By Maureen Post Special to Published Dec 17, 2009 at 4:18 PM

There’s no question, Rishi Tea’s new holiday Cinnamon Plum Tea tastes great. It’s deliciously sweet and spicy with an herbal scent and rich cider consistency.

But to match cultural ideals with taste buds, it’s a product that’s organic, fair trade, locally based and donates 25% of proceeds to the Clean Water Fund. This holiday season, there really is no better gift.

Local Milwaukeeans Joshua Kaiser, Aaron Kapp and Benjamin Harrison started Rishi Tea in 1997. Now, nearly 13 years later, is known as much for award winning tea as for the company’s commitment to tea education and awareness.  This year alone, Rishi took 11 first place prizes in the 2009 World Tea Championship, including a first place award for the seasonal Cinnamon Plum blend.

Rishi’s Cinnamon Plum tea is caffeine free and can be purchased in either a 3.7 oz. tin or one pound package. There is also a gift set including a glass pitcher and brew basket available. Sold at Outpost, Beans & Barley, Sendik’s, Whole Foods, Williams Sonoma and a slew of other Milwaukee retailers, you can find Rishi Tea either on the shelves or online at

Maureen Post Special to staff writer Maureen Post grew up in Wauwatosa. A lover of international and urban culture, Maureen received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

After living on the east side of Madison for several years, Maureen returned to Milwaukee in 2006.

After a brief stint of travel, Maureen joined as the city’s oldest intern and has been hooked ever since. Combining her three key infatuations, Milwaukee’s great music, incredible food and inspiring art (and yes, in that order), Maureen’s job just about fits her perfectly.

Residing in Bay View, Maureen vehemently believes the city can become fresh and new with a simple move across town.