Tea of the Week: Peppermint

Spring is in full swing, which means that the beautiful plants and trees that make the Willamette Valley pretty are finally in bloom. While these plants are gorgeous, if you’re anything like me, they also send you allergies haywire so this week’s tea of the week is Peppermint! Peppermint tea is one of those teas that is good for everything. When it comes to sinus congestion, peppermint naturally contains menthol which acts as a natural decongestant. Peppermint is also an antispasmodic, which means that it can calm your stomach and reduce nausea and stomach pain. Peppermint tea is also good at eliminating bad breath.

If you would like to give our peppermint tea a try, you can head on down to Incahoots and we would be happy to brew you a pot, or you can buy it in bulk for $22 per pound!

 

Tea of the Week: Irish Breakfast

It’s been a very busy week here over at Incahoots, and we ran out of time yesterday to write up a tea of the week, but now that we’re caught up again, this week’s tea of the week is organic Irish Breakfast. This malty and robust tea has a strong Assam component. On levels of strength, Irish breakfast is right in the middle out of all of the breakfast teas, with British being the weakest and Scottish being the strongest. This tea is usually paired with milk and sugar (honey is my personal go to), but some do choose to drink it plain or only with sugar.

In Ireland, most people actually consume Irish breakfast throughout the day instead of just at breakfast, making the name a misnomer. In true Irish nature, you can come on down to Incahoots and we would be happy to brew you a pot at any time, or you can purchase it in bulk for $39 per pound!

Tea of the Week: Liquid Jade (Matcha)

If you’re up to date with trendy drinks and food, you’ve probably heard of Matcha, as it’s gotten so popular recently that even chain coffee shops have started serving matcha lattes and it’s this week’s tea of the week! This tea is a special kind of green tea. Instead of steeping the individual leaves, you actually consume the entire leaf (minus the steam of course) because they have been ground into a fine powder. The leaves are covered with bamboo mats during the last few weeks of their growth, then picked at a young age and ground up into the matcha powder that you see today. Traditionally it is prepared with about a teaspoon of matcha and a small amount of water, it is then mixed with a bamboo whisk and served. This however is not the only way it can be prepared. It can be used in lattes (my personal favorite), smoothies and even when cooking! Matcha has an almost grass-like flavor to it so it is usually sweetened and is commonly considered an acquired taste because of the umami flavor.

Because matcha isn’t your standard tea, it is much more expensive than regular leaf teas. While the price may be off putting, usually the more expensive matcha’s are the higher quality ones. When looking for matcha, look for one sourced from Japan (we’ll get into that), is a bright green and has a smooth powder (if it’s gritty the leaves are usually older and not as high quality). You’ll want a tea sourced from Japan because of the lead content. Now don’t let that scare you away, a little known fact is that all green teas have lead in them but when you steep it, 90% of the lead content remains in the leaves. With matcha though, you’re consuming the entire leaf which means you’re exposed to more lead. You really shouldn’t consume more than one cup a day and surely don’t give it to your children, but other than that, you should be fine. If you would like to try some matcha, we here at Incahoots would love to make you a Matcha latte or you can buy it in bulk for $100 per pound!

Tea of the Week: Apricot Arabesque

Because the weather can’t seem to make up it’s mind on whether or not it’s going to be sunny or rainy, this week’s tea is Apricot Arabesque, which is perfect hot or cold! Inspired by Chinese black tea, Xanadu teas made this delicious drink. The essence of apricots in this tasty black tea leaves a sweet and smooth taste on the tongue.

If you would like to try a pot, you can come on down to Incahoots and we would be happy to brew you some, or you can purchase it in bulk for $14 per pound!

Tea of the Week: Star of Persia

It seems as though this year’s spring break is shaping up to be on the chillier side of things which means that that this week’s Tea of the Week is another tea that is perfect for cozying up with a good blanket, book and a cup of Star of Persia tea from Xanadu! This beautiful full body black tea has a soft aroma and subtle taste of vanilla.

Not only do the Indian black and Chinese scented teas allow for a delicious drink, but it is also accented with ruby sugar crystals, so make sure that your tea is well mixed before brewing. This  tea is slightly sweet because of the sugar, and tastes delicious alone, or with a splash of milk! If you would like to try this tea for yourself, you can come on down to Incahoots and we would happily brew you a pot, or you can purchase it in bulk for $14 per pound.

Tea of the Week: Hibiscus Ginger

My wishes for warm and sunny weather have come true, so this week’s tea is the delicious hibiscus ginger, that is perfect as an iced tea! This blend of hibiscus petals and dried ginger gives a  lovely sweet but also tart flavor and has a warm, spicy aftertaste. Not only is this tea delicious, it is also caffeine free so you can drink it throughout the day without worrying about not being able to go to sleep at night.

While this tea is delicious hot, there’s nothing quite as refreshing as iced hibiscus, so here’s a simple method to cold brew this (and any other) tea!  To start, you’re going to need some kind of container to house the tea. For this method we are going to use a half gallon jug, but you can use whatever container you so wish. After you fill up the jug with cool, filtered water, add a half an ounce of tea to the water (a general rule is an ounce of tea per every gallon of water). Then you can leave the tea to brew overnight in the fridge, strain and serve the next day! If you aren’t going to serve it all in one day, you may consider straining the tea into another container to prevent over-brewing, but this is less common in iced teas because the cold water does not extract as many tannins from the tea so it wont become bitter. All of this can be bypassed if you don’t want to wait overnight by just brewing it hot and adding a bunch of ice (but that’s not as fun in my opinion).

If you would like to try this beautiful tea, you can come on down to Incahoots and we would love to brew you some, hot or cold, or you can purchase it in bulk for $28 per pound!

 

Tea of the Week: Royal Phoenix Oolong

I was hoping that we would hold onto the nice sunny break so that I could pick a tea that does really well iced, but alas, the weather does not want to cooperate so this week’s tea is Royal Phoenix Oolong, which is perfect for a rainy day like the one we’re having now! This tea originates from the Phoenix Mountains in Guangdong, China. This tea grows from a single trunk which is unlike it’s more common relatives that grow from multiple.

This specific tea variety is also unique because it’s leaf grows very fast and turns into a full body leaf. This tea has a toasty and fragrant aroma and tastes similar to peaches and nectarines. If you would like a pot, you can come on down to the shop and we will happily brew you one, or you can buy it in bulk for $56 per pound.

Tea of the Week: Honeybush

For our very first Tea of the Week, we are featuring honeybush.  Originating in Cape Province, South Africa, honeybush is a sweet and delicate herbal tea with a honey-like apricot flavor. It is delicious both as a hot tea as well as an iced tea.

Honeybush is rich in iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, sodium, and vitamin C. It is also caffeine free and organic. This tea is one of our favorites down here at Incahoots, and we will happily make you a pot of it the next time you stop in. You can also buy the tea to make at home for $25.00 a pound.