Bhakti Chai, alchemist of Boulder’s award-winning freshly micro-brewed chai tea, announces their two new ready-to-drink flavors. Both are brewed with Unsweetened Almondmilk from Califia Farms® located in Bakersfield, California. The Almond Blend is a mix of Bhakti Chai’s Original Concentrate and the Toasted Coconut Almond Blend offers consumers a sugar free variety as it combines Unsweetened Bhakti Chai Concentrate with a toasted coconut Almondmilk.
Just weeks after landing in natural grocery stores in the Rocky Mountain, Southern California, Southwest, Pacific Northwest and Midwest regions, the Almond Blend received first place in the North American Tea Championship’s “Iced Tea” category. This marks the second year in a row one of Bhakti Chai’s premium iced chais have been named a winner, after their Original Blend won 3rd place in the Ready-To-Drink / Black - Sweetened category of the 2013 Iced Tea Class. The North American Tea Championship is the only professional, independent competition that distinguishes the highest quality and best tasting teas commercially available in North America. Each submission is evaluated based on brew color, aroma, flavor, mouth-feel and harmony by a panel of professional cuppers in a blind taste-test.
Bhakti Chai founder and CEO Brook Eddy attributes both the inspiration and success behind the two new blends to the sugar-free and vegan attributes. Eddy says, “We wanted to retain the bold flavor of our signature chai while spicing it up with new varieties catering to diverse taste preferences, lifestyles and health goals.”
Greg Steltenpohl, CEO of Califia Farms, states “We were thrilled when Bhakti Chai asked us to supply our Almondmilk for their new ready-to-drink blends. Our companies share the same values around sustainability and we both want to make products that our consumers can truly feel good about drinking.”
Micro-brewed in Boulder, Colo., all of Bhakti Chai’s products are made with fresh-pressed organic ginger, fiery spices, and Certified Fair Trade and Organic black tea. Califia’s Almondmilk delivers a high calcium, low-calorie pour for those seeking the flavor of dairy without saturated fat, gluten, soy, lactose, or GMOs.
About Bhakti Chai: An interest in social action and a passion for travel led Bhakti Chai Founder and CEO Brook Eddy to India in 2002 to research a movement based on the principles of Bhakti, or “devotion through social action”. In 2006, Bhakti Chai was born with the vision of fusing sustainably sourced ingredients, artisan micro-brewed products and the values of triple bottom line business. This vision continues to permeate their spicy blends, their championing of female empowerment through charitable contributions and scholarships and their crusade for a better world. Bhakti Chai concentrates and ready-to-drink chai are available at Whole Foods Markets, natural and independent markets, and cafés around the country. http://www.bhaktichai.com
About the North American Tea Championship: Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., the North American Tea Championship, previously called the World Tea Championship, is an independent competition, judged by professional cuppers, to distinguish the highest quality & best tasting teas commercially available in the North American marketplace. http://www.teachampionship.com/