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I hope the green coloring doesn’t throw you off because these brownies are delicious! The light and airy texture is almost like a cake. This is the perfect quick dessert for anyone who loves matcha tea.

Matcha has so many benefits to the body! It helps fight heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and some even believe is slows the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. And for those of us entering the colder months and cold season, Matcha is great to boost your immune system.

 

LET’S BAKE!

 

Step 1: Choose your Matcha Tea! We have plenty of options at ETS. Such as peppermint matcha, bengal club chai, kenya white rhino and japanese izu.

Bengal Club Chai Matcha Loose Leaf Tea

Step 2: Get your ingredients ready. You will need:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of milk
  • 70 g all-purpose flour
  • 100 g white chocolate chips
  • 120 g melted white chocolate
  • 30 g Matcha Tea Powder
  • 70 g unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 60 g sugar

 

Step 3: Get your oven ready. Preheat at 350 degrees F.

Step 4: Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper.

Step 5: Whisk together the flour and matcha powder.

Step 6: Beat the butter and sugar together until light then add eggs one at a time

Step 7: Stir in melted white chocolate and milk until mixed fully

Step 8: Stir in matcha mixture and half of the white chocolate chips

Step 9: Pour into pan and bake for 10 minutes.

Step 10: Remove from oven and sprinkle rest of chips on top

Step 11: Bake another 7 minutes!

Step 12: Let cool & ENJOY!

 

 

We hope you enjoy this recipe that we uncovered from epicmatcha.com! I tried it out even though I was skeptical and found it to be the PERFECT after dinner dessert without being too heavy. Plus I don’t feel guilty from the all the wonderful benefits from matcha.

 

 

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If you’re looking for a tea to help with stomach pain, sore throats, antioxidants or anything specific, this is a great brand for you. Especially as cold season is coming around from the weather change nothing is better than a hot cup of tea.

Yogi Bhajan was a yoga teacher with lovely holistic ways. He was a believer of yoga/herbs/etc. in helping aid the practice of peaceful living. His name and his practice of yoga began the interest in “Yogi” as a tea brand.

 His teas are made to help you to feel “vibrant and alive” and each have different benefits.

It was not until 1984 that the Yogi Tea Company began its journey to be one of the greatest tea sellers. His teas began to show up in natural food stores in Southern California and Europe.

 

“FEEL GOOD, BE GOOD, DO GOOD”

 

As like other tea companies we have mentioned, Yogi continues to support national and global causes. They pride themselves in aiding small businesses.They also partner with Pearl Buck Center, which is a non-profit organization for vocational training to adults with disabilities. There are so many other great Projects that they donate to and help daily that you can read about here.

Yogi now sells over 60 brands of tea and we at tea store carry some of the most popular!

Top Sellers Here at ETS:

 

Stomach Ease Caffeine Free Tea

 

Yogi Stomach Ease Caffeine Free Tea - 16 Tea Bags

 

  • All Organic
  • Promotes Digestive Health
  • Fennel Seed and Licorice
  • Addition of Peppermint
  • Cardamom, Coriander & Ginger
  • Compostable Tea Bags
  • Kosher
  • Suitable for Vegans
  • $5.99 / 16 Tea Bags

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green Tea Super Antioxidant

 

 

  • All OrganicYogi Super Antioxidant Green Tea - 16 Tea Bags
  • Reduces Aging, Pollution & Stress
  • Green Tea, Grapeseed & Amla
  • Potent Antioxidants
  • Citrus Flavor
  • Sweet Floral Notes
  • Kosher
  • Suitable for Vegans
  • $5.99 / 16 Tea Bags

 

 

 

 

 

And lastly, great for cold & flu season… Throat Comfort Tea

 

  • All Organic Herbal BlendYogi Throat Comfort Tea - 16 Tea Bags
  • Slippery Elm Bark & Mullein
  • Soothes Minor Throat Irritation
  • Wild Berry Bark & Licorice Root
  • Kosher
  • Suitable for Vegans
  • $5.99 / 16 Tea Bags

 

 

 

 

 

Stay tuned for next week where we dig into Taylor of Harrogate!

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You may notice at least early on in September, you begin to smell a familiar spicy smell. Cinnamon is back in the air and we couldn’t be happier to welcome it back! It’s one of our favorite spices ever!

Cinnamon is one of the most commonly used spices in the world. It comes from the bark of the cinnamon tree in countries such as Vietnam (Saigon), Sri Lanka (Ceylon), China (Cassia), Indonesia, and India, along with several other countries. The spice has been used in natural medicine and in the culinary world, in which it can be used for sweet or savory foods. Cinnamon is also used in drinks, such as Indian Chai Tea, which is popular worldwide.

Now what are some of our favorite cinnamon teas? Take a look at our list and see for yourself. If your favorite spicy cinnamon tea did not make the list, let us know!

Twinings Orange and Cinnamon Spice Herbal Tea is one of my personal favorites. You can drink this any season and any time of day, hot or iced. This Twinings tea is a soothing rooibos with sweet orange accentuated with a kick of cinnamon.

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Twinings Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Tea is perfect for a morning or after dinner cup with a good slice of coffee cake. A delectable blend of black tea, cinnamon, apple flavors, and chai spices make up this cozy cup of heaven.

Twinings Spiced Apple Chai Tea - 20 count

English Tea Store’s Cinnamon Sibu Green Tea is a smooth blend of cinnamon and Sencha style green tea with lovely notes of rose petals. Perfect hot or iced and at home or on the go.

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Harney and Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice is one spicy tea that you cannot miss out on. Packed in a bright orange tin, this is a sweet and spicy blend of black tea, cinnamon, orange, and cloves. You will want to have this tea while sitting in front of a nice, cozy fire.

Harney and Sons Tea - Hot Cinnamon Spice - 30 count

 

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Tazo tea was founded in 1994 by a man by the name of Steve Smith. It was eventually sold to Starbucks in 1999. Tazo is based in Portland, Oregon. The makers of Tazo claim that the original formulas can be found on an ancient stone called the Tazo Stone which was uncovered in 1987 on the Red Sea.

The name Tazo comes from the Romany word meaning “river of life”

Tazo is a proud member of ETP or Ethical Tea Partnership, which is an alliance of tea packers who aim to improve the lives of tea workers. They also donate to AIDS outreach, education, arts and literature, and the environment.

There are over 80 varieties of Tazo teas but all teas fall into one of four categories: black, green, oolong or white. Tazo products are certifiably kosher and most of them are gluten free.

 

Now for some top sellers:

 

 

Zen Tea

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  • Green Tea w/ Lemongrass & Spearmint
  • Fresh, Lively Taste
  • Kosher Tea
  • Natural Flavors
  • Caffeinated
  • $5.50 / 20 Tea Bags

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awake English Breakfast

  • Combination of Assam, Darjeeling & Black Tea
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  • Kosher tea
  • Natural Flavors
  • Caffeinated
  • $5.50 / 20 Tea Bags

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Cinnamon Spice

 

Tazo Sweet Cinnamon Spice Caffeine Free Tea - 20 Tea Bags

  • Rooibos & Herbal Tea
  • Warm, Sweet Cinnamon
  • Spicy Star Anise
  • Kosher tea
  • Decaffeinated
  • $5.50 / 20 Tea Bags

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tazo tea is my personal favorite tea of all time. I love everything about it from the packaging to the flavor. It is very fresh and vibrant. As always, let us know your favorite Tazo tea and if you plan to try any, please review them on the site!

If you have lived in the UK or visited, you might have heard of a dessert called a Banoffee Pie. One of the most popular desserts in the UK, it is as well known as a Boston Cream Pie. If you do not know what Banoffee Pie is, the name is a portmanteau of banana and toffee. At first, I was amazed that people in Britain eat this but now I’m like, “Why don’t more people in America eat this?” Follow this simple recipe and in no time you will be serving up your own Banoffee pie!

 

Ingredients

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For the base:

100g butter, melted (about 7 tablespoons)

250g digestive biscuits (1 pack of McVities Digestives), crushed

 

For the caramel: 100g (7 tablespoons)  butter

100g dark brown soft sugar (3.5 ounces or a little less than ½ cup dry)

397g can Carnation Condensed Milk

 

For the top: 4 small bananas

300ml carton whipping cream, lightly whipped ((250ml is one fluid cup US)

grated chocolate

 

You will also need…

1 20cm loose-bottomed cake tin, greased (I used whatever pie pan I had but any will do)

 

  1. Put the biscuit crumbs in your bowl, then tip in the melted butter and mix it all together. Spoon this into the base and press against the bottom and sides – this is the base of the banoffee pie recipe. Chill for ten minutes.

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  1. Melt the butter and sugar into a non-stick saucepan over a low heat, stirring all the time until the sugar has dissolved. Add the condensed milk and bring to a rapid boil for about a minute, stirring all the time for a thick golden caramel. Spread the caramel over the base, cool and then chill for about 1 hour, until firm or until ready to serve.

Sugar & Butter

  1. Carefully lift the pie from the tin and place on a serving plate. Slice the bananas; fold half of them into the softly whipped cream and spoon over the base. Decorate with the remaining bananas and finish with the grated chocolate.

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To get the most out of this banoffee pie recipe, make sure that you really boil the filling for at least 1 minute to be sure it sets to a fantastically tasty caramel.

 

Recipe used with permission from our friends at Carnation UK!

Final Result

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Stash tea prides themselves in making tea with natural ingredients.

They began brewing in Portland in 1972. Therefore this company is pretty new compared to some of the others we have talked about thus far. But that has no effect on how delicious and amazing the tea they make is! They still know tea. They began by selling traditional and specialty tea blends to restaurants and mail order.

Today, they are headquartered in Tigard, Oregon which is a suburb of Portland and are one of the largest tea companies in the United States. They sell everywhere – grocery stores, natural food stores, online, mass merchandisers, etc.

How did they come up with the name Stash? Well, it seems to be from a tea folklore. The fine teas were often given to the captain of the ship and this specific “stash” of tea was kept hidden away from others because it was so precious.

They are locally and globally aware of the environment and aim to keep it clean. They are sure to select teas at specific places because they only offer business to HONEST and FAIR places. They also are committed to renewable energy and purchase green power through the local electric utility, Portland General Electric. They reuse & recycle packaging materials, office supplies and anything else that they possibly can.

If you can’t tell, we here at ETS love green companies!

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We sell Christmas tea and everyday tea by Stash in tea bags, tea chests and gift sets.

Now for some of our favorites:

 

Our number one seller is the Stash’s Favorite Tea Chest:

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It is just what it sounds like: a chest of tea! You pick the finish of your chest such as light, black cherry, dark cherry, or cherry. You can also have your chest personalized if you wish. Then once you crack it open you have so many choices of teas: English Breakfast, Irish Breakfast, Earl Grey, Peppermint, Chai Spice, Jasmine Blossom, Chamomile Nights & Stash Fusion Breakfast. It is the perfect choice if you love trying new teas or are not sure which one you will like yet! You can get this chest for the low price of $39.89!

“Gave this to a friend for Christmas. She loves the chest and is enjoying the tea. It was a good gift for a tea drinker.” – B, an ETS Customer

 

Even though it’s not that time of year yet, we want you to be able to stock up on this fast seller. The Stash Christmas Eve Tea is a great caffeine-free option around the winter months. They will be here before we know it! This herbal tea has hints of mint & sweet spices. So relax by the fire with this warm, delicious cup of tea.

Stash Christmas Eve Caffeine Free Herbal Tea Bags - 18 count

“This is my favorite tea out there and it was nearly impossible to find it for the holidays this year. I’m so grateful the English Tea Store had it. I stocked up for the year just in case Stash has stopped making it.” – Brigette, an ETS customer

 

 

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And lastly, the Decaf Chai Spice Tea! This is another decaffeinated option. This specific tea is spicy, blend of black tea along with ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, clove & cardamom. Talk about flavor!

 

“I was happy finding Stash’s Chai Spice in a decaffeinated version. The flavorful spice is just as excellent as the caffeinated version… a bold decaf alternative for fireside sipping!” – George, an ETS customer.

Some other delicious options for fall are the Pumpkin Spice Decaf and the Orange Spice Black. 

Stay tuned to next Wednesday, where we talk about the famous Tazo tea!

 

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Recently at my regular job at a supermarket, I have been promoted to a position which involves me coming in and working graveyard shift. This means I have to come in and work while everyone else is asleep. Sometimes my shifts can begin as early as 2:30 in the morning, and the local coffee shops are not open just yet. With my recent schedule change, this took me back to my college days when I would get up early to go to my morning classes. The thing I hated the most was making an entire pot of coffee and only drinking one cup! I ended up having to throw away the entire pot after my cup of coffee.

 

During my college days, not only did I learn to love coffee, but it also taught me to appreciate tea. When I was not wasting pots of coffee and studying, I loved to sit at a table or desk with a good cup of tea. It always calmed my nerves or it motivated me enough to do my work.

 

If you have a college student or you yourself are a college student going to either community college or university, you know it’s always tough with the all nighters and there is worry of not getting enough sleep. As I always suggest, a cup of tea will do them some good. English Tea Store has a few teas to help perk you up so you can study for your big test or help calm your nerves right before the big test.

 

Coffee or Tea flavored Pu-erh gives you 3-for-1. This tea is an invigorating combination of Pu-erh tea, pure Ethiopian Coffee, and just a dash of Kerala cocoa. So bold and chocolaty, you can have this with a splash of milk or enjoy iced.

Coffee or Tea Flavored Pu-erh Loose Leaf Tea

Study Buddy Loose Leaf Herbal Tea is South American Mate, which has been said to be a powerful energy boosting tea by itself, mixed with flower petals and dried fruit, making a pleasing smell and taste. The tea is a pink color when brewed, giving off a nice, cheery mood. A study buddy indeed!

Study Buddy Herbal Loose Leaf Tea

Hangover Helper Herbal Tea is to give you a nice calming effect after a night on the town or perhaps pulling an all-nighter. Try this hot or iced with just a splash of vodka added for a tea-based Bloody Mary!

Hangover Helper Herbal Loose Leaf Tea

Remember to eat properly, too! Enjoy your tea with a bowl of oatmeal or some eggs and toast in addition to some fresh fruit. A meal before class can help students concentrate better during lectures.

 

Have a safe and happy school year!

 

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For this next brand, we are staying in America with award winning Iced Tea making Shangri La tea. They are known for their “vivid, unusual flavors, consistently high quality and unmatched value”.

In fact they have won the North American Tea Championship multiple times each year since 2008!

NEW: They are constantly adding new, bold flavors to the lineup which is a great sign of an evolving company. Every batch of tea is taste tested before it reaches the consumer.

FRESH: They pride themselves in being the “quickest in the industry”. By this, they mean that from the time the tea leaves are picked, they are the quickest to get to you.

HOME: California is the home of their Food Service Distributors and lab.

WORLDWIDE: They do not just sell tea to us as Americans, they are a worldwide supplier!

We really enjoy this company for reasons other than the great taste. They are a member of the Rain Forest Alliance. Their standards for biodiversity conservation, worker protection, healthcare, etc. are environmentally friendly. You can read more here.

You can also read more about Shangri La’s alliances with the USDA National Organic Program, Fairtrade and the Jewish Community Council of Montreal here.

 

 

Here at ETS, we sell iced teas by this delicious company. They are our FAVORITE! You can purchase a resealable bag including six large pouches of tea that can be prepared on a stove top or you have a K-cup option.

The most popular, five star, resealable bag option is the Tropical Passion Black Brew:

Even the name sounds delicious and makes you feel like you’re on an island! The base of this tea is a fruit blend of black teas. It is also infused with tropical fruits and flowers. This choice is caffeinated and each filter (there are 6 in the bag) brews up to two quarts of tea! MM MM MMM. You can also find this option in K-Cups if that is better suited for you!

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“Out here in California, a restaurant called Islands serves this tea. It took forever for me to find out which tea it was until I found several forums about it. It is this tea. It is the most delicious tea you will ever find. The tea itself is not overpowering and it has such a unique blend of flavors. Hands-down the best tea on the market!” – Crystal, a ETS Customer

Our second most popular, five star tea is the Natural Black Brew Resealable Bag. This blend of fine black tea is very lively and flavorful. If you enjoy tea without any sweeteners, this is your choice! This tea is also caffeinated. You can purchase this option in K-Cups also.

Iced Tea K-Cups by Shangri La - Natural Black Brew

“The very best Iced tea I have ever had. Been looking in stores everywhere for it and it appears it is available only on line! I had it in one of my favorite restaurants and asked the server what it was.” – Judy, an ETS Customer

If you like Shangri La tea, let us know what your favorite flavor is! Stay tuned to next week where we breakdown Stash tea!

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We’ve added some delicious new flavored teas to our collection here at The English Tea Store. Each has their own benefits and we’re here to share more about them.



First Flavor : JASMINE

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You can get the benefits of Jasmine in a Green Tea option or an Earl Grey option.

What is Jasmine? Jasmine is a common name for the plants in the species “Jasminium”. There are over 200 species of Jasmine from Asia, Europe & Africa. The name Jasmine translates to mean “fragrant flower” in Persian. Jasmine prefers sun to shade. The way Jasmine is planted is VERY technical. So if you plan on trying to plant some, make sure you do your research first!

To make jasmine into its consumable form, the blossoms are added to a bag of dry tea leaves. The flower only opens at night so only unopened blossoms are used to make tea & therefore blooms in the bag of tea overnight.

Jasmine is used as a decoration but also for many health benefits!

Aromatherapy is the number one reason Jasmine has been integrated into tea.  It is known to promote relaxation and reduce stress. The aroma of this beautiful flower is found to offer sedative effects, such as calming the mind…

In a study done by the European Journal of Applied Psychology, 24 healthy volunteers were studied for their effects after consuming Jasmine tea. The Jasmine tea odor calmed mood and significantly decreased heart rate. This could be beneficial to those with high blood pressure.

Not only is it amazing smelling, the lotion & tea form of jasmine is also used for many other purposes form such as:

headaches, sunburn, irritability, anxiety, sunstroke, pain, anxiety, & uterine problems

Last Note: If you choose the green tea option, there are added benefits! Stay tuned for more on these awesome flavored teas!

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-Thank you to livestrong and natural remedies.

 

 

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Let’s bring this Breakdown of Brands bandwagon back to America for a while. Mr. John Harney learned his tea ways from a tea connoisseur of London and New York. He began crafting teas in his basement in 1983 which he then distributed to inn guests. He found something bizarre but eye opening, his guests weren’t necessarily coming back for the stay but more for the tea!

This small little business he had going on is now a global operation, “Harney & Sons”, headquartered in Millerton, New York! They employ over 200 people! It is also a family business, giving his two sons, Mike and Paul, a steady workplace.

Two promises made by Harney & Sons:

  1. to deliver the FINEST quality tea with the best ingredients possible
  2. to educate the world of tea history and taste

 

We sell mostly tea bags from this brand but we also have an iced version! Something we love about Harney & Sons is the EXTREME VARIETY of teas they offer such as Christmas, Green, Organic, Irish Breakfast, Mint, Sencha, Darjeeling, Chai, Rooibos and so many more!

 

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Our absolute best seller is Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea Bags. The aroma of this tea is just as amazing as the taste!

Harney and Sons Tea - Hot Cinnamon Spice - 30 count

 

  • Part of the Historic Royal Palace Line
  • Sweet & Spicy
  • Naturally Sweetened
  • Blend of Cinnamon, Orange and Sweet Cloves
  • Caffeinated
  • Made in the USA
  • 30 Bags / $12.09

 

 

 

Next up, is the Organic English Breakfast Tea Bags.

Harney and Sons Tea - Organic English Breakfast - 20 count

 

  • China Black Tea
  • 100% Organic
  • Traced Back to Early 1800’s
  • Caffeinated
  • Made in the USA
  • 20 Bags / $9.49

 

 

 

 

 

The last we would like to feature is the Harney & Sons Organic Green Tea!

Harney and Sons Green Tea - Organic - Citrus and Ginkgo - 20 count

  • From Southern India
  • 100% Organic
  • Flavored w/ Gingko & Citrus
  • Caffeinated
  • Made in the USA
  • 20 Bags / $6.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t forget: If you try any of the teas we feature please let us know either in the comment section or in a review on our site what you think!

Keep an eye out next week for our talk about Shangri La Iced Tea; great for those hot months of the year!

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