Growing craft coffee, tea trends heat up accessory sales


September 29 was National Coffee Day. Designated in 2015, the annual event is a day to celebrate coffee and tie products into promotions, tastings and coffee-related goods.

​Coffee is still an addiction for most Americans, and they seek the accessories to better enjoy that cup of joe—specialty beans, coffee mugs and glassware, on-the-go drinking vessels, decorative storage canisters, themed tea towels, linens and tabletop, apparel or invigorating, caffeine-infused personal care goods.

​Overall, the retail value of the U.S. coffee market is estimated to be $48 billion dollars with specialty comprising approximately 55 percent, according to the National Coffee Association of America.

​Americans are crafting those specialty brews at home, opening up new opportunities for craft brewing tools such as the French French press.

​Tea Time

​Coffee is not going anywhere, but next to water, tea is still the most widely consumed beverage in the world and can be found in nearly 80 percent of all U.S. households. There’s something for every palate. Roobois, oolong, white, black and green tea selections are always a great complement to a well-stocked collection of teaware goods, including infusers, pots, teacups, sugar and creamer sets. Premium teas are never a bad option.

​Each day, more than 158 million Americans are drinking tea, while five percent of 18- to 24-year-olds said they opt for specialty coffee, which has remained steady since 2014. Overall, hot tea sales in the U.S. have increased more than 17 percent throughout the last five years, reported the Tea Council of the U.S.A.

​Tea also has a special designated “holiday.” National Hot Tea Day for January 12, 2016, while June 10 celebrates Iced Tea Day for some summer promotions.

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