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February 12, 2012

3 Cups of tea a day?

Filed under: Newsletter,Tea and Health — wbwingert @ 2:45 pm

The small leaf from the tea plant Camellia Sinensis, is a powerhouse in regard to health promoting properties and has been getting a lot of press in recent years.

Even though scientists and regulatory agencies are reluctant to give their seal of approval, scientific studies continue to reveal that the properties in tea contribute positively to health and may even play a crucial role in the prevention of certain diseases – enough reason for more and more people to turn to a “cuppa tea” (especially green tea) to improve and maintain well being.

In China, where tea was first cultivated, it was valued and used for its medicinal properties long before it became a staple drink in every household. Tea was believed to not only relieve fatigue and improve concentration, but also to aid in digestion, and purify the body. With the use of modern technology, scientists are now getting to the root of these claims and are better able to explain how tea affects health and healing.


Just like fruits and vegetables, tea contains phyto-nutrients (flavenoids) with antioxidant properties which neutralize so-called free radicals. These are highly reactive molecules, capable of causing damage on a cellular level, thereby contributing to the development of chronic disease.

3 cups of tea

While researchers continue to explore the various mechanisms through which tea flavenoids operate, the results of recent studies show that drinking tea regularly

  •  may play a role in reducing cardiovascular disease, reducing incidents of heart attacks and stroke.
  • may contribute to healthy blood vessel function.
  • possibly lowers the risk of certain cancers as tea flavenoids may inhibit the oxidative changes in DNA caused by free radicals and some carcinogens.
  • supports the immune system and fights cold and flu through its anti-viral properties.
  • contributes to tooth and gum health since it is a natural source of fluoride.
  • can help keep bones healthy and strong.

Tea is the most consumed beverage next to water and has a great impact on balanced nutrition, an important factor in fighting many degenerative diseases, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Tea is an inexpensive beverage and easily available almost anywhere in the world. It has been time-tested by civilizations over millennia and science is now confirming what ancient healers knew thousands of years ago.

Whether you drink white, green or black tea for your health, important is that you enjoy that cup and enjoy it often.

Who knows, it may just be true that “3 cups a day, keep the doctor away”!


February 11, 2012

Of Dragons and Chocolate

Filed under: Newsletter — wbwingert @ 2:33 pm
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Thank You

Tea and Chocolate

Year of the Dragon



Featured Teas


Cranberry Peach is a crisp

refreshing cup of goodness


Holiday Delight is back –

last years’ best seller

What would Thanksgiving be

without Pumpkin Pie!

Overdo it?  Try our

Tulsi Detox or Balance

herbal blends to set

things right

Latest Tea Menu


Please visit our

Newest partner

in Tea

32nd Shea

32ndShea is

a new bistro

in Phoenix





Thank you for 2011



Thank you!First, just a quick thank you for all of your support and business in 2011.  We wish everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

January is National Hot Tea Month (though we think every month is hot tea month)

  • New Hours – We are open at 9am and stay open until 7pm Monday-Friday, no change to our Saturday hours 9am-5pm
  • The Next Tea Tuesday at the Kerr Cultural is January 24th at 9:30am – Free Tea and Music
  • Our Tea 101 sold out quickly but there are more classes to try
  • Just in time for Valentine’s Day – our  “Tea and Dessert Pairing” is back – this class is popular and has limited seating -grab your sweetie and celebrate early on February 12th
  • Next month many of of holiday teas start to roll off the shelves – Holiday Delight, Nutcracker Suite, Gingerbread House, Sencha Orange Walnut, Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Ball, and Pumpkin Spice will soon wander off into the sunset
  • Coming up in February – 20% off of all Flowering teas, Hibiscus is 10% off for 100g or more, double-walled glass mugs 30% off all month



Tea and Chocolate – A Perfect Match!



tea and dessert Can you imagine a chocolate chip cookie without a glass of milk,;a peanut butter sandwich without jelly; vanilla ice cream without hot fudge?  There are certain food combinations that take the taste from just good to simply delicious!

 Wine, for example is often paired with foods and desserts to enhance the flavor in both. Tea shares many of wine’s complexities and pairing it with food can enhance the taste experience of both. Since February highlights chocolates and sweets as the perfect gift for your Valentine, why not take it to the next level and create tea and chocolate pairings for that romantic Valentine’s dinner that will surprise and delight!

One way to look at tea and chocolate is as friends where similarity in characteristics enhance the flavor, or as lovers, where contrasting characteristics will complement each other through their differences.

Since tea and chocolate share the same flavor profiles, such as floral qualities and bite from astringency and tannin, they practically invite you to create fun and tasty combinations. While you should always trust your taste buds to find the right combinations, there are some general guidelines that might help you get started.

Pairing Black, white, green, teas on the blog



It’s Dragon Season



 he Year of the Dragon starts 23 January.  2000 was the last year of the Dragon and it is considered to be a a successful year with challenges being overcome.  

We’ll celebrate several ways:

  • The tea of the Month is Dragonwell
  • During the week of January 23rd-28th will take 20% off of all Chinese Teas in stock
  • If the year of the Dragon is your birth year 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000 enjoy a free pot of tea on us!

Stop in a celebrate the new year – again!



Thanks for Reading…



Thanks for reading this month.  We are wishing everyone a new year full of overcoming challenges. Find 3 famous people born in the year of the dragon and we’ll draw 3 names for your choice of 50g of any Chinese tea.  We hope you’ll visit us in the store, at one of our partners or online soon.  If you can’t get in, remember… we ship orders over $50 for free the same day and your tea will arrive quickly!