Monday, September 19, 2011

Interview with StageIt Artist Gayle Skidmore

CB: Are you a coffee or tea kinda girl?

Gayle: Tea! When I lived in England I would drink like 5-8 cups of tea per day just to stay warm. I also worked in a Victorian tea house in LA for a year. My family even makes their own tea. I'm a big fan of companies that participate in Direct Trade and are conscientious about the products they offer.

CB: When did you first discover The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf?

Gayle: I discovered the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf when a friend whom I hadn't seen in years invited me out for tea to catch up. We talked for hours and hours and had some kind of cherry tea, which was amazing. The one closest to where I live has a really nice patio that gets all of the best sunny hours.

CB: What is your favorite drink?

Gayle: I'm pretty fickle about favorites because I like to try new things, but besides tea, I've always liked vanilla lattes.

CB: If you could create a new drink, what would the ultimate main ingredient be?

Gayle: Hmm... the ultimate ingredient... I feel like that's something I'd have to go on some kind of harrowing journey to find. I think some kind of rich chocolatey drink with cayenne pepper would be amazing.

CB: Create your best tagline using "Stageit" and "The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf".

Gayle: Stageit at the Coffee Bean-- Come drink brown, flavored water and fill your ear canals with sounds! (Don't worry, I'm going to stick to songwriting!)

September 19 - Gayle Skidmore -- 7pm
2081 Hillhurst Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Artist info:!/gayleskidmore

Friday, September 16, 2011

Orange County Blends Coffee, Tea & a School Supply Drive

posted by: Cassie Piper - Social Media Coordinator for The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®
You may already know that each of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® locations continually reach out to support their surrounding community. Well our Orange County stores have gone above and beyond to give back to the local schools.

David De Candia, Director of Tea and Jay Isais, Director of Coffee have even created a special blend inspired by Orange County and sold exclusively in our Orange County stores. $1.00 from the sale of these OC Coffee & Tea Blends will go to the local school that our stores have partnered with in their neighborhood.
It doesn’t stop there. Now through September 18th, these stores will also be collecting donations for a School Supply Drive. Check out the photos of these donation stations.

Brea’s Box for the OC School Supply Drive, on the right and Anaheim’s 3 R’s Robot for the OC School Supply Drive below.

There are five total locations in the OC area that will be participating in the School Supply Drive, please see list below.

We’re looking for: pencils, crayons, coloring books, paper, post its, markers, paper files, rulers etc.

JACK FM has even jumped in to support the drive. They will be on location at our Fountain Valley store giving away concert tickets and other prizes to encourage everyone to come out, enjoy some coffee and tea, make a donation and support the OC schools. We hope to see you there!

Also, don’t forget to nominate us for Best Coffee! – Item #39 in the Best of OC Weekly. Thank you!

Participating OC School Supply Drive Locations:

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®

1080 E. Imperial Hwy, #E-2

Brea, CA 92821

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®

2002 East Lincoln Blvd.

Anaheim, CA 92806

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®

205 Orangefair Ave., Space 11A

Fullerton, CA 92832

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®

Mall of Orange

2202 N. Tustin Street, Suite C

Orange, CA 92865

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®

18503 Yorba Linda Blvd. #A

Yorba Linda, CA 92885

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

One for Me, One for You and One for – oh, Have You Met Aaron?

posted by: Cassie Piper Social Media Coordinator for The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®
The last video in our Summer Iced Tea Video Series highlights what I think is our most visually appealing iced tea, the Swedish Berries Fruit Infusion.

Michelle uses orange and basil out of all things, which turns out to be surprisingly delicious and one of my favorites. I even had to fight over a taste test with our Product Development Coordinator Aaron Brewster.

You’ll get to meet Aaron in this video, and you’ll probably be able to tell what a great guy he is. Aaron prepped all of the fresh ingredients for our videos and played a major part in approving all of the recipes that Michelle has demonstrated for you this summer.

Well that’s it for us! If you are a lucky owner of the CBTL Single Serve Beverage System made by The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, we have more videos just for you! You will learn how to make single servings of iced tea from a single tea capsule and get ideas on how to take them to the next level, similar to what you’ve seen here.

I hope you have enjoyed these videos, we are currently working on some fantastic recipes for the holiday and we can’t wait to show you! Thanks again for watching, your feedback, comments and tweets are much appreciated!

Blog Giveaway Q: Which of these Swedish Berries Iced Tea recipes would have you fighting Aaron over for a taste test? Leave your response below and we’ll pick 4 people at random to receive a tin of our Swedish Berries tea.

Blog Giveaway terms and conditions: The contest begins upon posting of the blog announcing the Contest and ends at 12 p.m.. PST the following Wednesday. To enter, you must post a comment and answer the question posed in the blog, providing a valid email address. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Contest limited to U.S. only., One contest entry per email address. Odds of winning depend on the number of valid entries received. Sponsors clock will determine winner. List of winners available upon request by contacting Sponsor. Prizes subject to change without notice. Sponsor may notify winner via email: if winner does not claim the prize within 48 hours of being e-mailed, Sponsor will pick a new winner. Prize shipped at no cost to U.S. Residents. Contest Sponsor: International Coffee & Tea, LLC d/b/a The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® 1945 S. La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90038.