Posts in the ‘Tea Talk’ Category

‘Tis the Season for Chai!

With fall settling in and winter creeping up, more and more people are looking for those key tastes that signify this time of year; behold chai! So, what is Chai? “…the word “chai” simply means “tea,” to the mainstream US consumer it means a heavily spiced tea, usually sweetened and most likely with milk or

The 411 on Lemongrass

We all know that lemon is good for you, but what about Lemongrass? Here are a some fun facts about lemongrass and it’s common uses. Lemongrass’ Latin Name is  Cymbopogon citratus; it is native to India and parts of Asia, lemongrass is a common ingredient in Asian-inspired cuisine, enhancing soups and curries. This perennial grass

What is a Tea Leaf Grade?

No we don’t mean that tea goes to school, however tea does get grades based on the quality of the tea leaves after processing. Grading tea leaves is complicated and is done differently in different countries. The most extensive grading is found in black teas, followed by green teas. The most basic or the first

Epic Tea Time

We found a video on today… enjoy folks! Video: Epic Tea Time                                 Now that is an epic tea time!   References: (7/22/2014 at 12 pm PST)

Artistic Japanese Sweets

 In Japanese tea art and culture there is a wide array of small, beautiful, artistic Japanese sweets known as Wagashi.   Wagashi first were developed in the Nara period ( Japan: 710-784 AD), and developed into an art form during the Edo period (Japan: 1600-1867 AD). They are made from rice flour, kanten (gelatin made

The Facts on Stevia

Here are some key facts on the natural sweetener Stevia… Stevia(Stevia rebaudiana) is an herb in the sunflower family, and can be affectionately referred to as “sweet leaf” or “sugar leaf.”. Extracts from the stevia plant are known to be incredibly sweet; in fact it’s about 300x the sweetness of sugar.   So what makes

What is Yerba Mate?

What is Yerba Mate? Information taken from Yerba maté (Ilex paraguariensis) is a South American, subtropical, evergreen species of the holly family, growing as a shrub or a small tree in Argentina, southern Chile, and eastern Paraguay, western Uruguay, and western Brazil. The infusion called maté is prepared by steeping dry leaves in hot,

Valentine’s Day Ideas

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and we have just set up our center table in the shop to spur some ideas for your loved ones this holiday. Check it out!             Winter Sampler: Chocolate-Cream-Truffle Rooibos Tea Taj Mahal Flavored Black Tea Old Love Fruit Blend Stimulating Wellness Blend Glass Teapots

Dessert Teas – a new healthy alternative for sweets!

After a season of all things rich, buttery, and sweet it might appear to be time to give the desserts a rest… or not. The growing popularity of tea has yielded a new category: “dessert teas”: teas developed, marketed, and sold to deliver dessert in a cup. The term “dessert tea” is generally applied to

Tea for Hydration: The Facts

It would be hard to avoid the message that everyone should be drinking more water for hydration- eight 8-ounce glasses each day. Right? Not necessarily. The concept of “8 by 8” became ingrained in society for the body’s hydration, as did the belief that only water would do. Common wisdom was that tea would make

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