Friday, July 15, 2011

2011 World Iced Tea Championships

Our Tea Master Blender/Buyer David De Candia marks his score for the 2011 World Iced Tea Championships.

The iced tea was judged in the following categories:

Ready-to-Drink (RTD)Category Definition
i) Defined as pre-bottled or packaged drinks that require no further brewing or preparation.

ii) Sweetened is defined by the addition of sugar, corn syrup, glucose, honey or any other natural or artificial sweetener. No flavoring is added.

iii) Flavored is defined by the addition of herbs, fruits, spices, natural or artificial flavorings that is added to and/or intended to alter or improve the flavor of the tea. Includes flavored teas that are also sweetened.

Foodservice Category Definition
i) Defined as iced tea commercially available and sold to foodservice establishments; packaged in 1.5 or 3 gallon portion packs or Bag-in-a-Box tea concentrates and brewed in commercial iced teas brewers.

1. Filter pouch or open-brew teas are acceptable.

2. Consumer retail tea bags, entries in tins or product packaged in any way that does not meet the above definition will be automatically disqualified.

ii) Flavored is defined by the addition of any herbs, fruits, spices, natural or artificial flavorings or anything that is added and/or intended to alter or improve the flavor of the tea. Includes flavored teas that are also sweetened.

1. No sweeteners or garnish will be added to the brewed product.

Check out the winners below:

Friday, July 1, 2011

Ashley Arrison fell in love at The Coffee Bean, we just fell in love with Ashley Arrison!

Ashley Arrison will be performing LIVE in-store and online at as part of our Summer Concert Series. If you can make it to Encino, CA tonight please stop by and you will receive 10% off of your beverage during the show. If you can't make it, brew a cup of coffee or tea and join us online through Stageit.

Who is Ashley Arrison?

Arrison’s childhood experiences set the compass for her musical passions. From performing as an orphan in a professional theatre production of the musical “Annie,” to singing along side Justin Timberlake as a duet partner for three years, to being a finalist on “The Mickey Mouse Club,” (among the names pop culture now knows so well), Arrison’s musical destiny was also framed by the rich and diverse musical heritage that existed in her childhood homes of Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee.

She has worked closely with composer Jon Brion, as well as toured as country star Radney Foster’s background vocalist for many years. She is an established studio singer who has sung on albums for artists ranging from Badly Drawn Boy to Lindsay Lohan. The first single from her CD "Hearts On Parade", “Trying To Help You Out,” was co-written with Kelly Clarkson, who also lends backing vocals to the track.

We asked Ashley a few quick questions before her performance tonight:

Coffee or Tea?
Tea on the daily.

When did you first discover The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf?My husband and I fell in love 5 years ago at The Coffee Bean at Ventura and Whitsett in Studio City. We would meet there every morning and talk until lunch... We still go there every morning. Hi Colin!

What is your favorite drink from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf?Double vanilla tea latte. Bam.

If you could use any famous song title to name a drink, what would it be?
My Winding Wheel – Ryan Adams

If you could play a duet with anyone on the Stageit / Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf series who would it be?Neil Finn... or perhaps slightly more doable – the legendary Matt Nathanson.

Get in touch with Ashley Arrsion:!/ashleyarrison

Tonight's Show:

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®
June 29 - Ashley Arrison - 7pm
16101 Ventura Blvd., Suite 180
Encino CA, 91316