The Perfect Wedding Gift: Tea Subscription

By September 2, 2016 Gifts, Holidays & Events

Let’s face it: Giving a gift for a wedding is getting harder. The happy couple doesn’t want a teapot or fondue set anymore and chances are they already own professional-grade kitchen gadgets.

If you want your gift to stand out — and make them super happy — try giving them a tea subscription so they can broaden their tea palate and discover new favorite flavors.

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How To Make Sure It’s The Right Gift

Here is a quick checklist to help you decide if both sides of the happy couple would appreciate the benefits of a tea-inspired wedding present.

  • Do they put a priority on health?
  • Do they like to exercise?
  • Do they like to unwind and relax together?
  • Do they love reading?
  • Do they enjoy spending time in nature?
  • Do they have high stress jobs?

If the answer is “yes” to most of these questions, then a tea subscription is probably an excellent gift for the happy couple. Why? Tea has been long lauded for its taste and superpowers.

Many cultures believe it’s a powerhouse at warding off diseases like cancers and heart disease. Drinking tea might also be able to improve athletic performance and bolster weight loss efforts. And finally, it’s an invigorating drink that can truly soothe the body and mind and help give us some extra headspace in an increasingly stressful world.

A Unique And Useful Gift

You know the saying, “A gift that keeps on giving.” Well, how about giving a gift that literally gets delivered every month?

If you are looking to buy a wedding gift for a sipping couple, you cannot go wrong with a tea subscription that lets them taste new and amazing teas each month.

Teas that are included in these subscriptions are usually hand selected as the best of the best teas from around the world. Now the new couple can easily experience and indulge in tea classics, rare finds, and specialty blends without leaving their house.

These programs also include a wide range of teas from herbal to caffeinated as well as yummy greens, soothing white teas, sumptuous black teas, and milky oolongs.

Men Appreciate Tea Too

It’s true: Men really do appreciate tea and a tea subscription can deepen their appreciation for this ancient and delicious beverage.

For example, a good quality green tea has an earthy and smooth flavor that’s high in antioxidants and polyphenols — it can potentially protect against diseases, help relax the mind, and ward off stress and depression.

Oolong teas can taste nutty, buttery, or even chocolaty and have a light but woodsy flavor that men like.

Pu-erh teas have a malty flavor and the longest fermentation process, can improve the immune and digestion system, and are wonderful post-workout drinks.

Black teas are a great transition for coffee drinkers. It has the perfect amount of caffeine to help kick off the morning and doesn’t give the jittery feeling or energy crash of coffee.

If you’re looking for the ultimate tea subscription program, try the Tea of the Month program from Art of Tea. Each and every month, we select the best of the best teas that we’ve found after years of sourcing and blending, and deliver them to your doorstep. Better yet, we let you choose a uniquely tailored tea program that includes award-winning loose leaf, iced teas, sachet teabags, wellness, signature, and caffeine-free options.

Inside each month’s lovely box are suggestions on recipes, benefits, fun facts, and much more from our experts. Teas are also seasonally selected and change each month.

Finally, we offer free shipping on all Tea of the Month orders within the contiguous United States.

The next time you see the newlyweds, they’ll be thanking you.

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Want To Make A Better Tea? Change Your Water!

By August 31, 2016 Brewing Tea

Ever notice a difference in your tea even if you make it the same way every day? The truth is that, while drinking and making tea can be a consistent daily ritual, each cup can taste different depending on what type of water you use.

Brewing can be more of a science than an art when you become selective of your water quality to enhance the taste — the main choices include tap, filtered, and bottled water and each has benefits and drawbacks to consider.

Which one should you choose? It’s case-by-case basis.

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Tap

If you’re looking for the easiest and most economical method to make your tea, tap water is the way to go. Although the quality of it varies across different areas, rest assured that modernized countries have water that is safe to drink and that is stringently tested.

With that said, however, it can have impurities that can negatively affect your tea experience.

For example, impurities can come from natural minerals in the ground and chemical compounds used to treat the water. Some areas have a pure and neutral-tasting tap water, but make sure to taste it before using it — if the water from your tap doesn’t taste pleasant, your tea probably won’t taste pleasant either.

If that’s the case, consider a different approach.

Filtered

Filtered water is another economical way to make a cup of tea — household water filters like Brita filters are relatively cheap and low maintenance. Most of these filters use activated carbon, which traps common impurities within its porous structure. Eventually, these filters need to be replaced once they get clogged and can’t trap impurities.

(Keep in mind, however, that these filters can’t eliminate impurities such as lime scale, heavy metals, and chlorine.)

Try comparing the taste of your tap water versus a filter: if your water still doesn’t taste great after filtering it, look for another source.

Bottled

There are many advantages to using bottled water for brewing tea. First, it’s consistent. Second, there are plenty to choose from, which gives you more control over where the water comes from, what kind of qualities it has, mineral content, pH levels, etc. (Avoid distilled water, however, because it might taste flat since it’s devoid of minerals.)

The downside is that bottled water can be quite costly, especially if you drink a lot of tea.

Experiment With Your Water

Often, people spend a lot of time and energy finding high quality teas, but overlook the quality of the water they’re using.

In most cases, filtered water works well because it maintains some of the mineral content while removing undesirable elements in the water. Meanwhile, bottled water — while costlier — gives you more precision in terms of mineral content and pH level.

Finally, try to avoid using unfiltered tap water if you can unless (1) there’s no other option or (2) you’re confident the flavor is reliably pure and neutral.

Once you start experimenting with different types of water, you might find a brand new way to unleash the best possible flavors in your tea.

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How To Choose a Better Flavored Tea

By August 29, 2016 Brewing Tea

During summertime, there’s nothing quite like a cold glass of sweet, flavored tea to help quench your thirst on a sweltering hot day. The problem is, however, that many of the store-bought versions are often packed with added ingredients, sugars, and artificial flavors.

But fear not because there are plenty of ways to enjoy flavored tea without these unwanted extras. Here is a simple three-step process to make the most of your tea-drinking experience.

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Step 1: Start By Choosing A Tea

Green Tea

Green tea has been touted as a wonder drink for centuries because has the highest level of antioxidants and maintains some of the chlorophyll from the plant leaves. This popular tea is also believed to help control your blood sugar and boost your metabolism — both of which can help you lose weight.

You can drink green tea with leaves or matcha (where the leaves are ground to make a powder that has a potent concentration of the green tea). Both offer a wonderful flavor that can invigorate your mind and body.

Oolong Tea

Are you trying to keep your caffeine intake low? If so, then consider a delicious oolong tea, which is known for having a moderate amount of caffeine. Also, despite its caffeine content, oolong tea offers relaxing properties that can help take the edge off of a crazy day.

Like green tea, oolong tea also contains antioxidants that can help fight free radicals in your body.

Black Tea

Of all of the teas, black tea typically contains the highest amount of caffeine, which can help boost energy levels without the buzz from with other caffeinated drinks.

Black tea is also the base for one of the world’s most popular tea drinks: Chai. Chai tea is made by mixing black tea with various spices to create an aromatic and flavorful tea that can be enjoyed both hot and cold.

White Tea

White tea is produced from the young leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant that all tea is derived from and has a mild fruity flavor.

This tea is the sweetest of the teas listed, as the leaves have not had a chance to mature fully. White tea also contains the least amount of caffeine.

Herbal Blends

Herbal blends don’t come from the same plant that green, white, black, and oolong teas do — they’re actually made from all kinds of herbs, roots, and other plants.

Ginger, peppermint, and chamomile, for example, are all varieties that have been known to help soothe the stomach and assist with various ailments.

Step 2: Choose a Sweetener

Once you’ve chosen a tea, it’s time to choose a sweetener. Not all teas need a sweetener — like our award-winning collections — but if you are looking for ways to add some spice, choose a few options that are healthier than sugar, sucrose, and high fructose corn syrup (like what you find in bottled or canned teas).

Raw Honey

If you’re looking a pure, natural way to sweeten your tea — and add antioxidant, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties — raw honey is a fantastic choice.

Real Maple Syrup

There is huge difference between real maple syrup and manufactured brands with caricatures on them. Real maple syrup — made of sap from trees that has been boiled down — is far better and does not affect your blood sugar the same way. (Also, if you’re on a vegan diet, real maple syrup is the perfect swap for honey.)

Stevia

If you’re looking for a zero calorie option to sweeten your teas, give stevia a try. Unlike other sugar substitutes, stevia is made from a plant of the same name, not in a lab.

Step 3: Hot or Cold?

Finally, decide how you want to enjoy your tea — they can be enjoyed year round by drinking them hot in a mug under a blanket or iced in a tumbler on the beach. Choose the style that works for you and enjoy all the delicious benefits.

One more thing: at Art of Tea, all of the tea varieties in this list have so many different infusions. For example, there are green teas infused with pomegranate, oolong teas with a peach flavor, black teas that taste like lychees, and white teas mixed with tropical fruits that make for a delicious mocktail.

When you think about all the teas and sweeteners you can choose from, there’s almost an endless supply of wonderful and satisfying options — there really is no reason to limit yourself to an unhealthy flavored tea.

Which one will you enjoy first?

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