Gift Guide for the Tea Lover Who Has Everything

Gift Guide for the Tea Lover Who Has Everything

Do you want to buy a gift for someone who loves tea, but you’re sure they have almost every gadget or variety? From rare teas to new technology, here are some gift ideas to surprise and delight even the best-supplied tea connoisseur.

Zojirushi Water Boiler
This water boiler has multiple temperature settings and can be used for tea, soup, coffee, rice, and even Jell-O.

This is the fastest, most accurate tool for a perfect cup of tea. It boils up to 3 liters of water, then holds it at the temperature of 140°F, 175°F, 195°F, or 208°F. You can even use the timer function so your hot water is ready when you wake up.

It can be used for all types of tea, as well as instant soup, Jell-O, rice, hot cocoa, and even coffee. It’s so convenient, we use the same model in our shop!

Pile of Formosa Red Tea Leaves - 18 Ruby Taiwanese Black Tea
Black teas from Taiwan are almost never produced, yet this one is full-bodied, slightly sweet, fruity, and aromatic with a hint of licorice.

18 Ruby is a black tea from Taiwan, in development for 48 years. First developed in 1984, 18 Ruby was the result of many years of research by TRES (Tea Research & Extension Station).

Black teas from Taiwan are almost never produced, yet this one is full-bodied, slightly sweet, fruity, and aromatic with a hint of licorice. A hybrid of Taiwanese Original Wild Tea and Burma Assamica, this tea is entirely hand-processed.

Black Hobnail Tetsubin Set
This cast iron teapot set features the classic hobnail design, and is made for years of service.

There’s almost nothing more classic than a tetsubin set. Made of high-quality cast iron, this set features a classic hobnail design with a teapot, trivet, and two teacups. It’s sure to become a family treasure.

The teapot holds 20 ounces of tea, and has an infuser basket for easy cleaning.

World Teas of the Month Club
Explore new flavors with two different tea selections per month, available in caffeinated and herbal varieties.

Help your tea lover explore new countries and flavors without leaving the house. Early in the month, they’ll receive two different selections of two ounces each.

Tea of the Month Clubs include caffeinated or herbal varieties, and they’re available in three, six, and 12 month subscriptions.

Snow Dragon Yellow Buds Chinese Yellow Tea
Our Snow Dragon Yellow Tea contains only the buds and is picked by hand in the An Hui province of China.

Not a lot of people have heard of yellow tea, the rarest of the six classes of tea. Yellow tea is produced by taking a green tea through a process called yellowing, which brings out a more mellow flavor and lessens astringency.

Our Snow Dragon is picked by hand in the An Hui province of China. Pickers gather only the bud by breaking it from the stem with a twist. It takes 60,000 of these carefully harvested buds to yield just one kilogram of tea.

Variable Temperature Kettle - Cordless
Expertly prepare all your favorite teas with this variable temperature kettle that also brews tea in a built-in infuser basket.

Savvy tea lovers will appreciate the ability to choose the exact temperature for their brew. They can even steep tea in the kettle itself using the built-in infuser basket.

This kettle features a modern look of stainless steel and glass with an LED display, and makes up to 57 fluid ounces.

Spooky Halloween Tea Cocktail Recipes

Skull of tea with lemons and ginger

Why should the kids get all the treats? Use tea as a base for your cocktails to add a little more zing into your fright night.

Blood Sucker Punch

Serves 8

Whether it’s vampires or leeches, you don’t want your favorite sanguinarian to go hungry, or worse yet, use you for dinner! This punch can be made non-alcoholic so everyone can join in the fun.

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons loose leaf Organic Hibiscus Tea
  • 2 1/2 cups water at 208°
  • 1 cup blood orange or navel orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 (750 ml) bottle sparkling wine or sparkling cider
  • Orange slices for garnish
  • Rum (optional)

Directions

  1. Steep the hibiscus tea in 208° water (just off the boil) for five minutes. Strain the tea.
  2. Add orange juice and honey to the tea, stirring until completely dissolved.
  3. Chill in the refrigerator at least two hours.
  4. Fill eight glasses with ice and divide the tea mixture between them.
  5. (Optional) Add a shot of rum to each glass.
  6. Top with sparkling wine or cider and garnish with an orange slice.

Haunted Shipwreck

Serves one.

The bow of a ghost ship cuts through the mist, sunk decades ago with its load of spices and helpless crew. Consider it a warning to your liver.

This drink can be made in larger batches and served hot or chilled.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon loose leaf Coconut Chai Indian Black Tea
  • 4 oz water at 208°
  • 1/2 cup milk (non-dairy options work fine, as well)
  • 1 oz shot whiskey
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon agave syrup or honey

Directions

  1. Steep the tea in 208° water (just off the boil) for five minutes. Strain the tea.
  2. In a double boiler on the stove, heat the milk.
  3. Add whiskey, cinnamon, and sweetener.
  4. Pour tea into a heat-resistant cup and add milk mixture.
  5. Serve it hot or chill completely and pour over ice.

California Ghoul

Serves one.

If the undead were all about juicing, they’d love this drink. The vanilla flavor in the Earl Grey La Creme blends well with mango, but feel free to add whichever fruit you prefer.

  • 1 teaspoon loose leaf Earl Grey La Creme black tea
  • 4 oz water at 208°
  • 1/4 cup mango or other fruit
  • 1/2 cup sparkling water
  • 1 oz shot of vodka

Directions

  1. Steep the tea in 208° water (just off the boil) for five minutes. Strain the tea.
  2. Cool the tea completely.
  3. In a blender, add the tea, fruit, sparkling water, and vodka. Blend until smooth.
  4. Serve chilled.

Recipe: Moroccan Mint Tea-Infused Veggie & Shrimp Skewers

It’s summer, and that means it’s grilling season! Take a departure from hamburgers and hot dogs to add some healthy tea-infused shrimp and veggies to your next barbecue.

Barbecued shrimp on salad with lime
Enjoy sweet notes of citrus and a bit of spice with this tasty twist on traditional skewers. Adjust the amount of cayenne to fit your audience.

Enjoy sweet notes of citrus and a bit of spice with this tasty twist on traditional skewers. Adjust the amount of cayenne to fit your audience.

Serves 4-6
Prep Time: 20 min

Ingredients – Infused Skewers

Organic Moroccan Mint Green Tea
We recommend Organic Moroccan Mint Green Tea, a blend of gunpowder green tea and peppermint.

Directions – Infused Skewers

  1. Steep 6 tsp. of tea in 6 ounces of 175° water for 3 min* to create a Moroccan Mint Tea concentrate.
  2. Soak skewers in tea concentrate overnight.
  3. Strain tea leaves and reserve the concentrate for drizzle.

Ingredients – Veggie Skewers

  • 1 large red onion, cut into 1/2″ cubes
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2″ cubes
  • 1 medium yellow squash, cut into 1/2″ cubes
  • 16-18 mushrooms, quartered
  • 16-18 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 medium orange & 1 green bell pepper, cut in 1/2″ cubes
  • 1 bunch of broccoli, cut into florets with 1/4″ stems
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar for sprinkling

Ingredients – Shrimp Skewers

  • 1 1/2 lbs. large (21-25 count) shrimp, peeled, deveined
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar for sprinkling

Ingredients – Marinade/Drizzle

  • 1 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/3 cup agave
  • 1/3 cup Moroccan Mint Tea concentrate, reserved from infusing the skewers
  • Tea rub: combine the following:
    • 2 Tbsp. ground Moroccan Mint green tea
    • 1/2 Tbsp. cilantro
    • 1/2 Tbsp. cayenne pepper, depending how hot you want
    • 1/2 Tbsp. salt
    • 1 tsp. sugar
    • 2 tsp. basil

Directions – Veggie Skewers & Drizzle

  1. Drizzle: In a medium bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, agave, tea concentrate, and tea rub. Divide in thirds (1/3 for veggies, 1/3 for shrimp, 1/3 for dipping)
  2. Veggies: Put 1/3 of the drizzle in a large bowl. Add veggies, toss to coat, and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes and up to an hour. Spear marinated veggies on infused skewers in alternating patterns. Pack tightly and sprinkle sugar on one side.
  3. Shrimp: Put 1/3 of the drizzle in a large bowl. Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels and butterfly using a paring knife, making shallow cuts down the middle of the outside curve. Add shrimp to the bowl and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes and up to a hour. Skewer marinated shrimp by alternating the direction of each shrimp. Pack each skewer tightly, about 12 shrimp per skewer. Sprinkle sugar on one side.
  4. Place veggies skewers sugar side down on one side of the grill and place the shrimp sugar side down, on the other side of grill. Cook on low-medium heat for 2-3 minutes, rotate and grill on other side for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Remove from the grill and serve with reserved drizzle, lightly grilled tortillas, salsa, avocado, and sour cream.

Let us know in the comments below when you try these recipes. We hope you have a safe and fun fourth of July!

Is Caffeine Healthy?

Although people often use the phrase “herbal tea”, herbal blends are plants other than the tea plant. The technically-correct term for these drinks is “herbal infusion”.

All tea is made from the Camellia sinensis plant, a species of evergreen shrub or small tree which naturally produces caffeine. The plants use caffeine to paralyze and kill predator insects feeding on them. Thankfully the effects are different on humans!

Caffeine is a psychoactive drug that prevents drowsiness by reversibly blocking adenosine from its receptors. It also stimulates certain portions of the autonomic nervous system.

Caffeine can be used to stay alert, and can even protect against some diseases, including Parkinson’s. However in some people it can disrupt sleep and cause anxiety. You may need to limit your intake depending on your health needs. Be sure to ask your doctor about whether caffeine is right for your body.

Whether you’re switching to a caffeine-free alternative for health reasons or simply finding something tasty to drink in the evenings, we have several naturally caffeine-free infusions to suit your fancy.

Herbal Blends: Healthy Harmony Series

Harmony Herbal Teas
Our Harmony herbal series features infusions that calm, balance, and restore.

Herbal infusions can contain one or more plants. We like to blend several in our Healthy Harmony herbal infusions to balance flavors and maximize health benefits.

  • Calming Harmony blends vanilla and chamomile with lemon balm, lemongrass and passionflower for a flavor reminiscent of a lemon dreamscicle.
  • Healthy Harmony mixes immune-boosting echinacea with the robust flavors of elderberry, ginger, and lemonbalm, and the mellowing sweetness of licorice root.
  • Restoring Harmony helps you detox using a subtle note of peppermint with floral tones of calendula and lavender over the vegetal quality of dandelion and nettles.
Rooibos leaves
Rooibos is often called “red bush tea”.

Rooibos

This plant, also known as red tea or red bush tea, has been consumed for centuries in southern Africa and is slowly becoming a staple in North America. Rooibos and its cousin honeybush have a sweet taste and contain powerful antioxidants that may protect against cancer, heart disease and stroke.

Like the tea plant, rooibos leaves are often fermented, which turns them and their liquor a reddish-brown color. Unfermented rooibos is called green rooibos, and has a lighter, grassier flavor. Either red or green rooibos will provide numerous health benefits.

Tisanes and More

Ginger Sweet Orange Tisane
Taste the warmth of ginger, the citrus of tangerine, the sweetness of licorice root, and a touch of tart hibiscus with our Ginger Sweet Orange Tisane.

A sweet alternative to herbal infusions are fruit tisanes, which contain bits of dried fruit that lend their tastes and micronutrients to your brew. Our Bright Berry, Pina Colada, and Ginger Sweet Orange go over ice well, too.

In the evenings when it’s time to wind down, Eastern Chamomile or Lavender Flower Infusion can help you relax and get to sleep. They are both distinct in taste but share a similar light, soothing sweetness.

It’s easy to make herbal infusions part of a healthy daily routine. Let us know how you incorporate them.

6 Teas that May Affect Your Heart

It’s February, and we’re well into the new year and American Heart Month. Are you holding strong with your resolutions to get healthier by drinking tea, or do you need a little nudge? We’ve got some good information to aid your motivation; in addition to being a low calorie replacement for soda, some of the chemicals in tea can have lasting heart health benefits when used properly.

If you’re a regular tea drinker, mention this to your doctor during your regular visits. Remember to consult a physician before you make any big changes to your diet. Stimulants like caffeine can trigger heart arrhythmias in some people; if you notice palpitations or a rapid heartbeat, stop drinking the beverage and contact your doctor.

Let’s talk about how six teas can affect your heart.

Black Tea: The Good and the Bad

Black tea contains polyphenols (micronutrients packed with antioxidants) which may improve or help treat digestion issues, weight management difficulties, diabetes, neurodegenerative disease, and cardiovascular diseases. It also contains flavonoids. “Flavonoids, like other antioxidants, corral cell-damaging free radicals and metallic ions… Scientists have found that certain flavonoids have antihistamine, antimicrobial, memory- and even mood-enhancing properties,” Erik Strand says in Psychology Today.

If you’re a coffee drinker trying to cut down on the amount of caffeine you consume, black is the tea for you. It has strong flavors but roughly only a third as much caffeine as coffee.  You should also use caution when taking commonly prescribed blood thinners like Coumadin (warfarin), since black tea may decrease blood clotting and increase your chances of bruising and bleeding.

Recommended Tea: Keemun 1st Grade Black Tea

Green Tea: Get Rid of Plaque and Maintain Your Weight

Green tea has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides in clinical studies. In a Japanese study, scientists found it might also lower your risk of heart disease and death from heart attacks or strokes.

Green tea also contains the powerful antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, which can help prevent the buildup of plaque in your arteries. “The EGCG can [also] help boost metabolism, helping to make it easier to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.” says Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, and author of Belly Fat for Dummies.

Recommended Tea: Sencha Fukamushi Green Tea

White Tea: Increase Your Circulation

White tea has similar health benefits to green tea, and may even boost your immune system. It contains flavonoids which dilate arteries and thin the blood, lowering blood pressure, and reducing bad cholesterol. Because of this, white tea might not only help protect your heart, it might benefit your entire circulatory system.

Recommended Tea: Fujian Silver Needles White Tea

Oolong Tea: Lower Your Blood Pressure

Because oolong tea is oxidized more than green tea, but less than black tea, it shares some of the health benefits. It also may decrease the risk of heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure.

Recommended Tea: Milk Oolong Tea

Chamomile Tea: Relax and Stay Alive

According to researchers at The University of Texas, chamomile tea may reduce the risk of death from all causes, including heart disease and cancer. This difference was especially prominent among women, whose death rate dropped by 29%!

In addition, chamomile has been known to reduce menstrual pain, lower blood sugar, prevent osteoporosis, and many more benefits. Be sure to mention it to your doctor if you interested in starting or continuing to drink chamomile, since it can interact with some medications.

Recommended tea: Eastern Chamomile Herbal Tea

Ginseng Tea: Help with Heart Disease and Everything else.

Like teas and chamomile, ginseng has been known to treat a wide variety of symptoms:  cancerheart diseasefatigueerectile dysfunctionhepatitis Chigh blood pressure. Taking an extract of ginseng may help prevent the common cold

Recommended tea: Ginseng Oolong Tea

Let us know what you drink and why in the comments below.

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