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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

Tazo Zen  Tea - 20 Tea Bags

 

  • 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!

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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.

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  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

 

 

Stash Decaf Chai Spice Tea Bags - 18 count

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

Twinings' Jasmine Green Tea K-Cups - 12 count Twinings' Earl Grey Jasmine Tea - 20 count

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!

What do Marmite and Vegemite have in common? They are both a yeast extract spread except they are made in in two different countries. They are also both loved and hated at the same time. Some love the taste of these rather interesting spreads while others are not too fond of it. Whether you are a fan of a foe of these spreads, they are here to stay. You can find them in their trademark glass jars with their distinguishing yellow lids but they are not made by the same company. Marmite is made by Unilever in the UK while Vegemite is made by Kraft in Australia.

Marmite Yeast Extract - 4.4oz (125g)

Marmite was created entirely by accident during the late 19th century by a scientist from Germany named Justus Von Liebig. He discovered that brewer’s yeast could be concentrated, bottled, and eaten. The Marmite Company was started in 1902 and the name was based on the French dish Marmite, pronounced “Marmeet.  Marmite was rationed out to British troops during several wars, including WWI. Marmite is loaded with B vitamins and folic acid, which is said to be beneficial to women, especially women who wish to have children. It is eaten not just on bread but also in soups, stews, and there are even products made with Marmite, such as Marmite coated nuts and Twiglets, which have a Marmite flavor.

 

Unlike Marmite, Vegemite was created intentionally, by a chemist named Cyril P. Callister. He was hired specifically by Kraft, which was known as the Fred Walker

Vegemite - 7.76oz (220g)

Company in the 1920s, to develop their own brewer’s yeast spread. There was a nationwide contest in Australia to name this new product. The name Vegemite was submitted by Fred Walker’s daughter and it was chosen to be the new product name. Unfortunately, Marmite overtook the Australian yeast spread market which led to Vegemite to be briefly renamed to Parwill. After several years as Parwill, the name was changed back to Vegemite. Like Marmite, Vegemite was sent to troops overseas thanks to the high nutritional content and was rationed back on home territory. Decades later, Vegemite has become a staple in every Australian home. It’s not only used on toast and on crackers but there are many Vegemite recipes. Can you imagine a cheesy Vegemite toast?

 

Whether you are British, Australian, or just curious about yeast extract spreads, give Marmite and Vegemite a try. It’s a taste adventure in every bite!

 

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MMM…Typhoo tea. If you have not experienced it yet you need to! Typhoo was founded by a man named John Summer in the 1900s. He inherited his father’s grocery shop in Birmingham and his sister influenced him to start selling a tea that aided in indigestion, which she commonly experienced. Once he began investing in this tea, he decided it was doing so well in the market that he needed to name it. He had some criteria for the name though:

 

 

  1. It must be distinct
  2. It must trip off the tongue
  3. It must be protected

He chose “Typhoo”, which in Chinese means doctor. This name is fitting because it aided in indigestion! He removed tannins from the tea which were thought to be the cause indigestion.

He was not making quite the profit he wanted to so he began selling teapots and other items that were branded with the name to get the name out there in 1906.

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By 1909, this plan flourished and John had paid off his debts. This brand has grew ever since.

BY THE MID 1960’S, TYPHOO WAS ANNUALLY PACKAGING 80 MILLION POUNDS OF TEA!

 

One thing we really enjoy about Typhoo is that they fund Disability Sports events across the UK and the Big Brew Campaign to “tackle the stigma around mental health by getting people to sit down and talk about their problems over a cuppa.”

 

Here at ETS, we offer you Typhoo teas in both tea bags and loose leaf. Although we have more tea bag options, our best seller is the Typhoo Loose Leaf Tea! This tea will last you a long, long time because you only need less than a teaspoon for a rich cup of tea!

 

Typhoo Loose Leaf Tea - 9oz (255g)

  • Rich and Smooth
  • Brew 3-5 Minutes
  • Caffeinated
  • Kosher
  • Black Tea
  • 9 ounces / $9.49
  • Made in Great Britain
  • Also Available in Tea Bags!

 

 

 

“Forty years ago I lived in Scotland. Typhoo was my favorite tea. It is as good now, even better: a great black tea. I’ve had many black teas and can’t recall one I like better.” – DJ, an ETS customer

 

 

 

Next on this list is for our decaf tea lovers, the Typhoo Decaf Tea Bags!

Typhoo Tea Decaf Tea Bags - 80 count

  • England’s Most Popular Decaf Tea
  • Full-Bodied and Smooth
  • Tons of Flavor
  • Kosher
  • Decaffeinated
  • Black Tea
  • Wrapped in Foil for Freshness
  • 40 Tea Bags / $11.89

 

 

 

“I enjoy Typhoo in the evening when I want a black tea, but I want to avoid the caffeine. Typhoo has a very enjoyable taste.” – Owen, an ETS customer

 

 

Another best seller, is the Typhoo Gold Tea Bags.

Typhoo Gold Tea Bags - 80 count

  • Premium Brew
  • Rich and Full-Bodied
  • Assam and African Black Tea
  • Gluten Free
  • Golden Liquor
  • Caffeinated
  • Wrapped in Foil for Freshness
  • 80 Tea Bags / $9.99

 

 

 

 

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A sign of the times changing is that people are beginning to go back to basics. This means that people are choosing to make their own things rather than go with store bought. Homemade can be better for several reasons: better ingredients, meaning you’ll know exactly what goes inside.

 

Along with making homemade, people are making things that have never been made before. For example, I’m sure you have heard of green tea ice cream, but have you heard of black tea ice cream?  If you are not a fan of iced tea during the summer months, then try making tea ice cream. Nearly everyone loves ice cream and if it’s too hot and humid to brew a cup of tea, try making a rich, creamy ice cream to cool down with.

 

What you need:

 

2 cups )about 473ml= of heavy cream

1 can (14oz/397g) of sweetened condensed milk

4 teabags or about 2-3 tablespoons loose leaf tea of your choice.

 

To start, pour in the 2 cups of heavy cream into a saucepan and put on a medium-low setting. Keep an eye and stir it occasionally until the cream starts to get warm, when it starts to steam or bubble.

 

Remove from heat and place the teabags in, letting it steep for 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on how strong you like your tea. Remove the tea, strain the cream to get any extra bits and pieces out with a fine strainer into a bowl, and place in the refrigerator to cool completely.

 

Once the cream is completely cool, take it out of the refrigerator and whip with an electric mixer until soft peaks form (cream must be VERY cold! I learned this during the test run!). Pour in the condensed milk and gently mix in with a spoon or on the lowest setting of your mixer. When mixed together, pour mixture into a container of your choice, and place in the freezer for at least 4-8 hours.

After the ice cream freezes, take it out and let sit for a little bit or run scooper in hot water before serving. Serve with cookies, fruit syrup, or for an even more fun twist, add bubble milk tea pearls! Be even more creative and fill ice cream molds with the mixture, add a stick, and freeze to make creamy tea popsicles!

Be creative and make homemade!

 

-CD

 

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