The Colorado-based fast-casual concept offers new brewed iced tea blends with organic ingredients
Denver, CO (RestaurantNews.com) Denver-based Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, a fast-casual restaurant concept specializing in authentic Mediterranean cuisine, announced today enhancements to its signature fresh brewed iced tea blends. All teas are now blended with organic ingredients and two are 100 percent organic. Additionally, a brand new tea has been added to the mix replacing one of the originals.
Lemongrass Ginger Green Iced Tea, a new 100 percent organic iced tea blend, is replacing the former Quince Quencher Iced Tea and is made only with organic lemongrass, ginger, green tea and water. The company’s original Classic Black Iced Tea is now 100 percent organic. Additionally, the brewed Pomegranate Crisp Iced Tea and Hibiscus Mango Iced Tea Fusion have been reblended to incorporate organic ingredients.
“Our new organic iced tea blends not only deliver the same refreshing taste our guests know and love, they also fall in line with our green initiative incorporating more natural and organic items into our menu,” explains Alon Mor, Garbanzo founder, president and CEO. “As Garbanzo continues to grow, our green program will grow with it fulfilling our goal of creating one of the healthiest fast-casual concepts available.”
Garbanzo partnered with Teatulia Organic Teas to exclusively produce the new and organic iced tea blends. The Teatulia tea garden does not use pesticides, unnatural irrigation or machinery, cultivating their teas with the “natural harvest” method, which allows the land to thrive.
Garbanzo offers guests a variety of authentic Mediterranean items with an emphasis on flavor, freshness and quality, as well as a healthy trans-fat free menu. Guests have the ability to customize every meal with items such as pita, laffa, falafel, shwarma, hummus, seasoned rice, sauces and dressings. All Garbanzo salads and sauces are prepared on-site daily, and the pita are made from scratch throughout the day in every restaurant. Additionally, several ingredients are bought locally and some are imported directly from the Mediterranean region. For more information about Garbanzo, visit www.EatGarbanzo.com.
Teatulia Organic Teas come directly from their own single garden in Northern Bangladesh, with no long-term warehouse storage and no waiting around to be put into the right blend by a third party. The result is exquisite, clean and smooth teas that support local Bangladesh education, business and health initiatives and demonstrate a thorough commitment to sustainability. Started in 2000 to give back to the local community, Teatulia sought an enterprise that would give the most people a living wage while protecting and strengthening the environment. The Teatulia Cooperative has established revolutionary education, health and cattle-lending programs for the people working in the garden and surrounding areas. All sales of Teatulia Organic Teas contribute to this mission, helping to better the lives of Bangladeshi men, women and children while rebuilding the local ecosystem. For more information about Teatulia Organic Teas, visit www.teatulia.com.
About Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill
Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill is owned and operated in Colorado. The company’s founder, Alon Mor, grew up in the Mediterranean region and is a 20-year veteran of owning and running restaurants. St. Louis Bread Company/Panera Bread founder Ken Rosenthal is also co-founder of the company. Garbanzo uses only the freshest, quality ingredients for its made-from-scratch recipes, and provides several vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.
Garbanzo currently has 14 Colorado-based restaurants and new company-owned locations opening soon in Denver Metro and D.C./Baltimore. Franchise markets are also opening in 2012 and 2013 across the country, including the recently announced San Antonio, Austin, Oklahoma City, Southern California and Dallas markets. To learn more about Garbanzo, visit www.EatGarbanzo.com.