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We are delighted to announce that the Arbor Teas website (www.arborteas.com) is now an award-winning website!
ArborTeas.com won a 2013 Gold AVA Award honoring digital excellence for small business. AVA Awards is an international competition that recognizes outstanding work by creative professionals involved in the concept, direction, design and production of media that is part of the evolution of digital communication. AVA Awards are administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP).
Congratulations to the team of designers at FWD Design that brought the Arbor Teas website to life!
May 08 2013 | Media and Miscellaneous | No Comments »
Arbor Teas will be closed for the Holidays, Dec 24, 2012 – Jan 1, 2013.
We will continue to accept orders via arborteas.com, but no shipments will be made during this time. All orders placed during this time frame will be promptly shipped beginning January 2.
Free Delivery in Ann Arbor will resume on Friday, January 4.
Wishing Everyone a Very Merry Holiday and Happy New Year!
December 19 2012 | Miscellaneous | No Comments »
Arbor Teas attended the 5th International Scientific Symposium on Tea and Human Health in September at the US Department of Agriculture in Washington DC. The daylong symposium included 11 presentations by world renowned scientists who are currently studying the effects of tea on human health. The presentations covered several topics including (but not limited to) tea and weight loss, tea and cancer prevention, and tea and cardiovascular health.
Last Friday, NPR’s All Things Considered featured a story based on research presented at the Symposium. NPR’s Allison Aubrey beautifully summarized part of Rick Hursel’s presentation on Tea and Weight Loss in her story “Health Benefits of Tea: Milking It or Not”. Allison Aubrey’s story explored Hursel’s findings that the mixture of caffeine and catechins found in tea can have a stimulating effect on energy expenditure in the human body (ie our bodies may burn more calories when we drink tea). However, Hursel found that milk proteins may inhibit this function. In other words, if you add milk to your tea it may inhibit or prohibit the caffeine/catechin mix from increasing your energy expenditure. This story provoked a great deal of response from readers on the NPR website. Check out the full story at: “Health Benefits of Tea: Milking It or Not” (Sept 27, All Things Considered)
While Hursel’s research on tea and weight loss explored the most popular health-related issue surrounding tea today, it was only one of several research papers presented at the Symposium. A plethora of positive findings linked tea with a healthy heart, increased cognitive performance, bone health and cancer prevention. Further, these findings represented only a small fraction of the thousands of peer reviewed studies that have been published in the past decade identifying and quantifying the bioactive compounds in the leaves of Camellia sinensis. While there were many highly specific findings presented at the Symposium, we prefer to zoom out and focus on the broader outcomes. Below, we list our top five take-aways from the Symposium.
Arbor Teas’ Top Five Take-Aways
from the 5th International Scientific Symposium on Tea & Human Health
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October 03 2012 | Miscellaneous and Tea and Health | 4 Comments »
We are delighted to announce the addition of 4 new wonderful teas to the Arbor Teas catalog.
3 New Organic Oolongs.
We’ve been searching high and low for extraordinary organic oolongs and have FINALLY found some. Great oolongs are extremely difficult to find USDA-certified organic, and we are proud to add these gems to our catalog. Better yet, these amazing oolongs are grown and manufactured by a small, family owned and operated tea garden in Anhui, China.
Organic Bao Zhong Oolong Tea. Also known as Pao Zhong, this beautiful organic oolong tea has an aroma of buttered greens and pronounced wildflowers. Smooth and lightly creamy with a lingering dry floral finish with a hint of almond. Using the Jin Xuan varietal instead of the traditionally-used Cing Xin varietal, this organic loose leaf tea breaks the traditional definition of what we expect from an organic Chinese tea and, similarly, what we expect from a Taiwanese Bao Zhong oolong. Exquisite!
Organic Dong Ding Oolong Tea. Also known as Tong Ting, this organic oolong is made in the “traditional style” with a deeper oxidation and a more pronounced roasting (as opposed to the more fashionable green style that has become popular these days). The single leaf, rolled balls lend an aroma of roasted peanut shells with orchid notes and a sweet full-bodied, smooth, and creamy infusion. If you already appreciate Taiwanese Dong Ding Oolongs, you will not be disappointed by this Chinese version and may even find that it allows for a particularly generous number of infusions!
Organic Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea. Also known as Bai Hao oolong, Pong Fong oolong, Super Fancy Formosa Oolong or simply Formosa Oolong, our organic Oriental Beauty has a deep oxidation of around 75% which produces a bronze-colored, extremely smooth (almost velvety!) cup that reveals hints of spices and citrus marmalade. It is produced in small batches and is a superb example of one of this distinctive oolongs.
1 New Organic Pu-erh.
Organic Chocolate Pu-erh Tea. This wonderfully aromatic tea, combines Pu-erh with an American favorite – chocolate and almonds. With a rich bouquet of almond and chocolate, the mellow cup tastes earthy with hints of carob and almond.
September 28 2012 | Miscellaneous and Products | 1 Comment »
One of the amazing things about the world of tea is there is always something new to learn. Just when we think we’ve heard of everything, we discover a new origin, style, or blend, and the learning process begins anew! During Arbor Teas’ recent trip to NYC to participate in the Specialty Tea Institute’s tea curriculum, we were introduced to a “new” category of tea. I put quotation marks around the word “new” because this category of tea is actually not new at all. I (Aubrey) was taught and have always understood the five main types of tea as: white, green, oolong, black and pu-erh. These five main types of tea were touted by the Specialty Tea Institute way back when I took their Foundations of Tea classes, and in many famous and well respected tea history books. In fact, on www.ArborTeas.com we divide our navigation menu into these five types of tea, plus “rooibos” and the catch-all category of “herbal“.
However, what Sarah and Peggy learned in their Foundations of Tea class this time around was that Pu-erh teas are actually a sub-set of a larger category of Chinese teas called “Dark Teas”. Because Pu-Erhs are really the only Dark Teas known to the western world, they are often mistakenly described as their own category (like white, green, oolong, and black). But technically speaking, the fifth category of tea should not be “Pu-erh” but “Dark”. (As an aside, kudos to Sarah and Peggy for completing and passing Foundations of Tea Levels One & Two – congrats!)
So what are Dark Teas? continue reading »
March 05 2012 | Miscellaneous and Products and Tea Facts and Tea Terms | 3 Comments »
Arbor Teas is a contestant for the Intuit $25,000 Small Business Grant! This contest runs through the end of January 2012 and the winner receives a $25,000 hiring grant. The more votes we receive the greater our chance of winning. So take a moment to vote for us and tell Intuit why you love Arbor Teas!
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January 25 2012 | Miscellaneous | No Comments »
Monday, January 23, 2012 marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year. Celebrate the Chinese New Year by trying a new Chinese Tea! China is the birthplace of tea, from which all traditional styles of tea originate: white, green, black, oolong and pu-erh. To celebrate, we have selected one Chinese tea from each style and are offering it at 10% off! Simply input the coupon code below during checkout. Offer expires January 31, 2012 or while supplies last.
COUPON CODE: ChineseNewYear
10% off the following teas:
Organic Special Grade Pu-erh Tea
Organic Huang Shan Hair Tip Green Tea
Organic Wu Yi Oolong Tea
Organic Keemun Hao A Black Tea
Organic Bai Mu Dan White Tea
January 23 2012 | Miscellaneous | No Comments »
If you are a returning customer and logging into the new Arbor Teas website for the first time, here is a step-by-step guide to make your initial login easy!
Returning customers must create a new password during their initial login on the new ArborTeas.com. We know this is a bit of a pain and we’re sorry! Unfortunately, we were unable to move our customer’s old passwords to our new system. As a result, our new system thinks the old passwords are invalid.
Follow the steps below to login and immediately earn 100 rewards points as our way of saying “thanks”!
- Click on the Log In button. First, click on the “Log In” button located at the top right hand side of the Arbor Teas website.
- Click on the Forgot Password link. Next, click on the “Forgot your Password” link. Unfortunately, we were not able to migrate your old password to the new website. We know that you really didn’t forget your password – but this is the method by which you have to get a new password that works on the new website.
- Input your email address. After you click on the “Forgot your Password” link, input the email address that you use with your Arbor Teas account. Click the continue button.
- Check your Email. After you input your email address and click the continue button, check your email. An email will be sent to you with a link included in the email. Click on the link included in that email. When you click on the link, you are verifying that you are you and it will open a new window displaying the Arbor Teas login page. You are almost done, but you can’t login just yet!
- Check your Email Again. After you click on the link in the previous email, a second email will be sent to you that includes a new password. This is the password you will now use to login into your Arbor Teas account.
- Login. Go back to the Arbor Teas login page and input the email address you inputted in step #3 and the password sent to you in step #5. If you cut and paste your password from your email into the login screen, be careful not to accidentally grab an extra space at the beginning or end of your password. If you grab an extra space, our system will read your password as inaccurate. Either type in your password verbatim or be sure not to grab an extra space.
- Change your password. Once you are logged in, you will earn 100 rewards points as our way of saying “Thank You”! After you login, we recommend that you navigate to the “Account Details” section to change your password back to your old password or change it to something that you will easily remember.
October 24 2011 | Miscellaneous and Uncategorized | No Comments »
Bold, Beautiful… and a whole lot BETTER!
We are delighted to introduce the new and improved ArborTeas.com!
Over the past 7 years, we’ve been taking notes on how to keep making ArborTeas.com better and better. So without another moment’s delay, we’re delighted to introduce the new and improved version of our website!
Packed full of new features, better product imagery, and even MORE useful information – we believe we’ve finally created a website worthy of the top-notch organic teas we offer! And as usual, many of the most inspired and innovative ideas have come from YOU, our beloved customers.
So join the party and help us welcome the new Arbor Teas website today! Visit ArborTeas.com, login into your account and automatically earn 100 Rewards Points. continue reading »
September 25 2011 | Miscellaneous | No Comments »
As many of you may know, the 2011 tea harvest is well underway in Japan. With the devastating effects of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, which badly damaged Japan’s Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant, there has been a lot of speculation in the marketplace regarding the safety of Japanese tea. While much of the fearful chatter over irradiated Japanese products has subsided in recent weeks, concerns still abound.
Arbor Teas has begun to receive Japanese tea from the 2011 harvest. We’ve pulled together some important facts which we hope will help our customers understand the status of this issue (and, without diminishing the significance of this event, perhaps relieve some concerns).
1) No Japanese tea – either freshly picked or packaged – has been discovered to be contaminated by radioactive particles. (Update 6/1/11 – Unfortunately this is no longer true. Radioactive cesium in newly harvested tea has been detected. Shipments of all the tea from the area were suspended pending additional tests. Please see comments below for more details. We are working with our suppliers to have samples of their 2011 crop tested for radiation and will post them when available.) continue reading »
May 16 2011 | Green Business and Miscellaneous and Tea and Health | 17 Comments »