Last weekend at Art of Tea Headquarters, we held a special event and invited LA food bloggers to come and learn about the tea blending process, the different properties of tea, and have a tour of the entire Art of Tea office/warehouse. At the end of the event, we held a tea tasting, and then let the bloggers blend their own custom bags of tea. A huge thank you to those that came and participated in this awesome event and tea education.
The set up:
Steve, the founder and creator of Art of Tea, giving the bloggers an introduction on the event and the background of Art of Tea.
A tour of the back warehouse
The six teas that were tasted
Steve demonstrating the unique Art of Tea filter bags while bloggers look on.
The special blend that was created to show how the process works.
One of the bloggers gorgeous blends.
Once everyone had blended their teas, Steve and Charles (Head of Education at Art of Tea) demonstrated how to properly steep and try your unique mix.
Thank you to all of the bloggers who came out and participated in this event. We had a lot of fun, and hope you did as well!
What is your favorite time of day?
During my travels and sourcing trips in Asia, Middle East and Africa, I’ve learned to appreciate the stillness of dawn. The transition from dark to light especially in LA, is one of the most beautiful and inspiring tools to incorporate in the day. I call this my “hour of power,” and it’s a time to start before the world around me wakes and feel gratitude. I focus, reflect, and work on building beyond my own self-limiting beliefs. This is when I dive deep into my Crossfit WOD or yoga practice. If I can challenge myself with the most difficult task mentally, physically and emotionally at the start of the day, then the rest of the day’s challenges seem much more achievable.
What do you consider your “uniform”?
A hand-stitched and ready for blending apron. Tea is an agricultural product and we hand-sift and blend each batch to order, so it can produce a lot of aromatics. The apron acts as a nice barrier, but we still go home smelling great, like bergamot, passionfruit or chocolate. The aprons stay on-site.
What is one ritual you do during the creation of new tea?
I taste hundreds of teas a month — from raw, single origin teas to complex organic hot and iced tea blends that we hand-craft on site in our LA facility. Consistency is key and tasting every ingredient to ensure the delicate flavor profiles are on-point requires Olympic-style precision. My spoon is an extension of me and helps me to pinpoint slight variances, while unlocking the flavor story in each sip. I hand-shape spoons for new staff members at Art of Tea.
Thanks Steve! (Special thanks to Tools of the Trade for interviewing Steve as well)
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To continue the celebration of National Hot Tea month, check out this delicious drink recipe and food pairing for you to enjoy while staying warm. All you need is a couple ingredients and an afternoon surrounded by family or friends. Show us how you try this recipe and pairing by using the hash tag #tea_moments.
We suggest pairing the 1896 Hot Cider with a delicious Gingerbread cookie. The spices from both the tea and the pastry compliment each other very well, and make for a delightful afternoon snack.
(Special thanks to Charles for the pictures, and to Proof Bakery for the Ginger Molasses Cookie)
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If your passion for iced teas goes much beyond merely sipping on a cold glass of gold-colored liquid then you need to experience the tastiest range of iced teas only from the Art of Tea. This Los-Angeles based specialty tea store also manages an impressive online store that offers lip-smacking herbal iced tea and provides all the benefits without sacrificing on great taste.
Art of Tea offers a wide range of mouthwatering iced teas in loose leaf form as well as in teabags that are presented under their 2QT Collection. These tempting teas are packed in biodegradable pouches that take care of your taste buds as well as the environment. Whether you love coconut iced tea, pomegranate iced tea, passion fruit iced tea, or other flavors, Art of Tea has just the right tea for you.
You can check out exciting iced teas such as Hibiscus Cooler, Green Pomegranate, Passionfruit Jasmine, Tropical Mate, and others in their 2QT teabag range as well as White Coconut Crème, Silver Needle Chrysanthemum, White Guava Ginger, and many others in their loose leaf range.
You can also choose from a wide range of caffeine free iced teas at this exhaustive online store that offers over 200 varieties of teas under one virtual roof. You should browse through the Caffeine Free Blends section to feast your eyes on teas such as Banana Dulce, Blueberry Cheesecake, Apricot Escape, Ginger Ginseng, Lemon Meringue, Vanilla Berry Truffle, and other unusual-and-delectable iced teas. These teas can also be enjoyed in hot form.
You can surely have fun trying out one caffeine free spice tea blend after the other without battling through peak traffic while bringing the tea with you on the go. .
When you want to experience the tastiest range of herbal iced teas including caffeine free iced teas, you only need to take the help of your trusted mouse and visit www.artoftea.com. A few clicks and you will end up with a chilled glass of your favorite iced tea in your hand while being surrounded by other happy tea lovers sipping on teas from this iconic online specialty tea store.
An increased intake in protein is a common thread in many diets. If you’re working out regularly or often enough, your body starts to crave and require more protein to function and perform. For carnivores, meat is the easiest vessel to consume protein. But for vegetarians, vegans or non meat lovers, protein packed foods may include tofu, beans and nuts. Protein shakes are a great way to get your dose of protein especially on the go. Another convenient protein option to refuel throughout the day, is a homemade truffle I infuse with Art of Tea’s Matcha Grade A. Loaded with protein from nuts, almond butter and protein powder, these tea truffles also give you the healthy energy organically emitted from the caffeine in the tea. Additionally, you reap the natural health benefits of matcha like antioxidant properties. Read more about green tea’s health benefits here.
Enjoy this short and easy recipe for tasty protein packed tea truffles! This recipe makes 12 but varies based on the size of your truffles.
You Will Need:
· 1 scoop Chocolate protein powder (I used Iso-100 whey protein in gourmet chocolate)
· 1 cup Almond butter
· 1 cup Almonds, crushed
· 1/4 tsp. plus more for a topping is optional Art of Tea’s
Matcha Grade A
· Cocoa powder, unsweetened
· 1.5 tsp. Agave/honey (optional)
· 2 Mixing bowls
· Mixing spoon
· Melon baller
· Freezer safe container lined with parchment paper
First, in a large bowl, thoroughly mix the almond butter, almonds, protein powder, 1/4 teaspoon of matcha and agave. Mix until the color is evenly a dark chocolate hue. Keep in mind that a little matcha goes a long way, so trust your taste buds. Prep the second bowl by dusting it with a gracious amount of grounded cinnamon and cocoa powder mixed together. Use the melon baller to create equally portioned spheres. Dust your hands with cocoa powder to help you ball the combined ingredients. Place each sphere in a container lined with parchment paper, so the balls do not stick to the bottom. Finally, sprinkle a little matcha and a dash of cinnamon on each truffle as a finishing touch. Cover the container and pop into the freezer for two to four hours. Remove and enjoy these protein packed truffles before and after a workout.
Melissa is the Business Development Manager at Art of Tea. Contact her directly with any feedback, ideas or questions via Google+.
For all the jasmine lovers, you are in for a treat. Art of Tea now carries Jasmine Rings exclusively until our supply runs out. This premium green tea from Fujian, China is similar in quality and flavor to Jasmine Pearls. As the jasmine flowers naturally impart a lasting aroma and flavor, the effect is more intense in the Jasmine Rings. Supreme quality green tea leaves alone (unlike Jasmine Pearls, which contain the leaf and bud) are handpicked and carefully hand rolled into rings.
As I cupped the tea, I noticed the dry, silvery and pearly green leaves that formed into unique, varying ringlets. I watched the leaves unfurl slightly as I poured the hot water over them. The steeped leaves were just as beautiful dry because the ringlets were still intact but looser. The leaves were a brownish green and engulfed by the jasmine’s fresh and organic floral scent. I took one sip, and I was immediately overwhelmed with the floral notes of the jasmine. This tea is so delicate and pure that a mere two minutes is just the right amount of time to infuse.
I also re-steeped the rings twice more. With each steep, it was entertaining to see how the ringlets uncurled further and still released a consistently robust jasmine perfume. The re-steeped leaves had a more mild and balanced jasmine flavor that wasn’t quite as overpowering as my first steep. I found the tea to taste better each time.
Melissa is the Business Development Manager at Art of Tea. Contact her directly with any feedback, ideas or questions via Google+.
When it comes to choosing the right teapot to steep your tea in, it may boil down to your preference, but there are certainly pros and cons to each type of pot. There may not be a right and wrong teaware for each tea category, but there are teapots specially designed for a particular tea type. There are four main types of teapots.
Yixing teapots are best for oolong and pu erh teas. They are recommended for single-sourced and unflavored teas such as Art of Tea’s Ti Kuan Yin or Pu-erh Tuo Cha. Over time and usage, minerals and oils from the Yixing influence the flavors of the tea. In fact, the teapot becomes denser after each use, so you can eventually steep tea shorter because the flavors are already absorbed within the walls of the Yixing. Each Yixing must only be used for one tea because the interior of the pot is unglazed. If you steep Orchid Oolong, you should always make that tea in that Yixing.
Glass teapots such as our Kinto Glass Tea Pot retain heat evenly. Since it is transparent, you can watch the tea leaves unfurl and determine by color when to stop steeping. This is the ideal pot for blooming teas but great for all tea types, so you can see the leaves unravel and flowers blossom. However, because glass is so delicate, it is prone to breakage and may stain on the spout. To prevent breaking, it is recommended to hand wash.
Ceramic teapots like the Leaves to Tea Ceramic Teapot by Kinto are perfect for all tea types. Ceramic teapots are sturdy and easy to clean for food service. Since the inside is coated or glazed, this teapot is easier to clean and doesn’t impact the flavor of the tea. Ceramic pots also retain heat well, so they will keep the tea warm for a longer period of time.
4. Cast Iron
Cast iron teapots retain and maintain heat for a long time. They were originally used to hold hot water. Cast iron is good for all tea types because it infuses evenly. The only downside is the rim can develop rust over time. You can clean rust by rubbing a used tea leaf in the rusted area.
Not only is white tea high in antioxidants that protect your body from free radicals that accelerate aging, it also increases collagen in the skin, helping it maintain a supple, youthful glow.
Origins offers a line of Silver Needle White Tea based products called “A Perfect World.” According to the cosmetic company’s website, Chinese emperors of the Song Dynasty enjoyed white tea’s exquisite taste and fragrant, flowery aroma. This magic drink was prized for relieving fatigue, delighting the soul, strengthening the will and enhancing vision. Many claimed it was an important ingredient in the elixir of immortality. Today white tea is used in skin therapy – its antioxidant powers help skin look younger. The line includes facial treatments such as an antioxidant moisturizer and a firming moisture eye treatment as well as body moisturizers and cleansers.
Another skin care line, pūr~lisse (French for pure and smooth) allows “time-tested Chinese beauty rituals to embrace today’s French skin know-how for an inspirational marriage of nature and science.” The line incorporates Art of Tea’s Organic White Tea, the most sought after white tea, only harvested for a few days each year in the northern district of Fujian, China. Packed with antioxidants, these silvery down-covered leaves have been prized for their medicinal properties for more than 1000 years. Their pūr~delicate gentle soy milk cleanser and makeup remover is a blend of Soy Milk, Soy Proteins, Oatmeal and White Tea.
Treat yourself and incorporate some white tea into your beauty ritual!
We take a look at Art of Tea’s relationship with the manufacturer of their iced tea equipment, Wilbur Curtis, a leader in the commercial foodservice beverage equipment industry for over 60 years.