Category: Teas

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Guayusa

Guayusa is a type of tea that is made from holly leaves grown in the Amazon. Technically not a traditional tea because it is made from Ilex guayusa instead of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis, it is, however, considered an herbal tea. Evidence suggests it is an excellent source of antioxidants and vitamins. Guayusa is often compared to the South American tea yerba mate, but lacking the bitter taste. A traditional morning drink in Ecuador for thousands of years, guayusa…

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Lapsang Souchong

Lapsang Souchong Tea is a Chinese black tea native to the mountainous Wuyi region, in the province of Fujian. Also known as smoked tea, these dark twisted leaves attain a smoky flavour and fragrance because they are smoke dried over pinewood fires. Lapsang Souchong tea can replace coffee. The powerful antioxidants in Lapsang Souchong are able to lower blood pressure, stabilize your blood sugar levels, and so reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Featured Blend: Russian Caravan

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China Black

Black tea, known to the Chinese as red tea, is the most common product of the tea bush, produced by encouraging freshly picked tea leaves to darken with large amount of cellular oxidation. Black tea is consumed all over the world, although it is the least popular style of tea in China. Although not a common notion in the West, the Chinese understand that we need to find internal balance between cooling and warming. This balance between hot and cold, wet and dry, internal and external, ascending and descending is essential for maintaining health. Tea has the remarkable ability to warm cold disorders and to cool warm disorders. It has the ability to drain excess dampness from the body, while moistening dryness. Problems with digestion would be an indication that the body is too cool and a warming tea would be appropriate. Black tea possesses important antioxidant polyphenols theaflavins and thearubigins, which have significant cardiovascular benefits.

Featured Blend: Madam Grey, Puss In Boots, Russian Caravan

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Keemun

The aroma of Keemun is fruity, with hints of pine, dried plum and floweriness (but not at all as floral as Darjeeling tea) which creates the very distinctive and balanced taste. It also displays a hint of orchid fragrance and the so-called ‘China tea sweetness. The tea can have a more bitter taste and the smokiness can be more defined depending on the variety and how it was processed. Until a mistake, this tea had always been processed as a green…

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Green Maté

European explorers first learned of Green Mate in 1592 from the native tribes. Today, the pounded leaves of the caá, known as “erva mate” to those who now live in the lands of the Guarani, are used to brew a rich, stimulating tea, held to be synonymous with health, vitality and long life. Dating back to the time of the Indians, the custom of drinking Green Mate in a gourd has come to symbolize a lot for the peoples of southern…

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Peony White

White tea dates back as far as the T’ang Dynasty (618-907 AD) and soon became the choice of royal courts. White tea did not undergo much change until 1885 when specific varietals of tea bushes were selected to make Silver Needle and other specialty white teas. Chinese exportation of these fine teas began in 1891. Recent studies reveal that white teas have moreantioxidant or cancer fighting benefits (polyphenols) than green tea. Rare, striking in appearance, and pleasant tasting, white tea gets its…

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Rooibos

Rooibos is a broom-like member of the legume family of plants growing in South Africa. This plant has very similar growth and flowers to the red bush. The specific name linearis  comes from the plant’s linear growing structure and needle-like leaves. Featured Blend: Macaroon Rooibos

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Oolong Formosa

Oolong is a traditional Chinese tea somewhere between green and black in oxidation, it ranges from 10% to 70% oxidation. Oolong tea offers tea enthusiasts a wide-ranging choice of styles, aromas, and flavors. In traditional Chinese tea shops oolong tea is sold as “wulong” or “black dragon” tea. Perhaps this tea is so named because its appearance resembles the twisting silhouette of the mystical Chinese dragon, which suggests authority and nobility. Featured Blend: Acai Oolong

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Sencha Green

Green tea is tea made solely with the leaves of Camellia sinensis that have undergone minimal oxidation during processing. Green tea originates from China and has become associated with many cultures in Asia from Japan to the Middle East. In Japan, tea should exhibit three necessary characteristics: good aroma, good taste, and good appearance. Featured Blend: Green Nirvana

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Darjeeling

Darjeeling is grown high in the Himalayas above 7000 feet in cool misty conditions. Darjeeling tea is often called the “champagne of black tea” for they produce a liquor that is light, spicy-sweet, and smooth, which literally falls into its own category. Featured Blend: Queen’s Breakfast

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Ceylon

Until 1870, Sri Lanka had no clue about tea or its cultivation. Their major crop was coffee. In the year 1869, a major leaf virus broke out and destroyed almost all coffee crops. Then the tea cultivation of ceylon started in Sri Lanka. Ceylon tea is rich in antioxidants and therefore helps in lowering the risk of getting cancer, it also has lots of antioxidants which help in reducing cholesterol levels thereby preventing high blood pressure and heart attacks. Featured…

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Assam

Assam is a black tea named after the region of its production (Assam, India). This tea grown at sea level is known for its body, briskness, malty flavor, and strong, bright color. Tea drinkers in England, Ireland, Scotland, and parts of Europe believe strong black tea should be drunk with milk and sugar. India and Sri Lanka, along with Kenya, produce the largest quantities of black tea. Featured Blend: Rose Chai, Queen’s Breakfast