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Issue Date: Vol. 54, No. 1, January 2014, Posted On: 1/8/2014

Toronto's Imperial Coffee Enhances OCS With Brew-By-Pot Teas

Emily Jed
TAGS: office coffee service, office refreshments, OCS supplies, tea supplies, Imperial Coffee and Services, brew tea by the pot, Pluck Tea, brew-by-pot tea solution, Drip Tea, automatic tea brewing, Jennifer Commins, Mark Steine

TORONTO -- Imperial Coffee and Services Inc.'s customers can now brew tea by the pot, using the standard coffee brewing equipment already in their breakrooms.

The Toronto-based office coffee service provider asked its supplier, Pluck Tea, to develop a brew-by-pot solution for its customers as an alternative to the standard tea bag. Rising to the challenge, Pluck Tea created Drip Tea, which comes with premeasured packs to steep up to 64 fl.oz. of hot tea at the press of a button.

The premeasured Drip Tea pack fits in a standard coffee filter and brews directly into the chosen carafe, airpot or thermos, providing a convenient solution for meetings, cafeterias, banquets and anywhere else that multiple cup servings are required.

Pluck's Drip Tea is available in Orange Pekoe, Earl Grey cream, chocolate mint rooibos and lemon-ginger.

"Imperial Coffee issued a challenge -- to create a solution for customers wanting to steep whole pots of tea at the office, without purchasing complicated, specialty equipment," said Jennifer Commins, president of Toronto-based Pluck Tea. "After many months of blending, testing and sipping, we are very proud of the result."

Pluck Tea sells its loose-leaf teas to restaurants, hotels, offices and retail stores. All of its products are blended and packaged at its downtown Toronto headquarters.

Imperial Coffee and Services has provided office coffee and water service in Toronto and Ontario since 1974. "We're proud of our record of innovation and industry leadership," said Imperial Coffee and Services president Mark Steiner, "so this partnership was a natural step that made perfect sense."

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