Herbal Teas (Tisanes)

It was brought to my attention this week that we have not adequately communicated how broad our selection of herbal teas is.  Thank you for letting us know!

Ask about our Tea inspired Holiday Recipe flyer for more inspired ways to enjoy tea.

Here is the current list of our offerings: (some flavors change by the season)
Berry Hibiscus
Molly_sBerriesandtwigsBuoyant – Custom Blend (stress relief)
Caramelized Pear
Chamomile Lavender
Citrus Soother
Choc Crème Rooibos
Cranberry Spice
Decaf Apricot Black
Decaf Berry Black
Decaf English Breakfast (black tea)
Decaf Green Tea
Evening in Missoula (not organic)
Ginger Citrus
Honeybush
Indigo Blend (Anti-inflammatory herbs)
Mandarin Chai
Mango n Friends
Mariposa Garden
Mauhaus No6 – Custom Blend
Meeting of the Mints
Molly’s Berries & Twigs – Custom Blend
Night Traveler – Custom Blend (lemony linden flower alternative for those who cannot have chamomile due to ragweed allergies)
Peachy Peach (not organic)
Pepper-Mint Chai – Custom Blend
Red Berries (not organic)
Rooibos – Red
Rooibos Provence
Sunshine, Sole Shine Custom Blend (citrusy)
Throat Therapy
Tisano Cacao
Traveler’s Turmeric – Custom Blend
Turkish Spice Mint
Vanilla Berry Truffle

Teas are blended from organic ingredients unless stated otherwise. Those that contain flavorings are free from gluten and soy lecithin (except for non-organics); many are purely herbal blends that have no flavorings

Thank-FULL

I’ve been so busy getting new product and teas in, making our tea blends, and finding ways to reduce prices and save you money that I didn’t keep up with the social media whirl of the last week.

My heart is FULL of Thanks for All of YOUR new and continued support over the past year. I know weTURKEY cannot be everything to all people, and we SO appreciate Every purchase – from $1 Trial Sizes to $80 stock the pantry.

In addition to extra holiday shopping hours, and lower prices on most of our Farmer Direct teas so you can better afford to gift these fine teas, here are 3 ways to simplify your tea shopping:

  1.  Shipping discounts so you can shop in your jammies, or from across the country! Between now and 12/10 shipping is discounted to flat $3 for all orders up to $75, if you order $76 or more you get FREE shipping ($3 will be refunded upon completion of your order).

2. If you can make it into our shop, did you know that you can bring your own container(s) and we will fill them (Loose in Your Container price).  Another way to Share Good Tea as gifts and SAVE.

TTlogo-lg santa3. Pre-order and select PICKUP in the Order Overview screen before checking out; schedule pickup at your convenience and we will have your order ready – you can zip in and out (less parking hassles).

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Wishing you the Best of Times this holiday season…..

Kateri and the TravTea Team

 

Maplewood Christmas Tree Walk 2017

12/1/17 from 6-9pm

Come see us for specialty teas, holiday scones, gluten and allergen-free treats; and holiday tea inspired recipes given away with every purchase of $10 or more (or purchase for $1.25 each)

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Small Business Saturday & Holiday Shopping

New! Regular shop hours every Monday 10am-5pm for your shopping & tea-to-go convenience.

We will have other extended days & hours in December – Check our Calendar/Events page for specifics

In addition to having several holiday teas for sampling and ready to drink (on the go), for special treat(s) for Small Business Saturday we are bringing in Holiday Spiced Scones from Queens Ccinnamon rollsuisine; and for Gluten-free* and Top 8 Allergen* Free treats we will have cinnamon-raisin rolls and mini-cupcakes from Range Free (in Columbia), and Autumn Spice mini cupcakes from Prioritized Pastries [many of the treats will be available for purchase already on Monday 11/20/17]

AND we will be making our popular Harry Potter inspired Butter Beers to order (regular, dairy-free and/or caffeine-free).  We look forward to seeing you!

*While we are talking about allergens, did you know that most of our flavored teas are gluten and soy-lecithin free? Our pumpkin ginger spice blend has zero flavorings – only roasted pumpkin and spices. TEA SAFELY!

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Teas for the Holidays

12/8/17 update: Pumpkin Ginger Spice, Cranberry Spice, and Turmeric Truffle are almost gone.

Seasonal Holiday Teas are back in stock, including:

Aztec Spice, Butterscotch White, Cranberry Spice, Dark Chocolate Mint, Maple Honeybush, Pumpkin Ginger Spice, Turmeric Truffle (New! tastes like the chocolate oranges popular at Christmas time), Vanilla Berry Truffle

New teas (brought in over past 6 months):

Blacks: Heritage Chai (authentic Indian chai), Singbulli Estate 1st Flush Darjeeling, YanPumpkinTea002ki 2nd Flush Darjeeling;
Greens: Apple Mint Green, Bi Luo Chun, Heritage Firewood Green, Purple Jasmine;
Botanicals: Cinnamon Apricot Yaupon (not really new, but too long out of stock);
Herbals/Decafs: Buoyant Spa Blend (stress relief), Decaf Berry Black, Mango n Friends, Mariposa Garden, Molly’s Berries & Twigs (benefit blend), Rooibos Chai, Rooibos Provence

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We have tea inspired recipe handouts available for $1.25, or free with purchases over $10. This handout includes info and suggestions about our popular Tea Syrups.

A new one that we have discovered is making a tea syrup from Mayan Chai, when you mix this syrup with sparkling water it is remarkably similar to Dr Pepper, but you get to control the sweetness level. Butterscotch white makes a lovely cream soda.

Use Mango n Friends and make the simple syrup with honey or brown sugar (simmered on a stove to reduce and make thicker), then use this as an ice cream or dessert syrup. Also lovely with sparkling water.

Pu-erh & Dark Tea Sampling Session, 1-4pm Sunday 12/3/17

ALL SEATS FILLED!

Puer, or pu-erh, dark tea made exclusively in the Chinese province of Yunnan, has been made for centuries and recently popularized in America and the world through media like tea blogs, food articles, and even fictional books like Lisa See’s, “Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.”

Attend our tasting for the opportunity to:shou2

  • taste higher quality pu-erh than normally found in the US market
  • learn about processing of this tea and its unique qualities
  • purchase some of these for yourself

As “Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane” brings China and puer to a wider audience,we will sample a few teas from the location the book is centered on, Nánnuò Mountain.

Not like your Earl Grey or breakfast blends, or even wulongs (aka oolongs), pu-erh is indeed a tea of its own.

Taste, ask, and learn, as we show you how easy it can be to enjoy quality tea.notThatFunny

Sampling and discussion of pu-erh and other dark teas led by Eric Glass. [Actual tasting session from 1-3pm, with time for shopping after]

Never a coffee-drinker, Eric became interested in tea after a trip to England introduced him to English Breakfast and, thereby, launched a continuing study of tea already ten years strong today.  Aged and dark teas, such as heicha and puer, are among the tea types he enjoys most. He has spent a great deal of time in self-study and reaching out to the larger tea community, as well as traveling to places of origin to experience tea making first-hand.

Reserve your seat here, or call shop 314 647 8832

Holidays – Events & Hours

We will be open on Friday and Saturday for SMALL BUSINESS Shopping – till 6pm on Saturday (when we normally close at 5). Other special shopping hours in December….check our Calendar page

Friday 12/1 is Maplewood Christmas Tree Walk, from 6-9pm  We will be giving away recipes for Holiday Tonics and Tisanes with every purchase over $10 made that night

Sunday 12/3 – 1-4pm – Sit-down sampling session of puehr and dark or aged teas with Eric Glass. $8/person, reservations required. Email will be going out soon with details, or call the shop.

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Butter Beer back for Halloween

“Butter Beer” is back for Halloween month, available on select days: Sat 10/14 and 10/28, and on Tuesdays when Kateri is in the shop….and Halloween is a Tuesday This year, Yay!

Hot or iced Butter Beers all made to order, and a dairy-free option is available as well.  This is our own original recipe, and it contains tea, of course (thus does have caffeine). We have now figured out a caffeine-free version too.

"Butter Beer"

“Butter Beer”

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Darjeeling – end of an era…..UPDATE

We hear some of the Darjeeling gardens have workers returning as negotiations continue. Elyse/Tealet will be traveling to Nepal in November and we will get the Real story from her.  There was no 2nd Flush, and there will be no Autumn Flush harvests for this year.  So, stocks will be lean for the next year.  We still have some Makaibari teas, and we purchased several pounds of the Yanki 2nd Flush, that was popular during our Darjeeling sampling a few months ago.  We also just got in some of the 1st Flush from Singbulli Estate (favored among the 5 or 6 we sampled)

 July 20, 2017 – from Tealet

Over 110 Years – The People Behind Darjeeling Tea Take Their Identity Back with Demand for Gorkhaland

When we started to do work in Darjeeling we had no idea the deep level of politics and corrupt business that was involved in the highly regarded tea. After first learning that we could not find transparency at the estates we became inactive in the region until we connected with a small tea grower cooperative that showed us they could make beautiful tea. This coop is now the future of Darjeeling Tea from Gorkhaland, Yanki Tea.

Young tea buds harvested by Gorkha ladies, members of Yanki Tea

The family and community at Yanki Tea are locals of Darjeeling, or Gorkha. They are the first tea factory to be started by Gorkhas and licensed by the Tea Board of India. They are making orthodox and handmade teas that are spectacular and ready for the market.

Unfortunately, today, they are not making tea. No tea is being made in Darjeeling due to a strike that has been initiated by the general public of the area in solidarity to demand an independent state of India, Gorkhaland. The local people site that the West Bengal government has not properly represented them, has treated them as second class citizens, and has even gone so far as to steal their identity by making Bengali language compulsory. The Gorkha people speak Nepali language.

The local people have stopped working and are protesting peacefully daily. The state has entered security forces to protect the area and has cut off internet connection for the locals. Several innocent civilians have been killed by the hands of government security forces. Please keep our tea making friends in Darjeeling in your hearts during this sad time.

You can read more detail in these two great articles published this week:

Tea Biz “Darjeeling Silence is Deafening” by Dan Bolten
World of Tea “Darjeeling Rise of Gorkhaland” by Jordan Hardin

July 2nd Open House 11am-2pm

hawaiian tea_leaves_black edited 1_600x600_a8b73d210e8933954412a0c84900fad7– Sharing Hawaiian Tea, Nepalese Tea, and More

Kateri will be hanging out at the shop, and sharing the only U.S. grown tea she could get samples of, in celebration of the birthday of our (somewhat) United States.

Lots of other tea sampling throughout the day, maybe some snacks.

Stop by and say “Hi” on your way to or from your weekend festivities!

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