Mango Black is a Winner! Here’s Your Chance to Try it FREE!

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We’ve got exciting news! Our Mango Black from the Gourmet Teas line took home 2nd place in the North American Tea Championship for its “good balance” and “delicate tropical flavor.”

The North American Tea Championship is an independent competition judged by professional cuppers who work to distinguish the highest quality and best tasting teas commercially available in the North American market. We’re honored to be recognized for these characteristics that set us apart from others on the retail shelf.

Celebrate this big win with us and get a box of Mango Black for FREE!  All you need to do is spend over $25 in our online store, use promo code FREEBOX16 at checkout, and we’ll send you a box of Mango Black with your order. We hope you love it, too!
Offer ends April 24th.

 

Spring Clean with Tea!

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What can’t tea do? Not only does it taste delicious, but it has hundreds of clever uses in the household as a cleaning agent or even as part of your beauty regimen.

In honor of Earth Month, we’re abandoning chemical-laden conventional cleaners for an Eco-friendly, simple (read: super easy), yet effective alternative: strong black tea!

Here’s what you’ll need:
– An empty (clean) spray bottle
– 3 tea bags of black tea (English Breakfast, Irish Breakfast, Classic Black, Wild Forest Black would work great!)
– 1 cup of water

What to do:
1. Steep tea bags in 1 cup of water and cool.

2. Pour brewed tea into a spray bottle.

3. Spray on windows and wipe thoroughly with a paper towel or cloth.

That’s all! Now you’ve got clean windows and mirrors without using harsh chemicals.

Will you ditch your window cleaner with us? Share with us on social media! Tag @ChoiceOrganicTeas and #DailyChoices to join the conversation.

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#DailyChoices for a Healthier Planet & Healthier You

Insta_AprilIntroApril is Earth Month, which means it’s the perfect time to focus on small daily choices that can result in a healthier planet and healthier you!

As part of our ongoing commitment to a healthy planet, Choice Organic Teas has created a calendar of daily choices to treat yourself and the environment well this month.

Follow along with the calendar all month, and if you snap a picture of your Daily Choices, be sure to tag #DailyChoices and @Choice Organic Teas to share with us on social media. View, print, or download a full-sized version of this calendar here: April Daily Choices Calendar

Follow us:
Instagram: ChoiceOrganicTeas
Facebook: Choice Organic Teas
Twitter: ChoiceOrganicT

Stay tuned for information about a special Earth Month #DailyChoices giveaway!
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Dye Your Easter Eggs with Choice Organic Teas

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Did you know that tea can provide great, unique colors for dyeing eggs? Using tea is a fun way to use what you’ve got in your pantry and avoid food coloring or other dyes.

Here’s what you’ll need for each cup of dye:
– 3 tea bags
– Hot Water
– 1 1/2 Tbsp Vinegar
– Approximately 2 hours

Here are the teas we used for the various colors:
Brown: Masala Chai
Yellow: Premium Japanese Green and Breathing Space
Grey: Blackberry Hibiscus and Hibiscus Heart

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– Place three tea bags of desired color in each cup
– Pour hot water over the tea bags and steep the tea
– Add 2 Tbsp of vinegar in each cup
– Put one hard-boiled egg in each cup for up to 2 hours to achieve desired color.

Try something a bit different:
– Immediately after removing the egg from the tea, apply a damp sponge to add texture to the color.
– Experiment and adding blueberries or blackberries to some of your teas to create purples and blues.
– Dip in vegetable oil to add a light sheen.

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Did you try it? Be sure to take a photo and share it with us on Instagram and Facebook (@ChoiceOrganicTeas) or Twitter (@ChoiceOrganicT)!

World Water Day: Recognizing the Global Water Crisis

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Rupali and Dipali, drinking water at the tapstand, Indramoni Para, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Rangamati District, Bangladesh. Photo credit: WaterAid/Juthika Howlader

As a tea company, we feel that fresh, pure water is essential for that perfect cup, but for millions of people across the globe, it is not as easy as simply turning on the faucet. Today, 650 million people worldwide still live without access to safe water, one in three (2.3 billion) people do not have access to proper sanitation, and approximately 315,000 children under five die every year from diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation – that’s 900 children per day.

Tuesday, March 22nd is World Water Day, a day established to direct the world’s attention to the global water crisis. Access to clean, safe water, proper toilets, hygiene, and sanitation is paramount to living a healthy, long life and yet so many people still go without or with less, forced to use dirty water for daily drinking and washing; some must openly defecate and urinate, contaminating local water sources even further with no better options available.

For every box of tea sold on our website throughout the month of March, Choice Organic Teas pledges to donate 20¢ to WaterAid, a global organization dedicated to “transforming the lives of the poorest and most marginalized people by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.” With this goal in mind, WaterAid dedicates funds to working with local partners and providing them with the support they need to help communities manage sustainable projects that meet their specific needs. Their efforts also go towards changing policies and practice to ensure water, hygiene and sanitation’s vital role in reducing poverty is recognized. Choice Organic Teas has proudly partnered with WaterAid since 2012, making this the fourth year in a row to participate in their World Water Day campaign.

In addition to our contributions, we will be going #Blue4Water, and you should, too! This World Water Day (March 22nd), show your support for the human right to safe water by posting a picture of you, your family, friends, co-workers, and pets wearing blue on your social media of choice. Be sure to use the hash tag #Blue4Water and #WorldWaterDay to join the movement. We hope to see you in the conversation!

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The Choice Organic Teas team goes #Blue4Water in 2015.

If you’re looking for a little extra savings, mark your calendars for March 18th -31st to receive 10% off ALL boxed teas which will help us support this great cause while also treating yourself to your favorite organic teas.

Do you wish to donate directly? Text the word WATERAID to 80077 to donate $10 instantly and this amount will be added to your next monthly bill with your cellular provider or visit WaterAid’s website to donate now.

Recipe: Hibiscus Mocktails

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Whether you’re celebrating alone, with friends, or with your partner, these Hibiscus Mocktails are perfect for Valentine’s Day. With its bright red hue and sweet-tart taste, you won’t even miss the alcohol (but vodka would be an easy addition, if you did want to imbibe!).

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1/3 cup honey (or to taste)
  • 1 ¼ cup water
  • 6 tea bags of Hibiscus Heart (our Blackberry Hibiscus would work well, too)
  • ½ cup coconut water
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • Ice
  • Homemade Lemon-Lime Soda:
    • Juice of ½ lime
    • Juice of ½ lemon
    • 1 ½ cups club soda or tonic water

Instructions:
Bring honey and water to a boil in a saucepan, stir and dissolve the honey. Remove the honey and water mixture from the heat and add the tea bags. Steep the tea for five minutes, remove the tea bags and let the mixture cool completely.

Pour the tea mixture into a cocktail shaker and add one cup of ice. Pour in the coconut water and lime juice, place the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously until chilled. Strain evenly into four glasses and top each off with the homemade lemon-lime soda. Serve immediately.

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Recipe inspired by and adapted from: http://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/entertaining/virgin-hibiscus-cosmopolitan

Great Tea Doing Great Things

Choice Organic Teas had a very exciting 2015! We refreshed our Gourmet Teas, introduced four new teas to our Wellness* line, and attended many trade shows and industry events where we connected with partners and consumers alike. After reflecting on what 2015 brought Choice Organic Teas, we were excited to see how much we were able to give back to our community and partners in Seattle and beyond last year.

Food Banks:

One of the most direct ways we can help those in need in our community is by donating tea to local food banks. In 2015 we were able to donate roughly 100 cases (600 boxes!) of tea to Food Lifeline. We also hosted a month long food drive during December and donated 140 pounds of food to Puget Sound Labor Agency’s food bank. Our total contribution of tea and food drive items to local food banks in 2015 was $3,232.40!

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Choice Organic Teas drops off Holiday Food Drive donations to Puget Sound Labor Agency.

Non-Profit Organizations:

WaterAid
In honor of World Water Day (March 22nd),  we partnered with WaterAid, a non-profit dedicated to helping some of the poorest countries in the world gain access to clean water. With help from our customers, we donated 20 cents for every box of tea purchased on our website throughout the month of March. Our staff members also contributed to the #Blue4Water social media campaign throughout the month. After the devastating earthquake in Nepal, we partnered with WaterAid again to support their relief efforts. With both events combined we were able to raise $1,130 for WaterAid.

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Choice Organic Teas participating in WaterAids #Blue4Water campaign.

The Max Foundation
For the first time, we had the honor of partnering with the Chai for Cancer campaign coordinated by the Max Foundation, a global health non-profit organization that believes that all people living with cancer have the right to access the best treatment and support. We donated a total of 60 boxes of our Masala Chai along with cups and other materials for addas (events) across the country that resulted in over $30,000 in funds raised.

“The Max Foundation’s collaboration with Choice Organic Teas was a true highlight for us throughout 2015.  The company generously donated tea for our Chai for Cancer initiative benefiting people facing cancer in India, as well as gifting us tea to include in our end of year fundraising campaign.  In addition to raising funds, their gift of tea truly raised spirits across the country.  Drinking tea together brought people closer for a cause.  And, of course, everyone loves their products!  It has been a win-win partnership based on our shared values that we look forward to continuing in the New Year.”
-Erin Schwartz, VP of Strategic Partnerships & Global Advocacy at The Max Foundation

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Viji Venkatesh, Head of The Max Foundation India team and Region Head for South Asia, speaks in front of Chai for Cancer fundraising event during the summer of 2015.

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We partnered with PCC Farmland Trust again this year and donated over $2,500 to support the preservation of threatened farmland in the Northwest.


Bastyr University Student Scholarship Fund
For every box of Wellness Teas* sold, we donate a portion of the proceeds to the Bastyr University Student Scholarship Fund helping to promote the future of natural medicine.

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Some of our popular Wellness Teas*, each box sold contributes a portion of the sales to the Bastyr University Student Scholarship Fund.

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For every kilo of tea purchased from Fair Trade Certified™ gardens, Choice Organic Teas makes payments directly to funds managed by the workers at the tea garden. These accounts are empowering workers to improve their own lives and benefit the community.

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A Fair Trade Certified™ tea garden.

Other Community and Fundraising Events:

Each year we get many invitations from organizations, schools and events requesting tea donations for auction, beverage service, and other needs. We are pleased to contribute to fundraising efforts and events in support of issues that align with our company values. Last year we were able to donate over $5,000 worth of tea to roughly 50 different organizations across the country. That is a lot of tea!

Looking back on what 2015 offered, it is heartening that our company is able to give back and support many worthwhile causes. And looking forward, we can only hope to do better in 2016. If supporting any of these causes is important to you, remember that each time you purchase Choice Organic Teas, your dollar goes beyond the delicious cup of tea you’re enjoying.

Here’s to a happy, healthy, and peaceful new year!


*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.