The chilled autumn air is here, and the holiday season has commenced. Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays, but it feels like it gets pushed aside as the Christmas decorations come out sooner each year. We love Christmas, but we think it is only right that Thanksgiving has its time to shine. This year, as eventful as it has been, a spirit of gratitude is needed more than ever. There are very few things that can bring people together and calm a full belly more than a delicious, comforting cup of tea.
This last year, I have learned a lot about tea, and during this Thanksgiving holiday, I'd like to share why I'm thankful for tea. It's also a reflection of all that I've learned this last year. When I joined the Sagebrush and Hackberry tea, my strength was my coffee knowledge. After almost a year of being immersed in tea, it's clear I have learned a lot but still have more to learn.
So without further ado, below are 5 reasons why we are thankful to have a beverage like tea in our lives...
1. It Provides Health Benefits.
The health benefits of tea are almost innumerable. There probably isn't a drink in the world that provides so much by promoting good health. It's a great way to ingest herbs that help with inflammation, pain, stomach issues, and stress. We know that there aren't enough tests to make findings conclusive, but many people talk about how much tea may help specific ailments. A common use is chamomile for stomach discomfort, Valarian root for sleeping problems, turmeric for inflammation. All of these ingredients can be found in teas. If you're looking for relief for an ailment or just a comforting drink before bed to relax after a stressful day. There is tea for just about any mood or time of day.
2. The Flavor of Tea is Abundant & Versatile.
At Hackberry, we offer over 80 different varieties of tea. We have black, green, white, fruit teas, herbal, Pu'erh, Honeybush, and Rooibos. There are also many options with fruit flavors like peach, apple, coconut, mango, strawberries, and much more. If you're in the mood for rich flavors, you can find chocolate, marshmallow, licorice, even bourbon in tea.
You can now go so far beyond just black, green, and white tea. There is a flavor for whatever you like. My favorites are Calm Mango Beach because I think it tastes like I'm sitting in the middle of a field of flowers, taking in all the lovely scents and smells. Warm Vanilla Chai is great in the morning when I want a warm, comforting drink. Our Strawberry Fields tea not only has a beautiful color, but the tea tastes like a strawberry field. Strawberry Hazelnut Pue'rh is another excellent choice for a perfect fall morning. Hibiscus Purple Papaya is great iced and mixed with lemonade, and its vibrant color can brighten anyone's day.
3. There Are Many Options With or Without Caffeine.
I love my coffee in the morning and the afternoon. But in the evenings, I am often looking for a soothing, warm, and flavorful drink after a long and stressful day with no caffeine. I will usually reach for a nice cup of tea. Most of the time, I like tea with orange flavors. It seems to hit the spot for me when I want something soothing that will relax me. All of our Tisanes, herbals, and fruit teas are caffeine-free, so you can freely enjoy them at any time of the day. Caffeine-free teas are not limited to just fruit teas and herbals. Rooibos and honeybush are also caffeine-free. Rooibos and honeybush are special because each comes from a specific plant and is only grown in South Africa. To learn more about our blogs about Rooibos and Honeybush.
4. Transports You to Different Parts of the World.
Tea has been around for centuries. Like coffee, tea comes from specific origins, but that origin for tea can be ancient. Take China, tea goes back to the 2nd century BC and grew in popularity because of its medicinal properties. Tea would continue to expand until the Tang Dynasty thousands of years later. Tea is now a central part of the culture. Not all places are like that. In the U.S., tea has yet to get a hold of the region. There have been times when tea seemed to be catching on like wild, but it would be short-lived. Like in the 20's when women would open their homes and operate them like tea houses. It was a way for women to be industrious and build businesses. They were very popular for a time but would eventually die out. You can still visit a few here and there, but it would not take hold as the coffeehouse would.
If you go to England, it's a different story. Tea began as a very formal social event. It has changed over time, but a cup of tea is something very few Brits go without. So when you drink a cup of Earl Gray tea in a lovely china teacup, you're participating in what England has brought to the tea culture in a small way. If you want to be transported to Japan, try some matcha. Even though it was started by Zen Buddhist monks more than 900 years ago, the experience was shared with the Japanese, and they ran with it. When you drink certain teas, you take part in cultural traditions that have been around for centuries. It's not just about the region, altitude, soil, and processing methods, which often sets coffee apart. Tea carries the culture and history of the people who discovered it and shared it with others.
5. You Can Make Lattes with Tea.
Adding milk to tea is not a new concept. It's been happening in England for a long time. It started because china cups were so delicate; they would break with hot water, so they added milk to make sure china cups didn't break. That's not really what I'm talking about when I refer to a tea latte. A tea latte blends steamed milk to create foam to take the beverage experience to new heights. You don't have to stop there. Certain teas are delicious with syrups and milk when you're looking for a tasty treat. One of the more common lattes is London Fog. It's Earl Grey tea with steamed milk, topped with foam. To spice it up a little you can use our Vanilla Earl Grey. It's a delicious option if you're looking for a fuller flavor.
Of course, you can always stick with the traditional Chai Tea Latte. Our Warm Vanilla Chai is perfect for this one. I steam the tea with the milk as it heats, and it's delicious. You can add some simple syrup or maybe some vanilla to add more flavor and sweetness. Our Calm Mango Beach tea makes an amazing tea latte. Its beautiful blue color makes it unique, and when you drink it, it's like you are drinking the most delicious flowers. I've tried the same process of a London Fog with many of our teas, and they're delicious. Examples include: Strawberry Hazelnut Pue'rh. Toasted S'mores, Sugar Pecan, Bourbon Cream Black. To make them even more exciting, you can add a flavored syrup like caramel. Offer it to your Thanksgiving guests, and they will be so impressed with their tea lattes. If you need brewing equipment, we offer that as well. For some tea lattes, I like using the Grosche London Drop-In Infuser.