Tag Archives: Green Tea

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 Teavana.com! 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.

American Tea Room Presidents Day Sale

Save 20% at American Tea Room For Presidents' Day!American Tea Room loves an American holiday and in celebration they are having a President's Day Sale! Save 20% off loose teas, teapots, and almost everything else they sell.

This comes at a great time too, because I am completely out of Immortal Green and Midori Sencha teas. It is also a great time to pick up their top selling green tea Nirvana.

They also have a number of gourmet food items to choose from too, so if it has been awhile since you shopped you should definitely check them out.

When checking out, use coupon code PRES20 to receive your discount. The sale runs through 2/21/2011 (which is Monday) and excludes items by Breville and Bodum.

Last Day to Save 20% off Green Tea from American Tea Room

20% Off Green Tea At American Tea Room!Today is the last day to save 20% off Green Tea from the American Tea Room. Green tea is full of anti-oxidants and a great way to stick to your New Year's resolutions of living a healthier life.

At check out just use the coupon code GREEN20 and you will receive your discount.

Some of my favorite green teas from American Tea Room include Immortal Green, a sencha with peach, and Organic Midori Sencha, a sencha with melons. They are my go to everyday teas.

I think I will use the sale to finally pick up some Nirvana, one of their newest teas that is receiving a great buzz. It is sencha combined with rose petals, berries, figs and kiwi.

They have a number of other great green teas as well, if fruit blends are not your thing. Check them out and order today!

Tea Gift Baskets

Tea Gift BasketsIt is December 1st! Do you have all your Holiday shopping done? I do not, so decided to do some exploring to see what kind of tea gift baskets that are available. I have several people on my list that either love tea or have expressed an interest in learning more about all the great loose tea selections available.

To help make your shopping easier, here are some of the great tea gift baskets that I have found:

  • American Tea Room's Bento Box Origin Collection. This hefty tea gift has eight teas packaged in a beautiful black lacquer bento box. It includes Organic Silver Needles, Honyama Sencha, Long Jing, Bao Zhong Royale, Qimen imperial, Ceylon, Maharajah and Pu Er imperial.
  • Teavana Tea Gift SetTeavana Tea Gift Set. This includes four of their most popular teas along with a perfect tea scoop ( I have one and love it!), a PerfecTea maker. The teas include My Morning Mate, Strawberry Lemonade, Fruta Bomba Green Tea, and Rooibos Chai. It is everything they will need to make a perfect cup of tea.
  • Dammann Freres Coffret 1925. This collection of four teas with an infuser is in a stylish metal box. It contains Goute Russe, Jardin Bleu, Paul and Virginie, and Melange Mysterieux. These tea blends were made in France.

  • One last one from American Tea Room. Their Signature Black Gift Set (also available in white) contains three of my favorite teas from them along with a beautiful tea pot and two tea cups. It also has some rock candy swizzlers and a tea prep guide. It is wrapped in white linen gift wrap and tied with a bow.

Green Tea Latte Recipe

Green Tea Latte RecipeI am a huge fan of Starbucks's Green Tea Lattes. I could drink one everyday. Unfortunately starting around $3 a pop, they are not the most economical thing to drink.

So I've come up with my own green tea latte recipe and it works for either hot or cold drinks. You will need:

  • the milk of your choice
  • simple syrup (2 parts water, 1 part sugar brought to a boil and then cooled completely)
  • matcha powder with sugar
  • ice for a cold drink

I usually make up the simple syrup ahead of time and store it in the fridge. In your favorite tea cup add your preferred amount of simple syrup. I don't usually measure this out, it is more of an eyeball it to your own taste sort of thing. If making an iced green tea latte, then just pour in cold milk. If not, heat it up first.

Then I add the matcha powder on top. Starbucks uses a sweetened matcha powder, but they don't sell it in the stores. I suggest the matcha from Mighty Leaf Tea found below as a substitute.

You can stir everything together with a spoon, but I find having a little milk frother works very nicely to blend it all together. Add ice, if cold, and enjoy.

I know there is a lack of concrete measurements in my green tea latte recipe, but I really think it is one of those things you need to do some trial and error on to find what works best for you.

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.

Sliced Peach Iced Tea

Sliced Peach Iced TeaRecently the American Tea Room tweeted about making iced tea with fresh fruit slices in it. It sounded intriguing and I had all the ingredients handy, so I decided to give it a try. I choose to brew some Immortal Green loose tea.

After steeping, I poured the hot tea over some ice to cool it more quickly. I then added some cut up peach slices and poured a glass. It was good, but like sangria I figured a few hours of letting the flavors mesh would be better. So I popped it in the fridge, also adding some orange slices as well.

That evening I had a really great pitcher of iced tea. The addition of the peach and orange slices really enhanced the flavor of the green tea. Plus I rarely sweeten my tea, so it added a nice natural sweetness which was very refreshing.

I got the Immortal Green tea from the American Tea Room and the peaches and oranges from my local grocery store.

Do you ever add fresh fruit to your iced tea? I would love to hear about your favorite combinations in the comments below.