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WizeWorld Volume 61
Welcome to the 61st volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we're looking at how best to appreciate our bodies.  An examination of the body when giving up sugar. An interview with the California athlete Krishna Curry. Now Playing: bb, please. Safety regulations being applied for sex toys.   Read The BBC gives a multifaceted look at what exactly happens to our bodies when we attempt to give up sugar.      Special Feature California athlete, Krishna Curry sits down for an interview to talk about the discovery of her athletic prowess, her perseverance, and desire to keep progressing as an athlete.        Listen This week's playlist is curated by Grump. A Views from the 6ix-esque playlist, featuring songs from Bad Bunny, Kali Uchis, Popcaan and much more   Good News  The sex toy industry will finally have to adhere to a set of international quality standards in the production of their sexual aids. It's all thanks to years of efforts from the makers themselves.        Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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WizeWorld Volume 60
Welcome to the 60th volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we're looking at restoring a bit of rejuvenation into life.  The benefits of a low-sugar diet. An interview with the Calgary mountain biker Reece Wallace. Now Playing: Easy Now Vibrancy through street art.   Read The Philadelphia Inquirer dives into the science of cardiology to explore the benefits of a low-sugar diet.    Special Feature Calgary mountain biker Reece Wallace sits down for an interview to talk about his inspirations and sheer love of biking.        Listen This weeks playlist is curated by GMan. It features cuts from Tems, Earth, Wind & Fire, Bill Withers and much more. Intended to be played front to back, and perfect for the restaurant or store front.       Good News  Brazilian artists Douglas de Castro and Renato Reno are bringing their murals across the world, livening up the globe with their signature style and vibrancy.        Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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WizeWorld Volume 59
Welcome to the 59th volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we're looking at building support systems for ourselves and others.  How sugar impacts our skin health. An interview with the Vancouver skateboarder Marucs Denis. Now Playing: Monster Scotland passes landmark education reform for LGBTQ+ history.   Read Femina delivers an in depth look at the ways in which sugar can deeply impact the the health of our skin.   Special Feature Vancouver skateboarder, Marcus Denis, sits down for an interview to talk about his persistence, inspirations and support systems.   Listen This weeks playlist is curated by Keke, a representative of Cote First Nation. Amplifying Indigenous voices in the wake of Truth and Reconciliation Day.   Good News  Scotland becomes the first country in the world to require LGBTQ+ history be taught in schools.     Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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WizeWorld Volume 58
Welcome to the 58th volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we're looking the accomplishment of lofty goals.  How the pandemic is exacerbating the effects of sugar intake. An interview with the Vancouver skateboarder Malik Walker. Now Playing: Midnight Michael Coel's historic Emmy win.   Read Healthline delivers a guide to circumventing the pandemic's compounding effects on sugar consumption.    Special Feature Vancouver skateboarder, Malik Walker, sits down for an interview to talk about his earliest inspirations, and his desire to grow and give back.   Listen This week's playlist is curated by Boa. A slow-tuned R&B playlist featuring songs from ‘PARTYNEXTDOOR, blxst, Snoh Aalerra, and much more.      Good News  On Sunday, September 21, multi-hyphenate entertainer Michaela Coel, became the first Black woman to win an Emmy for outstanding writing for a mini-series.     Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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WizeWorld Volume 57
Welcome to the 57th volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we're looking at acknowledging all of our options.  Breakdown books that will help you to curb your sugar habits. An interview with the Vancouver Island based hip hop duo Jackson & Carlow (Funkanometry) Now Playing: Hit Parade F1 driver Lewis Hamilton, buying a Met Gala ticket for up and coming Black designers.   Read A Sweet Life put together a list of twelve books to help those looking quit sugar.     Special Feature  Vancouver Island breakdance duo, Jackson & Carlow aka Funkanometry, sit down for an interview to talk about challenging themselves, and connecting with their audience.   Listen Wize Collective Artist Set C claps back with this weeks WizeRadio playlist "Hit Parade,” featuring cuts from Seb C himself, MMNR, Boslen and much more    Good News  F1 driver Lewis Hamilton used is Met Gala ticket for good this week, inviting several independent black designers to sit at his table to further their work in the industry.   Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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WizeWorld Volume 56
Welcome to the 56th volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we're looking the power of dynamic lifestyle.  A realistic guide to living sugar free. An interview with the Nanaimo photographer Marcus Paladino. Now Playing: Power House Black-led sustainable farming coming to Harlem.   Read Parade puts forward a realistic and sustainable guide for a sugar-free lifestyle.       Special Feature   Nanaimo photographer, Marcus Paladino, sits down for an interview to talk about his early days of shooting, and the launch of his new book.   Listen This week's playlist is curated by Clu. A rhythmically self-explanatory playlist chock full of house beats to get your feet pumping.      Good News  Vice gives a hopeful and dynamic look at how two Black farmers are dismantling the food desserts that have plagued Harlem communities.     Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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WizeWorld Volume 55
Welcome to the 55th volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we're looking at building brands and maintaining transparency.  An examination of popular sugary drinks that increase inflammation. An interview with the Vancouver DJ Seb C. FILL IN The crusade for reliable coverage of climate change.   Read Eat This unveils a dynamic look at how exactly popular sugary drinks can cause inflammation in the body.      Special Feature Vancouver DJ, Seb C, sits down for an interview to talk about how he discovered his talent, and how he continues to grow as an artist.    Listen A classic house mix is always a good thing, especially on a long weekend Friday! Deep, underground and soulful house to get you vibin'.    Good News  Grist unveils an in-depth look at how coverage of climate change has become more transparent and accurate over the past year.     Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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WizeWorld Volume 54
Welcome to the 54th volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we're looking at how tried and true traditions can change over time. An examination of gut health when exposed to too much sugar. An interview with the Vancouver-based creative tastemaker Garret Louie. Now Playing: Innerspace Australia's growing commitment to solar power. Read Elemental puts forth an interesting look at how generations of sugar intake have deeply impaired the gut health of humans.   Special Feature Vancouver tastemaker, Garret Louie sits down for an interview to talk about his ever-growing myriad of creative endeavours.    Listen The week's mix is curated by Bob. Give into the slow and steady. The honey bee descends into your ear and its wings carry you into the belly of the sky.        Good News  For a moment in August, over half the electricity generation in Australia came from solar power.    Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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WizeCocktail: The Wize Guy
Enjoy this infusion of sweet sensations. A blended mix of mango, whiskey and rum, with honey to taste and a spritz of lemon juice for a dulcet tasting refreshment.  1.0z Whiskey (Canadian Club) 1oz Rum (Havana) 2oz Wize Mango Iced Tea ½oz Honey 1/2oz Lemon Juice Shake all together Strain over ice (top with Wize if needed) Garnish with lemon wedge   Enjoy Wizely, fam! Order Wize Original Iced Tea today
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WizeCocktail: Spiked Iced Tea Lemonade
Enjoy this citric refresher. A perfect amalgamation of lemon, and mint, with a sharp melody of vodka for revitalization.   3/4oz Vodka  1.4oz Cointreau  1oz lemon juice 2oz Wize lemon iced tea ½oz simple 3-4 mint pieces  Muddle mint and simple syrup Add rest of ingredients Dump into short rocks glass Garnish with lemon wheel   Enjoy Wizely, fam! Order Wize Original Iced Tea today
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WizeCocktail: Mango Gin
Partake this sweet-tasting cocktail with a bite of gin. Mixed to perfection with notes of maple, lemon and mango for a perfectly concocted refresher. 1.5oz Gin .5oz Cointreau  1oz Lemon juice ¼oz Maple Syrup 2oz Wize Mango Iced Tea Shake all together Strain over ice Garnish with frozen mango/mint sprig   Enjoy Wizely, fam! Order Wize Original Iced Tea today
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WizeCocktail: Grapefruit Vodka
This citrusy sprits is full of grapefruit vibrance. It's crafted to perfection with sweet hints of syrup and a dash of vodka for flavour.   1 oz grapefruit vodka 1 oz grapefruit juice  2-3 grapefruit chunks 1/2 oz simple syrup 2 oz Wize Grapefruit Iced Tea  Muddle grapefruit and simple syrup Add the rest of the ingredients Shake together and strain over ice Garnish with grapefruit wheel   Enjoy Wizely, fam! Order Wize Grapefruit Iced Tea today
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WizeCocktail: Spiked Ginger Lemon Iced Tea
This spiked concoction is a perfect blend for the tastebuds. It's an invigorating twist on honeyed iced tea with delicate hints of vodka and ginger.   1 oz Vodka 1/2 oz Lemon juice 1/4 oz Honey  2 oz Wize Lemon Iced Tea  1 oz Ginger ale Shake all together Strain over ice  Garnish with Lemon wedge    Enjoy Wizely, friends! Order Wize Lemon Iced Tea today
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WizeWorld Volume 53
Welcome to the 53rd volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we’re taking a look building upon our foundations. A guide to living with less sugar. An interview with the Vancouver photographer Brandon Artis. Now Playing: Fast Life How Hawaiian chefs are keeping their native culture vibrant through food   Read A new guide from Longevity Life brings readers a comprehensive guide on how to live life with less sugar.   Special Feature Vancouver photographer, Brandon Artis sits down for an interview to talk about helping others build their brands, as well as his professional exploits.   Listen   The week's mix is curated by Flores. This playlist is a fully formed collection of mellow, thoughtful bangers perfect for any late night.        Good News   Hawaiian chef, Sheldon Simeon talks to Bon Appétit about preserving and celebrating the past, present and future of Hawaiian culture through food.   Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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WizeWorld Volume 52
Welcome to the 52nd volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we’re taking a look at the case for major changes, as well as preservation. Vox makes the case for eliminating sugar. An interview with the Tofino surfer, Emily Ballard. Now Playing: Grime Hitters Sculpture art based in the power of therapeutic ritual.   Read A new Vox piece looks at a new book from author Gary Taubes, making the case for people to try to eliminate sugar completely.    Special Feature Tofino surfer, Emily Ballard sits down for an interview to talk about her earliest aspirations, and ambitious surf future.   Listen The week's mix is curated by Lemon. It features some of the best and gnarliest grime music to nod your head to.   Good News Brooklyn artist, Guadalupe Maravilla creates totemic structures and sound-centric art to preserve the therapeutic properties of Indigenous ceremony.   Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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WizeWorld Volume 51
Welcome to the 51th volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we’re taking a look at how we can lead the way for others. Coffee's unfortunate link to dementia. An interview with the Ontario snowboarder, Jasmine Baird Now Playing: That Go!  Dolly Parton's contribution to Black communities. Read A new study from Yahoo News, shows how an over-abundance of coffee consumption can lead to decreased brain capacity and dementia.    Special Feature Ontario snowboarder, Jasmine Baird sits down for an interview to talk about her earliest supporters, and her persistence with skill building. Listen The week's mix is curated by Geni3. It's an up-tempo collection of rap and trap, with no shortage of lyricism.  Good News Since symbolically handing over the rights to the song I Will Always Love You, to Whitney Houston in 1992, Dolly Parton has since used her royalties from the song to enrich and support black communities in Houston's name.  Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.  
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WizeWorld Volume 50
Welcome to the 50th volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we’re taking a look adversity and transparency.    An expose on the underpayment of coffee producers within the coffee industry. An interview with Ontario snowboarder, Kody Williams Now Playing: Sugar Honey Iced Tea. A monumental olympic medal for the Philippines.    Read A new piece from the Sprudge examines the litany of coffee brands who aren't paying their producers a livable wage.   Special Feature Ontario snowboarder, Kody Williams, sits down for an interview about pushing through adversity. Listen This week's playlist is curated by Jace, a combination of up-tempo hip hop and smooth, melodic R&B for the back half of Summer.   Good News Filipino weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz set an Olympic record en route to earning the Philippines its country's first ever gold medal.   Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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WizeWorld Volume 49
Welcome to the 49th volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we’re taking a look how we can influence future generations.   A documentary recommendation for Netflix's "Explained" series, focussing on sugar. An interview with Squamish skier Ryder Bulfone Now Playing: Summer House Party A new sustainable line of high fashion from Iris Van Herpen.   Read This week is less of a read and more of a watch. It's the latest episode from Netflix's "Explained" series, all about the bitter truth behind sugar.   Special Feature Squamish skier Ryder Bulfone sits down for an interview about earliest ambitions, as well as the next generation of athletes and action sports.    Listen Flows from hip hop, to dance, house, and funk. Best enjoyed played in order, with a Wize grapefruit iced tea in hand.      Good News Nashville predators prospect Luke Prokop becomes the first active NHL player to come out as gay.    Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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WizeWorld Volume 48
Welcome to the 48th volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we’re taking a look factors that can effect future generations. The UK government aiming to curb sugar advertisements aimed at children. An interview with North Vancouver mountain biker, Michelle Pittam A mix of hot tempo, high energy hip hop. A new sustainable line of high fashion from Iris Van Herpen.   Read The UK government has decided to ban the airing of advertisements for sweets and other sugary food and drink before 9pm, as to prevent large numbers of children from viewing unhealthy advertisements.     Special Feature North Vancouver mountain biker, Michelle Pittam sits down for an interview detailing her relation to those athletes who both came before her, and paved the way for her ambitions.   Listen WizeRadio's playlist is curated by RhyRhy this week. It's a compilation of up-tempo rap music with knocking rhythms, perfect for gyration and vibration.   Good News Fashion designer Iris Van Herpen is rolling out a new line of clothing, turning recycled plastic waste into high fashion structure.   Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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WizeWorld Volume 47
Welcome to the 47th volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we’re taking a look at offering our gifts and information unto others.   How sugary drinks may lead to colon cancer. An interview with the snowboarder Irie Smith. A breezy mix, perfect for the warm weather.  A landmark decision for transparency in produce sales across Europe.   Read A new report from the New York Times details sugary drinks playing a role in the rising number of young adults developing colon cancer.    Special Feature Whistler snowboarder Irie Smith sits down for an interview to discuss her accomplished dreams, as well as her affection for connecting people with nature.  Listen WizeRadio's playlist is curated by Des this week. It's a solid collection of hip hop, perfect for the Summer months, ideal to groove to with a classic two-step underneath the July sun.   Good News Starting in 2022 food and drink products across Europe will be given environmental ratings to help people make sustainable choices when buying.     Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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WizeWorld Volume 46
Welcome to the 46th volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we’re taking a look at remaining creative, functional, and multi-dimensional.   Caffeine's adverse effect on productivity and task management. An interview with the brilliant photographer Brandon Artis. A mix with high energy hip-hop, and low trap-infused beats.  A massive and eco-friendly production change from LEGO. Read According to the CBC, a new study indicates caffeine's ill-effects on the ability to maintain functionality.    Special Feature Check out the trailer for the short film Joe Buffalo, a powerful short documenting the riveting path of Vancouver skater, Joe Buffalo.   Listen WizeRadio's playlist is curated by Marvel this week. It's a long collection of trap music, with multi-genre hip-hop used throughout, implementing some groovier vibes.   Good News Lego, one of the world's largest toy manufacturers, is switching it's production methods and will begin creating its bricks out of recycled plastic.    Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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WizeWorld Volume 45
Welcome to the 45th volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we’re taking a moment to spotlight Indigenous creators and trailblazers in honour of Indigenous People's Day. An exposé into the Tla-o-qui-aht surf team. Some work from Indigenous artist, Emily Kewageshig. A gorgeous amalgamation of Indigenous music.  A new player-identity milestone for the NFL.    Special Feature Tla-o-qui-aht surf team is currently making waves, inspiring and cultivating a new generation of surfers.    Special Feature  Indigenous artist, Emily Kewageshig's art is a terrific canvas of colour and story, capturing soul and history with each piece of work.    Listen WizeRadio's playlist is curated by Keanu this week. At just under and hour, it's a beautiful tapestry of Indigenous music.       Good News Las Vegas Raiders' defensive lineman, Carl Nassib breaks Barries across American sports, becoming the first openly-gay player in the history of the NFL.    Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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WizeWorld Volume 44
Welcome to the 44th volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we’re simply recognizing what needs to be done.   A deep dive into the horror of processed food. An interview with skateboarder Pierre-Yves Frappier. A mellow mix of upbeat strings and snazzy percussion.  Juneteenth finally becoming a federal holiday in the United States.   Read An exposé from the BBC, examines how processed foods have transformed from beacons of innovation to havens of unhealthiness.    Special Feature Quebec skateboarder Pierre-Yves Frappier sits down to talk about motivation, health and sobriety.    Listen Artist Pendamental delivers a high energy, yet incredibly mellow mix that clocks in at about eighty minutes. It's got a transfixing combination of acoustic strings and soft percussion to soothe the mind.   Good News The US Senate has unanimously passed a bill along to the House that would finally recognize Juneteenth -- the date upon which chattel slavery in the US was eliminated -- as a federal holiday.   Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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WizeWorld Volume 43
Welcome to the 43rd volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we’re at the differences between progression and stagnation. A widespread reckoning of healthy food standards. An interview with surfer, Jamaal Cunningham. A mix of sweet, peppy rap  Bandaids are finally becoming more inclusive.    Read Food companies are on the verge of a massive reckoning after an exposé from The Financial Times sheds light on how companies aren't living up to the standard of what can be considered healthy food.     Special Feature Surfer, Jamaal Cunningham sits down for an interview about his passions and his path toward consistent progressions.   Listen WizeRadio's playlist is curated by DJ Seko this week. It's the whole gamut of rap, with old school tunes, newer melodies, deep cuts, and mainstream hits.   Good News Ontario native, Tianna McFarlane has created darker-toned bandaids, providing diverse and more understated options for those with darker skin.   Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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WizeWorld Volume 42
Welcome to the 42nd volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we're looking at what motivates us to be better.  A push for clearer information on food labelling. An interview with the brilliant drag queen Kendall Gender (aka Kenneth Wyse). A curated mix of breezy, harmonic tunes .  Artist, Lauren Halsey's ability to give back to her community.   Read Public health experts in India are asking for clearer health information on food packaging as to fight childhood obesity.    Special Feature Drag queen, Kendall Gender (aka Kenneth Wyse) sits down for an interview about expansive influence, popularity and performance.   Listen WizeRadio's playlist is curated by Chels this week. It's a laidback mix of serenity and vibe for the warm air.    Good News Lauren Halsey's musical stylings can be traced back to South-Central Los Angeles, since making a name for herself, she's begun giving back to that same community.   Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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WizeWorld Volume 41
Welcome to the 41st volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we’re looking at being the best version of yourself.   How to gauge the effects of your sugar intake. An interview with the music artist Seb C. A west coast infused array or hip-hop. Women using movement to cope with health diagnoses.   Read INSIDER delivers a report on how to tell when we're having too much sugar, before we even realize it.    Special Feature Seb C, Vancouver DJ, talks about finding his influences in the BC wilderness and his constant push to be the best iteration of himself.   Listen WizeRadio's playlist is curated by Uncle Rico this week. A perfectly breezy collection of music for kickbacks and, as the title says, cook outs.    Good News MoveDanceFeel is a new form of physical therapy designed to amplify women ownership of their bodies in the face of cancer diagnoses   Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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WizeWorld Volume 40
Welcome to the 40th volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we’re taking a look at how some paths are discovered right away, and how others take time to materialize. Coca-Cola discontinues another soda. An interview with the brilliant artist Jenavieve Louie. A nasty rhythmic mix.  The UK's first non-binary mayor.   Read Coca-Cola's energy drink hybrid has been discontinued in North America, just a year after it hit the shelves.    Special Feature Artist, Jenavieve Louie sits down for an interview to discuss her artistic process, her early love of art, and her commitment to challenging herself. Listen MOTAT delivers a sort of ghoulish beat, delving into hip-hop and chaotic yet impactful rhythms to create a nasty groove.   Good News Owen Hurcom has become the UK's first openly non-binary mayor, having been elected by the city council of Bangor, Northwest Wales.   Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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WizeWorld Volume 39
Welcome to the 39th volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we’re taking a look at those who always manage to remember where they started from.  How sugary drinks can effect intestinal health. An interview with the snowboarder and Jackie Carlson. Some light grooving tunes for your ears.  An NFL draftee giving back to his community.   Read According to Medical News Today women under the age of 50 are at heavy risk of developing bowel cancer as a result of sugary drinks.    Special Feature  Snowboarder, Jackie Carlson sits down for an interview about her athletic history, coaches and many past and potential starting points.    Listen Planet Giza delivers a brassy and light mix to groove to. At just under and hour this track the perfect combination of lo-fi, swing, jazz and hip-hop.    Good News Newly drafted Steelers running back Najee Harris returned to his Bay Area community on draft night, hosting a draft party at the homeless shelter he grew up in.    Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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WizeWorld Volume 38
Welcome to the 38th volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we’re taking a look collaboration and combination.   How sugar can cause inflammation with in the body. An interview with the colourful visual artist and Russell Morland (LURK). A short, drifting hybrid mix.  A new microbial milestone for the fight against climate change.   Read Parade delivers a piece on sugar's contribution to inflammation, and how our body reacts to overly sugared desserts.   Special Feature Visual artist, Russell Morland, aka LURK, sat down to talk about the magic of collaboration, vibrance and creativity.    Listen MOTAT delivers a high concept mix clocking in at just under twenty minutes. Its dreamy combination of hip-hop, snare, piano and sax makes it feel almost unreal.   Good News A new breakthrough in science has discovered climate-helping microbes that eat dead plants without releasing heat-trapping methane.   Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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WizeWorld Volume 37
Welcome to the 37th volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we’re taking a look at the development and creation of that which we didn't think was possible.   How to excessive energy drinks can lead to heart failure. An interview with snowboarder, Truth Smith. A grooving retro mix that borrows from an array of instruments.  Spain's landmark decision on animal rights.   Read The BBC delivers an expose on how one student's reliance on energy drinks led to his development of heart failure.   Special Feature Snowboarder, Truth Smith sits down for an interview detailing his ambitions to expand his borders, exposure and talents.    Listen From artist, ROLLOVERMILANO, comes a groovy mix with 80s sensibilities that leans heavily on percussive rhythms and a piano backbone.    Good News A new law passed in Spain that decrees dogs, cats and other domesticated animals are "living beings" with "feelings" and will thereby by recognized along the same lines as their human counterparts as it pertains to custody disputes and inheritances.      Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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WizeWorld Volume 36
Welcome to the 36th volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we're looking at malleability, and how setting off on one path, doesn't always lead where you'd think. How falling coffee prices are forcing farmers to cultivate cocaine. An interview with renown surfer, Paul Boskers. Perfect hip-hop beats for the outdoors.  A breakthrough in sustainable food packaging.   Read A story from The Conversation details how the fraught coffee industry has become so perilous, some Peruvian farmers are turning to the cultivation of cocaine to survive.    Special Feature Paul Boskers, worldly surfer started off with dreams of golf stardom, his journey however, led him to chase waves.  '   Listen Risky Mix 006 by S3A is a perfect foray into the kinds of summer rap vibes that paint the vibes at cookouts and kickbacks. Perfect for the heat to come.   Good News Research published in the Journal of Food Engineering details a major breakthrough in food packaging that has led to the creation of edible and biodegradable food wrap.    Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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WizeWorld Volume 35
Welcome to the 35th volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we’re taking a look at finding beauty in the melancholy, and preserving energy,  Sugary foods that are weakening our immune systems  An interview with young mountain biker, Chase Thomas. A long, low energy, soft mix.  A new look at how to battle deforestation.   Read A new Healthline special delivers a review of ten foods that can weaken our immune systems immediately and in the long run.    Special Feature Mountain Biker and Supercross hopeful Chase Thomas sits down for an interview about his ambitions and how he maintains his energy.   Listen DJ D.Dee delivers a very soft, two hour mix that feels perfect for escapism. It's slow, somber and with the perfect vibes for ambience.    Good News In the rainforest, giving indigenous communities legal title to their land shows to be increasingly effective in the protection of forests.    Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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WizeWorld Volume 34
Welcome to the 34th volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we’re taking a look self-progression and how to remain consistent.    How sugary drinks can impair our memories. An interview with the Canadian mountain biker Geoff Gulevich. An arid groovy mix.  A clothing line made of fresh wood pulp.   Read Much has been said about the effects of sugar on our bodies, but recent studies suggest that sugary drinks could have ill-effects on our memories.   Special Feature Canadian mountain biker, Geoff Gulevich sits down for an interview to discuss how he pursues progression and how he remains driven.    Listen From Finn Johannsen comes a nearly four and a half our mix that will take you back to the 70s. It's perfectly light and groovy, almost like floating on a breeze.   Good News Finnish fibre startup Spinnova has developed sustainable and environmentally friendly clothing, made entirely from recycled wood pulp.    Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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WizeWorld Volume 33
Welcome to the 33rd volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we're looking at how one can fortify their future by acknowledging missteps.    The worst beverages for your body. An interview with certified personal trainer, Jayden Bloom. A short, southern throwback mix. A Chicago suburb approving a new reparations program for Black residents.   Read Eat This, Not That puts together a list of the beverages that are just as detrimental as they are thirst quenching.   Special Feature Certified Personal Trainer, Jayden Bloom sits down to talk about reaching one's goals, and creating the lifestyle you want for yourself.   Listen 1.9.9.9 delivers an incredible quick mix that delivers everything you could want from a trap-infused homage to southern hip hop.    Good News A Chicago suburb by the name of Evanston has become one of the first communities in America to embrace a reparations program for its Black residents.    Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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WizeWorld Volume 32
Welcome to the 32nd volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. How we can damage ourselves, as well as how damage can be undone.  Soda's lasting destruction of our bodies. Interview: Legendary Canadian skateboarder, Spencer Hamilton  A 90s infused West coast mix.  The first 3D-printed school in Madagascar.   Read Eat This takes a deep dive into the lasting and detrimental effects that popular sodas have on the human body.   Special Feature Spencer Hamilton, renown Canadian skateboarder sits down for an interview sharing his wisdom and gratification, inspiration and milestones.   Listen DJ M-Bangz delivers "Bat Luv Vol. 1" a perfect ode to the musical stylings of West coast hip hop, with Bay Area tendencies inspired by 90s rap.    Good News  Studio Mortazavi has designed a 3D-printed school made entirely from concrete and locally-sourced materials in Fianarantsoa, Madagascar. The solar-powered institution will introduce multipurpose classrooms that can act as functional science labs, dance studios and regular classrooms as needed.    Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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WizeWorld Volume 31
Welcome to the 31st volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we're exploring themes of dedication, and its specific effect on our bodies.   How soda's side effects on our immune systems. An interview with the body literacy expert, Pax Frias . Some thumping, trap-centric house music .  The resiliency of those living with kidney disease.   Read Soda's addictive properties don't come without issue as Eat This points out in an exploration of the beverage's effect on our immune systems.    Special Feature Pax Frias sits down for an interview detailing and advocating a dedication to personal refinement.    Listen From NAZAAR coming a pulsating mix with some edge. It implements the heart of trap music with thunderous house and hip hop elements.    Good News An exhibition in the UK is launching to highlight and celevrate the abilities and perseverance of those living through kidney disease.  
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WizeWorld Volume 30
Welcome to the 30th volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we’re taking a look at how goals can materialize. How to manage sugar cravings. An interview with the brilliant creator and illustrator Ollie Cooper. Some heavy and enthralling electronic music .  A new racial milestone for the NFL.   Read Good House Keeping delivers eight significant, nuanced and actionable ways in which one can handle their sugar cravings and take back control of their temptations.   Special Feature The eternally creative Ollie Cooper sits down for an interview about his career, goals and own sense of wisdom. Listen Cast Adrift concocts a throttling, aggressive and pulsating electronic mix. At two hours it keeps you hooked with it's pounding fuse.  Good News  For the first time in its history, the NFL has hired a Black female official in the name of Maia Chaka.   Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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WizeWorld Volume 29
Welcome to the 29th volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we’re looking at persistence; how our detriments and hard work can both manifest over time. The dangers of energy drinks. An interview with Enrique Ferrufino, a third-generation coffee farmer in Nicaragua. Some soft psychedelic funk.  Long overdue recognition of female directors.   Read The publication "Eat This, Not That" has compiled a list of the twelve detriments that come from reliance and consumption of energy drinks.    Special Feature  Enrique Ferrufino, a third-generation Nicaraguan coffee farmer gives his insights and wisdom into the ever fluctuating and fraught world of the coffee industry.    Listen From DâM-Funk comes a perfectly enticing and euphoric mix. It's multicoloured music that takes a deep dive into disco elements.    Good News In its 78 year history the Golden Globes have failed to recognize female filmmakers. Their oversights have begun to be rectified after awarding director, Chloe Zhao with the 'Best Director' award.   Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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WizeWorld Volume 28
Welcome to the 28th volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we’re looking at the long term, how we find detriment and catharsis over time. How energy drinks take aim at our emotional well-being. A feature on the Black women who birthed democracy.  A mix of multi-generational groove.  Nike’s long-awaited rollout of accessible footwear. Read For all the fleeting benefits of energy drinks, the long term effects of their consumption are proving to be decisively less beneficial for our bodies, minds and spirits.  Special Feature As we celebrate Black History Month, we take a look at the legacy of Black women, and how they became the backbone of American democracy.    Listen Leroy Burgess delivers a mix clocking in at over two hours that uses it’s time to span across the decades. Moving through the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and early 2000s to infuse a little bit of everything into his music.  Good News Eschewing laces and velcro, Nike has finally put out a new, wholly accessible shoe that could revolutionize footwear and accessibility. 
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WizeWorld Volume 27
Welcome to the 27th volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we’re looking at how consistency and repetition can result in breaking new ground.  One woman’s struggle with soda addiction. The infancy and creation of hypnotism. A groovy foray into Japanese funk. An underwater look at sharks.    READ Sirin Kale had a 27-year addiction to fizzy drinks, her road to recovery has come at the expense of 14 teeth, and a new outlook.    SPECIAL FEATURE As we celebrate Black history we take a look at community organization, highlighting the Black Panther Party, and its legacy of cohesion and outreach.      WATCH From Vox comes a look into the health crazes of the 1700s that inadvertently birthed hypnotism.       LISTEN L'Atelier delivers an incredible 70s inspired funkadelic mix. It’s perfectly infused with disco and an upbeat tempo that glides along for close to two hours.   GOOD NEWS Renee Capozzola has become the first woman to win the Underwater Photographer of the Year distinction following her photography of sharks in French Polynesia.      Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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Enrique Ferrufino: Wize co-founder and third-generation coffee farmer
“I have been given space to learn and understand how the industry conducts itself, and in that space, I have been given stability. It’s ironic, because the industry itself is as unstable as they come.” Let me introduce you to Enrique Ferrufino, a coffee farmer from Nicaragua. He has a beautiful family, a beautiful farm, and he’s a symbol of prosperity while also being an anomaly. The first thing you realize when speaking to Enrique is how matter-of-fact he is about everything, he speaks like someone conditioned by compromise and resiliency. Resiliency itself is a prerequisite for the coffee game; it takes a lot of hours, acres, money and hope to be productive. It is a surprising realization that the coffee industry could be built on such a shaky infrastructure when we live in a world with a cafe on every corner. In this interview, Enrique flatly informs me that coffee is a broken cycle; it’s like a snake eating its own tail. "It’s ironic, because the industry itself is as unstable as they come.”   Making money, let alone finding stability, is far from a guarantee given the steps needed to stay afloat. It’s an arduous process of buying farms, planting the coffee plants, and investing up to four years into the first production. It’s not a process in which one can cut corners, Enrique informs me: “the product is never good when steps are skipped,” he says. “If you’re in this industry, you’re in all the way. Though the demand for coffee grows annually, the pitfalls are plenty, inventory can run short, and pricing is dictated by the market. Whatever it takes to make, you might end up selling for half of that.” “Whatever it takes to make, you might end up selling it for half that” Coffee bags waiting to be exported   The way he describes it, you’re surrendering your own sense of stability to the mercy of an unforgiving industry. It seems crazy, but at times, sacrifice and survival are often mistaken as such. It’s important to reiterate that this is the world Enrique inhabits, but for all the volatility he describes to me, I never hear longing in his voice, I hear the voice of a man who is well-resigned into what he does. An expert in a broken system, completely aware of how easy it would be to flee the cycle, but conscious of what’s at stake. There are 100 people that work with Enrique, not including the people who work in the fields, “We provide payment for these people and their families, sometimes we have to stretch the money,” he says. He adds, “I know that sometimes it’d just be easier to run a smaller farm, but that’s my responsibility.” “We provide payment for these people and their families, sometimes we have to stretch the money”   One of their long-time workers Marcelino with grand-son   It’s when Enrique begins to talk about what he’s doing with Wize™ that I notice his optimism come to the surface:   "With Wize, we’re pioneering a new way to make all coffee farms resilient, empowering our community to make a year-round living with something that we already have. Now we have options in the off-season, and we’ve already created 100,000 hours of work for underemployed staff that are looking for income when they need it most. It’s very encouraging to see that consumers are enjoying our new iced teas as well, because it represents the biggest opportunity for our communities to have long-term stability.” Enrique smiles, and adds: “I can’t wait to see what the future holds for farmers like us.”   New Wize™ Iced Teas   “I can’t wait to see what the future holds for farmers like us.”   When I asked Enrique for an abridged explanation of the coffee crisis, he began describing how the cycle devours those who make it run. Cultivating coffee is a twelve month investment, and that coffee is one sold once a year. Typically, the more you produce, the more you’re liable to lose. “There are poorer farmers in the middle of nowhere farming with almost nothing, they don’t have the means to get out of the cycle, it’s hard for them,” he tells me. Even though Enrique is able to stay afloat, his first example is to explain the concerns of those who are struggling to tread water, he is reflexively empathetic. Restoring beauty and stability are second nature to him. Even as he explains the turbulent landscape of the coffee industry, there is a sense of duty and perseverance behind his every word, a commitment to providing reliability and creating opportunity in an industry and a world that needs it more than ever.   Enrique's daughter on one of their horses    “There are poorer farmers in the middle of nowhere farming with almost nothing... they don’t have the means to get out of the cycle.” It’s here where Enrique’s dedication is on full display. His world has morphed and decayed over decades, and yet, he doesn’t waver. His vision for a better future is never clouded by a sense of loss or a difficult path. Many might digest the tribulations of a cruel industry and a fluctuating community by quitting, but Enrique is always one to try to improve the system before abandoning it. Now with Wize, he has the biggest opportunity of anyone in the coffee industry to rewrite history, and create a new path for his family and fellow farmers around the world.
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WizeWorld Volume 26
Welcome to the 26th volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week is more foreboding than usual, leaning into the more morose, worrisome themes that creep from the fringes and into our purview: How earth’s ancient rocks are warning us about climate change. The worst university term imaginable for European students. A soothing, somber trance of a mix. An adopted dog who saved its owners life.    READ Missing information about the health and trajectory of our climate and earth is cased deep in the earth’s oldest rocks and mountains. The biggest problem: we can’t get to it.    SPECIAL FEATURE As we celebrate Black history, it’s necessary to digest the oblong pill that is the obstruction of Black history. In doing so, take a moment to educate oneself on the true measures in which Martin Luther King was attempted to be silenced.    WATCH From VICE comes a documentary about students in crisis. Trapped in their dorms, unable to socialize and flirting with revolt.    LISTEN Jonah Sharp delivers a slowed, meditative mix that’s more of a melancholy trance than anything else. Complete with a sense of synth wave and clocking in at just over an hour, it’s perfect contemplative music.    GOOD NEWS Sadie, a newly adopted German Shepard saved her New Jersey owner following a sudden stroke.    Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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New academic study reviews anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties of mangiferin
A new review on mangiferin was just published and it's an enlightening and exciting look on the coffee leaf's hero antioxidant. Let's take a look at some of the highlights (entire study is here). Tumors thrive in chronic inflammation due to increasing infiltration of cytokines, growth factors, and chemokines to the tumor microenvironment. Phenolic compounds (antioxidants) are considered natural remedies for inflammation and cancer. Mangiferin possesses numerous pharmacological activities. It has the potential to attenuate inflammation in different organs through the mechanisms of inhibiting pattern recognition receptors, regulating cell signalling pathways, activating autophagy (removal of dysfunctional cells), inhibiting the secretion of inflammatory mediators, and protecting intestinal barrier integrity, which in turn prevents cancer. In addition, mangiferin also possessed potentially beneficial effects on diabetes, liver injury, cardiovascular injury, and other inflammation-related diseases in animal models through its anti-inflammatory effect.   The figure above shows the anti-inflammatory molecular mechanisms of mangiferin at different levels, detailing its effects on inflammation in relation to cytokines and autophagy. The anti-inflammatory mechanisms of mangiferin include inhibiting the inflammatory response, activating autophagy, improving glucose, lipid, and energy metabolisms, regulating cell signaling pathways, inhibiting the secretion of inflammatory mediators, and improving metabolic syndrome.    The above chart details the relationship between mangiferin and its effects on inflammatory markers, which directly impact tumor growth and cancer risk. Below are some of the related findings: The sensitivity of cancer cells to anticancer drugs was enhanced by mangiferin through suppressing NF-κB pathway. Mangiferin triggered autophagy and exhibited the potential chemotherapeutic capacity for pancreatic cancer. In lunger cancer cells, mangiferin up-regulated tumor suppressor genes. Mangiferin also helps to restore the intestinal barrier function, which may ameliorate intestinal inflammation and slowing tumor growth Mangiferin might attenuate brain damage via inhibiting inflammasome activation and simultaneously suppressing oxidative stress and pro-inflammatory cytokines.   "Overall, mangiferin, a natural small polyphenol compound, has a wide range of sources and bioactivities, and potentially functions as a novel therapeutic agent for inflammation and cancer treatments, thereby, has promising development and application prospects."   There are more studies coming out around the world about mangiferin every month. This is an exciting new avenue for treatment of many ailments, and the team at Wize is keen to see where this goes. Cheers to discovering more about the natural world!
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WizeWorld Volume 25
Welcome to the 25th volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week is brimming with extension and preservation, how we can extend our perceptions to preserve what we love and sustain what we need: A new solution to prolong the shelf life of produce. Jamaican soul’s influence on fashion sustainability. The world through the eyes of a deep sea diver. An upbeat mix of percussion and brass.   Special Feature In celebration of Black History Month here is a celebration of, and education on some of the most influential and often unexplored Black Canadian women in history.    Read Designer Edvin Thompson infuses his clothes with the history of Jamaica, it’s a signature style that influenced Theophilio, not to mention the future of fashion sustainability.    Watch From Nat Geo, comes a look at Guillaume Néry, a deep sea diver that takes viewers to the depths of the unknown to look at earth through the darks and navies of our earth’s oceans.    Listen This Kapote mix is just under 2 hours and is variant treat. It’s impossible to know where it’s going with its cornucopia of percussion and brass, dancing from horns to drums throughout, never skimping on danciness.    Good News Apeel scientists have discovered a way to cut down on food waste by prolonging the life of produce before it even reaches our plates.    Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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WizeWorld Volume 24
Welcome to the 24th volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we've got an exposé into the impossibility of dating during the pandemic, how baking aids the engine of civil rights, an unhurried rhythmic mix of seductive mid-2000s soul and a look into how a furniture salesman helped save Houston. This week prioritizes heart and soul, how we survive and what keeps the rhythm beating whether it’s in ourselves, our cities and our priorities.    Read Dating in a pandemic is hard enough, especially when the horrors that plague the regular dating pool are ramped up beyond belief in quarantine.    Watch From VICE comes a documentary about 'Mattress Mack' the unconventional and unlikely mattress salesman that saved Houston.    Listen The Infinite Beats Show delivers slow-grooving, yet light-footed mix with augmented elements of 2000s R&B and hip hop giving it a smooth sheen.   Good News  Baking has always served to unite hearts and stomachs, nowhere is baking more integral to the spirit of persistence, than in the legacy of civil rights.    Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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New study: Mangiferin showing potential for treatment of various psychiatric and degenerative disorders
As the leaders of coffee leaf innovation, we've been tracking all the scientific studies about the compounds in coffee leaves since 2013. We've know for almost a decade that coffee leaves are very healthy for you for many reasons, yet we've been very patient and cautious about making claims because we want to take our time and ensure the findings are sound (like any good scientist would, frankly). We are not ones to embellish things because it will sell product - we'll leave that to the fad brands and diet products of late-night TV commercials.To centralize all of the existing research out there, we just launched our new Research Hub where you can find the different compounds in the coffee leaf with their respective health benefits link to source studies.A unique aspect of the coffee leaf, in regards to health sciences, is that it is one of nature's richest sources of a rare antioxidant called mangiferin. The scientific community has been exploring this elusive compound more vigorously in the last 10 years as it is showing promise to treat a plethora of disorders, diseases, and ailments, as well as boasting general health advantages for everyday use.A new study has shown that mangiferin is devoid of pro-oxidant activity and is thus superior to conventional antioxidants. It prevents the age-specific changes in various enzymes, alleviates cognitive impairment, improves damage in the hippocampus and has neuroprotective effects (protects brain neurons).   As you will see in the Research Hub (and a quick Google search), mangiferin is quickly becoming a top research priority in the medical space thanks to its many promising test results for everything from reducing tumour cell size to lowering insulin resistance. Feel to dig into the studies and learn more about your favourite beverage. Cheers to health!
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WizeWorld Volume 23
Welcome to the 23rd volume of WizeWorld, this week we have raw, forty-eight-year-old profile of MLK, a look into the dishwashers that hold restaurants together, a thumping, pulsating mix and Seattle bakers coming together for a food bank.  Read Nearly fifty years ago, Garry Wills delivered an in-depth profile of civil rights giant, Martin Luther King Jr., exploring the striking and hidden parts of the icon's life.    Special FeatureInterview with Chairman Ting, one of Vancouver's foremost artists.   Watch From Real Stories, comes a deep-dive into the often forgotten lives and responsibilities of restaurant dishwashers, and how the uphold the kitchens in which they work.   Listen With the A.A.L. Mix, Other People creates a pumping and thumping romp for fifty minutes. It relies on percussion, electronics and even a little bit of trap to round out its perfectly curated corners.    Good News With the influx of at home cooking due to quarantine, in Seattle, more than 500 bakers have been donating their surplus of baked goods to local food banks.    Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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WizeWorld Volume 22
Welcome to the 22nd volume of WizeWorld, this week we have Canada’s response to white supremacy, a spanning documentary delving into the origins of house music, and a four and a half hour mix of pure funk.  Read A new story out of VICE calls into question Canada's decision to acknowledge white supremacist groups, yet not categorize them as terrorists.     Watch  From 12edit comes a sprawling musical documentary that digs into the origins, people and cultures that helped shape, inspire and found house music.    Listen Finn Johannsen delivers a mix that stretches over four hours that is funk in it's purest form. Everything from groove to disco is perfectly captured in this musical odyssey inspired by the 70s.    Good News According to a study from Cornell University, new air pollution law has saved the lives of over 1.5 billion birds, which is roughly 20% of all avian life in the United States   Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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WizeWorld Volume 21
Welcome to the 21st volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we've got one woman's experience with the grief of relationships, the oldest ecosystems in Antarctica, a pulsating mix from Dublin and a grandfather helping so save stray animals. Read From Vivian Nunez of ILY Mag comes a personal piece about the way one can grow closer to their deceased mother.  Watch From DW Documentary comes an in-depth look at one of earth's oldest and rapidly returning ecosystems, found in Antarctica.  Listen The Drifter delivers a pulsing 2 hour mix of unrelenting house music, with themes of techno and dance peppered throughout.  Good News A self-imposed "grandfather" to homeless animals has earned his veterinary license in order to be able to care for stray animals throughout his community.  Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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WizeWorld Volume 20
Welcome to the 20th volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. Oh by the way, HAPPY NEW YEAR!! This week we've got an investigation into how much sugar is what you drink, an interrogation of beginnings of the vampire myth, a long rhythmic mix, and crabs that could save Florida's reefs.    Read Wize Co-Founder Max gives you an in-depth look into the sugary depths of the everyday beverages, explaining the benefits, harms and truth about what we drink.   Watch From Timeline comes an investigation into the cross-section of urban legend and history, searching for the origins of the vampire myth.    Listen From Club Bizarre comes a mix that clocks in just shy of four hours. It's a rhythmic, well paced romp that transitions between pulsating rhythms and trancing synths throughout its runtime.     Good News A new study from Florida International University discovered that the Caribbean king crab's tendency to feed on seaweed found on coral is quickly and effectively leading to coral reproduction, as well as allowing reef-dwelling fish to return to their homes.  Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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Do you know how much sugar you are drinking?
Do you know how much sugar you’re drinking? Our body doesn’t always know what’s best for us. It usually knows what it wants, but the same cannot be said for what it should have. The American Heart Association recommends a daily sugar intake of 36 grams for men and 26 grams for women, however many drinks contain more than that in just a single serving. Beware of juices, believe it or not Juices will often masquerade behind the guise of “healthiness,” or being packed full of fruits and vegetables, but these beverages rarely live up to the benefits that they claim.   “This drink equates to 17 teaspoons of sugar. If you can think of eating 17 teaspoons of sugar, that would be disgusting.” - Walter Willett Bottled iced teas are typically over 40g of sugar  In the realm of iced tea, you’ll find brands like Snapple which has 40 grams of sugar per bottle, Pure Leaf which has 42 grams of sugar, or Gold Peak Georgia Peach Tea which has 45 grams of sugar per bottle (find more surprisingly unhealthy drinks here). Over 40 grams of sugar for something that is meant to be “healthy” and “clean” ingredients. Come on folks, let’s get real here! Can you imagine pouring 10 teaspoons of sugar into one tall glass of homemade iced tea? Of course not! But that’s it equates to.   42 grams of sugar in one bottle vs 42 cans of Wize™ iced tea We laid out how much sugar there is in one bottle of iced tea from a leading brand and compared it to Wize™ iced tea, which is just one gram of sugar. The difference is truly remarkable:   Harvard’s Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology, Walter Willett, is scared for the future, and this was in 2009:   “One bottle of sugary beverage per day causes a 60% increase in obesity in children”   See Harvard’s chart below, or click this link for the full PDF How did we get to this point?  How is society so desensitized to high amounts of sugar? It has become not only an issue of epidemic proportions, but it’s also hurting our ability to taste subtle flavours as we bombard our taste buds with astronomical amounts of sugar that would never happen in nature. “If your expectation of sweetness is so high, it’s difficult to appreciate the subtle sweetness of a fresh apple and it can push our whole diet in the wrong direction.”   This is what is so scary While there has been a general awakening around sugar consumption, the existing alternative sweeteners aren’t necessarily proven to be the silver-bullet solution as researchers have found that they can still increase insulin resistance, essentially defeating their entire purpose. While the search for a healthy alternative sweetener still continues, maybe we should ask ourselves “do we really think we’ll find some magical answer? or should we simply cut it back and recalibrate our taste buds?” We believe that it’s time to be realistic, before it’s too late.   “There has been a 300 calorie daily increase over the last few years, with half of that being caused by sugary beverages.” - Walter Willett, Harvard   According to some estimates, about a quarter of children in the United States, and more than 40% of adults, are currently consuming low calorie sweeteners. But, are artificial sweeteners as harmless as people seem to think? Research from a few years ago suggested that artificial sweeteners can still promote diabetes and obesity. And now, a new study adds to the evidence that sweeteners may have undeniable metabolic effects. In fact, the latest study suggests that merely tasting something sweet could alter our metabolism and glucose control. The solution? Cut back sugar and sweeteners to recalibrate our sensitivity It’s probably not what you want to hear, but it’s really the only way forward to live a healthy life for generations to come. If you really think that some miracle guilt-free, side-effect-free sweetener is going to just land in our lap and solve the diabetes and obesity crisis, keep dreaming. The human body is trying to tell us that we are not meant to consume high amounts of sweetness in general and we just keep trying to cheat the system.  We need to start listening to our body and Wize up to our sugar intake, recalibrate it, and then we’ll see how sweet a real apple is, how satisfying a strawberry can be, and how delicious a real iced tea can taste with just a touch of sweetness. Now that's Wize. 
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WizeWorld Volume 19
Welcome to the 19th volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we've got Instagram users engineering their feeds to boost body positivity, an insight into the fundamentals of monogamy, grimy French hip-hop, and a lamp for seasonal affective disorder.    Read From Ella Griffee of Quarterlife Magazine comes a story about one's ability to curate their instagram feed to build positivity and confidence in their own body.    Watch Vox Media delivers a short explanation on the concept of monogamy, and how it has both survived and evolved throughout the ages.    Listen Clocking in at just under an hour comes a back-to-basics version of French hip hop that leans into grimy beats and knocking instrumentals.   Good News  As the weather continues to worsen and the skies become more frigid and dark, those affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder can battle the woes of winter with a specially made lamp.    Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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WizeWorld Volume 18
Welcome to the 18th volume of WizeWorld. This week we have the songs that drive Nigerian protest, Beirut's cultural identity, a 3-hour rhythmic house mix, and a gesture of appreciation from students to their teacher.    FRIENDLY REMINDER: we added a bunch of new staff picks to the WizeCulture database last week, including some alternative Xmas music to enjoy over the holidays.   Read From the BBC, comes an exposé into the music and expression that act as the heartbeat driving Nigerian protest.    Watch Earlier this year Beirut was rocked by an explosion, destroying the property of one of the city's most prominent aristocrats, leaving an unsalvageable loss of culture.    Listen Kiffen Beats delivers a mix just shy of three and a half hours. It has a perfect soft vibe and eternal groove that extends throughout the whole runtime, perfect for getting lost in.    Good News Statistics students at the College of New Jersey surprised their teacher with heartfelt letters after he went above and beyond over the semester. Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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WizeWorld Volume 17
EXTRA SPECIAL HOLIDAY EDITION! This week we've got a BIG update for our ever-growing WizeCulture database, including a hand-picked alternative Christmas mixes and albums to jam to over the holidays, and no, there's no Mariah Carey, no Bublé, no Sinatra. We've also added more movies, shows, documentaries etc to check out, so take a look at the WizeCulture database for all the new additions and bookmark it for easy reference!   On top of this big update, in this week's WizeWorld drop, we got decades-old crop circles in Japan, a percussive and funkadelic mix, an examination of how our brain falls in love, and a pair of lonely otters finding love.   Read A fifty-year-old science experiment has finally come to fruition after forest testing has led to peculiar patterns in the Miyazaki Prefecture of Japan.    Watch Biologist Dawn Maslar delivers a TedxTalk detailing how exactly our brains flutter and descend into love.    Listen From artist Kapote comes a 100 minute mix that oozes funk. The session relies on drums and percussion to add flavour to each section, always implementing a late 70s sensibility.    Good News Two lonely and rehabilitating otters manage to find love just before the holidays, bonding over a mutual need for companionship.  Like what you see? Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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WizeWorld Volume 16
Welcome to the 16th volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we've got underwater wheelchairs, a subway tunnel’s burgeoning art scene, a ninety minute dance attack, and the return of a centuries-old flower.    Read British artist, Sue Austin challenges the possibilities of artistic expression and installation. Now, fitted with an underwater wheelchair, Austin is taking her art to new depths.    Watch First used by underground freight trains, a new york subway tunnel was transformed into the ‘Freedom Tunnel’ by local artists, as a location for boundless art.   Listen From artist, Camion Bazar, comes an hour and a half of pure, in-your-face dance music that doesn’t touch the soul so much as it strikes it. It’s a frantic and aggressive mix guaranteed to keep you moving.    Good News The Gass-Poly, having been unseen in Norfolk, England for over 100 years has begun to bloom anew, after dormant seeds appeared in a countryside ghost-pond. Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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WizeCocktail: Southern Wizdom
This is a classic, easy cocktail for all the bourbon lovers out there (works with regular Whiskey too!). Inspired by the Southern love for iced tea, here's a simple recipe that delivers high-end flavor. PRO tip! Shake the can of Wize Iced Tea so it develops a creamy froth!     1.5oz bourbon of choice (Bulleit for us) One can of Wize Original Iced Tea (shake before opening so it froths!) Squeeze a slice of lemon and drop it in, stir with spoon Garnish with sprig of mint   So easy to try at home! As always, just one gram of sugar and absolutely delicious. World-class taste doesn't have to complicated (or unhealthy). Enjoy Wizely, fam! Order Wize Original Iced Tea today
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WizeWorld Volume 15
Welcome to the 15th volume of WizeWorld, this week we have an exploration of loneliness, the rapidly expanding potential of AI, a rhythmic mix of the 70s and 90s, and an Atlanta rapper looking to change to the pet adoption scene.  Read From The New York Times comes a look at the company Rosebud.AI, and the progressive, chilling and uncanny future of artificial intelligence and fabricated people.   Watch  From Vox comes a documentary about loneliness, and how abject isolation is often a communal experience.  Listen From the artist, Fruit Merchant comes an hour long mix of funk that borrows its melodies from the 70s and the 90s. Clocking in at an hour, you feel the soft disco rhythms and light trancing beats all the way through. Good News Rapper, Sterling "TrapKing" Davis is trying to change Atlanta’s cat adoption scene by advocating for diversity among adopters.  Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning
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WizeWorld Volume 14
Welcome to the 14th volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we've got correlations between Canadians, coffee and climate change, as well as a look inside cults, a South Bronx restaurant giving back to the community and ninety minutes of pure funk.   Read From the CBC comes a look at the instability of coffee cultivation, and how specialty coffee businesses in Canada are paying premiums in an order to keep growers afloat. Watch Free from Netflix comes a clear look at the telltale signs of cults, and how they are able to manipulate followers and curiosity through their tendrils of religion and promise. Listen Live from New York City, Natasha Diggs delivers an hour and a half of unadulterated funk. You can feel the vibe pulsating through vinyl and it lives in your feet and chest throughout the whole mix.  Good News La Morda, a family-run, Oaxacan restaurant in the South Bronx has turned itself into a soup kitchen to help those most deeply affected by the pandemic  Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning.
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Boost immunity with a free box of Ginger Lemon!
Now that it's fall and we're getting into the thick of the season, there's no better time to get your immunity up. Until November 20th, get a free box of Ginger Lemon teabags with the purchase of any two 12-packs of iced tea! Just three simple steps: Add any two 12-packs of iced tea to your cart Add a box of Ginger Lemon 15 teabags to your cart Use the code "FREEGL" at checkout to get the discount.   Your cart should look like this in the end: That's it! Now you're ready for the fall and winter season ahead. Got questions? Just message us on Instagram or via email.
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WizeWorld Volume 13
Welcome to the 13th volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we've got a pitmaster's guide to patience and adversity, the underbelly of the fashion industry, a dark trap-esque mix, and the reintroduction of gray wolves to the Rockies. Read Barbecue pitmaster, Rodney Scott, a man who honed his craft though a soft touch and patience, gives his advice on waiting and persisting.    Watch From Plot11, comes a ninety minute exposé on the hidden waste and mistreatment that persists in the fashion industry.  Listen From Stvpid (GDS) comes just shy of an hour of grime and grunge through an avenue of trap. There's plenty of hip hop influence bleeding through this tough-as-nails mix.  Good News  After a historic Colorado state election, the once-endangered gray wolf is being reintroduced to the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains.  Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning
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WizeWorld Volume 12
Welcome to the twelfth volume of WizeWorld, this week offers insights into foul mouthed children, the Italian mob's handling of Covid-19, Mississippi finally changing its flag, and some incredibly jazzy house music.  Read Author, Jenn Cox, discusses her parenting methods as it pertains to her 7-year-old's language and how she introduced the "swear-session." Watch Covid-19 has caused industries and organizations to contend with an unprecedented scenario, resulting in the release of several thousand Italian mob members.  Listen From artist, Crackazat, enjoy a perfectly paced two-stepping beat. It's a hybrid between jazz and house that perfectly flows over the course of an hour.  Good News After 126 years, the state of Mississippi has finally changed its flag, turning its back on the confederate flag after over a century.  Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get these hand-picked gems in your inbox every Friday morning
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WizeWorld Volume 11
Welcome to the eleventh volume of WizeWorld, our weekly collection of handpicked stories and sounds to help bolster your sense of wizdom and curiosity. This week we've got the benefits of mangiferin, a billion dollar art heist, Catholic recognition of same-sex couples, and a jazzy beat infused with the aughts.  Read   Mangiferin is one of the most versatile entities the body can encounter. An antioxidant at surface value, but so much more when you extrapolate its possibilities.  Watch In June 2019, arts journalist John Wilson received a once-in-a-lifetime scoop, the potential whereabouts of one billion dollars worth of art. What follows is a tangled web of deceit and carelessness. Listen Artist, Boiler Room, delivers a perfectly jazzy rendition of mixes that sound like they're out of the late 90s and early 2000s. It's transportive, with it's light variant beats and pulsating heart.  Good News This week Pope Francis called for the for the creation of civil union laws for sam sex-couples, the declaration is the loudest form of support to date for the rights of same-sex couples from the Catholic Church. WizeWorld is our weekly edition to bolster you sense of wizdom and curiousity. Get these handpick gems every Thursday by signing up for our weekly newsletter here.
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What is mangiferin and why is it good for me?
One of the most versatile and helpful entities your body can encounter is known as Mangiferin. It’s an antioxidant and polyphenol found in many forms of flora, but is most famously known to be found in mangoes. Mangiferin is historically connected to the mango but in 2012, it was discovered to be high concentrations in arabica coffee leaves. Firstly, mangiferin is a bioactive compound, inherently dynamic and therapeutic. It has mildly acidic compounds, demonstrated to exert protective properties against multiple forms of degenerative diseases, such as cancers, obesity, diabetes as well as forms of oxidative stress. All acids aren’t bad, unlike in cartoons apparently. The easiest method to explain and understand all the benefits of mangiferin is to outline the many ways in which mangiferin exerts its properties. Firstly, mangiferin is an anti-inflammatory, helping to regulate the body’s response to pain, inflammation and discomfort. Secondly, mangiferin is an antioxidant meaning that it protects the body’s cells against entities known as ‘free radicals,’ which can contribute to various ailments like heart disease and cancer. Notably, mangiferin plays a significant role in reducing cholesterol and fatty acids, while still serving as an anti-diabetic agent. It also helps the body to regulate metabolism and enhance and strengthen heart tissue. This means that mangiferin has direct ties to heart health, however it’s not just the cardiovascular system to which mangiferin has important duties. Mangiferin has also been found to have neuroprotective benefits that work in opposition to neuropathic pain and neuroinflammation. Mangiferin is preventative in many ways, most impressive however, may be its chemotherapeutic measures. It works against the growth of tumours and tumour cells, taking precautions against carcinogens. It’s immunomodulatory means that it modifies immense system response and functioning, helping to tailor the body’s immune system for whatever it needs at a given moment, proving mangiferin’s dynamic nature as a healing substance.  It’s hard to overstate the multidimensional properties and activities of mangiferin. It’s close to a body’s best friend, with numerous properties that simultaneously work in opposition to harmful ailments that can plague the body, while still providing nourishment and vitality. Its benefits are almost too numerous to count, taking aim at protecting and sustaining vital organs. The medical science community still believes the potential of mangiferin to be largely untapped, and as we know it right now, its capabilities are too useful to be overlooked. For more information about mangiferin and other compounds in the coffee leaf, please visit our Coffee Leaf page which features a Research Hub with all listed studies.
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WizeWorld Volume 10
Welcome to the tenth volume of WizeWorld, this week offers insights into how the joy of cooking can help with uncertain times, how we can gird and guide our emotions, a silky retro mix, and thoughts on kindness from a children’s author.  Read Author Margaux Eloise Stockwell provides Quarterlife Magazine with a very personal piece about unemployment. Stockwell discusses how cooking became her remedy for an unforgiving issue that knows no timeline.  Watch Frederik Imbo, a theatre student at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent delivers a poignant Ted Talk about not taking things personally. He discusses the subtle line between indifference and deference.    Listen At 90 minutes, this upbeat mix from Sloth Boogie is all about light feet and recklessness. The Queens artist utilizes dance rhythm and synths to transport listeners back to the 80s and 90s for a perfect steady mix.    Good News Renown children’s author Mo Willems sits down with Huffington Post to discuss the way in which he is able to instill and prioritize kindness, hope and creativity in the children for whom he writes.  WizeWorld is our weekly edition to bolster you sense of wizdom and curiousity. Get these handpick gems every Thursday by signing up for our weekly newsletter here.
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From boiling hot to ice cold: NEW ICED TEA
In order to service a rapidly changing world, one must be ready and willing to adapt. Take for example, the coffee industry, structured on centuries of seasonal harvests that have ultimately left the industry in critical condition. The coffee prices on the global market are too volatile, seasonal work schedules are untenable, crops become abandoned, livelihoods are eviscerated risk and transparency is ignored. Brands become more interested in providing a bitter flavour, than exposing a bitter truth.  We’re witnessing a perfect storm of erratic global pricing, climate change and a general seasonality of a 3-month bean harvest that culminates in disregarded disaster. It’s disheartening to know that the 25 million coffee growers worldwide are under extreme pressure even if they produce the second-most traded commodity and third-most consumed beverage on Earth, second only to water. In order to keep pace with the fickle trends of the industry, Wize adapted. We created a sustainable and equitable solution that both creates jobs and income, while mitigating hunger and migration during a 9-month off-season. By upcycling the extra leaves of the coffee plant we’re able to make Coffee Leaf Tea, turning excess resources into award-winning healthy and refreshing tea.  Commitment to sustainability goes hand in hand with innovation. Wize Coffee Leaf Tea creates an abundance of work opportunities for those who would otherwise be forgotten. The maximization of our farm’s productivity directly leads to holistic and socioeconomic improvements within the business. It’s not enough to make a good product, we want to improve the framework of the industry, and these are the principles that guide us as we strive to reinvent the world of iced tea. As it stands, the iced tea industry is doing itself a disservice. Product, by and large, fails to find the balance between viability and taste. Assessing sweetness and bitterness takes precedent over sustainability and ethics, culminating in an industry primed and in need of upheaval. Our latest innovation is a ready-to-drink Coffee Leaf Iced Tea with only 1g of cane sugar, 10 calories, and 35mg of caffeine. An avenue into iced tea allows us to pursue our ultimate goal of reaching as many people as possible, while providing sustainable employment for workers, and avoiding seasonal issues through a commitment to ethical standards. Coffee Leaf Tea processing techniques are uniquely untapped in the world of iced tea, thus giving our product an unparalleled, clean and refreshing flavour, while remaining ethically sourced and mindfully distributed.  Our iced tea is about impact. Creating a balanced taste is paramount, however, social impact is just as important as sensory significance. Each can of iced tea provides two minutes of employment for coffee farmers. We’ve already passed 75,000 hours, with our ultimate goal to surpass 1,000,000 hours, which winds up generating over 125,000 full working days for those who would otherwise be unemployed during the 9-month off-season. Our combination of unique taste and ethical sourcing creates a product that serves both communities and consumers. We appreciate the community that has been with us since our humble beginnings, and thank them for their support while welcoming all those whom we may reach in our new venture. You can order it now, as of today, right here: drinkwize.com/wizeup
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What's Coffee Leaf Tea? Our FAQ answered
What Is Coffee Leaf Tea? It’s an infusion made from the leaves of arabica coffee plants. These leaves are upcycled and harvested during the off-season, and thus don’t interfere with the coffee bean harvest, meaning that the process doesn’t affect the coffee beans, nor the plant.  What Does It Taste Like? It has an incredibly smooth taste and lightly sweet finish. It is rich and refreshing, never bitter, no matter how long you steep it. How Much Caffeine Does It Have? Our iced teas have 35mg of caffeine per 12oz can, and dried teas about 20 mg of caffeine per serving (8oz/250ml cup). Comparable to a light green tea, with better taste, and no side effects like jitters or fatigue, just smooth predictable clarity. For more info, please refer to our Coffee Leaf page. How does the caffeine compare to green and black tea? For comparison, green tea has roughly 30mg of caffeine per 8oz, while black tea has roughly 60mg of caffeine per 8 oz. The average bottle of Nestle Pure Leaf Iced Tea will have 69mg of caffeine in a single bottle.  How does the caffeine compare to coffee? For comparison, coffee contains 120mg of caffeine per 8oz, and as much as 230mg of caffeine per 12 oz.  What Are The Health Benefits? It delivers Mangiferin Polyphenols, Antioxidants, and Chlorogenic Acids. Mangiferin is known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic properties, as well as its neuroprotective qualities that help lower blood cholesterol levels. It is an additive typically used in Latin America, India and China for centuries. The Chlorogenic Acids are known to boost metabolism, in tandem with Polyphenols and antioxidants, while still producing anti-inflammatory effects. For more info, please refer to our Coffee Leaf page. How Are Your Teas Flavoured?Wize exclusively uses all natural plant-based flavorings and extracts.  Where Do You Source It From? We source directly from our co-founder, Enrique Ferrufino, from his farm in the Nicaraguan cloudforest near Matagalpa, making the company vertically integrated “from Earth to cup.” This allows us to ensure a yield of premium product, while maintaining our economic and ethical standards.  Is it Fair Trade? We go beyond fair trade on multiple fronts. We are Rainforest Alliance Certified, meeting protected social, economic and environmental standards. We repurpose an underused part of the coffee plant and create sustainable value out of it. With this, we’re able to generate stable, year-round jobs on coffee farms and overcome the seasonality of coffee harvesting for the farmers. We establish a new source of revenue for coffee farmers without adding new inputs. We are committed to a flat buying rate, thereby avoiding potential struggles with variable pricing (like the coffee bean) and ensuring that our producer and his workers earn their fair share. Our farm-direct strategy allows us to work directly with Enrique Ferrufino, the third partner of Wize Monkey, enabling us to maintain communication, transparency and integrity from the ground up. In practice, each party has visibility on their finances and standards, allowing for everyone to focus on creating the best quality Coffee Leaf Tea possible. For more info, please refer to our Impact page. Is It Organic? We implement regenerative agriculture, utilizing the balanced ecological surroundings to guarantee the healthiest product and most sustainable form of farming. Specific trees (like banana, avocado, guava, eucalyptus, empress, and nettle) are planted throughout the coffee lots to provide shelter and protection from pests and diseases. An equal and biodiverse combination of coffee lots and protected rainforest allows us to provide protection for our crops, while maintaining the integrity of our product without the use of pesticides. 
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We've evolved to Wize Coffee Leaf
Since 2013, we've been working on creating the world's best Coffee Leaf Tea and empowering coffee farmers to make a year-round living. In the last 6+ years, we've generated over 75,000 work hours for these workers to help make ends meet, feed their families, and get through what is an excruciating and difficult off-season of 9 months in the coffee farms. We wouldn't have done that without you, our esteemed WizeTribe, so give yourself a pat on the back. Now, in 2020, we're preparing for a quantum leap into the future. This was always part of the plan since day 1, and we're now ready for lift off. We can't tell you all the details just yet, but something big is coming, and will be announced on July 7th, our 7th birthday! As for the logo change, we've actually gonna back to our original first ever logo from when we're studying in school, working on Wize as our thesis project. So realistically, we're going back to the core of our real brand. In the meantime, since we have existing packaging with our older Wize Monkey branding, we've decided to keep using it until it runs out, and not waste a bunch of perfectly usable materials for the sake of sustainability. It's still the same high quality, single-origin Coffee Leaf Tea you've always loved, but now it's become limited edition ;) We've also updated our website and subscription service for a better overall experience, with more improvements on the way, too. Keep an eye out for further announcements as we get closer to our birthday this July 7th, 2020. It's going to be a big summer! Thank you WizeTribe for being with us on this journey. We truly appreciate your love, support, and positive energy. Founders of Wize Coffee Leaf Max, Arnaud, Enrique
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WizeCulture: Quarantine Content Drop #1
Hey Wize Tribe! We put together a database of staff picks and curated suggestions of  movies, shows, music, books + more  to check out while we're all in social isolation. FEATURING: Movies Shows Music Books Documentaries Websites Artist  IG profiles Follow the link below to check out the Google Drive database that we'll be updating over time for your quarantine pleasure. 
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The Wize Guide to Caffeine 2020
After all these years of running Wize Monkey, we’ve learned a lot about caffeine and how to best manage the abundant and highly addictive drug that it is. Our intention is not to be alarmist; we’re realists about balancing the instrumental role of caffeine in day-to-day life. With the plethora of drink options available, many people still wonder where different drinks land on the caffeine spectrum. So we decided to put together a helpful guide for you to navigate this highly caffeinated world and the best ways to use it and not abuse it. Brain chemistry is where it all happens When your body becomes tired, your brain releases adenosine molecules that slot into adenosine receptors, which send you a signal in the form of tiredness (yawning or a general waning of energy or alertness). The concept of “listening to your body” couldn’t be more relevant in this case, as your body is telling you to get some rest. But, as humans, we’re notorious for ignoring these bodily messages because we’re busier than ever trying to keep up with a fast-paced society.  The biggest misconception about caffeine To override this lack of energy and alertness, most of us rely on caffeine. There’s an everyday tendency to refer to caffeine as “energy itself” or to its ability to create extra energy. However, this caffeine calculus couldn't be further from the truth. Caffeine blocks adenosine receptors in the brain by emulating adenosine molecules and taking their place in the receptors. Your brain thinks the body isn’t tired, but it is. Basically, caffeine is an imposter and your brain is being tricked into thinking you’re still pepped up and ready to go, when you really need to get proper rest for your own health’s sake. Caffeine is a drug, so let’s treat it like one! The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. People wear coffee addiction like a badge of honour; it’s a way to power through, be tough and productive. The funny part is that they are actually worse off by defaulting to drinking extra coffee as a replacement for conscious, healthy life habits. Over time, this approach comes with diminishing  returns and a ton of side effects. So, if we can’t absolutely cut it out, then let’s manage it. Below are the main side effects of being over-caffeinated: Stress on the heart (increased blood pressure) Insomnia Indigestion Headaches Reduced fertility in women Increased anxiety Pro tip: caffeine has a half-life of 6 hours This means that when you drink a large drip coffee at 12pm noon, the 200mg you just ingested decreases to 100mg by 6pm, and then 50mg by midnight. 50mg at midnight! In the middle of the night your blood and brain still have caffeine molecules blocking your adenosine receptors, potentially affecting the quality of your sleep. This is equivalent to drinking a black tea right at midnight and trying to go to bed immediately–just why? Ask yourself the following questions next time you ingest a highly caffeinated drink: do I need to feel energetic in 6 or 12 hours? Or is it really just for the next couple hours? Use that tactic and plan accordingly.  The idea is balance Instead of drinking 3-4 cups of coffee a day (roughly 500-800mg caffeine), enjoy one cup in the morning if you really can’t live without it, then switch to tea for your remaining daily cups. You can do a Coffee Leaf Tea after lunch to get you a fresh 25mg of caffeine and roll into the rest of the day hydrated and focused, skipping the afternoon crash. By the time you get home for dinner, your caffeine levels will be around 12mg, and by bedtime will be in the low single digits.  The adjustment period is about one or two weeks, tops The adjustment is real: for the first few days, but then you’ll notice your ability to sleep gradually improve, your bowel movements become more regular, and some people may notice less heartburn and much less anxiety. Why ride a rollercoaster when you can float on a cloud? Pick your caffeine hits wizely, and you can take control of your habit. Your body and brain will thank you for it. "How much caffeine am I drinking on a daily basis?"  We mapped out the amounts of caffeine in common beverages you might consume on the daily. Go through them and add it up; you will be surprised how much you are consuming. You are not a hostage to caffeine, so stop telling yourself that Always remember, the more caffeine you ingest, the more you rely on it (yes, just like a drug). Free yourself from the dreaded "narrative of need" when it comes to coffee and energy drinks. Focus instead on achieving consistent, everyday energy and doing this well.. Less caffeine = more control of your energy levels and more predictable energy. Embrace your body and brain’s natural functions and find your new routine. This is one of the main reasons we created Wize Monkey and innovated Coffee Leaf Tea; it has the perfect amount of caffeine to get you through a few hours nice and focused, and then you can wind down without any side effects. And best of all, it helps coffee farmers make a year-round living. Now that’s Wize, isn’t it? Looking to reset your caffeine sensitivity?  The easiest way to reset yourself without going cold turkey is to drink Coffee Leaf Tea. This will avoid the withdrawal symptoms and help you stay hydrated with an easy-to-steep drink. Check out some of our best-sellers   and have yourself a cup of liquid wizdom.
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Sunset Chai Latte Cookies (plant-based)
A warm chai tea latte in cookie form? We’ll take a dozen! The brilliant minds at VegNews thought up this delicious creation. Infused with sumptuous chai spices like cinnamon, ginger, and green cardamom—then iced with a velvety chai frosting—these soft, chewy morsels are made extra special with a secret ingredient: Wize Monkey Sunset Chai tea. We already love this rich, antioxidant-packed tea harvested from the leaves of coffee plants, so why not add the tea to our dream holiday cookie? So start your ovens … you’re about to meet your new favourite cookie. WHAT YOU NEED: For the cookies:½ cup coconut oil3 tablespoons Wize Monkey Sunset Chai1 cup brown sugar1 teaspoon cinnamon½ teaspoon ground ginger1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar¼ cup applesauce2 cups flour½ teaspoon baking soda For the frosting:¼ cup canned, full-fat coconut milk 1 tablespoon Wize Monkey Sunset Chai 3 tablespoons vegan butter 2⅓ cups powdered sugarCinnamon for dusting   WHAT YOU DO: For the cookies, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small pan over low heat, add coconut oil and Wize Monkey Sunset Chai. Simmer 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes and allowing the tea to infuse into coconut oil. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Strain to make sure it yields ½ cup. If necessary, add more coconut oil.  In a large mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, apple cider vinegar, applesauce, and chai-infused coconut oil. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour and baking soda. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, and fold gently until combined. Scoop 3 tablespoons of dough into balls and place on prepared baking sheet approximately 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove baking sheet from oven, gently flatten cookies with spatula, and let cool completely. For the frosting, in a small pan over low heat, add coconut milk and Wize Monkey Sunset Chai. Warm for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until milk darkens in color. Strain into a small bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat together vegan butter, powdered sugar, and chai-infused coconut milk until smooth and creamy. Frost cooled cookies and dust with cinnamon. Makes 16 cookies GET SOME SUNSET CHAI TODAY
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How an upcycled and delicious tea is saving the coffee industry: the story of Coffee Leaf Tea
Please share this article! It is also posted here on Medium.com It was International Coffee Day last week. Cafes around the world were celebrating by selling discounted coffee, showing off ‘instagrammable’ latte art, and glorifying the roasted bean that has been harvested for centuries by hard-working coffee farmers around the world. Yet, the coffee industry is in critical condition and no one is talking about it. The volatility of coffee prices on the global market and the seasonality of harvesting has always left farmers vulnerable, but right now it is worse than ever before. The common question we get about this is “If it’s so bad, why isn’t it on front page news?” We believe it’s because the inconvenient truth of the industry is a bitter pill to swallow, and no coffee brand wants to show people what’s really going on at the farm-level as it doesn’t lend to their brand. They preach fair practices and paying farmers above-market value for their beans, but it doesn’t really matter when the market value is so low that farmers are still losing on every sale regardless of the added premium. Scroll to the end of this article to read about our pilot project that solves this problem, or read through for the full details. Buying power is killing the viability of coffee farming In many cases, coffee farmers are the local leaders and when they leave, the social fabric of their communities essentially dissolves as everyone heads for better pastures and eviscerates what jobs were still available. Many of the major coffee brands (premium ones included) have been recently consolidated through acquisition, and shareholders of these conglomerates apply pressure to get immediate returns, which then translates to coffee buyers forcing farmers to sell at even lower prices for more volume. In the coffee world, buying power and bullying is the name of the game, and it’s mimicking the ‘behemoth conglomerate vs local business’ clash that we’ve all seen happen in North America and abroad. The coffee industry has seen significant consolidation with closely held investment firm JAB Holding Co. spending more than $30 billion buying companies including Peet’s Coffee, Keurig Green Mountain and Caribou Coffee. Nestle SA and Italy’s Lavazza have also jumped on the bandwagon. With increased competition, industry executives say there’s been a focus on cutting costs and buying cheaper beans. Bloomberg.com Migration is the not-so-new normal In 2014, we interviewed Nicaraguan growers about this, but it’s been happening much longer than that. The first price-related coffee crisis happened in the early 2000s when Vietnam over-produced so much coffee that global prices crashed. In Nicaragua, it got so bad that the growers left the farms because even if they produced it, they would sell at a loss. In order for the country to avoid complete insolvency, the Nicaraguan army was employed by the government to pick coffee so they could make at least a small sum off of the exports. Not to mention that there was rampant hunger, medical, and housing issues that caused many children to die due to malnutrition. The country’s economy is so tied to coffee that four banks defaulted in the early 2000s during this first crisis: BCP, InterBank, BanCafe, and BANIC. Can you imagine the chaos that would ensue if four major banks defaulted in your country? This was not exclusive to Nicaragua either; the crisis affected all Central American producers, their families, and regional economies. Nicaraguans marching from Matagalpa to Managua, the capital city, in demand of medicine, food, and shelter to help them survive the coffee crisis of the early 2000s. They were called “Las TUNAs”, named after the school where they signed an agreement with the government to provide support. This new coffee crisis has become so critical that the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) has created a task force to help tackle the pricing issue across the globe. Vera Espindola Rafael, one of their directors and industry experts, discussed this issue in a recently aired webinar. What is immediately remarkable is the fact that farmers are abandoning crops and don’t have year-round income to make ends meet; They are not maintaining their farms as they should. They simply do not have the income to maintain what they have. There are producers leaving their fields, homes, and families to find a better life somewhere else. [In Honduras] 4% don’t know where they are going to go, 20% are going to the capital, 44% are going to the US, and a small portion are moving around the country. It’s a sad reality that, as a sector, we are unable to stop it from happening, we let it continue to happen, and it will still continue in the upcoming harvest season. — Vera Espindola Rafael, SCA Director (see full webinar here) When you compound the volatile global pricing with climate change creating wildly variable yields from year to year, and the general seasonality of a 3-month bean harvest, you have a perfect storm causing growers to abandon their farms and migrate elsewhere. This is reflected very obviously in the migrant caravans heading to the US over the last few years. An article in Quartz titled ‘The surprising way coffee is fueling migration to the US’ highlights this very well (edited for continuity): The international price of coffee hasn’t been this low in over a decade. As a result, thousands of coffee farmers, and sometimes their entire families, are abandoning their land or their employment on coffee farms and heading north. Coffee futures are currently at roughly $1.03 per pound, while the cost of production for a pound of coffee right now is about 85 cents in Guatemala. Other estimates put the cost of production as high as $1.40. Approximately 70% of that cost is labor. What it all boils down to is a price for coffee, after costs, “that cannot support families.” The price was well above $3.30 in 1977; it was hovering around 99 cents at the end of 2018. (Quartz) A recent BBC article highlights the growing crisis. Ritu Prasad interviews Chuck Jones who owns a roastery and cafes in California: The “boom and bust cycles” of coffee pricing unfairly hurt growers like [Chuck’s] cousin, who stand to make money only a few times each decade, especially given the access to cheaper options in the commodity market. “As a buyer, I can easily replace that [coffee],” he adds. “But it hurts because it’s my cousin, and he’s losing his source of income. He’s middle aged and he’s been living off of the farm. “Even though my cousin is a high quality, specialty coffee producer, he’s still going to lose the farm because of the systems in place to prevent him from being able to succeed.” (BBC) If we don’t raise prices at retail, average and premium coffee will disappear It’s disheartening to know that the 25 million coffee growers worldwide are under extreme pressure even if they produce the second-most traded commodity and third-most consumed beverage on Earth (water being first and tea being second). What does this mean for our globalized future? How are staple commodity farmers going to keep supplying our growing population? Will the market price eventually correct itself once all the growers leave and supply becomes short? That may not even happen considering that the only producers likely to survive in this era are the massive industrial-scale farms that are mechanized like in Brazil. Will craft coffee shops start charging $10 per cup like they probably should? Or will they simply start closing because consumers don’t want to pay that much for a proper espresso or drip coffee? As a society, if we do not accept a higher cost per cup of coffee, we will continue to destroy the coffee industry as we know it. This is especially affecting the premium bean producers because they can’t sell enough volume to make ends meet; none of the buyers can pay more since customers don’t want to absorb the cost. The only exception here is Starbucks, as they just announced a $20M increase in payments for Central American growers knowing that the current market price is not sustainable. This is still, however, a temporary band-aid and doesn’t represent a long-term holistic solution to this imbalance. “The desire would be that the market has some correction. That would be the ideal state,” Burns said. “If the coffee crisis on pricing continues, we will look at both what we do on the financial side as well as our continued work with what we do with trees.” - Michelle Burns, SVP of global coffee and tea at Starbucks (Bloomberg) Maybe $10 billion will fix this With so many stakeholders involved, potential solutions need to be scalable so they can apply to each producing country and versatile enough for small and large farms. Columbia’s Jeffrey Sachs proposes to create a $10B fund to help prop up farmers and inject cash into the viability of the industry itself. This would help lift the producers above water and start to invest in their future; the only challenge is, who has $10 billion to spare? The solution is actually right in front of us What if I told you that there is a solution that: a) doesn’t require raising $10 billion, b) the growers already have it in their possession, c) it can create year-round income and new skilled jobs, and d) mitigate hunger and migration during the 9-month off-season? My friends and I have made it our lives’ work to accomplish this, and our pilot project with Wize Monkey in Nicaragua is working impeccably well for the growers. The secret? We use the extra leaves of the coffee plant to make Coffee Leaf Tea. The leaves are very rich in healthy compounds, lightly caffeinated (same as green tea), create incredibly smooth refreshing tea, and make use of the excess pruned leaves during the 9-month off-season. To be clear, we are not stripping plants of leaves, that would defeat the entire purpose of making a year-round industry. By applying some simple traditional tea-crafting techniques (wither, roll, oxidize, ferment, dry), coffee leaves turn into a uniquely refreshing drink that never gets bitter, unlike regular tea. Coffee leaves have much less tannins, therefore the steeped drink itself never gets bitter even if you steep them for hours. It’s a very rare quality to have in caffeinated tea, and it’s what makes Coffee Leaf Tea unique. The coffee leaf can be processed thousands of different ways. On top of that, using different sub-varietals of arabica leaves reveal subtle differences in flavor notes, increasing the complexity and diversity of Coffee Leaf Tea and its overall spectrum of tastes. Coffee Leaf Tea has been used in ethnomedicine for centuries and we’re just uncovering it’s true potential Coffee Leaf Tea has been consumed in Ethiopia, the birthplace of arabica coffee, for three to four centuries due to its various health benefits. In 1864, John Shortt wrote about Coffee Leaf Tea being created in Southern India. In 1873, the Chambers’ Journal wrote about Coffee Leaf Tea in Sumatra, how it was their “national drink” and how they “found it invaluable, giving immediate relief to hunger and fatigue, and clearing the brain of its cobwebs.” In 1892, the American Journal of Pharmacy mentions “good crops of coffee leaves could be obtained where it would be risky or even impossible to produce berries.” Coffee Leaf Tea isn’t exactly new, we just figured out the best way to make it with tea processing techniques, rendering a delicious version of what has already been around for the last 300+ years. There is a rare compound named mangiferin that is present in the coffee leaf that has been shown to have several health-endorsing properties such as antioxidant, antimicrobial, antidiabetic, antiallergic, anticancer, hypocholesterolemic, and immunomodulatory. It has also been isolated and tested in a human trial, which revealed to be helpful in boosting fat oxidation and increasing ketone levels (keto dieters, rejoice). Beyond mangiferin, Coffee Leaf Tea as a whole has been shown to have potential applications for managing inflammation and also having a dual-effect on nitric oxide production. For context, nitric oxide is a signaling molecule in many physiological and pathological processes. It was proclaimed the “Molecule of the Year” in 1992, and the 1998 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded for discovering nitric oxide’s role as a cardiovascular signalling molecule. Coffee Leaf Tea can solve the coffee industry’s woes and it has some impressive benefits that researchers around the world are still uncovering as we speak. Theory in practice: using the leaves has saved our producer’s farm Not only has it has won industry awards for taste (World Tea Expo, Specialty Food Expo, NEXTY Awards) and created a new revenue stream from a by-product, it’s also creating new skilled jobs for farmers as now they are learning to craft teas and adding value at origin, instead of solely shipping unroasted coffee beans to cafes that add value at the end of the line by roasting in-market. Now, with Wize Monkey, we’re selling Coffee Leaf Tea (CLT) across North America and it has given our co-founder and farm owner Enrique much-needed off-season income. How do we know this? He’s one of the only remaining producers still in operation in Matagalpa, the coffee capital of Nicaragua. Most of the other farmers have all stopped or left the country and joining the migrant caravans to the US. Every year we’ve managed to employ more people: starting with 5 people, to 25, and now over 120 working in the off-season. The majority of these workers are mothers keen to give their children the opportunity to stay in school rather than seek odd jobs early or stay at home to take care of their younger siblings to help support the family. During the coffee off-season, it has become common to have a 7 or 8 year old child be the caretaker of a newborn while the parents go find work. This is the harsh reality that Wize Monkey is starting to reverse. Many of the workers we’ve met and spoken with regret dropping out of school before the age of 12 and have since started going back to school at age 35+ in grade 4 or 5 to make up for lost time. By making the most of the coffee plant, we can maximize the farms productivity and create a holistic solution to improve all socioeconomic factors in the coffee industry worldwide. Enrique, our co-founder, and his wife Guiselle live on the farm in Nicaragua with their two 1-year old twins. They are one of the only coffee producers remaining in operation in the national capital of coffee, Matagalpa. The long-term vision: local producers taking back control and capturing value The traditional tea industry has been around for thousands of years and local tea masters in Asia are revered for their unique crafting methods. We see the same vision for the coffee industry; Enrique has already spearheaded various crafting methods largely inspired by traditional tea techniques. We’ve made CLT batches using the same methods of traditional tea like green, oolong, black teas, and we currently have two batches aging in rum barrels. We can source from different countries, climates (terroirs), and producers can craft with different methods using their own creativity. This creates unlimited variety and complexity in flavors. In our preliminary batches, we found that you can notice the difference in flavor when using different sub-varietals of arabica coffee leaves. Some types make a more floral and delicate flavor profile (great for green tea method), while others are sweeter and rounder (great for oolong or black tea style), and a few of them are quite earthy (perfect for darker and aged teas). We know this innovative model works, and the possibilities are truly endless; the trick is employing it on a scale wide enough to save an entire industry. We envision a future where CLT is the new craft beverage, entering the ranks of quality and complexity similar to traditional tea, kombucha, coffee, and even wine. The product will create the demand that ultimately corrects a market failure that has gotten systematically and repeatedly out of control. Let’s make the most of the coffee plant for the better of the grower and ourselves This is a scenario where everyone wins. As consumers, we can enjoy an award-winning healthy beverage and support coffee growers to make better livelihoods for their children. This is why we decided to pursue this idea; through all the challenges and sleepless nights, we know that it’s working and helping people every day. We encourage you to try Coffee Leaf Tea and make tangible direct impact with every single delicious cup. Cheers, Max Rivest Co-Founder, CEO of Wize Monkey Coffee Leaf Tea
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PSA: We use 100% plant-based teabags
We do not use plastic teabags, and never will.  We use 100% corn starch PLA biodegradable bags. They are 100% plant-based. A recent study came out showing that PET plastic and nylon teabags leave micro and nano-plastics in cups of steeped tea. Good thing that we DO NOT use those materials and never have. We use only corn starch bags that are plastic-free and biodegradable.     On that note, here are our other green packaging initiatives We are committed to using the most Earth and human-friendly materials and continue to find new ways to reduce our carbon footprint as we grow.We have stopped using individual wrappers for our 15-count boxes of teabags and instead pack all 15 inside one reusable bag. The existing single wrappers that are being phased out are recyclable in the soft plastics category and always have been since day 1. Many people think that the paper wrappers used by other brands are compostable or more eco-friendly, but they are mixed with wax and are therefore not compostable nor recyclable. This is why in the beginning, when we had to use single wrappers for our grocery products, we went with single-material plastic wrappers because they are actually recyclable under their respective soft plastics category. Every other type that is foil/paper mix or wax/paper mix are not recyclable, so we've never used those options as they do not have any secondary applications.We have revamped and entirely overhauled our loose leaf formats for less waste and better ease-of-use. We released new tins and refill bags that are reusable for longevity and professional storing and sealing. This creates a better user experience and ensures that we use a little plastic and foil materials as possible.  Read the full packaging update details here
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NEW: Wize Moment Challenge
Life in 2019 has become so fast-paced, intense, and distracting. We are all starting to feel the effects of an 'always-on' lifestyle, so we decided to create a challenge where every day we spend at least one minute reflecting on something. Every day there is a new prompt that will bring you to an introspective state and help you refocus and recenter. The perfect companion for this is a nice cup of tea. To join the challenge, you have three options: You can follow our Instagram where we'll post them in our stories You can join our private Facebook group where we'll share experiences and ideas for a better Wize Moment You can join via email below and get the daily prompts in your inbox We look forward to having you with us on this journey to finding our collective inner wizdom! 
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We're getting greener! Major packaging update
Today we make the transition to a more sustainable packaging system that produces less plastic and focuses on reusability. All of the new bags are recyclable under category 7. Here is a breakdown of all the new updates: Our 15-count sachet boxes will no longer have individually wrapped sachets, and instead all 15 sachets will be wrapped in a new high quality reusable bag, which reduces overall plastic use and leaves you with a nice bag to store small items. We have a new 50-count pouch of sachets for those who want more volume of sachets without the boxes and extra packaging. This is especially great for office and food service customers, or power users that want their staple tea in large supply. As per customer requests, we now have mini travel pouches available on the website so you can take a sachet with you for work or travel, and also use it to save a steeped sachet for a second steep later on. This way you get the most out of our unique products. We have brand-new tins that are refillable and reusable for various purposes like pen cups or housing small items or spices of your choice. It has a much better lid that stays secure, and the new design reduces the use of plastic by using much smaller flavour labels to discern different blends. These are also recyclable in your regular cans and containers bin. Our new custom pouches come in 100g and 200g loose leaf options as well as a 50-count sachet format. This way you can simply refill your tins and then use the bags for other storage ideas. They have a matte finish that can be used with dry-erase markers for easy storing and changing of labels, so mark away! They make great bulk containers for things like dried goods and crafting supplies. With all the feedback we’ve received from you, our beloved friends, we’ve been able to make these improvements and work towards reducing waste and the use of plastics. There are more and more green options coming on the market each and every year, and we’re excited to see what will be the next evolution of our packaging to become an even greener brand. As always, we recommend loose leaf for the greenest solution. Thank you all for being on this journey with us! Stay Wize, Max, Arnaud, and Enrique
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WizeCast EP06 Kara Sam, Founder of Bucha Brew
While she was having her first child, she was tired of just drinking water and discovered the wonders of kombucha.
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WizeCast EP05 Pam Rounis, Associate Creative Director at Rethink
Vancouver is becoming harder and harder to survive in as an artist, and that’s the harsh reality that all of us creatives have to face. Pam found that working in the advertising space provided her an avenue to not only gain a paycheque, but also become a better designer and professional as well. She’s found a nice balance between creativity and career priorities, especially with SAD Magazine and her freelance gigs, but it didn’t happen overnight and she put in the time. Find her interview on Spotify, iTunes, or stream it directly below.
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NEW: Coffee Leaf Powder launched!
ORDER HERE That's right folks - now you can get your coffee leaf fix in a powdered form by adding it to smoothies, baked goods and your favourite recipes! Order yours today.  It is 100% Coffee Leaf, nothing else added. It provides a nice smooth and sweet taste without being grassy or overly bitter unlike other ground teas. The flavour really comes out when heated, so don't be afraid to play around with it in baking or cooking. This new powder provides a massive antioxidant punch and steady caffeine in an easy-to-scoop format. One teaspoon of the powder will provide 20mg of caffeine, similar to steeping a cup of 2.5g of loose leaf Coffee Leaf Tea (or one teabag). No steeping needed! It is whole coffee leaf that is stone-ground and packed at our crafting facility in Vancouver, then shipped directly to you. Once again, our supply chain is incredibly short and concise to ensure you have the freshest possible product. No other tea company is vertically-integrated like Wize Monkey, so take advantage. Here is a wonderful cookie recipe to try at home. Feel free to add this powder to your other favourite recipes to how it changes the flavour. Try it today and think outside the bean ;) Coffee Leaf  Cookies - makes 8 cookies (vegan) Ingredients 14               dates, soaked in warm water 1 1/4 cup    oat flour 2 tsp           Wize Monkey Coffee Leaf Powder 1/2 tsp         baking powder 1 Tbsp         tapioca starch (cornstarch works too) 1 tsp            vanilla extract 1/2 cup        non-dairy unsweetened mylk 1/4 cup        cacao nibs Directions Preheat the oven to 375F Blend the dates, non-dairy mylk, and vanilla until smooth In a bowl, mix the oat flour, Wize Monkey Coffee Leaf Powder, baking powder, and tapioca starch  Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture Fold in the cacao nibs Divide them into balls and press down gently Bake for 15 minutes Notes Any type of gluten-free flour will work; brown rice, GF blend, etc Add nuts, chocolate chips, dried fruit, whatever you like! Drizzle with coconut cream, frosting, or melted chocolate
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WizeCast EP04: Pedro Villalón, Tea Hunter and Co-Founder of O5 Tea Bar
Episode 4 features Pedro Villalon, an entrepreneur originally from Mexico City and now living in Vancouver for the last ten years. He’s a beverage expert and has been sourcing unique teas from all over Asia by backpacking through mountains and meeting farmers face to face. His amazing tea bar called O5 has been running for 8 years in Kitsilano and has been a beacon of innovation and education for local tea community. Be sure to catch the ending for the Wize words of each episode. Listen on Spotify, iTunes, or the embedded version below
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WizeCast EP03: Karen McAthy, Co-Founder of Blue Heron
Episode 3 features Chef Karen McAthy, a pioneer in plant-based foods. Her particular specialty is creating cultured cheeses, just like regular dairy cheese, but using only plant-based sources like almonds and cashews. She’s been creating these innovative products for 10 years now, and is the co-founder of Blue Heron Cheese and Soil Restaurant. She has faced lots of opposition in her ventures but has come out on top and gained rockstar notoriety in the food industry for her perseverance. Be sure to catch the ending for the Wize words of each episode. Listen on Spotify, SoundCloud, or iTunes. Download the .mp3 here
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WizeCast EP02: Jolin Ras, Composer & Sound Designer
Welcome to the WizeCast, where we interview founders, leaders, and creative thinkers about their journey and what they've learned along the way. Episode 2 features Jolin Ras, a Vancouver-based composer and sound designer who has been creating audio for Nike, Adidas, Arcteryx, and many other top brands. He continues to reach new heights, but it hasn’t come without years of hard work. Be sure to listen to the end where we highlight the Wize words of each and every episode. Listen on Spotify, SoundCloud, or iTunes. Download the .mp3 here
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WizeCast EP01: Mauricio Lozano, Faculty Brewing
Welcome to the WizeCast, where we interview founders, leaders, and creative thinkers about their journey and what they've learned along the way. Episode 1 features a great friend of Wize Monkey, the founder of Faculty Brewing Mauricio Lozano. Mauricio is originally from Mexico and has been working tirelessly to establish his incredible brewery in a very tough Vancouver economy.  Listen on Spotify, SoundCloud, or iTunes
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Wize Moment Photo Contest
A Wize Moment is a flashpoint of creative inspiration. Our most memorable Wize Moments often come from the communities we surround ourselves with. We’re on a collective mission to create a better future for ourselves and the planet we all share. Wize Monkey is a catalyst to creativity and productivity. We started with a Wize Moment of our own - a desire to support the ever-changing coffee industry once we realized the potential of the coffee leaf. Enter the challenge: Take a photo of your favourite place where you have your Wize Moments. Bonus points if you can feature Wize Monkey in the shot, but it's not necessary. To enter, share your photos on Instagram with #WizeMoment. Make sure your account is public, so that we can see your submission(s). Feel free to enter as many as you’d like. The top 3 photos will each win a Loose Leaf Tin and a Discovery Pack of our award-winning Coffee Leaf Tea! The #1 Wize Moment photo winner will also receive a Wize Monkey hat of their choice. May 2019’s contest ends at 11:59pm PST on 5/19.
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Faculty Brewing x Wize Monkey: 800L More!
Back in February, we created an experimental beer, the Mango Party Cream Ale, with our friends at Faculty Brewing Co. What. A. Success. To celebrate the world’s first Coffee Leaf Tea beer, we piloted the brew at a collaboration party where we set a new record at Faculty! We sold out the experimental beer in a record time of 60 minutes! Read more about how our beer was made here. The demand was shown so the supply is back! Our next batch will be 800L of the Mango Party Cream Ale and available on May 16th - our official launch party! Mango Party Cream Ale’s Official Launch Party! RSVP HERE Thursday, May 16th 5pm to 9pm Faculty Brewing @ 1830 Ontario Street, Vancouver Come chat with our founders, sport some merch, and fill your growlers with your friends! Let us know you’re coming by RSVPing to our Facebook event!
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Faculty x Wize Monkey: Mango Party Cream Ale
We have been brewing up a cool new collaboration with Faculty Brewing! Wize Monkey and the team at Faculty are making the world’s first Coffee Leaf Tea beer: Mango Party Cream Ale. February 8th, we experimented with infusing Wize Monkey’s fan-favourite Mango Party tea into a cream ale. The final results are awesome. Wize Monkey, at its simplest, creates delicious tea by upcycling extra coffee plant leaves sourced from Nicaragua. They apply traditional rolling and oxidizing techniques from the tea industry to the coffee leaf, and the result is a uniquely smooth and lightly caffeinated “Coffee Leaf Tea.” They are constantly experimenting with ways Coffee Leaf Tea can be consumed, from cocktails to cookies to kombucha, and now beer! Let’s talk beer. For this brew, we went with a smooth and drinkable cream ale as our base. Cream ales are stylistically clean, well-attenuated, and refreshing. We went with this style for both the thirst quenching characteristics and to let the delicious mango flavours from the Coffee Leaf tea shine in this brew. As for hops, we brewed with Mandarina Bavaria to tie in a some citrus aromas with the tropical fruit notes from the tea. We add the Wize Monkey Mango Party tea right at whirlpool, much like when you are making a cup of tea at home. We use large mesh bags and let the it steep in the beer to extracted all the delicious mango flavour. We then remove the tea, add yeast, and let the beer ferment! When can I taste it? For this exclusive collaboration, we’re hosting a launch party on Thursday, March 7th at Faculty Brewing in Mount Pleasant, Vancouver. Music and drinks start at 5pm going late. We'll also be selling our new apparel and all of our teas on-site as well. Swing by with your friends for a first taste of our Mango Party Cream Ale!  Follow our friends at Faculty Brewing  on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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Wize Monkey's Holiday Gift Guide
Hi folks! Max here, Co-Founder and CEO of Wize Monkey. We're getting lots of questions from our customers asking what to get for mom, dad, friends and partners, so we compiled our top recommendations for you to impress your loved ones. But first, let's cover the basics. FREE SHIPPING DETAILS North America: any order over $49 gets free shipping and comes in a gift box Overseas: any order over $74 gets free shipping and comes in a gift box GIFT SETS & CUSTOMIZATION We created a variety of pre-made gift  sets for you to easily choose from. Keep in mind that you can simply add notes on the checkout page if you want us to customize the package and swap different teas. For example, if you wanted Minty Marvel, Strawberry Hibiscus, and Mango Party instead of the pre-selected products, just let us know in the comments on the order and we'll make it accordingly :) Ok, now for the fun stuff! OMG I have no idea what to get Dad! Buying holiday gifts for Dad can be ridiculously hard sometimes. The challenge is that dads are usually afraid to say if they like something, especially if they like tea. Thanks to 90s and 2000s marketing and societal indoctrination, they feel like they're seen as 'weak' or 'feminine' if they like tea. Come on, guys! There's nothing to be afraid of! So, here's a quick list of suggestions for dad: Earl Grey with Sicilian Bergamot and vanilla: incredibly well-balanced and uniquely smooth, unlike most Earl Greys using black tea as a base. This is usually the one we get feedback on saying "best Earl Grey I've ever had, so might as well start them off on the right foot Ginger Lemon: this one is my daily staple now because it's nice and lemony but comes with a ginger kick yet still remains balanced. It's also very functional for cold season and helps to bring you back to level with real ginger pieces. Got a cold or sore throat? Add some honey or maple syrup and a teaspoon of turmeric powder for a potent cold-fighting elixir.  Original: the lifetime best seller for Wize Monkey is not to be skipped over because it truly has a smooth and sweet taste that is unrivalled in the tea and coffee world. People love our Original tea because it's so easy to steep and very forgiving, while always tasting great. Can you say user-friendly? You can get these three blends in either loose leaf or bagged teas, and don't forget to ask for any order customization in the order notes. My Mom is so fickle, what will she love?? Our dear mothers work so hard and put up with the most BS of anyone! So let's make sure they feel ultra special this holiday. Here are my personal recommendations for Mom: Strawberry Hibiscus: starts with a sweet strawberry note, then transitions slowly over to hibiscus, then finishes off with a light tartness that is the trademark of hibiscus. The longer you steep this one, the more hibiscus flavor you get, so it's pretty customizable in terms of beverage experience. The vibrant red color of the tea is also super festive! Mango Party: this is a go-to for most of our customers, and some of them have called it the "gateway drug" for Coffee Leaf Tea, LOL. It's fragrant, fruity, yet not overly sweet and has a nice lasting taste. Keep this in mind if Mom loves fruity teas and drinks. Minty Marvel: this is the unsung hero of our lineup of blends. With real Oregon peppermint leaves and a light addition of spearmint extract, this blend will not only freshen your palette (and sinuses), but also feature strong body and smooth sweetness thanks to the Coffee Leaf Tea base. Don't forget to resteep this one! My friend drinks so much coffee, it's actually unhealthy! What about them? Ha! I actually overdosed on coffee in 2012, which is what led us to research Coffee Leaf Tea. For a heavy coffee drinker that typically likes strong-tasting drinks, we'd recommend: Earl Grey: Because our Earl Grey has such a fragrant bergamot and a vanilla finish, it boasts robust flavor that isn't meant to 'taste like coffee', but it brings loads of full flavor and complexity that coffee aficionados love. Jasmine:  some of the coffees out there, especially ones made from Java coffee beans, are more floral in taste and less acidic, and that's where our amazing Jasmine blend steps in. With floral aroma and a lightly sweet taste that is smoothed out by Coffee Leaf Tea, this blend has its own cult following. We have even been asked if we could sell our jasmine extract so that people can put them in their home diffusers, ha! Original: you really can't go wrong with what won us the World Tea Expo Best New Product Award, especially for traditionally heavy coffee drinkers. They can add milk of their choice and sweeteners, but most people enjoy this tea straight-up, either hot steeped or on ice with lemon, as it never gets bitter and stays dead smooth all day. Should I buy bagged teas or loose leaf? What is best for who? Bagged teas are best for people who really live on the go. Since it's a pre-dosed single-serving bag, they can take anywhere with them, this is the format of choice. I live off our bagged teas when I'm on business trips, and it's seriously the highlight of my dad when I can just have my premium tea and pop in headphones while waiting for a flight or typing on my laptop as the guy next to me snores his face off on my way to LAX. Highly recommended for travellers.  Loose leaf is best for people who drink their tea at their desk or at home on most occasions, and also for those who are really into controlling their drinks and customizing their steeps. For example, with loose leaf you can add more tea per cup if you'd like and really define the strength of the brew you're making, whereas bagged teas are topped at 2.3g per bag. Our personal favorite at the office is loose leaf because it's waste-free, and with our new infusers, it makes amazing tea without any packaging left behind. Also, sometimes we just need a nice dense brew of tea, and loose leaf let's us go super strong if we want to. It's really a personal choice at the end of the day, so if your loved one loves customization, this is the format for them.  What other questions do you have? Please let us know via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or email us, and we'll be waiting to guide you through a personalized shopping experience.  Cheers and happy holidays from the Wize Monkey team :) Max   
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New Release: Sunset Chai
You've been asking us for years to make a chai, and it's finally here! Cozy up to this perfectly balanced blend of premium Coffee Leaf Tea, cinnamon, ginger, green cardamom and clove.  We took 6 months to get this blend right, so we guarantee you'll enjoy it! 
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Mango Party Coconut Chia Pudding
Ingredients 2 bags Wize Monkey mango coffee leaf tea 1 can guar gum free coconut milk Pinch vanilla powder or dash extract 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp chia seeds 1/4 cup coconut flakes 1 ripe mango  Directions Add content of tea bag, coconut milk and half of the mango to a blender. Blend on high until smoothie. Dice remaining mango into bite size pieces. In a container, combine mango, chia seeds and coconut milk mixture. Let sit for 15 minutes or overnight to allow chia to absorb moisture. Divide into four containers and top with additional mango and coconut flakes. Nutrition Facts per serving:Calories 264, Fat 17g, Carbohydrates 25g, Fibre 12g, Sugar 13g, Protein 6g, Sodium 8mg, Potassium 331mg Packed with mighty nutrition: With bountiful mangiferin, a powerful antioxidant found in both mangos and Coffee Leaf Tea While sipping a cup of tea is great, consuming the whole tea leaf means your getting even more of the health benefits. By enjoying the Coffee Leaf Tea in your breakfast you will reap the mighty metabolism boosting benefits of chlorogenic acids – the same as those found in green coffee bean extract, but without the negative effects of concentrated caffeine. Pick up some Mango Party today and get started! Credit to Choices Holistic Nutritionist Elizabeth Whalley, RHN
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UBC Study: Coffee Leaf Tea shows promise for treating inflammation
Wize Monkey has been leading the global charge in discovering what the coffee leaf can do, not only as a complex and delicious culinary ingredient for beverages and food, but also as a source of antioxidants and other powerful health compounds. With the support of the National Research Council, Wize Monkey teamed up with the UBC Faculty of Food Sciences to dig further into the leaf and see what's really inside it that makes Ethiopians and Indonesians claim that it's more nutritious than the coffee bean. The results are now published in Food Chemistry Journal Vol 249, available here for free on Science Direct. Here's a quote from David Kitts, the Associate Dean of the UBC Food Sciences Faculty: “Our research showed that using processing methods commonly used for tea, for coffee leaves, produced unique antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities that we associated with known mixtures of phytochemicals specific to the coffee leaf. Both immune-stimulation and immune-suppression capacities observed.” To give us a general analysis of the study, we contacted Jordan Bruce, a registered holistic nutritionist and blood analyst based right here in Vancouver. She has come on board as a guest blogger to show us what's up with the coffee leaf's unique phytochemical makeup. -- BY JORDAN BRUCE As someone who eats gluten-free, plant-based and mostly free of refined sugar, I am very conscious about what I put in my body. I’m often asked for advice on healing foods and nutrient-dense ingredients. In the last few years I’ve started to recommend coffee leaf tea for those that could benefit from cutting back on caffeine but still love the routine of a hot drink in the morning and an energy boost. What is coffee leaf tea? It’s exactly what it sounds like, made from Arabica coffee plant leaves but substantially lower in caffeine than coffee or black tea. One of the biggest nutritional components of coffee leaf tea is its high levels of mangiferin, an active compound commonly found in mangos. This phytochemical has been studied for cardiovascular benefits, anti-inflammatory compounds and protective aspects for heart disease and cancer. One of the best things about coffee leaf tea is the nitric oxide you’re giving your body. Not familiar with nitric oxide? Let me give you a crash course. Nitrogen and oxygen are gases that make up the majority of our atmosphere that are essential to our survival. These two gases can combine to form an oxide of nitrogen known as nitric oxide. Over the last few decades, nitric oxide has been of interest to scientists because of its  discovered role in the cardiovascular and nervous system. To put it very simply, nitric oxide works with an enzyme and the amino acid L-Arginine to complete a number of jobs within our body including relaxing and widening blood vessels, thereby reducing blood pressure. Some people feel that it can even enhance their physical performance because of increased oxygen flow to the brain and muscles. Over the last two years consulting with clients, I’ve seen many people struggling with high blood pressure. When plaque is building up in one’s arteries, known as atherosclerosis, the body’s capacity to produce nitric oxide is reduced. It’s important to note that some diseases—diabetes and chronic kidney disease for example—cause a reduction in nitric oxide in people resulting in poor circulation, decreased nerve function or increased risk for cardiovascular events. Nitric oxide also helps reduce the formation of blood clots. Nitric oxide also plays a part in fighting the development of diseases and the control of infectious diseases, tumours and autoimmune disorders. This is all fantastic news for those looking for a healthy drink to sip on regularly but it gets better. A  study was conducted this year at the University of British Columbia on the benefits of young and mature coffee leaf tea. They also compared the processing methods (which is black tea versus green tea) and steep time. Scientists were trying to determine how these factors affected the impacts on antioxidants, anti-inflammatory activity and total polyphenol content (TPC). The results showed that the longer coffee leaf tea steeped, the greater the potential to reduce inflammation. So keep steeping that coffee leaf tea to fight inflammation! The research paper stated that beverages, such as coffee leaf tea, can potentially alleviate high blood pressure, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. The study also shows coffee leaf tea can also aid in protecting us from microbial invasions which supports our immune system. I’m currently a fan of Wize Monkey Coffee Leaf Teas and and am loving their iced tea with fresh fruit and sparkling water right now. Want to learn more about diet, inflammation, health, and coffee leaf tea? Connect with me on  BrucesRoots.com  or on my  Instagram. —Jordan Bruce, BA RHN LBA
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New Collab: World's First Coffee Leaf Kombucha
[UPDATED WITH NEW STORE LISTINGS]We all knew that coffee leaves make great tea, so why not try making kombucha with it?  The founder of Bucha Brew, Kara Sam, has won awards for her super fresh kombucha that's locally brewed in Vancouver BC. Thanks to her amazing booch, she can barely keep up with the growing demand. Even though she's busy every waking moment with her young family, growing business, and endlessly energetic dog, she still finds time to seek out new innovative products and play around with potential collaborations. Kara and Max (our co-founder) have actually known each other for a few years now since Max attended university with Kara's brother, Steve. Steve connected the two entrepreneurs together and since then they have been sharing discoveries and discussing industry trends. It was only a matter of time until they launched this new project together: the world's first Coffee Leaf Kombucha.  After various test batches and a lot of trial and error, Kara and her team settled on this delicious recipe that included whole raw mango chunks added at the end of the brewing, then filtered and bottled.             Not only does this kombucha taste clean, crisp, and refreshing, it has a beautiful mango  note that can't be replaced by anything other than the real thing. You can order it online here, and it is rolling out to the following locations on a store-by-store basis. If it isn't in your local retailer, tell them to order it and it'll come in. Power to the people! Save On Foods IGA Nesters Safeway Independent health food stores In an effort to update their selection and keep up with changing customer demands, the Vancouver Park Board is bringing in more healthy options for their concession stands and phasing out sugar-filled drinks.  Bucha Brew has impressed the Park Board so much so that they've installed kombucha taps at all the beach and park concession stands, so keep an eye out for the signs this summer. Some will also offer growler fills, how rad is that!      To celebrate this new partnership, we hosted a launch party at the new Wize Monkey office in Kitsilano. We had   Bayside Lounge  bring in a full bar with four custom tea and kombucha cocktails, Bucha Brew brought a two-tap kegerator that we get to keep in the office (secretly freaking out right now) and we had our friends from   Restore Human  provide prizes and also spin beats all night (thank you DJ Six Pax!)                                                                Thank you to all who attended and those who tried to make it out but got stuck in traffic, there will be more events like  this so stay tuned! For future launches and events, please subscribe to our newsletter at the bottom of this page, follow us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.
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New collaboration with DavidsTea
After working on this project for three years, we've officially launched our collaborative blend with DavidsTea. From their website: "Quench your thirst with our tropical hibiscus punch. Spiked with cinnamon, creamy coconut and energizing coffee leaf – a sustainable super-ingredient that helps create off-season jobs – this invigorating blend is bursting with unique flavours. Think fruity and spicy with a pop of natural earthy sweetness from the coffee leaf. Try it on ice and get ready to make some waves." It's now available at all of their locations, as well as online.  Our new collab with @davidstea is making serious waves! Just look at those fruit chunks! Mango, banana, coconut, pineapple, plus hibiscus and a touch of cinnamon. Have it hot or on ice, only at #DavidsTea. . . . #CoffeeLeafTea #feedfeed #buzzfeast #buzzfeedfood #balancedeating #intuitiveeating #cleaneating #mindfuleating #vsco #foodgawker #eatrealfood #foodisfuel #fitfoodie #healthyeating #thekitchn #allfoodfits #foodfreedom #nourish #ieatwhatiwant #eeeeeats #teatime #tea #hightea #disrupt #argotea #teavana #davidstea #amazonprime #antioxidants A post shared by Wize Monkey (@wizemonkey) on Apr 25, 2018 at 11:55am PDT We're celebrating Friday with some iced tea! This week has been absolutely crazy since we launched our @davidstea collaboration, so time to wind down and enjoy a nice bevy. Be sure to check it out at #DavidsTea locations and their website. . . . . #CoffeeLeafTea #feedfeed #buzzfeast #buzzfeedfood #balancedeating #intuitiveeating #cleaneating #mindfuleating #vsco #foodgawker #eatrealfood #foodisfuel #fitfoodie #healthyeating #thekitchn #allfoodfits #foodfreedom #nourish #ieatwhatiwant #teatime #tea #hightea #disrupt #argotea #teavana #davidstea #collaboration #antioxidants #mixology A post shared by Wize Monkey (@wizemonkey) on Apr 27, 2018 at 11:55am PDT
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Caffeine: The Good and the Bad
In honour of March being Caffeine Awareness Month, we've compiled some recent insights on caffeine, as well as some tips to keep in mind. What are the Health Effects of Caffeine Consumption? Caffeine is a bit of a two-headed monster. For many, it’s the perfect way to start a morning: sitting in the breakfast nook with a steaming hot cup-a-joe in one hand, favourite book in the other, watching your daughter play around in the yard with your lovable dog. Life’s great! But, as many of you know, caffeine can also be your worst nightmare: lying awake at three in the morning, splitting headache, stomach doing somersaults, heart pulsing faster than a rabid dog.  How can this be? What’s the truth here? Is caffeine good or is caffeine bad? I wish there were a quick and easy explanation for you, but reality is never simple – especially when it comes to caffeine. The truth is that it’s both good and bad. It’s important to be aware of just how exactly caffeine can affect your health. THE GOOD Let’s start with the good news. The benefits of caffeine are pretty well known. (After all, why else would over 80% of the population consume it?) It’s a stimulant. It works by activating the central nervous system. And, as such, it can provide mental alertness and concentration, boost your mood, and help postpone fatigue. All good things. On top of that, coffee – which is by far and away the number one source of caffeine consumption – has been the focus of much scholarly research. Here are some of the purported health benefits of coffee: It can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. It can reduce the risk of mouth and throat cancer. It may help lower our risk of stroke, Parkinson’s, and dementia. But – as I mentioned earlier – caffeine isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. It has a dark side, too. THE BAD To begin with, caffeine is a drug. Plain and simple. Over time, the body will get used to it and will depend on it as a part of its everyday routine. And when caffeine is not there all of a sudden, you’ll have a bad time. These effects are called withdrawal symptoms. They may include: Upset stomach Headache Dehydration Muscle pain Insomnia Lethargy Anxiety Depression Irritability Etc. You get the point. Nobody wants to be around a coffee addict who hasn’t had coffee. …and nobody wants to be one either. On top of the withdrawal symptoms, there may also be significant long-term health effects as well. THE LONG-TERM EFFECTS According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), excessive long-term consumption of caffeine may lead to a loss of bone density, which in turn may lead an increased risk of osteoporosis. But wait, there’s more: Increased blood sugar levels. Daily consumption of caffeine may increase blood sugar levels, which can be a major problem for those with diabetes. (Source) Irregular heartbeat. Higher amounts of caffeine may result in extreme agitation, tremors, and a rapid heartbeat. (Source) Pregnancy complications. Too much caffeine may result in miscarriage or birth defects. It can also make it more difficult for women to get pregnant in the first place. (Source) Increased blood pressure. Caffeine may cause short, but dramatic increase in blood pressure. (Source) Increase cholesterol levels. There is a compound in coffee called “cafestol” that raises LDL cholesterol levels. (Source) NOW WHAT? Don’t be scared by all of this. There are a number of ways in which you can live a healthy lifestyle and still consume caffeine. The key, as always, is moderation. Here are some tips: In general, it’s recommended that you consume under 400 mg/day of caffeine. That’s about four 8 oz. cups of coffee, which is more than enough for most people. Be aware of other foods that may include caffeine: chocolate bars (5-25 mg), energy drinks (up to 160 mg) and soft drinks (~30 mg) are some examples. Many prescription drugs also include caffeine. If you don’t want to go cold turkey on the caffeine, you should try our new 15 Days of Wizdom pack. It comes with a variety of our five award-winning teas that will help you ease off the caffeine addiction and also keep you focused without any crash of jitters. The caffeine level is around 20mg per cup, making it the perfect substitute to rotate into your routine. Get one today and starting thinking outside the bean.
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Globe and Mail Health: "Antioxidant Boost"
     Leslie Beck, Registered Dietician and Director of Food and Nutrition at Medcan, has discovered our Coffee Leaf Tea and felt compelled to write an article about our innovation in the Globe and Mail for Oct 24th's online and print edition. Read it in full here or see highlight's below. ---------------------------------------- In 2012, researchers from France and England tested 23 species of coffee plants for their antioxidant potential. Published in the journal Annals of Botany, the study revealed that coffee leaves contained a very high concentration of chlorogenic acid, an antioxidant that's also found in coffee beans. (Tea leaves contain a different type of antioxidant.) Arabica coffee leaves were found to have the highest level of mangiferin, a phytochemical that was first extracted from mangoes. Since then, mangiferin has been extensively studied for its potential to guard against heart disease and cancer. The plant compound has been shown to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and cholesterol-lowering properties. These protective compounds end up in your cup of coffee-leaf tea, too. Research from Brazil, published in 2016, found that brewed coffee-leaf tea was an excellent source of mangiferin. Last year, food scientists from the University of British Columbia revealed that coffee leaves produced this way helped balance the body's nitric-oxide production, a chemical that helps keep blood pressure in check. The research, soon to be published in the journal Food Science, also demonstrated that the longer coffee leaf tea was steeped, the greater its anti-inflammatory activity. It's amber in colour, like lightly brewed black tea, and has a refreshing earthy taste, similar to that of green tea, but not as grassy-tasting. Unlike traditional tea, it doesn't taste bitter if you brew it too long. I recommend tasting coffee-leaf tea if you haven't. --------------------------------------------------------- Want an easy way to try it out? Check out our new Discovery Pack and get 20% OFF your next purchase!
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Wize Monkey Launching Nationally in USA
Award-winning Wize Monkey Coffee Leaf Tea hitting shelves across the US this October, disrupting tea and coffee categories simultaneously FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Vancouver BC, September 12th The world’s first Coffee Leaf Tea company Wize Monkey is launching their multi-award winning product in over 330 stores across the United States this October. They have made major leaps in the past year, solidifying national Canadian distribution in late 2016, and soon launching with Sprouts Farmers Market in 15 states across 285 locations. They are also launching with Whole Foods in the Northern California region, Gelson's, Mollie Stone’s and Rainbow Grocery Co-op. “It’s been nearly 5 years of crafting the best method to make our award-winning Coffee Leaf Tea and the work is finally paying off. Retailers are recognizing the amazing taste that our product offers as well as the rising consumer demand across the US and globally” - Max Rivest, Co-Founder/CEO Wize Monkey has taken a centuries-old concept from Ethiopia and Sumatra and applied craft processes to premium coffee leaves to reveal an outstandingly smooth and delicious tea that is very easy to drink, has similar caffeine levels to green tea, no bitterness, and delivers a host of polyphenols that aren’t available in traditional tea. Some of their accolades include World Tea Expo ‘Best New Product’, ‘Best Mission-Driven Business’ NEXTY Award, and multiple nominations for innovation awards. One of the most revolutionary aspects of their product is how it generates a year-round economy for coffee growers and workers, who typically only have a 3-month long production season for the coffee bean. By using the leaves of the coffee plant in the off-season that are typically discarded, they generate year-round jobs for growers and train staff with added-value skills to process and taste-test Coffee Leaf Tea. About Wize Monkey Wize Monkey is the global leader in Coffee Leaf Tea production, research, and innovation. Stemming from a 2013 grad school project, Wize Monkey has since established itself as the world’s first Coffee Leaf Tea company. They are vertically integrated from “Earth to Cup” out of Nicaragua and based in B.C. Founded by Max Rivest, Arnaud Petitvallet, and Enrique Ferrufino, a third-generation coffee farmer in Nicaragua, Wize Monkey Coffee Leaf Teas are available in five flavours and can now be found in more than 230 stores across Canada and over 300 stores in the US. Want HD video content? Check out the short documentary: Media Contact Max Rivest, Co-Founder/CEO 604 839 7640 max@wizemonkey.com
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Have a Wize Moment
Life is busy and everyone is looking for ways to disconnect. In our latest video, we explore how you can achieve this feeling of zen and calm with iced tea and your favorite chill out spot. These are small actions that result in tremendous releases of tension and bring you back to level. Ultimately, it's up to you to define your very own #WizeMoment, so how would you do it? Song credits to our very own Wize Collective member Roman Kov   New Cocktail Recipes If you're looking to spice things up a bit, we released our new signature cocktail recipes, ranging from classic thirst-quenching vodka iced teas to refreshing mojitos. Best of all? Since our Coffee Leaf Tea is so smooth, you don't need to add any sugars or syrups to these drinks. Cheers to healthy and clean indulgence! Please enjoy responsibly :)     For more recipes, check out our Recipes page
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New Light Hoody
That's right folks; we've finally launched our first apparel and we're more than excited to share them with you. We took our time to find something that we truly love, and we're certain you'll love it too. Get any two boxes of tea and a hoody for only $50 + free shipping! Use code "hoodysale" at checkout. It comes in two colourways: Heather Green with neon yellow drawstrings Classic Black with gunmetal grey drawstrings  Shop our new hoody now
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Feature on New Hope Network
Wize Monkey disrupts the coffee and tea categories with a product that qualifies as both At last month's Natural Product's Expo West, we we're interviewed by the leading voice in the natural products industry New Hope Network. Little did we know, they featured us on their front page.  Check out the short video interview below. 
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Best Mission-Based Product at Expo West
Multi-award winning company Wize Monkey wins the New Hope NEXTY Award for Best Mission-Based Product at World’s Largest Natural Products Expo FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 13 2017: Vancouver, B.C.: Local, multi-award winning Coffee Leaf Tea company Wize Monkey has been internationally honored for its company mission to break the global poverty cycle in coffee communities through sustainable harvesting with a New Hope NEXTY Award. Judged on innovation, inspiration and integrity, Wize Monkey received the Best Mission-Based Product Award at the world’s largest natural products exposition Expo West which wrapped up March 12 in Anaheim California. The award marked Wize Monkey’s official debut in the United States, a key market for the future of Coffee Leaf Tea and this burgeoning brand. Recently, Wize Monkey won the Emerging Specialty Food Product of the Year Award at the Specialty Food Expo and Conference held in February. They also won Best International Trade Award at the Small Business BC Awards on February 24, and Product of the Year at the BCFPA Awards in spring 2016. And in 2015, less than one year after the company was founded, they won Best New Product at the 2015 World Tea Expo. “We feel very privileged to receive this distinguished award and are absolutely thrilled to be recognized for our company mission.” Said company co-founder and CEO Max Rivest. "It is such an honour to be here amongst some of the world’s most innovative and inspiring companies in the natural products industry. We dedicate this win to the farmers we work with because they are the true heroes." ---- About Wize Monkey Wize Monkey is the global leader in Coffee Leaf Tea production, research, and innovation. They are committed to revolutionizing the socioeconomics of coffee communities by harvesting the coffee leaf to create year-round jobs and mitigate systemic challenges within the coffee industry. Blossoming from a 2013 grad school project, Wize Monkey has since established itself as the world’s first Coffee Leaf Tea Company. They are vertically integrated from “Earth to Cup” out of Nicaragua and based in B.C. Founded by local Vancouverite Max Rivest, Arnaud Petitvallet who is from France, and Enrique Ferrufino who originates from Nicaragua, Wize Monkey Coffee Leaf Teas are available in five flavours and can now be found in more than 130 stores across Canada and has customers in over 35 countries since its official launch in 2015. To view Wize Monkey’s documentary series on the challenges of coffee farming and how the leaf is revolutionizing the industry for the better, visit: https://www.wizemonkey.com/pages/coffee-leaf-quest To learn more about the NEXTY Awards, visit: http://www.expowest.com/ew17/public/Content.aspx?ID=1065076 ------ Download PDF Press Release Download Image WE WON BEST MISSION-BASED PRODUCT AT THE WORLD'S BIGGEST NATURAL PRODUCTS EXPO!!! 🏆 🍾🍾 We are absolutely losing our minds right now and so grateful for this honour. Thank you #WizeCommunity for being the wind in our sails! Love you all!! • #CoffeeLeafTea #coffeeleaf #coffeeleaves #directtrade #earthtocup #farmdirect #NextyAwards #expowest #nexty #nexty2017 #naturaloroducts #newhopemedia #socialimpact #socialinnovation #impactinvesting #socialenterprise #foodinnovation #agtech @viawesome @scoutmagazine @dailyhivevancouver @ctvvancouver @cbcvancouver @globalbc @vancouversun @ehfvancouver @sauders3i @feedinggrowth #progessivefood #tea #champions #winners #drinktea #startuplife #pressrelease #innovation #healthylifestyle #disruptivetech #disruption A post shared by Wize Monkey (@wizemonkey) on Mar 13, 2017 at 12:50pm PDT New at #expowest: @wizemonkey Coffee Leaf Tea. Booth #M202 #bevstagram #tea #coffeeleaf A post shared by BevNET (@bevnet) on Mar 10, 2017 at 11:21am PST Wize Monkey Coffee Leaf Tea was a standout at Natural Products Expo West. The delicious tea is from the leaves of coffee plants, pruned during the off-season of bean harvesting, helping farmers and workers generate a year-round income. The new company was started by three young men from France 🇫🇷, Nicaragua 🇳🇮 and Canada 🇨🇦 (from left to right). . . . #coffee #tea #naturalproductsexpowest #naturalproducts #wizemonkey @wizemonkey #antioxidants #nicaragua #farming #france #monkeys #natural #expowest #drinks #bevs #coffeeleaftea A post shared by Adair Seldon (@lentil_breakdown) on Mar 12, 2017 at 12:30pm PDT
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Best International Trade at SBBC Awards
Wize Monkey Wins “Best International Trade” at Small Business BC Awards, Looks to Continue Winning Streak at NEXTY Awards in California Next Month FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, February 24th, 2017 - Vancouver, BC – After a public vote and a panel of judges, Wize Monkey won “Best International Trade” at the Small Business BC Awards. They're honoured to be among the top small businesses in BC, let alone the thousands of them that trade internationally.The founders went up on stage and introduced everyone to Wize Miguel, their official mascot. They dedicated the award to the farmers they work with on their partner Enrique's farm, and all of the stakeholders who have worked so hard to create their multi-award winning product of Coffee Leaf Tea. Hot off winning the “Emerging Specialty Food Product of the Year” award at the Specialty Food Expo and Conference earlier this month, they look to keep their winning streak going into Expo West,  the world's largest natural products expo, where they're a finalist for 'Best Mission-Based Product' at the NEXTY Awards. This will be Wize Monkey's official debut in the United States, a key market for the future of Coffee Leaf Tea and this burgeoning brand. "We’re honoured to win an SBBC award and excited to share our multi-award winning innovation with the best retailers in the US next month at Expo. Hopefully we come home with some NEXTY hardware, too!" - Max Rivest, CEO For the official press release PDF and article image, click here.  Congrats to this year's #SBBCAwards winners! We're so proud to recognize passionate entrepreneurs in #BC like you 🏆 https://t.co/KaoFcxOy5l pic.twitter.com/h904nDI0nu — SmallBusinessBC (@SmallBusinessBC) February 24, 2017 Love that coffee leaf sidekick! Congrats on winning Best #InternationalTrade Award @WizeMonkey ! You make #Vancouverites proud! #SBBCAwards pic.twitter.com/Pdj6jIG6q7 — Betty T (@BettyPTian) February 24, 2017 .@WizeMonkey accepts Best Int. Trade award with a special sidekick Miguel. #sbbcawards pic.twitter.com/MofC9ETJHL — Neal Cranna (@NealCranna) February 24, 2017 Honoured to have won "Best International Trade" at the #SBBCawards last night. So where's the party tonight?? #Winner #Winning #AwardsParty #SeeYouAtTheGrammys #Smallbusiness #smallbizbc #vancity #coffeeleaftea #thinkoutsidethebean #bewize #livewize #tea #expowest #nextyaward #nexty #naturalproducts @dailyhivevancouver @604now @foodyensation #bcbusiness #socent #socialimpact #socialenterprise #impact #buyethical #buyconscious A post shared by Wize Miguel (@wizemiguel) on Feb 24, 2017 at 11:56am PST
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Product of the Year at Specialty Food Expo
Vancouver-based Coffee Tea Leaf Company Wins Emerging Specialty Food Product of the Year at 2017 Specialty Food Expo FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 19, 2017 - Vancouver, BC – 2017 is already looking good for Vancouver-based Wize Monkey who won the coveted award for “Emerging Specialty Food Product of the Year” at the Gluten-Free and Specialty Food Expo and Conference that took place last weekend at the Vancouver Convention Centre. With hundreds of vendors on-site and just over twenty other finalists up for the award, competition was steep.  “We’re absolutely ecstatic that West Coast consumers are connecting with our innovative product and mission to deliver a unique, high-end taste experience that also helps solve systemic issues in the coffee industry. This award is so appreciated and we’re excited to start off 2017 on the right foot!” – Wize Monkey co-founder, Max Rivest The Wize Monkey team is hoping to keep this winning streak alive when results are announced for Small Business BC’s “Best International Trade” award – for which they are shortlisted. Rapid growth in distribution within the BC markets have helped Wize Monkey see steady expansion of product offerings and increased availability online and in store with their unique Coffee Leaf Tea now sold in over 130 stores across Canada. With no sign of slowing down and in keeping with their “Earth to Cup” approach to business development and education, co-founders Max Rivest and Arnaud Petitvallet are speaking at TEDxYouth@SWCSS next month and serving their multi-award winning products at TEDxStanleyPark.   About Wize Monkey Wize Monkey is the global leader in Coffee Leaf Tea production, research, and innovation. They are committed to revolutionizing the socioeconomics of coffee communities by harvesting the coffee leaf to create year-round jobs and mitigate systemic challenges within the coffee industry. Blossoming from a 2013 grad school project, Wize Monkey has since established itself as the world’s first Coffee Leaf Tea company. They are vertically integrated from “Earth to Cup” out of Nicaragua and based in BC. Founded by local Vancouverite Max Rivest, Arnaud Petitvallet (France) and Enrique Ferrufino (Nicaragua), Wize Monkey CLTeas (available in five flavours) can now be found in more than 130 stores across Canada and has customers in over 35 countries since its official launch in 2015. - 30 – Please view video here. For more information, samples and additional images please contact: Danica Jeffery E: danica@dvinewrites.com | 778.242.7827 info@wizemonkey.com | www.wizemonkey.com | 604.839.7640   DOWNLOAD PDF COPY HERE 
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Whole Foods Top 10 2017 Food Trends on Global TV
Grant from Whole Foods outlines all the new 2017 Top Food trends and sure enough we're featured at 5:10 in the video. We had no idea they selected us so we started getting phone calls from friends telling us that we were on TV, pretty cool right? Thank you Grant for giving us the extra shout out!  
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Coffee Leaf Quest is LIVE!
Get an inside look at coffee farming's challenges and how Coffee Leaf Tea is creating a new craft industry that's helping to stabilize their economy.  We shot everything on the farm where we cultivate and innovate with the coffee leaf. You can find more info about the farm on our Source page.  SHORT VERSION(2m30s)   FULL  VERSION(13min in 3 parts)
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Over 100 stores across Canada
Our iced and dry teas are available across Canada, click the link to see which ones are closest to you!   SEE ALL RETAILERS HERE
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Coffee Leaf Quest: Official Teaser
We've released the official teaser for Coffee Leaf Quest, our upcoming mini-documentary that's premiering December 14th. We've been working very hard to create a killer documentary for you all to get a closer as to what happens at farm level and the impact that we're creating. If you're in Vancouver, RSVP here for the premiere party: https://www.facebook.com/events/1135530286560565/
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Interview in BC Business Magazine
We're featured in BC Business Magazine's November issue, check out the full article online here.
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Earl Grey and Jasmine Now Available
After over a year of waiting for the right recipe and right timing, we've launched our favourite new CLTeas, Earl Grey and Jasmine. These are deliciously smooth teas bring forward the classic flavours of bergamot essence and jasmine flowers, without all the stuffy tea bitterness or "granny's tea-time" associated with it. We probably should have called them Earl Un-Grey and Jumpin' Jasmine... maybe for the next packaging run, we'll see. These new flavours are available in select stores, and always available in our online shop.
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