After water tea is the most popular beverage consumed in the world. That may be a surprise for many living in the U.S. who only drink tea when they are sick or looking to chill out or relax. Of course, iced tea is consumed by the gallons here in the South and in refrigerated icy bottles drunk up like soda pop. But, good old fashioned hot tea reigns supreme in many parts of the world when it comes to what people drink on a daily basis.
Why is tea so popular? Tea is an ancient drink with a rich history. Many reasons exist that stem from the intrinsic benefits of the tea plant itself and others from cultural and historical develpoments. Here are some explanations not listed in any particular order of importance.
1. Taste and Variety: It’s plain and simple – tea tastes good and there is a lot of variety to taste. Whether hot or iced, tea refreshes and uplifts with its unique tastes and flavors. Like wine, the terroir or where its grown imparts a distinctive taste profile that can yield memorable and savory moments with a cup. Whether it’s a sencha green tea from Japan, yunan black tea from China or a Darjeeling from India, drinking tea becomes a vehicle for discovery and exploration.
2. Accessibility, Cost and Convenience of Making: Accessibility, cost and the convenience of making has made tea an important part of daily life around the globe. You can find tea in any store or market. Of course, the quality may vary but with tea’s growing popularity premium whole leaf tea is more readily available than in the past.
Although tea may appear to be expensive at first glance, when you factor in the actual cost per serving, it’s one of the world’s most affordable luxuries. The quantity of tea used to make a cup will vary depending upon the tea type, but the industry standard is that on average a pound of tea can yield around 200 cups. This is much higher than a pound of coffee which yields around 40-50 cups. Keep in mind that with some oolong and green teas you can also steep multiple times further impacting the overall cost per serving analysis.
3. The Importance of Ritual and Participatory Culture: The importance of the ritual of tea drinking plays a central role in many cultures around the world. Developed in China, the original tea ceremony focuses on the actual tea itself including the taste, smell and look versus the more predefined Japanese tea ceremony with strict, memorialized rules. In China, the host and those enjoying the tea will drink tea for a number of reasons including honoring guests, showing appreciation, celebrating a life event and much more.
The Japanese tea ceremony (The Way of Tea or Chado) is highly revered for its connection with Zen Buddism and a refined attention to detail. The preparation and serving of matcha tea is elevated to performance art with an emphasis on aesthetics and harmony. Drinking strong black tea from a Samovar is a key component of Russia’s tea culture tradition. In Morroco, drinking mint tea (a mixture of gunpowder green, fresh mint leaves and sugar) is a national pastime. You can find chai wallahs everywhere in India serving up fresh cups of chai tea. Afternoon and high tea in England highlight the importance to the British of tea in society and their culture.
4. Caffeine: Let’s be honest – lots of people like tea because it’s a good alternative to coffee and provides them with a caffeine boost. Waking up or making it through a long afternoon at work can be difficult. A hot cup of tea provides a nice pick-me-up and makes it easier to get through the day.
5. Health Benefits: Many studies have been published that have concluded that tea may have positive health benefits. You can learn more here about the health benefits of tea.
James Norwood Pratt has played a large role in disseminating information on tea in the United States and in 2010 wrote a comprehensive work on tea, James Norwood Pratt’s Tea Dictionary. Enjoy this video where he chats with the viewer about his take on tea.
We are excited to provide a sneak peek at our new fresh brew Iced Tea Collection launching soon in select retail stores and online. Using our original artisan designed whole leaf pouch, we’ve created four new flavors that allow you to create your own fresh brewed iced tea without wasteful bottles. Each box will contain four biodegradable whole leaf pouches that yield a 1/2 gallon brew. Here is what you can expect with regards to the new product and flavor experience:
Sunburst Green: Sweet orange and citrus notes mingle with refreshing, smooth chinese green tea leaves.
Organic Black: Refreshingly rich and smooth south Indian organic black tea.
Calypso Mango: Succulent mango and tropical fruits blend with premium black tea.
Ginger Peach: Juicy peaches and refreshing ginger drench black tea leaves.
Making traditional matcha green tea is fun and easy. We are big fans of matcha, the premium Japanese powdered green tea that inspired the Japanese tea ceremony and provides the main ingredient in a variety of tea treats, including green tea lattes, smoothies and ice cream. Rich in antioxidants and nutrients, its complex and addictive flavor may quickly become a favorite of yours too. It also contains an amino acid, L-theanine, that is know to promote calm and a relaxed mind.
By using a tea bowl (“chawan”), bamboo tea scoop (“chashaku”) and bamboo whisk (“chasen”), you will be whipping up bowls of froty matcha in no time. Find your inner tea master and check out our video for more details.
Valentine’s Day conjures up images of chocolate and flowers, but what about tea? Herbal potions, balms and other assorted plants and flowers have been used for centuries in connection with the pursuit of romance. So why not go old school and spice up your Valentine’s Day with some tea. Of course, you can always complement the gift with flowers and chocolate if necessary. We have 5 Valentine’s Day tips to share.
Create your own tea party for two by pairing tea with fun and playful teaware. Our Matryoshka Tea Set for Two with stackable Russian doll tea cups is the perfect place to start. The teapot will put a smile on their face everytime they see it in the kitchen. If you make some sweets or sandwhiches to accompany the tea party, it will be an event to remember.
#2 Morning Tea in Bed
Start the special day off by preparing your loved one with morning tea in bed. Wake them up with our Organic Earl Grey, Vanilla Bean or Orange Dulce. Add some pastries, some sweets, fruit and, of course, lighting some candles can never hurt. Throw in the morning paper and the surprise is complete.
#3 Spa Treatment
Be good to someone you love and pamper them with a spa tea gift designed to soothe, restore and delight mind and body. Choose from our unique selection including our Matcha Clay Mask , a Spa Tea Book or our Oasia TeaFusion Spa Bath Pouches. For a unique twist, instead of using cucumbers on the eyes to reduce stress and tension, try using our tea pouches.
Satisfy their urge for chocolate with a healthy and flavorful chocolate truffle tea alternative. Made from the finest tea, chocolate, fruits and spices, our truffle teas make an indulgent and memorable gift.
#5 Tea Cocktails
Shake it up on Valentine’s Day with a new tea twist on cocktails. Serve up their favorite champagne, gin, vodka, sake or other spirits blended with our versatile tea infused Aperi-Tea mixers. Awaken and refresh with Chamomile Citrus Berry, Green Tea Tropical and Orange Jasmine Mango.
Of course, you can also make cocktails using our tea pouches or loose tea infusions as mixers for your favorite celebratory beverage. Check out this video on how to brew tea cocktails along with some tasty new recipes.
Happy Valentines Day All!
Mighty Leaf’s Organic Earl Grey was recently selected by “Everyday with Rachel Ray” magazine to compete in its Black Tea Taste Test. The results were announced in the February 2011 issue and it named our Organic Earl Grey as the “Best Earl Grey”. One of our best sellers, this tea is known for its well balanced blend of organic black tea and citrusy bergamot.
The magazine said:
“Earl Grey (black tea flavored with bergamot citrus oil) can sometime taste bitter or astringent, but this brew is perfectly balanced. ’It has a smoky orange flavor–mmm,’ one panelist cooed as she savored this complex earthy blend. After taking a sip, another enthusiastic taste deemed it ‘pure perfection’. ”
Our Organic Earl Grey is perfect not only in the morning but throughout the day. A great alternative to coffee, it delivers an energetic boost with a unique depth of flavor and body. Organic Earl Grey 15 Count Tea Pouches are available in supermarkets and online. If you are interested in purchasing in bulk you can also find 100 Count Tea Pouches and loose tea options on our website.
Go ahead and introduce yourself to the “Earl” – we’d like to think that the original “Earl” would be proud to drink our version of this classic. Happy steeping!
January is National Hot Tea Month. You may wonder why this month receives the honors? It’s a cold time of the year, and hot tea is perfect for not only warming up after shoveling some snow out of the driveway but helps fight flu and cold season. You probably already have your favorite teas that keep you toasty and in good spirits, but perhaps it’s time to kick of the new decade with something new and healthy. Freshening up what goes in your mug might just help you beat the winter blues.
Signature Biodegradable Tea Pouches:
Whether you are on the go or at home our Organic Detox Infusion Tea Pouches provides a refreshing and relaxing way to detox. With a unique list of ingredients including, mint, basil, licorice, burdock root and dandelion root this is a tasty blend that promotes calm, aids in digestion, and acts as an overall body tonic. For an energizing pick-me-up try Rainforest Mate Tea Pouches – a delicious and healthy blend of green yerba mate, rosehips, green anise, mint, licorice, cloves, apple pieces, cornflowers and marigold petals. Yerba mate may assist in curbing your appetite while providing a natural source of caffeinated energy.
Whole Leaf Loose Tea:
If you are looking to kick your coffee habit, rooibos (pronounced ROY-bos) or sometimes called Red Bush is an herbal plant grown in South Africa that provides an ideal caffeine-free alternative. Literally the national drink of South Africa, people have been drinking rooibos there for centuries and swear by its health benefits, including using it for nagging headaches, combatting allergies, insomnia and infants suffering from colic. High in antioxidants it’s also rich in vitamins and minerals. For a rich and flavorful introduction, try our Coco Chai Rooibos – a sweet and tasty blend of rooibos, cinnamon, ginger, cardamon, red peppercorns and shredded coconut.
Another legendary herb known for its healing properties is tulsi or what in India and traditional Ayurvedic medicine is called “holy basil”. This Ayurvedic tea is thought to assist with promoting overall balance within the body including relieving stress, boosting immunity and supporting general well-being. As an introduction try Tulsi Rose – a unique well balanced blend of tulsi, coconut, rose petals, lemon myrtle, chamomile and stevia leaf
It’s always fun to see how Mighty Leaf Tea fans express themselves and their passion for tea. We found a series of videos on YouTube that a fan produced. As you will see, the videos certainly highlight the emotional connection that a tea drinker shares with their tea. At Mighty Leaf we are happy to continue the ancient tradition of providing people with a beverage and experience that stirs both the creative and contemplative spirit.
Making tea cocktails always provide an opportunity to explore the delicious flavors and nuances of tea blends and infusions. Pilar Gutierrez of Mighty Leaf recently spend some time with the master mixologist at Ozumo Restaurant in San Francisco whipping up some tea cocktails. Ozumo has developed and offers at their restaurant cocktails made with Mighty Leaf that include the Yuzu Mitsu with Organic Sencha Green Tea, the Twist Ginger with Ginger Twist and the Bourbon Nectar with Organic African Nectar.
You can find details on the recipes below. They are all easy and convenient to make. Enjoy!
2 oz Mighty Leaf Organic Sencha Green Tea
1.5 oz. Ketel One Vodka
.5 oz. Green Tea Liqueur
Dash of Yuzu juice
Combine all ingredients and ice in a mixing tin and shake to combine. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon.
2 oz. Mighty Leaf Ginger Twist Tea
1.5 oz. Sky Ginger Vodka
.25 oz. Simple Syrup
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
Fill a bucket glass with ice and build drink over it. Stir all ingredients lightly to combine and garnish with a slice of lemon and two small straws.
2 oz. Mighty Leaf Organic African Nectar Tea
1.5 oz. Bulliet Bourbon
.25 oz. Simple Syrup
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Combine all ingredients in a mixing tin and shake to combine. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a twist of lemon.
We are excited to launch our new “Create the Tea Experience” tea set collections. From wonderfully full and nuanced flavors, to intoxicating aromas, to spirited yet serene style, to the visuals of vibrant leaves and blossoms unfurling, our goal is to deliver the Mighty Leaf signature “sensory melange” tea experience. You can now shop our site and create a complete tea experience by pairing unique teaware and artisan crafted teas all on one page.
We have specially chosen and organized collections into different themes with corresponding types of teaware and tea to show you how they fit together – the end result is what we like to call the Magic of Mighty Leaf. As you browse the site and find a collection that you like, you can add all or any of the items displaying to your cart by selecting the quantity desired and clicking on the “add selected items to bag” button.
Below is an overview of our available tea collections sets. You can can also shop the collection now.
Below is an overview of our available tea collections sets. You can can also shop the collection now.
Hope you enjoy the new collections!