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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!

Bodum Double Walled Tea Cups

Bodum Double Walled Tea CupI love double walled tea cups. Generally they don't have a handle and I love the smoothness and ability to hold the cup from any side.  Some of the best known are these Bodum double walled tea cups.

The double wall helps to insulate your hand from the heat of the liquid inside. And it also gives the tea a neat appearance as it appears suspended in thin air. They are made from borosilicate-glass to withstand both hot and cold liquids.

You can get just the Bodum tea cup or they also make an infuser tea cup that has a lid and steeping basket to make a single cup of loose tea. After steeping the lid holds the steeping basket to contain any liquid when the tea leaves drain. This version comes in black, green, orange, and red. Pretty and functional too!

There is also a handled version of this tea cup too, in case you prefer one.

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 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!

What is the Difference Between Green Tea, Black Tea and White Tea?

There are a number of different teas: white, green, black, rooibos and herbal. It can seem very overwhelming at times to keep them all straight and what their differences are. Today I'd like to talk about the difference between green tea, black tea and white tea. One of the most surprising things of all is that they come from the same tea bush, Camellia sinensis. Especially when you look at them:

White Tea Leaves

White Tea Leaves

Green Tea Leaves

Green Tea Leaves

Black Tea Leaves

Black Tea Leaves

It is all in the picking and processing of the leaves that make the difference. White tea is harvested from the very top of the tea bush early in the year. They only pick the top leaf and a bud. These tea leaves are then dried in the sun and that is it.

Green tea are tea leaves from the whole bush and they also undergo a step of being steamed or pan fired. Before being dried it is often rolled into different shapes depending on the type of green tea. For instance Jasmine tea is sometimes rolled into a pearl shape.

Black tea undergoes the most processing. Tea leaves from all over the bush are picked and then left in the sun to wilt. The tea leaves are then rolled allowing the tea leaves to ferment as they react with the air. The fermenting process turns the tea leaves black. They are then dried.

So that is the basics. Look for another post coming soon discussing the various types of teas within each class and why they taste so different. Hope you enjoyed reading about the differences between green tea, black tea, and white tea. Check out our Tea Shop and order some to try today.

Steepware Steeping Mug Review

Steepware Steeping MugOne of my favorite tea cups is my Steepware Steeping Mug. I use it pretty much every day to brew loose tea. The reason I love it so much is that in comes in three pieces: mug, lid, and steeping basket.

It is all ceramic and the steeping basket rests inside of the mug perfectly. The lid helps keep the tea warm while it is steeping. Then you just flip it over and it creates a cradle for the steeping basket to sit in. That way you don't get a wet mess on your counter or desk when you pull the steeping basket out.

About the only thing I don't like about it is that the holes in the steeping basket are just the right shape and size for rooibos tea to go through. After the tea is done brewing though, I generally let it sit for a few minutes to cool anyway and the tea leaves that do get through sink to the bottom of the mug.

If you brew loose tea on a regular basis or interested in trying it, then get a Steepware Steeping Mug today.

P.S. I tried the tip from Jessica and it worked like a charm. I added the hot water to the cup first and then added the steeping basket with Rooibos tea into it. Very cool to watch the water swirl into. Anyway there is only a small number of tea leaves in the bottom of my cup. This tip has made a great mug even better!

Electric Tea Kettles

The electric tea kettle is an integral part of our kitchen. It is used every day even in the hot summer months. I love making iced tea in the summer and I believe the best kind is when you steep the tea leaves in hot water and then cool it with ice cubes or in the refrigerator overnight.

Our electric tea kettle is used for making tea, hot chocolate, and sometimes instant noodles. Here are some of the best sellers on Amazon.com. Order one today and simplify your tea making.

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Dreaming About Teapots

On this cold and rainy Saturday, after a blissful few days of warm weather and sunshine, my thought turn to teapots. Full of beauty, but also a thing of function. The perfect place to allow tea leaves to steep, creating that wonderful cup of tea that warms the body and soul.

Perhaps a strong and sturdy American Tea Room Signature Black Teapot?

American Tea Room Black Signature Teapot

Or a Cast Iron Teapot covered in cherry blossoms to help us look forward to Spring?

This glass teapot is a great way to see the tea as it steeps or to enjoy a flowering tea as it unfolds.

How about Tea for One in this practical teapot?

Yes, I am dreaming of Teapots. Will you join me? Which one is your favorite?

How is Matcha Powder Made?

You may know matcha as the powdery green tea that is blended with hot water in order to make a refreshing & healthy cup of tea.  Have you ever wondered how matcha powder is made?  Well I did so I set out to do some research in order to find out.

Tea leaves that are going to become matcha powder must be specially prepared while they are still growing on the tea bush.  A few weeks before they are harvested they are covered so that they do not receive any sunlight.  This prevents the sun from reaching the leaves, which slows down the growth and makes the leaves darker and sweeter.

After the tea leaves are picked they are laid out flat to dry.  This causes the leaves to crumble. The stems and veins are removed and then the leaves are stone ground to create matcha powder.  This powder is then whisked into hot water to make matcha tea. I also enjoy matcha lattes where you add milk and sweetener.

Here is a great video on how to make Matcha:


A great source of Matcha is American Tea Room. They have everything that you will need to start preparing Matcha tea at home. Order some today.

Loose Tea to Go Cup

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I usually brew a cup of loose tea to go in the morning.  Since then a few people have asked me to suggest the perfect loose tea to go cup and here are a few that I have found.

This Chocolate Tea Thermos is perfect for making loose tea on the go.  It has a built in tea infuser that can be removed when the tea is done steeping.  It is double walled to help keep your tea hot or cold, whichever you prefer.  It is sized to fit in most car cup holders, making it perfect for taking with you on errands or your morning commute.

There is also a great travel Tea Press too.  You lift the plunger, place your loose tea inside, along with hot water and let it steep.  Once it is done, you just push the plunger down, which contains all of the tea leaves on the bottom.  This is great for traveling because you don't need to worry about finding a place to put a tea infuser with the used leaves when the steeping is done.

If you want to go for pure beauty along with functionality, there is also this wonderful tea to go cup.  It holds 16 ounces of tea and comes with a built in tea strainer.  It is also a great mug to steep flowering teas in too.  Just place the tea in the bottom, add hot water, and watch it unfold.

Please let us know if you are looking for something specific.  We are happy to help you find the perfect loose tea to go cup or anything else related to tea.  Just use the contact form or leave a comment below.