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March 29, 2013

Oriental Beauty – A Rare Treat!

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 10:05 am

Zen Tea 

I am very happily taking my morning break and sipping a cup of our newly acquired oolong Oriental Beauty !  from Taiwan. If you are into oolongs at all, this is a must have! It’s notes of apricot and citrus are truly unique and linger pleasantly long after the last sip.

Oriental Beauty received its name form Queen Victoria, who compared its elegance to a beautiful and mysterious oriental noble woman.

It is indeed a bit mysterious yet fascinating how the wonderful flavor profile is achieved.

The fruity character and oxidation of Oriental Beauty starts before the plucking. The magic happens when the “Green Leaf hopper insect ” (no,  I am not making this up….) takes a bit out of the tea leaf and extracts some of the sap.  This triggers a chemical reaction (oxidation)  which creates an aroma the insect dislikes and therefore moves on to the next leaf in search of another meal.

Since the distinct flavor of the Oriental Beauty depends on the Leafhopper’s contribution, it is one of the rarer teas.

We were lucky and found a supplier that provided us with a superb quality which we will start selling APRIL 1st (no joke!) for as long as supply lasts!

Don’t miss out and

March 23, 2013

Post St. Pat’s. When a tea is not a tea, tea an health update

Filed under: Newsletter — wbwingert @ 8:47 am

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After St. Pat’s

 

When a Tea is not

 

Tea and Health

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See a video showing

the easy way to

make iced tea with loose

leaves

Blueberry Bliss is a Green and

Black tea blend that is refreshing

over ice….

 

Pink Earl Grey is a

summer twist on the

perennial favorite

 

 

 On the road?

Looking for Souvia tea?

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of our Partners

Sparkroot is a great

place to sip some

tea and enjoy a great

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Is a book store cafe

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Northville, Michigan

 

 Arizona’s only 5 diamond

restaurant serves Souvia

Tea

Latest Tea Menu

 

After St. Pat’s

March is National Cafeine free month – this is a great time to try some herbals for their taste or medicinal properties.

 

We  say so long to Valentine’s day and look ahead to St Patrick’s Day and there’s lot’s going on in the next 5-6 weeks.  From Snows in the North to Sunny days in the South there are plenty of excuses to enjoy a cup of tea.

 

 

When a Tea is not a Tea!

 

While we tend to call any infusion prepared with hot water “TEA”, only those made with the leaves of the tea plant Camellia Sinensis” are truly teas.

Infusions made with other botanicals such as mint, hibiscus and chamomile are called Herbal Infusions or Tisanes.

 

Tea’s history spans over five thousand years and was in the beginning strictly a medicinal drink. Other botanicals, roots, leaves and flowers have been used for thousands of years as well and many legends surround the beginning of herbalism.

In China, Emperor Shen Nung, who is also credited with the discovery of the tea plant, was a passionate herbalist and very interested in the healing powers of plants. During his life time he studied and catalogued over 200 herbs and wrote about their benefits and medicinal use in the first herbal encyclopedia called “Pen Tsao Ching” (The Classic of Herbs).

 

Today, more than 3000 herbs and their healing properties have been studied and many drugs used in western medicine are derived from herbs. Did you know:

  • The active chemical in Aspirin (salicin) was first discovered in White Willow Bark and was later extracted as acetylsalicylic acid from Meadowsweet, an herb used in the 19th century to reduce fever and relieve pain?
  • The heart medicine “Digitalis”, from the herb Foxglove
  • the asthma-aid “Ephedrine”, from the herb ephedrea are all very good examples for the healing powers found in nature.

 

In everyday life, we are all herbalists to some extend or another. Who has not fixed a cup of peppermint tea (…oops…”tisane”) to soothe an upset stomach or relied on lavender and chamomile to bring relaxation to a busy mind.  

 

While many herbal remedies are safe, such as aloe for minor burns, or clove oil for fast, temporary toothache relief, they also have their limits and it is always wise to talk to your physician about the incorporation of specific herbals into your diet and lifestyle.

 

March is National Caffeine-free Month and the perfect time to incorporate tisanes into a healthy lifestyle! Unlike tea which has caffeine, most herbals are naturally caffeine free and therefore a great alternative for those who have to abstain from caffeine or simply want a relaxing cup in the evening.

Tea and Health

 

We get a lot of questions about tea and health.   While most agree tea is a very healthy beverage, there is a lot of hype.  We recommend drinking full leaf teas and brewing them yourself – not unlike vegetables!

Here are some recent articles about tea you may find informative –

From WebMD – not they call herbals “tea” – se above for the distinction – Types of Teas and Their Health Benefits

From the Dallas Morning News – Tea’s health benefits look promising

Of coruse Dr. Oz mentions the health benefits of tea frequently as well –


Rather than focusing on the differences between types of teas, we always recommend finding teas you like to drink and incorporating them into a regualr part of your diet.

Thanks for Reading…

Thanks for reading this month.  We hope you’ll visit us in the store, at one of our partners or online soon.  If you can’t get in, remember… we ship orders over $50 for free the same day and your tea will arrive quickly!

March 20, 2013

Red Green, Heart to Heart, Ask Souvia

Filed under: Newsletter — wbwingert @ 12:45 pm

 

Changes!

 

Heart to Heart

 

Ask Souvia

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Enjoy our 7th

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Tea is not just for Valentines

Day.  You can still get our

New Chocolate Strawberry

blend – “You’re my cup of

tea”

 

 

 On the road?

Looking for Souvia tea?

Check out  some

of our Partners

Sparkroot is a great

place to sip some

tea and enjoy a great

selection of healthy

foods – Tucson

The Next Chapter

Is a book store cafe

featuring Souvia Tea

Northville, Michigan

 

 Arizona’s only 5 diamond

restaurant serves Souvia

Tea

Latest Tea Menu

 

Red and Green

 

 

We  say so long to Valentine’s day and look ahead to St Patrick’s Day and there’s lot’s going on in the next 5-6 weeks.  From Snows in the North to Sunny days in the South there are plenty of excuses to enjoy a cup of tea.

 

  • If you missed our 7th anniversary party, don’t despair!  We still have some of our Souvia Anniversary Blend for you to try and it is still 20% off through February
  • Wondering what the heck is in Green Beer?  Nothing says green like Green Tea
  • We will also celebrate the run-up to St. Patrick’s with special pricing on Irish Morning and Irish Breakfast teas – Also Combine 100g of Irish Breakfast and our travel mugs for $24.95 – the perfect drive commuter companions – March 1st – March 17th
  • Not Irish? Avoiding caffeine?  March is also national caffeine free month – Check out our large selection of herbals and rooibos without a speck of caffeine
  • While you’re online take a moment to “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.  We post our specials, links to interesting articles, health news and more.

 

Heart to Heart

While Valentine’s Day certainly takes center stage this month and many hearts beat faster,  February is also the month when the American Heart Association (AHA) reminds us that heart disease is the leading cause of death in this country for both men and women.

 

The 2012 updated AHA statistics shows that America’s cardiovascular health continues to be “less than ideal”. Weight is one of the seven cardiovascular risk factors tracked in the study, along with smoking, physical activity, healthy diet, cholesterol, blood pressure, fasting glucose levels, and diagnosed heart or blood-vessel disease. Only 6% of US adults are free of risk factors in all of these categories, and 38% of US adults score in the “poor” range for at least three of the seven categories.

 

Obesity in children is an especially worrying trend, as about one in three US kids are overweight and the prevalence of childhood obesity has grown from 4% to over 20% since the early 1980s. Half of children 12 to 19 have at least three of the seven major risk factors.

 

Read more in the blog about how tea can help

Ask Souvia

 

What is a Tisane? 


You hear this term occasionally. Tisanes are infusions that don’t contain true tea leaves (Camellia Sinensis). They are made from flowers, berries, peels, seeds, leaves and roots of other plants. Rooibos, herbal infusions and fruit blends are examples of tisanes.

How much tea should I use for my cup/pot/vat?

The rule of thumb is a level teaspoon for each 6 ounces of water. Measure your container in ounces and divide by 6. Adjust according to your taste.

 

What is Chai?

 

Chai is actually a Southern Asian word for Tea not unlike the word Cha in China and Japan. In practice, Chai is a blend of tea and spices as unique to a household as your Uncle’s secret Chili recipe. In some cultures, Chai implies tea steeped in milk with added herbs and spices. So, Chai defines a class of tea blends but each is unique!

Thanks for Reading…

Thanks for reading this month.  We hope you’ll visit us in the store, at one of our partners or online soon.  If you can’t get in, remember… we ship orders over $50 for free the same day and your tea will arrive quickly!

March 17, 2013

Summer Tea Menu – See what’s coming!

We are in the proces of bringing in our new summers teas – take a look at the deliclios teas we have foiund for this year.  Some old faves  and some new friends

 

 

2013 Spring & Summer Selection

 

Black Teas/Black Flavored         

                                                                                                                                                               50g            100g    250g

 

French Breakfast                            a lighter breakfast blend for those spring and           8.99               16.30     37.51

summer mornings. (Darjeeling/Ceylon with Vanilla)

Jasmine Black                                 a rare combination of smooth black teas and            5.99               11.38     26.96

the delicate floral aroma of  jasmine – a must try!

Cranberry Peach                      not just for the holidays! Sweet peaches and tart     5.99               11.38     26.96

cranberries – the perfect summer iced tea blend

Café Latte                                        the perfect transitional tea – true in flavor but         5.99               11.38     26.96

less caffeine

Tropical Sunset                               flavors of mango and passion fruit remind you of   5.99               11.38     26.96

south sea magic

 

White/Green/Oolong Teas

                                                50g            100g    250g      

 

Ginseng Green                  a green tea blend with apricot flavor and ginseng root                          5.99       11.38     26.96

Raspberry                         green tea blended with the flavor of ripe raspberries –

sweet and refreshing – wonderful iced!                                    6.99               13.28     31.46

*Chun Mee                        a Chinese green tea called also called “precious eyebrows” 4.99       9.48       22.46

for its crescent shaped leaf. A smooth cup with a vegetal

flavor and a hint of sweetness.

 

Oriental Beauty                              a classic (organic) oolong with sweet and spicy apricot            15.99     29.99     69.99

                                                                   absolutely delicious!

*White Mango Pear        East meets West in this flavor composition with delicate      8.99               16.30     37.51

                                                     fruit notes. (EU-organic)

Apple/Kiwi                        fresh green apple, juicy lime and ripe kiwi flavors make this               5.99       11.38     26.96

                                             tasty blend that is best enjoyed iced!

 

Rooibos/Herbal Blends/Fruit Blends

                                                50g            100g    250g      

 

Peach/Apricot                   harmonious rooibos blend of peach and apricot – great iced!               5.99       11.38     26.96

Very Berry                        smooth rooibos base with rich strawberry flavor                    6.99               13.28     31.46

Candy Land                       just as tasty but much better than candy – kids will love       5.99               11.38     26.96

the sweet flavor of berries and hibiscus

Orange/Vanilla Lapacho              also known as Pau d’Arco, lapacho has many health benefits               4.99       9.48      22.46

combined with orange and creamy vanilla it is not just good for

you, but also a yummy drink hot or iced!

Caribbean Holiday          truly a vacation in a cup – an old favorite that must not be   6.99               13.28     31.46

missing on this year’s menu!

 

March 11, 2013

Matcha Scones

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 10:05 am

March is the month of the Irish  – what color do we associate with that beautiful isle of Ireland – GREEN!

Since green is the color of the month, why stop at coloring your beer on St. Patty’s Day. I found this great scone recipe which as the secret ingredient of Japanese Matcha. Not only does that add healthy antioxidant to your scones, it also lends them a beautiful light green color!

Give them a try……

 

Here is what you need:

Ingredients:

  • 9 oz Cake flour
  • 1/3 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 3/5 cup milk
  • 1 egg, separated into yolk and white
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp Matcha
  • 2/1/2 oz butter
  • strawberry jam and fresh whipped cream to taste

Directions:

  1. The recipe calls to sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, Matcha, and sugar, then combine small pieces of butter into the mixture with your fingertips until it becomes dry and flaky.
  2. Next, add the milk and egg yolk and pour the batter into the flour a little at a time.
  3. Mix and knead into moist dough, but not so moist that it become sticky.
  4. Preheat the oven to 360F.
  5. Place the dough on a floured board and knead slightly until smooth. Roll out to a thickness to 1 inch and cut out shapes with a cookie cutter or the rim of a glass.
  6. Brush the tops with egg white, place the scones on a baking sheet, and bake in a 375-degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until slightly brown.

Best served warm with jam and some cream! Enjoy