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!
    National Iced Tea Day
    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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                                  Matcha Pound Cake

                                  By March 25, 2015 Cocktails, Mocktails & More
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                                    Matcha Pound Cake

                                    This crowd pleaser has a lovely subtle matcha flavor and of course, a great green color. It comes together quickly and is really delicious.

                                    Ingredients

                                    • 1/2 cup butter at room temperature
                                    • 1 cup sugar
                                    • 2 eggs
                                    • 1/2 cup milk
                                    • 2-3 drops of vanilla extract
                                    • 1 cup all purpose flour
                                    • 2 tablespoons matcha
                                    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
                                    • 1/4 teaspoon salt

                                    Method

                                    1. Preheat your oven to 325F
                                    2. Get your loaf pan ready by lining it with parchment paper, or grease it with butter then dust it evenly with flour – this works like a charm and nothing gets stuck to the pan
                                    3. Cream the butter and sugar together
                                    4. Add the milk, eggs and vanilla extract and beat until well combined
                                    5. In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients – flour, matcha, baking powder and salt
                                    6. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet mixture and blend until smooth.
                                    7. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for about 45 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven and allow to sit for about 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Keeps well in an airtight container for about 3 days

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                                    Recipe by Katie Kirby

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                                      Organic Tea

                                      By March 12, 2015 Health & Lifestyle
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                                        Many people in today’s society (especially in Los Angeles) make a conscious effort to purchase organic produce and groceries. However, some may overlook the importance of buying organic tea as well. Organic tea is not only easier to find than you might think, it has a variety of benefits as well.
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                                        Tea is considered organic if a third party certification company, such as CCOF or QAI, certifies it. This means that all the ingredients used, and the entire process the tea goes through is approved: from the growing, to the blending, to the packaging. During the growing process, organic tea leaves are not treated with any chemical pesticides (however, minimal, all natural pesticides may be used). The caffeine and antioxidants produced by the tea leaves serve as a natural pest prevention. By eliminating the use of harmful chemicals on the tea leaves, organic tea also keeps the surrounding environment and habitat cleaner and more sustainable.

                                        Once the organic tea leaves are harvested, they are taken through a separate and rigorous process and cleaning procedure to ensure no cross contamination with non-organic tea. When you purchase organic tea, it has been treated with utmost care to follow the highest quality of organic standards.

                                        Creating a great quality tea that is also organic takes lots of time, testing, and cultivation of relationships with the tea farmers and suppliers. Finding a quality tea partner takes time and many cuppings, which according to our founder, Steve, is all part of the fun. Knowledge of harvest times and seasonal ingredients is also ideal to ensure maximum freshness. Here at Art of Tea headquarters, hundreds of organic teas are taste tested regularly. This guarantees that we provide the highest quality, best tasting organic tea.

                                        Looking to try some of our organic tea? Our founder Steve recommends the following six to try:

                                        1. Silver Needle
                                        2. Jasmine Pearl
                                        3. Earl Grey Creme
                                        4. Classic Black
                                        5. French Lemon Ginger
                                        6. White Goji Blossom

                                         

                                         

                                         

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