Our 10 Tips for Making the Best Loose Leaf Iced Teas

Silver Tips Tea Iced Tea

June marks the official beginning of Summer – that wonderful season of time in the sun, long days, a book in your hand and a tall glass of iced tea nearby. Just as January is National Hot Tea Month, the month of June is dedicated to Iced Tea and June 10th is Iced Tea Day. It’s certainly come a long way from the hot summer of the World’s Fair in St. Louis in 1904 when people went in search of cold beverages.  One enterprising merchant added iced to the steeped loose leaf black tea he had and brought instant refreshment to the crowds.

Iced Tea is simple to prepare and a healthful alternative to soda and sugary drinks.  It needs just a few teaspoons of loose leaf...

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 May 29, 2019  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

Make Every Day Earth Day

 

Hard to believe it is almost 50 years since the concept of Earth Day was introduced.  On April 22, 1970, about 20 million Americans took to the streets in answer to Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson's call for a "national teach-in on the environment".  His partners in this effort were Republican Congressman Pete McCloskey and Denis Hayes from Harvard.

Fast forward to 1990 when a group of environmental leaders requested Denis Hayes to lead another big campaign. Many of us remember that day when 200 million people worldwide in 141 countries participated in efforts to boost environmental issues globally.  In 1995, Senator Nelson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest honor given to civilians in the United States - for his leading role as the founder of...

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 Apr 11, 2019  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

Chai - A Feel-Good Drink

Chai is like a cup of cocoa – comforting, warm and relaxing.   In summer, it’s a tall cold glass on a hot day, a perfect alternative to a milk shake. The ideal Chai should be rich, creamy with the fully developed taste of Tea, Milk & Spices.  It shouldn’t be too watery or sugary-sweet.  Often this is what you find...

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 Oct 16, 2018  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

All You Need Is Love!

All You Need Is Love, but a Little Chocolate Now and Then Doesn't Hurt. - Charles Schultz

Valentine's Day  - that day of romance with hearts and flowers and, best of all, Chocolate!  It's one of life's little luxuries and pairs well with Wine, Fruit and even Tea.  A luscious bit of chocolate followed by a sip of tea is a silky sensation.  And Tea blended with Chocolate is a combination often overlooked.



Chocolate Chai
 
Warm, spicy Chai, even better with Chocolate.  Add a splash of Chocolate Syrup to make it richer.

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 Feb 06, 2018  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

10 Ways to Enjoy Hot Tea Month

Fight off those Winter doldrums - January is Hot Tea Month, and we've got all kinds of ideas to mark the occasion:

  1. Master the Art of Steeping.

    One of my favorite quotes stresses the simplicity of Tea: "First you heat the water, then you make the tea, then you drink it properly, that is all you need to know" - Sen Rikyu.  Indeed.  Keep it simple.  You don't need fancy or expensive equipment to make the perfect cup of tea every time.  Be mindful of only three things - the amount of leaf, the temperature of the water and how long you steep.  Reliable tea purveyors will provide you steeping directions with every bag or canister of tea.  

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 Jan 24, 2018  |  Written by Anupa Mueller
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