Please click here to watch the news segment on “Made in NC” on Fox 8 WGHP News. Enjoyed chatting with local newscaster, Brad Jones, of Fox 8 WGHP News about Cuppa Love Teas at one of our locations where we sell our teas, Moji Coffee + More. I answered questions about the process of creating tea blends, some of our goals, and what I’ve been working on for this spring!
I shared about how much I love the creative process of blending and branding. It’s intuitive and a lot like cooking. You engage your senses and they lead you with direction to go.
One of our goals is to convert “tea virgins” into avid fans and fanatics that simply fall in love with tea. One sip usually does the trick! We have been very grateful to receive very positive feedback about our teas and some glowing rave reviews.
Another goal of Cuppa Love Teas is to branch out and expand into the PT (Piedmont Triad) area, such as in Greensboro, Kernersville, and High Point. We have special GSO (Greensboro) and PT (Piedmont Triad) tea blends. Also, in our Location Line are W-S (Winston-Salem) a popular organic Genmaicha Japanese toasted rice green tea blend with ingredients the colors of the Forsyth County flag, NC (North Carolina) White Tea Blend a berrylicious blend with ingredients the colors of the North Carolina state flag, and USA (United States of America) a patriotic blend with ingredients the colors of the American flag that is naturally flavored with strawberry and bergamot.
Long term goals that may seem a bit lofty now, but will hopefully come to pass in the future: getting our teas into the White House with the President and First Lady sipping and savoring them and into Buckingham Palace with the Royal Family (including none other than the Queen, herself) holding their pinkies out, Cuppa Love Teas cuppas in their hands. Who knows? Maybe sharing a cuppa love will bring the Royal Family together again. Afternoon tea can be an important time for social matters.
Here are some direct quotes from the Fox 8 WGHP news segment with Brad Jones, called “Made in NC:”
“While Moji Coffee has 10 Cuppa Love Teas varieties available, they often change with the season. They just featured a few holiday themed blends for Christmas and soon you’ll see some new flavors, as the weather warms up,” said Brad Jones with Fox 8 WGHP News.
So, what’s on the radar for spring 2020? The blossoming of floral ingredients, as in a Jasmine bouquet and English garden with pink rose petals and buds and lavender. These beautiful and elegant tea blends celebrate the budding of spring and represent fresh growth, as we all want to experience. We also have a special tea blend called “Spring Awakening,” that has chamomile flowers in it and, in contrast to its name, is very relaxing, soothing, and calming.
In the interview with Courtney, of Moji Coffee + More, she mentions her favorite tea blend is Berrylicious Black Tea Blend. “When we’re brewing it, it smells like fresh berries all over the shop. It has a really distinct berry flavor that I’ve never really experienced in a tea,” said Courtney in the Fox 8 WGHP News interview.
“Those flavors appeal to more than just your sense of taste. The aroma is part of the experience, too,” said Brad Jones, of Fox 8 WGHP News.
“So it’s really been nice to have some local tea made in WS to feature at our shop,” said Courtney, of Moji Coffee + More.
“Cuppa Love Teas is all the rage and made in NC. Tea made with a local connection and a local flavor. It’s a traditional drink, but a Winston-Salem woman is taking tea to a new level. Cuppa Love Teas are gaining a lot of fans. Featured at a number of restaurants and coffeeshops and there’s a lot of variety. So far she’s created about 70 blends. Susan Schabacker starts with different types of tea and then mixes them with herbal and floral ingredients,” said Brad Jones, of Fox 8 WGHP News.
“So, we’ve got your strongest cuppa with caffeine with the black tea, we’ve got chais, we’ve got green tea, we’ve got white tea with less caffeine than green tea, we’ve got rooibos, which is caffeine-free (South African rooibos) and herbal (of course), which is like your chamomile or lavender or the mints,” said Schabacker on “Made in NC” on Fox 8 WGHP News.
“Susan’s flavors are brewed up hot, but you can serve them hot or cold. She just wants people to break out of their routine and try something new,” said Brad Jones, of Fox 8 WGHP News.
“I really want people who are “tea virgins,” we like to call them, to experience tea for the first time and fall in love with it,” Schabacker said.
“Cuppa Love Teas, a natural way to enjoy a little love in every cuppa,” said Brad Jones, of Fox 8 WGHP News.