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Valentine’s Day Tea Tips: 5 Ways to Express Your Affection

February 7th, 2011 by admin

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.

#1 Throw a Tea Party

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.

#4 Chocolate Truffle Tea

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!

Organic Earl Grey Named Best in Class

January 28th, 2011 by admin

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!

Celebrate National Hot Tea Month with a Healthy Cup

January 12th, 2011 by admin

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

Finding Romance with Mighty Leaf

December 13th, 2010 by admin

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.

New Tea Cocktails that Inspire the Spirit

November 12th, 2010 by admin

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!

Yuzu Mitsu

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.

Twisted Ginger

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.

Bourbon Nectar

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.

Create a Tea Experience that Dazzles

November 8th, 2010 by admin

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.

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Hope you enjoy the new collections!

Shop the collection now.

Savor Some Shiny, New Tea Pouch Video

Mighty LeafOctober 14th, 2010 by Mighty Leaf

How do you describe how a tea pouch differs from a tea bag? Well, we’ve shot 20 videos of our signature tea pouches and posted on our website’s product pages. Learning to control the speed of water as it poured from the tea kettle into the glass tea cup for purposes of shooting the video was quite the experience. Enjoy this sample of a customer favorite, Green Tea Tropical.

A Feel Good Bank Ad with Mighty Leaf

Mighty LeafOctober 1st, 2010 by Mighty Leaf

Nothing like a feel good banking ad to make you aspire to be more. We thought you might enjoy seeing a local ad that was produced by the Bank of Marin, our local bank, highlighting their relationship with our company. It provides a quick peek into Mighty Leaf and introduces you to our CEO, Gary Shinner. The Mighty Leaf footage was shot at our headquarters in San Rafael, California (about 20 minutes north of San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge).

Win a Mighty Leaf Tea Tasting & Luxury Spa Weekend

Bliss DakeSeptember 21st, 2010 by Bliss Dake

We are excited to announce a Mighty Leaf Tea Tasting & Luxury Spa Weekend Sweepstakes at the Hotel Monaco in San Francisco. A little bit of tea, some downtime in a spa, gourmet eats and perhaps hiking up the city’s hills all combine for a nice weekend escape. The weekend includes a private tea tasting with Gary Shinner and Jill Portman (Mighty Leaf founders), 2 in-room spa treatments & 2 night stay at the Hotel Monaco, a $150 gift certificate for a gourmet dinner at the Grand Café and roundtrip Read More…

Green Tea Ice Cream Sound Good?

Bliss DakeAugust 3rd, 2010 by Bliss Dake

Green tea ice cream is one of my favorites. Before I worked for Mighty Leaf, I always wondered how they made it so green and tasty. Matcha, a green tea powder made from ground Japanese premium green tea leaves, is the wonder ingredient. Rich in taste and flavor, Matcha is a versatile ingredient that can be used to make beverages like lattes, frappes and ice cream.  Some chefs  Read More…