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Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte
(makes four 8 oz servings)
You will need:
– 10 tsp Pumpkin Spice Chai
– 2 cups hot water
– 2 cups milk
– sugar to taste
Simmer 10 tsp of Pumpkin Spice Chai in 2 cups of hot water for 3 minutes. Add milk and sugar (normally 4 tsp) and bring to a simmer. Do not allow to boil. Strain and serve. If you have a milk frother, you can heat the milk separately, froth it and then add to the strained chai.
Enjoy this delicious fall treat!
Yerba Mate (mah-tay) and Guayusa (why-you-suh) are widely becoming popular tea alternatives because of their bold caffeine content and pronounced antioxidant properties similar to tea. The cousins derive from caffeinated holly trees found in the South American rain forests. Yerba Mate like pu-erh tea, is very earthy tasting and may take some getting used to in order to fully appreciate its unique flavor. Since mate is so earthy, I enjoy it with half a teaspoon of agave, which beautifully elevates mate’s natural, yet subtle sweeter notes. Guayusa on the other hand, is a bit sweeter but upholds that earthiness profile in taste and aroma. Guayusa has a lighter more balanced earthiness coupled with sweetness. Check out Art of Tea’s growing selection of Yerba Mate and Guayusa Blends featuring handcrafted fusions made by Art of Tea’s expert blenders.
Two recently premiered fusions are Tropical Mate and Cucumber Mint Guayusa. These blends are new to the iced tea line but are not limited to iced teas. They are sold in the new 2 quart iced tea pyramid retail packs as well!
Tropical Mate is a Yerba Mate blend that combines sweet and tart flavors. It is truly a tropical medley consisting of hibiscus and Schizandra berries, the 5-flavored berry! Tropical Mate also contains green rooibos and tulsi, which add more sweetness to this blend that receives a double dose of caffeine from the mate and organic jasmine green tea. Overall, this is a tasty caffeinated tisane full of flavor and character. It brews a blood orange hue and smells divinely sweet, starting off how it smells, but provides a tarty finish.
Guayusa is the base for Cucumber Mint Guayusa. This is a refreshing fusion combining spearmint with natural cucumber flavors. Caffeinated from the Guayusa, this more straightforward blend smells so minty that it will be hard for any mint lover to resist. Cucumber Mint showcases a balance of mint and earthy flavors rounded by a pure sweetness. It is amazing over ice but equally uplifting hot.
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As many embark on the journey to full-body health for the new year, it’s fitting to explore the increasingly popular, paleo (Paleolithic) diet. The paleo diet has been around since humankind, but there has been a rise in this particular diet because of CrossFit, a trending fitness regimen that involves constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity within a community environment. It was first introduced to the CrossFit community by Robb Wolf, former CrossFit nutrition adviser and author of The Paleo Solution. News of this low carb, high protein diet quickly spread throughout the CrossFit community and eventually replaced the initial CrossFit Zone diet because it produced results to be lean, energized and strong.
What is Paleo?
Known as the caveman or hunter-gatherer diet, this nutritional plan entails consuming unprocessed foods with high protein, lean meats from grass-fed animals and complimented with moderate fruit and vegetable intake for healthier carbohydrate sources. The diet restricts processed foods, dairy, grains, legumes, and sweets. When in doubt, ask, “What would a caveman eat?”
Paleo and Tea
Water is the recommended beverage of choice, but is tea accepted in the paleo diet? Paleo purists would probably shake their heads no, but nowadays, modern Paleoists make exceptions to fit these modern times. Bacon is processed meat, but many paleo dieters can’t resist it. Along the same lines, tea is a subjective topic for paleoists. Purists forbid it because of its caffeine content; while some say caffeine-free blends or tisanes are fine.
Nonetheless, paleo palates can enjoy tea-like substitutes from Art of Tea’s Rooibos blends. Although rooibos is part of the legume family, a dietary restriction, paleoists still drink it for its many health benefits. This caffeine-free red bush from South Africa is notably rich in antioxidants and helps fuel the body with iron. French Lemon Ginger, Italian Blood Orange, and Bright Eyed alone are great tisanes to start with.
Other paleoists argue that organic teas or least processed teas are accepted. Given that reasoning, white teas are the least processed tea type (simply picked and dried) and so are often referred to as the most organic. Paleoists who don’t mind the caffeine can drink organic white teas such as Silver Needle or White Peony.
Paleo-coffee fanatics also known as caffeine lovers can still get their caffeine in healthier doses through green tea. It’s widely accepted because of its natural health benefits. In keeping with the Stone Age premise of the diet, we recommend Art of Tea’s Matcha+ and Matchasticks.
Perhaps more than any major tea type but pu-erh, white tea is shrouded in mystery and misinformation. There are common misunderstandings about white tea’s origins, its caffeine levels and even its flavor profiles. Below, we’ve listed some of the major myths surrounding white tea, as well as the facts behind this elusive tea type.
White Tea Myth: White tea is only made from the “tips” or “buds” of the tea plant.
White Tea Facts: Some white teas are only made from the tea plant’s “tips” (which are just-formed leaves that have yet to unfurl). White teas made only from the tips of the tea plant include classic Silver Needle and our more unusual White Monkey Picked and Select Tips White. However, others (like Bai Mu Dan / White Peony and several of our white tea blends) contain leaves and buds. These are still considered to be white teas – they just aren’t quite as known in America as Silver Needle white tea.
White Tea Myth: White tea is caffeine-free or very low in caffeine.
White Tea Facts: White tea does contain caffeine. In fact, white teas with a high proportion of buds are high in caffeine for the same reason they are high in antioxidants – the new buds are high in nutrients because they were preparing for sudden growth just before they were plucked.
However, the way in which white tea is brewed can translate to a much lower caffeine level than you’d find in most black teas. The lower water temperature used to brew white tea slows the rate at which the caffeine is released can result in a lower caffeine level.
White Tea Myth: White tea is the healthiest type of tea.
White Tea Facts: It appears that white teas are often higher in antioxidants than other tea types and (depending on the brewing) they may be lower in caffeine than other tea types. However, all types of tea have similar health benefits. If you prefer green tea, black tea or any other tea type from the camellia Sinensis plant, then that’s probably the best tea for you to drink regularly.
White Tea Myth: White tea has a very delicate flavor that some people can’t even notice.
White Tea Facts: It’s true that Silver Needle has a very delicate flavor. However, White Peony (which we use as a base for many of our white tea blends) has a much richer, deeper flavor.
If your taste buds aren’t ready for a seriously delicate tea, try a blend like our Blueberry Pomegranate White Tea or White Coconut Crème. Once your palate is accustomed to the flavor of white tea, try our Chrysanthemum Silver Needle or White Peony before moving on to unblended Silver Needle.