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Special Leaf teas are tasty, healthful, chef-prepared artisanal teas made with the leaves of olive trees.
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Special Leaf - Inspiration

I'm Chef Chris Cook, the Chief Tea Brewer and Owner of Special Leaf, a new artisanal beverage company. My first three products are very unique, delicious and healthful teas made from the leaves of olive trees. 

The Special Leaf teas, which are meant to be enjoyed cold, come in three flavors: Original, Sweet and Lemon Verbena. The ingredients are high-quality, all-natural, minimal and comparable in flavor to other popular iced teas, although just a little bit different.

I was inspired to create Special Leaf teas after working for a Texas olive orchard several years ago. I've been a chef for 22 years, and have been wanting to work on this concept for about 5 years now. I'm happy to be able to finally bring it to fruition and share it with all of you.

With your help, I'll be able to launch this new venture in the best possible way! Primarily, funds will be used to purchase supplemental supplies, as well as for packaging and marketing. 

Health Benefits

My goal is to offer the first bottled olive leaf tea on the market, with other product concepts in development. Special Leaf will initially be offering a line of specialty artisanal bottled teas made from the leaves of olive trees that are not just delicious and thirst-quenching, but offer an array of health benefits as well. Special Leaf teas contain 200% more antioxidants than green tea and four times the Vitamin C of any other source.

Olive leaves, and its extract, have long been used in traditional medicine, as far back as Ancient Egypt, where it was considered a symbol of heavenly power. It contains various compounds, such as oleuropein, which are thought to positively influence health. Scientific studies have indicated it not only possesses antioxidant properties, but anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and immune-stimulating ones as well. 

For example, according to Michigan Medicine at the University of Michigan, "in a double-blind trial, people with osteoarthritis of the knee had a significant improvement in their pain after taking olive leaf extract."

Special Leaf teas are a great replacement for traditional iced tea, although it doesn't really taste like anything I've experienced before. It's floral, semi-creamy, and leaves you with a nourished feeling like coconut water. It just leaves you feeling soulfully better. I drink about two quarts of it a day, and it helps with my arthritis so that I don't have to rely on medications.

Although extremely healthful, the teas are meant to be everyday teas, enjoyed by everyone, not just those using it for its health benefits. Special Leaf teas straddle the line between recreational drinks and medicinal teas. 

About Chef Chris Cook (Chief Tea Brewer & Owner):

The passion and pride Chef Chris Cook exhibits in his professional career makes him a formidable presence. Having been a San Antonio resident for over a decade, Chef Cook is inspired by the cultural influences and local ingredients of the city to create products and dishes that make him one of the most talented culinary leaders, and an instrumental part of the community.  A now passionate Texan, Chef Cook is currently serving as Vice President of the Chef Cooperatives of South Texas, where he works with other Chef’s to educate and give back to the community. When he’s not in the kitchen, Chef Cook is constantly developing various new food and beverage projects. Working as an entrepreneur, consultant, and independent chef has allowed him to balance his roles as a chef, leader, husband and father.  

For more information, please visit specialleaf.com.

Thanks to everyone for your support and encouragement!

Risks and challenges

Starting any new venture is always challenging, but it's those challenges that makes us stretch ourselves to become greater. We know that 8k is a lot of money, but we want to make sure to ask for what we need to successfully accomplish our goals. We hope you will help us spread the word, so the world can enjoy the amazing benefits and thirst-quenching goodness of these specialty olive leaf teas.

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    Special Leaf Tea Thirst Quencher

    6 Pack of Special Leaf Tea of your choice (original, sweet, lemon verbena), before anyone else! + Thank you!

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    12 Pack of Special Leaf Tea of your choice (original, sweet, lemon verbena) + Special Leaf T-Shirt + Thank you!

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    12 Pack of Special Leaf Tea of your choice (original, sweet, lemon verbena) + Special Leaf T-Shirt + Special Leaf Tumbler + Thank you!

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    Tea Time for Two (Tea Set)

    12 Pack of Special Leaf Tea of your choice (original, sweet, lemon verbena) + Special Leaf T-Shirt + Beautiful Tea Set + Thank you!

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    Tea on Tour - Upscale Food Tour

    Enjoy an exciting, unique, and informative "dine around" gastronomy tour for 2 people to 3 of San Antonio's most popular restaurants in the famous Pearl shopping area downtown, personally guided by famed food writer Julia Rosenfeld of Food Chick Tours + 12 pack of Special Leaf Tea of your choice + Thank you!

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    High (Tea) Roller - Chef-Prepared Dinner

    Enjoy a chef-prepared private dinner for four at your home or other!

    This is our TOP TIER REWARD - a special 5-course farm-to-table meal designed around your personal preferences by the chef of your choice, as available. Chefs include Chris Cook (owner of Special Leaf), Stephen Paprocki (Texas Black Gold Garlic), Jeff White (Eastside Kitchenette), Toby Soto (Humo & Guerrilla Gourmet), and Michael Grimes (Southern Grit).

    Plus 12 Pack of Special Leaf Tea of your choice (original, sweet, lemon verbena) + Thank you!

    Please Note: This reward is limited and only available to those located in San Antonio, Texas.

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