New in the Market: Wize Monkey Coffee Leaf Tea

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on May 22, 2018 · 0 comments

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Wize Monkey Coffee Leaf Tea not only is a unique brand but it has an interesting back story as well. Begun in 2014, Wize Monkey repurposes an underused part of the coffee plant to create a new and different product which in turn generates stable, year-round jobs on coffee farms, eliminating seasonal work and poverty during off seasons. Pretty impressive for a cup of tea.

Coffee beans are harvested yearly, from December to March. After that, close to 80% of the workers are laid off. The coffee leaf, the source for Wize Monkey tea, can be harvested for the remaining 9 months of the year without interfering with the yearly coffee bean harvest.

Wize Monkey teas are an infusion made from the leaves of the arabica coffee plant. Traditionally, coffee leaf tea was used in Ethiopia and Indonesia but the company hopes to promote it as a worldwide beverage. The leaves are sources from and processed on a coffee farm in Nicaragua and additional flavorings are added at the plant in Vancouver, Canada

One gauze, pyramid-shaped, staple-free teabag can make 1 to 3 cups with approximately 18 milligrams of caffeine in 8 ounces. The brand recommends leaving the teabag in your cup as the brew never turns bitter with prolonged steeping and we can vouch for that. Wize Monkey Coffee Leaf Tea tastes like tea, not coffee, and is available in 5 flavors. Our tea-loving tasters declared coffee leaf tea excellent.

Original is simply arabica coffee leaves.

Mango Party, Minty Marvel and Jasmine are flavored using natural water-based flavors derived from extracts slowly tumbled with the coffee leaves to scent and flavor them.

Earl Grey is flavored with natural bergamot oil and can rival any traditional Earl Grey tea.

There are 18 teabags per box. Each box is loaded with information about the brand, its farm, and history. A good read over a cup of tea.

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