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Tea in the Land of Thunder: Field Notes from Darjeeling - a Short Film Presented by Arbor Teas

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Last summer, Arbor Teas traveled across India, visiting many of the estates that produce the organic Indian teas we carry. During the journey, co-founder Jeremy Lopatin visited the  Makaibari Tea Estate in Darjeeling, to get a firsthand look at how top-notch Darjeeling teas are made. Settle in and enjoy this short film highlighting the beautiful people, places, and processes behind the Organic Darjeeling teas we are so proud to offer. We hope you enjoy it!

Interested in trying the  organic second flush Darjeeling black tea that was being made in the video? You can find it here!

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Steeped, Zijderveld finds new and inventive ways to use tea in the kitchen – from the Summer Squash Gruyere Quiche flavored with  Moroccan Mint Green Tea to the Chamomile Corn Chowder (pictured below).“I have a very overactive imagination, for food and in general,” she explains. “I went to school for poetry, and one of the things that one of my mentors [...]

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Samurai Culture and the Japanese Tea Ceremony

At its core, the Japanese tea ceremony is a meditation. The process of the ceremony forces practitioners to stop and appreciate each thing in its time – be it a flower, a bamboo whisk or matcha bowl, and of course, the tasting of the tea itself. For the Samurai, the tea ceremony was an important companion to his martial arts [...]

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Can GABA Tea Help Improve Your Mood?

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White Tea's Skin Benefits

Like many of us, you probably drink white tea because you love its subtly sweet and delicate flavor. If you do, you might be pleasantly surprised to know that white tea can also be a huge help to your skin!  Researchers are finding that white tea, the most minimally processed form of Camellia sinensis, prevents wrinkles and, when applied topically, [...]

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New Year, New You? Healthy Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

With each New Year comes the flurry of advice for making – and keeping – new years resolutions. But the stress of making a monumental change can backfire – causing some to resolve not to make any changes at all. Instead, why don’t you meet yourself half way, resolving to make one or two small changes that can help [...]

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Heath(ier) Holiday Cookies

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Tea Gifts for Everyone on Your List

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