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.


    • 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


    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

    Matcha Pound Cake2

    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.

        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!


                    • 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!)


                    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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                      Art of Tea in the News

                      By February 2, 2015 Art of Tea News
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                          Share The Love

                          By January 28, 2015 Gifts, Holidays & Events
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                            Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and instead of giving the expected roses or box of chocolate, give your significant other the Chocolate Lover’s tea sampler. With six chocolate and dessert flavored teas, you get to enjoy the sweet deliciousness without the calories. Plus, it will last a bit longer than your assorted candy chocolates.


                            Share how you and your loved ones are enjoying tea by using the hashtag #SharetheLoveSharetheTea for your chance to be featured on our blog and Instagram!


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                              Tibetan Hot Chocolate Recipe

                              By December 24, 2014 Cocktails, Mocktails & More
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                                Himalayan Butter Tea 011


                                Tibetan Hot Chocolate

                                (makes one 8 oz serving)
                                3 tsp Aztec Spice
                                1 cup Hot Water
                                1 tbsp Unsalted Butter
                                1 oz Whole Milk
                                3 tsp Sugar or to taste (we recommend unrefined black sugar if you can find it – check your local Asian supermarket)


                                Brew 3 tsp of Aztec Spice in 1 cup of boiling hot water for 10 minutes. Add butter, milk, and sugar and stir well. Serve piping hot.
                                {Recipe by Charles Kellogg}


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                                  Art of Tea Newsletter

                                  By November 24, 2014 Art of Tea News
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                                    The Art of Tea newsletter is filled with delicious recipes, interesting tea facts, and promotions only available for insiders and subscribers. Now is your chance to sign up before the holiday season and receive special offers in the next coming weeks!


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                                      Brew/Well Feature

                                      By November 20, 2014 Featured Partners
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                                        We’ve been working with Brew/Well since they opened in July 2013 in LA’s Koreatown. Owners and sisters Grace and Elizabeth Rhee have succeeded in creating a really nice relaxed atmosphere with a modern but rustic feel. It’s even been called “the secret spot you didn’t want anyone to know about,” so we think it’s safe to say their hard work paid off!

                                        Brew/Well is still a relatively young business. Can you tell me how it all started?
                                        Grace: Did I tell you how we were open upstairs before? Our mom always wanted to have a coffee shop. She learned how to pull shots and did all the training, but once we opened the shop and we realized all the day to day operations, it turned to us. We didn’t have a perfect vision. We didn’t have everything figured out. It was a lot of learning, a lot of coming up with ideas on the go. Then we ended up having to move downstairs to our current location and we were faced with a choice about what we wanted to do.

                                        Elizabeth: We got a taste for what kind of role we could play in the community. People coming to our shop, getting to interact with the regulars, seeing the same people every day, that’s what got us really excited.

                                        Grace: Also, our personal interests and passions, we could bring those into a coffee shop. It’s more than simply serving coffee.

                                        Elizabeth: It’s more than just selling people products and making people drinks.

                                        Grace: We wanted to provide a space where we can build relationships and have community. Art and creativity could be inside a coffee shop too. We got a glimpse of what this could be and what we could do, so when we had the option, we took it.

                                        Tell me about #brewcommunity.
                                        Elizabeth: It was when Instagram was getting really big. Someone came up with #brewcommunity, and it fit well with us. We want to keep going with the whole community aspect and really build meaningful relationships. On our Instagram, we introduce our community and have them tell their stories. I think it’s interesting how we run into hundreds of people every day and their stories and what they go through can really make you think twice.

                                        People must also come here because they love what you serve. How do you come up with all your creative drinks?
                                        Grace: From the beginning, we wanted to include creativity into the menu and make specialty coffee and tea more approachable for people. We know we’re serving good coffee, so if you just want an espresso, we’re confident in serving that. But for someone that wants good coffee, but still wants to add a little bit of this or that, we can make things interesting. We want to be more creative and we both like experimenting. In terms of the type of shop that we wanted and the kind of environment we wanted people to feel, we decided to develop the menu to provide a different experience. We certainly sell more coffee, but we sell a good amount of tea because we also put them in our specialty drinks. We have one customer that comes in, literally, every day and gets our Assam Tea Latte. She thinks it’s the best thing in the world.

                                        So how did you find Art of Tea?
                                        Grace: Since creativity is such a big part of our menu, we wanted to serve interesting teas. A week before we opened up in the new space, I came home and my sister told me she found this new tea company online. I was freaking out. This was just a few days before we started training so we got into an argument. But she showed me your website and all the different types of teas you have. I think she had already emailed you and we were asked to visit. We ended up going and meeting with Steve and he gave us a tour. He showed us the entire space and introduced us to everyone. We got to sample some of your teas, which were amazing. But on top of that, just the way that the place was run and the friendliness and service was great. Then you offered training for our staff. It was very personal. We really liked the iced teas too. She was literally researching online and found you. I guess it started out as a sister fight.

                                        What a great story! So looking back from your opening, what kind of advice would you give to someone opening their own business?
                                        Elizabeth: In the end, it’s all about relationships and how you treat others that sets one café apart from another. Coffee shops sell coffee, teas, and pastries, but no matter how good it is, it comes down to your interactions with people. I feel like there are so many details and technical things that you’re perfecting and it’s easy to disregard the other aspects. For us, what we value is the relationship. One interaction in your day can make or break your day. Because we interact with people constantly, it’s our goal as a local community coffee shop to make the other person feel valued for who they are.

                                        Grace: We’ve been extremely lucky with the people we choose to work with. For instance: our staff, it’s rare to find people like that. Or our vendors. If I could give advice to someone who’s starting a shop… obviously love the product. Find something that you love and want to serve, but also find the people that you want to do that with.

                                        Interview by Charles Kellogg
                                        Photos by Brew/Well



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