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Denver-Based Luna Gourmet Coffee & Tea Company Celebrates First-Ever National Hot Tea Day

Anthony Hanzlik - Green TeaJanuary 12, 2015 – DENVER, Colo. – Tea, the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water, celebrated today with the first-ever National Hot Tea Day, as announced by the Tea Council of the United States . Boca Java, a division of Luna Gourmet Coffee and Tea Company joined with deals on the finest high-grade tea pyramids and herbal infusions available.
Boca Java offers nine premium tea blends including the popular Caribbean Green Tea with a mix of oolong tea blended with hibiscus, rose, cornflowers, calendula, mango and pineapple. Or try the extraordinary English classic, English Breakfast with a high-grown blend of refined black teas with warm tones, an amber liquor and a smooth finish.
Hot Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world and can be found in almost 80% of all US households. On any given day, over 158 million Americans are drinking tea.
Luna Gourmet acquired Boyer’s Coffee in March and moved into its operation at the Roasthouse on 73rd and North Washington Ave. With the acquisition came a loyal Boyer’s following. “We have a wide variety of Boyer’s customers that loved Boyer’s offering of teas,” said Josh Bultz Vice President of eCommerce and Business Development. “Now that we’re a part of the Luna Gourmet Coffee & Tea Co, we can now offer the best selection of herbal, green and black teas through our sister company Boca Java to meet the increasingly growing demand of specialty tea in the marketplace.”

Gourmet tea is also leading the health & wellness drive. High in antioxidants, tea is inherently healthful and its increasing popularity is largely fueled by changing lifestyles—people are making healthier food and drink purchases.

In honor of National Hot Tea Day through January 12, Boca Java is offering its customers 30% OFF its selection of gourmet teas here.
A breakdown of Boca Java products and tea education:

Black Tea: The most common type of tea worldwide. It has a broad range of flavors, but is typically heartier and more assertive than green or oolong teas. It is made by fully fermenting the harvested leaves before the heating or drying processes occur. This oxidation imparts a dark coloring and significantly increasing the caffeine content. Most common black teas are China Black & Indian Black Tea or Assam.

Green Tea: Makes up approximately ten percent of the world’s tea. The production process, like that of white tea, starts with withering, followed by pan-frying or steaming to prevent fermentation. (White tea has a higher proportion of buds to leaves.) After steaming and before drying, green tea leaves are often rolled into a desired shape. Green Tea is greenish-yellow in color, with a grassy, astringent quality reminiscent of the fresh leaves. Scientific studies have shown that both green and black teas prevent cavities and gum disease, and increase the body’s antioxidant activity.

Oolong Tea: Often referred to as “the champagne of teas,” oolongs are considered to be among the finest –and therefore the most expensive teas in the world. Most oolongs hail from Taiwan; in China they are also referred to as pouchongs. Oolong tea is “semi-fermented,” meaning that it goes through a short period of oxidation that turns the leaves from green to red-brown. The liquor is pale yellow, with a floral, fruity quality – reminiscent of peaches – and a hint of smoke.

White Tea: White Tea is the rarest of all tea types. A specialty of Fujian province on China’s east coast, it was relatively hard to come by outside of China until recently. Then name comes from the almost colorless liquor, and from the silvery hairs found on the buds of the plant. Delicate in flavor as well as color, the tea has a subtle, slightly sweet flavor and a mellow creamy or nutty quality. White tea consists of the whitish buds of the tea plant. The buds (and leaves) are naturally dried using either sun drying or steaming methods. This is the final step in the production process, as white tea is unfermented.

Learn More: Boca Java Homepage
About Luna Gourmet Coffee & Tea Company
For more than 19 years, Luna Gourmet Coffee & Tea Company has been committed to great coffee, tea and cocoa while remaining socially responsible throughout the process. As the largest family-owned roaster in Colorado, our brands include Boulder Organic Coffee, Luna Roasters, Boca Java and the Boyer’s Coffee brand. We are sold in grocery stores, restaurants and cafes as well as online. Luna Gourmet’s diverse line-up of products includes proprietary blended roasts, flavored coffee, and imported coffee beans from more than 40 different origins around the globe. Luna Gourmet also offers extra fancy loose leaf teas and fine sipping cocoas. Visit Luna Gourmet and click “shop.”
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