Chai Wallah Gazette

Happy Spring & welcome to our first newsletter!


We so appreciate you taking the time to be a part of our extended BLC family. We've experienced so many changes in our last 6 months, we'll just focus on a few of the highlights…

 

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Non GMO Project  Since the Fall we have succeeded in getting all of our chai varieties Non-GMO Project Verified! This was an exacting process, but we feel that it's an important step for food producers, hopefully leading to mandatory labelling of all ingredients for ALL food manufacturing companies in the USA. We strongly believe that GMOs are not in anyone's real interest, but certainly, everyone has the right to know what they're eating, and to make their own choices.  

Mandarin Masala Chai

This past Fall, we rolled out 2 scrumptious new varieties, Star Anise Masala Chai and Mandarin Masala Chai. They took off immediately… everyone absolutely loves them! They are both available in the ½ oz. (17 cup) size standup pouches, as well as the 3 oz. (100 cup) tins.

Star Anise Masala Chai

Our new home!

In March, we moved in to our beautiful new facility in West Eugene. Our previous office and warehouse seemed so huge when we began in 2010, but by late last year we were bursting at the seams. Now, with 5,500 square feet, we have some breathing room, beautiful new office space and a much larger and well equipped production room. It should serve us well for years to come with room to grow.

 New Home
 

Chai Recipe
 

Do you know…?

… that Blue Lotus Chai is carried in over 30 states? New stores are coming on board all the time, so be sure to check our website for current locations near you. And if your favorite stores don't carry our products, be sure to request them. Most retailers take their lead from their customers… really!

… that BLC packaging was designed from the beginning with a consciousness of reuse and recycle? Our beautiful tins have no paper label, so they can be used over and over again. We sell all of our varieties in 1 pound bulk bags (makes 530 cups) or 5 pound bags that are perfect for refilling your tins. With a 2 year shelf life, our delicious favors will last for a long time, if stored out of the light in the sealed bag, plus you save a little money in the process. The bulk bags are completely compostable… we searched high and low for this, as most "compostable bags" are actually landfill in green clothing. You can be confident that our bulk bags will break down into helpful organic elements.

… that Blue Lotus Chai Company is owned by the dynamic husband and wife team of Stephan and Barbara Cameron? Although the company team is made up of a number of wonderful people, much of the day to day operation is in the hands and hearts of Barbara and Stephan. More about their great story in the July-August newsletter.

… In the western world, the generic term "chai" generally refers to a spicy, Indian style milk tea. But the word "chai" simply means "tea". So when tea companies and menus offer chai tea, they are really saying "tea tea". Sigh…

 


We Get Love Letters…

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Rooibos

Mandarin Masala Chai

We're proud to offer our Rooibos Masala Chai as one of our BLC varieties. Rooibos (pronounced roo-ee-boss) is an indigenous herb from South Africa, also called red bush. Delicious, with a nutty, sweet flavor, it is completely caffeine free. There are few beverages that can compare to rooibos for its wide variety of health benefits.

Star Anise Masala Chai


Here are just a few of the ways red rooibos can benefit your health:

Contains powerful antioxidants
— Containing a huge array of antioxidants, which help to protect the body in a number of ways, 2 polyphenol antioxidants called aspalathin and nothofagin are found in high concentrations in rooibos. These protect the body by fighting free radicals, which are essentially unstable cells that attack healthy cells. The polyphenols also have anti-inflammatory properties and can safeguard against heart disease. Due to the high level of dominant antioxidants, some of which have anti-mutagenic properties, rooibos can also serve to defend cells and DNA against damage and inhibit them from developing into cancer…

High mineral content— One of the key health benefits of rooibos tea is that it contains several minerals that are vital to health. These include: magnesium — essential for the nervous system; calcium & manganese — essential for strong teeth and bones; zinc — important for metabolism; and iron — critical for helping blood & muscles distribute oxygen…

Relieves stomach complaints— As rooibos tea contains high levels of flavonoids, especially one called quercetin, it has the ability to relieve numerous abdominal ailments such as cramps, diarrhea and indigestion. This is because the flavonoids help to reduce spasm, inflammation and allergies. It has also been widely stated that the health benefits of rooibos extend to alleviating colic in babies. As it is totallycaffeine free, it is perfectly safe for them to drink.

Can protect against Parkinsons/Alzheimers disease— Drinking rooibos regularly can protect against a process known as lipid peridoxation. This is where free radicals damage brain cells and nerve tissue. If this is prolonged, it can lead eventually to progressive and deteriorating brain disease, such as Alzheimers. Laboratory tests on rats showed little difference in brain function from a group of older rats given rooibos tea to the brains of newborn rats.

Improves circulation— One of the many potent antioxidants in rooibos is called chysoeriol. It can improve circulation by preventing the activity of the enzyme that triggers cardiovascular disease. Drinking rooibos tea also lowers blood pressure and cholesterol.

Encourages restful sleep— One of the many health benefits of rooibos is that it can be drunk as often as you wish and at any time of day. Many people choose to drink it before bedtime as it can help with insomnia. Due to its high mineral content and lack of caffeine, it helps people to feel calm and relaxed.

 

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