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Cinnamon Tea

Margaret Wack

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What is Cinnamon Tea?

Cinnamon has been used for centuries to flavor tea, and is often used alongside other spices in a variety of different teas. Cinnamon bark is harvested from the cinnamon tree, which curls into cinnamon sticks as dries. Cinnamon can be added to teas in the form of whole sticks of cinnamon, or can be broken up into fragment or ground into a fine powder before being added to tea. Cinnamon provides a pungent sweet, savory flavor to many teas, and often works in concert with other herbs and spices, such as cloves and ginger, to flavor a wide variety of teas.

Cinnamon Health Benefits

Cinnamon has a variety of impressive health benefits that make it a great addition to a healthy lifestyle. Cinnamon is a powerful anti-inflammatory, and can help to soothe aches and pains in the body. Cinnamon is also full of antioxidants, which help to protect the body by promoting cellular health and warding off degenerative diseases like cancer. Cinnamon can also help to lower blood sugar, boost metabolism, and fight off bacteria. With all of these benefits and more, cinnamon is a healthy addition to any tea!

Our Cinnamon Teas

Here at ArtfulTea, we carry a variety of different teas with cinnamon in them. Whether you’re looking for a traditional chai blend, a spiced herbal tea, or something in between, we carry a wide range of cinnamon teas to suit your needs!

Masala Chai

This traditional chai blend includes cinnamon, cardamom, ginger root and cloves, all blended in perfect proportion with a premium Ceylon tea. Add milk and honey for the classic drink, or try it alone for a spicier cup.

Solstice Spice

A spicy blend of black tea with apple, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, orange slices and pink pepper – with a taste reminiscent of the holidays. A classic spiced tea! The naturally sweet, comforting flavor is delicious served hot or iced.

Dandy Cinnamon 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.

Rooibos Chai

Rooibos Chai tea is a traditional blend of chai spices including cinnamon, cardamom, ginger root, coriander, cloves, and pepper, along with organic South African rooibos for a caffeine-free version of chai. Add milk and honey for a more classic taste, or try this blend "straight" for a spicier cup.

Honeybush Hot Cider

Honeybush is a full-bodied cousin of rooibos with a slightly sweeter taste. The addition of apple, cinnamon, orange peel, and licorice root give this blend its delicious hot cider flavor. A perfect tea for a crisp fall day!

Mulled Wine Fruit Blend

Tasting almost exactly like the wine punch, yet without the alcohol, this blend gets its explosion of flavor from a blend of apple, cinnamon, oranges, and cloves. Delicious served hot like traditional mulled wine. Surprisingly tasty when served iced.

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Chinese Tea

Margaret Wack

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What is Chinese 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, tea had become an integral part of Chinese life, and specialized cultivation methods, ceremonial preparations, and cultural significance had developed around tea. There are several different kinds of tea produced in China from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant. While these teas are all made from the same plant, they have significantly different characteristics depending on how they are processed.

Chinese Green 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.

Chun Mee

Also known as “precious eyebrow” tea because of the shape of the leaf, this classic Chinese green tea has a distinctive plum-like flavor and buttery taste that is sweeter and mellower than many green teas.

Dragon Well

Famously considered among the finest green teas in the world, this hand-crafted organic tea has a nutty flavor, earthy aroma and refreshing taste. Dragon Well is also sometimes referred to as Longjing tea.

Gunpowder

From an estate west of Hangzhou, this classic gunpowder green tea has a full body and steeps into a dark green liquor. With its smooth, hearty flavor, it holds up well to repeated infusions. "Gunpowder" tea gets its name from the tightly rolled, bullet-like appearance of the leaves, not from its flavor!

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Chinese Black Tea

Chinese black teas tend to be slightly lighter and milder than other types of black tea, and are lovely when taken on their own with no need for milk or sugar. In China, these teas are called “red tea,” with “black tea” referring only to aged and fermented teas such as pu-erh. Chinese black teas are fully oxidized, which allows the leaves to turn black and imparts a rich, slightly malty character.

China Keemun

Grown in China's Anhui Province, this handmade, limited production Keemun tea has a somewhat smoky flavor with toasty notes. It has a mellow character and steeps into a beautiful amber red.

Lapsang Souchong

With its distinctive smoky characteristics, this organically grown Lapsang Souchong tea is deeply aromatic with a smooth, crisp character. Reminiscent of campfires or even expensive cigars, this classic, rich tea fills the mouth with an unexpectedly sweet pine flavor.

Golden Yunnan

A bright, coppery, full-bodied tea from the famous Yunnan province of China. This tea brews into a soft, rounded cup with pleasant, slightly peppery notes. A wonderful example of a high-grade Chinese black tea with abundant golden tips.

Chinese White Tea

Pleasant and subtle, brewed white tea actually has a pale yellow color. While not much is known about white tea’s origins, it has been enjoyed in China for hundreds of years. White tea was particularly prized in imperial China, and was enjoyed by poets, court officials, and even emperors!

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. Very low in caffeine and extremely high in antioxidants.

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!

White Peony

Consisting of both buds and leaves that are simply air-dried after they are harvested, this subtle white tea is also known as Pai Mu Dan, and has a floral aroma and smooth velvety taste. Organic, very high in antioxidants, and very low in caffeine, White Peony is a superior quality tea from the Fujian Province of China.

Chinese Oolong Tea

China and Taiwan are the best known producing countries in the world today. The moniker “oolong” is an English transliteration of the Chinese “wulong,” meaning black dragon. In China, oolong teas are sometimes also referred to as dark green teas. Chinese tea production reaches back centuries, in particular among the geographic regions of Fujian and Guangdong. Within Fuijan, tea production is clustered around the areas of the Wuyi Mountains and Anxi County. Oolong teas are closely associated with Gongfu Cha, a traditional Chinese tea ceremony where tea leaves undergo many successive infusions in order to draw out different nuances in flavor.

Milk Oolong

Prized for its milky scent and taste, this Milk Oolong is produced by hand in the Fujian Province of China, within the Prefecture of Quanzhou. These hand-rolled leaves are a rich olive-green color that brews into a golden green liquor. This relatively new cultivar of tea has the distinctive, mellow buttery flavor sought by those who enjoy specialty oolongs.

Citrus Sonata

A superb blend of exceptional quality oolong with natural citrus essential oils. This beautiful tea will carry you away with its uplifting flavor and fragrance. Grown at high elevation in the Fujian Province of China, this is a crisp green oolong enhanced by a subtle grapefruit flavor.

Ginseng Oolong

Our ginseng oolong tea comes in the classic form of small rolled balls of tea leaves, which are coated with ginseng, and blended with licorice root. This enjoyable oolong brews into a naturally floral cup, similar to a Ti Kuan Yin oolong, but with a hint of spice. This blend is well-known in China for its many health benefits, and is sometimes called “King’s Tea” or “Emperor Oolong.”

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Chinese Pu-erh Tea

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. 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!

Leaf Pu-erh

An earthy, rich flavor distinguishes this Chinese pu-erh tea from regular black teas. Sometimes sold in bricks or cakes, our organic Pu-erh tea is leaf style, making it convenient and easy to use without losing any of the robust flavor you expect from Pu-erh. Aged teas are thought to offer many health benefits as well as lots of antioxidants and moderate caffeine.

Caramel Pu-erh

This richly flavored pu-erh combines the sweet decadence of caramel with the earthy, mustiness 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 – perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up. Excellent with a splash of milk.

Dandy Cinnamon 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. While we aren’t jumping on the bandwagon with claims about what “detox” teas can do for you, we do think this balanced blend has a delicious, rich flavor, and it offers benefits from ingredients traditionally thought to aid digestion and support health.

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How Many Times Can You Steep Loose Leaf Tea?

Margaret Wack

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Twice the Tea: Brewing Tea Multiple Times

After you’ve brewed a pot or cup of tea, it can feel wasteful to simply dump your leaves and start again. The good news is that many teas can be steeped multiple times! While loose leaf tea is an affordable luxury, you can probably stretch your tea much further than you think. Whether you just want to make the most of your tea or are curious about how tea changes with each infusion, steeping your tea multiple times can be a great way to explore new flavors and characteristics of your favorite teas.

How to Brew Multiple Infusions

If you’re looking to brew a second cup or pot with the same leaves, there are a few things to take into consideration to make sure that you end up with a tasty and flavorful tea, rather than a weak or bitter cup.

Steep Times

When heating your water, you should heat it to the same temperature that you used for your first infusion. When timing how long to steep the leaves for, we recommend adding one to two minutes to the steep time for each successive infusion. Every tea responds differently to multiple infusions, and different people have different preferences for how strong they like their tea! Try experimenting with different steep times and multiple infusions to find what works best for you. There are often subtle differences in flavor with each successive infusion, and some teas can even be infused four or five times!

Cups, Pots, and More

If you’re looking to steep your tea more than once, you can usually use the same pot or cup you used for the first infusion. Teapots with built-in infusers are a great choice to brew loose leaf tea in, as are infusers and filters that you can set right in a cup.

If you’re looking to step up your tea game, you can also used pots and sets that are specially designed to be conducive to multiple infusions. These include yixing clay pots, small pots perfect for successive steepings of Chinese black, pu-erh, and oolong teas, and kyusu, Japanese pots designed for multiple infusions of Japanese green tea. Ultimately, whatever pot or cup you decide on is a matter of personal preference!

Traditional Methods

People have been preparing and enjoying multiple infusions of tea for hundreds (if not thousands!) of years. Chinese tea brewing methods like Gongfu Cha place a special emphasis on steeping tea multiple times, often with very short, seconds-long infusions in a small pot made of yixing clay. Each infusion reveals different nuances in the taste and character of the tea. Loose leaf green tea is also often prepared with multiple infusions in Japan.

Best Teas for Multiple Infusions

While you can infuse any tea multiple times, some teas hold up better after multiple steeps than others. In general, we recommend black, green, oolong, and pu-erh teas for multiple infusions. But if you’re curious about what a second steeping might taste like for another tea, feel free to experiment! Here at ArtfulTea, we’re of the firm belief that any cup of tea is a good cup as long as you enjoy drinking it.

Oolongs

Oolong teas are often specially designed to be infused multiple times, with the tightly-rolled leaves continuing to unfurl the longer you steep them for. Oolong teas can be infused many times without loosing flavor, and become mellower and more floral over time. We recommend the Milk Oolong and Jade Song Oolong for a classic, unflavored tea that you can infuse many times over. For a flavored cup, we enjoy the Ginseng Oolong for a beautiful oolong tea with a touch of sweetness and spice.

Greens

If you’re looking to infuse a green tea multiple times, we recommend Japanese green teas. Sencha can be infused two to three times before loosing its characteristic grassy flavor. For green tea with a traditional twist, try the Genmaicha, a Japanese green tea with toasted rice kernels and rich, nutty flavor.

Pu-erhs

Pu-erh teas are aged and fermented for several years, resulting in a deep, dark colored brew with a rich, intoxicating flavor. Pu-erh teas can be steeped many times without losing their flavor. For a classic, unflavored cup, we recommend the organic Leaf Pu-erh, which has been aged for three years. If you’re looking for a flavored cup, the Caramel Pu-erh is a deep, rich, and slightly sweet tea that holds up well over multiple infusions.

Blacks

Many black teas can be infused a second time, resulting in a lighter, mellower cup. For second infusions, we recommend Indian black teas, which usually have enough heartiness to allow for a flavorful second steep. Irish Breakfast is a classic breakfast blend with a rich, malty flavor, while Assam is a robust Indian black tea that holds up well under a second infusion.

If you’re curious about infusing tea multiple times, it can be a quick and easy way to make the most out of loose leaf tea while also exploring the depth and nuance of tea flavors!

Breakfast Brews: 6 Great Teas for a Morning Cup

Margaret Wack

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Wake Up to a Cup of Tea

While coffee may the traditional morning staple for many Americans, more and more people are turning to tea as a healthier, less harsh alternative for a morning cup. Whether you’re looking for a stimulating, caffeinated morning brew, or are looking to incorporate a caffeine-free option into your morning routine, these teas are sure to prepare you for the day ahead!

Caffeinated Cuppa

If you’re looking for a little extra boost in the morning, a cup of tea is the way to go. With roughly half the caffeine of a cup of coffee, tea is stimulating and energizing without any of the harshness of many coffees.

  1. Irish Breakfast

    For those looking for a strong, rich cup of morning tea, Irish Breakfast is a sure-fire winner. Its finely-ground tea leaves pack a punch in terms of flavor and caffeine, and hold up well to the addition of milk and sugar. A classic breakfast tea beloved of tea devotees and novices alike, Irish Breakfast is a wonderful tea to start the day with!

  2. Caramel Pu-erh

    Even if you’re a regular tea drinker, you may not be familiar with pu-erh tea. An aged, fermented tea with a long history in China, pu-erh tea is a dark, rich tea with a characteristic smoothness and none of the tannic bite of a typical black. We love Caramel Pu-erh with a splash of milk for hearty, slightly sweet morning cup.

  3. Nutty Mocha Mate

    While yerba mate does contain caffeine, it’s not technically a tea, and is instead produced from a species of holy plant native to South America. Popular in countries like Argentina and Chile, mate is traditionally drunk out of a gourd with a hollow straw known as a bombilla. If you’re looking for a stimulating, energizing cup with a bright mocha flavor, our Nutty Mocha Mate is sure to hit the spot.

Energizing Herbals

If you’re looking to steer clear of caffeine entirely, there are a bunch of herbal options to perk you up! Caffeine-free teas don’t have to sacrifice on flavor, as evidenced by these tasty herbal alternatives.

  1. Atomic Gold

    Atomic Gold is spicy and sweet, warm and soothing, the perfect thing to start the day with! A blend of ginger, turmeric, licorice root, lemongrass, and lemon and orange essential oils, Atomic Gold is packed full of healthy properties that set you up for the day ahead.

  2. Alice’s Peppermint Party

    Start the morning off right with a party in a cup! Alice’s Peppermint Party is a stimulating blend of peppermint, ginger, rose, apple, and almond that will wake you up with its refreshing minty flavor and lingering spice and sweetness.

  3. Rooibos Chai

    If you’re looking for the characteristic flavor of a chai without any of the caffeine, the Rooibos Chai is a great alternative with a satisfying spice. Blending naturally caffeine-free rooibos with traditional chai spices like ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves, Rooibos Chai is great on its own or with milk and honey.

No matter what kind of tea strikes your fancy, it can be a wonderful ritual to incorporate into your morning. Start your day with a cup of tea today!

Pu-erh Tea

Nick Rose

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What is 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.

Pu-erh 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.

Pu-erh 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!

How to Prepare Pu-erh

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!

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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!

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Best Teas for Coffee Drinkers

Margaret Wack

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Switching from Coffee to Tea

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. We also carry a variety of different flavored black teas, including teas like Vanilla Velvet, Masala Chai, and Solstice Spice.

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. 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.

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!

Matcha


Grown and produced in Japan, matcha is a powdered green tea. Matcha is delicious taken on its own, and can also be added to lattes, smoothies, and baked goods. Matcha is packed full of health benefits, making it a perfect fit for those looking to reap the health rewards of a concentrated green tea. The shaded growing period common to matcha produces a tea with higher caffeine and theanine levels, giving matcha its unique stimulating and relaxing properties. Because matcha consists of the entire tea leaf ground up into a fine powder, it also has much higher caffeine levels than others types of tea. Some people experience the caffeine present in matcha differently than the caffeine present in coffee, describing it as a calming and envigorating feeling that energizes both the body and mind.

Matcha is a great alternative to those who are looking to switch from coffee to tea, but still want higher caffeine levels along with the many other benefits of good tea. We offer a variety of different matcha products, including ceremonial grade matcha, culinary grade matcha, and even matcha that you can shake up in a water bottle and take with you on the go!

Rooibos

If you’re looking to steer clear of caffeine entirely, but still want a warming and soothing cup of tea, rooibos teas are a great alternative to both coffee and other caffeinated teas. Rooibos is native to South Africa’s Western Cape region, where it is still primarily grown today. Dutch for “red bush,” rooibos is sometimes also called red tea or red bush tea. Beloved for its antioxidant properties as well as for its lack of caffeine, rooibos is a great alternative for those looking to move away from caffeinated tea or coffee. Although rooibos is an herbal tea, it has a similar taste and body to that of a black tea, with a bit of additional natural sweetness.

Rooibos is naturally caffeine free, and has a rich, slightly sweet flavor, with a body similar to that of a black tea. We carry a variety of Rooibos teas, from classic unflavored Rooibos to flavored varieties like Earl Grey Rooibos and Vanilla Rooibos.

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!

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