Max Rivest and Arnaud Petitvallet are looking to revolutionize the coffee industry by harvesting the coffee plant’s leaves for “tea”. I use the term “tea” here lightly because since the leaf is derived from a coffee plant and not Camellia Sinensis, it is technically not true tea but that doesn’t make it any less amazing! The two entrepreneurs are based in Vancouver, BC with their company Wize Monkey.
The coffee leaf tea is made from premium arabica leaves and has higher antioxidants than green tea and the same amount of caffeine as a decaf coffee. It has little to no tannins, producing a clean and smooth flavour without the bittnerness associated with conventional green and black teas. Coffee leaf tea has been consumed in Ethiopia, more specifically Harar province, for over 200 years. On the other side of the world, Sumatrans have also been known to drink this tea instead of roasting the beans as they claimed it to be “more nutritious than coffee.”
I was fortunate to sample Coffee Leaf Tea and was given a few extra samples to have my boyfriend try it too. He was very pleased with it and thought it reminded him of his vacation to the Dominican Republic. Each sip allowed him to escape back to a tropical paradise.
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