island born, brooklyn raised
REFRESHING, CRAFT-BREWED, HIBISCUS BEVERAGE
What is sorrel?
For many people, our tea might be their first experience with this species of Hibiscus Sabdariffa, also called Roselle. In the Caribbean we simply call it Sorrel. Ask any Caribbean person about sorrel and their smiles alone will explain why Sorrel is considered the Crown Jewel of the Caribbean. It conjures up thoughts of tropical goodness and a spicy unique flavor. Universally, Sorrel refers to the plump, deep ruby-colored hibiscus flowers of the Roselle plant, grown in the tropics around the world. For centuries the sepals of the sorrel flowers have been used to make beverages, celebrated by countless cultures for their distinctive tart flavor, health benefits and healing powers. Once brewed, the tea is often sweetened, combined with different spices and flavors and enjoyed during holidays and festivities.
Hibiscus Sabdariffa, also called Roselle or sorrel
Our Tea blend
Derived from a traditional Caribbean sorrel recipe, our brew is uniquely crafted to create our take on the beloved tea. First we select the finest dried sorrel blend. Then we balance the flavor and tartness of the sorrel with just the right amount of sweetness and ginger spice. Our intent is a delicious, clean, refreshing experience that can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere. We know you'll taste the love and care we pour into every bottle.
Bredrin: (plural bredrins)
(Rastafarian) A close male friend, family member, or comrade.
Crown Jewel Beverages was started by three bredrins of different ages and backgrounds in Brooklyn, NY, brought together by Ryan, our Brewmaster and tastemaker.
For years, Ryan was frustrated with the lack of good tasting, quality sorrel drinks out there. Ryan would brew some for his family from time to time from a traditional Trinidadian recipe, especially for his son who loves the stuff. After trying to find an acceptable version in local Caribbean markets Ryan soon discovered none were up to his standards, or his son's. He set out to make a sorrel tea that maintained the beautiful, rich history of the drink he grew up on, but of vastly superior quality, without being overpowering or syrupy.
Already connected by friendship and a shared appreciation for quality, well-crafted beverages, Ryan gave his bredrins Chris and Calvin a sample of his homemade sorrel to try. Right then, Crown Jewel Beverages was born.
A healthy option
There's more to sorrel than the distinct flavor and refreshing experience. Sorrel tea has numerous health benefits. The flower is a gift to mankind, packed with antioxidants, flavanoids, vitamins and trace minerals that contribute to its healing properties. Antioxidants in sorrel tea have been shown to fight cancer-causing free radicals in the body. These same antioxidants help reduce cholesterol in the blood stream and lower blood pressure supporting a strong, healthy heart. It can even boost your immune system, improve digestion, and thoroughly quench your thirst naturally. Even we are amazed at all of the health benefits that comes with our tasty, refreshing tea.