Tea Brewing Temperatures & Times! 🍵

On some packages of tea, you may have seen some instructions on how to brew your tea. Now you’re probably thinking, “Why do I need instructions on how to brew tea? It’s just water and leaves!” It’s more than just placing a tea bag into a cup and pouring hot water over it! It takes …

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Tea Facts You Won’t Believe: Rooibos Tea

Red tea, or Rooibos, as it is traditionally called, is an herbal tea originating from the Cedarburg region of South Africa. Rooibos tea is known to tout medicinal and health benefits ranging from helping with insomnia to your liver. This tea supplies many beneficial nutrients and antioxidants, which could explain why it has gained popularity …

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Zesty & Aromatic Spice Teas

The days of iced tea are numbered as the weather begins to turn cool and crisp. The time for hot tea returns as the leaves begin to fall off of trees and crunch under your feet. Strawberries and peaches make way for fruits like apples and pears. To complement these tasty gems of nature, spices …

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Tea of the Month – March 2015 (Part 1)

I am wondering why we chose Bourbon Street Vanilla Rooibos for one of our March Teas of the Month. For St. Patrick's Day I am thinking Scotch (by association), Irish Whisky, green beer. But Bourbon? Ok. Let's think this through another way - Bourbon Street, Mardi Gras. But that was in February this year. So …

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Groundhog Day

You might have taken a look at your calendar and have seen the words “Groundhog Day” gracing the February 2nd spot. Groundhog day is an important day for many, especially the people who are dealing with cold weather. California doesn’t have too many groundhogs that I know of (plenty of gophers in my area), so …

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Honeybush vs. Redbush Tea

I like both Redbush (Rooibos) and Honeybush teas, though both are actually the leaves of flowering legumes, and not really tea at all. Neither has caffeine, both are low in tannin, and both come from Africa. Both are rich sources of antioxidants. Both have naturally sweet undertones. Close cousins, both these herbs require a longer-than-Ceylon …

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Top 5 Herbal Infusions (aka “Herbal Teas”)

There is a lot of concern these days over caffeine and about drinking something that will help this ailment or that ailment or make your hair shinier, your skin glow, and other such beneficial effects. Several herbals have come to the forefront, mainly through the constant marketing of them as miracle cures. But some of …

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5 Herbal Infusions I Would Like to Explore More

Hearing things mentioned or coming across them online or in stores can catch my interest and get me in the mood to explore them more, such as these herbal infusions:1 Yerba MateThis South American plant has become something of a trendy beverage in many Western countries, renowned for its coffee-like ability to wake you up, …

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Seeing Red at Tea Time

Seeing red at tea time is more common than you might think. No, we’re not talking about getting your ire up. We’re talking about red teawares, red tea time treats, and even red tea. Who knew red could be such an enjoyable color? Red Teawares Red is certainly popular for teawares during the Christmas and …

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Rooibos Revisited

Rooibos is not for everyone (as the esteemed editor of this fine publication will confirm) but this herbal beverage that's produced solely in South Africa is beloved by increasing numbers of consumers and has been much in the news lately. Rooibos is also known as redbush, for the deep reddish color of its fine leaves …

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