General Tea

We've compiled a trove of fun information and stories about our favorite subject: tea! Read on to learn more about our favorites, the history of different teas, and more.

What is the best loose tea for iced tea?

There are hundreds, if not thousands of teas available. Many of them can be iced, but some make better iced teas than others. So out of all these teas, which ones are recommended? We've done the homework for you with over 20 years of experience serving iced teas in our popular tea cafes.

Artificial and Natural Flavors in Tea Explained

Flavoring tea is a process almost as old as tea itself, and originally flowers and other fragrant botanicals were layered in the tea which readily absorbed their aromas. Jasmine is a classic example. While botanicals, fruits and spices are still used, some blenders use additional flavors to achieve the desired taste.

How to Make Iced Tea

In this guide, we'll teach you way the many different methods to brewing iced tea. So, grab your favorite tea leaves and some ice cubes as we get ready to savor the coolness, one sip at a time!

What is Purple Tea?

Purple tea, like all other tea originates from the Camellia Sinensis plant. The same plant that we get our familiar black and green tea from. The purple appearance of the tea is caused by a unique genetic mutation which produces anthocyanin, the same powerful antioxidant found in blueberries.

How Much Caffeine is in Coffee Compared to Tea?

We're constantly asked about the differences in caffeine content between coffee and black tea, so we thought we'd put together a brief primer. Learn how much caffeine you'll get in a cup of coffee compared to a cup of black tea, the effects of too much caffeine, and get some recommendations for higher-caffeine teas.