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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                              Introducing New Japanese Tea

                              By February 26, 2015 Tea Profiles
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                                Japanese Tea

                                Grown in the foothills of an active volcano, in Kirishima, Kagoshima, this high quality organic sencha has both an excellent forest green color and rich, grassy flavor. Harvested from the Saemidori cultivar, this leaf is shade grown in a region known for its thick cover of fog, enhancing the green nigori of the tea. The pleasant aftertaste is complimented by fresh aromatics and can be steeped multiple times. For a warm day, try this as a cold brewed iced tea.
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                                  Find Your Filter

                                  By February 11, 2015 Brewing Tea
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                                    Whether you enjoy loose leaf tea at home or on the go, there is a filter for you. Check out several of the options here at Art of Tea to find the one that best suits your brewing habits!

                                    Art of Tea Filter Bags: Art of Tea’s 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.

                                    Art of Tea Stainless-Steel Tumbler: Now you can sip your favorite Art of Tea loose-leaf fusion on the go with this elegantly branded double walled, stainless steel travel tumbler! Complete with a spill-resistant twist lid and removable fine-mesh filter, this light-weight tumbler allows for steeping even the finest tea leaves and botanicals effortlessly. Holds approximately 16oz.

                                    Hario Tea Brewing Set: The Tea Dripper Largo features a large, borosilicate glass vessel that is both strong and lightweight. This makes it possible to showcase the brewing process while tea leaves slowly unfurl and infuse into a beautiful cup. Once the process completes, tea can easily be dispensed into a pitcher or teacup (not included) with the press of a button.
                                    The V60 Drip Station is a perfect companion to hold the Largo on the V60 Drip Scale. The clear acrylic stand is easy to use and incorporates a drip tray for easy clean up.
                                    The V60 Drip Scale assures that the proper serving of tea can be conveniently measured and also includes accurate brew times.

                                    Brewing Basket with Stainless-Steel Mesh: This beautifully designed brewing basket has a stainless-steel mesh and a heat-tolerant frame. It has ample room for the tea leaves to fully expand during steeping and comes with a permanent filter for brewing in your favorite cup or small teapot. The lid doubles as a handy drip-off tray for the brewing basket.

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                                      Earl Grey Shortbread Cookie Recipe

                                      By February 2, 2015 Arts and Crafts with Tea, Cocktails, Mocktails & More, Cooking with Tea
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                                        If you haven’t tried it before, making shortbread is surprisingly easy -the dough comes together really quickly without too much fuss. You just need to plan ahead a little bit since the dough needs a few hours of chilling time in the fridge before you bake it. So you can make the dough in the morning and bake the cookies in the afternoon, or plan ahead and make the dough the night before. We made these with dark chocolate which was a delicious accompaniment for a cup of tea!

                                        Ingredients

                                        • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
                                        • 2 tablespoons loose leaf Earl Grey tea
                                        • 1 cup (two sticks) butter at room temperature
                                        • A few drops vanilla essence
                                        • 2 cups all purpose flour
                                        • 1/4 teaspoon salt
                                        • 2-3 oz milk or dark chocolate (whichever you prefer!)

                                        Method

                                        1. Using a mortar and pestle or a food processor, grind the tea leaves into finer pieces. Mix with the powdered sugar until well incorporated. Add softened butter and pulse/blend with the sugar for about 3 minutes.
                                        2. Add vanilla essence, flour and salt. Mix just to combine, taking care not to over mix.
                                        3. Turn the dough out onto a clean, lightly floured surface. Roll the dough 1/4-inch thick and using a heart shaped cutter, cut out as many hearts as possible and place on parchment paper to avoid sticking. Re-roll the leftover dough and keep cutting until you’ve used all of it. Chill for at least 4 hours or up to a few days in a sealed container.
                                        4. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375F degrees.
                                        5. Place the dough hearts on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet. Bake for 13-15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely before decorating.
                                        6. Melt chocolate and dip half of each shortbread in. Let cool on parchment paper until chocolate cools and hardens. You can speed up this process by placing them in the freezer for a few minutes. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

                                        {Recipe by Katie Kirby}

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