The Simple Chai Tea Latte You’ll Be Drinking All Fall

By September 14, 2016 Brewing Tea, Cocktails, Mocktails & More

As the weather cools and winter winds begin to brew, you might find yourself craving the sweet and spicy flavors of Fall. Satisfy your autumnal appetite with this simple Chai Tea Latte recipe.

All you’ll need to make this cold weather creation is Tali’s Masala Chai, milk (or a milk alternative), sugar (or honey), water, and cinnamon. Of course, you can always make a decaffeinated version using our Rooibos Chai. Do note, however, that Rooibos Chai can and should steep longer than Tali’s Masala Chai. (Approx. 5-7 minutes)

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Art of Chai Latte
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Ingredients
  1. 3T Tali's Masala Chai
  2. 2 Cups Hot Water
  3. 2 Cups Milk (or Milk Alternative)
  4. Sugar or Honey to Taste
  5. Ground Cinnamon or Cinnamon Stick
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan, simmer chai in water for 3 minutes over low heat.
  2. Add milk and honey or sugar. Continue to simmer, but do not allow to boil.
  3. Strain tea leaves.
  4. (Optional) Froth with handheld frother.
  5. Garnish with cinnamon and serve.
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Not only is this stovetop chai tea latte a great cup of comfort, but it has spices that can help prepare your body for the winter! 

Our Rooibos Chai and Tali’s Masala Chai both contain cardamom and ginger. Cardamom is thought to have digestive and congestion relief properties, which could come in handy if you’re prone to cool weather colds.  Ginger, which is also said to have digestive and cold relief properties, may also be great for blood circulation and immunity. Talk about some super spices!

If you cozy up with this chai tea latte this fall, be sure to snap a photo of your latte to share with us on Twitter or Instagram. You can tag Art of Tea or use the hashtag #MyArtofTea

 

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Are You a Tea Rookie? Do These Three Things!

By September 12, 2016 Brewing Tea

Jumping into tea culture can seem intimidating, especially when you’re enjoying high quality teas like you’d get from Art of Tea. It’s easy to assume you can prepare and drink these teas like you would an average tea from a grocery store – microwave water, submerge the tea bag indefinitely, and sip. To get the best results from Art of Tea, you’re going to need a bit more artistry with your tea. Follow these three simple steps to enjoy luxurious cups of tea time after time.

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1. Store your tea correctly.

The key to long-lasting, flavorful tea starts with proper storage. Tea is sensitive to three elements: light, heat, and humidity. You can protect your tea from these elements by keeping your Art of Tea products in an airtight container.

Not sure where to find an airtight container? It’s easy! We’ve already sent you one! Every Art of Tea product is shipped in either an airtight, resealable pouch or an airtight tin. Just keep your products in this packaging when not in use and your tea will last a long time. 

You should also take care to store your container somewhere cool, dry, and out of sunlight. It’s probably not the best idea to keep your tea next to the oven or the stove, but a clear spot in the cupboard is perfectly fine. Tea also has odor and moisture-absorbing properties. Take that into consideration when choosing a place to store your tea, too. 

2. Pay attention to what water you’re using.

98% of brewed tea is water. While that other 2% packs quite a flavor punch, it’s still crucial that you use clean, filtered water.  Using tap water or low-quality water can negatively affect the flavor of your tea. 

Water quality issues are easily avoided. Use clean water sources or filtration systems to ensure great-tasting tea. For more information on sourcing the best water for your teas, you can read our blog post on water quality

3. Follow the preparation instructions.

Tea is a delicate, but forgiving plant. That’s why we provide instructions for preparing each tea on the packaging. You’ll notice that every tin or resealable pouch has information for how much tea to add, what temperature water to use, and how long to steep. You should look at these preparation tips like strong recommendations. We highly suggest you prepare your tea as closely to these guidelines as possible, but your tea won’t be completely ruined if you can’t get your water to the exact temperature or if you over-steep by a minute. 

If you’re using our Eco Pyramid Teabags, you don’t need to worry about measuring out the correct amount of tea. We’ve done it for you. If you’re using loose leaf teas, we recommend using the Perfect Tea Spoon and our Art of Tea Filter Bags to prepare suggested servings of tea. 

Should you lose your Art of Tea packaging, you can always find instructions for each tea and tisane on its respective product page. Just look for the tab that says “Preparation Tips.”

Preparing tea correctly should be an enjoyable, relaxing process. With enough practice, you’ll begin to see tea preparation as a period for meditation and methodology in no time. 

 

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What Is Pu-Erh Tea And Why Is It The Best Thing You Are Not Drinking?

By September 9, 2016 History and Culture of Tea

Wine, beer, whiskey, and tea — which drink is the “odd one out?”

While it seems like tea doesn’t fit the others beverages, the reality is that they’re all created in a similar way. With Pu-erh tea, for example, the leaves are harvested and fermented after being withered, dried, or slightly pan-fired.

Then, after the tea leaves are pressed into discs or cakes, they are aged in different environments, which creates pu-erh tea’s unique flavor profile and personality.

Pu-erh originates from the Camellia sinensis plant and often falls into the “black tea” category because of its very involved processing, but there’s more to it than meets the eye.

Read on and learn about one of the best beverages you might not be drinking!

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Cultivating a Taste for Pu-Erh

So what makes pu-erh tea so different from other teas?

One of its differences is its cultivation process. There are three main ways: plantation bushes, wild tea bushes, or wild trees. (They are also planted at lower altitudes as opposed to the higher altitudes used for other types of tea.) Once harvested and processed, the leaves are pressed into cakes for aging and storage.

The most prized pu-erh teas are harvested from wild tea bushes, grown without human intervention. Then, tea pickers harvest these leaves, process them, and age them in the same manner.

Pressing tea into discs is not something unique to pu-erh tea, but it’s still important to the method. Why? Discs increase the surface area of the tea, which accelerates the aging process. In fact, these finely aged pu-erh tea cakes were once considered so valuable that they were used as currency or gifts.

(If you walk into a traditional tea shop, you might still see those pu-erh tea cakes decorating the shelving by the door.)

The Benefits Of Pu-Erh Tea

The natural oxidation process that occurs when aging pu-erh tea isn’t the same as other teas — it’s the result of fungal, bacterial, or auto-oxidation influences that occur naturally when aging.

This produces many of pu-erh’s unique advantages to your health.

Adding the fermentation and bacteria from pu-erh tea into your diet will aid your body’s digestion, which provides a benefit similar to what you get from kombucha. The difference, however, is that kombucha’s bacterial culture is introduced to the fermentation process whereas pu-erh tea develops it naturally.

(Needless to say, pu-erh tea is an excellent alternative to kombucha.)

Because pu-erh tea is rapidly gaining in popularity, scientific interest has been growing to identify its potential benefits. For example, one animal study showed a daily diet of pu-erh tea aided weight loss and supported the reduction of bad (LDL) cholesterol.

To indulge in these properties, we recommend our certified organic Naked Pu-erh tea, which has been aged for about 5 years. Hailing from Yunnan, China, it offers a sweet, woodsy aroma and mild earthy finish.

Even though it’s sometimes called a “black tea,” pu-erh tea’s processing helps it take on different characteristics — the result is an exquisite, delicious brew that’ll make your day seem just a little brighter.

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