Join one of the "hottest" trends in America today! For years, coffee has stolen the show in the minds of millions of beverage drinkers. But, coffee beware! Tea is fast on the rise and for good reason. It offers a laundry list of benefits and flavors! However, in many cases, your commercially-bagged teas won't deliver on taste & quality and give a less than favorable opinion of an otherwise great experience.
So where does this leave us?
Enter loose-leaf teas!
It's tea on the loose, and you will want to catch it quickly! We offer a large selection of beautiful blends along with single delights. Choose from green, black, white, oolong & herbal teas(including rooibos, honeybush, fruit blends, wellness teas, & more)...or take home one of each! Visit our Tasting Parlor on a regular basis to sample the "teas of the day".
What is tea?
All teas (white, green, oolong, black and pu'erh) come from the same plant. The botanical name of this versatile plant is Camellia Sinensis. Other beverages, while sometimes called "tea", are more accurately referred to as an herbal tea or tisane. Tisanes include chamomile, Rooibos and fruit teas.
The tea plant, which grows in the wild in some parts of Asia, is cultivated in a variety of settings from small family gardens to giant estates. The best tea is usually grown at elevation, and often, on steep slopes.
The three primary components of brewed tea are:
#1. Essential Oils - these provide tea's delicious aromas and flavors.
#2.Polyphenols - these provide the "briskness" or astringency in the mouth and are the components that also carry most of the health benefits of tea.
#3.Caffeine - found naturally in coffee, chocolate, tea and Yerba Mate, caffeine provides tea's natural energy boost.
Tea processing is five basic steps; some teas don't utilize all of these steps, while other teas repeat them several times. Basic processing is Plucking, Withering (allowing the leaves to wilt and soften), Rolling (to shape the leaves and wring out the juices), Oxidizing and Firing (ie: Drying).
White tea is simply plucked and allowed to wither dry. If the weather isn't cooperating, the leaves may be put into a gentle tumble dryer on very, very low heat to assist. But the leaves are not rolled, shaped, etc. Some minimal oxidation does happen naturally, as it can take a full day or two to air-dry the tea leaves. White teas are the most delicate in flavor and aroma.
Green Tea is plucked, withered and rolled. The fresh leaves are either steamed or pan-fired (tossed in a hot, dry wok) to a temperature hot enough to stop the enzymes from browning the leaf. Simultaneously, the leaves are shaped by curling with the fingers, pressing into the sides of the wok, rolling and swirling. Flavors range from toasty, grassy (pan fired teas) to fresh steamed greens (steamed teas) with mild, vegetable-like astringency.
Oolong Tea is one of the most time-consuming teas to create. It utilizes all of the five basic steps, with rolling and oxidizing done repeatedly. Oolongs typically have much more complex flavor than Green or White teas, with very smooth, soft astringency and rich in floral or fruity flavors. Oolongs are ideal for those new to tea drinking.
Black Tea also utilizes all five basic steps, but is allowed to oxidize more completely. Black teas offer the strongest flavors and, in some cases, greatest astringency. Black teas are the most popular bases for iced tea.
Pu erh Tea
Pu erh Tea is a completely different art. It is also a fermented tea (although alcohol is not produced in the process). Depending on the type of pu erh being made, the aging process lasts anywhere from a few months to several years. It is prized for its earthy, woodsy or musty aroma and rich, smooth taste.
Tisanes are usually dried flowers, fruits or herbs steeped in boiling water (no actual tea leaves are included). Historically they were consumed for medicinal reasons or as a caffeine-free alternative, and can be used the same way today. Examples of tisanes include fruit teas, rooibos tea (that boasts a rich, slightly sweet flavor), herbal teas & yerba mate.
Benefits of Teas/Tisanes:
-General Immune Strength
-Energy & Concentration
-Antioxidant Source (which may help us fight cardiovascular diseases, cancers, osteoporosis, diabetes mellitus, some neurodegenerative diseases, and may enhance overall bone & dental health.
So How Do I Get A “Spot of Tea?”
At A Harvest of Health we have 3 quick steps to get you all set up with your favorite tin of tea!
#1: Pick your tin! ($2.99)
#2: Choose the perfect tea for you!
#3: We will fill it up & give you the instructions on how to make your own delicious “cuppa tea”!
(Oh, and the great news is, when you run out, save $2.99 by bringing your empty tin back in to re-fill with your tea of choice! You can re-use it again & again!)
We also have lots of tea-infusing accessories to make your daily brewing go smoothly!
Visit us and tempt your sense of smell along with your taste buds! Experience it all and find out why this is so many people's cup of tea!
Here's a list of teas that are great for making iced in the warmer months! /files/page/Teas for Making Iced.pdf
To see all our tea flavors, scroll down & view the list below the picture.
Earl Grey Moonlight
Hazelnut Cinnamon Crème (decaf)
Jasmine Phoenix Pearls
Lemon Meringue (seasonal)
Autumn Mist (seasonal)
White Spring Delight
White Southern Delight
Watermelon Cooler (seasonal)
Berry Crème Compote
Yuletide Toddy (seasonal)
Key Lime (seasonal)
Rooibos & Honeybush
Green Rooibos Key West
Green Rooibos Bonita
Rooibos Cinnamon Apple
Rooibos Lemon Cloud
Hugs & Kisses
Green Rooibos Blueberry
Honeybush Pumpkin Chai (seasonal)
Rooibos Vanilla Chai
Spiced Apple Chai (seasonal)