June 20, 2016

The Eight Limbs of Yoga – An Introduction

  In honor of International Yoga Day (June 21st) we offer this brief introduction to the practice of yoga, the eight limbs of yoga. When people think of yoga, they associate the practice with the physical movement of the body in a variety of poses.  This, however, is only one aspect of yoga.  Yoga is about a way of life, a road-map (if you will) of how to live your life.  In the Yoga Sutra, Patanjali details the steps one should take to enrich their lives and reach enlightenment.  He describes the eight limbs of yoga.  The physical movement of the body in postures is actually called Asanas and is the 3rd limb.     The first two limbs are Yama and Niyama and correspond to our approach […]
June 13, 2016

Iced Tea Recipes and Cocktails

June is National  Iced Tea Month.  To celebrate we’ve got some fantastic iced tea recipes and information about iced tea through the years. History of Iced Tea While iced tea was popularized at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904 (see our blog on the origin of iced tea) references to iced tea recipes appeared in cookbooks as far back as 1876.  At that time, tea consumption was evenly split between green and black teas.  According to the US National Library of Medicine, the breakdown of the tea consumed was 40% black teas, 40% green teas and 20% oolong.   During WWII, due to public opinion and availability, tea importers were forced to switch their sources to Indian black teas, which were supplied by the British. Many of […]
June 6, 2016

Test your knowledge of Iced Teas!

How much do you know about Iced Tea?  June is National Iced Tea Month so we’re celebrating with specials on a variety of iced tea blends throughout the month.  Test your iced tea knowledge below!   1) Iced tea became popular in: 1904, 1875, 1776, 1935 1904 at the Louisiana Exposition (St. Louis Fair) click here to read our blog on the origins of Iced Tea. 2) Iced tea was introduced to the masses by: Sir Thomas Lipton, Martha Washington, Richard Blechynden, Betsy Ross Richard Blechynden – click here to read our blog about Iced Teas 3) Of the tea drunk in the US, iced tea accounts for: 25%, 50%, 73%, 85% Currently 85% of all tea consumed in the US is Iced Tea according to the Tea […]
March 23, 2016

Personalized Tea Gifts for your next party

Personalized Tea Gifts for that Special Event! Tea is the perfect party favor or place setting gift. Make your next party extra special with your own personalized tea party favors.  Delight your guests with your brews and tasty treats, and then make the event even more special with a take home tea gift.  We offer any of our over 400+ teas and tisanes in 1oz, 2oz or 4oz tins that can be personalized with your name, the date and the event (i.e. Terri’s Garden Party, May 2016). We are often asked to create tea and/or herbal blends for customers to use as favors for wedding showers, bridal teas, birthdays, etc.   We can create an entirely new blend for you or use one of our already blended teas packaged […]
March 2, 2016

Jason’s Pork Roast with Tea Rub

Tea Rub? Yes! Jason is the kind of person we all need in our lives.  He’s kind, sweet, smart, handsome, and … he loves to cook.  Whenever he comes to visit we can be sure we’ll be eating fantastic concoctions. While he is a definite meat eater, he always makes a great effort to incorporate my vegetarian desires.  On his last visit he asked me about making a tea rub that he could put on a roast and that I could put on tofu.  Below is the recipe he developed.  It was great on my tofu and amazing (I’ve heard) on the roast they cooked in the rotisserie (that Jason brought with him!). Tea Rub 1 cup black tea (we used Assam) 1/8 cup lemon myrtle ¼ cup […]
February 18, 2016

Ben’s Nepal Tea, Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

One of the great benefits to having a Summer garden is being able to enjoy the splendor of your efforts in the Fall and Winter.  We were able to put up potatoes, onions, squash, apples, carrots and garlic as well as  lots of produce that we froze and canned.  The apples that haven’t been pressed into cider have been looking a little sad, so we found this fantastic recipe for Butternut Squash and apples that is heavenly.  And when I say “we” I don’t actually mean “me” since I had nothing to do with this for the most part.  I simply brewed the tea for the recipe then went back to work and waited for dinner.  It was worth the wait!  I hope you enjoy this soup as […]
February 1, 2016

Valentine’s Day Tea Treats

Treat your Valentine’s Day Tea Treats such as an aromatic, delectable cup of our new Valentine’s Day Tea or use our Valentine’s tea to make some delicious treats! No matter what time of the year, nothing says “I Love You” like a great cup of tea! Your sweetheart will enjoy sipping this well rounded, amber cup with its full flavor that lingers deliciously on the tongue. The aroma of decadent chocolate will draw you in, while the taste of rich chocolate and tart pomegranate will keep you coming back for more. Click here to read more about the making of this new tea blend!   Valentine’s Day Tea Cocktail   Infuse 1 Tbsp of Valentine’s Day Tea blend in a glass jar with 4 oz vodka.  Let steep […]
January 6, 2016

Enjoy National Hot Tea Month

January is recognized as national hot tea month – so let’s celebrate! You can start new habits and make new plans any time of the year, however, January is generally regarded as the month of re-birth and re-discovery.  The New Year is our opportunity to meditate on the previous year and make plans for the coming year.  It’s a time to assess the aspects of our life that are going well and work on the areas that need improvement.  While you contemplate the direction your life will take this year don’t forget to put on the kettle!     With 31 days to delve into the tea world we’ve listed a few suggestions below to help you make the most of National Tea Month this year.     […]
December 8, 2015

7 Holiday Gift Ideas For The Loose Tea And Coffee Lover For Under $40

Need some great gift ideas for the holidays? Have a loose tea or coffee drinker on your list? This year we’ve put together some great gift ideas that are mostly under $40. Some are even under $30. Here are seven gift ideas under $40 for you this holiday season: 1: Breakfast Time Gift Box – $29.75 Start your day with one of these fine quality tea blends. These hearty black teas are worthy of being called “breakfast” teas. Wake up to the heady aroma of one of these four-4 oz. selections of teas: • the smooth, full-bodied tasting English Breakfast • the malty flavor and slightly fruity aftertaste of our Dunmore East • the rich creamy brisk tea of Scottish Blend • the brisk tasting and subtle sweetness […]
November 20, 2015

Literary Tea Line: Bronte Sisters, Potter, Carroll

This is the final blog of our Literary Tea Line introduction series. We only have three authors left and, as you can see in the title, they are some big names. This week, we’ll go through the life of the Bronte sisters, Beatrix Potter, and Lewis Carroll and explain why we chose the blends we did for each of them. First off, we have the the Bronte sisters. We decided to make one tea blend for all three so we didn’t have to choose between them. Charlotte, Emily, and Anne lived and wrote in Yorkshire, England. Born in 1816, 1818 and 1820, respectively, the sisters lived very short lives, with Charlotte living the longest at 38. During their tragically truncated lifetimes, each sister produced novels that would become […]