Posted by Jeremy @ Arbor Teas on 20th Nov 2015
The holiday season is here and you’re looking for new ways to surprise and delight the tea lover in your life. We’ve got you covered with our curated list of tea gifts, thoughtfully assembled to please even the most discerning tea lover. Want more ideas? Visit our Teaware & Gifts section.
For the Inspired Cook
Cooking with tea has become more and more popular over the years, with cooks adding tea to everything from smoothies to cookies. For the tea-loving cook we put together a Cooking with Tea Gift Set, which includes our brand new Arbor Teas apron and four teas most commonly used in cuisine – Matcha, Masala Chai, Earl Grey, and Lapsang Souchong - with recipe card for each!
For the Design Enthusiast
There’s nothing design-hungry tea lovers like more than a beautifully designed teapot. Lucky for them, we offer several, from our handmade artisan teapot made right here in Michigan by master potter Dan Saultman, to the inspired (and stackable!) stump teapot.
Want to really knock their socks off? Add a visually-stunning tea to their holiday gift, like our jasmine pearls or our Hawaiian premium green tea .
For the Health Conscious
Health conscious people are naturally drawn to tea, so it already makes the perfect gift. But matcha green tea takes it to the next level. But because matcha makes use of the entire tea leaf, it offers even more of what makes tea great – polyphenols such as EGCG and amino acids such as L-theanine.
For the matcha newbie: Get them our matcha gift set, which includes our new matcha tea bowl, a 1.1 Oz can of our organic ceremonial grade matcha, and a bamboo whisk.
For the matcha lover: Get them our beautiful new matcha tea bowl, which is handmade exclusively for Arbor Teas right here in Ann Arbor.
For the Sweet Tooth
Tea adds elements of complexity to sweets, which is one reason you frequently see tea used in desserts. Give the tea-loving sweet tooth in your life a sugar rush with our new tea-infused confections: our Matcha Crisp Dark Chocolate Bar or our Tea-Infused Fruit Gems. Want to really wow them? Make something yourself such as our Smoky Lapsang Souchong Caramels , or these Indoor Tea S'mores. You can elevate a homemade gift by including a copy of the recipe and a few ounces of the tea used in the recipe. How sweet!
For the Tea Lover Who Has Everything
There are those who have been drinking tea for so long that they just wouldn’t know what to do with another teapot, travel mug or tea cozy, so give them what they really want – tea! Our Tea of the Month Club is a monthly subscription delivering the world’s best teas straight to their door each month - for six months or a full year. Looking for something a little more budget-friendly? Check out our variety tea samplers. Or, gift them our perennial favorite – a Holiday Gift Set.
The matcha tea bowl is entirely different from other teacups, particularly European-style cups, and the narrower, more delicate, Chinese-style teacups called chawans. The matcha tea bowl, or matcha jawan, was developed in the 16th century by Sen no Rikyū the tea master credited for establishing the Japanese tea ceremony, the meditative practice of making and enjoying matcha tea, in collaboration with a Kyoto [...]
You love tea. You love food. So why not combine the two? Cooking with tea enables you to add layers of complexity to even the most ordinary dish, while also enhancing the health benefits of your food. In the spirit of the season, we put together a few menus where each dish incorporates some kind of tea. Enjoy, experiment, and [...]
Tired of pumpkin spice? Expand your horizons with these five spicy teas. Masala Chai Black Tea Crisp fall days really do call for a spicy chai. Whether you’re taking the kids to the pumpkin patch, or simply raking the leaves, our Organic Masala Chai Black Tea will be a welcome companion. Our blend makes use of traditional blending methods used [...]
Japanese gardens are formal gardens designed to create an idealized version of the natural world. Although imported from China by Japanese merchants who traveled back and forth between the two countries, Japanese gardens, and particularly Japanese tea gardens, are now arguably more famous than their Chinese predecessors. The Japanese tea garden, or Roji, originated during the Muromachi Period, and were specifically designed [...]
After Jeremy and our kids left to return home, I continued to Hyderabad, Telangana. In Hyderabad, I visited Spisys Ltd, the facility that decaffeinates our tea, and met its Managing Director Mr. J. Sobhanadri. Located on the outskirts of Hyderabad, Spisys decaffeinates tea using “Super Critical Fluid Extraction Technology” (SCFE), better known as the “Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Decaffeination” process.The carbon [...]
Anyone who has experimented with cooking with tea knows that you can add flavor and intensity to a dish simply by adding tea. But you don’t have to stop with true tea (i.e. Camellia sinensis) – you can add herbal teas such as chamomile, rooibos, hibiscus, and other herbal infusions to add unexpected flavor to everyday favorites, without the [...]
Maybe it’s the memory of summers past, or the bevy of summer fruits available at the farmer’s market, but every summer, we find ourselves craving light, fruity teas that are unfussy and yet robust enough to be served over ice. With that, we bring you six of our favorite fruity teas – perfect for summer, or any time you [...]
On warm summer nights in tropical and subtropical regions such as China’s Fujian Province, the air is scented with the deeply floral scent of jasmine. This evergreen vine and shrub comes to life for a few weeks each summer, its blooms opening every night to the delight of anyone happening to pass by. In Fujian, when the jasmine blooms, it's time [...]
At Arbor Teas, we’re committed to bringing our customers the best organic teas from all over the world – even right here at home. For this reason, we carry a few distinctive teas grown right here in the U.S.A. Three of these teas are from the big island of Hawaii, which we visited last year. In all, our domestic teas [...]