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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How to Benefit from “Tea Time”

By October 19, 2016 History and Culture of Tea, Our Beliefs

You’ve probably heard about some health benefits of drinking tea. From magazine articles to news segments, tea is often celebrated as a healthy alternative to soda or other sugary beverages. The one benefit that’s rarely discussed isn’t related to health, though. It’s the benefit to your mental well-being. To reap the full benefits of tea, you’ll need to look beyond just consuming the warm liquid in your cup. You’ll need to consume a tea drinking experience. 

The practice of steeping and drinking tea can almost be spiritual. Historically, tea is often tied to ceremonies and tradition. Silver Needle is said to have been picked by virgins and served to emperors. Matcha was once enjoyed by the wealthy in ceremonial settings. These ceremonies might seem archaic or stuffy now, but the principle can be applied to modern tea drinking.


Enhance Your Tea Drinking Experience

To bring the serenity of the tea drinking ceremony into your life, think about how you usually digest food and drink. Do you eat quickly while you scroll through your Newsfeed? Do you slurp down your tea while you shoot out an email? Is consumption a sped-up, out-of-focus action that accompanies the hustle and bustle of your life? Or is it a sacred time for you?

Making time to drink tea is easy. First, put more intention into your tea brewing process. If you usually start multitasking while your tea steeps, stop. Instead, carefully select your tea, pour in water that’s the appropriate temperature and steep for the right amount of time. Take this moment for yourself. You can even make a point of using this time as a detox from screens and technology.

You’ll also want to make sure you have the right environment to drink tea. Whether that means cozying up on your favorite chair or making your office workspace more hospitable, you want to make your experience as pleasant and relaxing as possible. Set yourself up to fully experience your tea from the first sip until the last sip. 

As you start to drink your tea, try to focus on what you’re sensing. 80% of what you’re experiencing when you drink tea is through your sense of smell. When you remove your tea leaves from your cup or teapot, smell them and try to figure out what the tea reminds you of. As you actually sip the tea, let it pass over each part of your tongue so you can taste each flavor note. Different sections of the tongue sense different tastes, so it’s important that you expose as much area of the tongue to the tea as you can. 

By creating a moment for yourself every time you drink tea, you’ll increase your own mindfulness and you’ll find that your tea drinking can provide an experience that goes beyond taste and smell. 



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