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Spice It Up!

Spices make your coffee better

When you go to a tea and spice shop it can be a little confusing sometimes, I mean aren’t herbs and spices just for cooking?

The simple answer is not at all, in fact, most herbs and spices have health benefits as well as making things tasty.
Take coriander for an example.  This spice is the seed of the cilantro plant but tastes nothing like cilantro.  Instead, it has a beautiful citrus flavor that aids digestion is a common ingredient in cold and flu remedies,  and has many other great health benefits.
Another favorite spice of ours is cardamom.  When you hear cardamom you probably think first of Indian food and then to Chai, as these are the most common places we encounter it.  What you may not know is that cardamom is a wonderful spice for controlling cholesterol and cancer, as well as improving blood circulation and relief from cardiovascular issues.

I have singled out the two spices above for a very specific reason.  For all you coffee drinkers out there if you add one cardamom pod and about a teaspoon of coriander to your beans and grind them all together you will wind up with an amazingly refreshing cup of coffee that will wake you up and start your day off on a healthy path.

Coriander and cardamom aren’t the only spices that can make coffee taste better and more healthy.  You can add cinnamon and clove, for instance, to get a spicy and festive cup.  Add some peppermint and vanilla next time you want a candy cane coffee instead of using chemical-laden creamers.
How about rosemary?  I haven’t tried this one but it could prove interesting.  My point is, break out of the normal cup and try something different and spice it up.

What about tea?

I know you are probably asking, aren’t you a tea shop?  Yes, we sell teas, herbs, and spices and specialize in healthy and tasty teas.  We have lots of posts about our sample tea of the day that we brew fresh each morning and the health benefits that go along with it.

Which brings me to:

Tea of the Day

Tea of the DayEvery day for the past few months I have seen another friend stating they have come down with the current crud, or have caught it again.  There are definitely some bugs making the rounds this season that are pretty harsh and one of the best ways to combat them is to bolster your immune system.
One way to help keep healthy is to increase your vitamin C and zinc levels which there are plenty of supplements, fruits, and veggies that can help with this, think blueberries and elderberries they are great on oatmeal or in a shake.
Another great way to keep healthy is to include immune boosting tea in your diet.  Today we took our Nilgiri tea and added coriander, echinacea leaf, galangal root, stevia leaf, and vervain.
You have seen us use most of these before but you might be wondering about vervain.  Vervain is a liver stimulator which helps detoxify the body, it also is a great anti-inflammatory which helps reduce pain and alleviates chest congestion.

 

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Healthy Tea of the Day

Healthy Tea of the DayHow are you enjoying this fine Spring weather of ours?  If you are feeling a bit under the weather then come grab a sample, or even a full cup, of our Healthy Tea of the Day.

We combined our Bancha green tea with Echinacea and Galangal for a powerful healing combination and a little sweetness from the Stevia leaf.  All of the components have great Anti-oxidant properties, Echinacea and Galangal are powerful Anti-inflammatories and on top of everything, they taste really good together.

Please be sure to stop by each day and get a sample of our daily blend and check out the other great stores in Shoppes at Riverside.

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Foragers Wanted!

Good morning, I hope everyone got to work/school and the such safely.  Today’s tea is Darjeeling with Hibiscus, Galangal, and Stevia which will give you a little caffeine kick with a nice citrus and ginger finish.  We really like to use stevia leaf in our blends as it adds natural sweetness without calories and is very easy to control in its leaf form.

We are also looking for Foragers to help provide some local medicinal herbs to our store.  If you have access to land that you commonly forage and there are no pesticides or other contamination we would like to talk to you.  We are working on a verification system to ensure we are getting quality ingredients that were harvested in a sustainable manner and with proper permissions.

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Tea of the Day and New Service

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Good morning, we hope everyone was safe yesterday and got to have some fun in the snow.  We are back in the store and have a fresh hot pot of tea for you to sample.  Today’s tea is made with Bancha, Keemun Congou, Lemon Verbena, and Galangal which has a very rich slightly sweet and minty with a citrus finish.

We also have our new tea service set up so you can come in and get your own custom cup of tea for just $3.00.  Take your pick from any of our premium base teas and add onto it from our selection of herbs, spices, and teas for just $0.10 per add-on, limited to 4 add-ons.  We will combine these for you into a compostable tea bag and add it to a cup of perfectly heated water.
When you are all done with your cup of tea the cup, sleeve, and bag can all be composted and the lid can be put into your plastic recycling container.

While you are enjoying your tea be sure to have a look at our other items and visit the other stores in the mall.

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Herbal Keemun Congou Blend

Good morning!
It is a whopping 1 degree Celsius, that is 33.8 Fahrenheit, or in other words really really cold.  To warm you up we combined our Keemun Congou with Hibiscus, Lemon Verbena, Galangal and Stevia leaf.  This is sure to give you a little pick me up, warm you up, and even do your immune system some good.

Please remember that it is absolutely okay to experiment with your teas and make new and enjoyable combinations.  Don’t limit yourself to preblended teas that are stale before you even pour water over them.  We have 11 base teas and over 40 herbs and spices that you can use to various effect.

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A Fun Tea Blend for Saturday

Continuing with our blending trend we combined Lemongrass, Hibiscus, Galangal, Bancha, and Keemun Congou teas for our tea of the day.

We have never tried this combination before but are looking forward to tasting it when it is finished.  It should have a nice rich and malty flavor from the Keemun and Bancha teas with a hint of citrus and a light ginger like tang from the galangal.

We really hope that you are encouraged to try new things with your tea and make it a fresh cup every day.

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Assam T.G.F.O.P with Galangal root Tea

Our tea today is Assam T.G.F.O.P. with a little bit of Galangal root.
Assam is a full-bodied tea from India with rich malty notes.  T.G.F.O.P. stands for Tippy, Golden, Flowery, Orange, Pekoe which we love saying because how often do you get to call something Tippy, Golden, and Flowery all in the same sentence?
Galangal is a root closely related to ginger, though it has it’s own very unique flavor and shares similar healing properties.  This is a mild stimulant as well as an anti-inflammatory and is one of the spices that is commonly referenced for fighting cancer.

We also have our weekly infusion which uses Horehound, Hibiscus, Lemon peel, and Stevia.  This is a little bitter, a little sour, and a little sweet but it’s not a cocktail.  We formulated this to help you with that Winter crud that likes to go around so come get a sample to help you fight off the nasties throughout the day.  If you want to brew some at home let us know and we can package up the herbs for you.