March 1, 2019

Quick and Delicious Spring Tea Party Ideas

Did you decide at the last minute that you’d like to host a Spring Tea Party?  No problem.  We’ve got you covered. One of the most important things to remember when hosting an afternoon tea party is that the foods need to be fresh.  So how can you make a tea party easy and quick to prepare so you can enjoy the party with your friends?  Here are a few tips to cut down on the workload on the day of your party. Plan ahead.   Planning your theme, design and menu ahead of time helps in many ways to make your tea event less stressful.  Once you decide on a theme, make your shopping list for any additional decorations you may need.  Then make a list of all […]
November 21, 2018

DIY Gifts for Tea Lovers

Hohoho!  The holiday season is rapidly approaching and it’s time to make your list and check it twice.  We all like to give our family and friends lovely things to let them know we love them, but these holiday gifts don’t have to break our bank accounts!   I found some really great “do it yourself” DIY tea gifts online that I like, and, hopefully, you will like them as well. Make a Magnetic Tea Chalkboard.  The teas or herbs in this gift can be packaged individually so your friends can create their own blends, or you can fill the tins with your favorite tea blends for them to try – like our popular holiday teas! 2.   Fill 1 Ounce Tea Tins with your favorite teas and create […]
November 20, 2018

Gift Wrap with Tea Dyed wrapping

Want to take your tea obsession one step further this holiday season?  I’m wrapping all my gifts this year in custom made, tea dyed fabrics!  This wrapping is great for books, puzzles, clothes and more.  You can also custom create your own gift – tea-dye shirts, socks, napkins, placemats…. the possibilities are endless. I toodled over to Joann’s Fabrics and found some bleached and unbleached muslin fabric.  I did a test run yesterday of 4 teas/herbs and the results for 3 of them were better than I imagined. I found some great information on how-to for dying fabrics at DIY Natural and at WikiHow.   First I ground all the teas & herbs I was using into smaller pieces (list below); then I measured 2 tsp of the ground […]
September 25, 2018

Festive Fall Fetes are fun with Fabulous Foods

Do you love to bake?  Or are you hopeless in the kitchen but still want the aromas and the praise for delivering festive Fall treats? Whatever level of kitchen prowess you possess, we’ve got you covered. Fabulous Foods First, for the baking from scratch folks, here are some links to recipes you can make to capture all the taste sensations associated with the Fall season.  Tea Cakes, scones, pies and more! Fall Tea Cake Recipes This blog from foods52 features 10 tea cakes that are perfect for the Fall season.  Pictured at left is their Chocolate Pumpkin Loaf.  Try it with a China Yunnan tea like our Cangyuan organic black. Other recipes include: Cinnamon Scone Bread – try with our Colombian Tippy Organic Black Tea Brown Butter Bourbon […]
June 25, 2018

Easy ways to make Cold Brew Tea

You’ve probably heard of cold brew coffee, but have you tried cold brewed tea yet? Enjoy cold brew teas this summer as a refreshing option to your usual iced tea brewing method.  Cold brewing is easy: Simply add your tea leaves to a jar or container, fill with cold water and refrigerate.  Then strain out the leaves and enjoy!For more detailed directions:  You’ll need to use more tea than when brewing hot. Place a 1 ounce iced teabag or 1 ounce of loose tea in a 1/2 gallon container. Fill with water, secure the lid and refrigerate 6-10 hours.  Pull the teabag out of the water (or strain out the tea leaves).  Pour the cold brewed tea in a tall glass, add water if needed, and enjoy. Like […]
April 2, 2018

Maya Angelou joins our literary tea line!

Creating a tea blend to honor an inspiring and influential woman Poet, Author, Dancer, Actor, Singer, Activist, Teacher … Maya Angelou was a true Renaissance Woman.  Born Marguerite Johnson, Dr. Maya Angelou has inspired millions around the globe.  Her honest, witty, insightful books and her uplifting poetry and prose give us a fresh way to look at the world around us. Her numerous speeches, writings and interviews offer us the gift of her intelligence and grace to carry with us throughout our years.  In a May 28, 2014 interview Dr. Angelou said “What I really want to do is be a representative of my race.  The human race.  I have a chance to show how kind we can be.  How intelligent and generous we can be.  I have […]
March 7, 2018

Unique and Delicious Teas from Bitaco Tea in Colombia

Freshly picked and blended in Colombia In October 2017 we were pleased to have Santiago and Andres from Bitaco Tea visit us in Brookfield.  Besides putting a face to the voice on the phone, it was fantastic to hear more about their history and operations.  Bitaco Tea is an offshoot of a very well known branded teabag tea Te Hindu.  After many years, and much success, in the teabag market they decided to cultivate a new market with orthodox teas.  Knowing much about teabag production but not enough about orthodox processing and organic growing methods, they set out to hire some of the best in the tea world to consult with them on their new venture.  The results have been outstanding and every tea shipment we get from […]
November 8, 2017

Holiday Tea Cookies (Part II)

We introduced you to Refrigerator Shortbread Holiday Cookies in our previous blog post, now here’s another great recipe that you can make ahead of time and bake as needed.  It’s perfect for the busy holiday season and so unique and delectable your family and friends will truly be delighted! Matcha & Hibiscus Swirl Cookies Ingredients: 1 cup butter (softened) 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 3 cups flour ½ tsp baking powder ½ tsp Kosher salt 1 pkg. Vanilla Matcha powder 1 ½ Tbsp Hibiscus, ground Directions: Cream together the butter and sugar in large mixing bowl. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix. Next add the flour, baking powder and salt, and mix well. Split the dough in half and put in separate bowls. […]
October 30, 2017

Holiday Tea Cookies (Part I)

The holiday season is rapidly approaching and, while this can be a frantic time, it’s a great opportunity to spend time with loved ones baking holiday cookies.  This year we’d like to spend more time enjoying the company of our family and friends and less time in the kitchen preparing for these festivities. With that in mind we are passing on this delicious shortbread recipe.  You can make it ahead of time and store in the refrigerator or freezer for a quick delicious treat anytime your guests arrive.  This recipe is also perfect for cookie swaps or gifts.  The best part….you can make one batch of these cookies and by adding variations to the dough you’ll have a lovely assortment of cookies. Delicious Refrigerator Shortbread 1 cup (2 […]
May 24, 2017

Use your favorite Iced Teas to make delicious Mocktails and Cocktails

It’s National Iced Tea Month!  We’ve just launched a new line of five different iced teabags.  These new iced teabags make it easy to brew up a batch of iced teas and, with one bag making a gallon of iced tea, it’s easy to make a few other drinks besides traditional iced tea.  Here are a few ideas to get you started. Traditional Black Tea: This brisk black tea blend is made from orange pekoe and broken orange pekoe leaves that don’t cloud when brewed cold, making it the perfect iced tea choice for you and your guests. With or without sweeteners, this traditional black tea is bright and refreshing. Try these recipes using the traditional teabags: Lemonade Iced Tea Mix 1/2 glass of our Traditional Iced tea […]