Free Shipping at American Tea Room – Today Only!

This is such a great deal and I am really excited to share it with you. American Tea Room is offering free shipping today (February 5) only on any tea order. As I am staring out my window, watching even more snow fall, I am so very thankful for the hot cuppa of tea that I have next to me.

Here are a few of my suggestions for buying with this deal today:

My favorite is Immortal Green, a blend of green sencha tea with peaches, marigolds, and passion fruit. It smells and tastes heavenly from the moment you open the package. It is one of their top sellers, you just can't go wrong with this tea.

Named for the region outside Taipei that is is grown in, Dong-Ding Oolong Tea is best described as buttery smoothness. The leaves are shiny and tightly rolled giving off a floral and fresh aroma. Watching the tea leaves infuse in your cup, you can see them unfurl into three-leaf sets. The first infusion gives you a tea that is intensely yellow with a hint of green. It is described as tasting of fresh cream, orchids, gardenias, and a hint of vanilla sweetness with a light astringency.

For the evening I enjoy a good herbal tea and I had the chance of trying Shangri*LA recently. It is a hibiscus blend tea with roses, currants, and forest berries. It gives you a deep scarlet red tea in your cup and is absolutely delicious. Definitely transports me out of the winter wonderland we have going on here.

Hope these suggestions have you ready to do some shopping of your own. Remember you can get free shipping today with any order today. Perfect for stocking up or trying something new. Visit American Tea Room and get Free Shipping on every order, with code SHOWLOVE.


2013 Tea Lovers Gift Guide

2013 Tea Lovers Gift GuideTea is definitely a year round beverage, but there is just something about winter and the holidays that calls for more tea. Which makes it perfect for all of the tea lovers on your shopping list! I have put together my top picks and created the 2013 Tea Lovers Gift Guide to make your shopping easy.

  1. Teavana Tea Gift Set- This tea gift set has just about everything that the special person on your list will need  for making a great cup of tea. It comes in a lovely gift box containing four loose leaf teas (Sakura Allure Green Tea, Strawberry Lemonade herbal tea, Matevana, and Rooibos Chai Tea) in reusable tea tins, a tin of German rock sugar, a PerfecTea teaspoon, and a PerfecTea maker. Just add hot water! This gift makes over 60 cups of tea.
  2. Chocolate Trio Gift Box Set - Tea and chocolate are such a great pairing that this gift set is able to offer two chocolate infused teas! An added bonus is this is one of my favorite places to get loose leaf tea and it is hard to go wrong with anything there.
    Chocolate Trio Gift Box Set
  3. Every loose leaf tea drinker can use an infuser mug. It is a daily used staple in my house. I love this Turquoise Curve Tea Mug with infuser. It has an included stainless steel infuser with fine mesh for those really small tea leaves. Plus the lid flips over for the infuser to rest in when your tea is done steeping. Very handy to get those second and third infusions from your tea!
    Curve Tall Tea Mug With Infuser - 15 oz
  4. Steeping a great cup of tea involves two things. High quality tea and bringing water to the perfect temperature. This Breville Variable Temperature Tea Kettle is perfect. Add water and push a button for either green tea, white tea, oolong tea, black tea, or coffee (perfect for your french press!) and it does the rest. It will even keep the water at the right temperature for 20 minutes.
    Breville Variable Temperature Electric Kettle
  5. A Tea Set. This Noble Poppy Bone China tea set is absolutely stunning to me and would brighten up any kitchen. It comes with the teapot, four cups and four saucers - great for inviting over some friends for tea.

Tell me what is on your tea wish list this year. I would love to know!

Teavana Cyber Monday Deals

Tea drinkers take heart! There are some Cyber Monday deals for you too. Here are the Teavana Cyber Monday Deals that will have you saving money and sipping some really great loose tea just in time for the winter months.

Shop today Monday November 28 until 11:59pm EST and Get $10 OFF any $50 or more purchase & FREE Sample & Gift at! Coupon Code: 10OFF50. The free gift is a Mari tea tin, perfect for gift giving. Need some suggestions on what to get? Here are a few:

Teavana's Perfect Tea Maker

This loose leaf tea steeper makes a perfect cup of tea every time. Just add tea leaves and hot water then allow to steep. When done place it over your mug and it will strain the tea right into your cup.

Teavana Perfect Teamaker

Teavana Tea Sampler Gift Set


This tea set comes with everything that someone will need to start enjoying loose tea immediately. It has the Perfect Teamaker, 4 teas (My Morning Mate, Strawberry Lemonade herbal tea, Fruta Bomba green tea, and Rooibos Chai tea), German rock sugar, a PerfecTea Teaspoon, and 4 airtight tea tins. It is all packaged in a gift box. There is enough tea to make 60 cups of tea.

Teavana Tea Sampler Gift Set

While you are shopping pick up a new tea to try for yourself. One of Teavana's most popular teas is their White Ayurvedic Chai Tea. It is a chai that stands apart! This energizing tea contains spicy bursts of cinnamon, cloves and black and red pepper tempered with sweet coconut and delicate lemongrass. These complex flavors enhance the Ayurvedic properties of this rare white tea.

White Ayurvedic Chai Tea

Shop today to receive these Cyber Monday savings!

Is the Radiation in Japan Affecting Tea Production?

With all the tragedy and heartbreak that Japan has faced following the massive earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster there is even more the country must deal with. Radiation has been affecting their food crops, including Japanese tea production.

From an article in the San Francisco Chronicle here is the latest news:

The government decided yesterday to curb shipments of dried tea leaves containing more than 500 becquerel per kilogram of radioactive cesium and ordered a halt in shipments from the eastern prefectures of Ibaraki, Chiba, Kanagawa and Tochigi where tainted produce was detected. Japan's tea production, including fresh and dried leaves, was worth 102.1 billion yen ($1.3 billion) in 2009, according to the agriculture ministry.

The decision came after Shizuoka prefecture, Japan's largest growing region representing about 40 percent of total output, declared its green tea was safe. Governor Heita Kawakatsu said last month tests on fresh leaves and drinks showed they contained cesium amounts well below the government levels. Still, cesium levels in dried leaves could be about five times higher than fresh leaves, said Yasuo Sasaki, senior press counselor at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

"The new regulation may spur shipment restrictions from Shizuoka prefecture, slashing supplies and boosting prices of green teas," Sasaki said today in a telephone interview. "Higher prices could spur consumers to shift from green tea to cheaper alternatives such as barley tea or oolong tea."

This is a topic I want to stay in touch with as Japanese sencha tea is one of my favorites. I will keep you posted to news as I come across it.

Iced Tea Pitcher

Mother Nature has been teasing us here in Michigan with some summer like days. Which has lead to drinking iced tea by the pitcher. Which got me to thinking that I may want to invest in a new iced tea pitcher for when summer is actually here.

My requirements are something easy to use and something that is made for brewing loose leaf iced tea. I came up with a couple of possibilities.

Bodum 3-L. Ceylon Iced Tea Infuser Pitcher


Bodum 3-L. Ceylon Iced Tea Infuser Pitcher

This Ceylon Tea Pitcher is great for all occasions, during hot summers as well as cold winters! Made of clear plastic, the pitchers can serve both cold beverages and warm t... [Read more]


Cold-Brew Iced Tea Pitcher


Cold-Brew Iced Tea Pitcher

Our blend of certified organic black teas hand picked from select gardens in China and India. The full bodied leaves are then blended with precious oil of bergamot to creat... [Read more]

Store: Art of Tea

Takeya Iced Tea Pitcher


Takeya Iced Tea Pitcher

Our Gourmet Iced Tea Set makes it easy to brew up fresh and all natural iced tea. Using our whole leaf iced tea pouches and the Japanese inspired design of the Takeya pitch... [Read more]

Store: Mighty Leaf Tea

Teavana Iced Tea Glass Pitcher with Orange Lid


Teavana Iced Tea Glass Pitcher with Orange Lid

Glass pitcher for iced tea and other cold beverages. Perfect for serving and enjoying refreshing drinks this summer. Pairs perfectly with Teavana's 32oz PerfecTea Maker to ... [Read more]


40 Oz Iced Tea Maker (Airtight Pitcher with Removable Tea Infuser) Finish: Blueberry


40 Oz Iced Tea Maker (Airtight Pitcher with Removable Tea Infuser) Finish: Blueberry

With the Takeya Iced Tea Maker, you can make great-tasting, freshly brewed iced tea in minutes. Just brew half a pitcher of hot tea, remove the infuser, and top off with ic... [Read more]

Store: Wayfair

24 Oz Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker and 66 Oz Pitcher with Silicone Handle in Olive


24 Oz Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker and 66 Oz Pitcher with Silicone Handle in Olive

A chilling new way to make iced tea - naturally and easily. The chilling pitcher converts the freshly brewed tea to iced tea in seconds. Just brew tea in the tea maker, pou... [Read more]

Store: Wayfair


American Tea Room Teacup & Tea Sale

American Tea Room Teacup & Tea SaleEaster (April 24) is just around the corner and Mother's Day (May 8 ) is not far behind that. If you are looking for the perfect gift, then American Tea Room just may be able to help you out. They have offering 10% off on all teas and teacups today through Saturday (4/9/2011).

How about this pretty infuser mug for Mom?


Red and Pink Floral Tea Cup with Infuser

Or this set of 4 mugs inscribed with poems in black kanji and hiragana calligraphy:


Poem Tea Cup Set

Use code TEA10 when checking out in order to receive 10% off. Hurry because this offer is only good for the next few days.

Prince William and KaTea Royalty Tea Bags

Prince William and KaTea Tea Bags

Prince William and KaTea Tea Bags

You just have to love a Royal Wedding. Prince William and Kate Middleton are set to tie the knot on April 29. They will put the faces of the happily engaged couple on anything. Check out these Prince William and KaTea Tea Bags.

Their arms rest on the edge of the cup and are decorated with images of the Prince and Princess-to-be. I'm not sure what kind of tea it is, but a fun novelty item. They would be perfect as a gift for any royal watcher.

Teavana Tea Recall

Teavana Peppermint Organic Herbal Tea

Teavana Peppermint Organic Herbal Tea

Teavana has issued a voluntary recall for their Peppermint Organic Herbal Tea due to possible salmonella contamination. The tea was sold both online and in their retail stores from approximately December 2010 to February 2011.

Please contact Teavana at 1-877-832-8262 for more information. They are offering a full refund for anyone who purchased the tea.

The tea was made by Aromatics Inc. of Basin City, Washington.

A second tea recall was also issued by RemedyTeas for their Peppermint Organic Herbal Tea and Tranquility Herbal Tea that was also made by Aromatics Inc. Customers who purchased this tea from either a retail location or through the internet may return it to the place of purchase or contact the company at 1-206-323-4832 for a full refund.

Gravity Teapot

Gravity TeapotI heard someone mention a Gravity Teapot the other day on twitter and my interest was peaked. I had never heard that term before. It turns out I knew what it was, just had not heard the term before.

The first time that I went into a Teavana store, I was introduced to a gravity teapot. Not only do they sell loose tea and accessories, they also serve tea as well. The loose tea goes into the top along with hot water and you let it steep.

When the tea is finished steeping, then you set it on top of your teacup and it will strain the tea into your cup. It is a great way to brew two cups of tea.

A gravity teapot would be perfect for having at home or the office. Easy to clean and you are all set to make another cup of tea.

Tea Ball Weight

tea ball weight

Tea Ball Weight

Tea Balls can be a good way to steep your favorite loose tea in a mug. I have one though, that doesn't get much use because of the tricky way you have to hook the chain around the handle of the cup. If you don't hook it, then the whole thing falls in and then you must fish it out with a spoon.

Or if you have a mug or tea cup without a handle, then a tea ball won't work at all. My husband is an amateur woodworker and has been working on his lathe lately. He went into his workshop one day and told me that he was working on a surprise for me.

He came out later with the hand turned wood tea ball weight pictured above. It is made from Tulipwood and is coated with a shiny finish. It hooks onto the end of the tea ball chain and works perfectly. No more having to get the little hook into the chain or risking the whole thing falling into my cup of tea.

It is functional and beautiful too! What is your favorite item for steeping tea? Share in the comments below.