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David de Candia, a renowned tea specialist, recently visited Manila for a series of workshops called “Discover Tea.” He had a very informative discussion with the guests who were also treated to different activities such as identifying tea blends, knowing the right amount of brewing time and other important aspects into the exciting world of tea.

David, who is also The Coffee Bean Tea Leaf’s senior director for Tea, also crafted a special blend exclusively for Filipinos: Paradise Blend.

A fruity infusion of Philippine tropical fruits — mango, orange and carrots with Rooibos tea — it has notes of apple and citrus. This herbal tea infusion was specifically created with the Filipino taste in mind, said David.

“Our Philippine partners from The Coffee Bean Tea Leaf (CBTL) sent me different ingredients from their country. From there, I got the inspiration to make this blend,” he added.

“IT’S not just about the price, it’s not just about availability, it’s about creating something that nobody else has,” said Tea master David de Candia.

The Paradise Blend is a refreshing take on tea that can be either enjoyed hot or cold and is available in all CBTL stores nationwide.

David didn’t just become a tea master overnight; in fact, it took him 21 years to hone his craft and continuously discovering and creating blends. He has gained a lot of awards and recognitions for his tea mastery and has been appointed by the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka as the Ambassador of Ceylon Tea for North America and Canada.

During his presentation, David explained how the tea leaves are sourced, how it is prepared and how to best enjoy it.

“We’ve tried the best that we can do to elevate the importance of a direct source relationship at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. When we’re dealing with grower-direct relationships, we can create a product to be exactly what we want. And it’s not just about the price, it’s not just about availability, it’s about creating something that nobody else has,” said David.

“If I can, I’d study more about what Filipinos like and do more blends for them. After all, we are not The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf if we don’t continue innovating.”

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