The Tea Blog – News & Notes from The Republic of Tea

American Tea versus English Tea: A Contrast of Culture?

One can hardly think of Great Britain and not have tea come to mind. With a high popularity in the United States today as well, one might wonder: Have the English and Americans always shared in their love for the world’s most popular beverage? To answer this question, we need to look back at the beginning of tea in America.

Originally imported by early Dutch settlers, tea first landed on American soil in the 17th century. At that time, tea was wildly popular with all classes of immigrants. From the farm to the city, the poor and rich alike sipped and savored tea. Most tea was imported through Great Britain and the large population of early English immigrants passed their tea drinking customs to the colonists. By the 1700s, those living in America and Great Britain shared very similar tea culture.

The American Revolution was a turning point in American tea culture. When the British parliament raised the import tax on tea, early Americans were understandably outraged. The Boston Tea Party of 1773 ensued when protesters boarded English ships carrying tea and dumped the entire shipment into Boston Harbor. All the wasted tea, and the war that followed, created a chasm between the two tea cultures. While tea drinking in England always remained popular, the drinking of tea in the United States came to a crashing halt and was even considered unpatriotic and Un-American for a time!

Thankfully, with the passing of more than two centuries and the mending of the American and British relationship, the popularity of tea in the United States is once again on the rise and both cultures share in a love for tea with some similarities in tea culture.

While the English are more inclined to make tea a classy affair, both countries regularly steep a simple cuppa using a tea bag (an American invention) for day-to-day enjoyment. In both the U.S. and Great Britain, premium black tea is the most popular choice. It is common for Brits and Americans to augment tea with a splash of milk and a sweetener of some sort. And, of course, we all take joy in sharing our tea times with friends and loved ones.

Although there is a similar love for tea, some differences remain in tea drinking techniques. The consumption of iced tea is much greater in the States than in Great Britain; In fact, 80% of the tea consumed in America is served over ice. Also, sweet tea that is ever so popular in the southern states is a treat that the English have never adapted. In recent years, Americans have become more adventurous tea drinkers and are not afraid to stray from black tea to try the more exotic blends like oolong and rooibos.

Thankfully, both Great Britain and the United States have come a long way since the war that divided us as countries and our love of tea. At The Republic of Tea, we rejoice in our shared appreciation of tea, as well as delight in the charming differences that have developed over time.

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Keeping the Art of Steeping Tea Alive in the Modern World

In today’s fast-paced world, it often seems we have a need for speed: We want to get there faster, receive our information quicker, and our day-to-day activities are often completed in a rush. As we find ourselves racing around more, it seems that fewer of us are taking the time to slow down and enjoy the finer simplicities life has to offer. All of this hastiness creates the impression that our society is beginning to drink life in, Gulp by Gulp, rather than Sip by Sip.

At The Republic of Tea, we encourage Citizens to take a step back and make time to savor life. For generations, people all over the world have taken the time to pause and enjoy a hot cup of tea with family and friends. Keeping this tradition alive in today’s hectic world is a fine way to slow down and unwind.

The art of preparing tea has evolved to accommodate our fast-paced society. Today we have individually portioned unbleached, round tea bags, freshly brewed glass bottled teas, and the most popular flavors can be made quickly with single-serve beverage makers using One Cuppa™ individual pods. While there are certainly times that it is advantageous to enjoy these delightful conveniences, there is still much to be said for taking the time to steep a proper pot of hot tea.

From its inception in ancient China centuries ago, the ritual of steeping tea has not changed much:
- Begin by heating fresh water in a tea kettle. To prepare most varieties of tea, the water will need to come to a boil. However, if making a premium green tea or 100% white tea, you will want to remove your kettle just short of boiling, to avoid scalding the fragile leaves.
- If preparing full-leaf loose tea, use about one teaspoon per six-ounce cup, and place it in an infusing basket. If preparing with tea bags, you will need one tea bag per six ounces of water.
- When the water has reached the desired temperature, pour over the tea, cover, and begin to time the steeping. The delicate leaves of premium 100% white and green teas will require only two to four minutes. Steep black tea for three to five minutes. More robust varieties such as oolong, rooibos and herbal teas will require more time; about five to seven minutes.
- Uncover your teapot and remove the infuser or tea bags. Pour the hot tea into a cup and let it steam a few moments before taking the first sip.
- Sip and enjoy!

We know life in today’s world will continue to be fast and frenzied, but we hope that you will help to keep the practice of taking time for tea around for future generations. Our Citizens deserve to step back, steep some tea, and relax with family and friends to unwind. Keeping this art alive will help us all to slow down and enjoy this life, Sip by Sip, rather than Gulp by Gulp.

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Tea Bags or Full-Leaf Loose: Which varieTEA should be in your cup?

If you are like many tea drinkers, you have come to enjoy the simplicity of steeping, serving and sipping tea prepared by using the modern tea bag. In fact, this may be the only way you have ever known to prepare and enjoy tea! While there is much to be said for the convenience of tea bags, it is always beneficial to learn about and try new things. Let us explore what many adventurous lovers of tea already know: the luxury of premium full-leaf loose tea.

You may find yourself asking, what is the difference?Tea bags feature individually portioned amounts of tea leaves sealed in a porous bag. At The Republic of Tea, we take pride in offering our Citizens a wide variety of the best tea bags available. Packing immense body into every serving, our unbleached, round tea bags are environmentally friendly, made from Non-GMO paper and are free of excess wrapping, strings, tags and staples. Unlike many other tea bags available on the market, the leaves used in ours are cut to fit the size of the tea bag and are not remnants. However, while we use only the finest, high-quality teas, cutting the tea leaves does tend to reveal less flavor than leaving them whole. Preparation is easy with tea bags; simply pour hot water over the tea bag, steep for the required amount of time, and then remove and discard.

Full-leaf loose teas are just that: Whole leaves of premium tea harvested from the Camellia sinensis plant. After being picked and dried, the leaves are left full and loose to be packed in bags or tins for shipping and storing. The natural oils remain in whole leaves and without being confined in a tea bag, they are able to expand and spread while steeping to reveal the full taste and rich body of tea that really cannot be compared. From the most popular blends to the rarest full-leaf combinations, there is a variety available that is sure to delight the palate of any tea drinker.

With a wide selection of specialized steeping tools available, the preparation of full-leaf loose tea is simple. Begin by heating water in your tea kettle. Using about one teaspoon of tea for a six-ounce cup, place leaves in a tea infusing basket or tea strainer. Pour piping hot water over the tea in a cup or teapot, cover, and steep. After the tea has infused for the proper amount of time, remove and discard the tea leaves, pour into a tea cup if using a teapot, sip and savor.

Choosing tea bags from The Republic of Tea will certainly provide you with a flavorful cup of tea and will offer up all of the same health benefits, but if you have never steeped with full-leaf loose tea, we recommend giving it a shot! Many tea lovers instantly appreciate the richness and complexity that each cup is sure to deliver.

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November Instagram Contest

HOW TO ENTER: This contest begins on November 5, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. EST and ends November 19, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST. To enter online, follow @republicoftea on Instagram, and upload original images to Instagram using the #SipbySip hashtag and @republicoftea Instagram handle. Entries become sole property of Sponsor and none will be acknowledged. By entering, Entrant warrants that his or her entry (1) is original and does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any third property, (2) has not been published in any medium or (3) has not won an award.

JUDGING: All entries will be judged by The Republic of Tea Ministers, based on the following criteria: Originality; Quality and Creativity; and Appropriateness to contest theme. Decisions of judges are final and binding. Winners will be notified in the comments field of their Instagram post on or about November 20, 2014.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to legal residents of the United States who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry (“Entrant(s)”).  Employees of Sponsor and its promotional partners and their respective parents, affiliates and subsidiaries, participating advertising and promotion agencies are not eligible.

PRIZE: One winner will receive one (1) prize – a Downton Abbey Gift Basket valued at $75.00. All other expenses not specified herein are the responsibility of the Winner. ALL TAXES ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER. The prize is awarded without warranty, express or implied, of any kind.

CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION:  No transfer, assignment, or substitution of a prize permitted, except Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prize (or prize component) for an item of equal or greater value at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Nothing in these official contest rules shall obligate Sponsor to publish or otherwise use any entry submitted in connection with this Contest. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Entrants agree to be bound by the terms of these Official Rules and by the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this Contest. By entering, Entrant represents that any materials submitted as part of Entrant’s Contest entry are original and will not constitute defamation or an invasion of privacy or otherwise infringe upon the rights of any third party, and that the Entrant owns or has the rights to convey any and all right and title in such essay and other materials. In addition, by entering, Entrant grants to Sponsor a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to edit, publish, promote, republish at any time in the future and otherwise use Entrant’s submitted essay, along with Entrant’s name, likeness, biographical information, and any other information provided by Entrant, in any and all media for possible editorial, promotional or advertising purposes, without further permission, notice or compensation (except where prohibited by law). Return of any prize/prize notification as undeliverable may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. Acceptance of the prize constitutes permission for Sponsor and its agencies to use Winner’s name and/or likeness, biographical information, essay, other materials submitted for advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law. False or deceptive entries or acts will render the           Entrant ineligible. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the immediate and unrestricted right to disqualify any entrant or prize winner, if either commits or has committed any act, or has been involved or becomes involved in any situation or occurrence which the Sponsor deems likely to subject the Sponsor, entrant or winner to ridicule, scandal or contempt or which reflects unfavorably upon the Sponsor in any way. If such information is discovered by Sponsor after a winner has received notice of prize and before the prize is awarded, Sponsor may rescind the prize in its entirety. If a portion of his/her prize has already been awarded, Sponsor may withdraw the remainder of the prize that has been fulfilled. Decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding in all matters related to these terms. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the contest, or in the announcement of the prize.

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Sponsor reserves the right to select winners from eligible entries received as of the termination date.

WINNER:  For name of Winner, check the Tea Blog at http://the.republicoftea.com/teablog/ on or after November 21, 2014.

SPONSOR: The Sponsor of this giveaway is The Republic of Tea (www.republicoftea.com), Novato, CA.

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Oolong Tea: Bring Traditional Tea Back in Style

Oolong Tea: Bring Traditional Tea Back in Style

Since oolong tea is commonly thought of as a mysterious and rare tea, it is often one of the lesser known of the many tea varieties. We at The Republic of Tea believe this is nothing short of a travesty! Oolong is an exquisite blend and one of our most beloved types. Experienced tea drinkers may already be familiar with its alluring characteristics, but for those citizens who have waited too long to try oolong, let us get familiar with this exotic, yet traditional, tea sipping experience.

Popularly consumed where it originates in Taiwan and southeast China, it is believed that oolong has been around since the late 1700s. Oolong, like all tea, is derived from the Camellia sinensis bush. After the tea leaves are harvested, they are left to oxidize in direct sunlight until they give off a precise and pleasant fragrance described as somewhere between apples, orchids and peaches. The leaves are then rolled until they have a long and curly shape. This appearance is where the tea gets its name: oolong means “black dragon” in Chinese.

Steeping oolong tea is easy. Simply heat water to a rolling boil and then pour over tea. Steep three to five minutes for tea bags, or five to seven minutes if using full-leaf. Oolong is typically served without the addition of sweeteners or milk and is great when used for multiple infusions.

The charming taste of oolong varies by type, but it is typically described as smooth and earthy. The tea is light in color and will leave you with a flowery finish to match the floral and fruity scent. The caffeine content of oolong falls in between that of black and green tea; one cup typically contains a little more than a quarter of the amount found in a cup of coffee.

In addition to its captivating taste, premium oolong tea offers a variety of health benefits and has long been considered a health beverage in the Eastern world.

We are proud to offer five different types of oolong:
Milk Oolong Tea is available in tea bags and full-leaf loose. Often described as having a sweet, pineapple flavor, the texture is silky and scrumptious.
Wuyi Oolong Tea is reminiscent of a Darjeeling, but with a rich, full body. Our Wuyi oolong comes in full-loose leaf and offers flavors of peach, chestnut and honey.
Dragon Oolong Tea hails from the hills of the Fujian province in China. Steeping a cup of Dragon Oolong will present you with flowery flavors and a lingering finish.
Peach Blossom Oolong Tea is light and bright. As the name suggests, essences of peach blossom add to its refreshing and fruity flavor.
Ti Kaun Yin is delivered to you in full-leaf loose tea. Perfect for multiple infusions, Ti Kuan Yin carries a fresh, orchid flavor and finishes cleanly.
With its rich history, enigmatic flavor, and many benefits to health and well-being, it is our hope that all of our citizens will soon treat themselves to the unique and traditional taste of oolong!

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Earl Grey: The Perfect Choice for Tea Lovers

In the 1830s, Britain’s Earl Charles Grey was purportedly given a bergamot-infused black tea as a gift. He so enjoyed it, that he requested it be recreated so that his household would always have a supply of the unique tea on hand. According to history, he and Lady Grey often served this blend in their London home while entertaining political guests and its popularity rose. Often associated with class and simple sophistication, this tea is known today simply by the name Earl Grey, and we at The Republic of Tea believe it is a superb selection for our citizens who love tea.
There are several reasons this refined tea has become so highly recommended and prominently consumed. Black tea on its own is one of the most popular varieties of tea, particularly in North America and in Europe. It is produced when withered camellia tea leaves are rolled and allowed to oxidize and dry, developing the natural flavor, color, and body of the leaf. Being more oxidized than other types, this tea has a bolder body and flavor that many tea drinkers have come to savor. This strength also helps it to retain its flavor longer than other varieties, making it ideal for shipping and trade.
With half the caffeine of a cup of coffee, black tea boasts many health benefits as well. Black tea contains antioxidants called polyphenols. Studies from highly acclaimed institutes have shown a variety of ways their consumption may bring an advantage to overall health: a strengthened immune system, improved cognitive functions, lower cholesterol levels and chance of cardiovascular disease, less fatigue, lower blood pressure, a slowing of the aging process, and reduced stress.
Now, add bergamot essential oil to the flavor and healthfulness of black tea, and you have a traditional Earl Grey tea. The inclusion of this oil adds even more character and health benefits to the tea’s complexion. Coming from the rind of bergamot orange fruit, the oil brings lush citrus flavors and striking aromas to your cup, and it is thought to aid in digestion and improve circulation as well.
At The Republic of Tea, we delight in celebrating this classic tea by bringing you our selection of Earl Greyer teas. Offering both full leaf, and tea bags, we find that this tea is perfect for a mid-morning or afternoon tea. Steep a cup of Decaf Earl Greyer if you prefer to sip later in the day. Our Earl Greyer tea is delicious by itself, or made even more decadent with the addition of milk, honey, or both.
We are proud that our Earl Greyer is widely accepted as the best-tasting blend; steep a cup for yourself to see why!

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Trending on Twitter: Top Ten Treasured Tweets and Tips

At The Republic of Tea, we enjoy keeping up with our citizens on Twitter.  We savor sharing the latest tea news and offerings with you, as well as reading tweets from our many followers.  We have compiled some of our favorite tweets from recent weeks to share with you.

1)      Citizen Cara recently reminded us about the joy of giving and receiving tea.  She says, “My birthday gift came today!  The Downton Abbey Collection from The Republic of Tea.  Pure bliss right here, my biggest decision in life right now is which to enjoy first.”  Thanks for reminding us, Citizen Cara, the gift of tea is one that is sure to delight all of your family and friends, whether they are new to tea or already avid tea lovers.  And we agree, with a collection such as this, you do have a tough, albeit exciting, decision on your hands!

2)      The Republic of Tea follower Tea Galaxy recently made a recommendation to perk up your day, “I bought a matcha with ginger by The Republic of Tea and have been adding honey.  It is giving me loads of energy.”  This is a great suggestion!  If you find yourself needing an additional pick-me-up in the future, one of our strong HiCAF teas will no doubt send you buzzing along as well.

3)      Citizen Amanda writes, “The best morning of the month is when I get my The Republic of Tea catalog.  Toasted Coconut Black Tea?  Yes, please!”  We are so glad to have made your month, Amanda.  If you would like to experience this kind of joy for yourself, sign up to receive your free catalogue today.

4)      Here is a fun tip from Citizen Felicity, “My parents were always careful not to play favorites, but I DID set a reminder to buy my mom Pumpkin Spice Black Tea this month, so…”  Good thinking, Felicity, with a gift like that, your rank of favorite is in the bag, for sure!

5)      Citizen Kathy points out, “Fall is here, so take out those tea bags and brew a hot cup to warm up your day!”  There is nothing we love more than cozying up to a steaming cup of seasonal tea as the weather gets chillier.  Thanks for the reminder, Kathy.

6)      Citizen Alicia shares, “Fun day ahead- I sense a nap in my future after the best tea ever: get clean® rooibos tea from The Republic of Tea!”  That sounds both fun and relaxing.  We would recommend any of our Be Well Red® Teas to bring both comfort and joy to any day.

7)      Here is a tasty tip from Citizen Amanda, “Cooking dinner with stir fry tea spice from The Republic of Tea.  It was totally delicious on shrimp and sautéed carrots.”  Thank you, Amanda that sounds like a mouthwatering approach to dinner!  May we suggest pairing that dish with a tall glass of Ginger Peach Black Iced Tea?  You will not be disappointed.

8)      Tea-Rex and Tea-Genie write, “Our last brew of the working day was a gorgeous cup of Strawberry Cuppa Chocolate Tea from The Republic of Tea!  The office smells amazing!”  Thanks for sipping with us!  We are glad the aromas of our teas bring a bit of cheer to your workday.

9)      Our friends at Derby Brown Markets recommend to, “Try Organic Assam Breakfast Tea with milk and a cinnamon stick”.  Thank you for sharing your suggestion and for being dedicated citizens!

10)  Finally, Citizen Ashley shares, “Sip by sip, not gulp by gulp: That is some good lifestyle advice.  Well said.”  We are so glad you agree, Ashley.  Our mission is to see our teas steaming in the cups of men, women and children everywhere, and to emphasize a Sip by Sip Rather Than Gulp by Gulp lifestyle.  Followers like you and the rest of our devoted citizens are truly what we are all about and we appreciate your loyalty.

Thank you to all of those citizens who follow us on Twitter.  We love to hear from you, so please, keep sharing and tweeting with us.  Who knows?  You may even be featured on a future installment of The Tea Blog!

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Settle in to Fall: Five Novels to Help Set the Scene

As summer is winding down and we are preparing ourselves for the cooler temperatures of fall, what could be better than getting cozy with a warm blanket, a steaming cup of seasonal tea and a good book?  Let us briefly discuss some of the classic novels containing beloved scenes and quotes pertaining to our favorite beverage to put us in that autumn mood!

For many citizens, when thinking of tea in literature the first thing that comes to mind is likely Lewis Carroll’s whimsical Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the chapter entitled A Mad Tea-Party, in particular.  In this scene the main character, a young girl named Alice, finds herself a guest at a “mad” tea party along with several other quirky characters.  The characters give Alice many riddles and stories and after some time, it is revealed that it is a never-ending tea party because Time has punished them by forever standing still at 6 pm, the common time for tea.  Punished?  This sounds more like winning the lottery to lovers of tea, such as ourselves!  Imagine sipping a mug of Ginger Peach Black Tea while reminiscing over this popular children’s novel – the combination is sure to delight.

American author Henry James begins his 1881 novel, The Portrait of a Lady, by declaring, “Under certain circumstances, there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea…,” clearly, we at The Republic of Tea could not agree more!  If you are in the mood for a coming of age story about a young girl set out for adventure while braving her destiny, this is the book you are looking for.  Isabel’s experiences and journeys are as varied as the types of tea you could choose to enjoy while reading this gripping tale.

One can hardly turn the page of a Jane Austen novel without coming across some scene involving tea.  The art of steeping tea is a frequent theme throughout many of the English novelist’s stories.  We often see characters preparing, serving or sipping tea in the background during many plot twists and key moments.  In Sense and Sensibility, at the crucial point when Marianne notices Edward wearing a ring set in a lock of hair from another woman, what is everyone doing?  Sitting down to tea, of course!

Tea was a symbol of hope and friendship in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.  Orphaned and destitute, the title character suffered years of loneliness and dreadful meals at her boarding school, until one evening a kind teacher invited Jane in for a seed cake and tea.  The scene of cake and tea shared with kindred spirits reveals that, in spite of dreary circumstances, the offering of tea and companionship can lighten one’s heart and ease any hardships.  Sip a warm mug of Earl Greyer Black Tea while reading this novel to bring you warmth as you turn the pages with Jane.

“The cup of tea on arrival at a country house is a thing which, as a rule, I particularly enjoy.  I like the crackling logs, the shaded lights, the scent of buttered toast, the general atmosphere of leisured coziness.”  Well, this sounds like our cup of tea too.  Taken from English humorist P. G. Wodehouse’s The Code of the Woosters (#7), this novel, along with the entire series, is sure to appeal to your eccentric and humorous side.

Whether you have read these novels many times over, or some of them are new to you, steep a cup of Pumpkin Spice Black Tea or Hot Apple Cider Tea (or even heat enough water for a teapot!), grab a good book and your blanket and settle in.  As CS Lewis said, “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me”.   Let’s relax and enjoy this gorgeous autumn season together, page by page and sip by sip.

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New teas receive verification from the Non-GMO Project

We are pleased to announce that our tea bag paper, along with an assortment of new premium teas and herbs have received verification from the Non-GMO Project. The Non-GMO Project, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, offers North America’s only third party verification and labeling for non-GMO (genetically modified organism) food and products. The following Non-GMO teas join the list of over 50 premium teas and herbs already verified from The Republic of Tea, many of which have been part of The Republic of Tea’s collection since the founding of the company in 1992*:

Full-Leaf Loose Teas

  • Tea of Inquiry Full-Leaf
  • Organic Matchia
  • British Breakfast Full-Leaf

Tea Bag Teas

  • Tea of Inquiry Tea Bags
  • Lemon Lime Iced Tea Large Pouches
  • Biodynamic Organic Heirloom Chamomile Tea Bags
  • Biodynamic Organic Darjeeling Tea Bags
  • Biodynamic Breakfast Green Tea Bags
  • Biodynamic Holiday Chai Tea Bags
  • Biodynamic Organic Ginger Tea Bags
  • Biodynamic Turmeric Cinnamon Tea Bags
  • HiCAF Teas Breakfast Black Tea Bags

The Republic of Tea’s current and complete collection of Non-GMO Project Verified Teas are:

Full-Leaf Loose Teas

  • All Day Breakfast Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Lapsang Souchong Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Wuyi Oolong Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Sky Between the Branches Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Dragon Well Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Big Green Hojicha Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Jasmine Jazz Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Tea of Inquiry Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Ginseng Peppermint Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Lucky Irish Breakfast Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Ti Kuan Yin Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Republic Darjeeling Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • British Breakfast Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Matcha Stone Ground Tea Powder
  • Organic USDA Ceylon Breakfast Black Leaf Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Golden Yunnan Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Silver Rain White Tea Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Sencha Kyoto Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Jasmine Pearls Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Milk Oolong Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Keemun 1110 Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Frost Tea Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Korean Woojeon Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Natural Hibiscus Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Matchia Ground Tea Powder and Chia Seeds
  • Biodynamic Organic Darjeeling Full-Leaf Loose Tea

Tea Bag Teas

  • Lemon Lime Black Iced Tea Large Tea Pouches
  • Earl Greyer Tea Bags Organic
  • Assam Breakfast Tea Bags
  • British Breakfast Tea Bags
  • Tea of Inquiry Tea Bags
  • Chamomile Lemon Tea Bags
  • Orange Ginger Mint Tea Bags
  • Ginseng Peppermint Tea Bags
  • Lucky Irish Breakfast Tea Bags
  • Republic Chai® Tea Bags
  • Republic Red Chai® Tea Bags
  • Double Red® Rooibos Tea Bags
  • Double Green® Matcha Tea Bags
  • Organic USDA Ceylon Breakfast Black Tea Bags
  • Organic USDA Green Earl Greyer Tea Bags
  • Organic Mint Fields Herb Tea Bags
  • Organic Dancing Leaves Green Tea Bags
  • Emperor’s White Tea Tea Bags
  • The People¹s Green Tea Bags
  • Cedarberg Organic Red Tea Bags
  • DECAF British Breakfast Tea Bags
  • DECAF People¹s Green Tea Bags
  • Peppermint Bark Green Rooibos Tea Bags
  • Natural Organic Green Rooibos Tea Bags
  • Dragon Oolong Tea Bags
  • Natural Hibiscus Tea Bags
  • Biodynamic Organic Darjeeling Tea Bags
  • Biodynamic Organic Breakfast Green Tea Bags
  • Biodynamic Organic Turmeric Cinnamon Tea Bags
  • Biodynamic Organic Ginger Tea Bags
  • Biodynamic Organic Heirloom Chamomile Tea Bags
  • HiCAF Breakfast Black Tea Bags
  • Three Gardens Breakfast Tea Bags
  • Downton Abbey Lady Cora’s Evening Herb Tea Bags
  • SuperHerb Moringa Tea Bags
  • SuperHerb Jiaogulan Tea Bags
  • SuperHerb Baobab Tea Bags
  • SuperHerb Dandelion Tea Bags
  • British Breakfast Black One Cuppa
  • Natural Hibiscus One Cuppa
  • Biodynamic Holiday Chai Tea Bags (exclusive to Whole Foods Market)

Our verified products are produced in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard, which means that ongoing testing of all GMO risk ingredients, facility inspections and an annual audit take place to ensure that the company is meeting the highest possible standards for GMO avoidance.

We are in the process of receiving verification for our additional full-leaf and signature, round, unbleached tea bag teas. Teas that are Non-GMO Project Verified assume the official Non-GMO Project seal of verification on their packaging, indicating that the products have gone through the verification process. As new teas become verified they will be officially listed on the Non-GMO Project’s website.

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Become a Tea Preparation Expert: Creating Perfection in a Teacup

Whether you are new to tea or already have your own well-established tea steeping traditions, it is always beneficial to take a deeper look into the techniques used to create a truly superb cup of tea.

For the novice tea drinker, let us take a crash course in tea steeping.  Those already well versed in the process can consider this a refresher class- who knows?  You just might learn something new!

First, consider whether you would like to use full-leaf tea or tea bags.  Steeping full-leaf loose teas and herbs will require keeping a few fun steeping tools on hand, such as an infuser or a tea strainer.  You will need one teaspoon of tea leaves or one teabag per every six ounces of water.

Whether you plan to steep with the traditional tea bag or with one of our classic full-leaf loose teas, the next step of course, is to begin heating water.  We suggest using fresh filtered or spring water to yield the best cup of tea possible.

Each variety of tea may require a different approach.  For example, because the leaves of both green and white teas are delightfully delicate, remove the water from your heat source just before it begins to boil, in order to avoid scalding the tea.  Our more robust varieties such as black, oolong and red rooibos teas will require bringing the water to a rolling boil in order to draw out their maximum flavor potential.

Once the water in your kettle has reached the desired temperature, pour it over your teabag or infuser and begin steeping.  Times for infusing will vary based on the variety of tea.  Again, the more delicate green and white teas will taste best with a shorter amount of time to avoid overheating the leaves: about two to four minutes.  Heartier teas will require five to seven minutes of steeping, taking care not over-steep, lest you find yourself with tea that tastes too acidic or bitter.

With the water now fully permeated, remove the tea bag or infuser.  Your tea is ready to enjoy– immediately, if you so desire, or perhaps you would like to experiment with the popular practice of adding honey, milk or lemon in order to further draw out the complexity of your tea’s flavor?  If so, we are happy to offer up a few suggestions.

Honey: Many avid tea drinkers crave a little extra sweetness for their tea.  Combining tea with honey is a wonderful way to give the health benefits found in tea a sweet boost.  With a lower effect on your insulin and glucose levels, honey works well to naturally sweeten most any tea.  Add a spoonful of Rare Hawaiian Organic Kiawe White Honey to a tea such as Pineapple Guava White Tea or Ginger Peach Green Tea for a heavenly treat.

Milk: Alone or with honey, the introduction of milk to your cup brings out a creamy lushness that many tea enthusiasts enjoy.  Pour a spot of milk into a mug of British Breakfast Black Tea or Earl Greyer Black Tea to experience the decadence for yourself.

Lemon: Adding fresh lemon juice to tea is a natural way to boost both sweetness and tea’s natural healing properties.  Squeezing a wedge of fresh lemon into The People’s Green Tea will augment the smooth and refreshing flavors.  While lemon should never be used in combination with milk to avoid curdling, Lemon Cream Honey will introduce the best that lemon, honey and milk has to offer.  Blend a spoonful into your cup of Three Gardens Breakfast Black Tea to add a touch of zing with a savory finish.

Whether you choose to enjoy your cup of tea in its pure form, or with the addition of sweeteners or milk, you now have the knowledge to steep a delectable cup of tea and have graduated toward the world of tea expertise.  Impress your friends with a proficiently-steeped cup today!

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