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The World of Teas

Teas have been around for thousands of years and have long been know for the many health benefits. All tea comes from the same plant called Camellia sinensis. The main varieties are black, green, oolong and white tea. The main difference between these varieties is the amount of oxygen the leaves are allowed to absorb during processing. More oxygen produces darker colored teas. Less oxygen results in “greener” teas. Unprocessed leaves are white teas.

Black Tea
Black tea is completely oxidized leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. It is hearty, full flavored, robust and the infused cup of tea is typically a beautiful red color.

Green Tea
Green tea is any variety of the Camellia sinensis leaves that undergoes a process of steaming immediately after plucking. This stops any oxidation of the leaves. The characteristic is heavily determined by the shoot maturity, time of plucking, geographic and weather conditions, and cultivated method. Green tea is a soft, pleasant and alluring cup of tea with a pale golden color.

White Tea
White tea comes from the same Camillia sinensis plant as black, green and oolong teas, however white tea is the least processed (no steaming or pan firing) of all the teas. Named for the silver fuzz on the bud when the leaves are picked, white tea is light, fresh, and slightly sweet with a pale yellow color. It’s also high in antioxidants.

Oolong Tea
Oolong tea falls somewhere between the oxidation of black and green tea. Oolong means “Black Dragon” and sits comfortably in the middle ground of the robust black tea and lighter taste of green tea.

Herbal Teas
Typically, herbal “teas” (tisanes – herbal infusion) do not contain leaves from the Camellia sinensis plants and are therefore not actually tea. They are usually blends of various flowers, roots, leaves and seeds and are naturally caffeine free.

Chai Tea
Chai teas often have a black tea base mixed with different bold spices. Cardamom, ginger, black pepper and cloves are some of the spices most often used. It is popular to add cream and sugar to chai tea.

Rooibus
(Pronounced Roy-bus) This herb grows in the mountains of South Africa. It’s often referred to as “red tea” and has many health benefits. Naturally caffeine free, Rooibus has a soft, mild, sweet flavor.

 

The Perfect Cup!
Ahhhh, the perfect cup of tea. Tips on getting a perfect cup of tea every time. Starting with high quality, premium tea starts you out in the right direction but there’s more to it.

Amount: If using loose teas the suggested use is one teaspoon of tea to one cup of water. Sometimes the lighter teas like white, oolong and green teas taste best using twice this amount. It’s a personal taste preference so experiment and enjoy!

Temperature: The temperature depends on the tea. Use boiling water (212F) for dark and herbal teas. Use slightly cooler water (180F) for green, white or lighter teas.

Time: If you steep some teas too long they will turn bitter. The general rule of thumb is 5 minutes for most black and dark teas. Herbal and white teas are more forgiving and can steep for 7 minutes or slightly longer.

Green teas are more delicate, steeping for only 3 minutes.

Once the water begins to boil it is ready. If you “overboil” the water, the oxygen begins to escape which will not bring out the full flavor of the tea.

Our tea bags are made with non-bleached tea filter paper.

Be sure to start with fresh, good quality water.

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ambrosia Tea – “Nectar”
This blend of black tea with hints of cinnamon and citrus is delicious hot & iced. The medley of orange peel, currant, apricot and rosehips along with the strength of black tea makes this nectar for the gods.

Ingredients: Black tea, rosehips, orange peel, cinnamon chips, calendula petals, currant leaves and apricot, mango, black currant & gooseberry flavors.
Contains Caffeine. $10.50 - 2 oz.

Ginger Peach Tea
A hearty, black tea coupled with an exciting blend of ginger and peach. This sweet and spicy combination brings forth a warm and delightful cup of tea to enjoy with someone special.

Ingredients: Black tea, peach pieces, fruit flavor
Contains Caffeine / 2 oz. ~ $10.50

 

Pomegranate Green Tea
Green Sencha tea with the classic aroma and flavor of the pomegranate berry makes this a smooth and mellow cup of nectar. Delicious hot or iced and is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Ingredients: Green sencha, pink rose petals, pomegranate flavor
Contains Caffeine / 2 oz. ~ $10.50

Passion Berry Herbal Tea ~ Caffeine Free
Bursting with flavor, this fruity cup of tea is free of caffeine and full of sweetness. Cranberries, hibiscus and citrus provides a healthy cup of tea with a delicious taste that brings it over the top.

Ingredients: Hibiscus, cranberries, orange peel, apple, natural fruit flavor
Caffeine Free / 2 oz. ~ $10.50

Cinnamon Apricot Herbal Tea ~ Caffeine Free
This stunning blend is sure to calm your mind and sooth your body. All the health benefits of cinnamon with amazing flavor makes this one of our favorite herbal teas. The beautiful combination, intoxicating aroma and smooth flavor puts a smile on your face every time. Enjoy!

Ingredients: Marigold petals, cinnamon chips, apricot pieces, apricot essence.
Caffeine Free / 2 oz. ~ $10.50

Peppermint Ginger Herbal Tea ~ Caffeine Free
Relax at the end of the day with this pale cup of herbal wonder. Peppermint and ginger are said to aid in digestion and chamomile puts your mind and body at ease. This tea feels good and is a beautiful combination of some of the best that nature has to offer.

Ingredients: Peppermint, ginger, orange peel, fennel, lemon balm, chamomile, rose petals, papaya leaf
Caffeine Free / 2 oz. ~ $10.50

 

Jasmine Tea
Celebrate with this amazing combination of green sencha and jasmine petals. From the capital and largest province in China, this infusion has a strong base and a beautiful aroma that provides you with a luscious pale cup of goodness.

Ingredients: Green sencha, jasmine petals
Contains Caffeine / 2 oz. ~ $10.50

Passion Peach Tea
The sweet aroma combined with a bold peach flavor is enjoyed year round. Our fruitiest tea is popular in both the winter and summer ~ spectacular hot or iced. If you're looking for a wonderful peachy cup of tea look no further. Enjoy!!!

Ingredients: Black O.P. tea, orange flowers, elderberries, bee pollen, passion fruit, peach and tropical fruit flavors
Contains Caffeine / 2 oz. ~ $10.50

Chai Tea
Our tasty Chai blend is make with the classic spiciness mingled with a full bodied black tea. This invigorating tea is delicious hot or cold and is usually served with cream and sugar.

Ingredients: Cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, black tea, allspice, cloves, black pepper
Contains Caffeine / 2 oz. ~ $10.50

Earl Grey Tea
Classic, traditional and amazing visually, our Earl Grey's dark full O.P. leaves are blended with a touch of cornflower petals and the sweetness of bergamot. Inviting and enjoyable, this tea should be enjoyed peacefully or with a group of family and friends.

Ingredients: Black tea, cornflower petals, bergamot flavor
Contains Caffeine / 2 oz. ~ $10.50

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Pineapple Papaya Green Tea
Celebrate life with this exotic blend. Chinese Sencha green tea shares the stage with pineapple pieces and blue malva flowers. It’s beautiful inside and out and is sensational to drink!


Ingredients: green Sencha tea, pineapple pieces, blue malva flowers, natural fruit flavors.
Contains Caffeine. $10.50 - 2 oz.

 

Black Tea – “Robust”
Hearty and full flavored, black tea has an underlying malty characteristic and a sweetness that provides a wonderful red cup of tea.

Ingredients: Black tea
Contains Caffeine
$5.95 - 20 tea bags


Earl Grey Tea – “Classic”
The sweet and citrus flavor from the bergamot oil softens this black tea with a wonderful delicate fruitiness and a beautiful aroma fills the room.
Classic teas are classic for obvious reasons and Earl Grey is no exception!

Ingredients: Black tea, oil of Bergamot
Contains Caffeine
$4.95 - 20 tea bags


Mango Tea – “Irresistible”
A robust black tea flavor with the distinction of Mango fruit proves irresistible in this deep red cup of tea. Beautiful in color, delicious in flavor, it is an exotic infusion!

Ingredients: Black tea, natural mango fruit flavoring
Contains Caffeine
$5.95 - 20 tea bags


Oolong Tea – “Black Dragon”
Oolong tea combines the robust flavors of black tea with the lighter tastes of green tea. Complex with a natural sweetness, Oolong tea is enjoyable to drink any time of day!

Ingredients: Oolong tea
Contains Caffeine
$4.95 - 20 tea bags


Green Tea – “Calming”
Enjoy the soft taste, delicate aroma and pale golden color in this classic green tea. Hints of fruit alongside a wholesome earthiness, this tea produces a peaceful & calming taste experience!

Ingredients: Green Tea
Contains Caffeine
$5.95 - 20 tea bags


White Tea – “Divine”
White tea comes from the same Camellia sinensis plant as black, green and oolong tea however it is the least processed of all the teas. It is also high in antioxidants. Light, fresh and sweet, this pale yellow cup of tea is simply divine!

Ingredients: White tea
Contains Caffeine
$5.95 - 20 tea bags


Hibiscus Mint Tea – “Refreshing”
Enjoy the many health benefits with Hibiscus tea every day. The light and fresh taste of mint swirled with floral notes of hibiscus blossoms create a simple and magnificent cup of herbal tea!

Ingredients: Hibiscus, peppermint leaf, stevia leaf
Naturally Caffeine Free
$5.95 - 20 tea bags


Rooibus (Roy-bus) Tea – “Velvet Infusion”
Soft citrus sweetness and mild flavor, Rooibus can be enjoyed hot and chilled. Blooming in popularity, this tea-like shrub is grown in the mountains in South Africa and has long been know for its health benefits. Enjoy this deep red velvet infusion any time of day!

Ingredients: Rooibus
Natural Caffeine Free
$5.95 - 20 tea bags


Chamomile Tea – “Nature’s Balance”
Relax, soothe and relieve stress in a natural way. Chamomile tea is Mother Nature’s way of keeping peace and harmony in our lives. Sit back and enjoy!

Ingredients: Chamomile flower
Naturally Caffeine Free
$4.95 - 20 tea bags


Lemongrass Tea – “Zzzzz”
The fragrant scent of lemon is how lemongrass got it’s name. Among other health benefits, lemongrass can provide a natural relief for colds and fevers. Having trouble sleeping at night? Lemongrass tea will have you counting sheep in no time!

Ingredients: Lemongrass
Natural Caffeine Free
$4.95 - 20 tea bags


Chai Tea – “Invigorating”
Our weave of spices combined with rich black tea makes for an invigorating and delicious cup of tea. It’s tasty hot or chilled and can be served with cream and sugar. This spicy drink is perfect for summer and winter!

Ingredients: Cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, black tea, allspice, cloves and black pepper.
Contains Caffeine
$6.95 - 20 tea bags

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