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

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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Seen on Screen: Tea in T.V.

Tea.  The world’s most popular beverage.  While it is clear that the Citizens of The Republic of Tea are enthusiastic about every variety of tea, when you turn on your television to catch a show there is a good chance you will find tea being savored onscreen as well.  From Great Britain to The United States and even deep in space, here is a small sample of our favorite classic series featuring tea.

Downton Abbey. One cannot think about the popularity of tea without the beloved hit series, Downton Abbey coming to mind.  Set in the English countryside before the start of World War I, The Crawleys along with their friends and servants, sit down to tea in nearly every episode.  Fans on both sides of the pond enjoy the dramatic dialogue, timely costumes and well placed tea-drinking scenes of the aristocratic family and their help.  We so adore the series, we even offer specialty blends and products inspired by the award winning show.  Steep some Downton Abbey® English Rose or Downton Abbey® Grantham Breakfast Blend to sip while watching an episode and you are sure to be entranced as well!  We have even added three new tea blends, Lady Cora’s Evening Tea, Bates’ Brambleberry Tea and Mrs. Patmore’s Pudding Tea.

Sherlock. In the hit BBC series, the great British detective Holmes is recognized as an avid tea drinker.  What blend he preferred is an often-discussed mystery among fans, but we like to imagine the dark and secretive character would prefer a deep, robust variety, perhaps a rich cup of breakfast black tea or possibly a HiCAF™ variety to keep his sleuthing skills buzzing along.

The Mentalist. If you have ever caught an episode of the recently popular CBS series, The Mentalist, you probably noticed that character Patrick Jane is often shown serving and sipping tea.  Fans of the character’s quick wit, dapper dressing and frequent tea drinking, often speculate that his brew of choice is a hot cup of green tea.

NCIS: Los Angeles. The popular character of Hetty Lange frequently drinks tea throughout the well-received crime drama that takes place in Los Angeles, California.  She is often spotted sipping black teas and was seen with a cup of Lapsang Souchong during a few episodes.

Star Trek. Not only favored among earthlings, the characters of Star Trek frequently drink tea while dining deep in space.  During nearly every meal they shared together, Captain Jonathan Archer and Commander Tucker drank iced tea.  Captain Jean Luc Picard was outspoken in his love for tea, often requesting “Tea.  Earl Grey.  Hot.”

When tea transcends even space and time, you know you are on to something truly out of this world!

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You Said It: Favorite Summer Sips from Facebook Fans

It comes as no surprise that citizens of The Republic of Tea enjoy expressing their excitement for tea on our Facebook page.  Summer has recently inspired many comments, reviews and posts from our Citizens and we feel compelled to share some of our favorite quotes with you here!

The bright sunny days of summer often inspire us to get healthy.  Citizen Leah shares how she uses tea to lighten up her life: “A small, yet HUGE victory for me!  I used to be all about coffee with sugary creaminess, but now green tea is my favorite.  Iced or hot and with about a quarter of the caffeine of coffee, no calories, no sugar and no additives, it’s GOOD for your teeth!  Who knew that one day plain green tea would be my “treat” instead of water?”

Should you find yourself with a summertime ailment, you may discover tea will help to ease your symptoms.  As one citizen review, “get soothed works well and tastes very good! Due to some allergy issues, I have tried many brands of throat, cold, bronchial type teas. Some are so medicinal-flavored they are not pleasant. However, get soothed is lovely!! I bought the traveler tin which is perfect for my purse. If I’m out in the cooler evening air, this is perfect to have with me! Such a healthy, yummy choice!” Thank you for sharing!  We are glad to help and we are happy you enjoy the many health benefits of tea.

Citizen Kathy writes, “Ever since I’ve been starting the day with your get happy® tea, I’ve really noticed such a positive difference!  Thanks for making my days a little brighter!”  You are so very welcome, Kathy.  It delights us to know that our Be Well Red® Teas help to enhance our fans’ lives!

Mouth-watering fresh fruit and summer go hand-in-hand.  Citizen JoAnna discovered a great way to combine summer’s bounty with tea and shares, “The kids and I foraged for some wild huckleberries on our land today.  We are enjoying some gluten free huckleberry pancakes and hot Peppermint Cuppa Chocolate red tea from The Republic of Tea!”  Thank you for sharing your fresh fruit and tea-pairing suggestion with us, JoAnna.

Who can imagine a summer without a chilly glass of rejuvenating iced tea in hand?  Citizen Janet exclaims, “This is officially my seven year old son’s new favorite drink!  Watermelon Mint Iced Tea from The Republic of Tea.  This is probably the most refreshing tea we have experienced on our 95 degree summer days!”  We agree, sipping a glass of any of our iced teas is an exhilarating way for the whole family to beat the heat.

Thank you all for taking the time to comment on your love for tea and enlightening us with your experiences.  We delight in hearing from our Citizens!  How about you?  Do you have a favorite summertime tea or any suggestions for savoring these long sunny days?  If so, please visit The Republic of Tea Facebook page and share.  We look forward to reading your responses!

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Downton Abbey Tea Collection Expansion

Good News Downton Abbey Fans!  We have expanded our collection of Downton Abbey Teas to include Bates’ Brambleberry Tea, Mrs. Patmore’s Pudding Tea, and Lady Cora’s Evening Tea. Each of these all natural calorie-free, gluten-free teas are inspired by the award-winning TV series that has entranced millions of viewers and become a global phenomenon.
Downton Abbey is home to the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants. The first two seasons follow their lives from the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 through the First World War while the later seasons follow them into the early 1920s.
The Republic of Tea’s line of Downton Abbey teas can be served hot or over a tall glass of ice:
Bates’ Brambleberry Tea – This bold yet smooth premium black tea is perfectly coupled with a handful of summer fruit – blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and blueberries.  A touch of sweetness to this cup will bring out the full, ripe flavor.
Mrs. Patmore’s Pudding Tea – This decadent dessert tea has the homemade flavors of vanilla cake drizzled with rich caramel sauce.  The full-bodied base of premium black tea lends itself well to a splash of milk, making it a perfect afternoon tea to partner with puddings, scones and shortbread.
Lady Cora’s Evening Tea – This caffeine-free blend of chamomile and lemon balm will calm the mind and body.  Relaxing botanicals create a cup of tranquility that helps ease the nerves.  Nice as a bedtime tea when a soothing cup is a welcome friend.
Our new teas join the already popular Downton Abbey English Rose, Grantham Breakfast Blend and Downton Estate Teas. Each of the new all natural premium teas are certified gluten free; Lady Cora’s Evening Tea is also Non-GMO Verified through the Non-GMO Project. Each tea comes in colorful tins featuring beloved Downton Abbey characters and holds 36 round, unbleached tea bags free of unnecessary tags, strings and staples. The Lady Cora and Grantham Breakfast teas are also available as a new two-tin “Upstairs” gift set. Each tea is ideal as a gift on its own or as a pair in this chic set, featured in a beautiful box.
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First Ever Tea With Chia: Matchia

The Republic of Tea, Leading Purveyor of Premium Teas, is excited to announce the launch of its USDA ORGANIC MATCHIA™ TEA, the first ever premium tea to mix fine Japanese matcha green tea powder and nutrient-dense chia seeds. Matcha has been used in Japan for centuries to simultaneously stimulate mental alertness and a calm, meditative state. Known as complete protein, chia seeds bring fiber and omega-3 fatty acids to this invigorating tea. With a stir and sip, tea drinkers everywhere will be ready for whatever the day may bring. Each tin of Matchia contains 12+ servings of tea.

This Organic, Gluten-Free, Kosher Certified, Non-GMO Project Verified blend is ideal for sipping, smoothies and more. It was recently featured as a Top 5 Trend at the Summer Fancy Food Show 2014.

For Hot Tea

  1. Heat fresh, filtered water to short of boiling.
  2. Add 1tsp of Matchia powder to a bowl or cup. Add 6oz of steaming (175˚F), filtered water. Experiment to find your favored strength.
  3. Blend with a fork for a few minutes, blend again and enjoy.

For cold drinks

  1. Blend 1 tsp with 6oz of warm water, let cool and pour into a glass of ice. Try adding a sweetener and milk or milk substitute.

Check out this Matchia Smoothie recipe for an extra special treat. Enjoy Sip by Sip, Rather than Gulp by Gulp!

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New Tea Inspired by “The Hundred-Foot Journey”

We are excited to unveil a new CARDAMOM CRÈME BRÛLÉE TEA to celebrate “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” a new major motion picture produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake. A hundred-foot journey begins in the moment when you bravely drop what is familiar and cross over into a new realm that is far out of your comfort zone. It is a profound journey, however small in physical distance that materially changes the course of your life for the better.

Our CARDAMOM CRÈME BRÛLÉE TEA is a delicately robust blend of the film’s Indian and French culinary influences. This premium black tea is inspired by classic French crème brulée and infused with the exotic spiciness of fresh cardamom, which is native to India. A splash of warm milk brings out the richness in this cup. The new CARDAMOM CRÈME BRÛLÉE TEA comes in a sleek, round tin featuring 36 round tea bags free of unnecessary tags, strings and staples.

“The Hundred-Foot Journey,” in theaters August 8, 2014, is directed by acclaimed Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominee Lasse Hallström from a script by Steven Knight and is based on the international best-selling novel of the same name by Richard C. Morais. The film is a stimulating triumph over exile, blossoming with passion and heart. It is a portrayal of two worlds colliding and one boy’s drive to find the comfort of home wherever he may be.

About the Film:

In “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate to all out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory’s culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan’s gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.

“The Hundred-Foot Journey” abounds with flavors that burst across the tongue. A stimulating triumph over exile, blossoming with passion and heart, with marjoram and madras, it is a portrayal of two worlds colliding and one boy’s drive to find the comfort of home, in every pot, wherever he may be.

Directed by Lasse Hallström, and starring Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren, “The Hundred-Foot Journey” is produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake. The executive producers are Caroline Hewitt, Carla Gardini, Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King. The screenplay is written by Steven Knight, based on the novel “The Hundred-Foot Journey” by Richard C. Morais.

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Biodynamic Organic Teas

We recently introduced four new BIODYNAMIC® organic TEAS as part of our 100% Biodynamic organic tea collection. To receive Biodynamic certification, farms must meet the following standards: agronomic guidelines, greenhouse management, structural components, livestock guidelines, and post harvest handling and processing procedures.

The goal of Biodynamic agriculture is to create a self-sustaining farm that is minimally dependent on imported materials. By focusing on ecological and holistic practices, these farms are able to improve the soil health, water quality and biodiversity year after year. This new line of premium, organic teas is sourced from a variety of Certified Demeter® Biodynamic farms around the world that are committed to certain sustainable practices that improve the health of the farm’s entire ecosystem.

The collection now includes the following Kosher Certified, USDA Organic, Gluten-Free teas:

  • {NEW} BIODYNAMIC ORGANIC BREAKFAST GREEN TEA – Green tea leaves from Sri Lanka blended with a touch of black darjeeling steeps a fresh, light breakfast tea with sweet, floral notes. Harvested from Certified Biodynamic® farms that grow other beneficial crops such as limes and lemongrass. These other crops enhance the vitality of the farms’ health and contribute to the benefits of this vibrant tea. This tea is Non-GMO Project Verified.
  • {NEW} BIODYNAMIC ORGANIC GINGER TEA – This premium, 100% biodynamic ginger tea is grown by a collective of four Certified Biodynamic® farms in central Sri Lanka. The farmers are committed to biodiversity, which is believed to increase the nutritional vitality of both the soil and plants. Their sustainable practices yield a powerful and spicy ginger tea. This palate-cleanser is also soothing to the digestive system. This tea is Non-GMO Project Verified.
  • {NEW} BIODYNAMIC ORGANIC TURMERIC CINNAMON TEA – Premium, 100% Biodynamic turmeric and cinnamon are grown by four Certified Biodynamic® farms in central Sri Lanka that are committed to biodiversity and sustainability. Reputed to balance and support a healthy response to inflammation, these earthy, full-bodied spices have been used for centuries in eastern medicine. This tea is Non-GMO Project Verified.
  • {NEW} BIODYMANIC ORGANIC DARJEELING FULL-LEAF LOOSE BLACK TEA – The 100% Biodynamic organic darjeeling tea comes from a multi-generational tea garden in northern India. The use of Biodynamic and organic certified practices has boosted soil fertility while preventing soil erosion, resulting in healthier crops. The estate also uses renewable energy sources to power its 840-acre farm. Enjoy the muscat grape notes and fresh, floral finish.
  • BIODYNAMIC ORGANIC HEIRLOOM CHAMOMILE TEA - This premium, heirloom chamomile tea is grown on a small, 100-acre certified Biodynamic garden at the base of the Italian Alps, and is harvested at night when the essential oils are at their peak. The sweet blossoms are then dried using only thermal energy created from the farm’s other crops. This tea is Non-GMO Project Verified.
  • BIODYNAMIC ORGANIC DARJEELING – The 100% Biodynamic organic darjeeling tea comes from a multi-generational tea garden in northern India. The use of Biodynamic and organic certified practices has boosted soil fertility while preventing soil erosion, resulting in healthier crops. The estate also uses renewable energy sources to power its 840-acre farm. Enjoy the muscat grape notes and fresh, floral finish. This tea is Non-GMO Project Verified.
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Turn off Technology, Tune in to Tea: 10 Steps to Tranquility

Summer time is the perfect time to unplug and unwind.  We at The Republic of Tea believe it is essential to rejuvenate not only the body, but also the mind and soul in order to promote a Sip by Sip, Rather than Gulp by Gulp Lifestyle.  Tea offers numerous physical and emotional health benefits.  While many may travel and vacation to gain relaxation, the simplicity of tea makes it possible to enjoy the benefits of refreshment during your daily routine and in the comfort of your own home: a luxury you must not deny yourself!  Allow us to offer up a few tips on how to ease into ultimate stress alleviation.

Unplug. It is hard to unwind while being wired in to the outside world.  We recommend turning off your phone, laptop, tablet, computer, television… anything that can alert you to outside stressors, even if only for a few minutes, each day.  This peaceful quiet time is the perfect opportunity to begin a tranquil tea tradition.

Heat some water.  Once you are digitally disconnected, turn on your electric kettle or your stove and let the steeping process begin.

Breathe. While waiting for your water to steam, take time to practice some deep breathing and quiet meditation.

Choose your tea. There are bountiful varieties of tea available for your selection and many prove to have calming capabilities.  Here are just a few we suggest keeping on hand:

  • Green Tea: Green tea contains antioxidants and has been proven to enhance the function of both the mind and body. Containing the slightest amount of caffeine, sipping a mug of Honey Ginseng Green Tea or Açaí Green Tea will give your psyche a gentle boost.
  • get relaxed®: As the name suggests, get relaxed® tea is ideal for relieving stress.  Lavender and rose petals combine with chamomile, passionflower and eleuthero root to bring you peace and calm.
  • Rooibos Tea: Containing antioxidants, caffeine-free rooibos teas boast numerous healing properties.  Green rooibos teas are thought to boost the immune system, ease digestion, calm inflammation and reduce stress.
  • Chamomile: The use of herbal teas toward mental and physical betterment has taken place for centuries.  If you are unwinding before bed, steep some Chamomile Lemon Herbal Tea or get some zzz’s™ to assist in lulling your mind and body toward dreamland.

Begin Steeping. After you have selected your tea and your water has come nearly to a boil, it is time to steep.  In a mug, pour hot water over your tea bag or infuser and wait for the magic to begin.

Observe the transformation. While your tea is steeping, take time to visually appreciate transformation taking place in your teacup.  Enjoy the swirling steam and the darkening colors.

Inhale and experience the aromas. After removing your teabag or infuser, hold your warm mug in your hands and take a moment to breathe deeply.  Feel the calming warmth, take note of the subtle, earthy scents, and allow them to elevate your mood.

Sip and delight. At last, it is time to drink up.  Take a deep sip of your beverage and savor the knowledge that you are well on your way to lower levels of stress, increased mental alertness and a well-soothed spirit.

Take time for you. While you are still unplugged from your gadgets and the taste of your tea is still fresh on your palate, take a moment for you.  Consider some light reading, going for a walk, listening to some music, or another quiet zen activity.

Go forth with your day. Now that you have taken the time to unplug and unwind with tea, we hope this advice has left you feeling reinvigorated with a positive outlook on your remaining waking hours.  And remember, you can easily rejuvenate with this tranquil tea tradition anytime you need to digitally detoxify and mentally reboot.  You deserve it!

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Cultivating Tea – Top Tea Growers in the World

Along with millions of citizens around the globe, we at The Republic of Tea delight in the diverse world of tea.  With extensive choices in flavor and variety there is something for everyone.  Tea is one of the most consumed beverages worldwide (second only to water!)  Have you ever wondered where exactly all this tea is grown and produced?  Let us explore five of the top tea growing regions together.

5. Taiwan – Mostly produced in Taiwan, oolong teas have been beloved worldwide for the past 150 years.  Taiwan boasts a strong tea culture and the majority of the teas cultivated there are consumed on the island.  For a rare chance to enjoy the fine quality of teas from Taiwan, steep a cup of Wuyi Oolong Full-Leaf tea, the subtle flavors of honey and peach are sure to delight.

4. Japan – The teas of Japan are famous for their healthy and invigorating effects.  Solely producing green tea, Japan grows nearly 100,000 tons annually. Try a cup of Sencha Kyoto or Big Green Hojicha Full-Leaf teas to discover for yourself why Japan is synonymous with green tea.

3. Sri Lanka – Famous for its Ceylon black tea, Sri Lanka produces 7% of tea internationally.  Start your day with a warm cup of our Mango Ceylon Black Tea to acquaint yourself with a sample of Sri Lanka tea, straight from the source.

2. India – Formerly the number one tea producer, India generates 20% of tea worldwide.  Many of the most acclaimed and well-known teas hail from the areas of Assam and Darjeeling.  While India ranks number two in production, they are the world leaders in tea consumption.  To experience some of the prominent favorites, steep a cup of Biodynamic Organic Darjeeling Tea, Organic Assam Breakfast Black Tea, or British Breakfast Black Tea.  Try sampling all three with our Indian Taster Tin Flight!

1. China – Producing 35% of world’s tea, China ranks number one in exportation with 15% of its land used for tea cultivation.  Green tea, white tea, and oolong are teas commonly associated with and developed in China.  If you would like to try some premium, China-grown tea, consider our Chinese Taster Tin featuring three full-leaf loose teas.  Make it a truly authentic occasion by using an Artisan Cast-Iron Teapot and Infuser.  For more information about Chinese tea, check out Great Teas of China by Roy Fong.

We hope we have piqued your thirst for knowledge with a better understanding of the world’s top tea producers as well as your thirst for tea!

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Tea Throughout Time – From Ancient China to America Today

A History Steeped in Legend

Perhaps the most beloved story describing the conception of tea (and there are a few!) is the tale of the Chinese emperor, Shennong.  Legend has it that in 2737BC Shennong was relaxing his tired bones in his garden and warming his ailing body with a boiling hot cup of water when a few leaves from a nearby tea tree happened to blow into his glass, changing the color and flavor of his beverage.  Shennong liked what he tasted, recognized its healing and restorative properties, and love for tea was born.  Whether or not this mythical story is true, we do know that the now worldwide adoration of tea began millennia ago in China.  From the ancient Far East, the cultivation and steeping of tea expanded to the modern Western world.  Today, tea is consumed and enjoyed on seven continents and its use has proliferated into virtually every culture.  At The Republic of Tea, we celebrate this diverse culture by offering many premium varieties of tea produced throughout the world and are excited to share tea’s rich history!

Growing Throughout the Eastern World

Some 2000 years after the discovery of tea in China, Buddhist priests next brought it into Japan.  Recognized as “the ultimate mental and medical remedy” by Zen priests, green tea became fundamental to the Japanese way of life.  If you find yourself wanting to sample a traditional Japanese tea, Sencha Kyoto tea is a perfect example of a modern Japanese standby.

The first recorded history of tea’s healing benefits arriving in Korea date back to the year 661.  Presently, Koreans commonly use herbal teas for refreshment and well-being.

The Vietnamese have begun to produce teas in recent years: mainly green tea, but also black, oolong, and antioxidant-rich Jasmine tea.  The heavenly aromas of our Asian Jasmine tea are sure to transport your mind and imagination to faraway fragrant tea plantations.

Oolong teas are also widely cultivated in Taiwan, which is famous for the invention of bubble tea; check out our bubble tea recipes to experience this unique delight for yourself!

British Invasion

In the 1600s, the Portuguese were involved in trading with China and first transported tea back to Portugal.  The marriage of King Charles II to a Portuguese princess at last brought tea to England, where the beverage became a fashionable drink of the English elite and the traditional tea party was born.  Today, full-bodied black teas are popular among the English.  Steep a pot of Earl Grey or English Breakfast tea served with milk and sugar to enjoy as the British do!

India’s introduction to tea came from the British as they endeavored to compete with Chinese production.  Today India is one of the largest tea producers in the world.  Leading teas in India are Assam and Darjeeling, both named for the regions in which they are produced.

Tea Arrives in America

The Dutch first imported tea to America in the 17th century, where many of the tea drinking customs of the English had been passed on to the original colonists.  Tea was so wildly popular and heavily consumed in early America that the British government made the mistake of drastically raising the import tax on tea.  This caused outrage among early Americans and led to The Boston Tea Party in 1773, a major tipping point in the American Revolution.  Who knew tea could cause such a stir!

With its many healing qualities, along with the wide variety of flavors, styles and origins, it is not surprising that tea continues to gain popularity throughout the world.

Enjoy a cup with us today!

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