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By —Jill M. Ocone
Simple. Delicious. Refreshing. Real Ingredients. With so many foods and drinks containing artificial and potentially dangerous sweeteners, GMOs, and preservatives, Point Pleasant resident Mary Ann Rollano decided to do something about it. She began microbrewing natural tea leaves in 2007, and after refining and perfecting her process and recipe, she began bottling the tea as a ready-todrink product. Thus, MaryAnna’s Tea was born.
MaryAnna’s Tea ingredients are 100% natural and use real tea leaves, real lemon or other juices, and natural sweeteners such as pure cane sugar or honey. That’s it. The tea is brewed in small batches using a direct brew method to keep the fresh, homemade taste. And not only is the tea good for health, the tea leaves are composted after brewing, which is environmentally friendly.
Rollano explained that the difference between her product and other bottled teas is that she uses real tea leaves and nothing artificial or imitation, ever. Her tea leaves originate from a graded tea importer in India. The custom blend is grown high in the mountains. “It lends itself to flavoring very nicely,” she said. Rollano’s motivation and perseverance since taking the brewing plunge in 2007 turned her idea into a real entrepreneurial success. A multiyear award winner, MaryAnna’s Tea was awarded champion status in the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Ready-ToDrink Iced Tea Class of the North American Tea Championship.
Jersey Shore fans might recognize the image used on MaryAnna’s Tea labels. Local photographer and author David Turton took the original photo of Rollano’s husband’s ’32 Woody in Manasquan, with the vintage surfboards borrowed from Eric Byer of Beach House Classic Boardshop in Bay Head. The two young girls on the label are Rollano’s daughters. A graphic artist turned Turton’s photograph into a painting and adapted it for use as the official logo.
MaryAnna’s Teas are available in four flavors: Summer Sweet, Tea & Lemonade, Berry Sweet, and Peachy Sweet. Rollano also offers loose tea leaves, gift sets, and tea brewing items for sale on her website at www.maryannastea.com.
Rollano is humbled yet pleased with her product’s local cult following and national recognitions. “It is real tea, made with real food. You can’t find anything better than that,” she said.