The Best After-Trick Or Treating Tea For Your Kids!

By October 26, 2016 Gifts, Holidays & Events

Who doesn’t love Halloween? It’s a great Autumn tradition and it’s a blast for kids to dress up and go out in their neighborhood.

But let’s not forget the candy! For kids, the idea of free treats is hard to resist. For adults, however, that inevitable sugar high turns kids into unruly little goblins, superheroes, and ballerinas.

The best way to calm them down is with the right cup of tea.

Your kids, however, probably don’t enjoy a relaxing cup of tea as much as you. But that’s alright — you can tell your little ones to enjoy a mug of tea along with their treats.



The Relaxing Choice

You already know the power of chamomile. It’s what you drink when you need to relax, slow down, enjoy a quiet evening with a good book, or send yourself off to sleep. But with our Sleep Tea, you’ll experience complex flavors that will gently nudge any child’s sugar high into yawns.

Also, because of its faint and relaxing flavor, it’ll be sure to satisfy any palate. It’s also easy to mix into other drinks (in case your kids aren’t fans of tea… yet). Mix it into juice or blend it with ice and add some berries for a treat that will quell any residual Halloween highs!

Seasonal Options

Keep the festivities going, if only for just a bit longer, with seasonal tisanes. Brew a cup of Pumpkin Pie or Apple Pie for a treat that won’t rile your little ones up.

Apple Pie a great replacement for a kid wanting to dig in on caramel apples or fruity candies. Serve Pumpkin Pie as is, or add some extra creaminess by making a child-friendly tea latte. Heat up milk or a milk alternative on the stove and add it to a mug of Pumpkin Pie tea. Top with sprinkles of ground cinnamon for an extra special “dessert” that won’t keep your children up late.

Don’t Just Serve Hot Tea

If you’re in a warmer climate and you want to serve your tea cold, you can add fruit, frozen yogurt, or coconut milk and even freeze your tea into a popsicle! Just be sure not to add sugar — your kids already have enough sweets from their candy alone. Just be sure to prepare your popsicles the night before you plan on trick or treating so you’re ready to serve them up when you get home from your night out!

Halloween is one of the most enjoyable days on the calendar. Make drinking tea part of your Halloween ritual and your kids will grow to love the tradition and get into the habit of enjoying tea almost as much as you do!

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What To Eat With Your Favorite Tea

By October 24, 2016 Cooking with Tea

Just as you’d pair food with wine, pairing your favorite teas with specific foods can greatly improve your dining experience. Of course, whatever tea you drink is a matter of personal preference; after all, there are so many different teas to choose that are all distinctly different.

Thus, you can either match certain food with tea for a perfect infusion of flavor… or you they can severely clash. Don’t destroy your experience! Here is a breakdown of foods to eat with specific teas for a delicious complimentary pairing.


White Tea

White tea has some of the most delicate and subtle flavors of all types of tea. That’s why you should pair it with foods that have that same delicate and subtle taste to avoid overpowering the tea.

The problem is that it can be very hard to find foods that fit this description. Thus, it’s often best just to drink white tea alone so you can taste all of its delicate flavors. If white tea is your favorite tea and you’re looking for a snack, try eating plain jasmine or basmati rice.

Green Tea

If your go-to is green tea, the good news is you have a much larger range of foods to choose from. Better still, green tea comes in a wide range of flavors, so you can fine-tune how you pair it with food.

For example, there are citrus green teas, smoky green teas, and vegetal green teas. Citrus green teas are sweeter and go well with light meats, like chicken, as well as salads and fruit. You can also drink it with light sandwiches or breads.

Smoky green teas go much better with stronger flavors. Thus, stir-fries or Middle Eastern foods mesh beautifully, as well as fried foods as the astringency of the tea would cut through the grease.

Finally, vegetal green teas pair well with seafood. This grassy type of tea can be likened to the umami flavor of seaweed and does a great job of bringing out the flavor of seafood.

Oolong Tea

You’ll have a spectrum to choose from when pairing foods with oolong teas. That’s because there’s a spectrum of oxidation, ranging  from light and dark.

If light oolong tea is your favorite, try enjoying a cup with a nice, savory snack. Light oolong teas have a floral and aromatic flavor that pairs well with crackers and chips. Darker oolong teas also have a wide range of pairings and they go well with pastries and pancakes, light or red meats, seafood, and many desserts.

Black Tea

Black teas with a pleasant fruity flavor go well with rich desserts. They also help cleanse the palate between bites so you can savor each treat to the fullest.

Black tea also comes with earthy and malty flavors that pair well with full-bodied foods like jerk chicken or Mexican and Italian foods. Also, it nicely complements rich foods like mashed potatoes and gravy or Alfredo pasta. 

At the end of the day, these food and tea pairings are only recommendations — feel free to experiment and find new and interesting food pairings on your own. That’s part of the fun! Just remember: Teas come in complex and diverse flavors and foods are equally diverse.

It’s your journey to explore which goes well with your palate. A deliciously exciting experience awaits you!


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Introducing: Art of Tea Collections

By October 21, 2016 Brewing Tea

This week, we unveiled a new look, and with it, new collections. Your favorite teas are still available through Art of Tea, but some of them are now available through our collections. We grouped together some of our customers’ most beloved teas and put them together in categories and we created two new collections that we hope will provide you with a unique tea-drinking experience.


Enhance your Days with the Time Collection 

From the moment you wake up to the time you go to sleep, we’ve found the perfect tea for you. Varying in levels of caffeine and flavors, the Time Collection perfectly matches the time of day. This group of teas span the waking hours of the day at three hour intervals: 6:00 am, 9:00 am, 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm, and 9:00 pm. If you’re conscious about caffeine, the Time Collection is a great option. While the morning and early afternoon teas are caffeinated, your day will round off with two caffeine-free tisanes. We’ve paired these times with Art of Tea products you might already be familiar with. 

Wake up early with our 6:00 AM (Ancient Forest Blend); sip on 12:00 pm (Peach Oolong) at lunch, and wind down with 6:00 PM (Welcome). We’ve taken the guess work out of finding the best tea for the moment. After all, different teas are great at different times of the day!

Travel the World with the Location Collection

While many of our teas come from Japan, China, or India, the flavor of tea can really transport you anywhere. That’s the mission of our Location Collection. Inspired by some of the most beautiful places in the world, the teas in this collection will take you on a sensuous journey around the world. While some of our existing teas fit the bill for some locations, like Amore for Tuscany, some locations demanded a brand new blend.

Big Sur, Kyoto, and Brooklyn are destinations that got us thinking, creating new flavors that will remind you of their destination namesakes. Big Sur marries the earthy and mint flavors of the Pacific Northwest in one graceful blend. Kyoto is an elevated take on Gen Mai Matcha, hand-blended by a world-class tea provider in Kyoto, Japan.  And Brooklyn brings the bold flavor of the borough with black tea and Madagascar vanilla notes. 

Try Popular Teas with our Other Collections

We gave our most popular teas a new look and grouped them together in easy-to-shop collections. You’ll find fan favorites like Earl Grey, White Coconut Creme, and Tali’s Masala Chai in our Classic Collection. Rare, single-origin teas like Silver Needle, Immortal Nectar, and Alishan Oolong are all part of our Single Origin Collection. Some of the best teas to use as iced tea, like Hibiscus Cooler, Garden of Eden, and Passionfruit Jasmine are in our Iced Tea Collection. Ayurvedic blends, like Endurance, Bright Eyed, and Happy Tea are in the Wellness Collection. Find the perfect after dinner treat, like Chocolate Monkey or Caramelized Pear, in our Dessert Collection.

We’re thrilled to present these new flavors, new collections, and old favorites and we can’t wait for you to try them all. Look out for these beautiful new designs at your favorite cafe and keep an eye out for matching tins for the home – coming soon!




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