Our Blog Has Moved! Find “News + Stories” on Our New Website.

goldencup_homepageslider.jpgWe’re pleased to announce the debut of the brand new ChoiceOrganicTeas.com!

Our blog has moved to the beautiful News & Stories section of our new site which means we will be de-activating this blog at the end of July. Be sure to bookmark our News & Stories and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to stay up to date on the latest Choice Organic Teas news and find delicious recipes and creative ways to enjoy our tea.

With the launch of the new website, we’re excited to add fantastic, informative features to explore:
– Learn How Tea Is Made and Where It Comes From
Tea FAQ section
– Updated and enhanced Store Locator
– Pages highlighting Our Partners & Our Certifications
– Information about Our Company and the story, people, and values behind Choice Organic Teas

Thanks for reading our blog, see you on the new site soon!

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Recipe: Iced London Fog with Earl Grey Lavender

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Fragrant lavender brings a floral complement to Earl Grey’s quintessential bergamot citrus notes. Our Earl Grey Lavender puts a sophisticated spin on the popular café menu item, the London Fog. Pour it over ice and you’ve got a cold treat you can make right at home.

Ingredients:
– 2 tea bags Earl Grey Lavender
– 2 cups water
– 1 cup milk or dairy alternative
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 2 Tbsp honey
– ice

Instructions:
1. Steep tea bags in 1 cup of boiled water for 5 minutes.
2. Add honey to hot tea and stir to dissolve.
3. Add 1 cup of cool water to tea and honey mixture.
3. Add vanilla extract to milk.
4. Fill two 16 oz glasses half way with ice.
5. Divide tea evenly into both glasses.
6. Top with milk and stir.

Makes 2 servings.

Recipe: Blackberry Hibiscus Lemonade

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Tangy, sweet, and perfect for a park picnic or summer BBQ. The whole family will find this kid-friendly combination irresistible and thirst-quenching. This makes a single 16 oz serving, but is simple to double or quadruple, whatever your needs!

Ingredients:
– 2 tea bags Blackberry Hibiscus
– 1/2 cup water
– 1 cup lemonade
– ice

Instructions:
1. Steep tea in freshly boiled water, allow to cool.
2. Add 1 cup of lemonade to tea and stir.
3. Pour over ice in a tall glass.
4. Enjoy!

Recipe: Sparkling Raspberry Jasmine Green Tea

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Sun yourself on the patio with this fruity, fragrant refresher. Summer raspberries and floral Jasmine Green tea unite with a little bit of fizz. This recipe shows you how to make a single glass for yourself to enjoy but is easily multiplied for festive occasions with your whole crew.

Ingredients:
– 2 tea bags Jasmine Green Tea
– 2 Tbsp fresh raspberries
– 1 Tbsp sugar
– Sparkling water
– 1 1/2 cups water
– ice

Instructions:
1. Steep tea bags in 3/4 cup boiled water that has cooled slightly to 190 degrees for 4 minutes.
2. Once steeped, add another 3/4 cup of cool water to your tea and set aside.
3. In the bottom of a 16 oz glass, muddle raspberries and sugar together.
4. Add ice to your glass with the raspberries.
5. Pour tea over ice.
6. Fill the glass the rest of the way with sparkling water.
7. Enjoy!

Recipe: Thai Iced Tea with Breakfast Blend

thaiicedtea.jpgUnique spices create authenticity in this creamy and sweet Thai Iced Tea. This version is vegan and made with our brisk, black Breakfast Blend tea. It can be easily adapted to include real milk or other dairy alternatives, customized to your desired sweetness, and spiced with your individual tastes in mind. Start here and see where your imagination can take you!

Ingredients:
– 6 tea bags Breakfast Blend (or another one of our strong black teas)
– 3 whole cloves
– 1 crushed cardamom pod
– 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/4 cup sugar
– 4 cups water
– 1/2 cup coconut milk
– 1/2 cup sweetened condensed coconut milk
– ice

Instructions:
1. Steep tea bags in 2 cups of freshly boiled water, stir in spices, vanilla, and sugar to dissolve. You can add more sugar if you prefer it.
2. Brew for at least 30 minutes and allow to cool, adding 2 additional cups of cold water.
3. Remove tea bags and spices and refrigerate until ready to use.
4. In a separate container, mix coconut milk and sweetened condensed milk. Stir well.
5. Fill glasses with ice and fill the glass about 3/4 with tea.
6. Top off with coconut milk mixture and stir.
7. Enjoy!

Recipe: Spring Rooibos Frittata

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Spring is finally here! That means more sun, fresh veggies, and brunch weather. This frittata will serve your whole crew or can be perfect for two with leftovers for dinner. Infused with a touch of Rooibos tea, it offers a herbal twist on a traditional dish. Pair it with a simple salad of spring mix greens, carrots, and tomato topped with a Rooibos Balsamic Vinaigrette for a complete meal. Don’t forget the iced tea!

Ingredients:
Rooibos infused olive oil:
– 1/4 cup olive oil
– 2 tea bags Rooibos

Frittata:
– 2 Tbsp Rooibos infused olive oil
– 1/2 onion, sliced
– 1 1/2 cup spinach, chopped
– 1 cup sliced mushrooms
– 6-8 eggs
– 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
– salt
– pepper
– 1 tsp oregano

Instructions:
1. To make the Rooibos olive oil, heat oil in a saucepan to 150 degrees, stirring occasionally to not burn the oil. Remove from heat, add tea bags and steep until you’re ready to use.
2. In a 10 inch cast iron or non-stick skillet, heat 2 Tbsp of Rooibos olive oil on medium high heat.
3. Add sliced onion and 1/2 tsp salt and pepper. Cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
4. Lower heat, add spinach and mushrooms, cook until spinach has wilted and there’s little moisture left in the pan.
5. Meanwhile, beat eggs in a separate bowl, stir oregano and feta into eggs.
6. Pour egg mixture into cast iron, use a spatula to even out the vegetables if necessary.
7. Cook until eggs are set and firm all the way though.
8. OPTIONAL: If you’re using a cast iron or oven-safe pan, you can finish setting the eggs and brown the top of the frittata briefly in the oven. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees and place frittata on the top rack for 3 minutes.
Serves 6

Rooibos Balsamic Vinaigrette:
Ingredients:
– 2 Tbsp Rooibos olive oil
– 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
– Garlic Powder, Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions:
1. Combine all ingredients in a mason jar and shake!
2. Toss with your favorite salad veggies and greens.

 

New Mushroom Wellness Teas!

fb-cover-image-mushroom_v2We are pleased to introduce an exciting new extension to our Wellness Teas* line: Mushroom Wellness Teas*! We spent the last year researching and developing this intriguing line of teas designed for overall well-being and organic immunity support.* With the help of our friends on the faculty at Bastyr University and our very own sourcing and blending experts, we formulated blends of synergistic herbs and mushrooms to create flavorful, functional teas.*

You’re probably wondering, “Why Mushrooms?”

Mushrooms have long been used across cultures as traditional medicine to promote health and vitality.* Modern research shows that medicinal mushrooms, which contain antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, can help modulate the body’s immune system and contribute to overall well-being.* The rich historical use of mushrooms for medicinal purposes is perfectly paired with synergistic herbs like turmeric, matcha, ashwagandha, eleuthero root, dandelion root, cacao, carob, and more to amplify the benefits of these teas.

Meet the four new Mushroom Wellness Teas*!

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Reishi Detox*
Detoxify and replenish your body with this purifying herbal mushroom blend.* Reishi, also known as the
“mushroom of immortality,” supports healthy immunity and delivers antioxidants to boost your body’s natural defenses.* Dandelion and burdock root aid the liver in eliminating toxins.* Moringa and nettle are nourishing and uplifting while cacao and carob lend flavorful chocolate notes and provide additional antioxidants.* Treat yourself to a fresh start with this spice-kissed, velvety brew.

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Reishi Matcha
Boost mindful productivity with this energizing pairing of mushrooms and tea.* Reishi, a medicinal mushroom used by Shaolin monks to improve concentration, empowers your body’s defenses and assists in healthy cardiac function while Cordyceps supports immunity and endurance.* Green tea promotes an alert, yet calm mental state and supplies beneficial polyphenols and other antioxidants.* Awaken the peaceful warrior within when you sip this bright, savory cup.

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Shiitake Maté

Go the distance in mind and body with this lightly caffeinated mushroom herbal blend.* Shiitake, also known as the black forest mushroom, promotes natural immunity and cognitive function while Cordyceps supports athletic endurance, increased energy, and a healthy libido.* Energizing eleuthero root pairs with ashwagandha to moderate your body’s response to stress.* Nourishing yerba maté delivers a long-lasting lift and sharp mental focus.* Take on the world with this mildly sweet and spicy cup.

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Shiitake Turmeric

Ease your body and mind with this blend of soothing mushrooms and herbs.* Shiitake and reishi, two of Asia’s most cherished mushroom remedies, help to maintain immunity and cell health while promoting normal adrenal, cardiovascular, and cognitive performance.* Turmeric, a time-honored herb used throughout the world, supports healthy joint, brain, and immune function.* Restore your body’s natural balance with this sweet and savory cup.*

We can’t wait for you to try them! At a suggested retail price of $5.49, these new teas will be available at www.choiceorganicteas.com and at independent natural retail stores starting April 2017.

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Dr. Jenn Dazey, faculty member at Bastyr University, shows the Choice Organic Teas team how to make mushroom decoctions.

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Tinctures and decoctions of medicinal mushrooms from our educational session at Bastyr University.


* 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.