What better way to celebrate the holidays than to bundle up, grab some Art of Tea, and take a stroll down Candy Cane Lane. All of the bright lights, Christmas decor, and holiday tunes playing are a sure way to put you in a jolly mood.
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As we welcome the month of December, the temperatures have dropped and the air has a cold bite to it (even in Los Angeles, it has been getting pretty chilly at night!) What better way to stay warm than a nice hot cup of Art of Tea, a fire and good conversation. See our snowed in guide for what we think include all the fixings of a wonderful evening indoors.
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It seems like it wasn’t too long ago that I was writing a new year’s resolution post about the paleo diet. With the year almost over, I’m inspired to look back at my personal goals and declarations I made at the beginning of the year. One of my resolutions was to show gratitude daily.
In light of Thanksgiving tomorrow, it seems even more fitting to talk about giving thanks. When I think of Thanksgiving, I immediately think of an indulgent meal with turkey and all the fixings enjoyed with family and friends. Not to mention the following day is known as Black Friday, a day devoted to getting what you want and need or think you need. It’s easy to forget that this is a holiday of gratitude. I made gratitude a part of my resolution to remind myself to step back from all the daily commotion in life. These include material things I may want or things I need to do. Rather I wanted to focus on being grateful for the present, for things I have and people who are a part of my life now. I wanted to focus on being more aware of my surroundings and appreciate life like a flower blooming, a sunset, or the sound of the waves crashing. I think it’s so important to acknowledge what and who you are grateful for in life and express it as often as you can. Showing gratitude can be as simple as smiling back at someone.
The recent natural disaster, Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, which is where many of my relatives currently live. Fortunately, they were not directly affected, but this tragedy is yet another reminder to be thankful. There are many things in life taken for granted, so I invite you to join me in giving thanks and expressing this gratitude more often. You can start by making a list of things you are grateful for. Look at this list whenever you’re having a challenging day, and it might change your perspective of your bad day. Add on and share the list with someone you love.
Coupled with showing gratitude, it’s a great time to revisit tapping out of technology to tap in to tea. Since tea has natural calming effects for the body, this is the perfect vessel to continue the positivity. Last May, Art of Tea spearheaded a digital detox campaign to unplug from the digital age of phones, computers, social media, etc. to focus on a tea experience to refocus on the beauty and appreciation of life. Check out the post for more details. Happy Thanksgiving!
Melissa is the Business Development Manager at Art of Tea. Contact her directly with any feedback, ideas or questions via Google+.
In our neck of the woods, it’s finally beginning to cool off after our extended summer and come into the perfect weather to curl up with a cup of tea. A time-honored brew to warm you up from the inside during these cooler months is a Chai Masala, or tea with spices. In India, every Chai-wallah has their own special recipe to create this sweet, rich treat. And now you can make your very own Chai Masala from scratch by following these simple steps:
(makes four 8 oz servings)
10 tsp Tali’s Masala Chai
2 cups hot water
2 cups milk
Sugar to taste
Simmer 10 tsp of Tali’s Masala Chai in 2 cups of hot water for 3 minutes. Add milk and sugar (normally 4 tsp) and bring to a simmer. Do not allow to boil. Strain and serve.
You can also substitute other darker, rich black teas in this recipe. Suggestions might be Pumpkin Spice Chai, Cinnamon Fig, or try it with our Classic Black for a Royal Milk Tea.
What better way to enjoy chilled iced teas including 2QT Iced Teas than with the Takeya 2QT Iced Tea Maker. This chic and functional tea maker is brought to you by award-winning specialty tea store Art of Tea, which offers over 200 teas and accessories including their delectable 2QT Iced Tea range of teas.
Whether you love to sip on black, green, organic, white, rooibos, or caffeine-free teas, among many others, you are sure to find a wide range of teas that can rejuvenate your body and mind with each heavenly sip. Many of Art of Tea’s delicious teas have won awards and are featured in several health and food magazines.
Whether you love your teas hot or cold, you need a reliable iced tea maker that enables you to steep and store tea without any spillage. Art of Tea offers the Takeya 2QT Iced Tea Maker that combines sleek design with a removable infuser and airtight twist cap. This chic tea maker is made from BPA free AcraGlassthat can steep and store 660 oz or 2 quart of hot or iced tea.
In fact, you can steep loose leaf tea in 3 different ways in the Takeya 2QT Iced Tea Maker. You can opt for hot brew, cold brew, or flash chill to end up with lip-smacking tea that can be sipped on all day long. This iced tea pitcher does not stain or retain any odor and can be quickly washed clean in your dishwasher.
You can now steep various teas including several award-winning teas offered by Art of Tea in your Takeya 2QT Iced Tea Maker.You can enjoy each tea break at work by sipping on delectable teas that are sourced from Art of Tea from different corners of the world. You can also use this iced tea maker to steep tea at home when you wish to beat the heat and relax with close friends and family.
In addition to ordering your own Takeya 2QT Iced Tea Maker, you can also opt for Art of Tea’s 2QT Iced Tea Kit that contains this sleek iced tea pitcher along with 4 of their delicious 2QT Iced Tea pouches that can be chosen from 8 unique flavors. You can also gift this stylish and practical iced tea maker to loved ones.
So, when you want to steep and sip from over 200 tea varieties available at Art of Tea in a chic iced tea maker that retains the unique flavor of each tea then look no further. You only need to visit Art of Tea’s online store at www.artoftea.com or can use the direct link http://www.artoftea.com/catalog/takeya-iced-maker-p-532.html to quickly get your very own Takeya 2QT Iced Tea Maker.
Start Wholesaling with Wholesale Herbal Teas from Art of Tea
At a time when good and profitable businesses are hard to come by, you can tie up with a formidable specialty tea company from Los Angeles and start wholesaling with wholesale herbal teas. Your herbal tea wholesale business will pick up from the very first day once you tie up with Art of Tea, a company that has strong brand value and several award-winning teas in its fantastic range of teas.
You need not physically visit our warehouse since Art of Tea has an in-depth online specialty tea store that will help you register quickly as a wholesaler, place your orders, make online payments, and get started within no time at all for approved customers only. Once you are approved as a wholesaler, you can get access to their detailed tea catalogue and order from a wide range of green, white, black, blooming, oolong, puerh, caffeine-free, and dessert teas along with several tea accessories.
You can conveniently order wholesale black tea that possesses enthralling flavor as well as equally exciting names such as their award winning Biodynamic Darjeeling, Classic Black, Earl Grey, Lychee Peach, Passionfruit Jasmine, and many other teas that will surely win accolades from your customers as well.
In these health-conscious times, you should certainly offer healthy and tasty green teas to your customers. You can order for wholesale green tea from Art of Tea and sell them to neighborhood cafes, spas, restaurants, hotels, and can even open your very own quaint specialty tea store for walk-in customers.
All teas available at Art of Tea have been sourced by its founder and master tea blender Steve Schwartz who travels all around the globe to bring fresh and unique teas. These teas are further sorted, packed, and blended by Steve along with his expert team. In addition to countless awards, their Summer Peach Iced Tea recently won first Place in at the World Tea Expo 2013 in the flavored black iced tea category.
It won’t take time to establish yourself as a reputable tea wholesaler if you get it right the first time around. Art of Tea offers you over 200 delectable organic and specialty teas at affordable prices from their actual and online store. You only need to place minimum orders of as low as 3 lbs, which include three different teas of 1 lb each. Can it get any more convenient?
With consumption of tea rising all over the globe, you merely need to offer top-quality and fantastic-tasting teas to your customers. You can quickly and conveniently order for wholesale herbal tea, wholesale black tea, and wholesale green tea, among several other teas and accessories atwww.artoftea.com. Visit their wholesale section to learn about how to turn into a wholesaler in no time at all.
For ages across the globe, brides and grooms have been infusing tea into their wedding festivities. Whether it’s giving away wedding tea favors, serving tea to guests or incorporating a tea ceremony, a growing interest in tea is prevalent in weddings. For the Chinese, serving tea is a symbol of respect, so it is typical to have a tea ceremony during the nuptials. A wedding tea ceremony has become a popular ritual many couples partake in regardless of their cultural traditions and practices.
When I went to China in 2010, I attended a Chinese wedding where the couple engaged in the customary tea ceremony. After the vows were exchanged, the bride and groom prepared a pot of tea and poured tea into small teacups for each parent. First, the bride offered the tea to the groom’s parents one at a time posing the questions, “Would you like a cup of tea, Dad?” and “Would you like a cup of tea, Mom?” Each parent responded yes to symbolize the acceptance and welcome of their new daughter into their family. The groom followed in the same respect.
Tea ceremonies like this vary from country to country and from traditional to modern. The Chinese usually host two separate tea ceremonies for the bride and groom’s families. Timing, location and people involved depend on the couple. Traditionally, the groom’s family is served first. If the couple chooses to also serve extended family, elders are first and the rest follow in seniority. After the tea is served, each person presents gold jewelry for the bride or a lucky red envelope with money to the couple. In a Vietnamese tea ceremony, the parents will impart marriage advice and guidance after they are served tea.
With wedding season in our midst, it’s perfect timing to highlight Art of Tea’s wedding tea, Now & Forever. While tea choice for a wedding tea ceremony is subjective based on cultural or personal preference, Now & Forever was handcrafted marrying organic green tea with organic oolong tea adorned with jasmine flowers and rose petals. The harmonious blend boasts light and round plum-like, fruity notes.
Additionally, Art of tea offers wedding favor options. Because the interest in tea has heightened, tea favors are trending. You can send your guests home with personalized tin favors using our artisan tea tins, to carry any of our hand blended, award winning teas. We have close to 200 teas and tisanes with the widest selection of organic and fair trade blends. We have monogrammed small tins to carry your choice of two blooming tea bulbs, two teabag sachets or Now & Forever. We have tea ceremony samplers as well that hold your choice of any two teabag sachets. We can even create a custom blend that will uniquely represent your union.
Melissa is the Business Development Manager at Art of Tea. Contact her directly with any feedback, ideas or questions via Google+.
In the month of May, we are dedicating 8 minutes of each work day to tap out of technology and tap into a tea experience. This “8 Minute Digital Detox With Tea” campaign will challenge you daily to unplug yourself from all your devices- computers, phones, and other social gadgets to focus on the ritual of preparing tea.
Since tea has been used universally for over 5000 years as a natural remedy for the mind and body, tea is the perfect vessel to reconnect with yourself. Tea is typically known to calm the mind, ignite focus and awareness, and sooth the body. Disconnect from technology to reconnect with yourself. Find a quiet space where you are not tempted to respond to an email or text. You can even set aside a box to hold your cell phone, iPad, and all other electronic devices. Join us in tapping out of technology to tap into tea!
Why 8 Minutes?
We usually get a 10 minute break during a work day, so we invite you to use 8 of those minutes to hone in on the art of tea, so to speak. Most teas take 3 to 5 minutes to steep. Tisanes or caffeine free blends can steep longer at 5 to 7 minutes, so it is manageable to prepare tea within an 8 minute cap. Also, the number 8 is a lucky number in China, which is where we source many of our teas.
Day One- My Tea Ritual
I chose to steep an oolong tea called Bao Zhong Pouchong to kick off this digitox cleanse. First, I prepared my Smart Tea Maker by adding two heaping teaspoons of tea. Then, I poured hot water over the leaves. I quickly gathered my teapot and perfect tea timer, and headed outside. I set my pot down and watched the leaves infuse into the water for the remaining 2 minutes. I could see the leaves slowly dancing in the water, which is known as the agony of the leaves. Oolongs are especially eye catching to witness steep because like Bao Zhong Pouchong, the leaves are more tightly rolled and twisted. When the leaves are submerged in hot water, they dance as they unfurl during steeping. After multiple steeps, the leaves fully unravel, so you can see the full size of the leaves expanded in the pot.
While I took a few sips, I purposely engaged my senses to focus on my surroundings. It was a beautiful and sunny California day with a slight, cool breeze. I could smell the garden of white roses blooming beside me. I could even hear birds nearby chirping in the midst of cars driving pass. The warm cup of tea was comforting and perpetuated a serene ambiance.
This was my first time tasting Bao Zhong Pouchong. I could tell by the green color of the dry leaves that this oolong was less oxidized than others. It tasted similar to a green tea. It had sweet yet buttery notes that created a well-balanced flavor on my palate. The steeped leaves created a champagne hue and smelled mildly floral.
When I returned to my desk, I felt less stressed and rejuvenated to finish the rest of my work day. My tea experience provided a little escape from constant emails and text messages this digital age allows at the touch of a button. It was delightful to step away from all my technology and intentionally indulge in a moment to enjoy tea.
Now it’s your turn. Join us in our “8 Minute Digital Detox With Tea”. Learn more tips and facts, and share your digitox thoughts and pictures on our Facebook page. Click on tab: #8MINDIGITOX. We would love to hear about your digital detox experiences. Remember, take your pictures and post on social media networks after the 8 minutes. Drink tea, and be well!
Melissa is the Business Development Manager at Art of Tea. Contact her directly with any feedback, ideas or questions via Google+.
For all the jasmine lovers, you are in for a treat. Art of Tea now carries Jasmine Rings exclusively until our supply runs out. This premium green tea from Fujian, China is similar in quality and flavor to Jasmine Pearls. As the jasmine flowers naturally impart a lasting aroma and flavor, the effect is more intense in the Jasmine Rings. Supreme quality green tea leaves alone (unlike Jasmine Pearls, which contain the leaf and bud) are handpicked and carefully hand rolled into rings.
As I cupped the tea, I noticed the dry, silvery and pearly green leaves that formed into unique, varying ringlets. I watched the leaves unfurl slightly as I poured the hot water over them. The steeped leaves were just as beautiful dry because the ringlets were still intact but looser. The leaves were a brownish green and engulfed by the jasmine’s fresh and organic floral scent. I took one sip, and I was immediately overwhelmed with the floral notes of the jasmine. This tea is so delicate and pure that a mere two minutes is just the right amount of time to infuse.
I also re-steeped the rings twice more. With each steep, it was entertaining to see how the ringlets uncurled further and still released a consistently robust jasmine perfume. The re-steeped leaves had a more mild and balanced jasmine flavor that wasn’t quite as overpowering as my first steep. I found the tea to taste better each time.
In response to common inquires we receive daily, we have compiled FAQs for your convenience. Browse through these commonly asked questions with our responses to hopefully equip you with more knowledge about Art of Tea, the ordering processing and general facts about tea and products we carry. Let us know if we’re missing anything!
Q. Is Art of Tea committed to sustainable business practices?
A. Our mission is to offer the highest quality, organically grown teas available. We purchase our tea directly from small farms and co-ops from around the world, providing families in developing countries with a fair price for their goods. We also buy fair trade teas that are authorized by FairTrade USA, ensuring fair working conditions, fair wages and a better life for tea workers from eleven countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America.
We, at Art of Tea have an optimistic vision of the future and a comprehensive strategy to implement that vision. Our sense of personal environmental responsibility is evident in our commitment to practices that contribute to the sustainability of our planet and the communities in which we live and work.
For more information on our sustainability efforts, read more about Sustainable Tea.
Q. What are Art of Tea’s Core Values?
A. We established the following core values, which define what is truly important to us here at the Art of Tea:
- Treat Every Product as if it is Our Only Product. Treat Every Customer as if They are Our Only Customer
- Build Relationships with Positive Mindfulness and Teamwork
- Be Humble, Curious and Grateful
- Wisely Manage Company Resources
- Pursue Continuous Improvement and Innovation
- Commit to Sustainable Business Practices
- Teach to Learn
- Be Excellent, Be Committed, Be Enthusiastic
Q. Why does Art of Tea directly source their teas and botanicals?
A. Directly sourcing our teas and botanicals means our teas will always be innovative and of premium quality, ensuring a truly memorable Art of Tea experience. Through direct import, we maintain a fresh and continuously replenished inventory year round, which we then hand blend, custom craft and pack by hand.
Q. Where may I purchase your teas?
A. Our teas can be purchased directly through our website by visiting our online store and while we do not currently have any Art of Tea retail locations, our teas can be found in a wide range of locations with clients ranging from five-star resorts in Maui, teahouses in Beverly Hills, to cafés, retail outlets and restaurants throughout North America. Some of our partners include Cheesecake Factory, Whole Foods, Wolfgang Puck, Tao Restaurant Group and Benihana.
Art of Tea has also been featured in Oprah, The Today Show, Martha Stewart and Food & Wine magazine, among many other popular media outlets.
Q. Can I sell Art of Tea in my establishment?
A. Absolutely! To be eligible for a wholesale account with Art of Tea, you must be in a business that is retailing or manufacturing the products that you are buying, or in a business that uses the products to service the public. A business license or resale number is required, where applicable. If you have any questions about whether or not you qualify for an account, please contact us at (877) 268-8327.
Q. How Do I apply for a wholesale account?
A. We encourage you to apply for a wholesale account by clicking on the link below. Please note that new accounts must first be approved to gain access to the wholesale catalog.
Q. Do you offer tea training?
A. We offer exclusive training programs designed around your needs. We work with top restaurants and hotels to create training programs that will enhance the quality of tea service for years to come. By creating a one on one tea sommelier training program, you can train multiple departments and elevate your tea program into an experience that is unique, educational and fun for your guests to refer to as the place to learn about and enjoy tea.
To find out more about staff training and our tea sommelier program, contact us directly at (877) 268-8327. Outside the US, you may reach us directly at (213) 493-6518.
We also have focused tea tasting classes scheduled for those who are simply passionate about tea and want to learn more. For a full listing of our upcoming events and ticketing options, please visit our event page.
Q. Do you use social media?
A. For the most up-to-date information on Art of Tea, be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. We frequently post a lot of great information about our teas as well as exclusive discounts and promotions for our followers. You can also subscribe to our blog to read about tea-related topics, contests, fun recipes using our tea, and more.
Q. What does my order status mean? (Pending, Processing, Shipped)
A. If your order is marked as “Pending” it means it has been successfully submitted to Art of Tea, but your credit card has not yet been processed. If your order is marked as “Processing” it means your credit card has been processed and your order is in production. If your order is marked as “Shipped” it is in transit and an email has been sent with tracking information to the email address on your account.
Q. What are your order turnaround times?
A. In an effort to maintain a fresh and continuously replenished inventory year round, all teas are hand blended and hand packed once we receive your order. Most orders are produced in 1-3 business days.
Q. How do I change my order?
A. If your order is still marked as “Pending” and needs to be adjusted, please email us immediately via our Contact page or call us directly at (877) 268-TEAS, and we would be happy to help make any changes.
Q. What is your return policy?
A. All items are guaranteed up to 30 days of receipt for store credit. If you are unsatisfied with your products, we will gladly issue a store credit for your purchased price, excluding shipping charges. For more information, please contact us or (877) 268-TEAS.
Q. How do I qualify for free shipping?
A. Retail orders over $75 qualify for free shipping. To redeem, enter the coupon code ILUVT at checkout, and the discount will be applied to your order. Please note that the coupon code ILUVT is required to receive free shipping and only applies to standard flat rate shipping in the Continental US. Other coupons or offers cannot be combined with ILUVT.
Q. Is it safe to use my credit card on your website?
Q. What forms of payment do you accept?
A. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. We do not currently accept personal checks, money orders, international wire transfers, PayPal, or Smart Cards.
Q. How can I track my order?
A. A notification of shipment is sent to the email address you provide with your Art of Tea account. The email you receive will contain either a UPS or US Mail tracking number, which can be used to check the status of your shipment via www.ups.com or www.usps.com.
Q. Can I ship to a PO Box?
A. Yes. All orders placed with a PO BOX shipping address will arrive via US Mail, as UPS cannot ship to PO Boxes.
Q. How soon will I receive my order?
A. This will vary based on the amount of orders in our system at any given time, as well as your location and shipping method chosen. Orders take approximately 1-3 business days for processing as all teas are hand blended and hand packed to order. Your order will ship from our facility in Southern California. Please refer to our Shipping Policy for more information.
Q. How many teas do you have?
A. We have close to 200 teas in our permanent collection. We frequently introduce and feature new teas for each upcoming season including holidays.
Q. Are your teas always guaranteed to be fresh?
A. We are committed to the quality and consistency of our teas. Whether you purchase your tea during summer or winter, we guarantee it will always be the same great taste and freshness you love. We taste hundreds of teas monthly to ensure each batch of tea adheres to our rigorous quality standards.
Q. Why can’t I find my favorite Art of Tea product on your website?
A. There are numerous reasons why certain teas or teaware may become discontinued or temporarily unavailable. It could be because it was a seasonal tea, or we might not be able to source specific teas or ingredients necessary to make the blend (whether it be because of weather or climate conditions, price or scarcity of ingredients), or it could just be that it isn’t a big mover for us, and we are clearing space for an even more exciting tea or blend. In any case, use the search box found at the upper righthand corner of the Art of Tea website to check the availability of a product. You can also use this tool to search the entire site for specific tea ingredients.
Q. Will my favorite seasonal tea be back next year?
A. While we do try our best to bring back our most popular seasonal teas each year, we can’t always be sure. Often seasonal teas and blends are dependent on availability of certain ingredients and subject to harvesting and weather conditions that may be outside of our control.
Q. What does “organic certified” mean?
A. A tea qualifies as “certified organic” when it’s been grown, processed and handled within the parameters of certain established international standards whose requirements include exclusive use of: purified garden soils, approved organic fertilizers & pest controls, processing methods, packaging, labeling, shipping, storage, handling, traceability and re-packing. All organic processes must be certified by an international agency and are strictly monitored. Our teas are certified by CCOF and we currently have the largest variety of organic tea blends available for purchase in the US.
Q. Are all of your teas organic certified?
A. Currently, about 85% of our teas are organic certified. Here are a few reasons why some of our selections cannot be certified organic: in most cases, it is because we are sourcing ingredients from small farms who cannot afford to pay for the certification, some ingredients in our blends may not be organic compliant or the tea is a seasonal offering and will only be offered for a short amount of time so we don’t process the paperwork for organic certification.
Q. What does “fair trade certified” mean?
A. Fair trade practices help producers in under-developed countries have greater opportunities to acquire the resources they need to improve their livelihood by promoting fair wages for workers, building schools and hospitals, creating cultural centers, promoting gender equality and fighting against child labor in tea producing areas.
Q. Are all of your teas fair trade certified?
A. We are continuously improving our tea selections to include as many fair trade ingredients as possible. Right now, about 30% of our teas are fair trade certified and that number keeps growing!
Q. Are your teas Kosher?
A. All of our teas, tisanes, flavored or unflavored are Kosher. We have periodic Kosher certification inspections to ensure we meet the strict Orthodox Union standards.
Q. Where does tea come from?
A. All varietals of tea (black, green, oolong, white, & pu-erh) come from the camellia sinensis plant, which grows mainly in tropical and sub-tropical climates. What makes each tea different is how they are grown, harvested and processed.
Q. How many varietals of the camellia sinensis plant are there?
A. There are 3 principal varietals of the camellia sinensis plant that are used to cultivate tea: camellia sinensis sinensis (China, Japan), camellia sinensis assamica (India, Sri Lanka), and camellia sinensis cambod. From these main varietals, there are thousands of sub-varietals.
Q. What about Rooibos, Yerba Mate, and other herbals?
A. Technically, any “tea” that does not come from the camellia sinensis plant isn’t actually a “tea” at all. These herbs fit into their own categories. Rooibos, or “red tea”, comes from a South African bush. Rooibos, just like most herbal hot water infusions, is naturally caffeine free, yet it contains many of the same beneficial properties associated with tea and is part of the legume family. Yerba Mate and Guayusa are closely related cousins from the holly family and are native to South America. Yerba Mate and Guayusa have a slightly higher caffeine content than tea but not as much as coffee.
Q. What is the shelf life of your teas?
A. We give an 18 month shelf life to our unflavored teas and about 12 months to our flavored teas. Teas with natural flavor additives will have their flavor diminish over time, but do not expire. The shelf life of tea is largely dependent on how the tea is stored. Keeping your teas away from light, heat, and moisture will ensure the highest quality and longest shelf stability.
Q. How much tea should I use per cup?
A. The amount of tea recommended per cup varies by the type of tea being brewed. Please click on the following link for a chart featuring the various steeping times.
Q. Can I steep my tea more than once?
A. Many teas can and should be re-steeped. In many cases, the flavor profile will be unique with each steeping. Re-steeping is not necessarily recommended for tisanes. You should also only re-steep within the first couple of hours of the first infusion.
Q. Can I request a catalog?
A. In an effort to remain environmentally cautious, we currently do not offer printed catalogs. We encourage you to browse our online store for listings of our entire product line and descriptions of all of our teas.
Q. What is the best way to store my tea?
A. Teas are best stored dry, kept as air tight as possible, out of direct sunlight, and away from heat. Tea will absorb any surrounding aromas and can also be damaged by UV light. Our foil-lined re-sealable Kraft bags are an excellent way to store your tea.
Q. What kind of teas do you carry?
A. We carry a full line of teas including White, Green, Oolong, Black, Pu-erh, Tisanes and Ayurvedic teas. To learn more about the difference between the different types of teas, please visit our Learn About Tea page.
Q. What is Matcha?
A. Matcha is made from a shade grown green tea, known as Gyokuro, which is carefully steamed and meticulously dried. After the steaming process, the leaves are separated from the stems. The leaves alone, called tencha , are grounded into a powder called matcha. It is prepared by whisking the tea powder with hot water in a ceramic bowl. Matcha is the primary form of tea used in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. The sweet flavor of matcha is due to the amount of amino acids present in the tea and the higher the quality, the sweeter and deeper the flavor is.
Q. Are your teas Gluten free?
A. All of our teas are gluten free, although not all of our teas, botanicals and other ingredients come from gluten free certified suppliers.
Q. Do any of your teas contain nuts?
A. None of our teas contain nuts. As with gluten free, not all of our teas, botanicals or other ingredients come from certified nut free suppliers.
Q. How many calories are in a cup of tea?
A. A cup of unflavored tea has 0 calories.
A trace amount of calories may come from the fruit and or flavorings that are added.
Q. Do your teas contain any dairy/lactose/soy products?
A. The following tea blends have white chocolate containing dairy in them: Brewed Awakening and Vanilla Berry Truffle. The following tea blends do not have dairy although the chocolate is produced on equipment that has produced milk or soy products: Chocolate Monkey, Velvet, and Aztec Spice. Our Blueberry Cheesecake tisane contains a natural flavor additive with dairy components.
Q. What is the difference between natural and artificial flavoring?
A. Both flavorings are made in a laboratory by a trained professional, a flavorist, by blending either natural chemicals or synthetic chemicals to create a flavor. Natural flavors are those that are derived from nature and have not undergone any extreme physical processing conditions during development. Artificial flavors are essentially man made. Many artificial flavors contain natural ingredients as well as synthetically manufactured flavor material.
-ART OF TEA