East Lansing local business, Wanderer’s Teahouse and Café, is providing their loose leaf tea blends to be served at MSU cafeterias.

By Kelsey Krawiecki

Copyright 2012 Wanderer’s Tea House
Copyright 2012 Wanderer’s Tea House

That’s right. East Lansing local business, Wanderer’s Teahouse and Café, has left their mark on multiple dining halls across Michigan State University’s campus. Wanderer’s loose leaf tea blends are currently being served in the Shaw and McDonel hall cafeterias. Wanderer’s teas are local and fair trade. Mike Harding and Brody Square Executive Chef Dave Brown along with other members from Michigan State University Culinary Services department are working to create a plan to implement Wanderer’s tea in Brody Square, the massive dining facility that stands in the center of the Brody dormitory complex. Brody Square presents MSU students with 9 different dining venues to choose from. Now students will have a tenth option—Wanderer’s loose leaf tea.

Pictured above is a speciality tea blend infused with rose petals that was created specifically for Valentine’s Day.
Pictured above is a speciality tea blend infused with rose petals that was created specifically for Valentine’s Day.

Wanderer’s Teahouse and Café serves a variety of different green tea blends. While many students are unaware of this, green tea offers numerous health benefits and can be tremendously beneficial for the body. Green tea is filled with antioxidants that help prevent the damaging of DNA and cancer. Also, regular consumption of green tea increases the metabolism which can help aid healthy weight loss.

For the past few years, Michigan State has been working to revamp the dining halls across campus to be more “green” and health conscious. Recently remodeled cafeterias at MSU are now offering a variety of healthier options for students to choose from. This began with presenting students with vegetarian and vegan dishes and has progressed to giving students the opportunity to sip on one of Wanderer’s many fair trade loose leaf tea blends. Wanderer’s co-owners Elizabeth Marazita and Michael Spano are looking forward to continue working with the MSU Culinary Services department to create a healthier and more positive outlook on college dining.

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