Welcome, Autumn 2019!
After a much cooler than normal month of September in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, there’s no doubt that autumn has arrived, ready or not! Another marker of the season was our participation in the Northwest Tea Festival in Seattle just days ago. With more vendors than ever and huge crowds of eager tea enthusiasts, we enjoyed two days of talking tea, catching up with many of our longtime customers, meeting new folks, and sharing hundreds of samples. Thanks to everyone who made the event another wonderful celebration of our favorite healthful beverage!
For now, we invite you to read on for a couple of new offers, our monthly tea spotlight and some thoughts on why we embrace loose-leaf tea as our preferred format for brewing.
With the cooler weather of autumn here, take the chill away with a sip of our tantalizing Chili Chai custom black tea blend. We take traditional chai spices including cardamom pods, cloves, cinnamon and ginger and add a little heat using chili flakes. However, the ingredient that takes most newcomers by surprise is the addition of cacao nibs. This simple ingredient adds depth to the blend while providing a note of dark chocolate. Ooh, la, la! While we call it the spiciest tea in our collection, honestly, we’d probably rate its heat level at about a 2.5 on a scale of 5 should it be listed on the menu of your favorite Indian or Thai food restaurant. But above all else, it is one of the most decadent chai recipes amongst our collection of nine chai blends.
And for some history on the term "Chai"...
The word chai is derived from the Chinese word for tea, Cha, and is but one of several terms used for tea around the world. However, within the context of most westerners, Chai refers to a style of Indian tea (most often black tea) blended with assorted spices, honey and milk. Due to the many variations of this spiced black tea, the term chai may better be called a class of tea rather than a specific kind of tea. We certainly embrace that sentiment as we offer our various takes on chai. We invite you to warm yourself this season with our Chili Chai or another of our various iterations.
Autumn Chai Sale
Save up to 25% on our assortment of chai blends now through October 15, 2019. Now that's news you can snuggle up to!
October Free Shipping Offer
Get FREE SHIPPING on orders of $49 or more now through October 31st, 2019.
Use coupon code: OCTOBERSHIP49
Microplastics and Tea
A study revealing the release of micro-plastics from certain types of tea bags was recently published by researchers at McGill University in Canada. While plastics have invaded nearly every aspect of our commercial food supply including tap water over the past several decades, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to hear that plastic tea bags are yet another source of plastic infiltration into the human body. While there are many non-plastic, GMO free and sustainable tea bag options on the market, we feel strongly that plastic products of any type should not be used during the infusion of tea. It seems obvious that hot water and repeated use will cause plastics to break down resulting in their release into your cup and, thus, your body.
With that said, we remain committed and proud to offer our teas in loose-leaf format. And furthermore, we recommend that you steep in glass, stainless steel or food-safe ceramic, clay or porcelain vessels using high quality stainless steel infusers. Be good to yourself and be good to the planet.
As always, thank you for being part of our tea family. We especially appreciate all those who came by for a visit during the NW Tea Festival. We hope you enjoy a lovely autumn season. Happy brewing!