Category Archives: Loose Teas

Best Tea When You are Sick

I was terribly sick last week, so much so that I missed my weekly Yoga class. Not much stops me from going to that, let me tell you. It was one of those head colds that gave me a massive headache over the course of days along with a cough. Of course I drank a ton of tea to feel better. So that leads me to the best tea when you are sick.

Personally I'm a big believer in vitamin C to help kick your immune system in gear and honey to soothe your throat. For this I turn to a Hibiscus tea with honey combo. Specifically Chartreuse Tea's Hibiscus Quench.

Chartreuse Hibiscus Quench TeaIt is high in vitamin C and contains spearmint leaves as well, which are great for helping to calm your stomach and open your sinuses. And there is nothing quite like holding a warm cup of tea in between your hands when you are not feeling well.

I'm not even sure how many cups of this tea that I drank last week, but it definitely helped make a miserable week better.

What is your favorite tea when you are sick? Please share in the comments below.

American Tea Room Election Day Sale

Brioche TeaToday is Election Day and after you get out and vote, reward yourself with some yummy loose tea from the American Tea Room. They are having an Election Day Loose Tea Sale!

Receive 25% off all loose teas when using the coupon code ELECTION25 when checking out.

Today is a great opportunity to have your voice be heard and stock up on some really wonderful tea. Try Brioche, Organic Early Grey Shanghai Tea, and Tangier Apricot Black Tea. Any of these would be perfect for serving at Thanksgiving.

Have fun shopping!

Exclusive American Tea Room Coupon Code

American Tea Room Coupon CodeBeen wanting to try some loose tea from American Tea Room or need to refill your tea cabinet? Check out this exclusive American Tea Room coupon code good for 10% all loose tea.

Crisp cold mornings, frost, and yes some hail and snow have already made it my way in Michigan. Which means that is it perfect hot tea weather!

I love that they offer tea in a number of sizes including sample sizes all the way up to 14 oz. Plus they come in resealable storage bags, ensuring that your loose tea stays fresh.

When checking out enter code TEACABINET10 into the Coupon/Promotional Code box to receive the discount. It is good through 11/25/2010. Happy Shopping! Don't forget to stock up for Holiday gifts and parties.

Chartreuse Tea Review

Chartreuse TeaLast weekend I visited Greenfield Village with my family. It is one of our favorite places to visit and we go often. They were holding a special Fall Flavors event along with a Farmer's Market. One of the vendors in the market was Chartreuse Tea. They are a made in Michigan company that features organic, caffeine free herbal teas.

I was first introduced to their teas while shopping at Whole Foods. The bright, chartreuse tea tin caught my eye. For an end of the year teacher's gift, I gave my daughter's two teachers a tin of the Peaceful Bliss blend. Highly appropriate I thought.

Anyway the Chartreuse Table at the Farmer's Market was a loose leaf tea drinker's dream. They had about 10 of their teas ready for sampling. They were all so good. I got to try Hibiscus Quench, Pride of Africa, Citrus Sunrise, and Mountain Green.

Hibiscus Quench

Check out the rosebuds!

I brought home three of their teas. Hibiscus Quench is made with organic hibiscus, organic rosehips, organic lemongrass, organic orange peel, organic spearmint, organic lavender, organic red rose petals, and organic stevia.

Hibiscus Quench Steeped

I love the rich color.

Mountain Green is made with organic green rooibos (my preference over red rooibos), organic orange peel, and organic lemon myrtle.

They also gave me Solomon's Seal, which I have not tried yet. It is Solomon's Seal Root and organic brown rice. I have not tried it yet, but I wonder if it is like genmaicha tea.

I highly recommend you try their teas, especially if you are looking for a caffeine free, herbal tea that is also organic too. You can find their tea at Whole Foods stores in Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, and Wisconsin and online at Amazon.com.

Is Rooibos Tea Decaf?

Is Rooibos Tea DecafRecently I was asked is Rooibos Tea decaf? For which the answer is a resounding yes! It contains no caffeine naturally and is a great option for those who can not tolerate it.

I usually start my day out with a green tea with caffeine, but by the time the afternoon rolls around I know that it is time for me to switch to a caffeine free or decaf tea or I will be up all night long. There are many reasons for staying away from caffeine and that is mine. Plus my daughter loves it and while she does drink tea with caffeine from time to time, caffeine free is mostly what she drinks.

I am a huge fan of Rooibos blends, especially those with fruit. I really enjoy the ones from Teavana and the American Tea Room. From Teavana I recommend their Tropica Rooibos Tea and Chai Rooibos Tea. From the American Tea Room I recommend their Martinique Green Rooibos Tropical Blend (it is now organic!) and Saint Tropez Green Rooibos Berry.

Receive free shipping on any order over $50 from Teavana and any order over $60 from American Tea Room. Enjoy the decaf Rooibos.

Why is There Popcorn in my Genmaicha Tea?

Genmaicha TeaRecently I had the pleasure of trying my first Genmaicha tea. It was a bit unusual when I first opened up the package as it contains green tea leaves along with roasted brown rice. I wasn't too sure of it at first. And then I noticed the white pieces in it and thought 'why is there popcorn in my genmaicha tea?'

To find out the answer you have to know a bit of the history of this tea. It was originally a tea that was popular amongst peasants in Japan. They added the brown rice as a filler to reduce the amount of green tea leaves needed. In the process of roasting the brown rice, some of it pops like popcorn. It all gets added to the green tea leaves so that is why there is popcorn in genmaicha tea.

The result is a nutty and sweet green tea. Now it is enjoyed by everyone in society. I really enjoy it and highly recommend everyone who loves loose green tea to give it a try. Here a a few varieties to try:

Making Loose Tea in Your Dorm Room

If you are a tea drinker and living in a dorm away at college, then I know how difficult it can be to have some of the comforts of home. Making loose tea in your dorm room though is pretty simple with a few basic things. Here is what you will need:

  1. An electric tea kettle. Plug in, add water, and turn on. You can have hot water in just a few minutes.
  2. Loose Tea Travel Mug. The best way to brew tea is in a travel mug that you can take with you. Let's face it, most of college happens outside of your dorm room so you won't be sitting around sipping a cup there. Instead you need something that you can add loose tea to, pour in hot water, and go.
  3. Loose Tea of course. I recommend stocking up on some green tea to help keep your immune system in tip top shape. The caffeine won't hurt either for those late night study sessions.

Here are some items that will be perfect. Remember, living in a dorm does not mean you must give up your loose tea.

Brewing Loose Iced Tea Video

Brewing Loose Iced TeaRecently I wrote about making a fast glass of loose iced tea. It is such a great method to cool off, during this record heat summer we are having. I'm going through iced tea so very quickly, that a pitcher doesn't last very long in my home.

Anyway I found a video that shows how to make a quick glass of iced tea. This Brewing Loose Iced Tea video is just over a minute long, so won't take long to watch. He uses what appears to be the Teavana Perfect Tea Maker, which is a great option for steeping both hot and iced tea.

You can find some great loose teas from Teavana along with tea making accessories. They are also offering free shipping with a $50 order right now, a great savings to your order.

What is your favorite tea from Teavana? I am a big fan of their herbal and rooibos blends.

Making Fast Iced Tea

Summer has been very hot so far and it has made my morning cup of hot tea very unappealing. I'm also not always the best at remembering to make up a pitcher of iced tea the night before, so I've been working on a system for making fast iced tea. This is what is working for me.

Step 1: Brew a cup of loose leaf tea in my usual way, perhaps adding more tea leaves than usual.

Making Iced Tea Fast

Step 2: Add 1 cup of ice to a 2 cup pyrex glass measuring cup. I use the pyrex measuring cup because it is made to hold both hot and cold liquids and I figure most people already have one in their kitchen.

Pyrex Measuring Cup with Ice

Step 3: Pouring the hot tea over the ice. Once it has cooled (and this usually happens fairly quickly) I pour it into the drinking glass of my choice.

Pour Tea Over Ice

Simple and fast! Plus I still get to enjoy my morning ritual of picking out a tea, using my tea kettle, and inhaling the nice aroma of a freshly steeped cup of loose tea.

Making Fast Iced Tea

Today's iced tea was made with American Tea Room's Immortal Green, a pyrex measuring cup, and my Kati loose tea brewing system.

How do you make iced tea? Any tips you would love to share, feel free to do so in the comments.  Thanks!