National Root Beer Day

By August 6, 2015 Cooking with Tea

Root Beer Float day
Today is National Root Beer Float Day and we are celebrating at Art of Tea Headquarters by creating a root beer float and chai tea combo! The whole office loved this creative concoction!

Chai Root Beer Float
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Makes: 1 Serving

Ingredients: 
4 oz Tali’s Masala Chai
4 oz of your favorite Root Beer
2 scoops of vanilla ice cream

Directions:
1. Make a concentrate of Tali’s Masala Chai. [To prepare the concentrate,  combine 2 tsps of tea for every 8 oz of hot water at 195F degree water for 10 minutes.]
2. Chill the Tali’s Masala Chai [We chilled ours over night]
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3. Combine chai concentrate and root beer into a chilled mug
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4. Scoop in ice cream and enjoy!
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Iced Tea Brewing Guide

By July 23, 2015 Brewing Tea

Art of Tea Iced Tea Brewing Guide
Depending on your preference, and the amount of time you have to steep your tea, we have highlighted two different ways you can prepare and brew your iced tea. Take your pick, and enjoy this perfect summer beverage!
Art of Tea Iced Tea Brewing Guide

  1. To start, determine the amount of tea you want to brew and the container you will brew in. We recommend our 2 QT Takeya iced tea maker. For 2 quarts of iced tea, use one of our 2 quart iced tea bags (or 2 ounces of your favorite Art of Tea blend)* and place in your container.
  2. Add in 2 quarts/half gallon of cold water to your container. We recommend cold, filtered water for best taste.
  3. Place in your fridge and allow the tea to steep overnight, or for 8-10 hours, depending on personal preference and how strong you want the tea. The longer you leave the tea bags in, the stronger the tea gets. (You can also vary the strength of your tea by adding more or less tea. The more tea you add, the stronger your brew will be.)
  4. Remove from the fridge and take out the tea bags.
  5. Enjoy over ice, and if needed, sweeten to taste.
    *For more or less iced tea, adjust the ratios of water to tea accordingly 

    Pros of overnight cold brew: Yields a smoother, fuller flavor with less tannins.

Art of Tea Iced Tea Brewing Guide

  1. To start, determine the amount of tea you want to brew and the container you will brew ing. We recommend our 2 QT Takeya iced tea maker, which is great for both cold brew and hot brew. For 2 quarts of iced tea, use one of our 2 quart iced tea bags (or 2 ounces of your favorite Art of Tea blend)* and place in your container.
  2. Add in 1/2 quart of hot water to your container.
  3. Allow tea to brew for its suggested time (3-5 minutes).
  4. Fill the remaining 1.5 quarts of your container with room temperature water. Using water that is too cold may cause the tea to become cloudy.
  5. Add ice to your serving cups, pour your tea over and serve.
    *For more or less iced tea, adjust the ratios of water to tea accordingly

Pros of quick hot brew: Allows for quick and easy brewing with instant results.

Art of Tea Iced Tea Brewing

  • To keep your tea from becoming diluted, create iced tea cubes. Not only will your drink stay cool, it will also retain the flavor. Check out our easy recipe here.
  • For a fun twist on iced tea, check out some of our recipes (Art of Palmer, Jasmine Mojito, Tuscan Sunrise)  for some fun cocktails and mocktails
  • To add beauty to your iced tea, try adding blooming tea or flowers into your ice cubes for a elegant twist on your ice cubes.

 

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GMP Certification

By June 24, 2015 Art of Tea News

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Tea has been a part of human history for thousands of years. Its ritualistic properties have transcended generations and have survived the modernization of how humans consume goods. Recently, the food safety and quality movement has transformed how we source, produce, and shop for our foods. Food labels have become increasingly more informative and clinical in nature. As consumers, we want to feel comfortable knowing that our food is clean, healthy, and of the highest quality. We want to know what is in our food and tea, and how those ingredients can affect us.

At Art of Tea, we have always valued the artisanal nature of sourcing and blending our teas. We have also embraced the need to incorporate modern science and food safety principles into how we run our operations. As an organic and certified kosher facility, we undergo periodic inspections by certifying agencies.

This year, we are pleased to announce we became GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) Certified by a 3rd party auditing company, and scored an Excellent rating of 94.87% in our initial audit.

What does this mean to you? This means that Art of Tea has demonstrated its commitment to quality and food safety by documenting our processes from sourcing, receiving, storing, producing, fulfilling, and shipping our products. We have the ability to trace all of our ingredients from source to cup, and have incorporated procedures to ensure that our products are safe, clean, and of the highest quality. We ensure that our facility meets strict standards at all times for cleanliness and organization, and that our employees are practicing safe and clean food-handling procedures. We work closely with our suppliers to ensure that they are taking similar measures to provide us with quality ingredients and materials. Most importantly, we believe that these practices are not simply prescribed as part of an annual audit, but holistically embodied in our daily activities and our approach is to be prepared for an audit any day, every day.

Our mission is to Craft the Most Delicious Tea Experience. That statement holds true in all aspects of how Art of Tea operates. Crafting delicious teas is only part of what we do. It is the overall experience that we focus on. Our passion to educate, to innovate, and to bring back the ritual of tea is what drives us. We have always emphasized quality in our products, but now it is ingrained in our culture and harmoniously balanced with our artisanal approach to producing and sharing the very best teas with our valued customers

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