Benefits of Cardamom

By October 22, 2015 Health & Lifestyle
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    Cardamom, a spice found in chai teas, is thought to pack a healthy punch. Check out some benefits of cardamom below.
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    [Art of Tea makes no health claims to the stated information above.
    Information found from the following sources: 1 | 2 ] 

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      Featured Wholesaler: Gasolina Cafe

      By October 5, 2015 Featured Partners
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        A relatively new spot, we started working with Gasolina Cafe as soon as they opened their doors. We wanted to learn more about their business and what drives their creativity. Check out their interview below!
        1. How and when did your business start?
        Gasolina Cafe opened its doors March 1st of this year, though the idea is something that’s been percolating between John and I for quite some time.
        2. What inspired Gasolina Cafe‘s name and design?
        Basically the name and design came from a merging of passions, mine being food and hospitality, and John’s being motorsport.  Oddly enough, those two worlds have something in common, which is that they survive on precise execution of passion.  It made sense merging those passions into one place.  The aesthetic of the cafe is meant to resemble a small race shop.  Instead of building engines, we build plates of food and well crafted drinks.  That’s the idea anyway.  As far as the name goes…  Gasolina is of course Spanish for fuel, and given our menu is Spanish influenced, sourced locally, and of a quality across the board, we found the name fitting.  It’s a place where food, coffee, and tea intersect to provide folks with the good fuel for their day.
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        3. What are the challenges and rewards of bringing an organic, Spanish-influenced menu to Woodland Hills?
        Ha!  The challenges are many regardless of community.  Having said that, we were very aware that we were bringing something new and different to Woodland Hills.  However, instead of being daunted by that prospect, we welcomed it.  Woodland Hills is a great community that for the most part has been severely under-serviced.  We hope to be the first of many to change that.
        4. What made you decide to incorporate tea into your menu, and ultimately choose Art of Tea to be your supplier?
        Incorporating great tea into our menu was never a question.  The question was how to develop a legitimate tea program that accurately represents what we want to offer our customers.  Enter Art of Tea.  They showed up while we were still building out, brought the goods, and amongst the sawdust and dirt walked us through their product line as we did a tasting.  When we had that initial tasting, there was no question whatsoever that the tea is of a significant and thoughtful caliber.  Then, when Art of Tea expressed a willingness to not only have us serve their tea, but actually invest their time into helping us create a program that compliments everything else we’re doing, it was a very simple decision.
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        5. How do you come up with your creative drinks and recipes?
        I think you have to be open to allow inspiration to come from many different places. Sometimes a dish gets created to serve a need for a special occasion or individual, or even just from playing around in Gasolina’s kitchen and then ultimately ends up on the menu.  A HUGE inspiration for me are visits to the farmers market.  It’s rare I don’t leave the market without at least some new ideas.  However, we’re a small space so by necessity the menu has to compliment our ability to execute.  The same thing applies on the beverage side of things so our aim is do our coffee and teas simply and well.  We have been making tea-lattes though and also been playing with incorporating the tea into some food items.  The hibiscus cooler tea has been amazing for that!  We’ve made cherry tea granita to compliment our chocolate mousse and it’s in our popular Watermelon & Hibiscus Mint Popsicles.  
        6. How do you stay in touch with what your customers want?
        You get what you get and you don’t get upset! is what our 4 year old daughter Matilda likes to say, a lot… trust me, it applies!  At the end of the day, we’re a small, friendly neighborhood place, operating in a community that seems to be in want of a place over which they can take some kind of ownership.  I think we all want that, “This is my spot.” kind of feeling.  It’s been so fulfilling to see that start to take shape.  Part of that taking shape though, is because we simply do what we do and we’re committed to doing it very well.  You have to have a point of view.  You have to have standards.  You have to be able to stand upon a platform and feel good about what you have to offer.  So far, people have been wonderfully receptive to that which is great. 
        [Interview by Seamus Sullivan. All photos provided by Gasolina Cafe.]
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          National Lemonade Day

          By August 20, 2015 Cocktails, Mocktails & More
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            National Lemonade Day

            Happy National Iced Tea day! Here at Art of Tea HQ, we mixed lemonade with four different teas, each with their own unique flavor. Enjoy!
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            Ingredients:
            Classic Black Iced Tea
            • Water
            • Lemonade
            • Lemon (for garnish)

            Directions:
            1. Make a tea concentrate by brewing the tea in boiling hot water for 3 minutes in a tea pot or mug*
            2. Remove tea bag or strain tea
            3. Pour tea over ice until glass is 3/4 full
            4. Add 1/4 lemonade (or to taste)
            5. Garnish with a lemon

            *You can also cold brew your iced tea over night. Check out this post for other brewing methods.

            National Lemonade Day
            Ingredients:
            Green Pomegranate Iced Tea
            • Water
            • Lemonade
            • Mint (for garnish)

            Method:
            1. Cold brew your tea overnight if possible. Check out this post for a cold brew guide
            2. Mix in 3/4 tea with 1/4 lemonade (play with the ratio if you want more or less lemonade flavor)
            3. Add ice and garnish with mint

            National Iced Tea Day

             

            Ingredients:
            • Hibiscus Cooler Iced Tea
            • Water
            • Lemonade
            • Lime (for garnish)

            Method:
            1. Cold brew your tea overnight if possible. Check out this post for a cold brew guide
            2. Mix in 3/4 tea with 1/4 lemonade
            3. Add ice and garnish with lime

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            Ingredients:
            • Matcha Grade A
            • Water
            • Lemonade
            • Strawberries (for garnish)

            Method:
            1. Mix 1/4 tsp of Matcha with 6 oz of hot water. Whisk the Matcha well with a bamboo whisk to break up any small lumps.
            2. Combine 1/4 tea with 3/4 lemonade
            3. Add ice and garnish with strawberries
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              National Root Beer Day

              By August 6, 2015 Cooking with Tea
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                Root Beer Float day
                Today is National Root Beer Float Day and we are celebrating at Art of Tea Headquarters by creating a root beer float and chai tea combo! The whole office loved this creative concoction!

                Chai Root Beer Float
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                Makes: 1 Serving

                Ingredients: 
                4 oz Tali’s Masala Chai
                4 oz of your favorite Root Beer
                2 scoops of vanilla ice cream

                Directions:
                1. Make a concentrate of Tali’s Masala Chai. [To prepare the concentrate,  combine 2 tsps of tea for every 8 oz of hot water at 195F degree water for 10 minutes.]
                2. Chill the Tali’s Masala Chai [We chilled ours over night]
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                3. Combine chai concentrate and root beer into a chilled mug
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                4. Scoop in ice cream and enjoy!
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                  Iced Tea Brewing Guide

                  By July 23, 2015 Brewing Tea
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                    Art of Tea Iced Tea Brewing Guide
                    Depending on your preference, and the amount of time you have to steep your tea, we have highlighted two different ways you can prepare and brew your iced tea. Take your pick, and enjoy this perfect summer beverage!
                    Art of Tea Iced Tea Brewing Guide

                    1. To start, determine the amount of tea you want to brew and the container you will brew in. We recommend our 2 QT Takeya iced tea maker. For 2 quarts of iced tea, use one of our 2 quart iced tea bags (or 2 ounces of your favorite Art of Tea blend)* and place in your container.
                    2. Add in 2 quarts/half gallon of cold water to your container. We recommend cold, filtered water for best taste.
                    3. Place in your fridge and allow the tea to steep overnight, or for 8-10 hours, depending on personal preference and how strong you want the tea. The longer you leave the tea bags in, the stronger the tea gets. (You can also vary the strength of your tea by adding more or less tea. The more tea you add, the stronger your brew will be.)
                    4. Remove from the fridge and take out the tea bags.
                    5. Enjoy over ice, and if needed, sweeten to taste.
                      *For more or less iced tea, adjust the ratios of water to tea accordingly

                      Pros of overnight cold brew: Yields a smoother, fuller flavor with less tannins.

                    Art of Tea Iced Tea Brewing Guide

                    1. To start, determine the amount of tea you want to brew and the container you will brew ing. We recommend our 2 QT Takeya iced tea maker, which is great for both cold brew and hot brew. For 2 quarts of iced tea, use one of our 2 quart iced tea bags (or 2 ounces of your favorite Art of Tea blend)* and place in your container.
                    2. Add in 1/2 quart of hot water to your container.
                    3. Allow tea to brew for its suggested time (3-5 minutes).
                    4. Fill the remaining 1.5 quarts of your container with room temperature water. Using water that is too cold may cause the tea to become cloudy.
                    5. Add ice to your serving cups, pour your tea over and serve.
                      *For more or less iced tea, adjust the ratios of water to tea accordingly

                    Pros of quick hot brew: Allows for quick and easy brewing with instant results.

                    Art of Tea Iced Tea Brewing

                    • To keep your tea from becoming diluted, create iced tea cubes. Not only will your drink stay cool, it will also retain the flavor. Check out our easy recipe here.
                    • For a fun twist on iced tea, check out some of our recipes (Art of Palmer, Jasmine Mojito, Tuscan Sunrise)  for some fun cocktails and mocktails
                    • To add beauty to your iced tea, try adding blooming tea or flowers into your ice cubes for a elegant twist on your ice cubes.

                     

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                      GMP Certification

                      By June 24, 2015 Art of Tea News
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                        Tea has been a part of human history for thousands of years. Its ritualistic properties have transcended generations and have survived the modernization of how humans consume goods. Recently, the food safety and quality movement has transformed how we source, produce, and shop for our foods. Food labels have become increasingly more informative and clinical in nature. As consumers, we want to feel comfortable knowing that our food is clean, healthy, and of the highest quality. We want to know what is in our food and tea, and how those ingredients can affect us.

                        At Art of Tea, we have always valued the artisanal nature of sourcing and blending our teas. We have also embraced the need to incorporate modern science and food safety principles into how we run our operations. As an organic and certified kosher facility, we undergo periodic inspections by certifying agencies.

                        This year, we are pleased to announce we became GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) Certified by a 3rd party auditing company, and scored an Excellent rating of 94.87% in our initial audit.

                        What does this mean to you? This means that Art of Tea has demonstrated its commitment to quality and food safety by documenting our processes from sourcing, receiving, storing, producing, fulfilling, and shipping our products. We have the ability to trace all of our ingredients from source to cup, and have incorporated procedures to ensure that our products are safe, clean, and of the highest quality. We ensure that our facility meets strict standards at all times for cleanliness and organization, and that our employees are practicing safe and clean food-handling procedures. We work closely with our suppliers to ensure that they are taking similar measures to provide us with quality ingredients and materials. Most importantly, we believe that these practices are not simply prescribed as part of an annual audit, but holistically embodied in our daily activities and our approach is to be prepared for an audit any day, every day.

                        Our mission is to Craft the Most Delicious Tea Experience. That statement holds true in all aspects of how Art of Tea operates. Crafting delicious teas is only part of what we do. It is the overall experience that we focus on. Our passion to educate, to innovate, and to bring back the ritual of tea is what drives us. We have always emphasized quality in our products, but now it is ingrained in our culture and harmoniously balanced with our artisanal approach to producing and sharing the very best teas with our valued customers

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                          Art of Iced Matcha Milk Latte

                          By June 16, 2015 Brewing Tea
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                            Matcha green tea
                            Blend a delicious cafe style matcha iced latte that is sure to please

                            Ingredients
                            4g/1 tsp Grade A Matcha
                            4oz cold water
                            4oz frothed milk
                            Ice

                            Method
                            Scoop and sift Art of Tea matcha into a bowl or wide cup.

                            Add the cold freshly drawn filtered water.

                            Whisk with handheld frother or matcha whisk until foam appears and the matcha is fully suspended in liquid. Otherwise shake vigorously in a cocktail shaker with ice.

                            Pour into a glass over ice.

                            Finish with your favorite frothed milk.

                            Dust the top with Art of Tea matcha.

                            Prep Time: 1-2 minutes

                             

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                              Art of Palmer

                              By May 27, 2015 Cocktails, Mocktails & More
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                                Art of Palmer
                                An easy and versatile recipe for a refreshing Summer treat
                                Ingredients
                                2 tsp of loose leaf tea or 2 tea bags
                                Suggested Teas: Organic Breakfast, Classic Black, Green Pomegranate
                                4oz (120g) hot water
                                6 oz (180g) lemonade
                                Ice
                                Method
                                Make a tea concentrate by brewing the tea in boiling hot water for 3 minutes in a teapot or mug. Remove teabag or strain tea. Pour tea over ice in a highball glass. Add the lemonade. Stir and serve.
                                Makes 1 x 12-16oz serving (with ice)
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                                  Art of Tea Filter Bags

                                  By April 29, 2015 Brewing Tea
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                                    Using our filter bags, this short video shows you how to bag your loose leaf tea.

                                    Our signature biodegradable tea filter bags are the perfect solution for having your favorite loose leaf tea on the go. Just scoop in your desired amount of tea, cinch the drawstring tight, place the filter bag into your cup and add hot water. These 100 count bags are housed in a conveniently-sized, 100% recycled paper box, making them super easy to carry, wherever your travels may take you.

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                                      Chinese Tea Eggs

                                      By April 4, 2015 Cocktails, Mocktails & More
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                                        We wanted to try a new recipe involving tea and happened to stumble across Chinese Tea Eggs online! What a find! They are simply hard boiled eggs, cooked in a mixture of black tea and spices, which give them an awesome flavor. The shells are partially cracked once the eggs are cooked to give them that beautiful tie-dye like pattern. Tea eggs are a very common street food in China. They can be eaten hot or cold for a snack or you could even chop them up and add them to fried rice, or any meal for that matter! They’re also great snacks on hiking or camping trips. There are several variations out there but here’s what we used to flavor our eggs:

                                        Ingredients

                                        • 2 x Art of Tea Organic Breakfast Teabags
                                        • 3 x Art of Tea Ammo (or you can use 3 star anise & 1 cinnamon stick)
                                        • ¼ cup of Soy Sauce
                                        • 6-12 Eggs (or as many as will fit in the pot!)

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                                        Method

                                        1. Put the eggs in a pot and fill with water until they are covered
                                        2. Bring the water to a boil, then lower the heat and allow to simmer for 2 minutes
                                        3. Carefully remove the eggs from the pot (They will be hot!)
                                        4. Using the edge of a fork or spoon, tap the egg all around to lightly crack the shell’s surface
                                        5. Carefully put the eggs back into the pot of hot water
                                        6. Add the teabags, ammo and soy sauce
                                        7. Simmer for 2 hours, adding more water when the level gets low
                                        8. Remove the eggs from the pot and remove the cracked shells to reveal a beautiful tea egg!

                                         

                                        Recipe by Katie Kirby

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