Teajo Teas is proud to announce that our flavored loose teas are now available through a quality chain of 13 natural food stores located throughout the Midwest and Florida. Akins Natural Foods Marketplace has stores in Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska, where as Chamberlin's Natural Foods, the sister company of Akins, is located throughout Central Florida. For more information, please visit http://www.teajo.com/wheretobuy.php.
You may have noticed that we have been very quiet on the blogging front lately. A great deal of our time and effort this past month has been devoted to preparing for the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show in Washington, D.C. this November 7 & 8. We will be hosting a booth, where we will be serving samples of our flavored loose tea and offering our products for purchase. In addition, we will be sponsoring a Food and Wine Pairing event hosted by Food Network Chef Tyler Florence and will be serving our delicious tea to his audience at the end of his presentation.
Chuck's Natural Food Marketplace in Brandon, FL is now carrying our flavored loose tea products, initially offering the following flavors: Tropical Mango, Very Raspberry, Orange Ruby Rooibos, Lemon Ginger Green and Assam Chai. To help you with the loose tea brewing, they are also carrying our Smart Tea Makers.
One of the most important aspects of our teas is that they are harvested without the use of pesticides or harmful chemicals. Once harvested, the teas are processed and then shipped to one of our facilities in the U.S., where they are kept in a warehouse for flavor blending and distribution. Depending on the tea varieity (black, green, white), processing of the tea leaves can involve one or more of the folllowing steps: (1) Withering - reduce water content in the leaves, (2) Rolling - release oils to provide aroma, (3) Oxidation - oxygen is absorbed (4) Drying/Firing - even and thorough drying to stop oxidation process.
The flavor blending process is very simple. We take only natural ingredients and combine them with the tea leaves. No artificial preservatives, colors or flavors ever touch the teas. For example, our Lemon Ginger Green tea is created by taking Green Assam tea leaves and blending them, often by hand, with natural bits of lemon and ginger. These natural bits are created from whole dried fruits and spices, so the lemons had to be dried and cut as did the pieces of ginger. Sometimes we also add natural flavoring or other garnishes, such as safflower or lotus petals, which help bring out certain flavors within the blend. For best results, the blended tea should not be consumed for approximately 24-48 hours to allow the flavors and aromas to properly infuse.
We focus on maintaining our tea inventory on a just in time basis, so that your tea is tastes fresher when you purchase. Many companies buy years of tea inventory to bring down their costs and provide you with a less expensive product. However, the price you pay as a consumer is in quality, taste and freshness.
We talk a lot about providing grower fresh teas and that we carry a very high quality grade of teas. I'll bet many of you are curious as to who is growing these teas and where they are harvested.
With the exception of our Rooibos herbal infusions, Teajo teas originate from a region called Assam, which is situated in the eastern foothills of the Himalayas. Our grower operates tea cooperatives in this region and has been doing so for over 25 years. Most people in the U.S. do not realize that there is a good chance that the tea they are drinking contains some remnants of tea from the Assam region. In most cases, large tea buyers or consolidators purchase the tea from Assam and then proceed to blend with teas from other regions and countries to make products such as English Breakfast tea or generic Black tea.The difference in our case is that we do not blend with other tea types, so our black and green teas contain only pure Assam tea leaves primarily for reasons of quality and freshness.
More about the harvesting process in the next blog.