The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® Introduces Califia Farms’ Popular Barista Blend at Participating Stores Nationwide

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Plant-based milk sales and taste leader brings creamy, steamy, non-dairy blend to The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® stores

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Califia Barista Blend Almondmilk is specifically designed for baristas to create great foam and was chosen because of its amazing flavor and great mouthfeel...it blends really well with our coffees and teas to craft great tasting dairy-free beverages.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, the oldest and largest privately-held specialty premium coffee and tea retailer in the United States, is now offering Califia Farms’ popular Barista Blend Almondmilk as a non-dairy steaming and foaming option at participating store locations. Califia Farms, which is known for having the best tasting Almondmilk on the market and is the sales leader in the natural channel*, specially formulated this blend for baristas to smoothly integrate with coffees and teas.

“The Califia Barista Blend Almondmilk is specifically designed for baristas to create great foam and was chosen because of its amazing flavor and great mouthfeel,” said Nurit Raich, Director, New Product Innovation for The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® brand. “It blends really well with our coffees and teas
to craft great tasting dairy-free beverages for our guests.”

The go-to alternative dairy choice for baristas, Califia Farms Barista Blend is made super creamy through an artisan process that uses whole blanched almonds (unlike other almond milks on the market that use reconstituted almond paste), resulting in a creamier texture that is free of gluten and carrageenan. Barista Blend is also non-GMO, kosher, vegan and low in sugar, and is part of a range of plant-based creamers that have made Califia Farms the fastest-growing non-dairy creamer in the natural channel.

“We are thrilled to join with The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® brand to provide this delicious dairy-, soy- and lactose-free option for their customers,” said Brian Lovejoy, GM of Coffee at Califia Farms. “We developed Barista Blend in close collaboration with baristas to ensure it delivers the right foam structure when steamed and a perfect flavor balance to let the coffee and tea lead, which is particularly important for the fantastic range of curated coffees and teas offered by The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® stores.”

Califia Farms Barista Blend will be sampled at the Western Foodservices Expo August 27th – 29th Booth #1422 in Los Angeles.

In addition to Barista Blend, Califia Farms line of nutmilk based creamers available at retailers nationwide, include four flavors of its dairy-free alternative to Half & Half, Better Half, and seven flavors of its nut milk Creamers. Unlike many non-dairy creamers, Califia Farms’ creamers contain zero hydrogenated oil, zero high fructose corn syrup, zero artificial whiteners and are notable for their great flavor and plant-powered deliciousness.

About Califia Farms (pronounced “Cal-ah-FEE-yuh”)
Inspired by Queen Califia, the mythical namesake of the state of California, and headed by beverage visionary Greg Steltenpohl, Los Angeles-based Califia Farms was founded in 2010 and is one of the fastest-growing natural beverage companies in the U.S. It has become the number one nutmilk and refrigerated RTD coffee brand in the natural channel by creating innovative, healthy and great-tasting premium beverages that make it easy for consumers to go ‘plant-powered’ and live dairy-free, without compromise. Califia is on a mission is to discover and share ‘what plants can do’ to help achieve whole body health and to encourage wider adoption of plant-based foods and beverages for the good of our planet.

About The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®
Born and brewed in Southern California since 1963, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® is the oldest and largest privately-held specialty coffee and tea retailer in the United States. Embodying a passion for connecting loyal guests to one another with carefully handcrafted products, the company is known for sourcing and providing the finest ingredients and flavors from around the world. For more than 50 years, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® has demonstrated a passion for product innovation epitomized by The Original Ice Blended® drink. The company has grown to be an international icon and currently has over 1,100 stores in close to 30 countries. Please visit CoffeeBean.com for more information.

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*SPINScan Natural Channel 52 Wks end 5.12.17. Califia’s Almondmilks are cited as the best tasting Almondmilks by multiple publications including Buzzfeed, My Recipes, New Hope, PopSugar, Refinery29, Spoon University, and The Independent

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