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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

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The winter is now among us and the tea of the month club has been doing great. Recently we have surpassed previous records on the number of members in the club and it is growing every month. Great time are had by all and the tea of the month club in canada has been doing great.

If you are looking for a Christmas present of tea for someone try out our tea of the month setup and we can make any gift you want a reality for your loved ones.

Rooibos info

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Introduction

What is Rooibos and why should I even think about it when I think of what my next cuppa tea is going to be? If you have, or maybe if you haven’t had that thought before, then don’t worry as you are not alone. Rooibos is making a strong surge in popularity in the brewed drink arena and for good reason. Listed below are some cool facts about roobios, a bit of info about the drink itself and other things about this new bush making a lot of noise in the traditionally quieter mid day tea world.

Rooibos and caffeine

The first thing that we will get right to the point about is the rooibos caffeine discussion as this is a very popular one that often comes up. I will say it right now that Rooibos does not have any caffeine in it. If you don’t believe me, then check the almighty Wikipedia here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rooibos with the specific quote being “Rooibos is becoming more popular in Western countries, particularly among health-conscious consumers, due to its high level of antioxidants such as aspalathin and nothofagin, its lack of caffeine” This is why many women will turn to rooibos when they are pregnant. To find out more info about rooibos and pregnancy just take a look at these posts we have put up in the past:

Rooibos and its benefits

 
So now that we have gotten that out of the way we can talk about why it is good that roobios does not have any caffeine in it. The first, and what I think is the best thing about roobios, is that you can have it at any time of the day or night. I love a strong black tea but sometimes just before bed it just doesn’t suite the situation very well. This is where roobios comes in to save the day as I can enjoy it an hour, 15 minutes, or 45 minutes before I want to go to bed without any worry of staying up once that caffeine boost kicks in.

Rooibos and pregnancy


Another reason that roobios has really started to gain traction in the rest of the world is due to its appeal to pregnant woman. I was unaware but during pregnancy caffeine intake is supposed to be on the lower side as complications can occur, so a lot of woman have been choosing roobios when they are pregnant. That’s why you can check out our article here for the info you need tea for two?

Rooibos and its lack of caffeine


So now that we know the coolest thing about roobios, and its lack of caffeine, let’s get some more info on the drink that comes from brewing up roobios. The drink is typically a nice red color, which is the result of processed roobios being steeped with hot water. Recently there has been new blends including green roobios, which like its green tea counterpart, is a less processed version of the plant. In this article we will focus on the red variant and maybe in the future talk about green roobios a bit more in depth. This is why tea and pregnancy are things that you must keep an eye out for.

Conclusion


The drink that is brewed up is a nice red color with a natural taste to it. I am not going to imply that it is a drink that tastes like dirt; however you will notice a distinct flavor that reminds me of a less processed black tea leaf. The flavor is rawer and more open, which is something that really doesn’t give a very good idea of how it tastes. I think that for you to get a full appreciation of roobios you must really try it for yourself. If you don’t you will never know what you are missing out on!

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rooibos in a cup


Overall roobios is a great addition to any tea collection, even though it is not a true tea itself. It is a great pre drink or iced option whenever you need to take a break from your usual favorites. Make sure you check out our other great article if you are looking for more info drinking tea while you are pregnant

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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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…..

Is yerba mate good for you?

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Here are some of the awesome health benefits of Yerba Mate, on top of the tastiness of this drink ;)

yerba mate (yer-bah mah-tay) is an herbal infusion (tisane) made of yerba mate leaves. It is sometimes referred to as yerba mate tea, yerba mate, or simply mate. It is mostly grown in South American countries such as Brazil and Paraguay and is gaining popularity around the world due to its powerful benefits.

There are various benefits of yerba mate in our body. Essentially, yerba mate contains caffeine and antioxidants, the same components that coffees and teas are known for. An 8-ounce mug of generically brewed yerba mate contains about 85 mg of caffeine, which is comparably higher than that of green tea and black tea, but not as much as coffee. Caffeine in the body is helpful in stimulating our central nervous system, giving us physical alertness and improved mental capacity. It gives us mental clarity, allows us to focus more, and retain memory better.

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yerba mate also contains antioxidants. Antioxidants are chemicals that fight free radicals which causes cell deterioration and aging. Thus, having antioxidants in your diet helps you to fight cancer and slows the aging process. It does not only make you younger on the inside, but also on the outside.

This tea is also a diuretic, which means it makes you urinate more. The more you urinate, the more excess fluid is flushed out of your body and more harmful toxins go along with it. As the excess fluid is flushed out and the body’s metabolism is hastened (also an effect of the tea), weight loss is promoted. It is, in its most basic explanation, a way to flush out the bad stuff in your body through the bathroom.

Traditionally, yerba mate is a social beverage that is shared among friends and is served in households as a sign of hospitality. Today, yerba mate is drank anywhere, at anytime, and at any occasion. Surely, drinking a cup of yerba mate gives you not only a good feeling to start your day, but powerful benefits that helps you live life the healthy way.

Lose weight by drinking tea

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How to Lose Weight with Tea| Natural Way to Get that Super Body Just by Drinking Tea!

Nowadays, lots of heavy advertisements on synthetic drugs and meds are out via online, through the counter or on your door steps, promising to help you get that lean, slim and sexy figure everybody desires.

There are exercises, pills, diets and many habits that are practiced by many, just to lose weight and get the perfect shape they want. But, do you know that there is still another way of effortlessly losing weight that requires just sitting back, relaxing and drinking? Yes there is. That is through enjoying a nice cup of tea.

Drinking tea may not be common to everyone. But do you know that next to water, tea ranks second to give you the most overall health benefits? Based on the researches made by dieticians, nutritionists and other health experts, drinking tea is advantageous in such a way that it can burn fats and calories in your body. This is the reason why most of the popular diet pills used teas as an ingredient.

Aside from burning your fats, teas can also boost your metabolism, lose your weight, boost your energy level, reduce body’s cholesterol, improves body endurance, detoxify and suppress your appetite.

How Does Tea Help Lose Weight?

The love to eat lots of food is perhaps a universal character to us all. We just love to eat! This is the fact that we cannot deny especially during events that foodies are overflowing. In such situations, we cannot control ourselves from eating too much and in return many fats and sugars get accumulated in our body which is then synthesized into an essential substance called triglyceride. This is the main constituent of natural fats and oils in our body. The process of synthesis acts in the small intestines and the liver then the triglyceride will be transported into the other parts of our body through the bloodstream.

How does it work?

Triglyceride, in reality, is a helpful substance because it provides energy for our body to function properly. Nevertheless, do you know that an excessive amount of this substance in our system can also pose harm to our health? Yes. Too much amount of triglyceride can turn into fat and make a person obese. Sound scary isn’t it?

Due to this fact, drinking tea is really beneficial especially to those who love eating fatty and sweet foods and yet cares a lot about their figures. Teas in any form can oppose excess triglyceride in one’s body because it has polyphenols that activate a certain enzyme. This enzyme will then dissolve the excess triglyceride in your body.

These teas are proven helpful to get that perfect and healthy shape you’ve always wanted!

  • Green tea- helps build body’s metabolism
  • Star anise tea- promotes good digestion
  • Oolong tea- guards against obesity
  • Peppermint tea- controls the effect of what you eat
  • Rose tea- prevents constipation

Though drinking tea do not promise a fast slimming effect like those artificial drugs and fad diets we often see, drinking it regularly means reduced body fats. If you love to maintain and have that slim, healthy figure but don’t want to undergo artificial ways then try drinking tea. You can actually see it’s even better!

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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Black tea

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.

Things to remember when making tea!

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Most important things to think about when making tea!
1. What type of tea do you feel like right now?
2. What is the temperature that I should get the water up to?
3. How clean is the water and equipment I am using to make the tea?
4. How long should I let tea steep?
5. Has there been enough water circulation when making the tea?
6. Do I have to share?
7. Where did all the tea go?
8. Where can I get more tea

What are Yerba Mate side affects

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Intro to Yerba Mate

For years, yerba mate has been drunk in South American countries due to its social significance of building bonds and strengthening friendships. It is also attributed to numerous health benefits such as its vitamin and mineral content, antioxidant property, and high caffeine content. This is why many people often ask is yerba mate good for you . It is marketed in many countries as a delicious, healthy beverage and energy booster. However, just like any effective medication, yerba mate also has its own fair share of side effects. If you are unsure what is yerba mate then just keep reading and find out for yourself

Yerba Mate and Caffeine

Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant. It increases mental alertness, suppresses the appetite, increases metabolism, and has diuretic and mild laxative properties. Because of these properties, drinking yerba mate in large amounts can cause unwanted side effects. It can cause an stomach upset and frequent urination. Because it is an appetite suppressant and metabolic properties, it can promote weight loss. People with thyroid problems, especially hyperthyroidism must particularly avoid drinking this beverage. Palpitations, anxiety, and nervousness can also occur. It also has the potential to increase blood pressure. People with hypertension and heart problems should see a doctor first before drinking this beverage.

Yerba Mate and children

Because children’s bodies are not yet fully developed, they are more sensitive to the effects of yerba mate. It is not recommended to be drunk by children and definitely should not be drunk by pregnant women. It can cause possible miscarriage and bleeding during pregnancy.

It is believed that yerba mate has antioxidant properties that can help fight cancer. This is a fact supported by studies that yerba mate contains polyphenols, chemicals unique to plants. However, recent studies show that regular drinking of yerba mate put drinkers at risk for certain cancers, especially mouth and esophageal cancers.

Possible drawbacks of too much Yerba

Bladder, kidney and lung cancers have also been attributed to yerba mate. This finding is supported by the fact that yerba mate contains polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, (PAHs), chemicals which are carcinogenic (cancer-causing).

All good things can never be good when you have too much of it. This also goes true with yerba mate. Although it has desired effects to our body, it also has side effects that can cause potential harm so enjoy this drink in moderation. But again we are not doctors, and many of these issues are what we have found online, not what we have experienced

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