May 2021 Newsletter

May 2021 Newsletter

Published by Modern Steep on May 4th 2021

Healthy Habits Throughout the Year

“There is unequivocal evidence that tea as a lifestyle factor can impact health. Drinking tea should be considered part of a healthy lifestyle.”

-Dr. Carol Greenwood

Professor of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto

Tea comes with many benefits from its myriad flavors and styles to its many health and lifestyle benefits. One of the observations of the past year of the pandemic is that many people have searched for new (or tried and true) ways to find comfort, strength, better health and lifestyle choices. A 2020 survey conducted by Seton Hall University showed that consumers are choosing tea not only for cardiovascular health and immune-supporting benefits but also for mood enhancement. 93% of respondents reported feeling calm while drinking tea, while 84% reported feeling centered. We encourage you to read a brief overview of the study’s findings as well as links to supporting data. Here’s a LINK to the story.

With so many people reporting their appreciation of the healthy, relaxing and “centering” aspects of tea, tea can be part of our routine throughout the entire year. Served hot or cold, here are some ways you can integrate tea into a healthy lifestyle throughout the year:

  • Drink hot tea or matcha to kickstart your day
  • Enjoy tea paired with meals
  • Cool off with iced tea as a hot summer afternoon treat
  • Take some cold steeped tea for hydration and clean energy on your next bike ride or long walk
  • Wind down after a long day with herbal teas at bedtime
  • Cozy up with tea and a good book
  • Share tea while catching up with friends

For different ways to brew tea, including hot steeping, cold-steeping, or making iced tea, check out our Brewing Tips page for pics and info.

2nd International Tea Day

In early 2020, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution designating May 21st as International Tea Day. The purpose of the day is to “promote and foster collective actions to implement activities in favor of the sustainable production and consumption of tea while raising awareness of its importance in fighting hunger and poverty.” Furthermore, the day serves to increase public awareness of the importance of tea for rural development and sustainable livelihoods, and all of this given the challenges facing the tea industry due to climate change. Check out more about International Tea Day on the UN website.

Here’s a short VIDEO produced in advance of last year's International Tea Day. It takes you on a brief tour of tea's history and place in cultures around the world.

In Recognition & Celebration

To celebrate International Tea Day 2021, be sure to check out our homepage on May 21st, for a one day sale in honor of some of the unique and small tea producers we work with. Mark your calendar!

Introducing: Ancient Beauty

In early April, we introduced a lovely new pure leaf black tea to our collection on a limited basis as this is a unique black tea produced only in small quantities each year.

Ancient Beauty is a handpicked, hand-crafted organic black tea grown in the misty Jing Mai mountains at an elevation of about 5000 feet. Considered a wild tea harvested from full grown tea trees, this style of tea was originally referred to as “Eastern Beauty” in the 18th century when it was being made for and exported to the British. The loosely wound large leaves (Da Ye style) yield a golden-amber brew with notes of plum and apricot while having low astringency. The liquor is exceptionally silky and leaves a gentle, very subtle earthy-sweet finish. We hope you will enjoy this as it’s available and we’d love to hear your thoughts on it once you’ve given it a try. Like most things, if we find a strong customer demand for it, we’ll do our best to source more as it becomes available.

Updated Photos

We just finished the process of re-photographing each and every one of our teas. It's a labor of love as we work to ensure you're seeing the most current iteration of our 100+ pure leaf and custom blended teas. We hope you enjoy the new look. Now we continue working daily to add photos of each tea in its brewed state. While pictures might be worth a thousand words, tasting is supreme! 

Coming Soon

As the first tea harvest of the year known as "first flush" has come to an end in many parts of the tea growing world, we are now awaiting the arrival of some wonderful new teas in the coming weeks. In addition to re-supplying many of the teas on our permanent menu, we anticipate introducing a couple of new teas in our June newsletter. More surprises will be revealed in the June edition, so keep an eye open and be prepared to tea yourself in a big way this summer!

Thanks for reading along. We wish you a beautiful month of May, enjoying the spectacle of nature as trees and flowers brighten up the landscape. We look forward to connecting again soon. Be well.