A very good article about the obstacles for small tea farmers in Nepal and most likely the plight of small farmers in other tea countries. It shows some of the hurdles for farmers who are providing high-quality organic tea. Current trends of small farmers producing the final product versus having the medium size factories take the raw leaves and produce the final product, plus marketing, compliance, and everything else that comes along with it. The small farmers do not have the expertise nor the resources to bring their product to the right people and sell the tea at the price it deserves.
The article also mentions that there is a demand for organic tea, it seems more the lack of cash of the small farmers to get the certification. There are some groups and cooperatives that are trying to help with this situation. It makes sense to help these farmers because of the demand for this type of tea and the fact the farmers are already producing it. I enjoy these type of articles because it helps to understand the tea process better.
I have been subscribing to the World Tea news for about 10 – 15 years. This is where I stay current with tea issues.
This article oversimplifies the different types of tea. They forgot white, aged, yellow, and purple teas. This article goes over what the last post mentioned that green tea helps with weight loss, liver disorder, Alzheimer’s and type 2 diabetes. It also goes over traditional Chinese and Indian medicinal uses for treating wounds and controlling bleeding, for aiding in digestion and regulating the body temperature. It mentions that green tea may help breast cancer, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, and colorectal cancer. The article continues with the last post that green tea’s polyphenols are most likely the reason for helping reduce certain cancers with catechins especially EGCGs. It goes into how green tea helps with brain function; fat burning; lowering the risk for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s; dental health; Type 2 diabetes; and cardiovascular disease. Overall a decent article that focuses on green tea and goes over polyphenols, catechins, EGCG, l-theanine, antioxidants, and caffeine.
Another great article from the Specialty Tea Institute.
Green tea is high in polyphenols, especially flavonoids and phenolic acid. The reason polyphenols are good for you is they help reduce cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular and neurogenerative diseases. Polyphenols are antioxidants that repair free radical damage and also reduces Type 2 diabetes, inflammation, obesity, and heart disease. This is a well-researched article that I got from the Specialty Tea Institute. The article also goes into other foods that are high in polyphenols too.
I am really happy to be a part of the Ready Retail Lab at Willy Street Coop. I am the vendor for October. This is a big deal for me because they will have my product at their 3 locations. The order is almost ready, just a few things that will arrive tomorrow, but just confirmed Monday that I will deliver the order on Saturday, September 29, 2018 so I should be good. I hope to learn from this experience and hope everything goes well. Would like it if they decide to continue to use my product after October, but that will be known after October. I have other prospects, but until they are for sure that is all I will say.
Also do have some vendor events as the holiday season nears and some of them are the same ones I was a part of last year. Here is hoping that they go as well as last year or even gasp better. I was struggling with what to write today, so this post may not be one of my better ones.
This article talks about the health benefits of green tea and how it is important to Chinese an Japanese culture. This article deals with a study in the Journal of Periodontology talking about the green tea’s promotes healthy teeth and gums. The article is really good and pretty thorough though I assume the published study goes in depth with medical terminology. Yet again another great article from the Specialty Tea Institute.
Many of these places have been in the works for several months. I have my tea to buy as retail at Glass Art & Supply in Green Bay and Inspire Art Gallery in De Pere. If you want to drink my tea try The Cannery Public Market it is being served in their restaurant. Coming in October I am honored to be part of the Ready Retail Lab at Willy Street Coop. Hopefully this leads to me having my tea there after October. There are 3 locations, so this would be great. I have a few other places in the works, but until I have set dates and firmed up the details I will keep it to myself.
My farmers markets are winding down with only Algoma Farmer’s Market going until the end of October the rest are until the end of September. I have a few vendor events that I will vend. Hopefully a great opportunity for November and December, but that is not a sure thing and until it is certain I will not say anything about it.
Oh, almost forgot I am doing the NEWaukee Night Market this Wednesday and this Saturday I will be a part of 18th Annual Boxer Bash besides doing three of my farmers markets.
This is an article from the Irish Times. I find it funny how some people I know in the USA who really like Ireland like coffee. I have met some people who are into Ireland in the USA that like tea too, but for some reason, I know more coffee drinkers who are Irish everything, but tea. Just seems interesting is all. According to Statistics Portal Ireland is the second largest drinkers of tea in 2016, with Turkey having the highest consumption. Most information has Ireland either second or third place for tea consumption, so they really are heavy tea drinkers. I mention this because the article starts with if Ireland had a national drink it would be tea.
Oh on to the article, lol. This article is a lighter read talking about some health benefits or green tea. It does a good job. It also mentions that black tea does have health benefits too. I do like that they mention if you are drinking tea for health reasons you should skip the milk. When people think of the Irish drinking tea they probably think of a black tea with milk in it.
Two of my newest and latest creations are Irish Breakfast and Cinnamon Chocolate Assam. The Irish Breakfast has been selling quite well. I want to blend a Scottish Breakfast too. I am hoping the Cinnamon Chocolate Assam sells well in the colder weather and it was just last week that I made the blend. I see this tea as a perfect drink for the colder months when you are sitting with your blanket gazing at a fire or reading a book. In winter I tend to always have a blanket over my lap.
Pictured above Cinnamon Chocolate Assam and below is Irish Breakfast tea.
Researches Prove That People Who Drink Tea Encounter Less Cardiovascular Diseases
This article I got from the Specialty Tea Institute. It does not focus on the health benefits but gives some statistics about who grows the most tea and define what tea is. The other half talks about tea health benefits:
- Tea improves vascular reactivity
- Drinking Tea helps in lowering Cholesterol
- Having Low Risks of Getting Heart Attack
I will be competing in the Light Up the Lakeshore and hopefully will win. There is a write up in the Inside UW-Green Bay News. I registered for another competition gBETA also. People were questioning why I would try to finish my business administration degree. I already had a minor in business administration and have small business experience. I am glad I did that is for sure. My professor Ryan Kauth who has been the professor for several classes knows my dedication and drive. He has told me about a few contests to apply for money, learning some things that my other education has missed, and other connections. I believe he does this for other people that he believes can start and grow businesses. He is a huge advocate for these people. I am glad I am one of the people he believes in. If you would like to attend there is a Facebook event with some details here.
Oh, also I have set up with Square for people who want to buy gift cards for people. This will be handy during the holiday season and well for other special occasions. You can buy an online gift card here.