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Kombucha tea loose leaf

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They say trends come and go, but are always going to come back.  Tastes seem to circle around our lives and everything goes and comes out of fashion as quickly as they come in. Some things stay in fashion such as tea, sweatpants and flip flops while others quickly come and go like mc hammer pants, vanilla ice comb overs and really many things from the 80′s!


Not saying that anything is wrong with the 80′s but that is not what we are here to talk about today. Right now we are here to talk about one of the oldest spins on tea which is the  Kombucha tea type. According to Wikipedia,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kombucha , Kombucha has been around since the Qin Dynasty ; which is 221-206 BCE in case anyone forgot. That is a pretty long time to say the least, and at that time it was known as “Godly Tsche  or just tea.

So we know this tea is old, but what else is it really? Well Kombucha tea is made when you let tea ferment with sugar and tea. Generally speaking the basis of Kombucha is black tea which has been fermented by a SCOBY.

What is a SCOBY you might ask, well don’t worry if you have no idea what the word is as it is actually an acronym for “symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast” IF you have never seen one before don’t worry as before I was introduced to the Kombucha tea making process I would’ve never imagined what I came face to face with during my initial introduction. It really looks like a flat jellyfish, or a doughy pancake.

So you have this pancake, often referred to as the mother, and you put tea with it. Now what? Well you wait, and you wait and you wait….


Depending on things such as the temperature in the environment, the caffeine in the tea, the amount of sugar used, as well as the type of sugar used will determine how long you have to wait for your tea to turn into Kombucha.

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two jars of kombucha


Well this is just the intro to Kombucha, so if you are looking for a great place to get tea online then just take a look at our site and see if you can grab some nice teas to be your base for your Kombucha journey.

There are some guidelines as far as the teas to use, but we will cover that in the upcoming articles!

What is Earl Grey

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Intro to Earl Grey Tea

You might have heard about Earl Grey tea before, as it is somewhat of a popular tea. However, in the past Earl Grey tea was generally just a tea with some bergamot flavoring added to it, whether it was essential oil or flavoring was up to the creator of that blend. However, since tea has really got a boost in the recent years there has been an expansion of the Earl Grey teas that are offered. Below are a couple different variations that we have and some cool descriptions of what the tea is like.

Our favorite Earl Grey Tea


The first one that I am really digging right now is the creamy earl grey. You might ask yourself what exactly creamy earl grey is, and it is pretty much exactly how it sounds :) and that is classic earl grey with a bit of creaminess added. In this particular blend you can see some beautiful blue cornflowers that have been added to accent the visual appeal, and some additional flavors for the black tea base. Along with the traditional bergamot flavor you will find sweet and subtle hints of vanilla and cream. These additional flavors add a depth to the tea that is just amazing.


The next type of new earl grey that has bust onto the market is a personal favorite of mine, which is the earl grey green which is the typical flavor you recall when you think of earl grey, on a green tea base. This combination provides a lighter tea brew and is great for the afternoon when you are starting to wind down. With this blend you might just find your new addition to the tea collection. I know that the first time I enjoyed this mix I was blown away as it satisfied my craving for Earl Grey, all while keeping it on the lighter side.Here is a nice picture of the earl grey green that we offer :

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loose leaf earl grey tea

The final earl grey that we will go over will be our lovely lavender earl grey which is a perfect addition to any true earl grey lovers mix! This mix blends the traditional earl grey with some really nice lavender pieces and flavors, which result in an amazing calming affect. The tea is both visually amazing and provides a brew and aroma that cannot be match. Take a look for yourself, and you might instantly mellow out, so try not to stare for too long:

So there you have it, a couple of our amazing Earl Grey blends to take a look at and possibly sample. As with all things it is just as important to remember to brew the leaves of the tea correctly to ensure you are getting the best tasting tea possible, so if you ever have any questions about how long to brew or what temperature to brew at don’t be afraid to check out these posts, as they are great refreshers :

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How to brew white tea

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How to Make White Tea

Among all the kinds of tea, white tea is the least popular as far as consumption goes, but this is probably due to its relatively new time on the international health scene. Though long appreciated and enjoyed by the Chinese, the Westerners are still quite new to it, white tea having been introduced into the western market only recently.

White tea vs green and black tea

Unlike green, black and oolong tea which are differentiated in the fermentation process; white tea, though coming from the same plant as the others mentioned, come from young tea leaves that are plucked from the plant even before its buds have bloomed. Its buds are covered with a silver thin layer of hair that predominantly becomes white once the leaves are dried and from which the tea is named after.  White tea leaves are not left to dry out in air as with the others, but instead, the freshly picked leaves are steamed.

Types of white tea blends

It also comes in different varieties, with the most known kinds being White Peony and silver needles. White peony consists of one bud and two leaves in every stem while silver needles, since it is considered as the finest quality of white tea, is also the most expensive, and consists purely of buds that resemble silver needles when they dry out.

White tea benefits

White tea is considered to be the healthiest of all Chinese teas because it is the least processed and remains closest to its natural state upon consumption. It also requires the most delicate preparation, but which must not overwhelm enjoyment of its sweet, silky delicious flavor and enticing aroma.

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amazing looking cup of white tea

Experts say the best method of preparing white tea is through the traditional method. It is quite simple but some tips for the right way in preparing it can help bring out its best flavor. As they say the secret to a good tasting tea is in its brewing preparation.

Steps to brewing the perfect white tea

To begin with, choose from among different tea ware, including a gaiwan, glass cup, teapot or porcelain cup from which you will use to brew your tea. The right size of tea ware must be taken into account since tea must ideally be consumed immediately and will lose its potency or taste very bitter if left on the tea ware some time. Glass cups are the most commonly used these days while teapots are the most ideal.

Keep in mind, the right type of water is crucial to come up with the best white tea. This means only cold filtered or purified water should be used and never hard water or water that has been boiled a day before and left to stand for more than 24 hours. Do not mistake to use boiling water as it will definitely ruin the taste.

As you are brewing the water, gather all the necessary materials so you’ll be prepared to put in what’s needed when the right temperature is reached. It is as necessary to come up with the ideal temperature of water used for brewing which should be just about 170 to 180 degrees F.  Either you boil water to more than that temp and allow it to cool down before pouring over to tea leaves or boil water in the exact temperature and immediately pour over tea leaves.

Also remember to add more leaves when you are using loose leaves for your white tea since they are less dense and may not immediately produce the right flavor for you. Be guided with the standard measurement of one tea spoon for every cup of water and adjust to your preference.

Another important factor to watch out for in preparing white tea is the steeping time. Though it is commonly indicated on the packaging, many people tend to take this for granted but it is crucial in bringing out the teas best potential. Usually, three minutes is the ideal period. Steeping leaves too long will make the taste of tea bitter while too short a time will make it bland.

White tea is usually best drunk in its plain and original brew without any sugar or milk additives. You can do it any way that you want, but we suggest you try it without anything added as it can quickly be overpowered and can take away most of its original flavor.

With this easy process and helpful tips, you’ll be able to come up with the best-tasting white tea beverage to enjoy!

The Tea Diet

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Introduction to the tea diet

Alright alright, I guess that the title of this blog is a bit misleading. Or maybe it is leading you to think that I am a bit crazy about this tea stuff and would say anything to get you to enjoy a cup of tea.

The reality is that if you include tea into your life in the right ways it can help you to lose weight. You can look at this post about green tea diet and you will have a bit more info on the previous talk about adding the drink to your diet.

The truth about the tea diet

However, for this post I will talk pretty much about one way you can lose a lot of your weight by including tea in your life. When I am thirsty I find that a cold soda is the first thing that I reach, or crave. Now the thing is that I am not sure if I like it because:

  • It is cold
  • It is close to me
  • It is always the same tase
  • It is easy to just open
  • It is sweet.

But If we look at those different points it is pretty easy to see that with maybe 5 minutes of work tea can be the answer to all of those questions!

1. Is it cold? Yes tea can be iced and served cold. Just check out how to make iced tea from loose leaf tea or this recipe for amazing loose tea iced tea if you are really stuck.

2. Well tea can be anywhere that soda is. If you keep your sodas in the fridge just reuse a glass bottle and put some tea in there. If you keep it at your desk you can do the same. The only possible issue I could see is that if you keep say a 12 pack in your room/office/house for that once every couple of months treat then tea might not be exactly the same.

3. If you make your tea enough it will not only have the same taste every time, but you should be able to improve or modify the taste depending on how you feel! I don’t think you can make soda less sweater, or stronger, but you can with tea!

4. This goes back to the tea storage, just get a nice glass bottle or brewt to go and you can easily store and take your tea around with you. The Brewt to go is one of my favorite tea accessories which is why I happily stock it now!

5. The final choice is actually one of the biggest differences between tea two drinks, with the favor going to tea on this one. Sure you can get Mexican soft drinks with more cane sugar, or diet drinks with aspartame. But with tea you can actually choose what you sweeten your drink with! Agave, brown sugar, white sugar, dextrose, artificial sweetener really the choice is yours!

Conclusion

Hopefully these points have helped to show you that you can really enjoy tea instead of sodas. If you were to swap out 1 cup of tea for 1 355ml cola you would save around 150 calories. Do that once a week and that is 600 calories a month, over a year that is 7200 calories… or roughly the same amount as 3 days of your average eating intake on a 2200 calorie diet. Think about that, you are actually drinking 3 days worth of food with just 1 can of pop a week, imagine you increase that to 2 pops a week or 1 a day!!!!

Chai Green Tea

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Looking for that Chai flavor with a twist on the traditional mix? Look no further as we have just added Chai Green Tea to our teas. This tea is amazing and the flavor notes will remind you of Chai but the soothing flavor of green creates a nice base for this tea. Blended with your traditional Chai inclusions this tea will be sure to be one of your favorites.

Best if steeped at 180 ° for 2-5 minutes.

Ingredients:  cinnamon bark, ginger root, cardamom pods, cloves, natural spice flavors, green tea

How to make iced tea out of teabags.

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How to Make Iced Tea with Tea Bags

Iced tea is a popular delicious drink especially during summertime when the sun’s scorching heat seems to melt us. It can be as satisfying as your carbonated drink but without ill benefits because tea is a lot healthier and cheaper. If you want to take an even healthier route, herbal tea on ice is a good alternative.

Many people prefer to use loose leaves for their tea preparations but there are some who make iced tea from tea bags commonly available in groceries for convenience and cost-efficiency. How is this perfect drink for a hot weather prepared? Find out how to make the perfect cup here, and if you want you can even use our black tea and put them into bags for easier brewing later on the go.

Personalizing your brewed teas

Different people have different styles in coming up with this beverage, all resulting to a refreshing and healthy drink but it’s all as easy as A-B-C.

Iced tea from tea bags can be done by preparing tea through the traditional method of brewing water in a kettle. Best measure would be 1 teabag for 1 cup of water. Leave the tea bags to steep for five to ten minutes and remove.

Steps to brewing tea with teabags

Check the color and taste while allowing tea bags to steep to get the desired strength within the recommended time, so that it comes out just the right flavor for your taste. 8 tea bags to 2 quarts of water already make a strong concentrate. Use this as a guide and adjust accordingly.

Add lemon or sugar to create a more delicious flavor and then allow the tea to cool down. Add cold water to create the right consistency and cool the drink faster.  Once you get the flavor of your preference, store in a glass air tight container and put the drink inside the refrigerator to cool and add ice to chill.

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a variety of tea bags

Remember not to put the drink inside the refrigerator when it is still hot as it can make the tea turn cloudy. Using hard water can also cause tea to become cloudy.

Iced tea from tea bags can also be prepared by using ‘cold brew’ tea bags. Iced tea can be easily done from these tea bags by just pouring cold water over ‘cold brew’ tea bags and allow to steep for over five minutes for best-taste. You can add sugar or honey as preferred and put in ice to chill. Tea can immediately be served.

Iced tea can be made more flavorful with the addition of flavored syrups or fruit alternatives such as peach, lemon, vanilla, mint and more.

To come up with the best-tasting iced tea, remember to choose the right tea to use for your beverage. If you are not too picky, any old tea will do. But if you are an avid tea drinker, you will be very particular with the taste result. Instant teas are not part of the option, though.

For more convenience it is best to make a tea concentrate, meaning more tea bags for a small amount of water and after it is steeped and left in the refrigerator; cold water may just be added when you want to drink a glass or two. This way, it is much easier and practical to pour a smaller volume and adjust the tea concentration as per individual’s taste.

Tea brewing tips

A glass teapot that can withstand high degrees of temperature is highly recommended as plastic and metal containers may leave some after taste and alter the natural taste of tea.

Do not leave tea unconsumed for days. Tea is best made and drank while fresh. And to keep tea chilled longer, use cubed ice to extend chilling time than using shipped or crushed ice.

Conclusion

Lastly, it is important to remember that the longer the tea bags are steeped, the bitterer the taste becomes.

Spicy Chai Apple

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A clean indian chai flavored is mixed perfectly with the time honored flavor of ripe apples to create a wonderful flavor with this cup of tea. The classic chai flavors are still present with the cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and clove flavors all working in perfect harmony to create a flavor mixture that is really unmatched.

Best if steeped for 5 minutes at 212°

Ingredients: Black tea mixed with cinnamon bark, cardamom pods, dried orange peels, ginger root, pieces of apple, and infused with cinnamon and apple natural flavors.

Green Cherry

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Chinese green tea flavored with candied cherries. A perfect mixture of a sweet fruit and the light understated base that defines a smooth green tea. It is a cup of fruity, juicy summer flavor that is great hot or iced.

Best if steeped at 180 ° for 3 minutes.

Ingredients: Green tea infused with natural cherry flavors and mixed with pieces of dried cherries and rose petals.

How to make rooibos tea

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How to make the perfect cup of rooibos

Rooibos has been bursting onto the tea scene in recent times and is really starting to become popular due to its very unique taste, as well as its lower caffeine levels which allow it to be enjoyed anytime during the day or night. Rooibos is not technically a tea as it does not come from the plant that makes all teas, but it is a great plant to brew up and enjoy. Sometimes people refer to rooibos as a red tea, due to its unique color when brewing the processed pieces of plant.

Although it is generally seen as a red cup you will also notice that there are new green versions of rooibos that have come out, like this one,

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green rooibos

 http://theteacupany.com/rooibos/green-rooibos/  , which are the unprocessed versions of red rooibos. Each come with their unique flavors but both will satisfy your look for a tea alternative to brew up. Rooibos is a bit different than traditional teas when it comes to preparation so just read below and you will find the way to make the perfect cup of rooibos.

Easy steps to brewing Rooibos

The first thing you will want to do is start with hot water, around 100 degrees, to really let the flavors out of the plant. If you brew the rooibos at a lower temp you will be missing out on the sweet flavors of red rooibos, or the more earthy flavors of the green version.  You will want to get your water nice and hot, then pour it onto your rooibos mix and then let it steep.

With rooibos being a different plant altogether from the classic tea bearing plants you will also want to ensure you are letting it steep long enough. Rooibos requires a longer steep time of between 6-8 minutes to really get the most out of the little pieces. Be sure not to under steep rooibos as you might be left underwhelmed by the flavor, as it does take some time to make a good cup of rooibos.

Extra tips on brewing Rooibos

Another note about rooibos is that it is often a lot smaller than your traditional teas, which can cause some problems if you don’t have the right things to brew the mixes with.

Rooibos is a great go to when you are looking to get away from your current tea collections so don’t hesitate to take a look around and see if there are any flavors that catch your mind http://theteacupany.com/category/rooibos/ . It is truly a unique flavor that you would expect from something coming from the beautiful country of Africa all the way to your door.

Is Yerba Mate healthy?

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Introduction

Yerba mate (scientific name ilex paraguariensis) is a shrub native to the rainforests of South America. It is grown in Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. For centuries, yerba mate herbal infusion is drunk by the people in South America as a healthy alternative to coffee. Nowadays, it has gained the attention of American and European countries due to its nutritional value.

Is Yerba Mate good for you?

This is why it has so many people asking is yerba mate good for you If you are looking to order some Yerba Mate right now, just click on this button and you will be taken to our top of the line, and very healthy, original Yerba Mate.


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How to drink Yerba Mate


Traditionally, yerba mate is drunk among friends and offering yerba mate is a symbol of hospitality. Its loose leaves are brewed on a gourd and is served with a bombilla (a metallic straw with a filter at its tip). Today, yerba mate is available in many preparations: bottled, loose leaves and teabags. Commercial preparations have mixed yerba mate with other herbs and fruits such as peppermint and citrus. Some are sweetened with honey, or mixed with milk.

Here is our classic Yerba Mate, notice the nice natural look. A very nice morning drink to get you going!

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green classic yerba mate

Is Yerba Mate healthy?


Each infusion of yerba mate contains vitamins and minerals. It has vitamins A, C, E, and B complex. It also has minerals such as calcium, manganese, iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc and phosphorous. It contains 15 amino acids and has more antioxidants than green tea. Many people will often ask does yerba mate have caffeine and the answer is pretty straight forward, with a resounding YES. This has become very attractive for some people looking to replace their morning coffee with a new brew.

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traditional way of drinking yerba

What makes Yerba Mate healthy?

Polyphenols are plant chemicals found in yerba mate that is responsible for its antioxidant activity. It protects cells from the damaging effects of free radicals, chemicals which destroy cell membrane and possibly alter the DNA. Antioxidants help protect our cells from damage, aging, and cancer.
A research conducted in Buenos Aires has proven that yerba mate increases the flow of bile and enhances intestinal transit. Thus, drinking yerba mate can help improve digestion and prevents constipation. Also, yerba mate has antidiabetic and anticholesterol properties. It improves blood flow to the blood vessels decreasing the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Yerba mate has been a part of the social culture and tradition of South America due to its health benefits. At present, yerba mate is becoming the subject of many researches and studies to optimize its potential being one of the best health beverages worldwide.

Conclusion

If you already have Yerba and are less than excite with the outcomes so far there is a chance that you might just need a quick refresher on how to brew it up. I would really recommend reading this guide how to make yerba mate to ensure you get the best yerba possible with each brew.

I would also really recommend taking a look at our other yerba mate blends to see if there are any that interest you. Lately I have been drinking the Citrus Mate, as it really puts a nice twist on the classic Yerba Mix.

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