Tea Education

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Red, White, and Blue FestiviTEAs!

As we look forward to the Fourth of July, let's celebrate all the red white and blue ways you can enjoy Jackson Avenue Teas!   WATERMELON REFRESHER To create our signature Watermelon Refresher you’ll pour Strawberry Basil white tea over frozen watermelon and blueberries for the ultimate Fourth... Brew Strawberry Basil white tea at room temperature overnight: measure 0.8 oz of tea* into a stainless steel strainer (one intended for... Cut a medium sized watermelon into 1 inch cubes and arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet; freeze overnight. On another baking sheet... To serve, fill a tall, clear glass (or clear plastic cup) with watermelon cubes and a few blueberries then add Strawberry Basil white tea to within... *For most of our white teas use 3 heaping Tbsp of dry tea per half gallon if you do not have a food scale. FROZEN MIX-INS TEA BAR Entice your guests at your next BBQ or poolside gathering with an iced tea mix-ins bar!  This low or no-sugar added option will satisfy all the... Provide your guests with brewed Blueberry Muffin and Strawberry Basil white teas, plenty of fresh ice, and a selection of frozen and chilled... The night before your party, for each type of tea brew 3 Tbsp of tea in ½ gallon of water at room temperature overnight. You can create an easy,... As you prep for your event, line a deep water-proof tray with ice and place bowls into the ice so your fruit stays cold.  Use a separate bowl for... For serving we recommend clear plastic cups, mason jars, or tall, narrow glassware.   ... RED WHITE AND BLUE… BERRY MUFFIN, THAT IS Whether you purchase pomegranate seeds already removed from the fruit or do it yourself, we love the simple elegance they add to your favorite... You could also add pomegranate seeds to iced Strawberry Basil white tea. For a beautiful, all red flavor blast - add pomegranate seeds and a splash of sweetener to chilled hibiscus tea! This kid-friendly, no-caffeine... ...

Blueberry Breezer

We love Blueberry Muffin White tea on ice in the summertime!  I love adding just a pinch of sugar per cup of tea to bring out the sweetness, but... If you want a fancy drink, check out this recipe! It’s creamy and refreshing; it’s simple to make ahead of time, too, so you can breezily share... In a hurry?  Use a little less than 1 cup of water to brew your tea, and stir 2 ice cubes into your brewed tea to quickly chill it; then store it... ... INGREDIENTS 1 cup frozen unsweetened BLUEBERRIES, thawed 4 tsp BLUEBERRY MUFFIN WHITE TEA 1 cup water, heated 1-1/2 cups coconut milk, chilled 2 tsp sugar 2... INSTRUCTIONS 1. In a saucepan, heat blueberries over medium-low heat, stirring often; add the sugar to the blueberries and stir thoroughly to dissolve - cook... 2. Meanwhile, brew 4 tsp blueberry muffin tea in 1 cup of hot water (180°) and set aside to cool. 3. Pour the blueberries and brewed tea into a pitcher or 2 pint Ball jar; add coconut milk. Set in fridge to chill, at least 4 hours or up to 48... 4. When ready to serve, fill 2 glasses with ice then pour half the strawberry tea mixture into each glass. Garnish with freeze-dried or fresh... Did you try this recipe? Email photos and comments to asullivan@jacksonavenuetea.com for a chance to be featured on our social media and win some... ...

Get Started with Ginger! So Many Benefits for Your Health.

Have you tried our Ginger Peach Orange white tea? We also offer Citrus Ginger Berry black tea if you want a higher-caffeine option or Sweet and... According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, GINGER provides a wide range of health benefits! A natural component of ginger root called Gingerol can improve gut mobility -- in other words: it moves your digestion right along. This can be especially helpful to alleviate nausea related to illness, pregnancy, cancer... Gingerol may also reduce gas and bloating. Since it can help move food through the gut more quickly foods sit for less time, thereby reducing... This article on Healthline reveals even more potential benefits of ginger! Studies in recent years have suggested that consuming ginger on a daily... Ginger supplements versus ginger as a tea or ingredient? Ginger supplements seem an easy option for daily ginger BUT take care! Ginger supplements often contain quantities of gingerol at levels 2-3 times...

Summer Iced Tea - crystal clear perfection!

Iced Tea! Summer is here and with us come barbeques, evenings on the lake, and good times on the lawn. We offer many tea varieties that are... To explain tea clarity, let's get nerdy: The reason hot tea never gets cloudy is that larger particles, such as tannins, if they are moving quickly... To make clear tea: Brew it at room temperature overnight OR brew it in hot water that's just a little less hot than usual. Then - most importantly - keep tea at room... If you prefer chilled tea, as I do, you'll drink cloudy tea from the fridge. That's okay - cloudiness is not a sign of poor quality nor is the... Our favorite iced teas: Ginger Peach Orange white tea (May's tea of the month); use code MAY24BOGO to buy-1-get-1- free! Ceylon - classic, unflavored iced tea from Sri Lanka! The photo is of freshly-brewed Ceylon Strawberry Basil white tea - another fruity, refreshing, low-caffeine option! Peppermint herbal - need a caffeine free refresher? Our peppermint herbal tea is a year-round pleaser: delicious over ice or comforting in a warm mug.

A Crash Course in Tea

What is Tea? All true teas come from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. From two sub-species of this one plant come five types of tea, the... Processing Tea There are five steps involved in the processing of tea. The production of some types of tea involves all of these steps, even repeating certain... Plucking: First, tea is plucked. leaves are removed from the stems. In most regions of the world, fine teas are plucked by hand, though Japanese... Oxidation is the most crucial of the five processes as the extent of oxidation (or lack thereof) is the most significant in determining the flavor... During oxidation, the cell walls of tea leaves break down – this can happen naturally over time or can be sped up by crushing, rolling, or cutting... Before the chemistry of oxidation was properly understood, tea growers used the term “fermentation” to refer to oxidation. In some parts of the... 5 Types of Tea WHITE TEA White tea is unprocessed tea. We call it “white” because of the fuzzy white “hairs” that delicately cover the surface of new buds - the newest... To produce white tea, the new-growth leaves and buds are plucked and then allowed to wither dry. Though sometimes this process is gently “helped”... Once withered, these leaves come in a variety of shapes and sizes and have a white or light green/brown appearance. The tea liquor brewed from... ... GREEN TEA Green tea is named after its leaves, which are still vividly green by the time it is fully processed. Tea growers use heat during the rolling... Heat is used to destroy the enzymes that cause oxidation, thereby halting the oxidation process. The liquors of steamed green teas have bright,... Green teas in their dry, whole-leaf state are distinctive for their beautiful and unique shapes that are produced by hand. Leaves may be rolled,... Oolong Tea Oolong teas originated in the Anxi and Fujian regions of China and Taiwan. Oolongs, such as our Ti Kwan Yin, are created using all five steps in... The care taken to gently oxidize oolong tea results in a distinctive, smooth mouthfeel, especially compared to black tea. For our Earl Grey... Black Tea Black teas are grown all over the world and are produced in a very linear fashion: pluck, wither, bruise, oxidize, dry. None of the steps are... Black teas, such as those from the Ceylon region of Sri Lanka or the Assam region of India, are completely oxidized, unlike oolongs which are only... Black teas are most often known for their distinctive, bold flavors and notable astringency, though certain varieties such as Keemum, from the... Pu Ehr Pu Ehr tea, like our Pu Ehr #1 Organic is especially unique in that it is the only tea that undergoes true fermentation in its making. This type of... Raw pu ehr is bright green, while red (ripened/fermented) pu ehr is dark red and produces a deeply ruddy liquid. Pu ehrs are considered “living... The flavor profile of pu ehr teas is that of deep umami: earthy, woodsy, musty aromas with an exceptionally smooth finish.

New to drinking tea?

Are you a tea drinker? Do you want to be? If you're new to the world of tea here are some delightful, easy-to-love favorites: You absolutely must try Peppermint Patty black tea! For high caffeine content* and familiar flavors, it’s our go-to. It truly has the smooth... Need to give up caffeine altogether? Herbal teas are truly caffeine free. Try our classic peppermint herbal tea. The minty cool of peppermint is... We love the lightly fruity flavors of Acai Blueberry white tea and Strawberry Basil white tea. Both of these low-caffeine** teas taste just like... What about green tea? There's a lot of buzz about green tea and its health benefits, and while we are conscious of well-known health claims, we'll... Looking for something a bit more distinct? Our Chestnut Truffle black tea is unlike any other tea you've tried! Drink it warm; you'll immediately... Still trying to decide? We'd love to hear from you! Email asullivan@jacksonavenuetea.com *Most black teas carry 40 mg caffeine per cup, compared to just over 100 mg caffeine per cup of coffee. **White teas often contain about 10 mg caffeine per cup - just a little more than the caffeine content in a chocolate bar. Green teas usually... You get what you pay for Hit the tea aisle at your local grocery store - including the more upscale stores - and you'll find an assortment of "iced tea blends" next to a... When you brew a cup of loose leaf tea, especially if you're using a clear brewing device, you can watch the tea (or herb) leaves and inclusions... From opening Jackson Avenue Tea Company's sealed, opaque packages and inhaling that first, delightful whiff to enjoying the last of the 20 cups of...