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Thomas Coffee launches antioxidant-rich coffee blend

April 30th 11:04am, 2010

043010_thomascoffeeIn an attempt to bring sustainability and health into the java-making process, St. Louis-based Thomas Coffee has launched an antioxidant-enriched coffee blend. The new specialty coffee uses the whole coffee fruit – the bean and the outer casing called the coffee cherry, which is known to be high in antioxidants.

“Rather than discard the coffee cherry as a waste product, we wanted to find a way to be more sustainable by working with it,” stated Bob Betz, president and CEO of Thomas Coffee. Betz explained that the process entails roasting and grinding the beans while separately drying the coffee cherry and grinding that to the same consistency as the beans before mixing the two.

According to Betz, the company’s Premium Blend With Coffeeberry coffee is 20 percent higher in antioxidants than premium blend Thomas Coffee. The packaging reads that a cup of this gourmet coffee “has the antioxidant potential of a half cup of fresh blueberries,” another fruit high in antioxidants, which are thought by some in the medical industry to protect against health issues caused by oxidative damage, including heart disease and certain kinds of cancer.

Betz stated that a beverage prepared with Thomas Coffee’s specialty product does provide an energy boost – though not in the sense of caffeine jitters – as well as a different, yet pleasant taste. “Our No. 1 concern was the taste,” said Betz, noting that it took the company six months to perfect the blend.

Premium Blend With Coffeeberry ground coffee is best used with a drip machine or a French press, although Betz noted that in 2011, the company hopes to offer an antioxidant-enriched whole bean and an espresso blend. Thomas Coffee can be found at most area supermarkets.

– Ligaya Figueras

By Bryan A. Hollerbach

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One Response to “Thomas Coffee launches antioxidant-rich coffee blend”

  1. jura espresso machine Says:
    January 24th, 2011 at 3:13 am

    never had thomas before. going to amazon now to get some shipped.

    you should add a link, i’d buy through it since you gave a good review

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