With the cooler temps forcing us to pull our flannel pj pants and fuzzy robes out of storage, we’re savoring some delicious new ways to stay warm. Tops on our list this month is Siptea, seller of beautifully crafted organic loose teas.
Siptea which “celebrates the ancient art of tea drinking,” was founded by Laura Stewart. A former pastry chef and set-lighting tech for the film industry, Laura was working a crazy schedule on a TV show and pretty much irrigating herself with coffee when she experienced an irregular heartbeat. The scare inspired her to cut out high-caffeine drinks and go the healthy route with tea.
Siptea is a big supporter of sustainable business practices, fair trade, local businesses, local farms, artisans, and nonprofits. The company offers dozens of organic white, pan-fired and steamed green, oolong, black, and pu’erh teas, as well as several tisanes. We’re devotees of the Halo Flower (organic white tea balls that blossom in hot water), the delicate Orchid oolong, Silver Needle white, Vanilla Hojicha (steamed green with hints of white chocolate and vanilla), and the hearty Masala Chai (black tea with cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and black pepper).
Laura also runs a blog with articles on topics like brewing the perfect cup, crafting the best iced tea, re-steeping (who knew some teas are better the second time around?), the caffeine content of different teas, and even cooking with tea. Check it out, and tell her Fresh American sent you.
What’s your go-to beverage for a chilly fall day? Tell us in the comments below and you’ll be entered to win a cozy Sheepy Fleece robe (valued at $84)—perfect for snuggling up with a hot cup of tea! The contest runs from now until 11:59 p.m. EST on October 17, 2012. View the full details.
Congratulations to our winner, Hannah from California!