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All Your Tea-Infused Holiday Favorites Are Back – Plus Two

Believe it or not the holiday season is just around the corner. This year Arbor Teas is has brought back all of its usual holiday treats plus two new ones:

Tea Infused Chocolate TrufflesOur gourmet Tea Infused Chocolate Truffles are back for the holidays! We have offered these tasty little treats during the holiday season for 5 years in a row, brought back each year by popular demand. They are amazing! Each truffle is infused with a different variety of organic tea, carefully matched with the perfect combination of chocolates to highlight the unique characteristics of each. Flavors include: Earl Grey; Coconut Rooibos; Masala Chai; Jasmine; Matcha; and Lapsang Souchong. Available in a 6-pack and 4-pack assortment.

Tea Infused CaramelsEnjoy sweet and smoky tea infused artisan caramels. Last year we introduced our Tea Infused Caramels based on Olivia May’s most popular recipe from the Arbor Teas Cooking with Tea section. They were a huge hit! In fact, they sold out in the first few weeks forcing Olivia to run back to the kitchen to make more caramels by mid-November. This year, Sweet Gem Confections is re-creating Olivia’s recipe so that we can offer these tasty treats again for the holiday season. Think buttery sweet smoke wrapped in one amazingly gooey and salty caramel!

Organic Holiday Spice Black TeaOrganic Holiday Spice Black Tea (NEW — available in decaf too!) A perennial favorite for the holiday season (and only sold in November and December), our organic and Fair Trade Certified Holiday Spice Black Tea is now joined by its decaf companion. Both pair bold organic Indian tea with generous doses of orange, cinnamon and clove flavor! Like all of our flavored blends, our Holiday Spice Black Tea uses only the highest quality organic loose leaf tea, essential oils and botanical ingredients, insuring an excellent cup every time.

Tea Infused LollipopsNew for this holiday season! We have teamed up with our friends at Sweet Gem Confections to create fun and Fabulous Tea Infused Lollipops. Yes, you read that correctly! These unique handmade hard candies make a one of-a-kind gift for yourself or fellow tea lover and contain a concentrated infusion of our organic tea. Available in 3 distinctive “grown-up” flavors (as seen in the photo from left to right): Southern Sweet Tea; Matcha Mint; and Crimson Berry. Sold in sets of 6, every package is tied with a ribbon and includes 2 each of the 3 flavors.

Holiday Gift SetHoliday Gift Sets are Available! Choose between two tea inspired gift sets (regular and deluxe) for the tea lover or the tea novice in your life. The gift sets are tied with a raffia ribbon for a festive touch and shipped in an eco-minded kraft box. Plus, the price already includes a built-in 15% savings!

November 14 2013 | Products and Tea Fun | No Comments »

Reused Arbor Teas Tea Bands and Teaware Make Great Halloween Costume

Arbor Teas customer, Michael, recently made this pair of “goggles” for his son Gideon. To make the goggles Michael re-used the stretchy elastic band that wraps around the Arbor Teas bulk sized packages and an old tea ball with a broken clasp. Michael notes “The goggles have a kind of ‘steam punk’ look to them!” While Gideon wears them for fun and sometimes as eye protection if he is watching his Dad use power tools, we think they could also make an awesome accessory to a Halloween costume!

Happy Halloween!

Tea Band Googles

October 30 2013 | Tea Fun and Uncategorized | No Comments »

The 5 Personalities of Tea – Which Are You?

Here at Arbor Teas we have had a lot of time to observe the brewing techniques of our customers and ourselves.  In a fit of summertime fun and laughter, we created the top 5 Personalities of Tea.  Which are you?

We made a Facebook poll to keep track of which steeper is the most common! Let us know which Tea Personality YOU are by Monday, July 8, and we’ll enter you in a drawing to win a free Arbor Teas T-shirt.  The winner will be announced on our Facebook page on Wednesday, July 10!

Super Steeper

The Super Steeper
Super Steepers pride themselves on getting the “most” out of their tea leaf. They purposefully steep their tea for long periods of time using boiling hot water. The resulting super brew is strong and caffeinated. Super Steepers re-steep habitually. Only in this way, can they extract all the “greatness” from the leaf.

Serious Steeper

The Serious Steeper
Serious Steepers are studious. They have researched the precise methods to brew each tea and implement them. Serious Steepers want to enjoy and document the unique characteristics of individual teas. Occasionally prone to carrying personal thermometers, they often “educate” bystanders on proper water temperature and steeping time.

Sidetracked Steeper

The Sidetracked Steeper
Sidetracked Steepers begin with the intent to brew tea using a specific method, but find themselves distracted by life. Inconsistency is the only thing constant. Sometimes the result is a fantastic cup of tea, sometimes not. Either way, it goes down the hatch while on-the-go.

Serene Steeper

The Serene Steeper
Serene Steepers prepare tea as a lifestyle. Although they are guided by best practices, Serene Steepers are not wed to the rules and are more likely to prepare tea according to their mood. Tea is usually enjoyed in tandem with another activity like reading a book, having a conversation, or enjoying the view.

Simple Steeper

The Simple Steeper
All teas are created equal in the Simple Steeper’s preparation of tea. Hot Water + Tea Leaves = Drink. Tea leaves are sometimes strained, sometimes not. Simple Steepers re-steep frequently and often do so by simply adding new leaves on top of the old leaves. Easy as that.

July 03 2013 | Tea Fun and Tea Preparation and Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

A Penny for Your Thoughts… Actually, Free Tea Samples!

Is there a tea you’re just dying to try, but you’re hesitant to actually fork over your hard-earned cash for a sample? Well, have we got a deal for you! Be one of the first 10 people to leave a comment on any of the 100+ posts on our blog, and add a FREE TEA SAMPLE to your next order by January 31st! You’re welcome to say whatever you like, of course, but we’d particularly love to hear what you thought of the post in question, or your personal perspective on its topic.

So why, exactly, are we doing this? Three reasons: (1) We’re adding more and more fun stuff to the blog these days, and we want you to explore it! (2) We really want to know what you think: about our blog, or the tea world in general; and, (3) We want you to try our teas! We’re pretty sure that one of our nearly 100 organic loose teas is just waiting to become your new favorite!

On to the rules. Yes, there are rules, but they’re fairly simple – here goes:

  1. You must be one of the first ten (10) people to comment on any given post to qualify;
  2. To claim your free tea sample, just leave us a note in your next order telling us which post you commented on, and what tea sample you’d like us to include;
  3. You must claim your free sample within seven (7) days of commenting. Comments made prior to January 17, 2011, do not qualify;
  4. Limit one (1) free sample per order.

We hope you enjoy exploring the Arbor Teas blog, SustainabiliTEA, and that you find a new favorite tea in the process!

January 17 2011 | Tea Fun | 4 Comments »

A Penny for Your Thoughts… Actually, Free Tea Samples!

Is there a tea you’re just dying to try, but you’re hesitant to actually fork over your hard-earned cash for a sample? Well, have we got a deal for you!  Be one of the first 10 people to leave a comment on any of the 100+ posts on our blog, and add a FREE TEA SAMPLE to your next order by August 31st!  You’re welcome to say whatever you like, of course, but we’d particularly love to hear what you thought of the post in question, or your personal perspective on its topic.

So why, exactly, are we doing this?  Three reasons: (1) We’re adding more and more fun stuff to the blog these days, and we want you to explore it!  (2) We really want to know what you think: about our blog, or the tea world in general; and, (3) We want you to try our teas!  We’re pretty sure that one of our nearly 100 organic loose teas is just waiting to become your new favorite!

On to the rules.  Yes, there are rules, but they’re fairly simple – here goes:

  1. You must be one of the first ten (10) people to comment on any given post to qualify;
  2. To claim your free tea sample, just leave us a note in your next order telling us which post you commented on, and what tea sample you’d like us to include;
  3. You must claim your free sample within seven (7) days of commenting. Comments made prior to August 7, 2011, do not qualify;
  4. Limit one (1) free sample per order.

We hope you enjoy exploring the Arbor Teas blog, SustainabiliTEA, and that you find a new favorite tea in the process!

August 07 2010 | Tea Fun | 11 Comments »

Matcha Pancakes – Just in Time for St. Patty’s Day!

Matcha Pancakes

Our amazing food blogger Olivia May (From the Kitchen of Olivia) found this wonderful recipe for Matcha Pancakes.  Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, this recipe looks fun, festive, and fabulous!  Of course, you know where to look if you are searching for the organic matcha required to make the recipe.  Check out the full recipe at the blog Une-deux senses.

March 16 2010 | Cooking with Tea and Tea Fun | 1 Comment »

COOKING WITH TEA RECIPE: Smoky Lapsang Souchong Caramels

lapsangcaramels_web.jpgImagine buttery sweet combined with salt and smoke. These are the flavor components that form quite possibly the most divine confection to come from my kitchen to date. Boutique caramels, flavored salts and smoked anything are all making headlines as current food trends. Here I combine them together into one sweet indulgence. The smoke flavor is easily achieved using Arbor Teas Organic Lapsang Souchong Black Tea. If you need a holiday gift to delight your favorite foodie, this recipe might just be the perfect treat! Be sure to make enough to treat yourself as well, though. Passing a small test batch around Arbor Teas friends and staff garnered rave reviews but also generated a bit of competition as to who would keep the extras. If you know you have a propensity for hoarding, I suggest doubling the recipe. Happy holidays! Hope you enjoy this Cooking with Tea Recipe from the Kitchen of Olivia!

Smoky Lapsang Souchong Caramels

Adapted from Pure Dessert by Alice Medrich
- makes 40 (1-inch) caramels –

2 TBS organic lapsang souchong black tea
1 cup heavy cream
½ cup Lyle’s golden syrup
1 cup sugar
rounded ¼ tsp fine sea salt
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1½  TBS unsalted butter, cut into chunks, softened
Smoked sea salt to garnish

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December 18 2009 | Cooking with Tea and Tea Fun | 3 Comments »

Celebrate the Holidays with Tea

Celebrate the Holidays with TeaThe holidays are a great time to thank those around us for all that they do to make our lives better.  It is also a great time to initiate those random acts of kindness that many of us want to do, but often find ourselves too busy to execute.  One of my favorite random acts of kindness is to pay for the person behind me in line (think café, movie theater, drive-through, etc.).  Not something that I do every day, but certainly a surprise worth doing every so often!  When writing a blog post for Arbor Teas I wondered, “What can I do with tea to celebrate the holidays?”  Obviously, I can give Arbor Teas as a healthy, socially conscious gift.  But what else can I do with tea during these cold months to celebrate those strangers and loved ones that fill my life?

Here are a few simple ideas that I hope to do this holiday season:

  1. Give a cup (or two) of hot tea to my postman, who always looks chilly on these winter days.
  2. Boil a mixture of water and holiday spice black tea in a pot on my stovetop to infuse my home (and family!) with its festive holiday scent.
  3. Use tea in one of my favorite holiday recipes to “spice it up” and then maybe bring it to work to share with my co-workers.  For a great example, try From the Kitchen of Olivia’s masala chai tea scones (yum!).
  4. Host a holiday tea for my family and friends. A tea during the hustle and bustle of the holidays is a perfect excuse to slow down, take a breather, and enjoy the season! Because evenings are generally committed to the typical host of social gatherings at this time of year, mornings often work well for a holiday tea. I plan to keep my menu simple and fill it with items that can be prepared in advance, so I have a chance to slow down and enjoy the tea, too.  Menu: Cheesy egg bake (veggie and meat options); scones (perfect timing Olivia!); bread, butter and my mom’s homemade strawberry jam; Sweet cakes and breads (lemon poppyseed is a favorite!); and of course, our Holiday Spice Black Tea.

Hope this post helps you get started celebrating the holidays with tea!  I know there are plenty more ways that tea can help you celebrate – leave us a comment to add your ideas!

December 04 2009 | Miscellaneous and Tea Fun | No Comments »

COOKING WITH TEA RECIPE: Masala Chai Tea Scones

masala chai tea sconesTea and scones go together like milk and cookies. One is just simply more enjoyable in the company of the other. Taking it one step further, I decided to meld the two together by flavoring my favorite scone recipe with tea.  Masala chai tea offers the perfect balance of aromatic spices that can be imparted to dough through a cold infusion technique. With notes of cardamom, clove, cinnamon, ginger and black pepper, there is absolutely no need to open the spice cabinet or fiddle with many measuring spoons for this recipe. Those holiday flavors you are trending toward this cool weather season are available, conveniently packaged in an environmentally friendly canister, in Organic Masala Chai Black Tea from Arbor Teas. While the ingredients come together quickly, you will need to plan ahead to let the cream steep. The longer the tea infuses the more pronounced the masala chai spices will be. Butter and cream make these scones rich and moist, while cake flour lends a tender, crumbly texture. Hope you enjoy this Cooking with Tea Recipe from the Kitchen of Olivia!

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December 04 2009 | Cooking with Tea and Tea Fun | 2 Comments »

Arbor Teas at Clowns Without Borders

Clowns Without Borders’ mission to IndiaArbor Teas was delighted to join friends at a special fundraiser on November 7 to support the Clowns without Borders expedition to India, one of largest tea producing countries in the world. Clowns without Borders (a 501(c)3 nonprofit) offers laughter to relieve the suffering of all persons, especially children, who live in areas of crisis including refugee camps, conflict zones and territories in situations of emergency.  It brings levity, contemporary clown/circus oriented performances and workshops into communities so that they can celebrate together and forget for a moment the tensions that darken their daily lives.  This specific expedition, “Project Muskurahat” (Smile), just left for India and will be working with children affected by HIV/AIDS and poverty in the slums and rural areas surrounding Mumbai.  Check out their daily journal entries at http://clownswithoutborders.org/2009/11/india-2009/.

The fundraiser was a wonderful event in which a dozen Southeastern Michigan artists came together to create an informal evening of entertainment at the Wild Swan Theatre in Ann Arbor, MI. The show featured the acclaimed Srishti Dances of India, Wild Swan Theatre, Brass Tacks Ensemble, Sumkali and the Vocal Experiment (UM-Dearborn).   Samosas, sweet treats, and Arbor Teas’ Indian Korakundah Estate Nilgiri Black Tea were served throughout the evening!

December 04 2009 | Media and Tea Fun | No Comments »

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