Rooibos (pronounced roy-boss) meaning "red bush" or bush tea is a broom-like herb native to South Africa. When harvested and dried it can be brewed into a reddish-brown herbal infusion which is caffeine-free and rich in minerals. It has an earthy, sometimes smokey taste to it with a bit of a sweet finish. This herb is still "new" to the tea scene and has only been cultivated for the last 300 years. So what's the big deal? On top of being a caffeine-free alternative to the traditional camellia sinensis, it is rich in calcium, manganese and fluoride minerals which assist...

The short answer is no. Matcha is as harmful to your liver as oxygen is to your lungs. That being said, too much of any one thing is bad, but don't let the media scare you from your favourite drink.  Then why are they saying Matcha is bad? Green tea is packed with catechins, an antioxidant compound that lower cholesterol and reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. When there is too much catechins in your system it causes the cells of your liver to become overwhelmed and start breaking down. So how much Matcha is too much? Let's just say...

Traditionally Matcha is a special type of powdered green tea that is grown and produced in Japan. The green tea leaves are kept shaded from the sun during the last few weeks of growth, this increases the chlorophyll content and creates a gorgeous green colour. When the leaves are picked, they are then carefully ground with stone grinding wheels to produce a fine powder. While most Matchas are produced using green tea leaves, in recent years the same practice as been used on white, black and even rooibos tea leaves. Many blends now also include herbs and spices for added...

And they’re wrong. As more and more people flock to drinking green tea for any one of its many benefits: healthy skin, as a digestive aid; weight loss, be more relaxed. Most people don’t enjoy it. Which makes sense because green tea is probably the most carelessly prepared tea - nearly all of them are doing it wrong and the tea gets its revenge by just tasting like bitter hot leaf juice. If you’ve tried green tea and found it bitter you likely plucked a box off the shelf at the supermarket and threw it into your cart because the...

Storing tea is- on a whole- very simple. Keeping your tea in an airtight container and storing said container in a dark, cool, dry place free of strong odours - you will likely consume it long before you begin to notice any degradation in the aroma or taste. But this guide is more of those of you who either have way more tea than you’ll be able to drink within the next few months, or those who simply want to keep a few blends on hand for the occasional cup. Our main goal in tea storage is to prevent deterioration...

Using loose tea to brew your own Iced Tea might be a bit intimidating at first when you’re unsure how to go about it. However, it's actually quite easy, and you will be surprised how much better iced tea is when made from loose leaf tea in place of store bought powders. Why would I want to make my own ice tea? It tastes better  - just like with hot tea, iced tea from loose leaf tea just tastes fresher and better More variety - you can make iced tea out of just about any kind of loose tea -...