Just when we were getting used to the idea of summer, the calendar tells us it's August already. Whew. We must be having too much fun 'cause time sure is flying. In any case, we do hope that you're still well involved in the enjoyment of summer while it lasts.
Since our last communication, we spent time serving up hundreds of samples of iced tea at the 4th Annual Growing Miracles Lavender Festival in Southern Oregon. There’s nothing like being graced by the gentle summer breeze coming off the nearby Umpqua River while surrounded by fields of fragrant lavender and a refreshing cup of freshly brewed iced tea in hand. Life is grand. We've also spent some time working on updates to our gift box in advance of the holiday season that all too quickly approaches. More details to come!
And, when time allowed, yours truly spent time kayaking on some of the lovely rivers of our region. And, yes, there was usually tea on board!
We call your attention to some newly updated, organized and published materials on our website in a new section we're calling Tea Education. We firmly believe that education is fundamental to the discovery and appreciation of new and different things. Here are some of the sections you can currently find within that corner of our site knowing that we’ll be adding more content moving forward.
Steeping Basics – (Updated) Understanding the fundamentals of brewing great tasting tea
Steeping Guide – (New Content) Including a handy chart illustrating how to brew various types of tea, we now also share info on re-steeping, brewing tightly wound leaves, preparing pu-erh teas and how to steep tea using a French Press
Iced Tea – Learn several methods for brewing up fresh, full strength iced teas from hot tea conversions to cold brewing
Preparing Matcha – (Updated) Learn about traditional and modern tools for preparing a serving of the world’s most potent and beneficial tea, matcha
Kombucha 101 – Here, we present the basic tools and steps for brewing up your own version of this tasty fermented tea beverage
Tea & Food Pairing – Learn how to pair tea with your favorite meals, sweet or savory
Tea & Caffeine – (New) In this brand new section we explore the role of caffeine in tea, bust some myths, and share tips on how much caffeine ends up in your cup
Rooibos in the News
Modern Steep "Red Peach" Made with South African Rooibos
And, for more reading on the many reported benefits of mineral-rich Rooibos, here’s just one of many cool sources we found that may be of interest to you.
A Note About Info Sources
As seen above, from time to time we include links to third party websites in our newsletters, blog posts and on product pages. We do so as we very much appreciate additional opportunities for learning, especially where our bodies are concerned. Prior to including such links, we try to ensure the reliability of linked material though we do not assume any liability regarding the accuracy, completeness, currency, and adequacy of such information. (And if you're curious to know, we do not take or receive any remuneration from any third party for linking to their products, research or information.)
We encourage you to expand your knowledge of the many benefits of teas and tisanes. And, should you ever find information we've linked to or referenced to be inaccurate or misleading, please let us know immediately as it is our utmost intent to be a reliable and reputable source of information at all times.
That's it for now. As you enjoy the remaining weeks of summer, we wish you peace, love and much joy. Stay safe, especially as news of escalating COVID numbers makes the news. Thanks for your business and for your love of organic, healthful tea! Christopher