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DIY Chai

With Thanksgiving Day this week and the temperatures dropping, I started thinking about chai. All those hearty spices and the classic Thanksgiving meal are a flavor combination made in heaven. I receive a lot of requests to add chai to our product line up. So far I’ve resisted. But don’t get me wrong I love a nice cup of chai on a cold winter day. But I’m not a big fan of pre-fab tea blends and you probably already have everything you need to make...

Why do we call it “Royal” Breakfast Tea?

Imagine with me a pivotal moment in history. It is 1986. England has only recently agreed return Hong Kong to Chinese rule, a move widely criticized by British conservatives and perceived by much of the world as the dying gasp of the British Empire.  Queen Elizabeth II has been invited to visit China making her the first British monarch ever to set foot on Chinese soil. Tensions are high and the cultural differences have everyone involved walking a diplomatic high wire. The Western press has...

The Different Kinds of Teas

Everywhere I turn lately it seems someone is talking about how great tea is for you, and they're right. The different kinds of teas become confusing for a lot of people. Especially when they start talking about green tea vs. black tea vs. white etc. Today, let's just focus on some definitions and we'll jump into the, "which tea is better for you" debate in a future post. White Tea: White tea is made from only the new shoots or leaf buds of the tea...