Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Tomorrow, he'll be at Joy's Deli and Cafe at 80 Wolf Road. It's in the back of an office building on Wolf Road. He'll have tins of some of our more popular teas, teaware, gift packages, and he'll be taking orders for holiday gifts. Any orders placed will be delivered to Joy's Cafe later on this week. We did this last year and it was very successful and very convenient for those who work in the Wolf Road area. He'll be there from about 8:30am through early afternoon.
Joe will also be At the Warehouse this coming weekend. He was there this past weekend and it was a great respite from our cold and dark house (our power was restored last night, thanks NIMO!). While we don't have our old teahouse available, we had a great spot near Bees on Earth and Sistah's. Don't know where we'll be set up this coming weekend, but wherever it is, we'll have our most popular teas and tea gifts. It was great to be back At the Warehouse, enjoying the creative energy and seeing how the market has evolved over time. It's filled to the brim with interesting salvage items, and if you want to shop local, unique and independent - At the Warehouse is local, unique, and independent up the wazoo.
On another note - for those afraid of the Lark (Lark Street, that is) - don't be. Lark Street is also bustling with creative energy, yummy goodies, and independently owned interesting shops. Finding parking is really not that difficult at all. During the day, there are almost always a couple of available spots right across the street from my shop, and although parking is more of a challenge later on, you can usually still find a spot within a block of The Good Leaf at any hour.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Local First recognizes that it may not be possible to do all your shopping locally, and I'm glad to hear that because I'm kind of really into Amazon, and would hate to feel like I should give it up. This is a guilt-free initiative.
Now I will proceed to my soapbox. If you can't stand that kind of stuff, stop reading now, and just drop by the shop and pick up your pledge card while you buy some really nice holiday tea gifts and warm up with a nice, smoky Lapsang Souchong. Click here to check out some of our gift package ideas.
Why shop local?
First, (I pulled this from the Local First website): One study showed that $68 out of every $100 dollars that is spent at a local business stays in the community versus $43 of every $100 spent at a chain. Any little part that we can play to help our economy is very important.
I think there are other reasons to shop locally as well. Local business owners are often willing to go the extra mile both to earn, and to keep your business. While you may find good customer service at your local box store, you're unlikely to find the dedication to exceptional service you'll experience at many independent businesses. It's nice to get to know your local merchants - there's a sense of community that you can feel a part of, and it's a powerful antidote to the anonymity that we experience sitting on the internet, closed off in our cubicles, texting and IMing, and being carried like cattle through the crowds at the mega-malls.
Sometimes it does cost more to shop local - not always, though. And in tough economic times like this, it can truly be a difficult choice. But I think we have to believe that the small choices we make each day will make a difference, and we all can't just continue to always take the easy way and wait for better times. Most of us are probably not part of the problem, but we can take small steps to be part of the solution. Change may be coming, but it's not coming without our help.
Finally, I've noticed that although I frequently struggle when faced with a choice between the "easier" path and the "better" path, I always feel pretty good about myself when I choose the "better" path. I can make the comparison because I haven't always taken the "better" path. It may not sound noble, but at the end of the day, it's all about feeling good about ourselves.
Oh, and one more thing - you can get really nice, interesting, unique and meaningful stuff from your local independent businesses, and that's just good clean fun.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
The New Teas are Here!
I am so excited about the new additions to our tea list.
NEW SIGNATURE BLENDS
Delicate Pouchong tea leaves are fragranced with essence of crisp apricot and adorned with marigold flowers.
Lemon Flavored Black Tea
Nothing fancy - just quality black tea leaves and lots of tart and refreshing lemon. This intensely flavored tea is the perfect pick-me-up.
Santa Fe Bizcochito
Based on the state cookie of New Mexico (no kidding), this black tea blended with vanilla, star anise and cinnamon offers a soothing and satisfying brew.
AND OUR EXCLUSIVE CHRISTMACHANUKWANZAKA COLLECTION
Run, run, as fast as you can, you can only catch our Christmas tea for a limited time.
Yep - it really tastes like a candy cane!
Only a shmendrick would pass on our chocolate Chanukah tea with golden flower petals. It was either that or potato latke tea. We think we made the right choice.
Pomegranate Crumb Pie
In honor of Kwanzaa, the festival of first fruit, we blended this sweet and scrumptious dessert tea. You've gotta try it.
All our new blends are now available in the shop and will soon be available for online ordering.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
In designing The Good Leaf teahouse, I hoped that in addition to providing bubble tea to the tapioca deprived population of Albany, and premium loose leaf tea to our local aficioanados, I could also provide an oasis in the heart of urban Albany and an atmosphere conducive to experiencing "the way of tea".
Although I offer no formal tea ceremony, every once in a while I am delighted to get a hint that I achieved my goal. Most recently, Deb Cavanaugh was sitting in the teahouse and asked me for a piece of paper and pen. Later she offered me the following:
The Good Leaf
It's tea time on Lark Street,
The sound of inspiration floating through the air.
Apricot Oolong warms me from the inside out.
Pumpkin bread with orange glaze soothes my sweet tooth
and calms the growling beast in my belly.
I am at peace in this timeless place,
The big red Buddha laughing away my busy bustle,
a zen fountain washing away all anxiety.
I have found my muse.
I am at peace in this world.
I thank Deb for allowing me to share her prose.
Deb Cavanaugh is a poet and musician. She is a member of the musical duo Cavanaugh and Kavanaugh, www.cavandkav.com and will be celebrating the release of their CD at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs at 8pm on November 29th.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Just this weekend, customers were sitting outside enjoying our cafe tables, and today we're winterizing the place. Because it's Upstate New York and it's October and it's snowing. Big, giant snowflakes that delighted me as a child, but have lost their ability to enthuse.
So I was sitting here complaining and feeling annoyed and preparing to post a rant, and suddenly realized that I'm warm and safe and hanging out in a cozy setting that smells good, listening to relaxing music and surrounded by hot tea which, obviously, I love; I guess I have nothing to complain about.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Yesterday, 12 year-old Liliana spent some time in the teahouse with her brother and mom. They're home-schooled and working on a tea project this year. As part of their studies, they visit The Good Leaf from time to time and sample different teas. Yesterday, while comparing Japanese and Chinese green teas, Lily was inspired to poetry:
washes through boiling water
Japanese green tea
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
I grew up in a tea drinking family. My mother kept a cabinet filled with teabags of all varieties and it was always a little exciting choosing which tea to drink. When I reached my mid-teens I turned to coffee and drank my share of Joe for many years. I would go through occasional tea phases where I would only drink tea. It was bagged tea and I enjoyed it, but my tea phases weren't long lasting. I would lose interest. In retrospect, this was probably because the tea was not that compelling.
I can't remember how I happened upon my first cup of loose leaf tea. It was an Earl Grey. I had been drinking bagged Earl Grey my entire life, and truthfully, never much cared for it. I found it to be dull and bland with a weak flavor that I had difficulty identifying. But when I first experienced the aroma and later the crisp, bergamot fruitiness of the loose Earl Grey tea, I was completely delighted. I realized that I never really tasted Earl Grey tea before. Then I tried an English Breakfast and had the same experience. Who knew that unflavored tea could have so much flavor! This was a profound experience for me because those first couple of cups of loose tea were so compelling that they set me on a life-altering path.
That already sounds kind of disgusting, but, the truth is - dust of fine quality tea will be fine quality tea, and flowery orange pekoe leaves of poor quality tea will still be poor quality tea. I believe the main problem with bagged tea arises because the small pieces of tea have more surface area. The greater surface area means that more of the flavor yielding essestial oils in the tea leaf are exposed to air. Any off flavors will be magnified. And another thing: once exposed to air, the staling process begins. The smaller the tea particle, the more quickly it will become stale and lose its inherent flavor characteristics. And for me, that's the biggest problem with bagged tea, especially supermarket varieties. There's no way to know when it was produced and how long it has been sitting on the supermarket shelf. Your brand new box of Earl Grey tea may be fresh and wonderfully satisfying or it may be years old and completely stale the day you open it.
And there's no reason to use bagged tea for convenience because it's really simple to brew loose tea nowadays. There are so many nifty brewing devices. Stop in the shop and I'll be happy to show you a variety of options. I really love the Smart TeaMaker, and other choices like pots with built in infusers, tea sacs, infuser mugs, and even teaballs (not my favorite - but I'll save that for a different post) also work really well. It's just as easy to infuse high quality, beautiful, aromatic and delicious loose tea as it is to use an old, stale, dust filled tea bag.
Oh, and loose tea is a better value too!
Gotta go, Earl's waiting.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
After only a week in business I changed the store hours to stay open a bit later. I'm now
open until 9 during the week and evening business has been terrific. If I didn't have to ever rest, I'd stay open later. So during the week, I'm open from noon to 9, with a siesta from 2-3. I'm making another change for the remainder of the summer, and will be staying open later on Saturdays as well. I will probably modify again in the fall, but for the time being, The Good Leaf will be open from 12-6 on Saturday and will be closed on Sunday. I'll also be vacationing with the entire staff of son and Joe for the third week in August. I'll post the exact dates we'll be closed later on.
For those of you who are fans of At the Warehouse, EJ will be playing again tomorrow with Mark Davenport. Since I'm closed on Sunday now, I'll have the opportunity to see him play this time.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
A couple of months ago we were talking in the tearoom about the best pizza in Albany. Well, I can confidently say that I found it. Soho Pizza on Lark Street, right across from my new shop has amazing pizza. Thin crunchy crust with a bit of chew so it's not a cracker, excellent sauce to cheese ratio, and true NYC flavor. I typically only go for regular cheese pizza, but their specialty slices are great too, especially the Chicken Parm pizza.
This shop being so close to me is proving to be a blessing to my palate and a curse to my thighs!
That's it for now.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
When you want to lose weight, all tea can be helpful, but my research and experience suggests that tea offers some specific weight control benefits:
- certain teas have scientific support as weight loss aids because they boost the metabolism
- teas can provide much needed hydration when you're trying to manage your weight
- dessert teas can satisfy cravings for unhealthy temptations.
Although all "true" tea comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant, the way the plant is processed yields several broad varieties of tea (white, green, oolong, black and puerh) and thousands of more specific types of tea. Traditional Chinese medicine has long described the benefits of oolongs (aka wulongs), puerhs and green teas as being valuable for weight loss and over the past decade, there have been a few studies that have supported this ancient wisdom. The preliminary data suggest that these types of tea do increase energy expenditure (or metabolism) and fat burning more than other teas.
Unfortunately, these findings have been over-hyped. Teas touted as 'slimming wulong' or 'magic puerh' have been associated with endorsements by celebrities including Oprah, Rachael Ray and more recently Victoria Beckham. But let's get some perspective; oolong, puerh and green tea may boost metabolism and enhance fat burning but there is no tea (or for that matter, anything) that's going to magically result in seemingly impossible and non-sensical amounts of weight loss.
Additionally, it's important not to believe that there is a specific "slimming wulong" or "magic puerh"; wulongs, puerhs and green teas each comprise a broad class of teas, and any will offer the same benefit as these 'magic teas'.
Here is where I think that tea (and gourmet tea in particular) offers greatest weight control value: We are so habit driven - and many of us have gotten in the habit of consuming unhealthy and fattening snacks for all the wrong reasons. We snack when we're bored, we snack when we're upset, when we're happy, when we're watching tv, pretty much all day long. We also often mistake thirst for hunger and try to satisfy our thirsts with these fattening snacks. What's worse, if you're thirsty and you keep trying to satisfy your thirst with cookies and candies, you'll stay thirsty and continue to snack and snack.
Although I can't cite a study, I'm pretty sure that if you consume few calories instead of many calories, you'll lose weight. So it follows that if you drink tea (which has no calories and results in hydration, health, energy and a sense of well-being) instead of eating fattening snacks (which result in guilt and bloat and no decrease in cravings), you will lose weight. Richly flavored dessert teas offer the dieter the hydration the body needs and the flavors of the snacks they crave - without the calories.
The Weightea Line
In response to customer requests for good tea choices for weight control, and in reaction to all the "magic slimming tea" hype, I carefully reviewed The Good Leaf's tea menu and created the weightea line of teas. The weightea introductory package includes three teas; an ancient Chinese secret, an African activity aid, and a temptation tamer. You can visit http://www.goodleaftea.com/ to learn more about how to use tea to lose weight. You can also customize a weightea introductory package.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
I shared a bit about the history and manufacture of tea, what distinguishes different types of tea, differences between true tea and other herbal or fruit infusions, and information about the health and well-being benefits of tea. Kathleen, the group organizer, is an oenophile and initiated an interesting discussion on tea and food pairings. When you think about it, tea and wine have many similarities including the many varieties that come from a single plant, the complexity of the product, and how well both pair with foods and socialization. And while I am a wine lover as well as a tea lover, I definitely prefer the tea hangover.
Anyway, we tasted about 6 teas and participants seemed to really enjoy my "tea sniffing station". All in all, it was a great time; I want to thank everyone who came out (or rather, came in) on that first beautiful evening of the spring season.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Hurray! The Good Leaf Gourmet Tea Company is now a chain; perhaps the world's smallest chain, but hurray anyway! Our second location will be at 274 Lark Street, between Hudson and Hamilton, in Albany. It's a great block, a terrific location, and a cute little shop. If you're familiar with the area, Lark Tatoo was there for many years before they moved a couple of storefronts down.
Here's a bit about what I have in mind: The Lark Street location will be open daily, and will build on our At the Warehouse concept. There'll be a tea bar serving all our traditional and trendy tea specialties, bubble teas of course, plus some new additions like Rooibocinno (more on that later). Our opening menu will include baked goods and chocolates and will likely expand once we settle in. We'll have about four tables in the shop and cafe seating out front. The interior of the space needs some work, but I'm optimistically and ambitiously hoping to be open in just a few weeks.
The royal we is very excited and I'll keep you posted!
Thursday, March 27, 2008
If you're interested in attending, contact the gourmet meetup group by clicking the link above.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
So with all the frightening and unsavory news we've been dealing with lately, today I decided that it was time to do Gs over teas. I asked visitors to tell me something good. And it didn't have to be something huge, for example, "I'm wearing comfortable shoes" is just as valuable a good thing as "I just won the lottery." I think that the little things might even be more important than the big things - they just don't happen everyday.
Here were some of the good things that were shared at The Good Leaf today:
"Spring is on the way - it's almost here. Yeah!"
"I won the 50-50."
"Dogs bring happiness"
"It's light outside when I leave work"
"It's Palm Sunday and Easter is next week"
"Laurel is a nice lady."
"Eating really good food after sleeping for a long time. After brushing, of course."
"Little Buzz banging the gong and laughing."
"A kiss from my daughter after I shave."
"One thing I really like is my bed. I often think how comfortable I am in it, as opposed to sleeping in a cold damp cave. We've come a long way with mattress design."
One teenage boy summed it up with his response, "Life is Good." That's kind of catchy; he should consider putting that on a t-shirt.
And this might be obvious, but I think that tea is a good thing, and I'm going to have some really good tea right now. The kid was right. Life is good.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Thank you so much Metroland readers for voting The Good Leaf the best tea in Albany!
It was a write in category, so thanks even more; your effort really means a lot. The Good Leaf's weekend home base, At the Warehouse also received several nods in this week's Metroland Readers Picks including best kept secret in the Capital District and best in-store pet (that would be our very good boy, Dutch). And it seems that Metroland readers agree with teabar visitors - I Love New York Pizza in Troy was voted best pizza.
As for me, I'm going to work toward getting better and better, starting this week as I debut my signature morning blend, Rise. I prefer to ease into my day rather than to be jolted and designed Rise to offer a really smooth start to the day. I am also offering two new herbal tisanes, Chamomile Sonata, a chamomile-citrus blend, and Inspire, a lavender-lemongrass blend with a hint of sage. And with spring upon us, Sakura - Japanese cherry green tea is back.
Monday, February 25, 2008
This is a brilliant post, and the commentary that follows is also pretty interesting. For those who want a quick summary, the bottom line is that you can't rinse the caffeine from tea, chemical decaffeination methods do remove some of the health benefits along with the caffeine, and it is almost impossible to estimate the caffeine content in a cup of tea just by knowing if it's black, green, oolong or white. There are too many variables that impact the caffeine content to provide an accurate assessment. Nigel shares that contrary to what many people believe, black tea does not necessarily have more caffeine than green tea, and white tea may have the most caffeine of all.
Nigel's post doesn't discuss what I find to be the most fascinating tea and caffeine topic; the way l-theanine mediates the affect of caffeine on the body. Here's the quick version - l-theanine is an amino acid that is found in tea (I don't think it's found in high concentrations in anything else). l-theanine offers health benefits as well as relaxation benefits in that it promotes alpha waves in the brain. Alpha waves are associated with meditative and relaxed states. The combination of l-theanine and caffeine in tea result in tea promoting a calm yet alert state of being - really an optimal state of being for health, well-being, and peak performance. The caffeine is released in a slower and steadier manner and the l-theanine mediates the caffeine jolt - so tea doesn't hit people the way coffee and other highly caffeinated energy drinks do. You never hear of people getting wired and then crashing after drinking tea! And although I don't necessarily recommend this, I know of people who believe they are caffeine sensitive (not for medical reasons) who report that they can drink a cup of tea in the evening with no caffeine related problems.
So next time you need to focus on a project, find yourself facing what might be an all-nighter, or have to give an anxiety provoking performance, grab a cup of tea and experience the benefits.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Aside from a sweet and tasty drink, the fun of bubble tea comes from the "big straw". In order to suck up the chewy treats at the bottom of the cup, you need a wide mouthed straw. When people take their first sip of bubble tea, they often look surprised, then curious. Then they smile.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Since it was the weekend before Valentine's Day, we clearly had chocolate on our minds. My question this weekend was, "When you get a box of chocolates, do you bite into each piece looking for the good ones like the raspberry creams and the nutty ones, or do you eat them like a civilized human being?"
A little disclaimer first; I understand that this questions suggests that a civilized human will eat up an entire box of chocolates whether they like them or not. Although I composed the question because it amused me, I don't really think that eating an entire box of chocolates is a measure of civilization, or even a good idea.
The question did inpsire some serious (or maybe not so serious) discussion about what it means to be civilized and even the nature of civilization. Bubble tea brings that kind of stuff out in people.
Philosophical musings aside, I quickly found out that not everyone likes raspberry creams, or even nuts. And not a single person who responded was willing to commit to a chocolate without a sneak preview. Most people openly admitted to biting and and throwing away the "losers" - coconut was cited repeatedly. A few visitors shared my semi-civilized approach of tearing rather than biting.
We had a couple of very considerate visitors; one with my favorite approach and another with a strategy that I frankly find gross. My favorite box o' chocolate strategy all weekend was poking each piece with a toothpick to try to dig out a bit of filling before biting. That way, the chocolate is not defaced in any measurable way when it is returned to the box if it turns out to be a reject. That is very a considerate, civilized and economical, if not sanitary, approach. The other "considerate" approach I heard was to bite into each piece and return the undesirable ones to the box "in case someone else wants them". I wonder how many times someone actually selected one of the half eaten chocs?
I also learned that if you have gone through enough boxes of chocolates in your life, you don't have to bite or tear or poke, you can just tell by looking at the chocolate.
In between the silliness and to infuse some health into a day of rich decadence, it was a great opportunity for me to showcase some of my chocolate teas. When I first got into tea, I couldn't even imagine the combination of chocolate and tea, but I have learned that given the right combination, it can work out beautifully. I was featuring a chocolate raspberry flavored tea that offers a subtle richness and fruitiness and also had a chance to share my chocolate chai and mint chocolate chip teas, both of which have real chocolate chunks in them!
If you're around on Valentine's Day, I'll be at Larry Schepici's Le Marche Vert in Troy offering a tasting of some of my chocolate and floral teas from 11-2 or so. Happy Valentine's Day!
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
This Saturday, At the Warehouse will be all about Love & Chocolate. It's the perfect opportunity to shop for unique Valentine's Day gifts. I'm grateful to Laura from Bluebird Books for taking the lead on this event; it promises to be very special. Many of the merchants will be offering Valentine's gift packages, and we'll be having special guests too. At The Good Leaf, I'll be serving wonderful hot chocolates as well as featuring a variety of chocolate infused and floral teas including Chocolate Raspberry and our very popular Sweetheart Red Rooibos. Our Valentine's gift packages are the perfect choice for those looking for healthier induldgences this Valentine's Day.
Hope to see you there!
Sunday, February 3, 2008
This week, visitors to The Good Leaf Tea Bar told me where they find the best pizza in the Capital Region.
Kevin said that I Love NY Pizza on Hoosick St in Troy is the best pizza in the area. He liked the variety of pizzas available, and commented on the Chicken Marsala pizza. That doesn't sound like my kind of pizza, but Kevin wasn't the only fan of the Troy spot. Jamie also chose I Love NY in Troy. She told me that even though they have a lot of specialty pizzas, they have the best cheese pizza she has ever tried in Upstate NY. I Love NY in Menands also received a vote.
EJ said the best pizza in the Capital Region can be found in his mom's kitchen. "It's delish. Even my friends like it" he said. (I have the best son!)
Several people loved Andrianos in Delmar. Carol told me it's right near the four corners.
And some were loyal to home cooked pizza. Michelle said, "You can't come to my mother's house to try it, but she makes the best pizza around."
Suzanne put in a plug for Lou-Beas on Delaware Avenue, and told me that she liked it because it's not too thick, folds easily and has a nice orange sauce/cheese blend. Sounds like my kind of slice.
We also received an accolade for Jonathans on Pearl Street. Jacque told me she likes it because it's the most like what she remembers from Brooklyn, thin crusted with the perfect "modeling" of sauce and cheese.
A few of our friends from out West (I mean Guilderland, Voorheesville and Altamont) liked Smitty's. Las told me the owner is a good guy. Thanks, Las.
Mike, who is originally from Long Island also knew about authentic NY pizza, and actually had a card from his fave pizza joint in his wallet. He enthusiastically recommended La Bella Pizza in Clifton Park and told me it bears close resemblance to NY pizza. He told me La Bella is off Exit 8A and across the street from the side of Salty's.
So, that's what we were talking about in the tearoom this week when we weren't talking about tea and football. Thanks, everyone. I have found true NY pizza to be quite elusive in the Capital Region but you've inspired me to try again.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Organic Paimutan from The Good Leaf Gourmet Tea Company
I think I'll open this blog with a little info about tea. Here goes:
Legend has it that tea was first discovered almost 5000 years when a tea leaf fell into a Chinese emperors water and he decided to drink the brew. Today, tea is the second most popular beverage in the world; right after water, and in the USA, where coffee and soft drinks have ruled the non-alcoholic beverage market, enthusiasm about tea is on the rise. Experts in the industry attribute this renewed interest to the wide variety of flavorful and high quality teas now available to the sophisticated and health conscious consumer.
Many people are surprised to learn that all true tea comes from one plant, the Camellia Sinensis, and that not everything that is commonly referred to as tea is really tea. Black tea, green tea, oolong, and white tea are all correctly referred to as tea, but herbal tea and red tea are actually herbal infusions or tisanes.
The difference between black, green, oolong and white tea is the way it’s processed. In general, white tea is completely unprocessed and yields a delicate and subtle cup, green tea is minimally processed and often has a vegetal flavor, and black tea is purposefully exposed to air (oxidized) during processing, which allows the leaves to darken and take on different flavor characteristics. Oolong teas are partially oxidized, yielding teas with characteristics in common with both green and black teas.
In addition to differences in processing, teas also have different tastes because of where they were grown, the size of the leaf, and other factors. For example, green tea from Japan will taste different than green tea from China and black tea from the Assam region of India will taste different from black tea from the Darjeeling region. Some teas are sold as a single variety, which means that they come from a single tea garden or region; some, such as English Breakfast, are blends of different teas, and other teas are flavored with fruit, nuts or spices. Chai is a popular flavored tea typically made from black tea blended with a variety of spices and served sweetened and with milk.
Popular tisanes include chamomile, mint, hibiscus, rose hips, lavender, ginger, and rooibos, which is commonly called red tea. While all teas contain caffeine, most herbal infusions are naturally caffeine free. An exception to this is Yerba Maté, a popular herbal beverage that does contain caffeine.
New posts coming soon will cover tea and health, loose vs bagged tea, how to brew a good cuppa tea, cooking with tea, and using tea to lose weight.