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Made for Tea, Meet the Whole Leaf Tea Team: Anni Pattee

September 22nd, 2015 by Anni Pattee

Anni - tea team

As the tea assistant at Mighty Leaf, I steep hundreds of teas a week for cuppings. Working with tea everyday creates awareness in the rest of my life. When I steep tea, my full attention is focused on ensuring the tea is steeped properly and my thoughts drift to the passion used to create these teas.

My mom brewed tea regularly when I was a child and I relished the opportunity to tear open a new tea box and discover which ceramic creatures were hidden inside. When I discovered Russian Caravan Black Tea years later, I knew tea had completely won me over. I still drink Russian Caravan and also enjoy Lapsang Souchong for the same reasons. I loved how it enveloped me in warmth and had a smooth richness I hadn’t found in coffee. Little did I know, it would become my livelihood years later.

While studying Industrial Design in college, I took a job at Market Hall in Oakland where I perfected my barista techniques and continued to develop my tea palate. I began picking up on the nuances of tea— its subtle flavors and complex layers. After 4 years there, I moved on to Peet’s as a trainer and shift lead, successfully competed in several rounds of a barista competition, and participated as a sensory judge for other barista competitions.

While I appreciate coffee, I always come back to tea. Tea is amazing! Its origins and how it’s grown influence the final cup. The flavor profiles and character of tea are so versatile. At Mighty Leaf, I spend every day focused on my passion and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you!

Kathmandu in Your Cup

March 22nd, 2013 by admin

There are as many ways to enjoy tea as there are tea lovers. Some prefer classics such as chamomile and a bit of honey. Others crave tea lattes with ingredients like steamed almond milk and agave nectar. But what about black tea mixed with liberal amounts of butter and salt? Marketing Intern Cole Margen explains the surprising allure of Tibetan Butter Tea.
–Editor’s Note

Greetings fellow tea drinkers. My name is Cole, and I’m the Marketing Intern here over at Mighty Leaf. I’d like to tell you all about something incredibly delicious that you can do with our traditional black teas. And it’s ideal if you’re feeling under the weather, or need a quick energy boost to pick you up. What is this elixir I speak of? Tibetan butter tea of course.

Butter tea, or Po Cha, is a drink originating in the dry, mountainous climate of the Tibetan plateau. It’s made of butter, black tea, and salt, and tastes like a light, creamy broth. I first tried butter tea during my long hours editing video when I was studying journalism in college. A Bhutanese friend of mine would occasionally bring in a thermos full of it, and when he let me try it I was hooked. The experience of drinking it is definitely an acquired taste, as the saltiness can throw off some first time drinkers. However, if you have an adventurous palate, then I think you will enjoy the experience just as much as I have.

Interning at a tea company whet my appetite for it once more, and I make it on my own now. Traditionally it’s made with yak butter, but since there is an obvious shortage of yaks in the US go ahead and use cow butter instead. Here’s a link to the recipe that I like to use. Once the tea’s done, I recommend sipping it from a mason jar while enjoying your morning paper. As an added bonus, a steaming mug of Po Cha works wonders for chapped lips.

Until next time, be well and drink more tea!

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!

Breakfast Tea: Jump Start Your Day

Bliss DakeMay 3rd, 2010 by Bliss Dake

Mornings are slow for me. Having two kids with a third on the way will do that to you. So I jump from bed to the kitchen, and fire up a cup of something black – a strong breakfast tea, perhaps a spicy chai or I will admit sometimes even coffee. You know the drill, I am not alone. Every day tea fans around the world tame their mornings and energize with tea rituals ranging from tea cups of English Breakfast with a spot of milk to mugs of earthy Rooibos. The question arises then as to what exactly constitutes a breakfast tea? (more…)

Lapsang What?

Bliss DakeMarch 18th, 2010 by Bliss Dake

Lapsang Souchong is either a love or hate thing for tea fans. A familiar refrain is that it’s like drinking a campfire. If Smokey the Bear had a favorite tea, perhaps this would be the one. With its famous smokey taste and aroma, Lapsang Souchong is produced in the Wuyi Mountains of Fujian, China by smoking black tea in bamboo baskets over pine fires. (more…)