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September 8, 2022

First Flush Darjeeling from the Goomtee Estate

Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews The first picking of the 2022 harvest hits the Deli’s shelves First Flush Darjeeling is one of my favorite teas of all time. It’s a tea that tastes like no other, evokes emotion, and calls up my creative spirit. Smelling its aroma (both the dry leaves and then again as it’s […]

July 27, 2022

Kintamani Bali Coffee

Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Great balance & beautiful flavor from this small South-Asian island Bali is probably not the first place you think of when single-origin coffees come to mind. Costa Rica, Guatemala, Brazil, Kenya, and coffee’s original home of Ethiopia all likely head the list. Bali, though, for many (like me) is thought of […]

July 9, 2022

“Silver Needle” White Tea at the Deli

Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews A taste of the 12th century carefully crafted in 2021 Another new limited edition tea has arrived at the Deli. In Chinese, the name is Yín Zhēn. The English translation is “Silver Needles.” What we have on hand is a small batch white tea, made by Mr. He, who the folks […]

June 23, 2022

Espresso Blend #1 from Daterra Estate

Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews A sure shot, whether you get it as an espresso or brewed by the cup If you have had a cappuccino, a latte, or a shot of espresso here at Zingerman’s in the last 18 years, it’s pretty certain that you’ve enjoyed a cup of this marvelous coffee made with the […]

June 20, 2022

Coffee from East Timor

Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews The Roaster’s Pick for June Unbeknownst to most Americans, some of the best coffee beans in the world grow nearly 10,000 miles west of Ann Arbor in the southern hemisphere—halfway between Indonesia and Australia, on the tiny island of East Timor. To get from here to there, it’s at least a […]

April 29, 2022

High Grown Honduras Coffee from Farmer Pablo Paz

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews A University of Michigan student project pays delicious dividends a decade down the road It’s about ten years ago now that U of M alum Andrew Boyd approached me. He wanted to tell me about a new project he and some other recent graduates were getting into. Their idea was […]

April 28, 2022


  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews The true story of your morning “cap” revealed! It’s getting close to a decade ago now that I started to study beliefs. What began as a small bit of intrigue and intellectual interest evolved, over the course of five or six years, into a 600-plus-page book, The Power of Beliefs in […]

February 28, 2022

Peru Corral de Piedra Coffee

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Beautiful beans from women farmers on Peru’s west coast Back in 2004, a year after we began roasting our own coffee here at Zingerman’s, about 3700 miles almost due south of Ann Arbor, Isabel Uriarte Latorre co-founded Café Femenino, an organization dedicated to empowering women in the coffee world. From […]

August 21, 2021

Meet the Deli Detail: Deli Tea Specialist

Meet the Deli Detail: We’re introducing you to our passionate team of experts. Today’s featured Deli crew members is our Tea Specialist Meet the Deli’s Tea Specialist According to our tea specialist, being the Deli’s Tea Specialist requires him to, “Mostly drink tea and wax philosophic about the state of the world.” Don’t let him […]

July 2, 2021

Types of Tea

If you’re on a hunt for tea, make Zingerman’s Delicatessen your first stop! The Deli stocks a wide spectrum of teas: White, Green, Yellow, Oolong, Black (called Red in China), Pu-Erh/Dark Tea (called Black in China), Purple, and Herbal Teas (otherwise known as Tisanes — if you’re fancy).  Our tea specialist makes sure the Deli’s […]

June 24, 2021

Ask a Tea Specialist: How to Make Better Tea At Home!

Add expertly-made tea to your at-home beverage rotation with tips from the Deli’s tea guru, Jackson Konwinski. According to Jackson, the most frequently asked question he gets from guests about tea is, “How do I make better tea at home?”  He’s here to set the record straight, and to equip Deli guests with all of […]

June 18, 2021

Reserve Dragon Well 2021 Selection #1

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews A hard to get micro-lot of terrific tea from China The availability of this special tea is super limited, and its flavor is fantastic. If you’re into tea like I am, you might want to drive by to get a bag of it while it lasts (or have some delivered […]

April 11, 2021

Milk Oolong Tea

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Terrific New Tea Arrival from Taiwan It’s nearly 20 years ago now that we started to roast our own coffee. Up until that point I drank coffee only rarely, mostly if (as is still often the case, in Italy) there was no other choice. Tea was my thing. Every morning, […]

December 27, 2020

An Expanded Selection of Tea at the Deli

A vision is realized with an increased selection of tea by Jackson Konwinski, Zingerman’s Delicatessen Tea Buyer/Specialty Foods Supervisor Our new selection of tea goes out to all you leaf lovers out there–the regulars who have been with us for decades, the first-timers looking for something special, and everyone else who will walk through our […]

December 27, 2020

Ben Shan Oolong Tea from Fujian

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews A new Oolong Tea at the Deli brews a delicious cup Thanks to the hard work and passionate pursuit of excellence of longtime Deli staffer Jackson Konwinski, we have this lovely new oolong tea that’s only recently arrived from China. The Ben Shan is a delicate and delicious Tieguanyin (aka, […]