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Tea of the month canada club

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If you have been looking to get into a great Christmas present for the winter seasons then don’t worry as we have you covered. Tea is one of the best Christmas presents you can give because so many people like it, and there is such a variety of tea that can be offered. Many times a company will come out with a special line of teas just for Christmas, and while we do have some for this time of the year, we tend to focus on our entire Christmas line up versus just bringing in some strangers for a short season.

Right now we are really gearing up with our tea of the month club in Canada which has been doing great for us and our customers. Every month we seem to be adding more and more happy people who love to get those little envelopes of joy month after month. 

The tea of the month club in Canada program has been such a success that we are looking at expanding the offering to other places, but are currently waiting on shipping and insurance information.

Tea of the month club in Canada

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Introduction

I know, from personal experience, that there are a so many tea of the month clubs all over the world but I often found as a Canadian that the prices just left me out in the cold. And I know that being in the cold is no fun which is why I moved from Saskatchewan out to BC. No offense to Saskatchewan, but the amount of time it takes to shovel a rainy driveway vs. a snowy driveway is just incredible ;)

Canadian Tea of the month Club

Well back to the point of this whole post is about and that is tea of the month canada that we are looking to launch. Before I started http://theteacupany.com/ I was always looking for tea, and tea of the month clubs, online but found that there were a couple issues. The biggest issue I always seemed to encounter was that the price of the tea clubs were too high for me at the time, or the shipping always pushed it too high for us up here in Canada. This was several years ago and since then there has been a huge increase in the amount of tea in Canada, as well as tea sellers up here but I found that the pricing was still a bit too high for me.

The way I look at it the tea of the month in canada should be something that you can add on to your tea exploration at home. It shouldn’t come at the expense of trying new teas at home or in the retail places online.

The second reason that I really wanted to start a tea of the month club is because it is awesome to get stuff in the mail. It is even better to get something in the mail that you don’t actually know exactly what it is in the mail, but knowing that it is awesome. It is a feeling just like christmas where you know that the box will have something nice and exciting, you just weren’t sure what it was. This is why I always wanted to join a tea of the month club.

So now that we know why I started a tea of the month club, let’s look while I started the tea of the month in canada right now. The reason that it is only confined to Canada right now is because we are just starting out, and with that new phase we are wanting to go slow and steady along the way. Once we get everything going nicely we can look at expanding it to a tea of the month club for the USA and all the other countries in the world.

Benefits of our Tea of the month club

If you are wondering about what our tea of the month club is going to look like, or why you should order it from us I will give you these 5reasons :)

1. We are offering two different options for the tea of the month club which are:

  •  The mystery bag
    – This tea of the month club is the most exciting out of all of the two options we have. The reason I say it is so exciting is because you never know what you are going to get. That is because you just tell us if you want black, green, herbal, or a mix of all of the blends. This way every month you really have no idea ( other than the club you chose) what is waiting for you in our package that we sent out! This is a great choice for the adventurer as the choice is unknown and might be a tea you would’ve never bought before.
  • The semi mystery bag
    – This is for the more in control tea of the month lovers. If you need to, because of extreme preferences or allergies, must avoid teas/herbal mixes then this is just for you. This tea of the month club allows you to pre choose your 12 teas, but you will never know what tea will be in the bag when you open your monthly package.

2. Our price is very good!

  • Our tea of the month club in canada is one (if not) the best priced tea of the month clubs we have been able to find. If you take a look at our pricing, $66 per half year, allows you to enjoy great tea shipped to you every month for $11. When I made this idea in my mind, I wanted to make something that I would purchase. It is not just about me, and it must seem like that, but the reality is that if I wasn’t taking advantage of tea of the month clubs due to price I would want to set my price at something that I thought was good. Hopefully this price is good enough for everyone else, and if not please let me know in the comments below!

3. Our tea is very good!

  • Since we have opened we have found that our response has been very good. With tea it will always be hit or miss as it is really up to personal tastes, but the vast majority of our teas have had great responses.

4. Our customer service is top notch.

  • Want to make a change to your order, need a suggestion, or maybe you just want to talk tea? Just send us an email and we will get back to you right away.

5. You can order the club for your friends.

  • That’s right, if you want to you can easily order your tea of the month club for a friend or family member. Just send us an email after you make the order and will be happy to ensure the people you care for get the amazing gift of a tea every month that you have signed them up.

Conclusion

Hopefully this post has outlined enough of why we are starting our tea of the month in canada, why it makes the perfect gift as well as why we hope you will sign up for the tea of the month club in canada from The TeaCupany.

Time of the year

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Introduction

It has been an up and down roller coaster here at the TeaCupany and just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has made this year a success. For those who have ordered the tea of the month club , I hope that you are enjoying the monthly mailings. For those who order tea, I hope you enjoy them as well.
I started out on this journey so that I could send people tea at the best rates possible and allow people to try out as many teas as they could with the lowest amount of money possible. This all started after I bought a bag of tea to try and it was maybe 200 grams for $25.  That moment I realized there must be a better way to get tea, and a better way for others to get tea as well. This is where the TeaCupany first started.

Tea of the month club

This year we have passed our first 100 tea of the month club members and it is really a milestone. I never thought that this would be the case but just want to thank everyone for their continued support. There have been growing pains, and moving pains, and pains of all sort but tea really does help with pretty much all pains.
It is the holiday season and I just wanted everyone to know how grateful I am for your continued support and visiting the site. We will have more blog posts and more updates this year as we take a new view on the posting of topics.

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a nice herbal tisane brewing

Happy holidays to everyone no matter what you are celebrating. This new year will be bigger and better than ever at the TeaCupany so have a great holiday season and watch out for those feets of strength…..

The truth about black tea and caffeine

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Introduction

If you are wondering How much Caffeine is there really in Black Tea? don’t worry as you will have all the info you need about black tea and caffeine right here.

Black Tea and caffeine

Black tea is similar to the other true versions of tea however one of the biggest variable is the amount of caffeine content. Although black tea might have a lot more caffeine than other versions of tea it has less caffeine when compared to coffee. The average amount of caffeine found in a cup of black tea is around 15mg up to 70mg in an 8 ounce cup.

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If you are asking is there caffeine in black tea , then you will know that the answer is yes and have now found out around how much caffeine is in each cup of tea. Although you know how much caffeine is in a general cup of tea there are always several factors to consider in order to find the level content of caffeine a tea has. Tea being extracted from a large and mature leaves, has at least lower caffeine. The tea that came from tips or perhaps leaf buds has higher content of caffeine.

Be mindful that the longer you steep the tea, the more caffeine it produce. Tea made of many pieces of a broken leaf is very easy to infuse and could result to a more caffeine, as opposed to full leaf teas that take time to expand. This is only going to be the case if the steeping time is the same as a bunch of small pieces of tea will have a greater surface area, which will in turn caffeinate more water if all the other variables are the same. If you want that your tea has lesser caffeine content, do not steep it for a long time.

Black tea benefits

Black tea is beneficial to the body. Actually, the ingredients found in black tea make this very useful for many different things. Caffeine is one of the ingredients that can help energize and stimulates the body. The black tea caffeine traits were noticed way back in 1827. It is important to note that too much consumption of caffeine is unhealthy and might lead to some nasty side effects. There are side effects associated with too much caffeine intake like headaches, frequent urination, insomnia, and a lot more.

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Conclusion

With all the reasons above, people today are curious about the truth regarding black tea. Most are asking if black tea has caffeine, and due to the above mentioned side effects wonder how much black tea they can have before they have too much caffeine in their systems. It is important to bear in mind that the caffeine present in black tea is generally at a lot lower of a level when compared to similar amounts of coffee. So, with this reason, stay away from the caffeine present in coffee. The safer option is black tea. This is because black tea only contains 40 to 45mg of caffeine per 8z whereas; black coffee contains 65 to 120mg per 8oz.  But make sure also that you don’t exceed more than 3 cups of black tea per day. Excessive caffeine intake is not beneficial and like the above mentioned issues that can be caused won’t lead to a great time. Overall there are a lot of black tea benefits to be had, but like everything in life moderation is key.

If you are finding that you need a lot more tea than you can safely consume then you might want to look at either green tea, white tea, or even herbal teas. This is because you can drink a lot more of them without worrying about those nasty side effects due to their lower (and sometimes non-existent) levels of caffeine.

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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time for a tea break!
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gloomy days mean tea and blanket time

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!!!!

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.

How to make black tea

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How to make a perfect cup of black tea.

Black tea is the one of the most common types of tea that we encounter in our everyday lives. Whether it is our Lovely Lavender Earl Grey, http://theteacupany.com/black-tea/lovely-lavender-earl-grey/ ,  or our English Breakfast, you will notice that black tea is everywhere. In recent years there has really been an expansion of black teas that are available as it seems they make a very good base for mixing with other fruits and flavors. I love a nice cup of black tea as it just has that perfect taste that I look for first thing in the morning.  I have found that there are some things you can do to ensure that you get a perfect cup of black tea each and every time you brew up black tea leaves so just keep reading and you will learn how to make the best cup of black tea.

The first thing that I have found with black tea is that the water needs to be nice and hot to really get the full flavors out of the tea leaves. It is important to understand that that there is a big difference between full flavor, and altering the flavor of the tea in a negative way. When making your cup of tea you will want the water to be around 100 degrees as this is the optimal temperature to really get those tea leaves to release all their flavors for you. If you use cooler water you will not get those black tea leaves to release their true flavors, resulting in a weaker and less satisfying cup of tea.

As mentioned above it is important to know that strong tea, and tea that has a bitter overpowering and over processed taste. When some people thing about making a strong tea they think that by steeping it for longer will make the flavors stronger and in turn make a better cup of tea. Black tea is meant to be a sharp and strong flavor profile, so it is best to be steeped between 3-4 minutes. This will allow the tea leaves enough time to relax in the hot water and release their flavors. Once you go past the 4 and a half minute mark you will continue to increase the flavor, but it is going to be more bitter and processed.

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a nice black cup of tea ready to be brewed

This brings up the next point of making a good cup of black tea; which is the best way to make a strong cup of tea.  If you want a nice cup of tasty black tea with a very strong flavor then you will want to put more tea leaves in. Typically you will want around 1 teaspoon of tea leaves per cup, however if you want to have a stronger cup of tea then simply add more tea leaves. This is an important thing to remember because it is the quantity of tea leaves, when steeped correctly, that will really help to add some strength to the taste of your cup. Over steeping or overheating the cup of tea will not help you get a stronger taste, it will generally only leave a bitter taste which will mask the beautiful taste which is black tea.

How to make the perfect cup of black tea

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How to Prepare Black Tea

The four major types of tea all come from one tea bush but the end products of these teas differ in taste and aroma. Typically, the secret to a good cup of tea lies in its preparation. It is not just a ritual that has to be followed, but, taking the time and doing it with passion brings out the best in every cup.

Black tea has a special preparation as does green, oolong, and white tea. Though there are tea bags available in the market that makes everything simple and convenient to prepare, nothing still beats making tea from whole or loose leaves for the fuller-flavor you get from its brew. And there’s nothing to worry about since black tea from loose leaves is fairly simple to prepare.

To prepare the perfect cup of black tea and bring out its best flavor, one would need black tea leaves, teapot or kettle, cold water and if you want –milk, lemon or honey.

How to make black tea from loose leaf tea

If you plan to use fresh dried leaves, pluck very young leaves and leaf buds. With a rolling pin, roll the leaves and crush them until you see that they have darkened and become red. Spread them out to dry for two to three days in a cool location. After which, put them in the oven and heat at 250F for 20 minutes. You now have tea leaves ready for brewing.

Get fresh cold water and bring to a boil. If you are sourcing water from the tap, let it run for a few seconds to avoid a flat-tasting tea. Scientific explanation from the experts at Oregon State University say that tap water that is allowed to run for a few seconds brings in more oxygen in the water thereby giving a better flavor from the tea. Remember that cold water needs to boil. Do not create shortcuts by using water that’s already hot direct from the tap. The kind of water you use will make a big impact on the result of the tea flavor.

Get about a cup of the boiled water and pour into your small teapot, which can be made of ceramic or glass, as long as it’s not metal, and cover to warm the inside. Swirl the water and then empty the teapot.

Put in black tea leaves. Experiment with the quantity according to your tea strength preference. Usually, a ratio of 1 heaping teaspoon of loose tea for every 8 ounces of water is used.

Pour in a little amount of boiling water and remove immediately. This is one step called ‘rinsing of tea leaves’ that’s particularly for black tea only. After which, pour enough boiling water into the teapot to achieve your desired tea mixture.

How long do you let black tea steep?

Allow the tea leaves to brew in the water for 2 to 3 minutes. Avoid stirring while steeping the tea leaves. A shorter time period of infusing tea, especially for high quality ones make the best tea than steeping more than the recommended time frame. Leave it covered. If you really want a stronger flavored cup of black tea, leave it for up to 5 minutes. Don’t let it steep longer or you will create a tea with a very bitter taste.

Then, just like the rinsing of the teapot, rinse cups to be used with hot water. Get your teapot and pour into the cups your finished brewed tea using a strainer. You can now enjoy your tea!

If there is unused tea left, strain the tea leaves and cover it. Leaving the leaves in the pot for a long time will destroy the flavor of black tea.

Things to add to black tea

If you choose to add milk and sweeteners, this must be done after the tea is strained and not inside the teapot with the leaves.

Some people prefer to make a second infusion using the same leaves in another pot. They even claim that the 2nd infusion is a lot better. High quality black tea can be infused many times over.

These are the simple preparations for a wonder drink which you may even learn to enjoy more than your usual morning beverage! If you are looking for some great flavored black tea I would suggest my personal favorite

if you are looking for others just take a look at the other Black Teas

Important thing to think about when brewing black tea!

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If you have already read how to brew black tea then you have the fundamentals of how to make a nice cup of tea. And although the bottom paragraph goes over how to make a nice strong brewed tea I just got an email that was upset about the flavor of one of our black teas.

This email had nothing to do with the tea quality, or flavoring, or anything really related to the tea drinkers personal preferences.  What it really came down to was the brewing method. The customer who bought the black tea was more upset with how bitter the tea was after they brewed a strong cup of tea.

This was the first signal that there was perhaps something off with the preparation method. As soon as you hear bitter and strong together the first question is instantly ” How do you make a strong cup of black tea?”  Generally the answer is, let it steep for a reallly reallly REEAAAAAAAAAAAALY long time. Not usually with that many letters but just to let you know the typical response.

The true secret of brewing a really strong, and tasty, cup of black tea is to use more leaves and still stay within the recommended times. This will ensure that the true flavor of the tea is released into the water. More tea leaves = more flavor, more time= more bitter taste.

Once the customer agreed to try out the method of adding more leaves to the brew I instantly got a happy email from a very happy lady. She got the full flavor of the tea, without any bitter taste.

Here are some of my favorite black teas so give them a look: Our Black Teas

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