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Orange Red Carrot Raw Green Bush Tea

Currently loving Republic of Tea‘s new Raw Green Bush Tea– the Orange Red Carrot flavor.

Yum.

The Republic of Tea: Superflower Hibiscus

With a picture like this, words seem inadequate by comparison.  Still, I’ll try.  The Republic of Tea has a beautiful and tasty new line of Hibiscus Superflower teas.  Made from Nigerian hibiscus flowers, these herbal teas are rich in Vitamin C and minerals and are caffeine-free.

There are five flavors: natural hibiscus, blueberry, key lime, vanilla apple, and pineapple lychee.

I was lucky enough to be sent a sample of the blueberry by the kind folks at The Republic of Tea.  (How could you work at a place like that and not be a kind and lovely person?)

I was delighted upon brewing my first cup to see that the color is a beautiful redish-purple.  The taste is very refreshing: a bit fruity, a bit sweet, a bit tart.  I’ve been enjoying it hot but as of today- hallelujah, warm weather in NYC!- I just tried some iced.  I am going to be drinking a lot of this come summer and I’m eager to try the other flavors.

Matcha Source Green Tea Powder

Most of us have had green tea, but how about green tea powder?

I had been noticing all sorts of recipes that called for the stuff, but couldn’t locate it at any grocery stores.  I even popped into some tea/spice shops in Chinatown to no avail.

Matcha Source to the rescue!  They sell a powdered green tea that is made of Japanese whole leaves, picked in the springtime and then ground into a fine dust.

I used a sample Wendy sent me to whip up some delicious hot green tea lattes.  The green tea flavor, as expected, is pronounced–but not overpowering, and not bitter at all.

The website has myriad other recipes using powdered green tea, too, ranging from butternut squash and flavored salt to ice cream and truffles.  And remember, anything made with green tea is healthy!

David Sparshott Illustration: Tea – Howies

I love this illustration (found on a blog called Toy):  Tea – Howies by David Sparshott.

I think I have the foreground mug, and it’s from Starbucks.

(via Design Milk)

Tea Mug Cozy, Hand Crocheted

What a brilliant idea from New Jersey-based KnitStorm on Etsy: a Hand-Crocheted Tea Mug Cozy, $14.

Transform a regular old mug into a fun way to insulate and decorate your tea with this tea mug cozy.
This cozy is flexible, and will slip right onto your cup, and has an opening so that the mug handle fits through.

Sorapot Teapot: Packaging our aspirations

This morning I learned about product packaging at Creative Mornings, curated by Tina Roth Eisenberg of SwissMiss and hosted by Naked in Soho.

Designer Joey Roth spoke (via web video streaming) about his Sorapot teapot.  The outer box is solid tan with twine with no photographs, instructions or specifications.  Apparently this simplistic approach has been well received.

I think minimalist packaging is particularly well suited to a teapot.  People buying teapots want to clear their diets of processed foods, anti-oxidize, simplify their lives, minimize the clutter of loud colors and sounds, be Zen in the face of chaos.  Neutral packaging is the first step of a cleansing experience.

My take is that packaging is more about who we aspire to be than who we currently are.  That’s the backbone of a consumer society, I suppose; there’s always room for personal improvement and there’s always stuff to buy.

Still, I want this teapot.

Earl Grey Cookies

Earl grey tea leaves in crispy cookies make for a delicious and unconventional afternoon snack!

Earl Grey Tea Cookies
Adapted from The Kitchn‘s recipe

What I Changed (Reflected Below): Whole wheat pastry flour instead of white all-purpose flour for nutrition; Succanat instead of white sugar for nutrition; Pulverized tea leaves before adding to other dry ingredients to ensure tea flavor was distributed evenly.

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup succanat (sugar)
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon Earl Grey tea leaves (emptied from 3 or 4 tea bags), pulverized in spice grinder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon water
1/2 cup unsalted butter

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Pulse together all the dry ingredients in a food processor until the tea leaves are pulverized.

2. Add vanilla, water, and butter. Pulse together until a dough is formed. Form the dough into a log onto a piece of wax or parchment paper. Wrap the paper around and roll the log smooth. Freeze now, or chill for at least 30 minutes.

3. When chilled, slice the log into 1/3 inch thick pieces. Place on baking sheets, keeping room for spreading. Bake until the edges are just brown, about 14 minutes. Let cool on sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks.

Makes ~20 cookies

Ceramic Teapot with Speckled Glaze

What a gorgeous teapot! Practical, too: microwave/dishwasher/oven safe!

By San Fernando Valley, California-based Alina Hayes on Etsy.

Numi Flowering Teas: The art of relaxation

Numi Flowering Teas are hand-sewn tea leaves in the shape of flowers that expand as they steep in hot water.

They come in green, white, and black tea varieties.

For everyone who celebrates the ritual of tea… filling the tea kettle, lighting the burner, pouring the hot water, feeling the steam, watching the leaves unfurl, smelling the subtle aromas… flowering tea enhances each element of the experience.

A nice way to slow down on a rainy Saturday afternoon. And to appreciate that you weren’t the person to have to sew all of those brittle leaves to resemble a chrysanthemum.

GT’s Organic Raw Kombucha: Fermented Fun

I’ve touched on the benefits of fermented foods when I covertly added sauerkraut to Bacon Gorgonzola Dip.

GT’s Kombucha combines my interests in nutrition and fermentation with my loves of tea and carbonation.

The flavors photographed above are Multi-Green and Citrus. Both are mildly sweet, very bubbly and fermented in a way that you can taste, even if you’re not so sure what fermented means.

I feel like all of those enzymes and probiotics give me energy. I feel great after I drink one. Though that could be wishful thinking after shelling out $3 for a beverage and pre-emptively justifying my purchase of another.

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