Teas That Give Back

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Supporting Our Community #GivingTuesday

It’s part of our mission at Happy Lucky’s Teahouse to support nonprofit organizations and social progress initiatives in our communities that demonstrate innovative programs in education, international development, civil rights and environmental conservation.

Our teas are sustainably sourced, fairly traded, and custom blended. We share our knowledge and passion for tea with customers, we support charity in our community, and we contribute to the betterment of our world.

That’s why we love Giving Tuesday. #GivingTuesday is a global phenomenon that has helped and connected people to a greater mission. It’s a way to and a way to celebrate and support giving and philanthropy during the holiday season. It was created by a team from the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y in 2012.

We want to help support communities around the world, and that is why we carry Teas That Give Back.

Nepali Tea Traders

Nepal is a special tea growing region. With rich soil and the perfect climate, the tea grown here distinctive characteristics. Because of the altitude, soil and growing conditions, Nepalese teas have high concentrations of flavor and antioxidants. This makes it highly sought after, but the demand can cause problematic tea sourcing. Enter The Nepali Tea Traders: helping Nepali farmers build independent, global brand awareness.

“Our mission is to bring Nepal’s remarkable teas to the growing Western markets (North America and Europe)  in order to help the tea farmers and workers improve their lives. We purchase tea from a farmer co-op in Ilam, paying fair prices that help to build a sustainable tea economy. More income means families can afford to send children to school, and communities can provide better education and healthcare, helping break a cycle of poverty” (from The Nepali Tea Traders website).

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Every purchase of tea will also support the Nepal Youth Foundation. The organization was founded by Olga Murray when she traveled to Nepal in 1984 and observed the many serious needs in a country that is among the world’s poorest.

When we purchase through Nepali Tea Traders, we are ensuring ethically sourced, high-quality tea.

Kenyan Ajiri

The Ajiri Foundation focuses on helping Kenyan women and children alleviate poverty through education and entrepreneurship. We purchase premium African teas from this organization to support the noble cause of empowerment and education.  The word “Ajiri” means “to employ” in Swahili. The foundation employs women in Kenya to handcraft tea boxes from dried banana tree bark.

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Ajiri Tea is sold at Happy Lucky’s Teahouse

With 100% of profits going back to the community, the Ajiri Foundation has found a way to make a real difference in these people’s lives. They have given them a steady source of income rather than throwing money at an issue and hoping it goes away.

Elephant Friendly Assam

Our Elephant Friendly Assam is another way to support the greater good through tea. The profits from this tea go towards helping maintain elephant habitat in India’s tea growing region through Twin Trunks Tea Company, which is certified Elephant Friendly through The Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network.

 The Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network is dedicated to conserving threatened wildlife while contributing to the economic vitality of rural communities. They focus on creating sustainable partnerships with herders, planters, and ranchers around the world to make sure that endangered species still have a place to live and thrive.

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Serving Our Community

We do our part to better our world by supporting these tea traders and communities. When you buy that tea, it goes back to them too. Let’s work together to create a better world through tea: nourish a warm feeling that goes beyond the cup and into our hearts. 

Give the gift of generosity this holiday season, and create real change to better lives around the world for #GivingTuesday.

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Thanksgiving Teas with a Twist

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Tea is perfect for warming our bodies and our soul during these cold, autumn months. We’d like to spread a little extra joy this holiday to keep you warm this year by sharing our favorite holiday teas.

To keep the Thanksgiving theme going, we’ve selected the perfect Thanksgiving blends to keep you warm and nourish your happy during the holidays. And as an added bonus, we’re pairing our fall favorites with alcohol, because why not?

Thanksgiving Tea Cocktails

Cranberry Orange Herbal Blend

What would a Thanksgiving feast be without cranberry sauce? This uplifting blend brews into the perfect cup of fall. Made with dried, lightly sweetened cranberries, hibiscus flower petals, chamomile flowers, orange peel and natural orange essence, this tea makes a delectable iced tea providing a sweet brew with a subtle, refreshing tartness.

Try pairing it with vodka for a crisp fall cocktail. Garnish with an orange slice,  a sprig of rosemary and a sugared rim for full fall effect.

Peppermint Pat-Tea Herbal Blend

We’ve already raved about the magical tummy taming properties of Peppermint Pat-Tea, so it’s no surprise that this chocolate peppermint potion makes a perfect holiday treat. The chocolate and peppermint are the stars of the show, but wouldn’t have made it to the scene without the addition of ginger, slippery elm bark and marshmallow root. This is a great tea to drink right after you slip off your skis and snuggle up by the fire as the turkey is slowly roasting in the oven.
Try pairing it with Bailey’s Irish Cream (Bailey’s Almande Liqueur if you’re dairy-free). The rich, creamy beverage is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. No need for those mittens, Bailey and Pat-Tea will warm you right up!

Rooibos Cinnamon and Orange Herbal Blend

Fall and cinnamon go together like Calvin and Hobbes: a pair that’s meant to be. Since cinnamon makes an appearance in numerous Thanksgiving dishes, from sweet potato casseroles to pumpkin pie, why not have it in your tea? This powerful blend mixes Rooibos, cinnamon, and bitter orange to achieve a warm, balancing flavor.
A powerful tea calls for a powerful liquor. Try adding your favorite whiskey to a hot cup of Rooibos Cinnamon and Orange tea.

Roasted Maté Joy

Take a trip to a warmer climate with a hot cup of Roasted Maté Joy. This nutty brew combines classic holiday flavors like chocolate, ginger, and almond, with a cousin from the tropics: coconut! The delicious blend of maté and almond black tea create a decadent holiday tea.

Joy to the World, we’ve found a way to mellow out maté: Amaretto and Bailey’s.  The toasty almond black tea in Roasted Maté Joy is a perfect companion to the sweet, almond-flavored, Italian liqueur. Since we’re on the decadent train, we decided to add some Bailey’s as well. This may be a little nutty, but you won’t think we’re so crazy when you try it.

Don’t get me wrong, Thanksgiving treats are one of the best parts of the meal. I don’t think anyone would complain if they were asked to have a slice of each kind of pie. But we have to get in those veggies somehow! Why not in our tea? Ginger Orange Carrot is a delightful and surprisingly pleasant way to do it. Dried orange peel, carrot, ginger, and turmeric create a sweet and savory bright yellow brew. The spicy herbal blend pairs well with the Thanksgiving flavor profile and has additional nutritional benefit thanks to turmeric, which is known to soothe heartburn, stomach pain, and inflammation (WebMD).
The bright flavors in Ginger Orange Carrot make a lovely iced tea. They also make a lovely cold cocktail with the addition of Cointreau (or another tripel sec). The orange-flavored liqueur is from the dried peels of bitter and sweet orange. Sound familiar? Maybe that’s because it shares some key ingredients to this tasty tea!

What are you waiting for? GET MIXING!

Warning: drinkers may burst out into holiday song and dance from the sheer amount of holiday cheer packed into one drink. If the affected folks begin graciously thanking you for everything you’ve ever done, and insisting on another drink so they can properly toast you, you’ve done your job well.

Happy holidays!

Digestive Teas for the Holidays

Digestive Teas for the Holidays

Tis the season of creamy mashed potatoes, pillowy dinner rolls, and gravy boats galore. Holiday joy is tantamount to festive feasts in my book. But with so much heavy (yet soul-nourishing) food, it’s easy to slip into a sluggish food coma. Enter your new BFF for the holidays: Digestive Tea. We have a variety of tummy-taming teas to join your holiday feasts so you won’t have to pass the green bean casserole without taking an extra serving for yourself.

Peppermint Pat-Tea

“Peppermint Pat-tea is about the ultimate for soothing a colic food baby,” says Master Blender Andy Boone. The perfect post-meal tea and a must have for the holidays. Brew up this tasty blend to help digestion due to its pop of peppermint and soothing ginger. The classic pairing of chocolate and peppermint is also a lovely dessert on its own if you decide to forego the pie! The ginger, slippery elm bark, and marshmallow root come together for an incredibly tasty delight. It has gained a reputation for soothing sore throats and upset stomachs as well as combating nausea.

American Roots

In this Happy Lucky’s herbal blend, cultures collide (just like your family does on Thanksgiving). Inspired by the history of root beer, this blend has a bit of a spicy Indian twist. American Roots is an herbal blend of Rooibos Vanilla, sarsaparilla root, spearmint, cinnamon, ginger root, cloves, cardamom, and nutmeg. This complex flavor has with warming and digestive qualities because of the ginger and spearmint.  According to WebMD, ginger has been a remedy for stomach trouble in many cultures for thousands of years. It treats nausea, cramping, and upset stomachs. This makes it the perfect cuppa’ to polish off a meal that may have left you feeling too full.

Lil’ Mover

The remedy is in the name of this herbal blend. Lil’ Mover is the tea to reach for when you need a lil’ extra help… you know… moving along. Consisting of several herbs with gentle laxative properties, the Lil’ Mover is composed of Rooibos Vanilla, orange peel, licorice root, chamomile, crampbark, roasted dandelion root, yellow dock root, cloves, ginger, cardamom, and lemon myrtle.

Relaxation Herbal Blend

Research shows that peppermint can help soothe indigestion and gas. That’s why this Happy Lucky’s herbal blend is a perfect way to settle your stomach after a heavy holiday meal. The calming effects of chamomile and rosebuds combined with the soothing properties of lavender and peppermint give this tea a therapeutic aroma and pleasant flavor. And let’s face it, sometimes we need a little tasty tension tamer for the holidays.

Ayurvedic Kapha

A Kapha imbalance can slow digestion, leave you congested, lethargic, and stressed. With the hectic energy of the holidays, it’s important to make sure that Kapha is in balance! When Kapha is in balance the mind is peaceful and settled, your body feels full of energy and strength. Kapha is said to be similar to clay or the elements of earth and water in Ayurvedic principles. It helps to hold our constitution together and provides structure, fluid balance, endurance, and strength. This tea contains lemon balm, dried ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and black peppercorns. Gather your balance and strength for the holidays with this grounding and soothing tea.

Ginger Orange Carrot

This delightful herbal blend of dried orange peel, carrot, ginger, and turmeric creates a sweet and savory bright yellow brew. The spicy ginger helps with post-meal digestion, but it also has some added nutrients from turmeric. This peppery spice may leave a yellow stain on your cup, but it’s well worth it for the long list of health benefits that it will bring you. High in nutrients, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory compounds make turmeric a powerful medicinal herb. Studies have shown it aids in cancer prevention, improves immune health, improves Crohn’s disease, and much more. The holidays may bring joy, but they also bring flu season. So get that extra immune boost into your system by sipping some Ginger Orange Carrot tea. 

Back to School Focus Teas

School can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Find your focus with a great cup of tea. Tea has been used for focus for ages:  Zen Buddhist monks have been drinking it since the 12th century to simulate presence of mind, mental awareness, and a calm meditative state.  If tea can help monks stay awake for hours of intense meditation, it can definitely help you ace your next test.

Many people reach for coffee in hopes that it will keep them awake and focused for the difficult hours that school often brings. While coffee will give you a boost of energy, it often comes with a jittery edge that leaves your heart pounding. Tea gives a calmer energy — one that invigorates, brightens and sharpens your mind and senses without overwhelming your body.

OUR FAVORITE FOCUS TEAS

Matcha

Matcha is a high quality, finely milled Japanese green tea powder. It is derived from Japanese tea leaves that have been shade grown for about 3 weeks before harvesting to slow growth and increase amino acids. Only the highest quality top buds are picked, making for a pure, nutritionally rich refined powder. With elevated antioxidants and L-theanine, matcha gives you a pleasant buzz without that jittery edge, making it perfect for focus.

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Traditonal Matcha

 

Sip Liquid Jade traditionally from a “Chawan” (Ceremonial bowl), mix it into smoothies, or drink it as a latte. For those always on the move, we have individually packaged authentic ceremonial grade matcha, or Matcha To Go. No whisking necessary! Just stir it into hot or cold water and enjoy.

 

 

Japan Matcha Infused Genmaicha

Genmaicha is a traditional Japanese favorite blending sencha green tea with toasted brown rice. This combination is well known for being served in sushi restaurants. The fresh flavor of green tea is balanced with the toasted, nutty flavor of the rice. The melding of matcha and green tea gives the drinker an optimal caffeine boost. High levels of the amino acid L-theanine creates a calming alertness that aids with concentration.

 

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Genmaicha

 

Japan Sencha Fukamushi Green Tea

Green tea is perfect for a late night study session, and Japanese teas have a tendency to have higher caffeine than most (due to a large amount of nitrogen typically used in the fertilizer). Japan Sencha Fukamushi is good for those in search of a higher caffeinated green tea. Sencha is the most common green tea in all of Japan, and there are several different styles. The steaming process which Fukamusi refers to enhances the savory notes, lending more mellowness than one might expect in a green tea. The tea is broken down more, which allows more vitamins, fiber, and chlorophyll to be directly consumed. Both your mind and body benefits from this nourishing tea.

Goji Green “Focus” Green Tea Blend

It should be obvious that this tea is a great choice for focused energy. The blend of green tea and selected herbs reputed to enhance focus and memory, making it a great study buddy. Goji Green is a combination of Gunpowder Green tea with goji berries, Ginko Biloba, and Gotu kola for effect, while orange peel and lemon myrtle give a bright and sunny flavor. Licorice root rounds out the finish by lending a mellow, lingering sweet taste. If you’re up late studying for that big test, brew up some Goji Focus: it’ll help your memory, and you can snack on the rehydrated goji berries for a midnight snack!

 

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Goji Green “Focus” Tea

 

Holly Family Teas (Maté, Guayusa, Yaupon)

If you really need to get moving, Yerba Maté is the drink for you. Unlike most caffeinated beverages, there is nothing to slow caffeine’s absorption in the body, meaning people feel the effects right quickly. It increases metabolism, enhances vitality, focus, and well-being. The invigorating leaves come from the leaves of the South American holly tree.  

Sharing maté is a sign of friendship and hospitality in many South American countries, where people pass around maté gourds and sip the maté through a bombilla (the metal straw that filters the leaves as you drink). The word maté actually means gourd, and yerba means herb. This makes perfect sense if decide to sip it in its traditional form: straight from a gourd. Simply put the leaves in the gourd, fill it up with hot water, and drink it through an ornate bombilla.

We have Argentinean, Brazilian, and Roasted Yerba Mate, so come on in and try them all!

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Maté with bombilla

Guayusa is the leaf an Amazonian tree, and also part of the holly family. It contains caffeine and large amounts of antioxidants which provide clear, focused energy. It has a much sweeter taste than maté due to its lack of tannic acid, which also allows for long steeping without going bitter.

If fruity tea is not your jam, go for a more traditional route with straight up Guayusa. It offers clear, focused energy—what the native Kichwa people call “mental strength and courage.” The aroma is rich and oceanic with molasses and chicory notes.

Yaupon is another member of the Holly genus; a cousin to yerba maté and Guayusa. It is the only known caffeinated plant native to North America. Try our  United States Yaupon for a  smooth flavored brew with notes of buttered green beans and artichoke. 

Breakfast Black Tea Blends (Irish, Scottish)

Sometimes you need something to kick you in the pants. Breakfast tea does just that. The robust black brews have high levels of caffeine that will get you moving in the morning and keep you running through the day. Sometimes you need a cuppa classic, straightforward, black tea.

Irish Breakfast is the hardiest and boldest tea on the wall. It is brisk, full-bodied and malty. Our Scottish Breakfast Blend has strong malty flavors up front with a sweet and incredibly smooth finish, not unlike a good Scottish accent (I’m looking at you, Sean Connery). These two Great British beverage cousins taste lovely with a bit of cream and sugar, and perhaps a biscuit for good measure.

Mahatma Masala Chai

Mahatma Masala Chai translates from Hindi as “Great Soul Spiced Tea”. Our blend of India CTC Assam, ginger, cardamom, clove, and cinnamon makes for a spicy awakening blend that perks up the mind and nourishes the soul. Black tea comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant, so it has the magical balance of energizing caffenation and focused concentration. This drink goes beyond a caffeine boost: it’s a full-body enhancement. Ginger aids in digestion and improves circulation, while cardamom supports the immune system and helps detoxify the body. Cinnamon also has digestive properties and has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects.

 

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Chai at Happy Lucky’s Teahouse

 

Stories of Summer

Take Time to Reflect

Can you believe it’s already August? Summer is flying by at the Teahouse, but the stories haven’t stopped. Now is the perfect time to sit down in a quiet place and reflect on your adventures. Journaling has a myriad of benefits –  it boosts your IQ and emotional intelligence enhances mindfulness, and helps with self-discipline and self-confidence. It also is a great way to document highlights from your summer vacation. Grab a Happy Lucky Journal from Old Town, Front Range, or order online, and write down your favorite summer stories. Don’t have any specific vacation stories to share? That’s ok! Take the time to let your creativity flow – make some art, write a poem, draft a song, or just let your thoughts flow onto the page.

If you’ve been into either teahouse, you may have noticed our Community Happy Lucky journals. People from all walks of life have taken the time to share things that make them happy. At Happy Lucky’s Teahouse, our goal is to nourish happiness through the experience of great tea. A busy and distracting world that constantly draws your attention outward can cause great levels of stress, overwhelm and dissatisfaction for people. Yet mindful attention to savoring experiences has been scientifically proven to reduce stress and increase levels of happiness. Taking a moment to savor to focus inward is easy when you have a journal at your fingertips.

We’ve been flipping through the pages of Happy Lucky’s Journals in Old Town and Front Range Village and finding heartwarming stories, quirky artwork, and general anecdotes that nourish people’s happiness. In the spirit of sharing happiness, we have gathered some of our favorite entries and put them in this post.

We love hearing about things that make people happy, and sharing them spreads that love. Take a photo of your entry in our journals and share it on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtags #StoriesofSummer and #NourishYourHappy, tag us, and we will choose a winner of a Happy Lucky Journal!


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Sweet Summer Reads: Book + Tea Pairing

you can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. CS Lewis quoteWe want to help nourish your happy this summer with the perfect summer reading list to pair with your tea. Lucky for us, we have book and tea experts within arms reach of both locations. The Front Range Village makes a trip to Council Tree Library a breeze — just cross the street and walk in. We’re practically roommates with our Downtown friends at Old Firehouse Books, so a Tea + Book list practically writes itself. Katie Auman, Communications Assistant at  Poudre River Public Library District gave us a list of tea infused reads, and Renee Becher at Old Firehouse Books gave us employee favorites for July. After the Leafsters read the synopses and let the plots steep, this is what they have to say:

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Reviews are written by Old Firehouse Books Employees

Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

Image result for rich people problems“This hilarious book is the 3rd in Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Asians series. It follows a cast of kooky Asians as they try to deal with problems that only plague the ultra-rich. It’s absolutely outrageous and endlessly entertaining to read” – Melanie

Synopsis: A sweeping novel that takes us from the elegantly appointed mansions of Manila to the secluded private islands in the Sulu Sea, from a schoolyard kidnapping to a gold-leaf dance floor spattered with blood, Kevin Kwan’s gloriously wicked new novel reveals the long-buried secrets and rich people problems of Asia’s most privileged families” (Goodreads)

Pair with: China Da Hong Pao “Big Red Robe” Oolong Tea – “Drink China Da Hong, a classic tea for sure,” said Oliva. Commonly known as “Big Red Robe”. It is on the extreme end of oxidation for an oolong, being 80-90% oxidized, enough to give the appearance of a black tea. The subvariety tea bush used for its leaves are often pruned to being a single trunk, and the leaves used are amongst the largest in tea production. The flavor is rich, just like the characters in this novel.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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“This book is amazing! It’s one of the most wonderful books I’ve read so far this year. Dimple is a strong, smart young woman who takes no nonsense from anyone, and Rishi is the most heart-warming hopeless romantic character I’ve ever fallen in love with.” – Melanie

Synopsis: Traditional Indian values of “finding the ideal Indian husband” don’t really appeal to Dimple, a recent graduate and ready to start a summer camp for web developing. But her parents and her husband to be are attached to traditional arrangements. “Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.”  (Goodreads with edits by Rebekah)

Pair with Fire Chai Black Tea Blend: When you think of an Indian love story, the initial thought is chai. But this book has a non-traditional twist, so Whitney chose a non-traditional chai to pair it with. It has “Fire Chai has extra heat and passion,” he said. Containing black tea, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, licorice, fennel, anise, and our proprietary blend of chilis, this blend can help you warm mind, body, and soul.

The Way Home in the Night by Akiko Miyakoshi 

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“Beautiful artwork that will be sure to delight readers young and old. Miyakoshi’s charming characters create an adorable, fuzzy feeling that get little ones ready for bed.” – Liz

Synopsis: This beautiful picture book captures the magical wonder a child feels at being outside in the night. Award-winning author and illustrator Akiko Miyakoshi’s softly focused black-and-white illustrations with just a touch of neutral color have a dreamlike quality, just right for nodding off to sleep with. The book is intriguing in that it contains twice-told stories, once as they are observed and second as the bunny imagines them. This offers a perfect prompt for young children to create extensions of other stories they have read or heard (Goodreads). 

Pair with Peppermint Pat-Tea Herbal Blend

We chose Peppermint Pat-Tea because we wanted to pick something that kids would enjoy. A classic pairing of chocolate and peppermint with the addition of ginger, slippery elm bark and marshmallow root come together for an incredibly tasty delight. This brew has some medicinal benefits as well, soothing sore throats and upset stomachs, helping digestion, and combating nausea.

Hunger: A Memoir of my Body by Roxane GrayImage result for hunger a memoir of (my) body

“This book was SO hard to read. I cried, I raged, I cried more. Roxane Gray is a powerhouse who continues to make me look at myself in a completely new way (and sometimes I don’t like what I see). Read this book now – you will be better for it. – Teresa 

Synopsis: “A searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself” (Goodreads)

Pair with Be Well. Take care of yourself whilst reading this with a cup of Be Well. Composed of ginger root, linden leaf and flower, lemon myrtle, french vervaine, lemongrass, orange peel, echinacea purpea tops and roots, nettle leaf, rose hips, pao d’ arco bark and lemon peel. It’s designed to warm the body and bolster the body’s immunities, to ward off colds or help you get over them quickly.

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Tea for Two by Jane O’Connor

Synopsis: “[In this children’s picture book] Nancy joins her friend Bree for a tea party and her friend’s teapot is broken. Nancy worries that their friendship may be ruined” (Poudre River Library). Image result for tea for two jane o'connor 

Pair with Rooibos Strawberry Sunshine Herbal BlendWhenever kids are involved, we tend to steer away from traditional caffeinated teas. That’s why Rooibos is the perfect drink to pair with this children’s book. Strawberry Rooibos is a refreshing, clean, and crisp flavor sure to please parents and children alike. Green Rooibos is blended with orange peel, marigold petals, dried strawberries, and peach flavoring harmonize together. This is living proof that health and taste can and do walk hand in hand. This brew is delicious hot and amazing iced– a great pick for your child’s tea party!

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Synopsis: “Marnie Wells knows that she creeps people out. It’s not really her fault; her brother is always in trouble, and her grandmother, who’s been their guardian since Mom took off is…eccentric. So no one even bats an eye when Marnie finds an old book about reading tea leaves and starts telling fortunes. The ceremony and symbols are weirdly soothing, but she knows—and hopes everyone else does too—that none of it’s real… until suddenly the readings seem real… and increasingly dangerous” (Goodreads).

Pair with China Royal Phoenix “Dan Cong” Oolong Tea: Tasseography, predicting the future by reading tea leaves, is traditionally done with pure, loose leaf teas. Fruit bits and twigs are thought to skew the shapes meant to appear in the bottom of the cup, which may obscure your reading. That’s why we chose China Royal Phoenix “Dan Cong” Oolong Tea. It comes from the Phoenix Mountains in the Guangdong province, China, where there are wild tea plants that remain a source for some of the best oolong teas in the world. Leaves from these old tea trees are prized for their flavor and aroma. Making Royal Phoenix oolong involves precise rolling and baking techniques to fully develop their texture, toasted aroma, and taste of nectarines and peaches. After you savor tea with a rich past, let it give you a glimpse into your future.

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

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This title is “super popular, and always has lots of holds”, said Katie Auman from the library.

Synopsis: Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her remote Yunnan village, has a baby outside of wedlock, rather than stand by tradition, she wraps her daughter in a blanket, with a tea cake hidden in her swaddling, and abandons her in the nearest city. The daughter grows up in California, but she wonders about her origins; and Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. They both search for and find answers in the tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for generations. A powerful story about a family, separated by circumstances, culture, and distance” (Provided by publisher, edited by Rebekah).

Pair with: China Tuo-Cha Shou Pu-er Tea: A good Pu-er should be in your cup while reading this book. Pu-er is a tea full of history and complexity. After aging, the leaves are molded into small bowls, or “bird’s nests” and individually wrapped with paper., so it takes a few brews to get them to open up. The first time you brew this tea you throw out the water, similar to how the young girl in this book was abandoned by her mother. This pu-er is made from the large leaf ‘Da Ye’ tea plant varietal, and has a full-bodied and earthy flavor. It can endure several steepings without gaining any astringency.

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Synopsis: “The Tea Shop Mysteries is a series set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.” Titles include Death by Darjeeling, Oolong Dead, Ming Tea Murder, The Teaberry Strangler, to name a few (Goodreads).

Pair with: This series necessitates a different tea for each book. Simply pick a title that catches your eye and drink the tea in the name! Death by Darjeeling would pair perfectly with our Glenburn First Flush Darjeeling Black Tea. Note: Switch to green tea if people around you are mysteriously murdered!

 


If you’re on a reading roll, check out Old Firehouse Books’ Summer Reading program. They have fun prizes and games for children and adults. The Poudre Library also has Summer Reading fun, so you’ll never be without a good book.

Have you read any of the books on our list? Let us know! Share your tea and reading experience by tagging us in a photo of your Tea + Book pairing on Facebook or Instagram, and we’ll repost the winner of a FREE Happiness Supplement!

 

Why Cold Brew is the Best Way to Drink Tea This Summer

Why Cold Brew is the Best Way to drink tea this summer

Nothing could be easier and more satisfying than cold brew tea. Forget the cold brew coffee craze, tea is the newest trend! Cold brewing tea brings out more amino acids from the leaves which creates a lovely sweetness. This is because there are fewer tannins, a type of polyphenol, that make tea a little bitter. Green tea, for example, is known for its slightly astringent taste when brewed hot which may turn novice tea drinkers away. But cold brewing green tea gives it a smooth, almost sweet taste.

The health benefits of tea are delivered by cold brew with a little less caffeine but that jittery buzz won’t be missed: cold brewing tea brings out more L-theanine, an amino acid in tea that helps sharpen your mind and give you razor focus. It can also help reduce anxiety and high blood pressure.

So how do you cold brew tea? It’s easier than you think: just place your favorite loose-leaf tea in a large jar, fill it water, and pop it in the fridge for a few hours. You don’t have to use as many ounces of tea per cup of water when you cold brew, so it’ll make your tea supplies last even longer. When it’s done brewing, pour the tea through a strainer or cheesecloth and enjoy. Put some ice in a glass, pour in the fresh brew, and relax: you’ve earned it. Dylan Smith, Leafster and Cold Brew Extraordinaire, recommends Golden Monkey for your first cold brew, because “it’s delicious as all hell.”

If you’re intrigued by cold brew but don’t have the time to wait, you need a Steep & Go. The Steep & Go Cold Brew makes your summer tea cravings satiable and convenient. Just add 2-3 pinches of your favorite tea in the BPA-free bottle, pour in some cold water, shake to mix, and let it steep. In just ten minutes, you’ll be enjoying freshly brewed iced tea. The cap has a built-in filter, so you just pop the lid and enjoy! You’ll give those cold brew coffee drinkers something to gawk at in awe when you whip out the Steep & Go. While they wait for days (24 hrs is common) for their heaps of coffee to tediously soak, you’ll be on your merry way with a 10-minute fix of smooth cool tea. It’s so simple, you can brew it anytime and anywhere, and it tastes phenomenal. What are you waiting for? Get brewing.

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Teas to try Cold Brewed:

Golden Monkey Black Tea

China Mountain Orchid “Qi Lan” Oolong Tea

China Cui Ming Green