We are going to be posting several Black Friday tea deals as we learn of them. Our first one up is from Teavana. Starting today and running through Monday 11/30/2009 you will receive 2 oz of Rooibos Rose Garden loose tea for free with any purchase. It is described as a flowery and fruity blend of green Rooibos, rhubarb pieces, red currants, and pink rose petals. And you will get to try it for free.
This is a great time to purchase gifts for others or to try out some new teas from Teavana. Or just restock your tea cabinet with your favorites.
Here is our top gift suggestion:
Imperial Blooming Flower Tea Collection. This lovely gift comes with four kinds of blooming tea as well as four tea tins and two double-walled glass tea tumblers. Who says that flowers just have to bloom in the garden?
Again the deal is for Free Tea with Any Order - Receive 2oz Rooibos Rose Garden Tea with any order at Teavana.com Wednesday 11/25/09 thru Monday 11/30/09. You will also receive free shipping on any order over $50. Avoid the stores and shop online this week.
Monday through Friday I have to drive my daughter to school, so morning is a rush. I seldom like leaving without a travel mug full of fresh brewed tea in hand though. The mornings are pretty cold right now and it is nice to have something warm to drink for the drive. I typically brew my tea inside of a teapot, but in the morning I am in a hurry and don't want lots to clean later.
My solution for brewing loose tea to go is an infuser basket and a stainless steel travel mug. Why stainless steel? We tend to avoid plastic in our house for a variety of reasons. They do make some lovely glass travel tea mugs, but I'm a huge klutz so I'm guessing it wouldn't travel for long (for me anyway). Stainless steel is a great choice because it is resilent (within reason of course), cleans up easily and retains heat for a long time.
I use this one and really like it. It has a 20 oz capacity so I can make a really big cup of tea to get me through the morning. Plus it can also be used at my local coffee shop for their venti size drinks. I like to go green whenever I can. I then start my kettle, set the infuser basket to rests on the rim, fill with some loose tea, and steep for a few minutes. When it is done I just remove the infuser basket, put the lid on and go. Very easy and minimal cleanup.
That is how I enjoy a nice cup of loose tea to go. You can save even more time by setting up everything the night before, including putting the tea in the infuser basket.
While there are some tea bags in our tea cabinet, the majority is loose teas. I find that they have a far superior flavor to tea made from a teabag. We have everything from a gundpowder green tea flavored with almond slices to a rooibos with red currants and blue mallow blossoms.
Loose teas can be either single origin teas that are just purely tea leaves. Other times they are blends of various teas, flowers, fruits, or berries. Brewing tea loose in a tea pot or inside of an infuser is a great way to let the leaves expand and uncurl in the water. You want to give the essential oils a chance to impart as much flavor to the water as possible.
While I have tried some poor quality loose teas, for the most part the teas that I sampled are all very good quality. Most tea merchants choose the finest quality tea leaves.
What do you look for when choosing a tea? What are some of your favorite loose teas? It is definitely all based on personal preference. My husband has not found a rooibos tea that he likes and while I like most teas, I do not like to drink chai tea iced. We would love to know what you like and dislike.
The Art of Tea is a great source of loose leaf tea and tea accessories. They are known for both their single variety teas as well as their original blends of teas with exotic flavors. Right now through the end of the year they are offering a free shipping coupon code with a $50 order.
Some of their tempting creations to try with this great free shipping code are Pomegranate Green, Chocolate Monkey, and Hojicha de la Creme.
It will not be difficult to fill your shopping cart when you visit their site. They definitely have some great teas to brew. When checking out you want to use code SHIP50 to receive the free ground shipping.
What are some of your favorites from Art of Tea in your tea cabinet? Let us know in the comments below.