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