The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® Welcomes Master Tea Blender, David De Candia, to Texas Locations

One of the World’s Leading Tea Experts Visits to Share Tea Knowledge and Launch The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s Texas-Exclusive Blend, Ten Gallon Tea

Austin, TX, November 16, 2009 --( The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is thrilled to welcome its international tea expert, David De Candia, to its Texas stores the week of November 16th. One of the world’s foremost experts on tea, De Candia will be in Austin to share tea knowledge and brewing techniques with The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s baristas and store managers. In anticipation of his visit, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has recently introduced a new tea blend that will be sold exclusively in Texas – Ten Gallon Tea.

De Candia hand selects the finest teas from across the globe that are used in The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s signature beverages. He is responsible for the company’s tea research, buying, blending, packaging and quality control.

“David’s passion for tea resonates in every aspect of his work, including ensuring that the company maintains the highest standards, and consistently improves the quality of life for those who live and work on the company’s tea growing estate in Sri Lanka,” said Bill Duffy, Chief Operating Officer of Lone Star Bean, a franchise of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®. “We’re very fortunate to have David here to generate excitement surrounding our distinctive tea drinks, including our newest, Ten Gallon Tea.”

In celebration of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s® introduction into the Texas market, De Candia handcrafted a rich Assam tea called Ten Gallon Tea, which is available exclusively at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® locations in Texas. With a sweet flavor and aroma imparting peach notes, this black tea is high in tannins, creating wondrous gold, red and brown hues.

While in Texas, De Candia’s goal is to help instill deeper knowledge and passion for tea varieties and blends among the Texas-based Coffee Bean® baristas. He’ll explain the origins of tea, how he carefully sources the leaves and ingredients, teas are blended, and how to brew the perfect cup.

Lone Star Bean, an independently owned and operated franchisee of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, currently has two locations in Austin - 221 S. Lamar Blvd. (one block south of Lady Bird Lake), and 3718 N. Lamar Blvd. (on the southwest corner of North Lamar & 38th Street).

About Lone Star Bean, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s Texas Franchisee
Founded in 2009, Lone Star Bean, currently has two locations within Austin. Lone Star Bean is the locally owned Texas franchisee of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, the oldest and largest privately-held specialty coffee and tea retail business in the United States. Embodying a passion for connecting loyal customers 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 over 45 years, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has demonstrated a passion for product innovation epitomized by The Original Ice Blended® beverage. The company currently has more than 740 stores; 270 of which are company owned while 470 are franchised. These stores blanket the world in markets such as California, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Hawaii, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Brunei, Indonesia, UAE, Israel, China, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Egypt, Qatar, Bahrain, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Mexico and the Philippines, and the chain continues to expand both domestically and internationally. For address, store information and hours, visit

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