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WizeWorld Volume 6
Welcome to the sixth volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. Read From Melissa Chan, of Time Magazine, her most recent piece chronicles the fallout of a tumultuous summer. She examines how the lives and futures of protestors, who put their lives and bodies on the line in pursuit of justice are effecting following their arrests.  Watch This weekend marked the tragic loss of USSC Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a steadfast figure in the pursuit of liberty, justice and gender equality. The New York Times profiles her life, sacrifices and immeasurable impact on the world.  Listen Our very own Max Rivest joins the Think Space Podcast detailing unhealthy relationships with coffee, and his adoption of coffee leaves instead of coffee beans. Discover how he founded Wize Coffee Leaf by taking on a personal, social, and economic problem. Available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts as well.  Good News GOA is a 30-acre animal sanctuary in Hampton, New Jersey, it's dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of goats. It gives home to over 130 animals, and is just so happens that the most inseparable friendship on the farm is between a lamb and a duck.  We hope you enjoy these hand-picked weekly gems. From the Wize team to you, thank you.
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WizeWorld Volume 5
Welcome to the fifth volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. Read Heather Chen of Vice interviews Singaporean Weisi Low, a resident of the Arctic, living in isolation as the rest of the world tries not to spin out. She chronicles a woman so far removed from the rest of the world, that she almost forgets what’s going on.  Watch This short video from Vox, explains how we as a society have suffered from a grand distortion of time during a global pandemic. It explains how our perception of time twists in an era of both peril and lethargy.   Listen The mix from Irene Dresel is a solid hour of sounds to transport you through a plethora of moods and experiences. It’s all about rhythm, leaning into pop-synth and percussive, with more electronic sections to raise the energy, Good News Cartier Carey is an 11-year-old from Virginia, like most kids, he set up a lemonade stand in the summer. Where Cartier sets himself apart from his peers is what he did with his money, donating over 22,000 diapers to 326 single moms.  We hope you enjoy these hand-picked weekly gems. From the Wize team to you, thank you.
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WizeWorld Volume 4
Welcome to the fourth volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. Read From writer Omar Tate of Bon Apetít, delve into a deeper understanding of what it means to overcome and resist through joy. Examine how Black communities persist through one of the most publicized summer's of police brutality by using food.  Watch From PBS, watch an unflinching documentary about resiliency and sacrifice in poverty stricken neighbourhoods across the state of Ohio, during a pandemic.  Listen Artist, Born in Mexico released this mix just five months ago, overflowing with variations of deep house, synth and vapourware, never skimping on rhythm or groove.  Good News Maja Antoine-Onikoyi, a 20-year-old activist from Watford has put together an education initiate that sends Black history books, poetry and other resources on criminal justice reform, and Black literature to those who can't afford them.   We hope you enjoy these hand-picked weekly gems. From the Wize team to you, thank you.
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WizeWorld Volume 3
Welcome to the third volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. Read From writer Jesse Thompson, read the latest from Quarterlife Magazine about adjusting to life in quarantine, being confined to work, love and life trapped in your old childhood bedroom.  Watch Following the tragic passing of king, actor and legend, Chadwick Boseman, fans, loved ones and colleagues alike proceeded to share their experiences and memories of the late thespian. A Howard University alum, Boseman delivered a commencement speech at his Alma Mater in 2018, detailing the faith, discipline and grace we should all cherish in our daily lives.  Listen From French label Versatile Records, this upbeat, speedy, and frantic mix provides a sense of intensity and excitement for your work, or workout, needs. Good News  17-year-old Ariella Pacheco figured that most kids respond best to dolls who look like them. She's taken it upon herself to create handmade, original dolls from varying racial and cultural backgrounds as well as some with medical conditions to provide comfort to children of all walks of life. Get these hand-picked gems in your email every Friday morning by signing up for our newsletter. From the Wize team to you, thank you.
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WizeWorld Volume 2
Welcome to the second volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wisdom and curiosity.  Read From Vox's Karen Turner and Isabella Simonetti chronicle the feelings, thoughts and apprehensions of students, between the ages of 7-19, who are returning to the classroom in the midst of a global pandemic. Watch Voices throughout the NBA proclaimed apprehension at returning to the game of basketball during the middle of a racial crisis in America. In the wake of a police-shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin that nearly claimed the life of Jacob Blake, players and analysts alike refuse to mince words when it comes to the emergency of law enforcement and Blackness across the nation.  Listen With a runtime of just under and hour, this mix from Futuretronow maintains an Indie style, running through techno, rock, trance and noire without skipping a beat. Having been released ten years ago, the mix remains timeless.  Good News After nearly a century of absence at Mt. Ranier in Washington State, wolverines have been spotted in habituating in the wilderness. Close to 100 years had passed since the last known sighting of wolverines in the area, but it appears the critters are repopulating the area little by little, reclaiming their home.   We hope you enjoy these hand-picked weekly gems. From the Wize team to you, thank you.
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WizeWorld Volume 1
Introducing WizeWorld, a weekly newsletter and blog post dedicated to the most dynamic content curated by the Wize team. Every Friday morning we’ll be delivering handpicked sights, sounds, and stories designed to exhilarate the mind and generate curiosity. Read Author, Benjamin Y. Fong details how coffee production is often closely followed by environmental and financial devastation in his piece, "Unfair Trade" for The Outline. Watch Home in a Foreign Land or Casa en Tierra Ajena, is an 80 minute documentary that chronicles the stories and hopes of several people who are in processes of forced emigration in Central America. It also gives a platform to those who have remained in their countries resisting and transforming their realities.  Listen Good Life Mix 107 by Crackazat is just under an hour of perfectly fused electronic jazz and house music. Hailing from the UK, Crackazat's music is about as good as you can find in the realm of multi-instrumentalist music. Good News Octavius "Tay" Nelson grew up washing dishes in South Carolina at the same restaurant where is dad worked as a cook. In order to pay homage to his late father, Tay has evolved into a culinary icon in the south, learning all he knows from scratch. We hope you enjoy these hand-picked weekly gems. From the Wize team to you, thank you.
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From boiling hot to ice cold: NEW ICED TEA
In order to service a rapidly changing world, one must be ready and willing to adapt. Take for example, the coffee industry, structured on centuries of seasonal harvests that have ultimately left the industry in critical condition. The coffee prices on the global market are too volatile, seasonal work schedules are untenable, crops become abandoned, livelihoods are eviscerated risk and transparency is ignored. Brands become more interested in providing a bitter flavour, than exposing a bitter truth.  We’re witnessing a perfect storm of erratic global pricing, climate change and a general seasonality of a 3-month bean harvest that culminates in disregarded disaster. It’s disheartening to know that the 25 million coffee growers worldwide are under extreme pressure even if they produce the second-most traded commodity and third-most consumed beverage on Earth, second only to water. In order to keep pace with the fickle trends of the industry, Wize adapted. We created a sustainable and equitable solution that both creates jobs and income, while mitigating hunger and migration during a 9-month off-season. By upcycling the extra leaves of the coffee plant we’re able to make Coffee Leaf Tea, turning excess resources into award-winning healthy and refreshing tea.  Commitment to sustainability goes hand in hand with innovation. Wize Coffee Leaf Tea creates an abundance of work opportunities for those who would otherwise be forgotten. The maximization of our farm’s productivity directly leads to holistic and socioeconomic improvements within the business. It’s not enough to make a good product, we want to improve the framework of the industry, and these are the principles that guide us as we strive to reinvent the world of iced tea. As it stands, the iced tea industry is doing itself a disservice. Product, by and large, fails to find the balance between viability and taste. Assessing sweetness and bitterness takes precedent over sustainability and ethics, culminating in an industry primed and in need of upheaval. Our latest innovation is a ready-to-drink Coffee Leaf Iced Tea with only 1g of cane sugar, 10 calories, and 35mg of caffeine. An avenue into iced tea allows us to pursue our ultimate goal of reaching as many people as possible, while providing sustainable employment for workers, and avoiding seasonal issues through a commitment to ethical standards. Coffee Leaf Tea processing techniques are uniquely untapped in the world of iced tea, thus giving our product an unparalleled, clean and refreshing flavour, while remaining ethically sourced and mindfully distributed.  Our iced tea is about impact. Creating a balanced taste is paramount, however, social impact is just as important as sensory significance. Each can of iced tea provides two minutes of employment for coffee farmers. We’ve already passed 75,000 hours, with our ultimate goal to surpass 1,000,000 hours, which winds up generating over 125,000 full working days for those who would otherwise be unemployed during the 9-month off-season. Our combination of unique taste and ethical sourcing creates a product that serves both communities and consumers. We appreciate the community that has been with us since our humble beginnings, and thank them for their support while welcoming all those whom we may reach in our new venture. You can order it now, as of today, right here: drinkwize.com/wizeup
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What's Coffee Leaf Tea? Our FAQ answered
What Is Coffee Leaf Tea? It’s an infusion made from the leaves of arabica coffee plants. These leaves are upcycled and harvested during the off-season, and thus don’t interfere with the coffee bean harvest, meaning that the process doesn’t affect the coffee beans, nor the plant.  What Does It Taste Like? It has an incredibly smooth taste and lightly sweet finish. It is rich and refreshing, never bitter, no matter how long you steep it. How Much Caffeine Does It Have? Our iced teas have 35mg of caffeine per 12oz can, and dried teas about 20 mg of caffeine per serving (8oz/250ml cup). Comparable to a light green tea, with better taste, and no side effects like jitters or fatigue, just smooth predictable clarity. For more info, please refer to our Coffee Leaf page. How does the caffeine compare to green and black tea? For comparison, green tea has roughly 30mg of caffeine per 8oz, while black tea has roughly 60mg of caffeine per 8 oz. The average bottle of Nestle Pure Leaf Iced Tea will have 69mg of caffeine in a single bottle.  How does the caffeine compare to coffee? For comparison, coffee contains 120mg of caffeine per 8oz, and as much as 230mg of caffeine per 12 oz.  What Are The Health Benefits? It delivers Mangiferin Polyphenols, Antioxidants, and Chlorogenic Acids. Mangiferin is known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic properties, as well as its neuroprotective qualities that help lower blood cholesterol levels. It is an additive typically used in Latin America, India and China for centuries. The Chlorogenic Acids are known to boost metabolism, in tandem with Polyphenols and antioxidants, while still producing anti-inflammatory effects. For more info, please refer to our Coffee Leaf page. How Are Your Teas Flavoured?Wize exclusively uses all natural plant-based flavorings and extracts.  Where Do You Source It From? We source directly from our co-founder, Enrique Ferrufino, from his farm in the Nicaraguan cloudforest near Matagalpa, making the company vertically integrated “from Earth to cup.” This allows us to ensure a yield of premium product, while maintaining our economic and ethical standards.  Is it Fair Trade? We go beyond fair trade on multiple fronts. We are Rainforest Alliance Certified, meeting protected social, economic and environmental standards. We repurpose an underused part of the coffee plant and create sustainable value out of it. With this, we’re able to generate stable, year-round jobs on coffee farms and overcome the seasonality of coffee harvesting for the farmers. We establish a new source of revenue for coffee farmers without adding new inputs. We are committed to a flat buying rate, thereby avoiding potential struggles with variable pricing (like the coffee bean) and ensuring that our producer and his workers earn their fair share. Our farm-direct strategy allows us to work directly with Enrique Ferrufino, the third partner of Wize Monkey, enabling us to maintain communication, transparency and integrity from the ground up. In practice, each party has visibility on their finances and standards, allowing for everyone to focus on creating the best quality Coffee Leaf Tea possible. For more info, please refer to our Impact page. Is It Organic? We implement regenerative agriculture, utilizing the balanced ecological surroundings to guarantee the healthiest product and most sustainable form of farming. Specific trees (like banana, avocado, guava, eucalyptus, empress, and nettle) are planted throughout the coffee lots to provide shelter and protection from pests and diseases. An equal and biodiverse combination of coffee lots and protected rainforest allows us to provide protection for our crops, while maintaining the integrity of our product without the use of pesticides. 
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We've evolved to Wize Coffee Leaf
Since 2013, we've been working on creating the world's best Coffee Leaf Tea and empowering coffee farmers to make a year-round living. In the last 6+ years, we've generated over 75,000 work hours for these workers to help make ends meet, feed their families, and get through what is an excruciating and difficult off-season of 9 months in the coffee farms. We wouldn't have done that without you, our esteemed WizeTribe, so give yourself a pat on the back. Now, in 2020, we're preparing for a quantum leap into the future. This was always part of the plan since day 1, and we're now ready for lift off. We can't tell you all the details just yet, but something big is coming, and will be announced on July 7th, our 7th birthday! As for the logo change, we've actually gonna back to our original first ever logo from when we're studying in school, working on Wize as our thesis project. So realistically, we're going back to the core of our real brand. In the meantime, since we have existing packaging with our older Wize Monkey branding, we've decided to keep using it until it runs out, and not waste a bunch of perfectly usable materials for the sake of sustainability. It's still the same high quality, single-origin Coffee Leaf Tea you've always loved, but now it's become limited edition ;) We've also updated our website and subscription service for a better overall experience, with more improvements on the way, too. Keep an eye out for further announcements as we get closer to our birthday this July 7th, 2020. It's going to be a big summer! Thank you WizeTribe for being with us on this journey. We truly appreciate your love, support, and positive energy. Founders of Wize Coffee Leaf Max, Arnaud, Enrique
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WizeCulture: Quarantine Content Drop #1
Hey Wize Tribe! We put together a database of staff picks and curated suggestions of  movies, shows, music, books + more  to check out while we're all in social isolation. FEATURING: Movies Shows Music Books Documentaries Websites Artist  IG profiles Follow the link below to check out the Google Drive database that we'll be updating over time for your quarantine pleasure. 
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The Wize Guide to Caffeine 2020
After all these years of running Wize Monkey, we’ve learned a lot about caffeine and how to best manage the abundant and highly addictive drug that it is. Our intention is not to be alarmist; we’re realists about balancing the instrumental role of caffeine in day-to-day life. With the plethora of drink options available, many people still wonder where different drinks land on the caffeine spectrum. So we decided to put together a helpful guide for you to navigate this highly caffeinated world and the best ways to use it and not abuse it. Brain chemistry is where it all happens When your body becomes tired, your brain releases adenosine molecules that slot into adenosine receptors, which send you a signal in the form of tiredness (yawning or a general waning of energy or alertness). The concept of “listening to your body” couldn’t be more relevant in this case, as your body is telling you to get some rest. But, as humans, we’re notorious for ignoring these bodily messages because we’re busier than ever trying to keep up with a fast-paced society.  The biggest misconception about caffeine To override this lack of energy and alertness, most of us rely on caffeine. There’s an everyday tendency to refer to caffeine as “energy itself” or to its ability to create extra energy. However, this caffeine calculus couldn't be further from the truth. Caffeine blocks adenosine receptors in the brain by emulating adenosine molecules and taking their place in the receptors. Your brain thinks the body isn’t tired, but it is. Basically, caffeine is an imposter and your brain is being tricked into thinking you’re still pepped up and ready to go, when you really need to get proper rest for your own health’s sake. Caffeine is a drug, so let’s treat it like one! The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. People wear coffee addiction like a badge of honour; it’s a way to power through, be tough and productive. The funny part is that they are actually worse off by defaulting to drinking extra coffee as a replacement for conscious, healthy life habits. Over time, this approach comes with diminishing  returns and a ton of side effects. So, if we can’t absolutely cut it out, then let’s manage it. Below are the main side effects of being over-caffeinated: Stress on the heart (increased blood pressure) Insomnia Indigestion Headaches Reduced fertility in women Increased anxiety Pro tip: caffeine has a half-life of 6 hours This means that when you drink a large drip coffee at 12pm noon, the 200mg you just ingested decreases to 100mg by 6pm, and then 50mg by midnight. 50mg at midnight! In the middle of the night your blood and brain still have caffeine molecules blocking your adenosine receptors, potentially affecting the quality of your sleep. This is equivalent to drinking a black tea right at midnight and trying to go to bed immediately–just why? Ask yourself the following questions next time you ingest a highly caffeinated drink: do I need to feel energetic in 6 or 12 hours? Or is it really just for the next couple hours? Use that tactic and plan accordingly.  The idea is balance Instead of drinking 3-4 cups of coffee a day (roughly 500-800mg caffeine), enjoy one cup in the morning if you really can’t live without it, then switch to tea for your remaining daily cups. You can do a Coffee Leaf Tea after lunch to get you a fresh 25mg of caffeine and roll into the rest of the day hydrated and focused, skipping the afternoon crash. By the time you get home for dinner, your caffeine levels will be around 12mg, and by bedtime will be in the low single digits.  The adjustment period is about one or two weeks, tops The adjustment is real: for the first few days, but then you’ll notice your ability to sleep gradually improve, your bowel movements become more regular, and some people may notice less heartburn and much less anxiety. Why ride a rollercoaster when you can float on a cloud? Pick your caffeine hits wizely, and you can take control of your habit. Your body and brain will thank you for it. "How much caffeine am I drinking on a daily basis?" We mapped out the amounts of caffeine in common beverages you might consume on the daily. Go through them and add it up; you will be surprised how much you are consuming. You are not a hostage to caffeine, so stop telling yourself that Always remember, the more caffeine you ingest, the more you rely on it (yes, just like a drug). Free yourself from the dreaded "narrative of need" when it comes to coffee and energy drinks. Focus instead on achieving consistent, everyday energy and doing this well.. Less caffeine = more control of your energy levels and more predictable energy. Embrace your body and brain’s natural functions and find your new routine. This is one of the main reasons we created Wize Monkey and innovated Coffee Leaf Tea; it has the perfect amount of caffeine to get you through a few hours nice and focused, and then you can wind down without any side effects. And best of all, it helps coffee farmers make a year-round living. Now that’s Wize, isn’t it? Looking to reset your caffeine sensitivity?  The easiest way to reset yourself without going cold turkey is to drink Coffee Leaf Tea. This will avoid the withdrawal symptoms and help you stay hydrated with an easy-to-steep drink. Check out some of our best-sellers   and have yourself a cup of liquid wizdom.
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Sunset Chai Latte Cookies (plant-based)
A warm chai tea latte in cookie form? We’ll take a dozen! The brilliant minds at VegNews thought up this delicious creation. Infused with sumptuous chai spices like cinnamon, ginger, and green cardamom—then iced with a velvety chai frosting—these soft, chewy morsels are made extra special with a secret ingredient: Wize Monkey Sunset Chai tea. We already love this rich, antioxidant-packed tea harvested from the leaves of coffee plants, so why not add the tea to our dream holiday cookie? So start your ovens … you’re about to meet your new favourite cookie. WHAT YOU NEED: For the cookies:½ cup coconut oil3 tablespoons Wize Monkey Sunset Chai1 cup brown sugar1 teaspoon cinnamon½ teaspoon ground ginger1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar¼ cup applesauce2 cups flour½ teaspoon baking soda For the frosting:¼ cup canned, full-fat coconut milk 1 tablespoon Wize Monkey Sunset Chai 3 tablespoons vegan butter 2⅓ cups powdered sugarCinnamon for dusting   WHAT YOU DO: For the cookies, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small pan over low heat, add coconut oil and Wize Monkey Sunset Chai. Simmer 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes and allowing the tea to infuse into coconut oil. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Strain to make sure it yields ½ cup. If necessary, add more coconut oil.  In a large mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, apple cider vinegar, applesauce, and chai-infused coconut oil. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour and baking soda. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, and fold gently until combined. Scoop 3 tablespoons of dough into balls and place on prepared baking sheet approximately 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove baking sheet from oven, gently flatten cookies with spatula, and let cool completely. For the frosting, in a small pan over low heat, add coconut milk and Wize Monkey Sunset Chai. Warm for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until milk darkens in color. Strain into a small bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat together vegan butter, powdered sugar, and chai-infused coconut milk until smooth and creamy. Frost cooled cookies and dust with cinnamon. Makes 16 cookies GET SOME SUNSET CHAI TODAY
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How an upcycled and delicious tea is saving the coffee industry: the story of Coffee Leaf Tea
Please share this article! It is also posted here on Medium.com It was International Coffee Day last week. Cafes around the world were celebrating by selling discounted coffee, showing off ‘instagrammable’ latte art, and glorifying the roasted bean that has been harvested for centuries by hard-working coffee farmers around the world. Yet, the coffee industry is in critical condition and no one is talking about it. The volatility of coffee prices on the global market and the seasonality of harvesting has always left farmers vulnerable, but right now it is worse than ever before. The common question we get about this is “If it’s so bad, why isn’t it on front page news?” We believe it’s because the inconvenient truth of the industry is a bitter pill to swallow, and no coffee brand wants to show people what’s really going on at the farm-level as it doesn’t lend to their brand. They preach fair practices and paying farmers above-market value for their beans, but it doesn’t really matter when the market value is so low that farmers are still losing on every sale regardless of the added premium. Scroll to the end of this article to read about our pilot project that solves this problem, or read through for the full details. Buying power is killing the viability of coffee farming In many cases, coffee farmers are the local leaders and when they leave, the social fabric of their communities essentially dissolves as everyone heads for better pastures and eviscerates what jobs were still available. Many of the major coffee brands (premium ones included) have been recently consolidated through acquisition, and shareholders of these conglomerates apply pressure to get immediate returns, which then translates to coffee buyers forcing farmers to sell at even lower prices for more volume. In the coffee world, buying power and bullying is the name of the game, and it’s mimicking the ‘behemoth conglomerate vs local business’ clash that we’ve all seen happen in North America and abroad. The coffee industry has seen significant consolidation with closely held investment firm JAB Holding Co. spending more than $30 billion buying companies including Peet’s Coffee, Keurig Green Mountain and Caribou Coffee. Nestle SA and Italy’s Lavazza have also jumped on the bandwagon. With increased competition, industry executives say there’s been a focus on cutting costs and buying cheaper beans. Bloomberg.com Migration is the not-so-new normal In 2014, we interviewed Nicaraguan growers about this, but it’s been happening much longer than that. The first price-related coffee crisis happened in the early 2000s when Vietnam over-produced so much coffee that global prices crashed. In Nicaragua, it got so bad that the growers left the farms because even if they produced it, they would sell at a loss. In order for the country to avoid complete insolvency, the Nicaraguan army was employed by the government to pick coffee so they could make at least a small sum off of the exports. Not to mention that there was rampant hunger, medical, and housing issues that caused many children to die due to malnutrition. The country’s economy is so tied to coffee that four banks defaulted in the early 2000s during this first crisis: BCP, InterBank, BanCafe, and BANIC. Can you imagine the chaos that would ensue if four major banks defaulted in your country? This was not exclusive to Nicaragua either; the crisis affected all Central American producers, their families, and regional economies. Nicaraguans marching from Matagalpa to Managua, the capital city, in demand of medicine, food, and shelter to help them survive the coffee crisis of the early 2000s. They were called “Las TUNAs”, named after the school where they signed an agreement with the government to provide support. This new coffee crisis has become so critical that the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) has created a task force to help tackle the pricing issue across the globe. Vera Espindola Rafael, one of their directors and industry experts, discussed this issue in a recently aired webinar. What is immediately remarkable is the fact that farmers are abandoning crops and don’t have year-round income to make ends meet; They are not maintaining their farms as they should. They simply do not have the income to maintain what they have. There are producers leaving their fields, homes, and families to find a better life somewhere else. [In Honduras] 4% don’t know where they are going to go, 20% are going to the capital, 44% are going to the US, and a small portion are moving around the country. It’s a sad reality that, as a sector, we are unable to stop it from happening, we let it continue to happen, and it will still continue in the upcoming harvest season. — Vera Espindola Rafael, SCA Director (see full webinar here) When you compound the volatile global pricing with climate change creating wildly variable yields from year to year, and the general seasonality of a 3-month bean harvest, you have a perfect storm causing growers to abandon their farms and migrate elsewhere. This is reflected very obviously in the migrant caravans heading to the US over the last few years. An article in Quartz titled ‘The surprising way coffee is fueling migration to the US’ highlights this very well (edited for continuity): The international price of coffee hasn’t been this low in over a decade. As a result, thousands of coffee farmers, and sometimes their entire families, are abandoning their land or their employment on coffee farms and heading north. Coffee futures are currently at roughly $1.03 per pound, while the cost of production for a pound of coffee right now is about 85 cents in Guatemala. Other estimates put the cost of production as high as $1.40. Approximately 70% of that cost is labor. What it all boils down to is a price for coffee, after costs, “that cannot support families.” The price was well above $3.30 in 1977; it was hovering around 99 cents at the end of 2018. (Quartz) A recent BBC article highlights the growing crisis. Ritu Prasad interviews Chuck Jones who owns a roastery and cafes in California: The “boom and bust cycles” of coffee pricing unfairly hurt growers like [Chuck’s] cousin, who stand to make money only a few times each decade, especially given the access to cheaper options in the commodity market. “As a buyer, I can easily replace that [coffee],” he adds. “But it hurts because it’s my cousin, and he’s losing his source of income. He’s middle aged and he’s been living off of the farm. “Even though my cousin is a high quality, specialty coffee producer, he’s still going to lose the farm because of the systems in place to prevent him from being able to succeed.” (BBC) If we don’t raise prices at retail, average and premium coffee will disappear It’s disheartening to know that the 25 million coffee growers worldwide are under extreme pressure even if they produce the second-most traded commodity and third-most consumed beverage on Earth (water being first and tea being second). What does this mean for our globalized future? How are staple commodity farmers going to keep supplying our growing population? Will the market price eventually correct itself once all the growers leave and supply becomes short? That may not even happen considering that the only producers likely to survive in this era are the massive industrial-scale farms that are mechanized like in Brazil. Will craft coffee shops start charging $10 per cup like they probably should? Or will they simply start closing because consumers don’t want to pay that much for a proper espresso or drip coffee? As a society, if we do not accept a higher cost per cup of coffee, we will continue to destroy the coffee industry as we know it. This is especially affecting the premium bean producers because they can’t sell enough volume to make ends meet; none of the buyers can pay more since customers don’t want to absorb the cost. The only exception here is Starbucks, as they just announced a $20M increase in payments for Central American growers knowing that the current market price is not sustainable. This is still, however, a temporary band-aid and doesn’t represent a long-term holistic solution to this imbalance. “The desire would be that the market has some correction. That would be the ideal state,” Burns said. “If the coffee crisis on pricing continues, we will look at both what we do on the financial side as well as our continued work with what we do with trees.” - Michelle Burns, SVP of global coffee and tea at Starbucks (Bloomberg) Maybe $10 billion will fix this With so many stakeholders involved, potential solutions need to be scalable so they can apply to each producing country and versatile enough for small and large farms. Columbia’s Jeffrey Sachs proposes to create a $10B fund to help prop up farmers and inject cash into the viability of the industry itself. This would help lift the producers above water and start to invest in their future; the only challenge is, who has $10 billion to spare? The solution is actually right in front of us What if I told you that there is a solution that: a) doesn’t require raising $10 billion, b) the growers already have it in their possession, c) it can create year-round income and new skilled jobs, and d) mitigate hunger and migration during the 9-month off-season? My friends and I have made it our lives’ work to accomplish this, and our pilot project with Wize Monkey in Nicaragua is working impeccably well for the growers. The secret? We use the extra leaves of the coffee plant to make Coffee Leaf Tea. The leaves are very rich in healthy compounds, lightly caffeinated (same as green tea), create incredibly smooth refreshing tea, and make use of the excess pruned leaves during the 9-month off-season. To be clear, we are not stripping plants of leaves, that would defeat the entire purpose of making a year-round industry. By applying some simple traditional tea-crafting techniques (wither, roll, oxidize, ferment, dry), coffee leaves turn into a uniquely refreshing drink that never gets bitter, unlike regular tea. Coffee leaves have much less tannins, therefore the steeped drink itself never gets bitter even if you steep them for hours. It’s a very rare quality to have in caffeinated tea, and it’s what makes Coffee Leaf Tea unique. The coffee leaf can be processed thousands of different ways. On top of that, using different sub-varietals of arabica leaves reveal subtle differences in flavor notes, increasing the complexity and diversity of Coffee Leaf Tea and its overall spectrum of tastes. Coffee Leaf Tea has been used in ethnomedicine for centuries and we’re just uncovering it’s true potential Coffee Leaf Tea has been consumed in Ethiopia, the birthplace of arabica coffee, for three to four centuries due to its various health benefits. In 1864, John Shortt wrote about Coffee Leaf Tea being created in Southern India. In 1873, the Chambers’ Journal wrote about Coffee Leaf Tea in Sumatra, how it was their “national drink” and how they “found it invaluable, giving immediate relief to hunger and fatigue, and clearing the brain of its cobwebs.” In 1892, the American Journal of Pharmacy mentions “good crops of coffee leaves could be obtained where it would be risky or even impossible to produce berries.” Coffee Leaf Tea isn’t exactly new, we just figured out the best way to make it with tea processing techniques, rendering a delicious version of what has already been around for the last 300+ years. There is a rare compound named mangiferin that is present in the coffee leaf that has been shown to have several health-endorsing properties such as antioxidant, antimicrobial, antidiabetic, antiallergic, anticancer, hypocholesterolemic, and immunomodulatory. It has also been isolated and tested in a human trial, which revealed to be helpful in boosting fat oxidation and increasing ketone levels (keto dieters, rejoice). Beyond mangiferin, Coffee Leaf Tea as a whole has been shown to have potential applications for managing inflammation and also having a dual-effect on nitric oxide production. For context, nitric oxide is a signaling molecule in many physiological and pathological processes. It was proclaimed the “Molecule of the Year” in 1992, and the 1998 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded for discovering nitric oxide’s role as a cardiovascular signalling molecule. Coffee Leaf Tea can solve the coffee industry’s woes and it has some impressive benefits that researchers around the world are still uncovering as we speak. Theory in practice: using the leaves has saved our producer’s farm Not only has it has won industry awards for taste (World Tea Expo, Specialty Food Expo, NEXTY Awards) and created a new revenue stream from a by-product, it’s also creating new skilled jobs for farmers as now they are learning to craft teas and adding value at origin, instead of solely shipping unroasted coffee beans to cafes that add value at the end of the line by roasting in-market. Now, with Wize Monkey, we’re selling Coffee Leaf Tea (CLT) across North America and it has given our co-founder and farm owner Enrique much-needed off-season income. How do we know this? He’s one of the only remaining producers still in operation in Matagalpa, the coffee capital of Nicaragua. Most of the other farmers have all stopped or left the country and joining the migrant caravans to the US. Every year we’ve managed to employ more people: starting with 5 people, to 25, and now over 120 working in the off-season. The majority of these workers are mothers keen to give their children the opportunity to stay in school rather than seek odd jobs early or stay at home to take care of their younger siblings to help support the family. During the coffee off-season, it has become common to have a 7 or 8 year old child be the caretaker of a newborn while the parents go find work. This is the harsh reality that Wize Monkey is starting to reverse. Many of the workers we’ve met and spoken with regret dropping out of school before the age of 12 and have since started going back to school at age 35+ in grade 4 or 5 to make up for lost time. By making the most of the coffee plant, we can maximize the farms productivity and create a holistic solution to improve all socioeconomic factors in the coffee industry worldwide. Enrique, our co-founder, and his wife Guiselle live on the farm in Nicaragua with their two 1-year old twins. They are one of the only coffee producers remaining in operation in the national capital of coffee, Matagalpa. The long-term vision: local producers taking back control and capturing value The traditional tea industry has been around for thousands of years and local tea masters in Asia are revered for their unique crafting methods. We see the same vision for the coffee industry; Enrique has already spearheaded various crafting methods largely inspired by traditional tea techniques. We’ve made CLT batches using the same methods of traditional tea like green, oolong, black teas, and we currently have two batches aging in rum barrels. We can source from different countries, climates (terroirs), and producers can craft with different methods using their own creativity. This creates unlimited variety and complexity in flavors. In our preliminary batches, we found that you can notice the difference in flavor when using different sub-varietals of arabica coffee leaves. Some types make a more floral and delicate flavor profile (great for green tea method), while others are sweeter and rounder (great for oolong or black tea style), and a few of them are quite earthy (perfect for darker and aged teas). We know this innovative model works, and the possibilities are truly endless; the trick is employing it on a scale wide enough to save an entire industry. We envision a future where CLT is the new craft beverage, entering the ranks of quality and complexity similar to traditional tea, kombucha, coffee, and even wine. The product will create the demand that ultimately corrects a market failure that has gotten systematically and repeatedly out of control. Let’s make the most of the coffee plant for the better of the grower and ourselves This is a scenario where everyone wins. As consumers, we can enjoy an award-winning healthy beverage and support coffee growers to make better livelihoods for their children. This is why we decided to pursue this idea; through all the challenges and sleepless nights, we know that it’s working and helping people every day. We encourage you to try Coffee Leaf Tea and make tangible direct impact with every single delicious cup. Cheers, Max Rivest Co-Founder, CEO of Wize Monkey Coffee Leaf Tea
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PSA: We use 100% plant-based teabags
We do not use plastic teabags, and never will.  We use 100% corn starch PLA biodegradable bags. They are 100% plant-based. A recent study came out showing that PET plastic and nylon teabags leave micro and nano-plastics in cups of steeped tea. Good thing that we DO NOT use those materials and never have. We use only corn starch bags that are plastic-free and biodegradable.     On that note, here are our other green packaging initiatives We are committed to using the most Earth and human-friendly materials and continue to find new ways to reduce our carbon footprint as we grow.We have stopped using individual wrappers for our 15-count boxes of teabags and instead pack all 15 inside one reusable bag. The existing single wrappers that are being phased out are recyclable in the soft plastics category and always have been since day 1. Many people think that the paper wrappers used by other brands are compostable or more eco-friendly, but they are mixed with wax and are therefore not compostable nor recyclable. This is why in the beginning, when we had to use single wrappers for our grocery products, we went with single-material plastic wrappers because they are actually recyclable under their respective soft plastics category. Every other type that is foil/paper mix or wax/paper mix are not recyclable, so we've never used those options as they do not have any secondary applications.We have revamped and entirely overhauled our loose leaf formats for less waste and better ease-of-use. We released new tins and refill bags that are reusable for longevity and professional storing and sealing. This creates a better user experience and ensures that we use a little plastic and foil materials as possible.  Read the full packaging update details here
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NEW: Wize Moment Challenge
Life in 2019 has become so fast-paced, intense, and distracting. We are all starting to feel the effects of an 'always-on' lifestyle, so we decided to create a challenge where every day we spend at least one minute reflecting on something. Every day there is a new prompt that will bring you to an introspective state and help you refocus and recenter. The perfect companion for this is a nice cup of tea. To join the challenge, you have three options: You can follow our Instagram where we'll post them in our stories You can join our private Facebook group where we'll share experiences and ideas for a better Wize Moment You can join via email below and get the daily prompts in your inbox We look forward to having you with us on this journey to finding our collective inner wizdom! 
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We're getting greener! Major packaging update
Today we make the transition to a more sustainable packaging system that produces less plastic and focuses on reusability. All of the new bags are recyclable under category 7. Here is a breakdown of all the new updates: Our 15-count sachet boxes will no longer have individually wrapped sachets, and instead all 15 sachets will be wrapped in a new high quality reusable bag, which reduces overall plastic use and leaves you with a nice bag to store small items. We have a new 50-count pouch of sachets for those who want more volume of sachets without the boxes and extra packaging. This is especially great for office and food service customers, or power users that want their staple tea in large supply. As per customer requests, we now have mini travel pouches available on the website so you can take a sachet with you for work or travel, and also use it to save a steeped sachet for a second steep later on. This way you get the most out of our unique products. We have brand-new tins that are refillable and reusable for various purposes like pen cups or housing small items or spices of your choice. It has a much better lid that stays secure, and the new design reduces the use of plastic by using much smaller flavour labels to discern different blends. These are also recyclable in your regular cans and containers bin. Our new custom pouches come in 100g and 200g loose leaf options as well as a 50-count sachet format. This way you can simply refill your tins and then use the bags for other storage ideas. They have a matte finish that can be used with dry-erase markers for easy storing and changing of labels, so mark away! They make great bulk containers for things like dried goods and crafting supplies. With all the feedback we’ve received from you, our beloved friends, we’ve been able to make these improvements and work towards reducing waste and the use of plastics. There are more and more green options coming on the market each and every year, and we’re excited to see what will be the next evolution of our packaging to become an even greener brand. As always, we recommend loose leaf for the greenest solution. Thank you all for being on this journey with us! Stay Wize, Max, Arnaud, and Enrique
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WizeCast EP06 Kara Sam, Founder of Bucha Brew
While she was having her first child, she was tired of just drinking water and discovered the wonders of kombucha.
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WizeCast EP05 Pam Rounis, Associate Creative Director at Rethink
Vancouver is becoming harder and harder to survive in as an artist, and that’s the harsh reality that all of us creatives have to face. Pam found that working in the advertising space provided her an avenue to not only gain a paycheque, but also become a better designer and professional as well. She’s found a nice balance between creativity and career priorities, especially with SAD Magazine and her freelance gigs, but it didn’t happen overnight and she put in the time. Find her interview on Spotify, iTunes, or stream it directly below.
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Cocoa Coffee Leaf Cookies (vegan)
Cocoa Coffee Leaf Cookies (vegan) - makes 8 cookies (vegan) Ingredients 14               dates, soaked in warm water 1 1/4 cup    oat flour 2 tsp           Wize Monkey Coffee Leaf Powder 1/2 tsp         baking powder 1 Tbsp         tapioca starch (cornstarch works too) 1 tsp            vanilla extract 1/2 cup        non-dairy unsweetened mylk 1/4 cup        cacao nibs Directions Preheat the oven to 375F Blend the dates, non-dairy mylk, and vanilla until smooth In a bowl, mix the oat flour, Wize Monkey Coffee Leaf Powder, baking powder, and tapioca starch  Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture Fold in the cacao nibs Divide them into balls and press down gently Bake for 15 minutes Notes Any type of gluten-free flour will work; brown rice, GF blend, etc Add nuts, chocolate chips, dried fruit, whatever you like! Drizzle with coconut cream, frosting, or melted chocolate Try it today with our stone-ground Coffee Leaf powder
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NEW: Coffee Leaf Powder launched!
ORDER HERE That's right folks - now you can get your coffee leaf fix in a powdered form by adding it to smoothies, baked goods and your favourite recipes! Order yours today. It is 100% Coffee Leaf, nothing else added. It provides a nice smooth and sweet taste without being grassy or overly bitter unlike other ground teas. The flavour really comes out when heated, so don't be afraid to play around with it in baking or cooking. This new powder provides a massive antioxidant punch and steady caffeine in an easy-to-scoop format. One teaspoon of the powder will provide 20mg of caffeine, similar to steeping a cup of 2.5g of loose leaf Coffee Leaf Tea (or one teabag). No steeping needed! It is whole coffee leaf that is stone-ground and packed at our crafting facility in Vancouver, then shipped directly to you. Once again, our supply chain is incredibly short and concise to ensure you have the freshest possible product. No other tea company is vertically-integrated like Wize Monkey, so take advantage. Here is a wonderful cookie recipe to try at home. Feel free to add this powder to your other favourite recipes to how it changes the flavour. Try it today and think outside the bean ;) Coffee Leaf  Cookies - makes 8 cookies (vegan) Ingredients 14               dates, soaked in warm water 1 1/4 cup    oat flour 2 tsp           Wize Monkey Coffee Leaf Powder 1/2 tsp         baking powder 1 Tbsp         tapioca starch (cornstarch works too) 1 tsp            vanilla extract 1/2 cup        non-dairy unsweetened mylk 1/4 cup        cacao nibs Directions Preheat the oven to 375F Blend the dates, non-dairy mylk, and vanilla until smooth In a bowl, mix the oat flour, Wize Monkey Coffee Leaf Powder, baking powder, and tapioca starch  Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture Fold in the cacao nibs Divide them into balls and press down gently Bake for 15 minutes Notes Any type of gluten-free flour will work; brown rice, GF blend, etc Add nuts, chocolate chips, dried fruit, whatever you like! Drizzle with coconut cream, frosting, or melted chocolate
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WizeCast EP04: Pedro Villalón, Tea Hunter and Co-Founder of O5 Tea Bar
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Wize 'N Stormy Cocktail
This is an easy and sugar-free take on a Dark n Stormy. You can really play with these flavours as a base and take it any direction you’d like; for example, using mint leaf will make the drink very fresh, whereas if you use basil leaf, it will be more fragrant and floral. Play around and let us know your favourite way of making this cocktail. Here’s what you need: 1.5oz spiced rum 6oz Iced Ginger Lemon Coffee Leaf Tea Slice of lime for garnish Need to pick up some more Ginger Lemon? Shop online
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Sicilian Tourist Cocktail
We called this one the Sicilian Tourist because the bergamot in our Earl Grey is from Sicily and that’s what makes this cocktail so unique. Our Coffee Leaf Tea is from Nicaragua, the maple syrup is from Canada, and the whiskey is Irish. Doesn’t get any more global than this! Here’s what you need: 0.5tsp maple syrup 1.5oz Jameson whiskey 6oz Iced Earl Grey Coffee Leaf Tea Slice of lemon for garnish Need to pick up some more Earl Grey? Shop online
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WizeCast EP03: Karen McAthy, Co-Founder of Blue Heron
Episode 3 features Chef Karen McAthy, a pioneer in plant-based foods. Her particular specialty is creating cultured cheeses, just like regular dairy cheese, but using only plant-based sources like almonds and cashews. She’s been creating these innovative products for 10 years now, and is the co-founder of Blue Heron Cheese. She has faced lots of opposition in her ventures but has come out on top and gained rockstar notoriety in the food industry for her perseverance. Be sure to catch the ending for the Wize words of each episode. Listen on Spotify, SoundCloud, or iTunes. Download the .mp3 here
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Liquid Sunset Cocktail
Imagine an afternoon spent on the beach in the Carribbean. Find that same satisfaction with Liquid Sunset in your own home! With a splash of citrus, Liquid Sunset is both refreshing and relaxing, perfect for sunset hours and beyond. 3 quick ingredients: Pour 1.5oz Flor de Caña 7yr dark rum Add 6oz Iced Sunset Chai Coffee Leaf Tea Top with an orange peel garnish Try our Sunset Chai today! Shop online
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WizeCast EP02: Jolin Ras, Composer & Sound Designer
Welcome to the WizeCast, where we interview founders, leaders, and creative thinkers about their journey and what they've learned along the way. Episode 2 features Jolin Ras, a Vancouver-based composer and sound designer who has been creating audio for Nike, Adidas, Arcteryx, and many other top brands. He continues to reach new heights, but it hasn’t come without years of hard work. Be sure to listen to the end where we highlight the Wize words of each and every episode. Listen on Spotify, SoundCloud, or iTunes. Download the .mp3 here
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How to Make: Flash Chilled Iced Tea
Make freshly-brewed iced tea in minutes with this handy method Here are the steps: Use 4 Wize Monkey sachets or 10g per litre of total desired tea Add 7 to 8oz of boiling water into a pitcher Let it steep for at least 5 minutes Fill the pitcher with ice and shake (be careful that the lid is properly secure as it will want to burst Open the pitcher and serve! For this method we use a Takeya Flash Chill pitcher, but you can use any temperature-rated cooking vessel.
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VIP Mango Party Cocktail
Wize Monkey VIP Mango Party (peach vodka, no added sugar) It's a funny story how this cocktail came to be... In 2016, we were hosting a pop-up at Holt Renfrew in Vancouver and sampling our mango tea. One lady stopped by, then pulled out a small bottle of peach vodka and made herself a tiny cocktail on the spot! She LOVED it and offered us to try our own mini-cocktails right there. Naturally curious and always willing to try new recipes, we figured "why not?" Sure enough, this cocktail has made its way into our signature cocktail list as it's incredibly simple and oh-so-delicious!  It’s only fitting that our signature cocktail was created by one of our fans’ natural curiousity. VIP Mango Party combines our most popular tea with extra fruity flavours for a delicious drink. It's super easy to make: 1.5oz of Absolut® Peach vodka Top up with 6oz of strongly brewed Wize Monkey Mango Party Coffee Leaf Tea Add a slice of lime to garnish Enjoy! Really cool and fun option: carbonate your Coffee Leaf Tea with a SodaStream! Be sure to do this in small increments or CO2 pushes. Do not try to carbonate hot tea as it won't work and is dangerous. Always use chilled tea! Learn how to make chilled tea in less than one minute! Need to pick up some more Mango Party? Shop online or check our Store Locator!
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WizeCast EP01: Mauricio Lozano, Faculty Brewing
Welcome to the WizeCast, where we interview founders, leaders, and creative thinkers about their journey and what they've learned along the way. Episode 1 features a great friend of Wize Monkey, the founder of Faculty Brewing Mauricio Lozano. Mauricio is originally from Mexico and has been working tirelessly to establish his incredible brewery in a very tough Vancouver economy. Meet him this Thursday for the Mango Party Cream Ale launch party. Listen on Spotify, SoundCloud, or iTunes
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How to Make: Cold Brew Iced Tea
It only takes a few minutes. Now you can always have iced tea at the ready in your fridge! Here’s the recipe: Use 4 Wize Monkey sachets or 10g per litre Add 7 to 8oz of boiling water into a pitcher Let it steep for at least 5 minutes Fill with room temperature water Let it chill for at least 8 hours Don't want to wait overnight? Flash chill your iced tea! Keep your kitchen stocked with Coffee Leaf Tea! Shop online today!
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How to Make: Sparkling Iced Tea
Jazz up your iced tea for the ultimate summer refreshment by making sparkling iced tea! Take your tea to the next level with a SodaStream® and discover ways to elevate your homemade drinks with sparkling tea. It’s quick and easy: Fill SodaStream vessel with iced tea Gently press 4-5 times, not holding for more than 2 seconds a time Release pressure in small stages to avoid foaming over Remove bottle and serve! Keep your kitchen stocked with Coffee Leaf Tea! Shop online!
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Marvellous Mojito Cocktail
Wize Monkey Marvellous Mojito (dark rum, sugar-free) Feel minty fresh and cool down with the Marvellous Mojito! Our Minty Marvel tea will be your new secret ingredient for extra flavour and light sweetness distinct to Coffee Leaf Tea. Super easy to make! Muddle 4-5 mint leaves at the bottom of the glass with juice of 1/2 lime Add ice Pour 1.5oz Flor De Caña 7yr dark rum (option: Flor de Caña 4yr white rum) Top up with 6oz of strongly brewed Iced Wize Monkey Minty Marvel Coffee Leaf Tea Add mint leaves to garnish (option: add extra slice of lime) Really cool and fun option: carbonate your coffee leaf tea with a SodaStream! Be sure to do this in small increments or CO2 pushes. Do not try to carbonate hot tea as it won't work and is dangerous. Always use chilled tea! Learn how to make chilled tea in less than one minute! Need to pick up some more Minty Marvel? Shop online!
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Faculty Brewing x Wize Monkey: 800L More!
Back in February, we created an experimental beer, the Mango Party Cream Ale, with our friends at Faculty Brewing Co. What. A. Success. To celebrate the world’s first Coffee Leaf Tea beer, we piloted the brew at a collaboration party where we set a new record at Faculty! We sold out the experimental beer in a record time of 60 minutes! Read more about how our beer was made here. The demand was shown so the supply is back! Our next batch will be 800L of the Mango Party Cream Ale and available on May 16th - our official launch party! Mango Party Cream Ale’s Official Launch Party! RSVP HERE Thursday, May 16th 5pm to 9pm Faculty Brewing @ 1830 Ontario Street, Vancouver Come chat with our founders, sport some merch, and fill your growlers with your friends! Let us know you’re coming by RSVPing to our Facebook event!
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WizeMoment Photo Contest
A Wize Moment is a flashpoint of creative inspiration. Our most memorable Wize Moments often come from the communities we surround ourselves with. We’re on a collective mission to create a better future for ourselves and the planet we all share. Wize Monkey is a catalyst to creativity and productivity. We started with a Wize Moment of our own - a desire to support the ever-changing coffee industry once we realized the potential of the coffee leaf. Enter the challenge: Take a photo of your favourite place where you have your Wize Moments. Bonus points if you can feature Wize Monkey in the shot, but it's not necessary. To enter, share your photos on Instagram with #WizeMoment. Make sure your account is public, so that we can see your submission(s). Feel free to enter as many as you’d like. The top 3 photos will each win a Loose Leaf Tin and a Discovery Pack of our award-winning Coffee Leaf Tea! The #1 Wize Moment photo winner will also receive a Wize Monkey hat of their choice. May 2019’s contest ends at 11:59pm PST on 5/19.
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Faculty x Wize Monkey: Mango Party Cream Ale
We have been brewing up a cool new collaboration with Faculty Brewing! Wize Monkey and the team at Faculty are making the world’s first Coffee Leaf Tea beer: Mango Party Cream Ale. February 8th, we experimented with infusing Wize Monkey’s fan-favourite Mango Party tea into a cream ale. The final results are awesome. Wize Monkey, at its simplest, creates delicious tea by upcycling extra coffee plant leaves sourced from Nicaragua. They apply traditional rolling and oxidizing techniques from the tea industry to the coffee leaf, and the result is a uniquely smooth and lightly caffeinated “Coffee Leaf Tea.” They are constantly experimenting with ways Coffee Leaf Tea can be consumed, from cocktails to cookies to kombucha, and now beer! Let’s talk beer. For this brew, we went with a smooth and drinkable cream ale as our base. Cream ales are stylistically clean, well-attenuated, and refreshing. We went with this style for both the thirst quenching characteristics and to let the delicious mango flavours from the Coffee Leaf tea shine in this brew. As for hops, we brewed with Mandarina Bavaria to tie in a some citrus aromas with the tropical fruit notes from the tea. We add the Wize Monkey Mango Party tea right at whirlpool, much like when you are making a cup of tea at home. We use large mesh bags and let the it steep in the beer to extracted all the delicious mango flavour. We then remove the tea, add yeast, and let the beer ferment! When can I taste it? For this exclusive collaboration, we’re hosting a launch party on Thursday, March 7th at Faculty Brewing in Mount Pleasant, Vancouver. Music and drinks start at 5pm going late. We'll also be selling our new apparel and all of our teas on-site as well. Swing by with your friends for a first taste of our Mango Party Cream Ale!  Follow our friends at Faculty Brewing  on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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Mango Party Coconut Chia Pudding
Ingredients 2 bags Wize Monkey mango coffee leaf tea 1 can guar gum free coconut milk Pinch vanilla powder or dash extract 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp chia seeds 1/4 cup coconut flakes 1 ripe mango  Directions Add content of tea bag, coconut milk and half of the mango to a blender. Blend on high until smoothie. Dice remaining mango into bite size pieces. In a container, combine mango, chia seeds and coconut milk mixture. Let sit for 15 minutes or overnight to allow chia to absorb moisture. Divide into four containers and top with additional mango and coconut flakes. Nutrition Facts per serving:Calories 264, Fat 17g, Carbohydrates 25g, Fibre 12g, Sugar 13g, Protein 6g, Sodium 8mg, Potassium 331mg Packed with mighty nutrition: With bountiful mangiferin, a powerful antioxidant found in both mangos and Coffee Leaf Tea While sipping a cup of tea is great, consuming the whole tea leaf means your getting even more of the health benefits. By enjoying the Coffee Leaf Tea in your breakfast you will reap the mighty metabolism boosting benefits of chlorogenic acids – the same as those found in green coffee bean extract, but without the negative effects of concentrated caffeine. Pick up some Mango Party today and get started! Credit to Choices Holistic Nutritionist Elizabeth Whalley, RHN
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New Release: Sunset Chai
You've been asking us for years to make a chai, and it's finally here! Cozy up to this perfectly balanced blend of premium Coffee Leaf Tea, cinnamon, ginger, green cardamom and clove.  We took 6 months to get this blend right, so we guarantee you'll enjoy it! 
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Mauvey
Vancouver, BC Mauvey was born in Ghana, grew up in Southampton, U.K. and currently lives in Vancouver BC. He possesses an eclectic style and his sound ranges from hip hop, to reggaeton, to R&B. His project Love Therapy brings you through his journey with melodic beats, concise vocals and an overall sense of positivity.  How did you discover your talent? What got you started? I want to change the world, I have since I was very young. My grade 11 creative writing teacher challenged me to write a poem every single day for two years and bring it in for her to grade in my home room class. In that time, I fell in love with writing and telling compelling stories through intricate narratives. I worked on poetry, short stories, longer pieces such as poetry anthologies and my first novel series. I taught myself how to sing, rap and produce my music. I would religiously go to open mics every week and perform my own songs. What makes you keep innovating and pushing your craft to new heights? What’s your true motivation? My true motivation is LOVE, changing the world by distributing love. I am obsessed with uniting people and inventing the future. In a deeply saturated industry and world, innovation is key. I push myself and my team daily in our effort to create the future. If you could have tea with an idol or figure, who would it be? Why? Michael Jackson and Walt Disney. I believe that Walt Disney is one of the top creatives of all time and Michael Jackson’s attention to detail was second to none. So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A collaboration? Meeting my team. Each person is absolutely perfect. These men and women are truly priceless, more than any award or achievement. In regards to your craft, where do you want to be in 5 years? I would like to be considered amongst the best songwriter’s of all time. I would like to be creating change and distributing love from the platform we are currently building. I would like to have improved as a creative artist, in my singing, rapping, dancing and writing ability. Define your idea of ‘living with wizdom’ in the modern world. What is timeless about it? Living with an open heart, being patient with digesting information and where it comes from, building others up and not tearing anyone down, including yourself. What’s your favourite flavor of Wize Monkey Coffee Leaf tea? How do you steep or consume it? My favourite Wize Monkey Coffee Leaf tea is DEFINITELY mango. I usually let it steep for about 10 minutes because I like it as strong as it can get. Iced is also delicious + refreshing! Perfect for this summer weather. Mango seems to be really popular, that’s for sure! Where can our audience find out more about you? Spotify, SoundCloud, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram 
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Vevian Voz
Los Angeles, CA Vevian is a progressive food personal chef that strives to help her clients live better, healthier lives. She firmly believes that healthy food doesn't have to be boring or lack flavor, as her creations are inventive and rich in nutrients as well as taste. She is originally from Baghdad, Iraq, but grew up in Detroit and is currently living in LA. How did you discover your talent? What got you started? I would say it is definitely more of a passion than a talent. I started cooking with my mom when i was a kid What makes you keep innovating and pushing your craft to new heights? What’s your true motivation? My true motivation is my ever-changing life! If you could have tea with an idol or figure, who would it be? Why? Maria Sabina, I would love for her to see how many millions of lives she has helped. So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A collaboration? My project when I lived with people. It's a special connection to cook for your 'roommates', so-to-speak. It's very rewarding to see them enjoy the food and also know it's good for them! In regards to your craft, where do you want to be in 5 years? I want me and my husbands personal lifestyle business to grow and help more people. Define your idea of ‘living with wizdom’ in the modern world. What is timeless about it? Being authentic in all aspects of life. Seems like authenticity is in short supply these days. What’s your favourite flavor of Wize Monkey Coffee Leaf tea? How do you steep or consume it? My favourite Wize Monkey Coffee Leaf tea is Mango, Original, and Earl Grey. I can't choose just one! Mango seems to be really popular, that’s for sure! Where can our audience find out more about you? Instagram 
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UBC Study: Coffee Leaf Tea shows promise for treating inflammation
Wize Monkey has been leading the global charge in discovering what the coffee leaf can do, not only as a complex and delicious culinary ingredient for beverages and food, but also as a source of antioxidants and other powerful health compounds. With the support of the National Research Council, Wize Monkey teamed up with the UBC Faculty of Food Sciences to dig further into the leaf and see what's really inside it that makes Ethiopians and Indonesians claim that it's more nutritious than the coffee bean. The results are now published in Food Chemistry Journal Vol 249, available here for free on Science Direct. Here's a quote from David Kitts, the Associate Dean of the UBC Food Sciences Faculty: “Our research showed that using processing methods commonly used for tea, for coffee leaves, produced unique antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities that we associated with known mixtures of phytochemicals specific to the coffee leaf. Both immune-stimulation and immune-suppression capacities observed.” To give us a general analysis of the study, we contacted Jordan Bruce, a registered holistic nutritionist and blood analyst based right here in Vancouver. She has come on board as a guest blogger to show us what's up with the coffee leaf's unique phytochemical makeup. -- BY JORDAN BRUCE As someone who eats gluten-free, plant-based and mostly free of refined sugar, I am very conscious about what I put in my body. I’m often asked for advice on healing foods and nutrient-dense ingredients. In the last few years I’ve started to recommend coffee leaf tea for those that could benefit from cutting back on caffeine but still love the routine of a hot drink in the morning and an energy boost. What is coffee leaf tea? It’s exactly what it sounds like, made from Arabica coffee plant leaves but substantially lower in caffeine than coffee or black tea. One of the biggest nutritional components of coffee leaf tea is its high levels of mangiferin, an active compound commonly found in mangos. This phytochemical has been studied for cardiovascular benefits, anti-inflammatory compounds and protective aspects for heart disease and cancer. One of the best things about coffee leaf tea is the nitric oxide you’re giving your body. Not familiar with nitric oxide? Let me give you a crash course. Nitrogen and oxygen are gases that make up the majority of our atmosphere that are essential to our survival. These two gases can combine to form an oxide of nitrogen known as nitric oxide. Over the last few decades, nitric oxide has been of interest to scientists because of its  discovered role in the cardiovascular and nervous system. To put it very simply, nitric oxide works with an enzyme and the amino acid L-Arginine to complete a number of jobs within our body including relaxing and widening blood vessels, thereby reducing blood pressure. Some people feel that it can even enhance their physical performance because of increased oxygen flow to the brain and muscles. Over the last two years consulting with clients, I’ve seen many people struggling with high blood pressure. When plaque is building up in one’s arteries, known as atherosclerosis, the body’s capacity to produce nitric oxide is reduced. It’s important to note that some diseases—diabetes and chronic kidney disease for example—cause a reduction in nitric oxide in people resulting in poor circulation, decreased nerve function or increased risk for cardiovascular events. Nitric oxide also helps reduce the formation of blood clots. Nitric oxide also plays a part in fighting the development of diseases and the control of infectious diseases, tumours and autoimmune disorders. This is all fantastic news for those looking for a healthy drink to sip on regularly but it gets better. A  study was conducted this year at the University of British Columbia on the benefits of young and mature coffee leaf tea. They also compared the processing methods (which is black tea versus green tea) and steep time. Scientists were trying to determine how these factors affected the impacts on antioxidants, anti-inflammatory activity and total polyphenol content (TPC). The results showed that the longer coffee leaf tea steeped, the greater the potential to reduce inflammation. So keep steeping that coffee leaf tea to fight inflammation! The research paper stated that beverages, such as coffee leaf tea, can potentially alleviate high blood pressure, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. The study also shows coffee leaf tea can also aid in protecting us from microbial invasions which supports our immune system. I’m currently a fan of Wize Monkey Coffee Leaf Teas and and am loving their iced tea with fresh fruit and sparkling water right now. Want to learn more about diet, inflammation, health, and coffee leaf tea? Connect with me on  BrucesRoots.com  or on my  Instagram. —Jordan Bruce, BA RHN LBA
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New Collab: World's First Coffee Leaf Kombucha
[UPDATED WITH NEW STORE LISTINGS]We all knew that coffee leaves make great tea, so why not try making kombucha with it?  The founder of Bucha Brew, Kara Sam, has won awards for her super fresh kombucha that's locally brewed in Vancouver BC. Thanks to her amazing booch, she can barely keep up with the growing demand. Even though she's busy every waking moment with her young family, growing business, and endlessly energetic dog, she still finds time to seek out new innovative products and play around with potential collaborations. Kara and Max (our co-founder) have actually known each other for a few years now since Max attended university with Kara's brother, Steve. Steve connected the two entrepreneurs together and since then they have been sharing discoveries and discussing industry trends. It was only a matter of time until they launched this new project together: the world's first Coffee Leaf Kombucha.  After various test batches and a lot of trial and error, Kara and her team settled on this delicious recipe that included whole raw mango chunks added at the end of the brewing, then filtered and bottled.             Not only does this kombucha taste clean, crisp, and refreshing, it has a beautiful mango  note that can't be replaced by anything other than the real thing. You can order it online here, and it is rolling out to the following locations on a store-by-store basis. If it isn't in your local retailer, tell them to order it and it'll come in. Power to the people! Save On Foods IGA Nesters Safeway Independent health food stores In an effort to update their selection and keep up with changing customer demands, the Vancouver Park Board is bringing in more healthy options for their concession stands and phasing out sugar-filled drinks.  Bucha Brew has impressed the Park Board so much so that they've installed kombucha taps at all the beach and park concession stands, so keep an eye out for the signs this summer. Some will also offer growler fills, how rad is that!      To celebrate this new partnership, we hosted a launch party at the new Wize Monkey office in Kitsilano. We had   Bayside Lounge  bring in a full bar with four custom tea and kombucha cocktails, Bucha Brew brought a two-tap kegerator that we get to keep in the office (secretly freaking out right now) and we had our friends from   Restore Human  provide prizes and also spin beats all night (thank you DJ Six Pax!)                                                                Thank you to all who attended and those who tried to make it out but got stuck in traffic, there will be more events like  this so stay tuned! For future launches and events, please subscribe to our newsletter at the bottom of this page, follow us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.
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New collaboration with DavidsTea
After working on this project for three years, we've officially launched our collaborative blend with DavidsTea. From their website: "Quench your thirst with our tropical hibiscus punch. Spiked with cinnamon, creamy coconut and energizing coffee leaf – a sustainable super-ingredient that helps create off-season jobs – this invigorating blend is bursting with unique flavours. Think fruity and spicy with a pop of natural earthy sweetness from the coffee leaf. Try it on ice and get ready to make some waves." It's now available at all of their locations, as well as online.  Our new collab with @davidstea is making serious waves! Just look at those fruit chunks! Mango, banana, coconut, pineapple, plus hibiscus and a touch of cinnamon. Have it hot or on ice, only at #DavidsTea. . . . #CoffeeLeafTea #feedfeed #buzzfeast #buzzfeedfood #balancedeating #intuitiveeating #cleaneating #mindfuleating #vsco #foodgawker #eatrealfood #foodisfuel #fitfoodie #healthyeating #thekitchn #allfoodfits #foodfreedom #nourish #ieatwhatiwant #eeeeeats #teatime #tea #hightea #disrupt #argotea #teavana #davidstea #amazonprime #antioxidants A post shared by Wize Monkey (@wizemonkey) on Apr 25, 2018 at 11:55am PDT We're celebrating Friday with some iced tea! This week has been absolutely crazy since we launched our @davidstea collaboration, so time to wind down and enjoy a nice bevy. Be sure to check it out at #DavidsTea locations and their website. . . . . #CoffeeLeafTea #feedfeed #buzzfeast #buzzfeedfood #balancedeating #intuitiveeating #cleaneating #mindfuleating #vsco #foodgawker #eatrealfood #foodisfuel #fitfoodie #healthyeating #thekitchn #allfoodfits #foodfreedom #nourish #ieatwhatiwant #teatime #tea #hightea #disrupt #argotea #teavana #davidstea #collaboration #antioxidants #mixology A post shared by Wize Monkey (@wizemonkey) on Apr 27, 2018 at 11:55am PDT
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Caffeine: The Good and the Bad
In honour of March being Caffeine Awareness Month, we've compiled some recent insights on caffeine, as well as some tips to keep in mind. What are the Health Effects of Caffeine Consumption? Caffeine is a bit of a two-headed monster. For many, it’s the perfect way to start a morning: sitting in the breakfast nook with a steaming hot cup-a-joe in one hand, favourite book in the other, watching your daughter play around in the yard with your lovable dog. Life’s great! But, as many of you know, caffeine can also be your worst nightmare: lying awake at three in the morning, splitting headache, stomach doing somersaults, heart pulsing faster than a rabid dog.  How can this be? What’s the truth here? Is caffeine good or is caffeine bad? I wish there were a quick and easy explanation for you, but reality is never simple – especially when it comes to caffeine. The truth is that it’s both good and bad. It’s important to be aware of just how exactly caffeine can affect your health. THE GOOD Let’s start with the good news. The benefits of caffeine are pretty well known. (After all, why else would over 80% of the population consume it?) It’s a stimulant. It works by activating the central nervous system. And, as such, it can provide mental alertness and concentration, boost your mood, and help postpone fatigue. All good things. On top of that, coffee – which is by far and away the number one source of caffeine consumption – has been the focus of much scholarly research. Here are some of the purported health benefits of coffee: It can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. It can reduce the risk of mouth and throat cancer. It may help lower our risk of stroke, Parkinson’s, and dementia. But – as I mentioned earlier – caffeine isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. It has a dark side, too. THE BAD To begin with, caffeine is a drug. Plain and simple. Over time, the body will get used to it and will depend on it as a part of its everyday routine. And when caffeine is not there all of a sudden, you’ll have a bad time. These effects are called withdrawal symptoms. They may include: Upset stomach Headache Dehydration Muscle pain Insomnia Lethargy Anxiety Depression Irritability Etc. You get the point. Nobody wants to be around a coffee addict who hasn’t had coffee. …and nobody wants to be one either. On top of the withdrawal symptoms, there may also be significant long-term health effects as well. THE LONG-TERM EFFECTS According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), excessive long-term consumption of caffeine may lead to a loss of bone density, which in turn may lead an increased risk of osteoporosis. But wait, there’s more: Increased blood sugar levels. Daily consumption of caffeine may increase blood sugar levels, which can be a major problem for those with diabetes. (Source) Irregular heartbeat. Higher amounts of caffeine may result in extreme agitation, tremors, and a rapid heartbeat. (Source) Pregnancy complications. Too much caffeine may result in miscarriage or birth defects. It can also make it more difficult for women to get pregnant in the first place. (Source) Increased blood pressure. Caffeine may cause short, but dramatic increase in blood pressure. (Source) Increase cholesterol levels. There is a compound in coffee called “cafestol” that raises LDL cholesterol levels. (Source) NOW WHAT? Don’t be scared by all of this. There are a number of ways in which you can live a healthy lifestyle and still consume caffeine. The key, as always, is moderation. Here are some tips: In general, it’s recommended that you consume under 400 mg/day of caffeine. That’s about four 8 oz. cups of coffee, which is more than enough for most people. Be aware of other foods that may include caffeine: chocolate bars (5-25 mg), energy drinks (up to 160 mg) and soft drinks (~30 mg) are some examples. Many prescription drugs also include caffeine. If you don’t want to go cold turkey on the caffeine, you should try our new 15 Days of Wizdom pack. It comes with a variety of our five award-winning teas that will help you ease off the caffeine addiction and also keep you focused without any crash of jitters. The caffeine level is around 20mg per cup, making it the perfect substitute to rotate into your routine. Get one today and starting thinking outside the bean.
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Jolin Ras
Jolin Ras Vancouver, BC We discovered Jolin Ras back in 2014 at a local Vancouver event spinning some very futuristic ambient house and since then we’ve kept tabs on his progression. It was only until fall 2017 that we reconnected when we saw that he has become an amazing sound producer for videos. He’s made tailored soundtracks for many high profile brands, including the likes of Adidas, Nike, New Era, Arcteryx, NBA, Puma, Jason Markk, just to name a few. His versatile understanding of music and clean cuts makes Jolin an incredible talent that is on his way to music production stardom. Oh, and he also really likes tea. How did you discover your talent? What got you started? At a young age I started playing the saxophone and continued throughout my years in music. Over the years, I picked up other instruments and ways of creating music. I think what got me started was being around different kinds of music constantly through my Dad at an early stage in my life. It pushed me to have a passion for music. What makes you keep innovating and pushing your craft to new heights? What’s your true motivation? Life itself. The beauty of what life represents, the connection we have to a greater source, conscious or subconsciously. If you could have tea with an idol or figure, who would it be? Why? Sun Ra or John Coltrane. They are my musical mentors through music. They both are spiritually connected with music, and I would love to gain more of their insight of life and this universe, rather than reading through books. So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A collaboration? Just being able to live, and support my family through my greatest passion is my greatest achievement. In regards to your craft, where do you want to be in 5 years? I want to be composing music for films/tv. I currently create a lot of music for visuals, but I am working towards my next step of living out my dreams of creating music for film. Define your idea of ‘living with wizdom’ in the modern world. What is timeless about it? It lets you live with an open heart. Not being ignorant to what’s in front of you, and allows you to see the bigger picture in life. What’s your favourite flavor of Wize Monkey Coffee Leaf tea? How do you steep or consume it? The Earl Grey or Jasmine. I steep it in my favourite coffee mug that has a motivational poem about never quitting, and living out your dreams. Rise and grind, brother! Where can our audience find out more about you? Instagram, my website, my BandCamp page, and my Mixcloud page.
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Krishna Curry
Krishna Curry Los Angeles, CA Krishna is an elite track athlete that breaks barriers with her genuine approach to training and her passion for athletics. She’s a certified bad ass that blazes her own trail, and is currently training for the next Summer Olympics in Tokyo. We actually met Krishna in a Sprouts grocery store in LA and connected over our shared love for progressive healthy and ethical food, and we kept in touch ever since. How did you discover your talent? What got you started? When I was 7, my PE teacher encouraged me to run track after I broke the school’s mile, 100 yard and 50 yard records, beating all of the girls and boys up to the fifth grade. That summer I joined a track club and raced in national junior olympic track competitions, which I did not win as easily. At 13, I won my first national title in the 800m. In high schoo, I was a 5-time Tennessee state champion and won a second national title in the 800m. My achievements as a youth and high school athlete earned me scholarship to run for UCLA. While in college, I worked part-time at the campus gym and coached youth athletes for supplemental income. I instantly loved adapting the strategies I learned as athlete to help other optimize their health and performance. What makes you keep innovating and pushing your craft to new heights? What’s your true motivation? At the end of a workout I feel refreshed and detoxified. Not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually. After college, the motivation of team competition and training became a constructive outlet for relieving stress and challenging my fears. I used to overtrain and ignore pain signals from my body during workouts, which eventually led to poor performances and chronic injury. The rehabilitation strategies I learned while recovering from those injuries sparked my interest in functional training and corrective exercise. Injury forced me to creatively address my strength and mobility imbalances without losing fitness. At 30 years old, I am running faster and lifting more that I ever could during my peak in college. More importantly, I recover quickly and remain injury free. If you could have tea with an idol or figure, who would it be? Why? Former USA first Lady Michelle Obama. I was studying Political science at UCLA in 2008 when Former President Obama was campaigning. The presidential race made was the topic of every lecture. I’m so curious to know what her future political and personal plans are. So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A collaboration? I’m extremely grateful for all of the sports and fitness modeling opportunities I have been granted. As a kid I collected posters and magazine cut outs of my favorite athletes to reference for inspiration. I hope that the projects I appeared in have motivated others to have fun through physical activity and lead active lifestyles. In regards to your craft, where do you want to be in 5 years? I plan to be retired from competing in track in field, but hopefully still involved in the sport as a coach and assisting with LA’s preparations for the 2028 Olympics! Define your idea of ‘living with wizdom’ in the modern world. What is timeless about it? Living with wizdom for me means being an informed and mindful consumer, especially with regard to food. Everyone should to research the ingredients, sourcing and health implications anything we consume. Additionally, I think living with wizdom means that we should all do our best to promote environmental sustainability in our daily habits. What’s your favourite flavor of Wize Monkey Coffee Leaf tea? How do you steep or consume it? Functionally, I love Minty Marvel because the mint extracts promote smooth digestion. I drink it to feel light and energetic after a hearty lunch. For pure enjoyment, Mango party is hella good. I steep it in hot coconut milk, then pour it in my travel mug so that I can enjoy it on the go. . Mango seems to be really popular, that’s for sure! Where can our audience find out more about you? Instagram and Twitter
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Globe and Mail Health: "Antioxidant Boost"
     Leslie Beck, Registered Dietician and Director of Food and Nutrition at Medcan, has discovered our Coffee Leaf Tea and felt compelled to write an article about our innovation in the Globe and Mail for Oct 24th's online and print edition. Read it in full here or see highlight's below. ---------------------------------------- In 2012, researchers from France and England tested 23 species of coffee plants for their antioxidant potential. Published in the journal Annals of Botany, the study revealed that coffee leaves contained a very high concentration of chlorogenic acid, an antioxidant that's also found in coffee beans. (Tea leaves contain a different type of antioxidant.) Arabica coffee leaves were found to have the highest level of mangiferin, a phytochemical that was first extracted from mangoes. Since then, mangiferin has been extensively studied for its potential to guard against heart disease and cancer. The plant compound has been shown to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and cholesterol-lowering properties. These protective compounds end up in your cup of coffee-leaf tea, too. Research from Brazil, published in 2016, found that brewed coffee-leaf tea was an excellent source of mangiferin. Last year, food scientists from the University of British Columbia revealed that coffee leaves produced this way helped balance the body's nitric-oxide production, a chemical that helps keep blood pressure in check. The research, soon to be published in the journal Food Science, also demonstrated that the longer coffee leaf tea was steeped, the greater its anti-inflammatory activity. It's amber in colour, like lightly brewed black tea, and has a refreshing earthy taste, similar to that of green tea, but not as grassy-tasting. Unlike traditional tea, it doesn't taste bitter if you brew it too long. I recommend tasting coffee-leaf tea if you haven't. --------------------------------------------------------- Want an easy way to try it out? Check out our new Discovery Pack and get 20% OFF your next purchase!
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Ollie Cooper
Ollie Cooper Vancouver, CA / London, UK Ollie Cooper, aka @oilycopperpen, is a London UK native and new Vancouverite. With incredibly versatile style and a fantastic dry wit (must be a British thing?), he creates illustrations that are bound to make you think, cry, laugh, and ask yourself where the last half-hour just went. What makes you keep innovating and pushing your craft to new heights? What’s your true motivation? Simply loving what you do and getting lost in it. Pushing that to new heights comes from being inspired in different ways and places. If you could have tea with an idol or figure, who would it be? Why?  Bowie. So humble and ever changing. Just to hear some stories in that calming voice... So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A collaboration? Designing a sticker with Donald Trump hair and spreading it in cities across North, Central and South America. People wanting to have and spread my work with was amazing.  In regards to your craft, where do you want to be in 5 years? To be in a position where I can produce work in multiple countries and travel as much as possible Define your idea of ‘being wize’ or ‘having wizdom’ in the modern world. What is timeless about it? Making decisions wizely, living with wizdom and balance. What’s your favorite flavor of Wize Monkey Coffee Leaf tea? How do you drink it? Jasmine. I like to cool it and throw it in a green smoothie.
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Feature on New Hope Network
Wize Monkey disrupts the coffee and tea categories with a product that qualifies as both At last month's Natural Product's Expo West, we we're interviewed by the leading voice in the natural products industry New Hope Network. Little did we know, they featured us on their front page.  Check out the short video interview below. 
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Best Mission-Based Product at Expo West
Multi-award winning company Wize Monkey wins the New Hope NEXTY Award for Best Mission-Based Product at World’s Largest Natural Products Expo FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 13 2017: Vancouver, B.C.: Local, multi-award winning Coffee Leaf Tea company Wize Monkey has been internationally honored for its company mission to break the global poverty cycle in coffee communities through sustainable harvesting with a New Hope NEXTY Award. Judged on innovation, inspiration and integrity, Wize Monkey received the Best Mission-Based Product Award at the world’s largest natural products exposition Expo West which wrapped up March 12 in Anaheim California. The award marked Wize Monkey’s official debut in the United States, a key market for the future of Coffee Leaf Tea and this burgeoning brand. Recently, Wize Monkey won the Emerging Specialty Food Product of the Year Award at the Specialty Food Expo and Conference held in February. They also won Best International Trade Award at the Small Business BC Awards on February 24, and Product of the Year at the BCFPA Awards in spring 2016. And in 2015, less than one year after the company was founded, they won Best New Product at the 2015 World Tea Expo. “We feel very privileged to receive this distinguished award and are absolutely thrilled to be recognized for our company mission.” Said company co-founder and CEO Max Rivest. "It is such an honour to be here amongst some of the world’s most innovative and inspiring companies in the natural products industry. We dedicate this win to the farmers we work with because they are the true heroes." ---- About Wize Monkey Wize Monkey is the global leader in Coffee Leaf Tea production, research, and innovation. They are committed to revolutionizing the socioeconomics of coffee communities by harvesting the coffee leaf to create year-round jobs and mitigate systemic challenges within the coffee industry. Blossoming from a 2013 grad school project, Wize Monkey has since established itself as the world’s first Coffee Leaf Tea Company. They are vertically integrated from “Earth to Cup” out of Nicaragua and based in B.C. Founded by local Vancouverite Max Rivest, Arnaud Petitvallet who is from France, and Enrique Ferrufino who originates from Nicaragua, Wize Monkey Coffee Leaf Teas are available in five flavours and can now be found in more than 130 stores across Canada and has customers in over 35 countries since its official launch in 2015. To view Wize Monkey’s documentary series on the challenges of coffee farming and how the leaf is revolutionizing the industry for the better, visit: https://www.wizemonkey.com/pages/coffee-leaf-quest To learn more about the NEXTY Awards, visit: http://www.expowest.com/ew17/public/Content.aspx?ID=1065076 ------ Download PDF Press Release Download Image WE WON BEST MISSION-BASED PRODUCT AT THE WORLD'S BIGGEST NATURAL PRODUCTS EXPO!!! 🏆 🍾🍾 We are absolutely losing our minds right now and so grateful for this honour. Thank you #WizeCommunity for being the wind in our sails! Love you all!! • #CoffeeLeafTea #coffeeleaf #coffeeleaves #directtrade #earthtocup #farmdirect #NextyAwards #expowest #nexty #nexty2017 #naturaloroducts #newhopemedia #socialimpact #socialinnovation #impactinvesting #socialenterprise #foodinnovation #agtech @viawesome @scoutmagazine @dailyhivevancouver @ctvvancouver @cbcvancouver @globalbc @vancouversun @ehfvancouver @sauders3i @feedinggrowth #progessivefood #tea #champions #winners #drinktea #startuplife #pressrelease #innovation #healthylifestyle #disruptivetech #disruption A post shared by Wize Monkey (@wizemonkey) on Mar 13, 2017 at 12:50pm PDT New at #expowest: @wizemonkey Coffee Leaf Tea. Booth #M202 #bevstagram #tea #coffeeleaf A post shared by BevNET (@bevnet) on Mar 10, 2017 at 11:21am PST Wize Monkey Coffee Leaf Tea was a standout at Natural Products Expo West. The delicious tea is from the leaves of coffee plants, pruned during the off-season of bean harvesting, helping farmers and workers generate a year-round income. The new company was started by three young men from France 🇫🇷, Nicaragua 🇳🇮 and Canada 🇨🇦 (from left to right). . . . #coffee #tea #naturalproductsexpowest #naturalproducts #wizemonkey @wizemonkey #antioxidants #nicaragua #farming #france #monkeys #natural #expowest #drinks #bevs #coffeeleaftea A post shared by Adair Seldon (@lentil_breakdown) on Mar 12, 2017 at 12:30pm PDT
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Best International Trade at SBBC Awards
  Wize Monkey Wins “Best International Trade” at Small Business BC Awards, Looks to Continue Winning Streak at NEXTY Awards in California Next Month FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, February 24th, 2017 - Vancouver, BC – After a public vote and a panel of judges, Wize Monkey won “Best International Trade” at the Small Business BC Awards. They're honoured to be among the top small businesses in BC, let alone the thousands of them that trade internationally.The founders went up on stage and introduced everyone to Wize Miguel, their official mascot. They dedicated the award to the farmers they work with on their partner Enrique's farm, and all of the stakeholders who have worked so hard to create their multi-award winning product of Coffee Leaf Tea. Hot off winning the “Emerging Specialty Food Product of the Year” award at the Specialty Food Expo and Conference earlier this month, they look to keep their winning streak going into Expo West,  the world's largest natural products expo, where they're a finalist for 'Best Mission-Based Product' at the NEXTY Awards. This will be Wize Monkey's official debut in the United States, a key market for the future of Coffee Leaf Tea and this burgeoning brand. "We’re honoured to win an SBBC award and excited to share our multi-award winning innovation with the best retailers in the US next month at Expo. Hopefully we come home with some NEXTY hardware, too!" - Max Rivest, CEO For the official press release PDF and article image, click here.  Congrats to this year's #SBBCAwards winners! We're so proud to recognize passionate entrepreneurs in #BC like you 🏆 https://t.co/KaoFcxOy5l pic.twitter.com/h904nDI0nu — SmallBusinessBC (@SmallBusinessBC) February 24, 2017 Love that coffee leaf sidekick! Congrats on winning Best #InternationalTrade Award @WizeMonkey ! You make #Vancouverites proud! #SBBCAwards pic.twitter.com/Pdj6jIG6q7 — Betty T (@BettyPTian) February 24, 2017 .@WizeMonkey accepts Best Int. Trade award with a special sidekick Miguel. #sbbcawards pic.twitter.com/MofC9ETJHL — Neal Cranna (@NealCranna) February 24, 2017 Honoured to have won "Best International Trade" at the #SBBCawards last night. So where's the party tonight?? #Winner #Winning #AwardsParty #SeeYouAtTheGrammys #Smallbusiness #smallbizbc #vancity #coffeeleaftea #thinkoutsidethebean #bewize #livewize #tea #expowest #nextyaward #nexty #naturalproducts @dailyhivevancouver @604now @foodyensation #bcbusiness #socent #socialimpact #socialenterprise #impact #buyethical #buyconscious A post shared by Wize Miguel (@wizemiguel) on Feb 24, 2017 at 11:56am PST
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Product of the Year at Specialty Food Expo
Vancouver-based Coffee Tea Leaf Company Wins Emerging Specialty Food Product of the Year at 2017 Specialty Food Expo FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 19, 2017 - Vancouver, BC – 2017 is already looking good for Vancouver-based Wize Monkey who won the coveted award for “Emerging Specialty Food Product of the Year” at the Gluten-Free and Specialty Food Expo and Conference that took place last weekend at the Vancouver Convention Centre. With hundreds of vendors on-site and just over twenty other finalists up for the award, competition was steep.  “We’re absolutely ecstatic that West Coast consumers are connecting with our innovative product and mission to deliver a unique, high-end taste experience that also helps solve systemic issues in the coffee industry. This award is so appreciated and we’re excited to start off 2017 on the right foot!” – Wize Monkey co-founder, Max Rivest The Wize Monkey team is hoping to keep this winning streak alive when results are announced for Small Business BC’s “Best International Trade” award – for which they are shortlisted. Rapid growth in distribution within the BC markets have helped Wize Monkey see steady expansion of product offerings and increased availability online and in store with their unique Coffee Leaf Tea now sold in over 130 stores across Canada. With no sign of slowing down and in keeping with their “Earth to Cup” approach to business development and education, co-founders Max Rivest and Arnaud Petitvallet are speaking at TEDxYouth@SWCSS next month and serving their multi-award winning products at TEDxStanleyPark.   About Wize Monkey Wize Monkey is the global leader in Coffee Leaf Tea production, research, and innovation. They are committed to revolutionizing the socioeconomics of coffee communities by harvesting the coffee leaf to create year-round jobs and mitigate systemic challenges within the coffee industry. Blossoming from a 2013 grad school project, Wize Monkey has since established itself as the world’s first Coffee Leaf Tea company. They are vertically integrated from “Earth to Cup” out of Nicaragua and based in BC. Founded by local Vancouverite Max Rivest, Arnaud Petitvallet (France) and Enrique Ferrufino (Nicaragua), Wize Monkey CLTeas (available in five flavours) can now be found in more than 130 stores across Canada and has customers in over 35 countries since its official launch in 2015. - 30 – Please view video here. For more information, samples and additional images please contact: Danica Jeffery E: danica@dvinewrites.com | 778.242.7827 info@wizemonkey.com | www.wizemonkey.com | 604.839.7640   DOWNLOAD PDF COPY HERE 
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Whole Foods Top 10 2017 Food Trends on Global TV
Grant from Whole Foods outlines all the new 2017 Top Food trends and sure enough we're featured at 5:10 in the video. We had no idea they selected us so we started getting phone calls from friends telling us that we were on TV, pretty cool right? Thank you Grant for giving us the extra shout out!  
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Coffee Leaf Quest is LIVE!
Get an inside look at coffee farming's challenges and how Coffee Leaf Tea is creating a new craft industry that's helping to stabilize their economy.  We shot everything on the farm where we cultivate and innovate with the coffee leaf. You can find more info about the farm on our Source page.  SHORT VERSION(2m30s)   FULL  VERSION(13min in 3 parts)
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Over 100 stores across Canada
In the month of November, we've grown from only 25 stores on the westcoast to over 100 across Canada. We're ecstatic to have had such great traction with retailers, and we can see that that market is ready for Coffee Leaf Tea.  Check out the live Google Map below of all our retailers, plus cafes and restaurants that also serve our product.
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Interview in BC Business Magazine
We're featured in BC Business Magazine's November issue, check out the full article online here.
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Earl Grey and Jasmine Now Available
After over a year of waiting for the right recipe and right timing, we've launched our favourite new CLTeas, Earl Grey and Jasmine. These are deliciously smooth teas bring forward the classic flavours of bergamot essence and jasmine flowers, without all the stuffy tea bitterness or "granny's tea-time" associated with it. We probably should have called them Earl Un-Grey and Jumpin' Jasmine... maybe for the next packaging run, we'll see. These new flavours are available in select stores, and always available in our online shop.
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