We worked with a team of mixologists to develop 6 new, tea-infused cocktails that are sure to delight you. Developing new drinks can be thirsty work, so we invited some friends over to help us taste test our new concoctions and before we knew it we were having a great time!
What better way to enjoy chilled iced teas including 2QT Iced Teas than with the Takeya 2QT Iced Tea Maker. This chic and functional tea maker is brought to you by award-winning specialty tea store Art of Tea, which offers over 200 teas and accessories including their delectable 2QT Iced Tea range of teas.
Whether you love to sip on black, green, organic, white, rooibos, or caffeine-free teas, among many others, you are sure to find a wide range of teas that can rejuvenate your body and mind with each heavenly sip. Many of Art of Tea’s delicious teas have won awards and are featured in several health and food magazines.
Whether you love your teas hot or cold, you need a reliable iced tea maker that enables you to steep and store tea without any spillage. Art of Tea offers the Takeya 2QT Iced Tea Maker that combines sleek design with a removable infuser and airtight twist cap. This chic tea maker is made from BPA free AcraGlassthat can steep and store 660 oz or 2 quart of hot or iced tea.
In fact, you can steep loose leaf tea in 3 different ways in the Takeya 2QT Iced Tea Maker. You can opt for hot brew, cold brew, or flash chill to end up with lip-smacking tea that can be sipped on all day long. This iced tea pitcher does not stain or retain any odor and can be quickly washed clean in your dishwasher.
You can now steep various teas including several award-winning teas offered by Art of Tea in your Takeya 2QT Iced Tea Maker.You can enjoy each tea break at work by sipping on delectable teas that are sourced from Art of Tea from different corners of the world. You can also use this iced tea maker to steep tea at home when you wish to beat the heat and relax with close friends and family.
In addition to ordering your own Takeya 2QT Iced Tea Maker, you can also opt for Art of Tea’s 2QT Iced Tea Kit that contains this sleek iced tea pitcher along with 4 of their delicious 2QT Iced Tea pouches that can be chosen from 8 unique flavors. You can also gift this stylish and practical iced tea maker to loved ones.
So, when you want to steep and sip from over 200 tea varieties available at Art of Tea in a chic iced tea maker that retains the unique flavor of each tea then look no further. You only need to visit Art of Tea’s online store at www.artoftea.com or can use the direct link http://www.artoftea.com/catalog/takeya-iced-maker-p-532.html to quickly get your very own Takeya 2QT Iced Tea Maker.
Start Wholesaling with Wholesale Herbal Teas from Art of Tea
At a time when good and profitable businesses are hard to come by, you can tie up with a formidable specialty tea company from Los Angeles and start wholesaling with wholesale herbal teas. Your herbal tea wholesale business will pick up from the very first day once you tie up with Art of Tea, a company that has strong brand value and several award-winning teas in its fantastic range of teas.
You need not physically visit our warehouse since Art of Tea has an in-depth online specialty tea store that will help you register quickly as a wholesaler, place your orders, make online payments, and get started within no time at all for approved customers only. Once you are approved as a wholesaler, you can get access to their detailed tea catalogue and order from a wide range of green, white, black, blooming, oolong, puerh, caffeine-free, and dessert teas along with several tea accessories.
You can conveniently order wholesale black tea that possesses enthralling flavor as well as equally exciting names such as their award winning Biodynamic Darjeeling, Classic Black, Earl Grey, Lychee Peach, Passionfruit Jasmine, and many other teas that will surely win accolades from your customers as well.
In these health-conscious times, you should certainly offer healthy and tasty green teas to your customers. You can order for wholesale green tea from Art of Tea and sell them to neighborhood cafes, spas, restaurants, hotels, and can even open your very own quaint specialty tea store for walk-in customers.
All teas available at Art of Tea have been sourced by its founder and master tea blender Steve Schwartz who travels all around the globe to bring fresh and unique teas. These teas are further sorted, packed, and blended by Steve along with his expert team. In addition to countless awards, their Summer Peach Iced Tea recently won first Place in at the World Tea Expo 2013 in the flavored black iced tea category.
It won’t take time to establish yourself as a reputable tea wholesaler if you get it right the first time around. Art of Tea offers you over 200 delectable organic and specialty teas at affordable prices from their actual and online store. You only need to place minimum orders of as low as 3 lbs, which include three different teas of 1 lb each. Can it get any more convenient?
With consumption of tea rising all over the globe, you merely need to offer top-quality and fantastic-tasting teas to your customers. You can quickly and conveniently order for wholesale herbal tea, wholesale black tea, and wholesale green tea, among several other teas and accessories atwww.artoftea.com. Visit their wholesale section to learn about how to turn into a wholesaler in no time at all.
When you want simply the very best blooming tea to please your taste buds, you need not step out of your home or office. You only need to visit Art of Tea at www.artoftea.com and click to order from an aromatic range of blooming teas.
This tea not only looks divine thanks to the blooming tea flower mixed with several other organic ingredients, but in addition also reveals its hidden aroma and flavor upon steeping. Los Angeles based Art of Tea sources all its teas including black, white, green, puerh, dessert, oolong, rooibos, and of course, blooming tea from some of the top tea-producing regions of the world.
Art of Tea has a long tradition of continually winning several awards from various organizations each year for its various teas that also include blooming teas. You can certainly try out their award-winning Halo blooming white tea as well as several other teas such as Beach Flower, Black Peony, Bird of Paradise (Limited Edition) and Blooming Bliss Tea.
If you love or need to drink caffeine-free bloom tea then you can also choose from Lotus Flower and Ammo blooming teas that do not contain any caffeine.These teas are packed in really attractive tins that also make for great gifts.
You will clearly send out a healthy message by gifting these teas to your loved ones. For instance, the award winning Halo Blooming Tea contains white tea, amaranth flowers, jasmine flowers, and natural flavors. This tea has a smooth body, a unique flavor profile, and is rich in antioxidants. This soothing tea can be enjoyed alone or in the company of close friends and family.
In addition to a wide range of delicious blooming teas, Art of Tea also offers summer inspired teas, fair trade teas, caffeine free blends, wellness teas and herbs, yerba mate and guayusa blends, teabag sachets, rare and single origin teas, and tea gifts and accessories. You can conveniently browse through more than 200 tea varieties at this innovative specialty tea store. This online tea store has teas and accessories to suit a wide range of palates and wallets.
If you love blooming tea then you need not spend hours upon hours trudging to specialty tea stores. You merely need to head online to shop at www.artoftea.com. You can select from a huge range of teas including blooming tea that includes award winning teas as well as caffeine-free blooming teas. One sip of these delectable teas and you will never need to ever venture out of your home to buy these mouth-watering teas.
With the end of October, we feel many things shift. Depending where you live, the leaves change color and fall, and migrating birds cross the sky. The temperature changes, the days grow short, and business-owners sharpen their pencils as we move into Q4. It is a time of reckoning.
As it turns out, for millennia, people in diverse cultures have found this time of year especially significant, specifically the period between the Autumnal Equinox and the Winter Solstice. For instance, both the Celts and the Maya—high civilizations perched at opposite ends of the pagan world– honored this season as the time of the year when the barrier between the realms, seen and unseen, briefly became permeable.
Both cultures believed that during this “thin” time, both the living and the dead could “cross over”. Echoes of these beliefs, which included the wearing of masks for safe passage when crossing between worlds, pranks, and offerings, persist in the secularized holiday of Halloween. And, some of the resonance and profundity of the season, I feel, explains the contemporary adoption of Dia de los Muertos and its rollicking, yet poetic imagery far beyond its original Mexican roots.
I find this to be a contemplative time of year, and of course I find tea to be an excellent companion for this contemplation. My favorite of the moment is a rare Margaret’s Hope Darjeeling, which is about as profound as a cup of tea can be. Our pick this year from Margaret’s Hope is what’s known as the “first flush of the first flush” among tea-growers and tea-pickers. This tea hits the palate with a burst of fresh nectar, like biting into a perfect apple. The feeling I get from this tea, which is available only in limited quantities, is a feeling not of closure and ending, but of promise: first buds, and dormant energy waiting to burst out. It is, incidentally, fitting to enjoy this tea, with its apple-like essence, as the Jewish New Year 5772 unfolds.
While the frost may not literally be on the pumpkin where you live, the wheel of the seasons has just made a major turn. From all of us at the Art of Tea, May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year!
Tea is wonderful, however it’s enjoyed, and I think there is special pleasure in enjoying tea from a handmade clay cup which has been thrown on a potter’s wheel. When you drink tea from such a cup, it’s easy to feel the revolving energy which created it. And for each of us, as with the ball of wet clay that becomes a vessel, the challenge is to become centered as the wheel whirls and spins.
The feeling of turning, turning is upon us. Fall is officially here. It is a time of harvest and celebration, and our table is heaped with ripeness and abundance. Then, there is emptiness.
If you’ve ever lived or worked on a farm, or even picked apples or grapes in an orchard or vineyard as a fun family outing, you know this feeling of stillness when all of the fruit has been gathered. The spaces which are created invite gratitude, and contemplation.
The same feeling is also in our cities and towns this time of year. Trees drop their leaves, and we see more sky, even in the middle of Seattle, London, or LA. Looking up, birds migrate in patterns across the new openings. These openings are opportunities for renewal in ourselves, as the old year releases us and a new year begins.
Speaking as someone whose life and work depends intimately upon the renewal of plants, this is just one of the many lessons that the natural world offers. By releasing old patterns, we make space for new growth. Renewal requires this letting go of the old.
With this is mind, you may find inspiration in steeping a pot of tea with a friend, and pouring out your intentions for the new cycle, the new year.
What old patterns would you like to release?
What debris can you clear, in order to make room for more prolific flowering?
What would you intend to “turn around” in your life?
Art of Tea’s “Feel Better Blend” is a customer favorite for letting go of stagnation. This signature blend brings together Ayurvedic and Western herbs. The twist of bracing, autumnal zest and spice— including Organic Fennel, Orange Peel, Licorice, Cinnamon, and even a bit of heat from Chili Pepper—may inspire you to view Fall as a time of new beginnings.
Holy basil one of India’s most sacred herbs and recognized as the “elixir of life”, is also referred to as Tulsi (which means “incomparable”). This special brew is impressive in its capacity to assist the body’s natural process of healing and maintaining health. Originating in the tropical parts of Asia, its fragrance and delicacy stem from long purple flowers and smooth green foliage.
Our Tulsi basil is an organic herbal botanical known for its unique and complimentary traditional health benefits. The exquisite blend is comprised of the Tulsi (Indian basil) leaves and blossoms, grown in remote locations in rich organic soil, as to promote the healthiest plants possible. Our lovely Tulsi is cultivated from seedlings and harvested at optimal time, right after first flowering, thus producing a tisane whose flowers aromatic and beneficial oils are at peak. We also add this wonderful botanical other tea blends such as Fluer de Vie.
Traditionally taken due to its rich antioxidant and adaptogen qualities, research shows that holy basil is known to create strong antibacterial, antiviral and immune enhancing properties. This all becomes possible due to hundreds of compounds of phyto-chemicals, that work together to support the body’s natural defense against stress and germs. Highly regarded in the Ayurvedic system of medicine, this caffeine free, very tasty and beneficial brew is traditionally used within Ayurveda to promote wellness, longevity, and mental clarity by balancing metabolism.
Infuse two to five minutes, much the same way as one would make green, white or black tea.
Alonger steeping time, such as five minutes yields a stronger tea with more beneficial properties.
One of things I struggle with is finding time to find balance. It really is a tea paradox because once you make time for tea you realize how much more time you have. When visiting China I am reminded of how expansive this world really is and there is no time to waste on unmindful lethargy. Ok, so we need to chill out some times but chilling out with intention is different than spacing out from overload. Once ones mental bucket is full then it is challenging to empty it. And with media and technology overload it is easy to become well, overloaded. Ideally we can find an hour a day of reconnecting and making the day great however that is not always possible.
So, 10 minutes we can do on a break at home or at work. A great teacher once told me you have to know what you know. Meaning once you know something stick with it don’t trick yourself into not knowing. With tea, knowing how to make great tea starts by finding the right water, using the right storage, selecting the best tea possible and taking a few minutes to prepare your select tea. In only ten minutes a day this time can be spent as a recharge moment to improve the rest of your day.
Start with ten minutes without your phone or computer or any distractions and build from there. Stick with this rhythm and you’ll be surprised at what only ten minutes can do.
Its a challenge to find the tea shrubs in this photo. They are there. The garden isnt as picturesce as most tea plantations that you would see commercially grown but they are there. Its a simple trek for the farmers. A few minute incline to these organic fair trade tea fields and back to processing before the withering takes place.
I hope I don’t offend anyone here with this post. According to my resources deep in the Wuyi Mountains there are plenty of wild tea trees but no Monkeys that pick tea or for that matter have ever picked tea here.
Oddly enough however there appear to be several species of non human primates in this region which are known to open/pop the top off a bottle of beer. Granted there are pictures and old paintings of the tea partnership between Monks and Monkeys trading food for wild tea leaves that could not be reached by humans, however these primates have no interest in the leaf. They prefer another brew.
So why have the name Monkey in a tea such as our white monkey picked or golden monkey? Monkey Picked Tea refers to a top tier tea. Typically wild thicker leaves are used for this or rarer more precious leaves and buds.
This checkpoint is to prevent tourists, foreigners and uninvited guests away from the protective reserve. The habitat hosts a variety of rare herbs and botanicals, rock teas, about 1000 residents and a host of wildlife. Tourists are only allowed in the Summer time and this visit was early harvest season so no tourists are allowed in order to protect the reserve’s natural habitat. Since I was traveling with the estate manager the guard let us through without question. Once through the gate the forest opened up to be a pure magical place. With China having many contrasts of population and other environmental concerns this place was surrounded by mountains peaks far away from city culture. These mountain peaks would shoot up at a 90 degree angle at the sky with waterfalls flowing down the side wild monkeys, tea shrubs, pine and bamboo forests. This is where our famous organic white tea and some of our organic hand crafted oolongs are produced… You can smell and taste the freshness of this area in the tea.
Special thanks to Mr. Zhan. He has been my driver for first 5 days of the journey through Fujian and has successfully honked at every bicycle, tricycle carrier, pedestrian, car, ox, dog, water buffalo, tuk tuk, corner, bridge, village entrance, alleyway, motorcycle, motorcycle truckish hybrid (not thinking eco here just no other frame of reference) car, stone, rolling ball, bus, truck, mountain bend, river bed and fallen bamboo…keeping us safe from harm and ensuring we get to our destinations safe and on time.
Because the crop yield is so low this year many of the farmers that would harvest their commercially grown fields are now looking elsewhere. In other words they are diving deeper into wild beyond the regularly planted crops and going back to find tea plants that were once harvested regularly but the tea plants were left once they stopped producing good leaves. This time allowed the tea plants to rest and develop the natural soil again which created a new focus for farmers this year. Many farmers in Southern Mountains in China are picking just what nature has provided are seeing tremendous results with the taste and monetary value.
This reminds me of the true the sense that we may do our best to plan, to organize and to overstock but nature has a wonderful and sometimes mystical way of showing that the what we need is really out there. In some cases more than we know we just have to look for it. Unfortunately the time for lucking is sparked in our lives by running out of options and making the most of what we got. If this lesson of what is provided in nature is true then let the taste and experience of the wild tea plant such as Wild Honey Sprout and White Monkey Picked be the reminder of our own natural potential.
So the 4 hour trip to the Private Reserve in Wuyishan Mountain Fujian China turned to an 8 hour car ride. Side Note: Its amazing how many dialects their are along the way. About 6 hours into the trip Mr. Zhan, our driver for the majority of the trip, drops us off at a random point and we meet with another driver that looks like he is about 28. I find out later that he is one of the tea managers of the organic estate we work with and will be visiting. A very humble man and a real salt of the earth person which we will discuss in another post. We began making our way through Wuyi Mountain range and was blown away by the landscape. Later we switched cars again to a 4×4 to handle the terrain and to reach a checkpoint.
Charcoal or Wood?
I wish all decisions were this easy. When looking for a clear result you have two options left or right, green or red, bagel or muffin, in this case charcoal or wood. These are two elements used most of the time in China for the beginning process of withering or cooking tea. Simply put this is the early stages of making tea…at least it’s simple on the surface level. There are more steps involving time, humidity, crop yield, the artisan crafting the tea and yes all this plays into making a great tea with the fate of the tea leaves passed into your hands with the right teapot.
However you view it the choices are obvious, it’s a given that you have two choices. And the results open a world which unlocks the senses by playing with these two simple gifts of charcoal and wood.
They say if you want to get something done give it to someone who is busy. Why? Because it will get done. If they are in motion and are busy then the chances are their wheels are in motion to get it done. I often hear people complain about their work. Regardless of the job they complain. I see this woman who is an organic fair trade tea farmer within a coop. She has with her wood tools working in the rain and I wonder if her tea “lot” which is about the size of a typical small office is back breaking work or is it back building. The sense of minding your field/work is inspiring to watch. So here she is in the rain getting it done. Checking her crop, observing the soil and using the tools shes got. This is her responsibility and what she picks she gets paid for in a fair way. Its a healthy exchange. It’s a balance of nature and of course depending on what she yields, but her time and energy are important factors here.
Does she work for herself? I often hear about people wanting to work for themselves. I am not sure there is such a thing. We work for our customers, family, status, coworkers, etc. and what Dr. Csikszentmihal calls that wonderful state of “flow“. I also observe back in the States how often people wait to put their real efforts and time in when they can have the payoff down the line. We don’t always know when that time comes but it starts with harnessing the moment and proving to yourself what you are capable of achieving. Don’t wait to prove it later. The most successful business people and athletes I know are not competing with others rather they are competing with improving and bettering themselves. Essentially take what you got, your “lot” so to speak and make it better. If you are given a job find the beauty in the task at hand.
The future great crops that we reap start as early as seeds and need focus, balance effort and attention every step of the way. I look at this woman and am reminded that in this world with these creations of life, it’s not just about the reward but the act of really being present and aware.