In keeping with the green scheme of Earth Day, you might consider ordering some of Wilkinson's yummy antioxidant filled green tea. The antioxidants in green (and black) tea attacks cancer causing free-radicals in your body, some say in amounts up to 10x what you receive from fruits and vegetables! Enjoy the soothing floral aroma of our Jasmine Green Tea or the musky earthiness of Gunpowder Green Tea, and warm your soul as you sip in the warmth of sheer healthiness. The energizing boost you'll receive from green tea can help as you sort those recyclables or take a walk or bike ride around the neighborhood. Remember…every day is Earth Day. Be kind to our home. As always, remember to Keep it Fresh! Patsy
Remember all those used tea bags and spent tea leaves you threw in the trash? Well, you’re going to kick yourself for doing that when you realize you could have had a much more invigorating pedicure and repelled mosquitoes at the same time. I found some interesting facts in an article from wikihow about alternative uses for tea leaves, and just had to share them with you. Though it uses green tea leaves in the suggestions, most any tea leave would work. [Afterthought: Is it considered cannibalism if you feed tea to a tea plant?]Thanks for reading, and remember to KEEP IT FRESH!
Green tea is not just for drinking. This article provides several practical green tea alternative uses to get the most out of leftover or used tea leaves.
Reduce humidity in your home. Sun-dry the used tea leaves and leave them in a damp corner to absorb excess moisture. Be sure to dry them outside your home, or you’ll just be wasting your time.
Eliminate fridge odor. Put sun-dried tea leaves in the fridge to clear up the smell.
Soothe yourself to sleep. Stuff dried tea leaves into your pillow! According to Chinese folk medicine, sleeping on tea leaves helps reduces blood pressure, relieves insomnia and soothes headache. The only problem is that tea leaves in a pillow get damp easily, so you have to sun it frequently.
Clean your carpet. Scatter slightly moistened tea leaves across the floor before vacuuming them away. The tea leaves attract dust and take dust away with them.
Water your plant with tea. Soak the tea leaves in water for a couple of days. Remove the tea leaves, (rotten tea leaves attract pests), and use the tea water as fertilizer.
Feed silk worms with leftover tea leaves.
Avoid bug bites. If mosquitoes or flies are a bother, burn some sun-dried tea leaves.
Bathe your feet. If you suffer from smelly feet, try washing your feet in a strong brew of used tea leaves.
Freshen your breath. It is not a good idea to have tea immediately after a meal, but you can rinse your mouth with tea to remove any smell.
Don’t like the smell of the new wooden furniture pieces in your new house? Wipe them a few times with tea leaves to get rid of the smell.
Have acne problems? Rub green tea leaves over your face and wash them off. It’s proven to reduce acne and it’s cheaper than other solutions.
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I was asked by a friend recently if coffee beans grow as decaffeinated or if there is a process to remove the caffeine. I will take this as an opportunity to share with you one of the most fascinating things I’ve learned about coffee since my humble beginnings in this business. (I offer this info based on my research and experience alone, and do not profess to be a scientist or expert in that capacity.)All coffee grown is naturally caffeinated.* The Arabica bean contains about half the caffeine of the lower-level grown Robusta beans (used mainly in Espresso blends). Even after the decaf process, a trace of caffeine remains. There are several different decaf processes involving different chemicals, as well as either Swiss Water or Mountain Water. All processes claim to remove up to 99.9% of the caffeine in coffee beans. At Wilkinson’s, we use only Mountain Water Processed decaf beans. Therefore, I will speak only for this process.
While the coffee beans are still in a green state (before roasting) the coffee beans are soaked in mountain water which leeches the majority of the caffeine from the beans. This liquid, just jumping with loads of caffeine, is then processed through carbon filters to remove the caffeine (I believe this is a trade secret as to how they do this). The beans are then returned to the water to reabsorb any coffee flavor that may have been removed. This makes for a more flavorful decaf bean (is that a conundrum?) than some chemical processes, which many say gives the coffee a bitter aftertaste…not a good thing with coffee!
Okay, are you ready for this? The caffeine is then sold to companies such as Cokola (using a random name to prevent legal ramifications), and Mountain Water Dew (so that’s where that name comes from!), where the caffeine is ADDED to their soft drinks. Cokola and Mountain Water Dew (and many others) in the beginning contain NO caffeine, thus there is no such thing as decaf Cokola or Mountain Water Dew, since you can’t decaffeinate something that never had caffeine to start with. There IS such a thing as caffeine free (or uncaffeinated) Cokola and Mountain Water Dew, since no caffeine was added to it. Make sense? Isn’t that just the coolest thing. I believe other products that use caffeine in this manner include aspirins.
I’m still learning about all these wonders of the coffee and tea business, which means I CAN be proven wrong. I am inviting a friend of mine, Joseph Rivera, who IS a coffee scientist to give his input on this matter. He’s such a scientist that his company logo includes the scientific equation for coffee. Keep an eye on this blog for his input. And as always, thanks for Keeping it Fresh!
*I understand a few trials are underway with cultivation of “caffeine free” plants being grown and tested, but the results thus far have been less than enjoyable!
If you're down to the wire and fresh out of ideas for Christmas gifts, purchase a quick and easy "Fresh As It Gets!" Gift Certificate from Wilkinson's of Norwich – USA. Simply log onto our website at www.wilkinsonsusa.com and click on the "Buy Gift Certificate" button on the right hand side of the page. You can select any dollar amount you desire, from $5.00 to $1,000, and customize the certificate with a special holiday greeting you write yourself. Imagine the warm feeling the recipient will get when they receive a certificate for coffee that "Doesn't Get Much Fresher Than This!" It doesn't get much easier either! That special someone can visit our website and select from our growing selection of freshly roasted coffees and, very soon, English teas! It's truly a gift that keeps on giving.
Wilkinson's of Norwich coffees are now on grocery store shelves! Southern Family Markets (aka Piggly Wiggly) are now carrying our Brewton Brew, Wilkinson's House Blend, and Costa Rica Tarrazu coffees. We are currently stocked in both the Brewton, Alabama and Atmore, Alabama locations, and hope to expand into more as word gets out about our attention to fresh coffees.
Two local Brewton area merchants are also stocking our coffees now, and they are selling very nicely as more and more folks become aware of our wonderful coffee and our mantra, "It doesn't get much fresher than this!" Rebecca's Antiques is located in historical downtown Brewton, 101 St. Joseph Ave., on the corner of highways 31 and 41 (it's the building with the wonderful Wes Hardin mural painted on the side). Rebecca Pentado has been carrying our coffees (and serving our Brewton Brew) for several months now, and is one of our favorite places to eat as well. Rebecca's husband has a small (in size only!) cajun restaurant named "YaYa's" in the rear of the store. Having moved to Brewton from New Orleans, you better believe the Pentados are offering authentic cajun dishes! Their Natchitoches Meat Pies are aiiiiiiieeeee good! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brewton-AL/Rebeccas-of-Brewton/154827377648
Another local merchant where you can find (and be served) Wilkinson's coffees is Antigone's Cottage, at 110 St. Joseph Avenue. Antigone's Cottage, a very quaint antiques store, is housed in an historical downtown Brewton building that was originally built as a bank in 1904. The original bank vaults are still intact. Antigone's Cottage carries many of Wilkinson's blends and single-origin coffees, as well as all six of our flavored coffees. Donna Brackin, the shoppe owner and avid antiques treasure hunter, is a beaming personality who truly enjoys showing off her latest finds. I dare you to visit without finding something you absolutely must have! www.antigonescottage.com
Just a few miles south of Brewton and across the state line, you can find Wilkinson's of Norwich coffees at Floridatown Station in Pace, Florida. Located at 4372 Floridatown Road, Floridatown Station is a wonderful indoor antiques/flea market, a virtual maze of booths where you can find an abundance of collectibles, antiques and a higher caliber of "flea market" type finds. Upon entering the market, you are greeted with a divine aroma from scented candle displays, and of course, Wilkinson's of Norwich coffees! You can be assured of finding something for everyone as you browse the many booths inside. www.floridatownstation.com.
We are certain to continue expanding to other locations, and we will keep you informed of those as Wilkinson's of Norwich Tea and Coffee continues to grow. Until then, remember to KEEP IT FRESH!
Wilkinson's of Norwich USA is getting some awesome feedback about how great our Pumpkin Spice flavored coffee is! For all our flavored coffees, we use a chemical free flavoring called PowerGrind which has natural flavors infused into the actual ground coffee in high concentrations. Just a wee bit added to freshly roasted coffee gives it a natural, smooth tasting touch of flavor. Serve your guests a warm and creamy cup of Pumpkin Spice flavored coffee and they'll remember your hospitality long after the turkey has gobbled. Pumpkin Spice coffee is an obvious partner with pie, or perhaps a fresh slice of pumpkin bread, but simply served by itself this all-naturally-flavored Pumpkin Spice coffee will tickle your palate with all the seasonal tastes you expect. Add a dollop of freshly whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon or chocolate…you'll give thanks to your taste buds all season! Supply is limited, so order soon!