Meet Our New Full-Leaf Pyramid Tea Bag Collection: Theo & Thea™
March 6, 2023
Citizens, say hello to our innovative new collection of full–leaf loose leaf pyramid teas: Theo & Thea™. Each of the gourmet, certified organic tea blends in this collection features a base of Nicaraguan roasted cacao bean and full–leaf China Keemun black tea, infused with rich and exotic ingredients from around the globe.
The collection name, Theo & Thea, refers to theobromine and L–theanine — two of the naturally occurring beneficial compounds in these blends. Cacao, “the food of the gods,” delivers theobromine while full–leaf black tea, “the cup of enlightenment,” supplies L–theanine.
The marriage of cacao and tea — along with other premium herbs, spices and flavors — makes Theo & Thea a truly global and gourmet sipping experience. The robust dark chocolate flavor of roasted cacao beans dances in harmony with the smooth taste of full–leaf Keemun black tea, which has plenty of space to unfurl in our spacious pyramid tea bags.
Delight in these deliciously rich, satisfying and mood–boosting blends anytime you desire. Keep reading to learn more about this collection and discover all the exquisite benefits.
Theo & Thea Tea Collection
Theo & Thea teas feature two delicious superfoods that have been used for millennia to lift one’s spirits: cacao beans and black tea leaves. We are proud to say that the teas in the Theo & Thea collection are our most indulgent yet — truly like dessert in a cup.
- Theo & Thea Caramel Coconut: Satiate your sweet tooth with the perfect combination of flavors: smooth caramel blended with tropical coconut, and a base of premium black tea and medium roast cacao.
- Theo & Thea Mint Chip Ice Cream: Satisfy your craving for ice cream with this nostalgic flavor combination: cool peppermint, vanilla ice cream flavor, chocolate and rich black tea.
- Theo & Thea Blood Orange Spice: Enliven your cup with notes of bright, zesty blood orange, rich vanilla and exotic cardamom layered over our fine black tea leaves and cacao.
- Theo & Thea Bananas Foster: Indulge in a cup that conjures up the classic dessert flavors of bananas cooked in butter, rum and cinnamon, then topped with vanilla ice cream, over a base of premium black tea and cacao.
In the process of crafting this collection, we meticulously taste tested cacao beans from around the world and at various roasting levels. We found that medium–roasted cacao from Nicaragua had the smooth, rich, chocolatey flavor we were searching for.
Our cacao beans are sustainably sourced from an organic farm in Nicaragua, where they are grown under safe and fair work conditions. We use the entire cacao bean (husk and nibs), which imparts additional flavor and antioxidants.
After finalizing our choice of cacao beans, we experimented with blending them with various black teas, and discovered that the layered chocolate and wine notes of China Keemun black tea matched best.
A touch of monk fruit adds natural sweetness that accentuates the flavors of the tea for a full dessert experience. Theo & Thea teas contain no added sugar, and are naturally low in calories and carbs for a guilt–free indulgence.
Because the cocoa butter is not separated out when processing cacao, a tiny bit makes its way into your cup. You may notice a small amount of oil at the surface of the steeped cup — this is part of what makes Theo & Thea teas so rich and decadent.
About Our Pyramid Tea Bags
Each tin of Theo & Thea tea contains 14 large, commercially compostable pyramid sachets. The sachets are made of BPA–free polylactic acid resin derived from renewable resources like corn starch or sugar cane. They are completely free of overwraps, tags, strings and staples.
Why have we opted for pyramid tea bags? They play an important role in making Theo & Thea our most deliciously rich and satisfying tea collection yet.
Pyramid tea bags deliver all the convenience of a traditional tea bag, with the premium quality and flavor of full-leaf loose tea.
These roomy pyramid–shaped sachets allow plenty of space for the whole tea leaves to unfurl and release their full flavor into the infusion. Additionally, the size of the tea bags accommodates a large quantity of whole cacao beans for a more intense taste.
As you pour hot water into the cup over the sachets, watch as the tea leaves expand and open. Theo & Thea teas require a steeping time of 7–10 minutes to get full extraction of the cacao beans.
Meet Theo: What Is Theobromine?
Theobromine is a molecule that naturally exists in a variety of plants — most notably cacao. Its chemical structure is similar to that of caffeine, and it is considered to be a natural stimulant that may provide a boost of physical and mental energy.* Possible benefits of theobromine include enhanced cognitive function and mood, without the unwanted side effects caused by caffeine.*
Meet Thea: What Is L–theanine?
L-theanine is an amino acid that is found in certain plant species, including the tea plant Camellia sinensis. At realistic dietary doses, L–theanine may elevate serotonin, dopamine and GABA levels in the brain — neurotransmitters that play a role in regulating mood, emotions, sleep and cognition.* Green tea in particular contains high levels of L–theanine, so we have added organic green tea extract to Theo & Thea teas.*
We have crafted Theo & Thea teas to be our most innovative and indulgent blends yet. Tea meets truffle in these nostalgic, guilt–free infusions. Steep a cup whenever the craving strikes, and enjoy sip by delicious sip.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.