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117 Galisteo St
Santa Fe, NM 87501

505-795-7724

Luxury loose leaf teas, handcrafted tea blends and fine tea ware. ArtfulTea: where the ordinary experience of drinking tea becomes extraordinary.

Tea Wisdom

Tea and Terroir

Margaret Wack

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Just as wines take on distinctive flavors from the regions in which they are grown, different types of tea take on unique characteristics depending on where they’re from. Terroir, which includes everything about the place in which a tea is grown, from environmental factors such as weather and humidity, to the particular quality of the soil and flora and fauna of the region, is one of the key factors in determining the flavors profiles of different teas. While different processing techniques result in different varieties of tea such as black, green, white, and oolong, terroir can have a more subtle but just as significant effect.

What’s in a Name?

Historically, teas have often been named after the place in which they are grown, giving rise to teas with names that reflect their origin. Teas such as Assam, Darjeeling, and Nilgiri are named after regions of India, and each have distinct characteristics that reflect the terroir of their growing environment. Teas like China Keemun and Golden Yunnan, meanwhile, are named after regions in China. Ceylon tea, grown in Sri Lanka, also takes its name from a place, as Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon during British colonial rule.

At ArtfulTea, we also carry less well-known teas named after their place of origin, including teas like Nepalese Gold, grown in Nepal, and Kenyan Purple, grown in Kenya. While terroir is far from the only thing that influences the flavor of a tea, all other factors being equal it plays an important role in the unique characteristics present in teas grown in different environments.

Tea and Elevation

Teas grown at a higher elevation must adapt to their unique environment by growing more slowly and increasing their chlorophyl content, resulting in teas with with a rich, slightly floral flavor. Teas grown at a high elevation include Darjeeling, Nepalese Gold, and Amber Autumn Oolong.

Tea and Soil

Soil is another key component of terroir, with different kinds of soil having different effects upon the flavor of tea. Assam tea, named for the same region of India, benefits from the clay-like soil of the tropical river valley in which it is grown. Similarly, tea grown in Kenyan, such as Kenyan Purple and Lychee Purple, draws nutrients from the rich volcanic soil of the region.

Tea Around the World

While tea has historically been grown primarily in India, China, and other Asian countries, tea is now grown in many places all over the world. Each tea’s distinct characteristics and flavor are fundamentally influenced by terroir - even if you uprooted a plant in Darjeeling and replanted it in Assam, by the next harvest the tea would have a different flavor!

Tea is also deeply influenced by the culture and history in the places in which it is grown. Unique cultivation, processing, and preparation methods can result in teas with wildly disparate tastes, from rich and earthy pu-erh teas, to delicate white teas, to vegetal, umami-packed sencha. Tea culture also varies around the world, from high tea in England, to sweet tea in America, to traditional gongfu tea ceremonies in China and matcha tea ceremonies in Japan.

However you take your tea, take a moment to reflect on the unique intersection of place and culture, terroir and cultivation, next time you enjoy a cup!

Mint Teas

Karen Gardiner

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Rich in antioxidants, mint is a flavorful and aromatic herb that has been used for centuries. While peppermint and spearmint are the most well known varieties, other types include apple mint, lemon mint, chocolate mint and even licorice mint.

In the world of tea, mint can be brewed on its own, blended with tea leaves, or combined with flowers, fruit or other herbs. Mint is a tisane rather than a tea, meaning that it is not derived from the camellia sinensis plant, but comes instead from a different family of herbs.

Our Mint Teas

At ArtfulTea, we carry many blends containing mint, from herbal infusions to black and green flavored teas. Whether you’re looking for a soothing after dinner drink or an invigorating morning brew, we’re sure to have a tea that will strike your fancy!

Morrocan Mint

In Morocco, mint flavored green tea isn't just a tradition, it's a sign of hospitality and friendship. Our blend is the finest Chinese gunpowder tea combined with exceptional quality spearmint. A lively and refreshing tea!

Lemon Mint Menage

This Lemon Mint tea is a smooth organic black tea blend with bright minty notes and the refreshing taste of lemongrass. Nicely balanced flavor is both uplifting and soothing. Excellent hot or iced.

Lavender Mint

We've combined two aromatic and soothing herbs for a refreshing blend that's quickly becoming one of our most popular herbals. Calming lavender blossoms complement organic peppermint, which is known for its digestive benefits and cooling properties. A fresh, lightly floral cup!

Sing Your Song

This handcrafted herbal infusion helps soothe the throat, clear congestion and promote wellness. Best of all, it tastes delicious! One of Santa Fe's local opera singers began drinking this tea to help keep her voice in perfect condition, so we've named the blend "Sing Your Song" in her honor.

Chocolate Mint Rooibos

Rooibos blended with chocolate and peppermint! It’s like indulging in dessert without the calories. If you like the minty chocolate flavor of “Andes” or “After-Eight” mints, you’ll love this uplifting, yet caffeine-free, beverage.

Peppermint

This top quality organic peppermint leaf is aromatic and exceptionally minty, producing a refreshing infusion that is satisfying both hot and cold.

Alice’s Peppermint Party

In honor of Alice at the Mad Hatter's tea party, this herbal blend tastes like a party of many bold flavors. Peppermint and ginger take the lead roles and are beautifully supported by the taste of apples, almonds, hibiscus and rose.

Premium Teas

Margaret Wack

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Here at ArtfulTea, we carry a wide range of teas, from affordable everyday blends to teas that are rare, unique, or otherwise noteworthy. While all of our loose leaf teas are made from the highest quality ingredients available, our premium teas stand out for their exceptional quality, and are perfect for tea connoisseurs, gifts, and special occasions.

Nepalese Gold

Grown in the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal, this award-winning black tea is rich and mellow, with notes of honey and stone fruit. It brews into a reddish-golden color that provides a flavorful and well balanced cup.

Sencha

From Shizuoka on the Fujiyama mountain slopes, this organic Japanese sencha is carefully processed and slightly steamed before rolling and drying. A distinct, strong green tea with a rich, grassy aroma, these leaves brew into a bright greenish-yellow liquor with a taste reminiscent of the sea.

Bashan Silver Tip

From the Chongqing Province of China, this very rare tea is the top grade of white tea available. It has a delicate, clean taste faintly reminiscent of fresh apples, with a refreshing lingering flavor.

Jasmine Silver Needle

Organic Bai Hao Silver Needle tea leaves are scented with fresh jasmine blossoms to create a well-balanced tea with the tantalizing floral taste of jasmine. This superb quality tea offers one of the most sublime tea drinking experiences available.

Amber Autumn Oolong

An “Autumn Flush” tea from Nepal, this double roasted oolong is full-bodied, with subtle notes of apricot, malt and caramel in a deep amber-red brew. Many infusions are possible with these leaves.

Kenyan Purple

Purple tea is an entirely new category of tea! A purple leaved varietal of the camellia sinensis plant, it was first discovered growing wild in the Assam region of India, and is now grown commercially in Kenya, Africa. Ours is from the Tumoi Tea Garden in the Nandi Hills of Kenya. This purple leaf tea has a similar flavor profile to oolong, and is also very high in anthocyanins and antioxidents.

At ArtfulTea we’re very proud of our premium tea selection, and are always excited to introduce our customers to these unique and wonderful teas. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for the tea lover in your life, or are just looking to indulge in something a little extra special, our premium teas have something to offer everyone!

Floral Teas

Karen Gardiner

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For centuries, flower blossoms have been blended with tea and other herbs to create soothing and medicinal brews. At ArtfulTea, we carry a variety of floral teas, blending ingredients such as jasmine, rose petals, lavender, and other flowers with our teas to add a lovely floral note. Whether you’re dreaming of spring flowers, looking for an iced tea to enjoy in the summer heat, or simply interested in teas with a flowery note, our floral teas are sure to hit the spot!

Jasmine Yin Cloud

An exceptionally high-quality tea with white downy tips, Jasmine Yin Cloud is a Chinese green tea scented with fresh jasmine blossoms. It achieves a perfect balance between being intoxicatingly aromatic and sweetly flavorful, and is delicious hot or iced.

Jasmine Silver Needle

Organic Bai Hao Silver Needle tea leaves are scented with fresh jasmine blossoms to create a well-balanced tea with the tantalizing floral taste of jasmine. Very low in caffeine and extremely high in antioxidants, Jasmine Silver Needle is one of our premium teas, representing the very best that the tea world has to offer.

Rose & Chrysanthemum

Delicate white tea from the Fujian province of China mingles with aromatic rose petals and chrysanthemum blossoms, creating a delicious, healthy brew. This beautiful blend of 100% organic ingredients is a soft embrace!

Midnight Rose

Midnight rose blends organic Chinese black tea with just the right amount of red rose petals - creating an aromatic, flavorful cup with a sweet, floral character. With moderate caffeine, this lovely mellow tea is perfect for an afternoon cup.

Earl Grey Lavender

Bergamot flavored black tea is blended with lavender blossoms from Provence to create a soothing floral twist on the classic Earl Grey. Exceedingly aromatic and with a perfectly balanced lavender note, Earl Grey Lavender is one of our most popular floral teas.

Lavender Lullaby

Need a little help relaxing and falling asleep? Lavender Lullaby was created after repeated requests from customers looking for a natural blend to help them sleep. We blend chamomile, lavender, roses, sweet orange peel and calendula petals to create a handcrafted organic herbal infusion that helps to sooth away the day and encourage peaceful rest.

Egyptian Chamomile

The highest quality chamomile available, this Egyptian Chamomile consists only of the flower heads of the chamomile plant, producing a deep golden infusion that is calming, soothing, and naturally sweet. Brew up a cup for relief from tension and stress, or enjoy it with a dollop of honey for a decadent dessert drink.

Tuscan Sun

This colorful blend of flowers, fruit, and herbs reminds us of a sunny meadow in Tuscany. The floral aromas of lavender and orange blossoms combine beautifully with the sweetness of apple, linden, and melissa leaves for a relaxing, smooth herbal blend with soothing therapeutic properties.

Green Rooibos with Blossoms

Green rooibos, an unoxidized version of the popular South African herb, has all the benefits of regular rooibos with a somewhat lighter taste. This flavorful floral blend contains rose, sunflower, and cornflower petals along with freeze-dried blueberries, and makes an excellent iced tea as well as a great hot cup.

Whatever floral flavors are your favorites, there's bound to be a tea to tickle your fancy and nurture both mind and body. Happy sipping!

Fruity Teas

Margaret Wack

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Whether you’re dreaming of the fresh fruit of summer or are simply interested in a sweet, fruit-forward cup, here at ArtfulTea we carry an expansive selection of flavored teas with fruity notes. From Orange Peel to Lychee Purple and everything in between, we’re sure to have a tea that will satisfy your sweet tooth and remind you of the bounty of summer. And if you’re luxuriating in the long days of the warmer months, these teas are also lovely served iced!

Apricot Brandy

Organic apricot pieces and natural brandy flavor give this black tea blend a delicious full flavor and luscious sweetness. An aromatic and visually appealing blend, it’s also our best selling flavored tea. Delicious hot and excellent iced!

Orange Peel

Tangy and sweet with a little bite, Orange Peel blends organic black tea with organic orange peels for a delicious drink that's loaded with citrusy flavor. Aromatic and naturally sweet, this tea is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Pomegranate Lemon

This enlivening blend of pomegranate and lemon is equal parts sweet and tart, and it's naturally loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C. A crisp, tasty black tea with tons of flavor!

Summer Romance

Sweet papaya and strawberries blend with black and green teas for an intoxicating, exotic flavor reminiscent of fresh fruit and long summer afternoons. Sit back and enjoy over ice in the warmer months!

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Mango Pear

White peony tea is blended with organic mango cubes, apple, and pear to create a beautifully delicate, fruity, floral tea with a light body and sweet, uplifting flavor. Low in caffeine, this tea will give you a modest boost and is perfect for a relaxing, rejuvenating afternoon cup.

Berry Bold

This organic blend of sencha green tea with dried goji berries, sweet strawberry pieces and acai berry powder is not only packed with antioxidants, but also tastes delicious! The sweet and vegetal flavors mingle to create a lovely cup of berry green tea with numerous health benefits.

Lychee Purple

This purple leaf tea is blended with lychee, apple, and pineapple for a rich, fruit-forward tropical taste. With a medium body similar to that of an oolong, Lychee Purple is also very high in anthocyanins, the beneficial compounds found in blueberries, eggplant, purple grapes and other blue, purple or dark red foods.

Strawberry Mango

South African rooibos that's oh-so-fruit-forward! Juicy organic mango combines with sweet organic strawberry to create a delicious, refreshing and flavor-filled tea with no calories and no caffeine.

Peach Rooibos

Our Peach Rooibos blends green and red rooibos with peach bits, blackberry leaves, and calendula petals for a sweet, fruity cup. Like biting into a ripe peach on a warm summer’s day!

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Carmen Miranda Rooibos

Remember the 1940’s Brazilian singer whose signature headdresses were made of tropical fruit? The amazing Carmen Miranda is the inspiration for our tasty rooibos blend of pineapple, coconut, banana and apple. This combination of Caribbean fruit makes a delicious hot tea, but truly shines when served iced.

Apples to Oranges

Apples to Oranges is a sweet, tart blend of apple, orange, rose hips and hibiscus. All organic ingredients, lots of vitamin C, and no caffeine make this tasty treat hard to beat!

Blueberry Pomegranate

Blueberry Pomegranate is delicious fruit tea packed with flavor and beneficial properties. Pomegranate and blueberries add sweetness to tart, healthful hibiscus in this lovely, fruit-forward blend. One of our most popular herbal teas, Blueberry Pomegranate is delicious both hot and iced, perfect to sate a sweet tooth.

Earl Grey Tea

Nick Rose

Earl Grey Tea

Citrusy and with a hint of sweetness and spice, Earl Grey is a tea flavored with bergamot essential oil. While the history of Earl Grey tea is unclear, it most likely acquired its name from Earl Charles Grey, a 19th-century British Prime Minister who helped to popularize the tea. Today, Earl Grey is a well-loved classic.

Tea and Bergamot

Bergamot is a small, pear-shaped citrus fruit cultivated primarily in the Mediterranean. The aromatic essential oil pressed from the rind of bergamot has a slightly spicy, citrusy taste that, when added to tea, lends Earl Grey its distinctive flavor.

While bergamot is typically added to black tea to make a classic Earl Grey, the essential oil can be added to any type of tea to create a similar flavor. Whether enjoyed on its own or with a splash of milk and sugar, Earl Grey makes a lovely cup of tea no matter the variety.

Our Earl Greys

At ArtfulTea, we offer five versions of Earl Grey: three black teas, one green tea, and even an herbal infusion made with rooibos!

Our Organic Earl Grey is a true classic, blending Yunnan black tea with bergamot essential oil from Italy to create a rich tea with a smooth, citrusy flavor. Earl Grey Français is made with bergamot from France, and is an exceptionally aromatic and flavorful blend with a touch of spice. Earl Grey Lavender blends Earl Grey tea with lavender blossoms from Provence to create a wonderfully relaxing tea with a soothing floral note.

Interested in Earl Grey with a twist? Our Green Tea Citrus is a delicious variation on a timeless favorite, blending sencha green tea with bergamot, lemon peel, and orange blossoms. This version is a bit lighter than a traditional Earl Grey, with the vegetal sweetness of sencha acting as a perfect complement to bergamot’s citrusy spice.

Earl Grey Rooibos is a wonderful option for those looking to cut down on caffeine or for a soothing bedtime cup. Rooibos, a naturally caffeine-free herbal tea, is blended with bergamot to create a flavorful and aromatic cup that warms and soothes.

Whether you’re looking for a classic Earl Grey, or to explore the rich variety of bergamot flavored teas, we’re sure to have something that strikes your fancy!

Loose Leaf Tea vs. Teabags

Margaret Wack

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Many people are first introduced to tea drinking via teabags. They’re quick, they’re easy, and you can find them in the grocery store! While teabags can be a great way to learn more about tea as a beginner, loose leaf tea is almost always superior in taste.

Leaf Size and Quality

Teabags are usually made from tea “dust,” small particles of low-quality tea that are inexpensive and easily available. In contrast, loose leaf tea is made from whole leaves of tea, which are of a much better quality and brew up a cup with a much more nuanced flavor.

At ArtfulTea, our loose leaf teas and ingredients are all carefully sourced, resulting in premium teas that don’t sacrifice on flavor, while still being affordable enough for everyday enjoyment.

Room to Brew

Most teabags are packed tight, allowing little room for the tea to expand and release its flavor as it steeps. Loose leaf teas, when properly prepared, have plenty of room to expand and result in a lovely, flavorful cup. Because they’re made of higher quality tea leaves, loose leaf teas typically take a bit longer to brew, but it’s a pleasure to watch the leaves slowly unfurl!

Vast Variety

There are certainly many different varieties of teabags out there, but the options are endless when it comes to loose leaf tea. At Artful Tea, we carry almost a hundred different varieties of tea, and are continually expanding in order to carry even more. While it can be hard to find certain kinds of tea in teabags, ArtfulTea carries the full range of teas, from popular breakfast teas like Irish and English Breakfast, to lesser-known teas like Purple and Pu-erh.

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Loose Leaf Tea for Beginners

Interested in trying loose leaf tea but not sure where to start? ArtfulTea offers a variety of sampler packs for those curious about trying loose tea for the first time, or simply experimenting with different flavors. While these teas come carefully prepackaged in handmade teabags, they contain only the highest quality loose leaf tea, making them a great way to transition from store-bought bags. We offer samples in packs of six and packs of twenty.

Interested in making homemade teabags yourself? We also sell tea filters that can be used with any variety of loose leaf tea - simply spoon the tea into the bag, then follow our tea preparation instructions for a delicious cup of tea. Want to dive right in to the world of loose leaf tea? We also offer both six month and twelve month customized tea subscription boxes!

Whether you’re new to the tea world in general or are a longtime tea drinker, loose leaf teas can be a great way to further develop your love of tea and explore all that teas have to offer. At ArtfulTea, we are proud to sell only the highest quality loose leaf tea!

How to Prepare Tea

Nick Rose

Proper preparation is the key to a lovely tasting cup of tea. While personal preference plays a role in how strong you like your tea, there are a few factors that are important to take into consideration when brewing up a cup.

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Amount of Tea Leaves

The amount of tea leaves you use to brew can have a significant impact on the strength and flavor of the prepared tea. The ratio of tea leaves to water varies depending on the tea, with less dense tea like white tea and herbal infusions generally requiring more leaves, and denser teas like black and green requiring less.

For a standard 12 ounce mug, just double the amount of leaves recommended for a 6 ounce cup. If you're using a teapot, it's a good idea to measure how many ounces it holds. Not sure if you’re measuring tea correctly? Our stainless steel measuring spoons are exactly one teaspoon, and make tea preparation a breeze.

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Water Temperature

Water temperature also plays an important role in tea preparation. For more delicate teas such as whites and greens, water that is too hot may burn the leaves and result in an unpleasantly bitter cup. For black and herbal teas, on the other hand, a roiling boil helps to unlock the flavor of teas and allows them to fully steep.

At ArtfulTea, we use an electric kettle to heat water to a precise temperature, but traditional electric and stovetop kettles work fine as well. For teas that require boiling water or a 212 degree temperature, it might be necessary to use a lower temperature depending on the altitude. (Here in Santa Fe, we can’t reach 212 degrees due to the elevation!) It’s also important to use the best quality water available, and to always start with fresh water.

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How Long to Steep

Steeping tea for too long often results in an unpleasant bitter taste, while steeping for too short a time results in a weaker, less flavorful cup. How long teas should be steeped varies widely: herbal infusions and rooibos teas can be steeped for over ten minutes for a stronger flavor, while some green teas should only be steeped for a minute before they become bitter. We recommend using a tea timer for ease and accuracy.

When steeping, it’s important to give the tea leaves room to expand as they steep in order to fully release their flavor. Tea infusers and filters are a great way to ensure that your tea has room to steep properly.

While tea preparation is to some extent a matter of personal preference, here are our recommendations for ensuring a perfectly brewed cup. Feel free to tweak them to make a cup of tea that best suits you!

Amount of Tea Leaves Water Temperature Steep Time
Black 1 level tsp. per 6oz. full boil (212°) 3-5 minutes
Green 1 level tsp. per 6oz. steaming briskly (175-180°) 1-2 minutes
White 2 level tsp. per 6oz. steaming briskly (175-180°) 2-3 minutes
Oolong 1 level tsp. per 6oz. almost boiling (195°) 2-3 minutes
Pu-erh 1 heaping tsp. per 6oz. full boil (212°) 5 minutes
Purple 1 heaping tsp. per 6oz. steaming briskly (175-180°) 3 minutes
Mate 1 level tsp. per 6oz. steaming (150-160°) 3-5 minutes
Herbal 1 heaping tsp. per 6oz. full boil (212°) 5-10 minutes
Rooibos 1 level tsp. per 6oz. full boil (212°) 5-10 minutes

Hibiscus Teas

Margaret Wack

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Hibiscus tea is an herbal tea made from the dried petals of the hibiscus plant (hibiscus sabdariffa) and is also sometimes known as roselle. It has a pleasantly tart, sweet flavor reminiscent of cranberry, and brews up a vibrant magenta color. Hibiscus is also used to add color and flavor to many other varieties of herbal tea. This tea is enjoyed worldwide, and is often sweetened and spiced depending on regional culture and cuisine. While hibiscus tea can be served hot, it also makes a delicious iced tea!

Health Benefits

Hibiscus is extremely high in vitamin C and full of antioxidants. Studies have shown that hibiscus may have a variety of other benefits as well, including lowering blood pressure and helping to maintain a healthy weight. Hibiscus is naturally caffeine-free, making it a great alternative for those trying to steer clear of caffeinated drinks.

Our Hibiscus Teas

At Artful Tea, we carry a variety of teas containing hibiscus, from pure hibiscus tea to other flavored herbal infusions. Whether you’re looking to try hibiscus for its medicinal properties or are simply looking for a unique, refreshing drink, we’re sure to have a tea that will strike your fancy!

Organic Hibiscus

These organic hibiscus petals create a deep red infusion that is tangy-sweet and full of natural vitamin C. Our hibiscus tea consists of large parts of the dried flower, not a lot of broken bits. It is a delightful stand-alone tea as well as a nice addition to other teas (try it with lemonade for a thirst-quenching treat in summer!) 

Rose Petal Raspberry

An herbal blend containing rose petals, hibiscus, lemon peel, rose hips, and apple pieces, our Rose Petal Raspberry is sweet, tart, and aromatic! While this herbal infusion is excellent hot, it truly shines when served as an iced tea.

Mulled Wine Fruit Blend

Looking for the flavor of a mulled wine, minus the alcohol? Our Mulled Wine Fruit Blend is sure to hit the spot. This tea contains apple pieces, hibiscus, elderberries, rose hip peels, mistletoe, cinnamon rods, celery seed oil, orange slices and cloves, and is spicy, sweet, and tart all at once. Curl up with a hot cup and enjoy.

Blueberry Pomegranate

Dreaming of fresh fruit and summer? Pomegranate and blueberries bring out the best of each other in this nutritious, fruit-forward blend, one of our most popular herbals. Striking a perfect balance between sweetness and tartness, this refreshing tea is one of a kind.

Apples to Oranges 

This tea is a lovely, fruity concoction full of apple, orange, rose hips and hibiscus. With all organic ingredients, lots of vitamin C, and no caffeine, this tea is a true crowd-pleaser. It’s excellent hot or iced, and even makes a great iced tea popsicle!

Turmeric Teas

Karen Gardiner

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A member of the ginger family, turmeric is becoming popular for its unique taste and many beneficial properties. The root of the turmeric plant is dried and ground to create a vibrant orange spice, which is used for cooking, teas and tisanes, herbal remedies, and more.

Health Benefits

Used for centuries in traditional Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric is full of health benefits. It is especially known for its anti-inflammatory properties, and can be used to help manage joint pain and arthritic. Turmeric also contains antioxidants, and makes a healthy addition to teas and tisanes.

Our Turmeric Teas

At Artful Tea, we carry two varieties of tea packed with all the goodness that turmeric has to offer:

Turmeric Mango

With a base of Gunpowder green tea, this tea adds turmeric, ginger, and tropical fruits like mango, pineapple, yuzu, and lime to create a tangy, naturally sweet cup. With a mild amount of caffeine, Turmeric Mango can be a great way to start the day or to power through the afternoon. And with all the health benefits of both green tea and turmeric, it’s sure to keep you in good spirits!

Atomic Gold

Spicy and sweet, warm and soothing, our Atomic Gold herbal tea is a perennial favorite. This remarkable blend of turmeric, ginger, licorice, lemongrass and orange has a deep and satisfying flavor while also providing outstanding health benefits. It brews up a beautifully bright golden color, and has a lingering sweetness that’s sure to warm you from the inside out. With no caffeine, Atomic Gold can be enjoyed at any time of day, and makes a wonderfully soothing before-bed cup.

Teas for Winter

Margaret Wack

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While tea is delicious no matter the time of year, there’s a special savor to a warm cup of tea enjoyed on a cold winter day. For the winter months, here are a few teas that are sure to keep you cozy no matter the temperature!

Solstice Spice

A spicy blend of black tea with apple, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, orange slices and pink pepper, Solstice Spice is a wonderful tea with a taste reminiscent of the holidays. It’s a classic spiced tea with a naturally sweet, comforting flavor.

Lapsang Souchong

A campfire in a cup! With its distinctive smoky characteristics, this organically grown Lapsang Souchong tea is deeply aromatic with a smooth, crisp character. Reminiscent of woodsmoke and even expensive cigars, this classic, rich tea fills the mouth with an unexpectedly sweet pine flavor. Lapsang also pairs well with milk and honey.

Caramel Pu-erh

With their rich, robust flavor and hearty body, pu-erh teas are a natural fit for winter. Our caramel pu-erh combines the sweet decadence of caramel with the earthiness of an aged pu-erh to create something akin to dessert in a teacup. Smooth with a naturally sweet finish, this tea is warming and thick, and is excellent with a splash of milk.

Dandy Cinnamon Purifying Pu-erh

Dandelion root, cinnamon, ginger, and lemon peel combine perfectly with pu-erh and oolong teas to create a purifying blend that also warms and restores you. This balanced blend has a delicious, rich flavor, and it offers benefits from ingredients traditionally thought to aid digestion and support health! A perfect pick-me-up if the cold weather has you feeling run-down.

Genmaicha Matcha

We've blended two traditional Japanese green teas together here, with the result being a tasty hybrid cup of tea! Genmaicha is a Japanese tea containing roasted brown rice, while matcha is a powdered green tea traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies. These two teas combine together beautifully, creating a rich, toasty, earthy flavor that is creamy and slightly sweet.

Winter Forest

This green tea is a festive blend of almond and orange with a surprising pine-like flavor. Chinese sencha and Japanese bancha are combined with refreshing orange and nutty almonds for a lovely cup that will keep you warm from the outside in.

Atomic Gold

Atomic Gold is spicy and sweet, warm and soothing, while also incredibly healthful and tasty! This remarkable blend of turmeric, ginger, licorice, lemongrass and orange has a deep and satisfying flavor while also providing outstanding health benefits. It brews up a beautifully bright golden yellow, and is sure to cure your wintertime blues.

Tuscan Sun

Dreaming of summer? Our Tuscan Sun is a colorful blend of flowers, fruit and herbs reminiscent of a sunny meadow in Tuscany. The floral aromas of lavender and orange blossoms combine with the sweetness of apple, linden and melissa leaves for a relaxing, smooth herbal blend with soothing therapeutic properties.

Vanilla Rooibos

Superior quality vanilla is the secret to the smooth, rich, creamy taste of this popular flavor of rooibos. Packed with antioxidants and caffeine free, Vanilla Rooibos is satisfyingly sweet with an infectious warmth, perfect as a cup before bed. This tea is calling out for you to curl up by the fire with a good book and enjoy!

Green Tea

Karen Gardiner

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Green tea is produced from the leaves of camellia sinensis, the same plant from which black, oolong, white, and purple teas are made. While it originated in China hundreds of year ago, green tea is now produced throughout Asia, in countries including Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. Unlike black and oolong teas, green tea is unoxidized, resulting in a lighter color brew and a mellower flavor. There are many different varieties of green tea, whose unique flavors depend on factors such as the location, growing conditions, and preparation process.

Chinese Green Tea

Tea has a rich history in China stretching back centuries. While both myth and archeological research indicate that tea may have been consumed in China as far back as three thousand years ago, its status as a popular staple for both elites and common people arose over the course of hundreds of years. By the seventh century Tang dynasty, however, green tea had become an integral part of Chinese life, and specialized cultivation methods, ceremonial preparations, and cultural significance had developed around tea. Chinese green teas are typically pan-fired soon after they are harvested, which halts oxidation and preserves the green color and the light, grassy taste of the tea.

At Artful Tea, we carry a variety of Chinese green teas. The classic Gunpowder, named after the small, rolled shape its leaves take when dried, is a perennial favorite. Chun Mee is a mellow, buttery green with fruit notes, and is sometimes known as “precious eyebrow” due to the unique shape of its leaves. Dragon Well Superior is famous for its high quality, and has a nutty and refreshing taste.

Japanese Green Tea

Around the sixth century, tea consumption and production spread from China to Japan, as well as to other neighboring countries such as Korea and Vietnam. Today, green tea is often associated with Japan just as much as with China. Unlike Chinese green teas, Japanese greens are steamed rather than pan-fired, resulting in a more vibrant green color and a vegetal, umami-packed flavor.

Artful Tea’s selection of Japanese green teas has something to offer everyone. Sencha, one of the most popular green teas in Japan, brews up a beautiful bright green and has a rich, sweet flavor. Kukicha Twig, produced from the stalks, stems, and twigs of the tea bush, is a unique tea with a nutty, creamy taste. Our Genmaicha is a traditional Japanese tea, containing green tea blended with toasted rice. Genmaicha Matcha, meanwhile, blends matcha with genmaicha tea, resulting in a lovely cup with a stronger green tea flavor.

Artful tea also offers several different varieties of matcha, or powdered green tea. We carry ceremonial grade matcha, used in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies, culinary grade matcha for use in smoothies, lattes, and more, and even matcha that you can take on the go!

Health Benefits

With about half the caffeine of black tea and a quarter that of coffee, green teas still contain enough caffeine to give you a little boost, whether you start your morning with a cup or drink it throughout the day. Green teas are also packed with powerful antioxidants, and can be a healthy alternative to other drinks. While research is still inconclusive, green tea may also have additional health benefits, helping to protect against disease and other illnesses.

Preparation 

If prepared incorrectly, green tea can taste bitter and over-strong, but properly prepared green tea is light and delightful. The key to enjoying a cup of green tea is preparation, which consists of a few simple steps.

To brew a delicious cup of green tea, measure one teaspoon of leaves for every six to eight ounces of water. Heat a kettle of fresh, cold water to the point of steaming briskly, but not boiling. If you have a kitchen thermometer, you will want the temperature to be between 175–180 degrees Fahrenheit. Pour the hot water over the tea leaves, allowing them to steep according to package directions, usually only one or two minutes. Steeping green tea leaves for too long, or using water that is too hot, are common mistakes that usually result in a bitter taste.

Flavored Greens

Interested in experimenting? ArtfulTea offers a variety of flavored green teas, from Jasmine Yin Cloud, a custom blend of Chinese green tea scented with fresh jasmine blossoms, to Green Tea Citrus, a green tea twist on a classic Earl Grey, and many more. Whether you’re looking to explore traditional green teas, or are simply looking for a cup with less caffeine but packed with flavor and health benefits, we’re sure to have the tea for you!

Teapots, Cups, and More

Margaret Wack

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When purchasing loose leaf tea, many of our customers ask us for advice about the best pots, cups, and accessories for brewing tea. While personal preference plays a large role in deciding how to prepare your tea, the type of tea, traditional preparation methods, and aesthetic considerations can all be taken into account in order to ensure that you brew up the perfect cup!

Tea For One

Making tea just for yourself and not sure where to start? Artful tea sells a variety of filters and infusers that make preparing a cup of tea a breeze. Simple set the filter or strainer in your favorite mug, fill it with tea, steep for the appropriate length of time, and enjoy. All-in-one tea cups with infuser and lid are another great option for single cups!

If you’d prefer more than one cup, teapots come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and colors, and can be a lovely way to enjoy successive cups of tea. We recommend teapots that come with their own built-in infuser baskets, which make tea preparation, steeping, and straining an easy, seamless process.

Taste for Tradition

Interested in preparing tea in a more traditional way? At our Santa Fe location, we sell a variety of beautiful teapots and sets. These tea accessories have rich histories in their countries of origin, and are often specially crafted to be used with particular types of tea.

Our Yixing teapots, from the pottery capital of China, are made from clay rich in minerals which produce a variety of beautiful colors when fired.  Teapots from Yixing have long been considered the best tea-brewing vessels in the world and, with use, each pot develops a rich patina which enhances the taste, color and aroma of fine teas.  Yixing pots are used in Chinese Gongfu tea preparation, where tea leaves are steeped in multiple successive infusions, and are most often used with Chinese black, pu-erh, and oolong teas. Gaiwans are another traditional way to brew Chinese green and white teas, and can be made out of porcelain, glass, Yixing clay, or even jade.

Japanese teas, on the other hand, are often traditionally brewed in tetsubin, or cast iron teapots, which come in a variety of shapes and colors, as well as small side-handle pots sometimes called kyusu, which are often used for preparing sencha and other high quality green teas.

We also sell a variety of western-style ceramic and glass teapots, which are perfect for brewing up a strong pot of black tea or preparing an herbal infusion. Tea sets, complete with pot, cups and saucers, creamer, and sugar jar can be a lovely way to coordinate your tea time and cultivate an aesthetic that’s all your own.

Tea on the Go

Looking to take your tea with you? One popular option are our Urban Tumblers, which are made of borosilicate glass, stainless steel and natural cork, and have lids that unscrew from both ends. The bottom has a removable stainless steel infuser basket for tea leaves, and the tumblers can be used for both hot and cold infusions!

However you decide to brew your tea, the sky’s the limit in terms of teapot possibilities, and choosing what method works for you can be a great way to cultivate your own particular tea aesthetic.  You can watch your tea leaves unfurl as they steep in clear glass, prepare tea in a traditional pot perfected over the course of centuries, or choose a color or pattern that best suits your style.  Different teapots, cups, and other accessories can be used to satisfy different brewing needs or moods! No matter what method you use, you’ll have the most important result: a perfectly brewed cup of tea!

Teas for Coffee Drinkers

Margaret Wack

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Whether you’re a coffee lover trying to kick the habit, or simply interested in switching up your daily routine, tea can be a wonderful alternative for a morning pick-me-up. More and more people are turning to tea as a soothing but stimulating way to start their day off on the right foot. Packed with antioxidants and rich in other vitamins and minerals, tea is full of health benefits, too. But with so many teas to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start! Here are just a few of the teas we recommend for coffee drinkers interested in branching out:

Indian Black Tea

Indian black teas make a great alternative to coffee, as they brew up dark and strong, have a full body, and are high in caffeine. While Chinese blacks tend to be mellower and more delicate, Indian blacks have a little bite to them, and with about half the caffeine of a cup of coffee, they still pack a punch in terms of morning energy. They are delicious taken black, or with added milk and sugar.

Our Irish Breakfast, a blend of Assam and Tanzanian teas, is a robust breakfast tea that’s sure to please those who are looking for the strength and richness of a cup of coffee, with the added benefits of tea. Irish Breakfast tea leaves are especially fine, and they brew up a strong, dark cup. Our Assam, a rich black tea grown in the Assam region of India and traditionally used in many breakfast blends, is another great option.

Pu-erh Tea

Pu-erh teas, like black teas, have about half the caffeine of a cup of coffee, making them another excellent candidate for a morning cup. Unlike black teas, however, pu-erh is lightly fermented, giving it a deep black color and luxurious, earthy taste and texture that’s sure to appeal to those fond of the depth and richness of good coffee. Pu-erh is sourced from the Yunnan province of China, and has a fascinating history stretching back hundreds of years.

At Artful Tea, we carry three different varieties of pu-erh. Our organic Leaf Pu-erh has a rich, mellow, earthy flavor, while our Caramel Pu-erh adds a depth of malty, nutty sweetness to its pu-erh base, and is perfect with a splash of milk. Our Dandy Cinnamon Pu-erh includes dandelion root, cinnamon, ginger, and lemon peel, and has a pleasantly tart, uplifting flavor that warms you from the inside out!

Yerba Mate

Yerba Mate is a type of tea made from the leaves and stems of the holly plant ilex paraguariensis and popular throughout South America, particularly in Brazil and Argentina. Mate is high in caffeine, containing almost as much as coffee per cup. Mate is said to contribute to focus, clarity, and alertness, without the jitters that come from drinking too much coffee, making it a great alternative for those looking for a stimulant without adverse side effects. It is traditionally drunk out of a hollow gourd through a straw known as a bombilla, but can also be prepared in the same way as other teas and tisanes.

Our traditional Yerba Mate is a great option for those looking to try mate on its own, with no added ingredients. Our Nutty Mocha Mate is a rich, delicious blend of mate with chocolate and hazelnut, sure to appeal to those with a sweet tooth, while our Lively Lemony Mate is an uplifting, citrus-forward brew that’s sure to start the day off on a great note!

With these options and more to choose from, tea can be a wonderful alternative even for committed coffee drinkers, whether they’re looking to decrease their caffeine intake or simply reap the many benefits that tea has to offer!

Pu-erh Tea

Nick Rose

Organic Pu-erh Tea

Pu-erh is a fermented and aged tea, produced from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant and originating from the Yunnan province of China. A traditional Chinese tea whose cultivation history stretches back hundreds of years, pu-erh brews up a deep, dark color and has a rich, mellow, earthy flavor. Pu-erh is enjoyed by collectors and novice tea drinkers alike, and has seen a surge in popularity in recent years as more people become familiar with this unique tea.

History

Pu-erh is a type of heicha, or Chinese black tea. In China, what westerners typically refer to as black tea is called red tea, with black tea referring only to teas such as pu-erh that are fermented and aged after having undergone the oxidation process.

While the exact history of pu-erh and other heicha has been lost to time, the tea most likely has its origins in the Silk Road and other such extensive east-west trade routes. As a fermented and aged tea, pu-erh travelled well, and even improved its flavor, over the long journey it took to reach far off destinations. As such, it became a valuable trade commodity, and quickly spread throughout Asia and beyond.

The tea is named after the city of Pu-erh in Yunnan province, a famed trading post for heicha in imperial China. Bordering Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam in the southwestern part of China, Yunnan province had extensive trade ties to the west and throughout Asia during imperial times. Today, only tea originating from Yunnan province is legally allowed to be sold as pu-erh, and much of the tea is still processed in the city of Pu-erh itself!

How Pu-erh is Made

While most teas go through a process of oxidation, few are truly fermented as pu-erh and other heicha are. The tea is first harvested from a varietal of camellia sinensis known for its large leaves and grown in southwestern China. Leaves are most prized if they are picked from older, wild growing trees. Tea harvested from plants that are cultivated but have wild origins, called “wild arbor” trees, is also valuable, while tea grown from plantation bushes is less desirable. The time of harvest also affects the tea, with pu-erh of the highest quality harvested in the spring.

Harvested pu-erh is then dry-roasted in a process called “killing the green,” after which the tea is lightly bruised by rolling and rubbing, and then sun dried. While this process largely halts oxidation, a minimal amount of oxidation continues to occur as it dries, which contributes to the unique flavor and composition of pu-erh.

The tea is then fermented. Shou cha, or ripened pu-erh, undergoes an accelerated process, similar to composting, by fermenting the tea in a humid environment over a time period of months to years. Sheng cha, or raw pu-erh, undergoes a slower, traditional fermentation process, which can take years. Both forms of pu-erh can be further aged in order to continue to develop the flavor of the tea. Similar to wine, pu-erh grows in the depth and complexity of its flavor as it matures, and often increases in both rarity and price with age. Pu-erh that has been aged for many decades can sell for thousands of dollars a pound!

Pu-erh is often pressed into a variety of shapes, such as cakes, bricks, or flat squares pressed with Chinese characters. These can be decorative as well as for consumption.

Health Benefits

Pu-erh has a long history of being used in China for its medicinal benefits in traditional herbal medicine. Like other varieties of camellia sinensis, pu-erh is full of antioxidants, and has an uplifting, energizing effect thanks to its caffeine content, which is similar to black tea and about half that of a cup of coffee. The fermentation process that pu-erh undergoes produces a tea with other unique health benefits, as well. Pu-erh is often used to aid digestion, lower blood pressure, and even to help lose weight.

Pu-erh aficionados often speak of a body high that accompanies drinking this tea, which warms you from the inside out and relaxes both the body and the mind. While studies concerning the potential effects of pu-erh are still ongoing, evidence suggests that pu-erh has a wealth of health benefits even over and above other types of tea!

Preparation

If using a cake or brick of pu-erh, the leaves can be flaked off from the larger whole using a pu-erh knife. The tea should be rinsed by pouring boiling water over the tea and then quickly discarding the liquid in order to remove impurities and prepare the tea for further infusions. Boiling water is then poured over the tea to steep.

Pu-erh is often prepared in a yixing pot or gaiwan using the traditional Chinese Gongfu method. In this method, the tea is steeped in successive infusions, with the first infusions steeping only a few seconds, and later infusions steeping for several minutes. Pu-erh teas prepared in this way can be infused many times, with each successive steeping producing a mellower flavor and exposing different nuances in the taste of the tea.

If preparing in a western style teapot or cup, steep the leaves for one to five minutes before enjoying. Pu-erh prepared in this way can also be steeped several times.

Our Pu-erh

At Artful Tea, we sell high quality loose leaf pu-erh. Our organic Leaf Pu-erh is perfect for pu-erh connoisseurs as well as those looking to dive straight in to the world of fermented tea, and has a rich, mellow, earthy flavor. Our Caramel Pu-erh adds a depth of malty, nutty sweetness to its pu-erh base, and is perfect with a splash of milk as an after-dinner cup of tea or with dessert. Our Dandy Cinnamon Pu-erh includes dandelion root, cinnamon, ginger, and lemon peel, and has a pleasantly tart, uplifting flavor that warms you from the inside out. Whether you’re looking to immerse yourself in the world of pu-erh, or simply try something new, we have just the tea for you!

Purple Tea

Nick Rose

Purple tea is a new category of tea from the Camellia Sinensis plant which gives us Black, Green, Oolong and White teas. Purple leafed tea plants were found growing wild in the Assam region of India and later taken to Kenya. For over 25 years, the Tea Research Foundation of Kenya worked to create a cultivar of this wild purple tea plant which would be ideal for commercial tea production. Kenya, the third largest producer of commercial tea after China and India, now leads as the largest producer of Purple tea. It thrives when grown at elevations over 6,000 feet along the equator, where it receives 12 hours a day of sunlight year round.

Although Purple tea has not been on the market long, its popularity is growing rapidly as seen in a HuffPost headline from January 2015 asking “Will Kenyan Purple Tea Replace The Green Brew As India’s New Health Drink?” Purple tea is rich in a type of antioxidant called anthocyanins which are thought to help protect cells from free radicals and support capillary strength. Anthocyanins give certain fruits and vegetables (such as blueberries, blackberries, purple grapes, and eggplants) their rich blue, purple or dark red color. This rich hue also gives Purple tea its name.

Purple tea’s flavor is most similar to oolong – lighter than Black tea and without the fresh grassy flavor of Green tea. And Purple Tea is very low in caffeine – lower than most Green teas with only slightly more caffeine than White tea. Flavor, health benefits and low caffeine are winning many fans of this newcomer tea. Both of our Purple teas come from the Tumoi Tea Garden in the Nandi Hills of Kenya. Our Kenyan Purple tea is a classic unflavored cup, while our Lychee Purple tea is a tropical tasting blend with apple, pineapple, lemon, currants and lychee. Like Green and Oolong teas, Purple tea leaves can be infused more than once, making it an ideal ‘on the go’ choice using our Urban Tea Tumbler!

Lapsang Souchong

Nick Rose

The name Souchong refers to the fourth and fifth leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant, farther removed from the prized flowery pekoe bud at the tip (which is followed by orange pekoe and then pekoe leaves). These lower leaves are considered inferior in quality, so it is perhaps not surprising that they were used by the Chinese growers in the Wuyi mountains of the Fujian province of China to create an intensely smoky tea.

Lapsang Souchong

The true story of how and when the Chinese began smoking these Souchong leaves is unclear. A popular legend has it that it was created by accident during the 17th century when the leaves were burned during a raid, or that war caused tea growers to abandon the usual drying process and later use smoke to speedily up dry the tea for market. Whatever the true origins of this pine smoked tea, by the mid-1800s it had become popular in European tea rooms.

And yet, for all its popularity in the West, the Chinese do not drink smoked tea. In New Tea Lovers Treasury: The Classic True Story of Tea, James Norwood Pratt eschews the controversy surrounding the history of Lapsang, and offers instead that “disbelieving Chinese friends have sworn to me that a barbarity like smoking tea could never be practiced in China, where Lapsang Souchong is apparently all but unheard of.” It is said that Winston Churchill liked Lapsang Souchong, unsurprising since this great statesman also loved a good cigar and strong whisky.

Lapsang Souchong is not for the faint of heart; tea drinkers either love it or can’t imagine drinking it. A cup of a well-balanced Lapsang, with its earthy aroma, intense smoky flavor and hint of sweetness, is as comforting as curling up by a warm campfire on a chilly evening. Enjoy our deliciously balanced Organic Lapsang Souchong with or without milk any time of day.

Irish Breakfast

Karen Gardiner

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ArtfulTea customers often ask about the various breakfast tea blends they've encountered, from the well-known English Breakfast to the less familiar Canadian Breakfast. The origins of breakfast blends are a bit of a controversy in the tea world. Some tea historians attribute the start of what we now called "breakfast tea" to Queen Anne, who made it fashionable to drink tea instead of ale with breakfast. Others date the breakfast tea phenomenon to about a hundred years ago when a Scottish tea merchant in Edinburgh created a very stout blend to go with the traditionally heavy morning meal. Queen Victoria is said to have loved a Scottish blend of tea and English tea companies quickly began creating their own blends, dubbing them "English Breakfast" tea. Referring to blends as "breakfast tea" from a specific country caught on, particularly in the U.S.

In his well-researched book New Tea Lover's Treasury: The Classic True Story of Tea, James Norwood Pratt tells us "Tradition is on a firmer footing with blends sold in the US and UK as 'Irish Breakfast' which always contains a high proportion of malty Assam, though nobody seems sure just when the Irish acquired this preference." Assam, known for it's strong malty flavor and bright orange-brown color, is a black tea grown near sea level in the state of Assam, India.

One reason given for the different kinds of breakfast blends is that tea masters consider many factors in blending tea, including the quality of water in a given place. In Ireland, where the water was traditionally considered to be hard, using Assam as a base tea was found to work well. The Irish, however, don't call what they drink "Irish Breakfast" tea – it is simply "tea" and is consumed throughout the day. On average the Irish consume 4–6 cups of tea daily, placing them among the top tea consumers in the world.

There are nearly as many different blends of Irish and English Breakfast tea as there are tea purveyors, so you may want to try several to find the blend that suits you. The Irish Breakfast at ArtfulTea is a blend of organic Assam and Tanzanian black teas rolled into tiny granules creating a very robust and hearty tea with a deep auburn hue. Irish breakfast is traditionally enjoyed with milk and/or sweetener and will certainly deliver a boost any time of day.

Iced Tea Popsicles

Karen Gardiner

It's Summer! Let's make popsicles!

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Any tea you enjoy as an iced tea will also make tasty popsicles. For even more fun, add in a few extras like fruit or yogurt when making them. Here are a few of our favorite ideas for iced tea popsicles:

Blueberry Pomegranate Popsicles: Start with iced Blueberry Pomegranate herbal tea. Place a few fresh blueberries in each popsicle mold, then slowly add the iced tea. You can add a dollop of vanilla ice cream if desired. Freeze and enjoy!

Apples to Oranges Popsicles: Start with iced Apples to Oranges organic herbal tea. Cut a fresh apple into very thin wedges. Cut a fresh orange into very thin slices. Add one of each fruit slice to the popsicle molds, then slowly add the iced tea. Again, you can top it off with a dollop of vanilla ice cream if you'd like a creamsicle taste.

Watermelon Matcha Popsicles: This one has a few more steps and ingredients, so we've made a recipe card for you below. We used our Culinary Grade Organic Matcha for these.

Whichever tea you choose to use, iced tea popsicles are a delicious, fun and healthy way to celebrate summer. Enjoy!

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Oolong Tea

Nick Rose

Formosa Oolong

China and Taiwan are the best known Oolong producing countries in the world today.  Chinese tea production reaches back centuries while Taiwan is a relative newcomer with tea production beginning in the early 1700s on the East Asian island known as Formosa.  Many Taiwanese teas retain its historic, regional appellation such as our Organic Formosa Oolong.  Taiwanese oolongs tend to have a shorter fermentation cycle than their Chinese counterparts, though fermentation also varies according to the type of oolong being made.

Oolong is referred to as semi-fermented. Fermentation is a process which involves drying and roasting the leaves multiple times to produce a specific flavor, color and aroma.  Many oolong lovers consider this tea the perfect bridge between unfermented green tea and fully fermented black tea.  Generally speaking, oolong teas have lower caffeine levels than most black teas while being higher in caffeine than most greens (with the actual amount of caffeine in a tea depending on several factors including the length of the fermentation process).

In terms of flavor, various aspects determine where an oolong tea lands along the green to black tea spectrum including elevation, when the leaves are harvested, and the length of fermentation.  Closer to the green tea end of this spectrum, our Jade Song Oolong from Taiwan has a lovely pale color and delicate flavor reminiscent of its green cousins.  By contrast, our Organic Formosa Oolong is noticeably darker in color with a more full bodied flavor including a hint of honey and slightly more caffeine.  A delightful middle ground is our classic Fine Ti Kuan Yin which offers a distinctive brandy hue and a slightly sweet yet earthy flavor often attributed to oolongs grown in China.    

Loose leaf Formosa oolong tea is a bargain in addition to being delicious! There are many health benefits ascribed to oolong teas and the leaves can be steeped several times with each infusion releasing surprising subtleties in flavor.  While oolong tea is a great balance point between green and black to start the day, oolongs are also lovely in the afternoon when caffeine might be a consideration.  Even in the heat of the summer months, Citrus Sonata, a subtly flavored oolong from China’s Fujian Province, or Passion Petal, with its exotic mango and rose flavors, are a wonderful pick me up.