What’s Your Cup of Tea?
Lately, it seems there are quite a few articles being written comparing the various attributes of two of our favorite beverages–wine and coffee. As Sonoma County’s leading purveyor of sustainable coffee, we can appreciate the similarities. Both require a painstaking labor of love and in return offer us an intriguing world of flavors and aromas to explore. Both come to us from distinct regions around the world and take on a signature, or terroir, from the unique places they are grown. Both have developed into a kind of personal ritual, often as bookends to our day.
BLUE FLOWER EARL GREY
Our rendition of the classic blend of black teas enhanced with oil of bergamot and colorful cornflower petals. This favorite of so many tea drinkers will entice you with its heady scent.
Ingredients: Fair Trade Black Tea, oil of bergamot, cornflower petals. Contains Caffeine.
Ingredients: Fair Trade Ceylon and Assam black teas, cornflower petals. Contains Caffeine.
Ingredients: Ginger root, cinnamon bark, cloves, cardamom pods, nutmeg, Darjeeling and vanilla beans. Contains Caffeine.
Ingredients: Alfalfa, nettle, peppermint, oatstraw, lemongrass leaves, red clover, hibiscus flowers and horsetail. Caffeine-free.
Ingredients: Chamomile flowers, spearmint leaves, passionflower herb, rose petals, lavender flowers and cinnamon bark. Caffeine-free.
PURE PEPPERMINT (Cut Leaf)
Aside from their centuries-old reputation as cure-alls, dried mint leaves have been brewed for their aroma, refreshing flavor, and cool aftertaste. Some add them to India and Ceylon black teas, and they are traditionally used in Morocco with Pinhead Gunpowder tea.
Ingredients: Peppermint leaves. Caffeine-free.
Ingredients: Lemon balm, spearmint, Japanese-style green tea, nettle, calendula petals. Contains Caffeine.
Hand-rolled into tight little pellets that resemble gunpowder, Taylor Maid’s pinhead Gunpowder brews a clear amber liquor with a tint of green, a light fragrance and a clean, lively, bright taste that is vaguely sweet and haunting. It has surprising body. Use a bit more water than usual when brewing. Add our Pure Peppermint to create your own “Moroccan Mint” blend.
Ingredients: Pinhead gunpowder green tea. Contains Caffeine.
Closer to green than Oolong tea, our Jasmine is selected from hundreds of fine teas, the leaves being picked at their flavor peak in the spring before the rain and the period of fast growth. The tea, a Pauchong, is then held with special care until summer when the best flowers are available for blending to impart their rare and delicious perfume. It is indeed a tea of teas – extremely fine, delicate and aromatic.
Ingredients: Organic Jasmine silver hair tea. Contains Caffeine.