green tea

Kona, Not Hawaii’s Only Brew

Hawaii is best known for Kona coffee, but the state is about to put another brew on the map. Tea.

The federal Department of Agriculture has been encouraging Hawaii’s commercial gowers to cultivate high quality tea crops for the past decade.

Tea Hawaii,, a company that cultivates two high quality black and oolong teas, has been shipping their teas to Samovar Tea Lounge in San Fransisco. However, you do not need to go to California or Hawaii to try Tea Hawaii tea. Samovar Tea Lounge will be adding these teas to their website on August 7th for delivery right to your door.

Mauna Kea is another one of Hawaii’s up and coming tea companies. They carry oolong and green teas. Hilo Coffee Mill has great oolong tea as well.

If you are interested in finding more out about Hawaii’s best teas, please visit the following sites:

Warp Green-T Mints ::: Go-Go Candy yum..

Green Tea Warp MintsLook at that tin! Isn’t that adorable? It looks like a shoe-polish tin. It even has the twist opener. That is neat. But are the mints just as neat? Yes, they are!

Warp Green-T Mints has an energizing blend of Green Tea, Ginseng, and Guarana. Much like the original Warp Mints forumla.

What is Guarana? It is a shrub or small tree in the Sapindaceae family, native to Venezuela and northern Brazil. The seed of the Guaraná fruit is a central nervous system stimulant with thermogenic and diuretic properties. Wikipedia version

Ginseng? Ginseng appears to have different origins and meanings. According to the wiki, there seems to be some dispute over the accuracy of the article provided. Decide for yourself by visiting it at: Wikipedia’s version on Ginseng.

All I know is, it seems to work. Small scale anyway. The effect doesn’t last long but we probably didn’t expect it too either. They are quite tasty and pretty to look at. Warp Green-T combines the tart flavor of lemon-lime citrus, with the brisk taste of green tea. The taste is not sour yet not too sweet either.

You get about sixty mints per tin and are about average to other mints in the suck zone. ‘your mouth’.

You can find Warp Mints at several places. Target, Hastings, EZ-Mart, 7-11, GNC, and many other places. The cost varies but usually around $2 bucks. Look for them and buy them. Try em and get a buzz.

I like them!

Enviga :: A product of Coca~Cola and Nestle

Coca~Cola has launched a joint venture with Nestle by creating a ‘green-tea’ infused soda designed to speed up your metabolism and suggest the benefit of weight-loss. The main ingredients of Enviga are green-tea and caffeine. By speeding up the metabolism, you naturally burn calories. I doubt it will be any significant loss but any boost in metabolism can result in certain weight-loss.

Nestle applied for an Enviga trademark in January. The trademark covers “nutritional and dietary supplements,” “energizing and energetic drinks,” “green tea” and “isotonic beverages.”

Coca-cola Nestle Enviga Enviga is a “caffeinated” “soda” and will target active-lifestyle consumers with it’s claim to burn calories. Of course, with the added benefit of having certain antioxidants through “green-tea” content.

I have not had the opportunity to sample the product, but I do have a friend who works for Coca~Cola in Atlanta, Georgia and he has. He reaction, an honest one, was reserved. He admits that the beverage is tasty but does have a “powerade” impression on the palette.

He’s only sampled the “berry” flavored version but mentioned that it was refreshing and did seem to give him a slight feeling of being “wide awake”. Naturally, he has not been drinking over a period of time in order to benefit from any claimed calorie burn. There should be three flavors. Berry, Green Tea, and to the best of my knowledge, Peach.

The diet drink uses thermogenesis to burn 50 to 100 calories just by drinking a 12 oz. serving. Suggested use is 3 servings a day. I’ve got to say that I highly doubt I would or even could drink 3 of these a day. Are there many of you that could? Die hards, I’m sure, would try if they really felt it were helping burn fat. Nothing works without exercise though. We all know that.

Does “Enviga” have promise? Who knows. Only time will tell and only those who are willing to drink it as suggested, will honestly be able to confess the products worth.