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A coffee break with Catherine Zeta-Jones

One of Catherine Zeta-Jones’ daily delights is her cup of coffee, emphasis on the word “her.”

Recently, the Oscar winner (“Chicago”) — and Irvington resident — launched her Casa Zeta-Jones Coffee, featuring six blends ($20 each), responsibly and sustainably sourced from a variety of beans selected around the world. It’s the latest line in the Casa Zeta-Jones portfolio of home goods.

“With Casa Zeta-Jones coffee, I saw an opportunity to use something as simple as a great cup of coffee to make a difference in the world,” Zeta-Jones says.

Working with Icon Global Coffee Co. — a 90-year-old fourth-generation importer, roaster and packager — Zeta-Jones is looking to give back not only to local farmers but to some favorite charities that receive a portion of the profits. 

“Partnering with Catherine has been a thrilling creative process,” says Icon President Greg Ousley.” She has exquisite taste and an attention to detail that has been a joy to work with and has elevated the entire process of creating these coffee blends.” 

For more, visit casazetajonescoffee.com.

Suiting us to a ‘tea’ (again)

There are few things we enjoy more than Tea Forté’s collections of imaginative (and imaginatively named) teas and accessories, some recently inspired by New York Botanical Garden prints. So we were more than tickled to hear about its third NYBG collaboration, the Soleil Collection of Darjeeling Quince, Cherry Blossom, Wildflower Honey Citrus, Vanilla Rose and Wildberry Hibiscus teas, featuring a matching KATI Steeping Cup and Infuser ($22), a Single Steeps Sampler ($20) and various presentation boxes ($34 and $22).

But we were just as intrigued by the Tea Over Ice Pitcher Set ($55). Steep Blood Orange, Ceylon Gold, Mango Peach, Ginger Pear or Raspberry Nectar in the small pitcher and set it atop the large pitcher (filled with ice) or pour it over the ice for a chilling effect. Try the new Iced Blueberry Merlot Five-Pack Box ($12) as well.

Separately, the Hibiscus Blossom tea, a fragrant herbal orange and hibiscus blend, is also great cold.

For more, visit teaforte.com.

The Book(s) On Gardens

Need a little inspiration for your garden? Try these two recent tomes — “Oudolf Humelo: A Journey Through a Plantsman’s Life” (The Monacelli Press, 431 pages) updates the life and philosophy of Dutch landscape designer Piet Oudolf. Meanwhile, “Contemporary Gardens of the Hamptons, LaGuardia Design Group 1990-2020” (also Monacelli) offers the spare yin of contemporary American landscape architecture, in contrast to the teeming yang of “Oudolf Humelo’s” European gardens.

Saying it with (paper) flowers

Mother’s Day is a time for bouquets and cards, but what about a bouquet that functions like a card?

FreshCut Paper’s pop-up bouquets offer an earth-friendly alternative to flowers flown in from around the world and refrigerated for freshness. The company was created by the climate change-minded Peter Hewitt, whose name may not be familiar to you but whose products for Disney, Revlon, Crate & Barrel and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) surely are. He’s also the founder of one of our favorite things, Tea Forté. (See item above.)

All FreshCut Paper bouquets, envelopes and enclosed note cards are 100% recyclable, with a portion of every purchase going to the earth-saving organization 1% For the Planet. And as a special thank you, FreshCut Paper plants one tree in your loved one’s honor for every bouquet purchased. They retail for $10 to $12 each and mail with 3 “Forever” stamps. 

For more, visit freshcutpaper.com.

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