An Inwood, W.Va., beverage company that was recognized last month at the 28th Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore for creation of low-calorie tea is holding an open house Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Tours of the facility operated by Tropical Breeze Beverages at 4325 Gerrardstown Road will be available, as will the creators of the company’s award winning Dr. B’s Premium Microbrewed Tea, according to a news release.
Producers of the expo announced on Sept. 24 that the family-owned company in southern Berkeley County was awarded Best New Food for its Coconut Tea.
Founded by dentist Ken Banks in 2010, the company says on its website that it develops and manufactures ready-to-drink all-natural teas that have no sugar added and are naturally caffeine free.
Banks’ son, Christopher Banks, and daughter, Sarah Langford, are also part of the “Tea Team,” according to the company’s website.
Those visiting the company’s facility Saturday will be able to see how Rooibos tea leaves, imported from South Africa, are brewed with solar technology, according to a news release announcing the open house.
Instead of sugar, the company says it uses a “super fruit” called monk fruit and Xylitol fiber, a sweetener made from American birch trees. The coconut tea has 10 calories per bottle, according to the company’s website.
The expo held Sept. 19-22 at Baltimore Convention Center attracted more than 21,000 people and 1,550 exhibits from more than 96 countries, according to the show’s producers.