Why? Seaweeds are a true superfood. They contain around 60 minerals vital to human health, including iodine, potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese and phosphorous, plus trace elements like chromium, vanadium and boron. They also provide vitamins (A, Bs, C, E, K), omega-3s, omega-6s, essential amino acids and antioxidants. They taste good too!
My own taste for seaweed goes back to my great grandparents, Gramp and Nanna K, who loved snacking on dried dulse, a reddish-purple algae long popular in northern Maine, Canada, Iceland and Ireland. My grandparents brought that tradition with them when they emigrated from Canada's Maritimes in the 1930s to work in Maine's shoe mills.
My interest deepened over the past 12 years while I lived in NYC working as a restaurant guide editor at Zagat and on dining (and other stuff) at Google. It was 2013 when I hit on the idea of making seaweed teas. But it wasn't until I quit my job to move back to Maine in 2016 that I was able to finally start Cup of Sea.
I hope you get to taste a cup soon!
Josh Rogers, Founder