1. Tea is better for your overall health; the high levels of antioxidants found in tea help prevent against diseases and delay cell damage.
2. No more sleepless nights! Tea contains less, and sometimes no, caffeine than coffee. Which means it will not stimulate your mind and body as much as a cup of coffee would; equaling a more restful night’s sleep.
3. Stay hydrated! Tea has the advantage, over coffee, of being pure water with added flavor. Tea also contains less caffeine, a natural dehydrator, than coffee.
4. Keep your bones healthy; tea contains high levels of a chemical called catechin. Catechins are natural antioxidants and help promote bone growth.
5. Resist depression; green tea contains a micro-nutrient called polyphenols that act as a natural antidepressant.
1 C water 1 TBSP water
1 tsp Elden Street Tea Shop Ceylon Tea 3 C flour
2 tsp chai spice blend** 1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda ½ tsp salt
¾ C vanilla low-fat yogurt 1 C softened butter
1 C granulated sugar 1 C light brown sugar
5 eggs 1 C confectioners’ sugar
**To make the chai spice blend use equal
parts cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, ground
cloves, and peppercorn.
To access the original recipe, click here.
Steeping tea is an art form of its own, as steeping can make or break the perfect cup of tea. The practice of steeping tea is to infuse water with your tea leaves. The key elements in the process are the water temperature and the length of time you let your tea leaves steep.
The ideal water temperature can vary based on the type of tea you are steeping. When making a cup of green or white tea, you want to keep your water temperature between 150 – 180 degrees Fahrenheit. These teas steep in a cooler temperature than others because their leaves are more delicate and higher temperatures risk burning the leaves. Black and Oolong teas steep at a slightly higher temperature, 180 – 200 degrees Fahrenheit and Herbal has the highest steeping temperature at 200 degrees.
Each type of tea also has its own ideal length of steep time, seen in the chart below. The length of time you let your tea steep for is important as too little time does not allow the tea leaves to release each of their unique flavors and too much time can over steep your tea and you risk your tea becoming bitter. If you are re-steeping tea leaves you should add an extra minute or two to the original steep time.
For specific steeping information on each of the Elden Street Tea Shop teas, click here to go to our tea catalog.
Come into Elden Street Tea Shop this holiday season to get the perfect gift for every tea lover on your list!
Hostess Serving Tray:
Need that perfect hostess gift for your holiday parties? Here it is! Our Hostess Tea Serving Tray has everything you need to serve tea on one tray! 3 different types of tea inn beautiful glass jars, local honey, rock sugar, tea spoon and filter all included! $54.95
Reusable Canister or French Press Travel Mug:
Give the gift of SustainabiliTEA! The ESTS Canister and Travel French Press Mug are part of our BYOC program. Save money every time you bring them in to fill up! Canister $29.95 French Press Mug $34.95
Ceremonial Matcha and Matcha Tea Set:
Our matcha tea set is perfect for the caffeine lover on your gift list! With all the health benefits of green tea and the caffeine content of a cup of coffee! $49.95
The Tea Lover’s Gift Set:
A great gift for the tea lover in your life! Includes mug, ESTS Infuser, and 2oz tea of your choice! $24.95
24 Tea Sampler Set (Advent Calendar):
24 Days of Tea! Sampler pack includes a tea for every night
of December! $45.00 AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER
Bring in this flyer to receive 1oz of tea FREE with any holiday gift purchase!
Rachel Eisenfeld is the owner of Elden Street Tea Shop. She is a fan of Pu'er (poo-air) teas, refreshing and subtle white teas, and any tea mixed with bourbon. Rachel has been to many tea houses on the East Coast, Ireland, and San Franscico. She enjoys learning about the chemical process of making tea and international tea culture. During good times and bad, tea warms the soul.