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7 Tea-Inspired Throw Pillows

February 12, 2018

Drinking tea is a cozy experience. Add in a tea-inspired throw pillow and you might just melt. Any of these pillows are the perfect addition to you, your cuppa, and a good book on a cold day. Rest your back, your feet, or your head on any of these fluffy accents, and your tea’s sure to go down just right:

1) Rain, Tea & A Good Book

This adorable throw pillow from Pastel Trail will perfectly complement tea time on a rainy day.   The pillow is available in pink, purple, and pastel in a variety of sizes, ranging in cost from 14×14 inches for $20.99 to 20×20 inches for $29.99. It will look good on any couch, bed, or in any reading nook.

2) But First, Tea

This throw pillow from Latte Home gets right to the point: you need your tea. Perfect for the guy or gal who can’t even think about starting the day without her dose of earl grey or green tea. Available in a variety of colors, this throw pillow will look good anywhere tea drinkers are present.

3) Sweet Tea & Sunshine

This pillow cover from Sham Shack is a great addition to any outdoor patio set, especially in the summer, when the sun is shining and sweet tea’s on the menu. The pillow is handmade from burlap and available in a variety of sizes, so you can fit it over just about any old pillow you have for a cute makeover.

4) Boba Tea Pillow

If you’re looking for a truly unique accent pillow, opt for this boba tea-shaped pillow from The Branch and The Vine. Boba tea is all the rage, so this is a decidedly on-trend décor choice, and a perfect way to jazz up any bench, accent chair, or baby’s crib. The pillow is handmade from 100% polyester plush fabric. It comes in three sizes: small ($20.53), medium ($24.64), and large ($32.85).

5) Tea?

This pillow from Josephine Penelope UK is simply adorable, featuring an eye-catching pink pom-pom trim and a floral lettering design. Handmade at a countryside studio in Hampshire, England, each pillow measures 16×12 inches and is filled with ethically sourced duck feathers. Great as a kitchen or entryway accent for only $$22.15!

6) Tea Pot Pillow Cover

 This pillow cover from Kat and Dawg Designs is a beautiful way to transform any old pillow, and comes in two sizes: 16×16 inches or 18×18 inches. You can also select your preferred background color: light brown, grey blue, white, or off-white. This pillow cover will look great, and it’ll also make you feel great knowing that 10% of your purchase is donated to the cancer support center Wellspring London & Region.

7) Teacup Pillow

This teacup-shaped pillow from Sew Very Nifty is visually appealing and oh-so-comfy. Hand-stitched, it measures approximately 18x9x6 inches, is made of cotton, and retails for $28. It also has a little pocket where you can stash the book you’re reading.  The blue/green triangle pattern adds visual interest, and makes it perfect for green tea enthusiasts. Put this pillow on your bed, on an accent chair, or entryway bench for a pop of color and a dose of cozy.

Tea Health Benefits

Heal Your Skin With Tea

June 8, 2017

Skin problems aren’t just physical. They’re highly emotional. There’s nothing like a big zit or patch of eczema to steal your confidence right when you have a big speech to give or a date to impress. A trip to the dermatologist can be expensive, and perusing the skin care aisle at your local pharmacy can feel overwhelming. But what if the answer to your skinpocalypse was in your teabag? Lucky for us, what’s inside tea—notably, antioxidants—gives your favorite drink a ton of dermatological benefits. Same goes for tea-infused topicals like facemasks and pastes. The skincare boost you’ve been looking for may already be in your cabinet!

Tea Health Wellness

 

Here’s why, briefly:

Tea contains antioxidants. That’s one of those words everybody uses, but what does it really mean? Your body contains something called “free radicals.” These are toxic atoms or molecules that damage cells by oxidizing them, which impedes their ability to function properly and ultimately causes annoying problems like acne and other fun skin problems. But antioxidants work against free radicals by making them to non-toxic. Basically, they cancel out the bad stuff free radicals do, getting rid of your zits and reducing your risk for skin cancer along the way.

Since tea contains antioxidants, it’s an ideal beverage to boost your skin’s health and appearance. Here’s how a few of our favorite teas can improve your skin:

1) Green Tea

Green tea decreases age-related skin inflammation and protects against sunburns. Plus, it reduces dark under-eye patches. When used as a topical in mask form, green tea exfoliates skin and reduces excess oil. Buh-bye shine, hello beautiful, radiant skin. For another trick, try splashing cold green tea directly on your face and watching your large pores shrink right before your eyes. Green tea’s also known to fight acne. Look for products containing at least 1% ECGG (an antioxidant in green tea) and your zits won’t know what hit ‘em. And did we mention consuming green tea fights cancer? What a showoff.

2) Chamomile

People have been using chamomile tea to treat skin problems since the days of the ancient Egyptian and Roman empires. Chamomile tea’s great for fighting dry, patchy skin and inflammatory conditions like rashes and acne. It can also be used to diminish the appearance of pesky acne scars. You can even use a cold chamomile tea bag as a compress to soothe and minimize bug bites. Who knew?

3) Oolong Tea

Feeling younger than you look? An oolong-infused paste can reduce wrinkles, dark spots, and age spots.

4) Kombucha

As we age, our skin naturally gets less elastic. But kombucha improves your skin’s elasticity, giving you a more youthful appearance by reducing lines and wrinkles.

5) Ginger Tea

Patchy, uneven skin got you down? Try drinking ginger tea, known to reduce uneven skin tone. And you thought you needed makeup for that!

7) Oregon Grape Tea

Your gut and your skin are pretty well connected. Oftentimes, a problem in your intestines shows up on your face. Oregon Grape tea contains herbs that detoxify the liver and kidneys, helping clear up the root causes of problems like eczema, acne, psoriasis, and other inflammatory issues.

8) Burdock Root Tea

Burdock removes waste from cells inside the liver, kidney, gall bladder, and lymph system, eradicating the toxins that would otherwise build up and cause perspiration, which in turn causes a bevy of skin problems like acne and eczema. Burdock tea starts acts at the cellular level and works from the inside out to keep your body from becoming overridden with bad stuff that eventually shows itself as a rash, pimple, boil, or carbuncle.

 

 

Types of Tea

Get Going With Tea Energy Drinks

February 28, 2017

The energy drink sector is dominated by beverages like Red Bull and Monster, but tea producers are aiming for a piece of the $61 billion dollar-pie. After consumers’ health concerns caused growth in the energy drink market to dip in 2013, producers looked to tea to give consumers a natural, healthy alternative.  If you’re in need of a morning boost or an afternoon pick-me-up, a supercharged energy tea drink may be just what you need.  Here are a few options to get you buzzed:

1) Steep a Hi-CAF Tea Bag 

Steep a Hi-CAF Tea Bag

Republic of Tea launched a line of Hi-CAF tea bags in 2014. The company promises these teas produce a “calm alertness” that they call Tea Mind®. Green tea extract and pure caffeine extracted from premium tea leaves combine to give these teas their high caffeine content. A black tea bag contains around 50 mg and a cup of coffee contains around 100 mg of caffeine, but these tea bags elevate cups of tea to caffeine levels between 100 and 150 mg. Black tea flavors include: Cinnamon Toast, Toasted Coconut, Caramel, Pom-berry, and regular black. A gingermint green tea is also available. Each tin of 50 tea bags sells for $13.

2) Chug Fair Trade & Organic Energy

Chug Fair Trade & Organic EnergySteaz sells a line of green tea energy drinks marketed as “organic energy to fuel your fitness” and that boast the title of the world’s first Fair Trade Certified organic energy drink. The green tea in each beverage is grown in Kenya and energy drink flavors include: Berry, Berry Zero, Orange, and Super Fruit. Each 12-ounce bottle contains 100 mg of natural caffeine, tons of B Vitamins, and antioxidants. If you’re watching your sugar intake, choose the sugar-free Berry Zero, as the other flavors contain 35 grams of the sweet stuff. You can find Steaz on shelves at Whole Foods, Target, and Kroger.

3) Wake Up With White Tea 

 

Wake Up With White Tea

Inko’s specializes in white tea—the least processed of all teas—and has produced a line of white tea Organic Energy drinks. Each 16-ounce bottle contains 100 calories of “Jitter-Free Energy.” Available in mango, citrus, and blackberry, Inko’s Organic Energy drink is gluten-free and non-GMO. You can buy a 12-pack online for $36 or check out individual bottles on shelves at Whole Foods, Stop & Shop, Wegmans, Rite Aid, Mariano’s, and Jewel-Osco.

4) Enjoy a Blended Boost 

 X2 Performance All Natural Energy Drink

Can’t choose between green and black tea?  You don’t have to.  Each 12-ounce bottle of X2 Performance All Natural Energy Drink blends green and black tea along with pure honey, electrolytes, and antioxidants for a sweet boost of energy. The 100-calorie drinks come in three flavors: lemon, strawberry-kiwi, and raspberry. Each drink contains 80 mg of natural caffeine from green tea and 24 grams of sugar. You can find X2 at Subway or order online.

5) Get ZestyZest Tea

Zest Tea promotes energy and alertness with caffeine levels that rival coffee and amino acids that help your body avoid the jitters and boost brainpower. Pyramid tea bags and loose leaf tea come in four flavors: Cinnamon Apple Black Tea, a fruity Blue Lady Black Tea, Earl Grey Black Tea, and Pomegranate Mojito Green Tea. Each serving contains approximately 150 mg of caffeine. Added incentive: Zest Tea was named Best New Product at the 2015 World Tea Expo!

History

How Taking Tea Sans Sugar Meant Opposing Slavery

January 26, 2017

Today, sprinkling a spoonful of sugar into your tea doesn’t say much about your views on human trafficking. But in the late 18th century in England, it did.

In 1791, about 400,000 Brits boycotted slave-made sugar from the West Indies as a protest against slavery and Great Britain’s failure to pass a bill abolishing the slave trade. Drinking tea was a hugely important social custom in England, and with the sugar boycott, it became a political one. As NPR put it, the sweet condiment “came to epitomize the evils of slavery.”

Great Britain benefitted economically from slavery, with slaves on plantations in the West Indies pumping out valuable trading goods like sugar, which also drove consumerism in England. The Empire also profited from the slave trade, trafficking more than 3 million Africans across the Atlantic Ocean between 1700 and 1810.

To abolitionists, this was morally abhorrent and had to end.  The sugar boycott provided the average British citizen with one way to not only advocate for the end of slavery, but to put a dent in the economic influence that slavery had on their Empire.

18th century sugar boycott political cartoon

A political cartoon by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey, hand-coloured etching, published 23 April 1791, © National Portrait Gallery, London

Printer William Fox started the boycott by publishing a pamphlet titled An Address to the People of Great Britain on the Utility of Refraining from the Use of West India Sugar and Rum.

William Fox's pamphlet to the public

A copy of the pamphlet from the Boston Public Library digitized HERE

That long titled boiled down to one main takeaway: every time you add sugar to your tea, you’re supporting slave labor. For those against slavery, opting out of sugar was a simple way to communicate a political and moral position on the hotly debated issue. Fox’s pamphlet surpassed Thomas Paine’s American Revolution-inspiring Common Sense as the most distributed pamphlet of the century.

According to the BBC, the boycott certainly made an impact: sugar sales plummeted by a third to a half, and hundreds of thousands signed petitions calling on the British Empire to outlaw the slave trade. As BBC put it, the boycott “is one of the earliest examples of consumers using their purchasing power to reject the trade in goods which have not been ethically produced.”

To meet tea-drinkers’ sugar fix, grocers started stocking sugar from the East Indies, where sugar production didn’t rely on slave labor.

At home, people made sure to let their tea party guests know where their sugar came from. Sugar bowls like the one below added the label “not made by slave labor” to assuage guests’ concerns about a host’s ethical or political stance.

sugar bowl

Photo: Andreas Praefcke (Own work (own photograph)) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Today, Fair Trade, non-GMO Project, or Organic labels aim to both help consumers make informed choices and communicate those choices to others.

Some British citizens responded to the sugar boycott by switching to green tea, a beverage that didn’t call for sugar the same way black tea might to some palettes.

The sugar boycott lost its mojo as time went on—particularly as Brits saw the violence endured by French citizens for resisted the monarchy—but Great Britain did eventually abolish the trade of slaves in the British Empire in 1807. To incentivize Brits to follow the new law, the government threatened to fine ship owners a steep £100 for every slave found on British ships. Although the slave trade was now illegal, slavery itself remained legal 1833, when the British Empire abolished the practice in all its territories.

Be aware of what you put in your tea cup.  As history has proven, it may have a large impact.

 

Tea Guides

The Best Chain Restaurants For Tea

January 19, 2017

Gone are the days when a restaurant offered you a cup of hot water and a black Lipton teabag after dinner. From fine dining to quick serve eateries, tea has become a signaturizing opportunity for restaurants across the country. The number of tea items offered at restaurants increased by 11.2% from 2008 to 2010. And you don’t have to go somewhere fancy to be treated to a unique, flavorful cup of tea. Chain restaurants have embraced the tea trend, offering up an impressive array of selections to satisfy your taste buds and your budget. Here’s 5 chains that we think are spinning impressive tea game:

1) Panda Express

Panda Express chain restaurant

Photo by Matt Dempsey from Flickr via Creative Commons | LINK

Tea originated in China, so it’s only fitting that Chinese fast food joints embrace the beverage. Panda Express has done just that, rolling out Tea Bars at some of its outposts. Offerings include Panda Express’s best-known option, Milk Tea, which can be served hot or iced, with or without tapioca pearls. Panda Express also has several fruit teas and lemonade teas, infusing your tea with a unique shot of sweetness. If you’re not into what Panda Express has cooked up, you can build your own tea. Here’s how it works: Start by picking a tea base of black, green, or oolong. Then pick a style: milk, citrus, berry, or tropical. Continue by specifying how sweet you want your tea to be, and then finish things off with an add-on: honey boba, jelly, pudding, aloe vera, or chia seeds.

Panda Express tea bar

Photo by Cathy Danh from Flickr via Creative Commons | LINK

2) Panera

panera chain restaurant

Photo by Mike Mozart from Flickr via Creative Commons | LINK

Panera serves hot teas from Republic of Tea, but it’s their iced beverages that have us dishing out the applause. Panera keeps it basic with iced green tea and an iced chai tea latte, but turns things up with its acai berry iced green tea (left) and its plum ginger hibiscus iced tea (right). The hibiscus tea includes pieces of apple, blackberry leaves, carob, ginger, and rosehips. How’s that for flavor?

panera iced tea

Images from: https://www.panerabread.com/en-us/menu-categories/drinks.html

3) Wendy’s

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Photo by Mike Mozart from Flickr via Creative Commons | LINK

Wendy’s line of Fruitea Chillershighlights the burger chain’s enthusiasm for unique, tasty teas. The Blueberry Pineapple Fruitea Chiller (left) blends organic tropical green tea with blueberry puree and pineapple and pomegranate juices. And the Orange Mango Fruitea Chiller (right) pairs organic tropical green tea with mango puree, orange juice, and carrot juice.

Wendy's fruitea chiller

Images from Wendy’s website | LINK

For those craving something less sweet, Wendy’s keeps it simple with Honest Tropical Green Tea and Unsweetened Ice Tea.

Wendy’s launched a new slogan this year, calling its menu “deliciously different.” With these beverages, we have to agree.

4) Caribou Coffee

Caribou Coffee chain restaurant

Photo by Kolin Toney from Flickr via Creative Commons | LINK

Caribou Coffee packs in the flavor on its tea menu, from pomegranate and mango to peach and mint. One of its most flavorful concoctions is the Pomegranate Vanilla Tea Latte, which pairs pomegranate oolong tea with sweet vanilla syrup and steamed milk. Its hot and iced tea selections include cinnamon spice, black mango, citron green, and mint varieties. The Minnesota-based chain also features a selection of sparkling teas, including green tea lemonade and peach black tea.

 

Caribou Coffee tea

Images left to right: Green Tea Lemonade, Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea, Pomegranate Vanilla Tea Latte, from Caribou Coffee’s Website | LINK

5) Starbucks

Starbuck's Coffee chain restaurant

Photo by Mike Mozart from Flickr via Creative Commons | LINK

Starbucks may be the most famous coffee chain in the world, but it’s also become quite the destination for a good cup of hot or iced tea. The Seattle-based business features an impressive bevy of teas with rich flavor profiles that include mango, citrus hibiscus, papaya, cinnamon, and lemongrass—and that’s just in one drink, the Passion Tango™ Herbal Tea! Other tea offerings from Starbucks include: jade citrus mint green tea, mango black tea lemonade, and the Youthberry White Tea, which includes notes of acai berry, hibiscus, candied pineapple, mango, and Fuji apples. Starbucks even offers its own PG-version of sangria with the Teavana® Sparkling Berry Sangria Herbal Tea. The fruity mixture combines Passion Tango™ tea with apple juice, berry flavors, blackberries, and orange slices. Starbucks recently released its first coffee/alcohol mashup with the Espresso Cloud IPA. Tea and alcohol have been a hot new couple at restaurants in recent years…Will we see them hook up at Starbucks anytime soon? Stay tuned.

Starbuck's Coffee tea

From left to right: Youthberry® White Tea, Green Tea Latte, Teavana® Shaken Berry Sangria Herbal Tea from Starbucks’ website | LINK

Tea Guides

10 Teas That Are Basically Dessert

January 17, 2017

Looking for a dessert that satisfies your sweet tooth but doesn’t break the scale? These 10 teas hit all the right notes when you’re trying to stay healthy and treat your taste buds. Ditch the cheesecake and boil any of these teas when you get the urge to indulge:

1) Snowball Tea

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This tea from Blue Bird Tea Company mixes chocolate, marshmallows, and coconut with Ceylon black tea to create a delectable dessert tea. Buy it bagged or loose leaf.  Side effects include the urge to start an actual snowball fight.

2) Bananas & Custard Tea
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This tea from Blue Bird Tea Company pairs green tea with freeze-dried bananas, cocoa, and licorice for a custard imitation that tastes great and goes down easy.

3) Mint Chocolate Rooibos Tea

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Roobios tea gets cozy with chocolate sprinkles, cocoa, and vanilla to make this delicious dessert brew. With zero calories, this is a dieter’s delight.

4) Vicky’s Sponge Cake Tea

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This tea from Blue Bird Tea Company gets its inspiration from Queen Victoria, who’s said to have enjoyed her cup of tea alongside a slice of cake. Why not combine the two? This blend marries Ceylon black tea with the flavors of vanilla cake and raspberry, with notes of coconut and strawberry along for the ride.

5) Strawberry Cuppa Chocolate Tea

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This zero-calorie tea from The Republic of Tea uses rooibos tea as a base for strawberry and chocolate flavors to mingle. Featured on The Today Show as a Top 10 Skinny Food for dieters, this South African tea also features sweet blackberry leaves and bourbon vanilla beans for extra kick.

6) Almond Coconut Macaroon Red Tea

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This tea from Republic of Tea will let you feel like you’re sipping a macaroon, and since it has zero calories, you’ll do so guilt-free. Red rooibos tea provides the base for almond, coconut, and macaroon flavors to thrive in this delicious concoction.

7) Cardamom Crème Brûlée Tea

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This tea from Republic of Tea calls crème brûlée its muse. Black tea kicks things off and enters dessert territory with infusions of sweet blackberry leaves, caramel and vanilla flavors, and spicy cardamom seeds. Just add water, and this premium tea from Kenya is sure to satisfy.

8) Tiramisu Black Tea

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This tea from Teavana delivers the classic Italian dessert to your cup. Black tea merges with flavors of mocha, mascarpone, and vanilla to bring the creamy, delectable flavors of tiramisu to every sip.

9) Apple Pie à la Mode Herbal Teaapple-pie-tea

There’s nothing as American as apple pie. But America could stand to get healthier, so reach for this apple pie-inspired tea from Teavana instead. This after-dinner treat is made from pieces of real apple, carob, rose hips, raisins, rooibos, caramel, white hibiscus, licorice root, cardamom, and marigold petals. You’ll taste fall in every sip.

10) Carrot Cake Rooibos Tea 

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This tea from Fusion Teas blends sweet and spicy flavors together for a satisfying cup of tea that emulates carrot cake. Organic rooibos provides the base, with maple, coconut, ginger, raisin, walnut, cinnamon, and carrots providing welcome bursts of flavor.

Tea Culture Art

Artwork Every Tea Lover Should Know

January 11, 2017

To the avid tea-drinker, your cup of tea may be a personal work of art.  Maybe the sunlight hits your saucer just right in the morning, or perhaps the clinking of the teaspoon in your mug is the perfect aria in your quiet house at the end of a long day.  Well, to the world’s most famous artists, tea has proven a worthy subject again and again.  As a political commodity, economic link, and social lubricant, tea has always been so much more than just a beverage.  How fitting, then, that it provide inspiration to prolific painters and sculptors throughout history.  Here are three of our favorite works of art starring the world’s most consumed beverage:

1) Le Gouter (or Tea Time or Woman With a Teaspoon)

Jean Metzinger, 1911

Le Gouter oil painting

Known as “The Mona Lisa of Cubism,” this 1911 oil painting on cardboard hails from French artist Jean Metzinger. It depicts a naked woman holding a teaspoon above her teacup. Metzinger is a prominent name in the cubist movement. He co-wrote Du Cubisme with Albert Gleizes, a theoretical book on cubism, and ran in the same circles as Guillaume Apollinaire, Georges Braque, and notable influence Pablo Picasso. You can visit this painting at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

2) Object (or Luncheon in Fur)

Meret Oppenheim, 1936

Luncheon in Fur tea cup

23-year-old Swiss artist Meret Oppenheimer created this gazelle fur-covered teacup, spoon, and saucer in 1936. She decorated the teacup after a conversation with Pablo Picasso at a Parisian café during which Picasso commented on her fur-covered bracelet. She offhandedly said that you could cover any ordinary object with fur and turn it into a work of art, even the plain tea cup in front of her. After the rendezvous, she did just that. The work became a major hallmark of the surrealist movement, a movement defined by the unity of the conscious and unconscious worlds, where the sense of the rational world meets the irrationality of the dream world. Surrealism founder Andre Breton featured the piece in a surrealist exhibit of objects, where, according to NPR, it evoked a plethora of contradictory reactions:

“This being the age of Freud, a gastro-sexual interpretation was inescapable: the spoon was phallic, the cup vaginal, the hair pubic. For some, the tongue-shaped spoon brought to mind unpleasant sensations of a furry tongue. Others experienced unease at seeing a graceful item of the tea table transformed into something decadent and animalistic; some gagged at the thought of getting a hair or damp tea leaves in their mouth; still others wanted to stroke it.”

To some, covering an object associated with femininity with something as masculine as an animal pelt sexualized it. You can visit this teacup see if you agree at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

3) The Tea Cup

Jackson Pollack, 1946

Jackson Pollack's The Tea Cup

When you think of Jackson Pollack, you probably think of his famous “drip” paintings, made by pouring paint on canvas. But after his drip period, Pollack launched into a figurative period during which he painted more recognizable people and shapes. The Kunstmuseum in Basel, Switzerland debuted a show called “The Fugurative Pollack” last year that included this 1946 painting, “The Tea Cup.” Can you spot it?

 

Tea Guides

How To Be A Trendy Tea Drinker This Year

January 5, 2017

We told you what tea trends will be taking center stage in 2017: green tea, matcha, and easy packaging options like on-tap tea and bottled teas. Now we’re here to show you just how you can be a part of these trends. If your New Year’s resolution was to be cool, you’re in luck.  Get ready to be ahead of the curve:

1) Green Tea

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Green tea’s expected to perform very well in 2017 and beyond, especially as a bottled option for busy commuters in search of a healthy alternative to sugary sodas. Snapple, Lipton, Honest Tea, Arizona, and Tazo Tea all offer iced green bottled teas. Swipe one when you want to be trendy but you’re pressed for time. Or order an on-trend coffee-inspired green tea beverage, like a green tea latte from Starbucks or a green tea latte paired with vanilla or peppermint from Peet’s Coffee. Look for green tea to be offered at more and more locations, from highway rest stops and movie theaters to convenience stores and vending machines as it settles decidedly into the mainstream.  Go big green!

2) Matcha

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Matcha is on the rise. Look for it on tea menus as a beverage and as a flavor in dishes from breakfast and lunch to dinner and dessert. Scan your menu and you’ll probably find matcha waffles and French fries or matcha chicken and pork belly this year. This green powder is infiltrating all parts of the menu, and not just at fancy restaurants. Matcha’s made it to the Big Leagues: Haagen Dazs sells its matcha green tea ice cream by the pint in American grocery stores and Trader Joes sells a Matcha Green Tea Latte Mix. Don’t be surprised if Japanese products like Matcha Oreos and Matcha Kit Kats come to the United States sooner rather than later.  Get ready to be singing “Break me off a piece of that matcha stick!”  OK, the jingle may need work, but the point is: matcha will be rolling off more and more tongues.

3) Tea On Tap

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Get ready to see bartenders carrying kegs of tea or pulling a kombucha tap at the local watering hole this year. You can be part of this trend by ordering a tea keg for your next birthday party or installing a tea tap at your eatery. Full Service Restaurants said last year that, “Beverages on tap remain fresher for longer and offer a unique experience—bold flavors with an eye-catching presentation.”  Several companies work to bring tea kegs and taps to restaurants and organizations, such as Joyride, who argues that a tap “is the perfect solution to serve non-alcoholic beverages, offering product consistency, streamlined workflow, reduction of waste, and a unique customer experience.” That’s a lot of benefits on both sides of the bar! Joyride offers Ceylon Iced Tea and Green Tea in kegs and kombucha on tap. Look for signs outside bars advertising the allocation of taps to kombucha and tea, perfect for tea lovers not in the mood for an alcoholic beverage or non-drinkers looking for a way to feel included by the bar hopping experience.

Tea Health Benefits

Drink These Teas to Be Happy in 2017

December 29, 2016

Do you want 2017 to be your best year yet? Are you ready to start feeling great and getting what you want? Turns out, certain smells can make you happy, so we’re here with the right-smelling teas to make the good times roll all year long. The key to wellness in 2017 could be right under your nose.

1) For Less Stress: PINE NEEDLE TEA

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Ever notice how at peace you feel when walking through a forest? You’re not the only one: researchers at Kyoto University conducted a study to measure the health effects of walking through pine forests, colloquioly referred to as “forest bathing” in Japan. They concluded that “forest environments are advantageous with respect to acute emotions, especially among those experiencing chronic stress.” If you can’t teleport to a pine-filled forest when you’re feeling stressed this year, trying drinking pine needle tea. Smelling pine in your cup may be enough to transport you away from your stress into a more relaxed state.

2) For More Rest: LAVENDER TEAlavender tea

If your New Year’s resolution is to stop watching Netflix until 2 am and get some decent shut eye, try drinking lavender tea before bed this year. According to WebMd, inhaling lavender is used to treat insomnia, pain, and even dementia-related agitation. This calming scent is just what the doctor ordered, so stock up on lavender tea this year: Teavana has a citrus lavender sage herbal tea and a Lavender Dreams White Tea for your sipping pleasure, while Yogi Tea serves up Honey Lavender Stress Relief Tea and Celestial Seasonings whips up its own Organic Herbal Chamomile and Lavender Tea. Lucky for you, the advantageous properties of lavender have been talked up for a long time, so finding lavender tea is relatively easy.

3) For a Better Memory: ROSEMARY TEA

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Smelling rosemary may help you remember important things this year. A study conducted by psychologists at Northumbria University in Newcastle found that people who smelled rosemary could perform memory tasks much better than those who did not. If you’ve got a lot on your plate this year, try sipping rosemary tea and see if it becomes easier to remember all the things on your list.  From remembering your four kids’ different pick-up schedules to remembering to take your medicine at the right time, rosemary tea may be the key to keeping it all straight. For your consideration: Tea Forte’s Organic Tangerine Rosemary White Tea and Buddha Teas’ Organic Rosemary Tea.

4) For Athletic Performance: PEPPERMINT TEA

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One of the most common goals for the New Year is getting in shape. Whether you’re working toward your first half marathon or a new weightlifting goal, adding peppermint tea to your regimen may help you get there. A study from the University of Mohaghegh’s Department of Physical Education and Sports Sciences concluded that athletes who drank water infused with peppermint oil enjoyed better athletic performance and respiratory function. Smelling peppermint and drinking mint tea may keep you from getting out of breath on the treadmill or in the pool, so invest in some peppermint tea for you or the athlete in your life this year. Try Bigelow’s Mint Medley Herbal Tea or Twinings’ Pure Peppermint Tea and then hit the ground running.

 

Tea Guides

Teas to Sip This Christmas

December 16, 2016

Baby, it’s cold outside, and Christmas is just days away. Whether you’re trying to warm up after a family snowball fight, looking for something to sip while decorating the tree, or searching for the perfect tea to nurse while you snuggle with your loved ones by the fire, we’ve got you covered. Here are our favorite teas that espouse the flavors and spirit of Christmas.

1) White Chocolate Peppermint Rooiboswhite-chocolate-peppermint-rooibos

Few flavors make you hear sleigh bells quite like peppermint.  Refreshingly cool, peppermint screams winter wonderland and tastes like a majestic snowfall.  This classic holiday flavor is the star of this rooibos tea from Teavana. White chocolate pieces are infused with peppermint for a Santa-approved red tea you’ll want to drink all twelve days of Christmas.

2) Gingerbread Spice Tea 

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If you like to eat gingerbread, why not drink it? This tea from Celestial Seasonings packs spicy gingerbread flavors in your cup of tea. Cinnamon, roasted chicory, ginger, and carob blend for the ultimate seasonal beverage. As a bonus, Celestial Seasnings has a recipe for Gingerbread Spice Tea Cake that uses two of these tea bags.

3) Christmas Cookie Teas 

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This variety of Christmas Cookie flavors hails from Adagio’s Fandom series. And if there’s anything that deserves a fan club, it’s Christmas Cookies. This sampler by developer Cara McGee includes the flavors Sugar Cookie, Snickerdoodle, Coconut Macaroon, Jam Thumbprints, Chocolate Chip, Gingerbread Cookies, and Peppermint Bark. Yum!

4) Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh Teas

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The Bible says that the Three Wise Men brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh for Jesus on his first birthday. No offense, guys, but these don’t seem like the best gifts for a baby. We’d go with a mobile or stuffed dinosaur, personally. But ever since baby J received these birthday gifts, we associate gold, frankincense, and myrrh with Christmas. So here are three GF&M teas to celebrate the world’s most famous birthday boy:

Turmeric Gold Tea

This tea from Pukka Herbs is a yellow tea made with lemon, cardamom, green tea, and, of course, turmeric. According to the Huffington Post, turmeric has a host of exciting health benefits: because it fights inflammation, turmeric can calm an upset stomach and heartburn, delay diabetes, and prevent heart attacks. It may also be able to kill cancer cells and protect brain cells. Jesus was known to heal the sick, so we think he would approve.

Frankincense Tea:

This tea from perfume artist Mandy Aftel uses hojary frankincense to create this oolong tea that boasts notes of balsamic, citrus, and honey. This blend’s leaves contain plenty of GABA, an enzyme that promotes relaxation. Just what you need during the busy holiday season!

Myrrh Gum Tea  

Check out this myrrh gum tea if you’re looking to alleviate any of the following problems: According to WebMD, myrrh is used to help “indigestion, ulcers, colds, cough, asthma, lung congestion, arthritis pain, cancer, leprosy, spasms, and syphilis.” In the days before modern medicine, maybe this was a good gift for Jesus after all.

Merry Christmas from The Tea Kitchen!