT500 features a charcoal water filter that removes up to 83% of chlorine for better taste and purity.

Capresso, 81 Ruckman Rd., Closter, New Jersey 07624-0775, Tel: (201) 767-3999, Fax: (201) 767-9684, E-mail: contact@capresso.com

A Social History of Tea
By Jane Pettigrew

Published by the National Trust
This new book by Jane Pettigrew, editor of Tea International, tells the story of tea drinking in Britain from the 1650s to the present day.

Enjoying a cup of tea is something we now take very much for granted, but that has not always been the case. In the 16th century, the new herb from the East was an exotic luxury that only the rich could afford.

In this intriguing story, Jane Pettigrew explores the important place tea has occupied in British society. So important that Churchill reckoned it to be more influential than ammunition in winning the Second World War. The emergence of tea rooms and the freedom they gave women to exchange ideas in public played a vital role in the progress of the suffragette movement. It has even been suggested that tea was the secret ingredient in Britain’s industrial supremacy. Workers in Britain boiled the water to brew up, thus safeguarding themselves from the horrors of dysentery and the like, and stealing a march on non-tea drinking nations.

Advocated as an alternative to alcohol during the days of the Temperance Movement, tea has always been recognized for its health-giving qualities, and today this is even more true as tea’s antioxidant properties are making it fashionable in the health market.

The Boston Tea Party, the eccentricity of tango tea dances, tea gowns, clipper races, smuggling, high teas, afternoon teas, tea at breakfast, and unusual tea wares all make their appearance in the story. The book charts the development of tea from an exotic commodity to its present day position as a pick-me-up for just about everyone in Britain.

The book is illustrated with stunning and informative pictures ranging from 18th-century wallpaper showing Chinese tea pickers to tea parties in National Trust houses, paintings, cartoons, advertising prints and photographs of tea events.

Special Offer for Readers of Tea & Coffee Trade Journal!

A special discount of 20% is offered to readers of Tea & Coffee Trade Journal. To obtain your copy of A Social History of Tea at the special price of £15.20, please send a check made payable to the National Trust to: Sophie Blair, Publications, The National Trust, 36 Queen Anne’s Gate, London, SW1H 9AS, U.K.

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The Little Book of Tea and Coffee
Flammarion Press recently released an English-translation of their Little Book of Tea and Little Book of Coffee. These books give details on all aspects of tea and coffee, from their history, to the wide range of varieties and aromas available. The books are divided into different sections: a section which provides a detailed overview of the themes and information provided in the alphabetical entries; the Alphabetical Guide list, in alphabetical order, everything a person needs to know about the world of tea or coffee including detailed discussions of all major varieties of tea and coffee, historical information, and essential savoir-faire for connoisseurs; In the Little Book of Tea, the Connoisseur’s Guide section describes which teas can be found in specific places in the world and what they are used for; and the Infusion Chart is for those who are willing to take on the delicate task of infusing their own tea.

Flammarion, 26 Rue Racine, 75006 Paris, France, Tel: (331) 40-51-31-04.

Tea & Coffee - December/January 2002


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