Friday, July 24, 2009

This Week in the Teasphere

Lots of fun stuff going on in the Teasphere this week.

I recently got an email from a company named “Red Mango” emailed me to let me know about their new “probiotic tea” that will be available starting July 27th (Monday). Here’s a quick bit from the press release – sounds like it might be fun to try, though I don’t think I can get it here in Montana:

Red Mango, the fastest-growing retailer of
authentic nonfat frozen yogurt, today announced it will become the
first retailer to offer made-to-order iced teas fortified with
probiotics. Three proprietary flavors, all incorporating
GanedenBC30®, a patented strain of probiotic shown to help support the
immune system and regulate the digestive system, are available in
participating Red Mango stores beginning July 27.

Lemonocity™ (Lemonade Green Tea), Mysteaque™ (Vanilla Black Tea) and
Fanteasia™ (Wildberry Hibiscus Tea) iced teas are each uniquely
delicious, low-calorie, sweetened with natural cane sugar and contain
a significant amount of probiotics, or good bacteria.

For more information, you can visit their web site at:

Links of Interest

Caffeine and Tea: Myth and Reality - From the CHA DO blog, an older article (Feb. 2008) on just about everything you could possibly want to know about the caffeine content of tea, and decaffeination techniques. Excellent information, and very thorough.

Free Iced Tea Recipes – The Tea Site is giving away a free ebook of iced tea recipes, very handy information to have around the kitchen this time of year. Download yours today, and stick around…the site is chock full of fabulous tea information.

Stain: The Tea Cup that Improves with Use – From the archives of “Tea Finely Brewed”, I found this gem on cups that reveal patterns with repeated use. Fun idea!

I’d Like a Cup of Snake Oil with My Meal – from the Gonfu Girl blog last week, a wonderful post on keeping it “real” with regards to the purported health benefits of tea.

Blogs to Check Out

Lainie Sips – reviews, news, information…you name it, Lanie’s got it!

The Tea Nerd – Brent has always had very thoughtful reviews, and he’s currently exploring teaware with a set of in-depth articles that will leave you breathless, and also very well-equipped to brew the perfect cup, no matter your style. Take a peek…

Teasphere – An aptly named (*wink*) blog journaling a tea lover’s personal journey on the tea road. Insightful and interesting…give it a look.

Some Twitterers to Follow


Until next week - Happy Sipping!


  1. Since there's a list of Twitter people to follow, I'll add myself @jasonwitt because I'm not listed. Shameless self-promotion? That's my bag. About the probiotics mentioned here, I think it's a good thing they're trying to do. I used to survive on little more than homemade Kefir so I know it's good for you. However, I caution anyone hoping this will help the health that these teas are sweetened. That sends up a red flag. Beware! The sweetening is going to greatly take away from any health benefits otherwise found in these teas. If they offer an unsweetened version, don't hesitate to give it a try. --Jason

  2. Sorry for not listing you, Jason. I try to list different people each week, but your name will come around again eventually.

    All readers, please feel free to list your twitter handles in the comments - I don't mind in the least. :-)

    Thank you also for the caveat/warning re: the probiotic teas. Always good to have another perspective to weigh in.

  3. Thanks for the mention! Much appreciated!


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