January is Hot Tea Month - Pour a Cup!

January – a time for new beginnings, a fresh healthy start – perfect for National Hot Tea Month. It’s cold outside and a hot cup of tea can warm up your resolve and your body.  Here are some ways you can celebrate the versatility of Tea:

BE MINDFUL WITH TEA
Make this the year you pause and take a moment to steep loose leaf tea.  Discard that teabag once and for all and enjoy the wide diversity and world of Tea.  The purposeful act of heating the water, measuring out the tea leaves, pouring the water over the leaves and waiting the few minutes for that perfect steep is a respite in the day. Be in the moment, focus on the simplicity of the task and then get back to your day. For...

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 Jan 15, 2020  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

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 Jan 08, 2020  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

Tea Gifts - Samplers & Tea-of-the Month Club

 

Despite the growing popularity of Tea, coffee continues to reign supreme.  And it is still easier to buy coffee as a gift rather than Tea.  Why?  First, coffee is more readily available.  Second, there are fewer choices when buying coffee.  And lastly, it seems familiar.  Not so with Tea.  Often, even a habitual tea drinker knows the tea they enjoy but not much beyond their own category.  The Black tea drinker is confounded by Greens and Oolongs and the Ginger Peach Iced Tea customer knows only a tall glass of iced bliss.  As for those that fancy herbal teas – they swear by hibiscus or lemongrass but know very little about real tea.

With all this in mind, we designed our Tea Gifts to address these problems plus a few others. Ask yourself...

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 Nov 23, 2019  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

Cranberry Orange - Fall Bestseller!

 

The glorious season of Autumn brings with it two immensely popular flavors – Pumpkin and Cranberry Orange. In recent years, popular chains have begun introducing their Pumpkin Spice beverages earlier and earlier, some even launching their drinks in August.  In our view, this is way too early!  October seems to be the perfect month for Pumpkin and we think November is Cranberry Orange season.

As early as 1683, The Compleat Cook’s Guide included a reference to cranberry juice.  Harvard University even served cranberries at their commencement dinner in 1702.  This evergreen shrub with trailing vines producing a tart berry is now welcomed into homes as a holiday tradition.  Where did the name Cranberry come from?  In the 17th century, German and Dutch colonists in New England thought the flower, stem and petals...

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 Nov 01, 2019  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

Fruit Tisanes: Not Your Ordinary Herbal Tea

 Fruit Tisane Blog Story

Tisanes are infusions.  The word Tisane comes from France and in ancient times, it originated as a medicinal drink that was chiefly barley water.  Over time, it has evolved.  Common herbal infusions are, of course, with Mint and other herbs such as Chamomile or Lemongrass.  You may also have tried infusing Cinnamon, Ginger Root or Lemon Verbena.  Tisanes are not Teas although the term ‘herbal tea’ is now synonymously used for herbal blends, fruit tisanes, rooibos and decaffeinated teas.  An astute tea vendor will probe further when a customer walks in and asks for Herbal Tea. 

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 Sep 28, 2019  |  Written by Anupa Mueller
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