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The Arbor Teas Blog

Are You Composting Our Packaging? Here's How to Get Started!

At Arbor Teas, our packaging has been backyard compostable since 2010. If you don’t yet have a compost pile, this post is for you! In this post, we’ll walk you through the steps for starting a compost pile that will help you reduce your environmental impact by  diverting your food waste and scraps away from the landfills by turning [...]

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Another Reason to Love Green Tea: It May Help You Lose Weight

Over the past several years, there have been many stories claiming that tea can be beneficial for weight loss. We tend not to listen to these stories – which seem to be geared toward selling tea and supplements, rather than providing information – until there’s scientific proof. Well, last year, researchers at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences found [...]

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Tea Gifts for Mother's Day!

It’s May and that means flowers and sunshine and spring festivals. It also means Mother’s Day! If you’re at a loss for what to get mom, we’re here to help with a list of great mother’s day tea gifts – and sweet surprises – mom will love. Tea, Tea, Tea! Did someone say tea? The best gift [...]

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Food Waste and Your Methane Footprint

With so much talk of CO2 and our carbon footprints, you might be under the false impression that carbon is the only greenhouse gas that you have to worry about. Unfortunately, there are several “greenhouse gasses,” that is, gasses that are emitted on Earth and that trap heat in the atmosphere, creating a “greenhouse effect.” [...]

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A Tour of Our Japanese Green Teas

There are so many exciting varieties of Japanese green tea, from the deeply grassy and vegetal Gyokuro to the light and toasty Hojicha. Whether you already have your favorite Japanese green, or are looking to expand your horizons, consider this post your invitation into the amazing world of Japanese green teas.What Makes Japanese Teas Different?All [...]

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Hanami and Traditional Japanese Cherry Blossom Festivals

The word “hanami” means “flower viewing” in Japanese, and that’s exactly what Japanese Cherry Blossom Festivals are all about – taking the time to enjoy the cherry blossoms that burst open from the sakura trees suddenly and briefly each spring. The tradition began in the first century, during Japan’s Nara period, when any number of flowering trees would have been [...]

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Celebrate Spring with These 4 Matcha Recipes

It may be a bit early to declare that spring has arrived (at least here in Michigan!), but we’re celebrating anyway by pulling together four of our favorite matcha recipes into a single post. Whether you want to celebrate one of the greatest treats of spring’s harvest (matcha, of course), or you want to celebrate a certain [...]

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Plotting the Rise of the US Tea Growing Industry

There’s a rising demand for US-grown tea. It’s one of the reasons we started carrying Hawaiian grown tea in recent years. But the US tea-growing industry is truly in its infancy, and faces a number of challenges, not the least of which is a climate that's not always conducive for tea growing (particularly on the mainland).But there’s a [...]

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Could Green Tea Enhance Your Memory? One Study Says Yes.

Anyone who relies on that afternoon cup of tea to get them through the day knows that tea offers a substantial boost to both energy and cognitive abilities. You might assume this has to do with tea’s caffeine content, and you would be right. But researchers in Basel, Switzerland have found that at least one [...]

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Food and Tea Traditions for the Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year, is a two-week celebration that culminates with the Chinese Lantern Festival. Like Christmas in the west, the Chinese New Year is often celebrated with big family dinners, as far-flung family members come together to make merry. As such, the Chinese New [...]

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