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Tea Lyfe Breathes New Life Into Tea-Based Beverage Offerings

By Pamela Sosnowski

Tea Lyfe is redefining tea drinking and could probably turn the most diehard java lover into a tea fan. The San Jose-based company sells organic tea fusion drinks using only the best premium ingredients, including local raw honey and milk from Northern California pasture-raised cows.

The company was launched two years ago by Candy Gomez Bui, who was inspired by both the desire to be her own boss and her love of organic food. While pregnant with her first child she began eating organic and farm fresh ingredients and when her son was a toddler, she started shopping around for a business venture.

"I was spending all my weekends at farmers markets with my son, so I decided I would start a farmers market boba station," she recalls. "The concept was to sell Mexican drinks and milk teas using local seasonal ingredients along with organic milk. One day while working on that idea I decided to drive around Vietnam town and see what it would take to open a brick and mortar. I never imagined that I would actually open a brick and mortar but I wanted to get an idea of what that would look like."

Her brick and mortar is now located in San Jose's Grand Century shopping mall, in a suite that is decorated with natural wood and plants to reflect the company's green values. It has its own mascot, Theo, aka Boba Bear (boba are small tapioca balls often added to Asian teas to add a chewy sensation when sipping the beverage.) The store also hosts open mike music events featuring local musicians.

The menu consists of premium teas, specialty drinks, coffee, house waffles (which come in sweet or savory flavors such as Vietnamese coffee churro and pumpkin spice) and handmade macarons. Some of the milk tea specialties include traditional Thai tea, lychee black milk tea, jasmine green milk tea, and horchata, which is a Mexican milk-based drink. The store also offers non-milk teas such as mango rose, and tropical sangria.

Gomez Bui doesn't hesitate when asked what her favorite variety is. "One of my current favorite drinks is the citrus therapy because it feels very soothing when I drink it hot," she says. "Its a blend of organic lemon grass, organic honey bush and chamomile served with fresh lemon and local raw honey. When we use honey in our teas we want to make sure that we are supporting local and finding the best ingredients."

Tea Lyfe is open most days from 12 PM to 10 PM, varying with holidays. The store will be celebrating its two-year anniversary on January 28 with a photo booth in the afternoon and live music as part of the festivities. So stop by, try something new, support the local organic food industry, and breathe new "lyfe" into your beverage choices!

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Pamela Sosnowski is a freelance writer, social media manager, contributor for REBEAT...

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