Yes, other things have happened in my life since the China trip and at the business too! Within the last month, I have been blending up a storm for the cooler weather that is happening whether I want to happen or not. For my business, I love the cooler weather, but for me personally, I am not a fan.
For an event, I had this last Saturday I also got 4 teas from Thailand. Three were oolong teas and one was a black tea. They are all tasty teas and Thailand is another place known for oolong teas too.
My blending again started in late spring with my Flowery Fields a white blended tea with flowers. I wanted something that did not overpower the delicate nature of a white tea. I see this a lot.
Less than a month ago I really got into blending several fall and winter teas and herbal infusions, eight in total. Two green teas, two herbal infusions, three black, and one pu-erh based tea. I have many more I want to try but holding off for a slower time in my business and do not have all of my blends at one time, intersperse new blends.
Four Thai teas with 9 teas and herbal infusions I blended.
I do not have my place anymore and got a little sad because I still get requests to book my old place for meetings, bridal/baby showers/etc…. The top portion was absolutely gorgeous and as soon as anyone saw it they were instantly smitten. I had to reject another request today. I miss giving out tulips to mothers and having kids and dads spoiling mothers at my place. Valentine’s Day and Mother’s day almost always were busy and reservations were recommended. Some Mother’s Day teas and tisanes pictured, but actually, any tea would work if the mother liked it. Rose Niligiri top, Lemon Rose Green bottom left, and Lavender Green Rooibos bottom right.
From cherries to matcha tea: The nine metabolism-boosting foods, proven by science, that can help you lose weight
Well, number one is matcha tea. I did a presentation on matcha tea two weeks ago. I let people try my heritage grade and it tasted lovely with its extra rich savory umami flavor. I do also have a slightly lower price point matcha that is ceremonial grade and a lovely tea itself bright green and the broth is a grassy green.
Yerba Mate is on the list as well as beet juice, cherry juice, white kidney bean, and black pepper. All things that are tasty, good for you, and help you lose weight.
You still need to eat healthily and exercise, but if you are having a hard time losing weight, it would not hurt to add matcha tea and/or the other items on this list. Probably best to add a few from the list, especially if you like to consume them.
The Eclectic Market was good, though a little slow. The weather is most likely the reason because there were a lot of really great vendors and it was snowing. I still did decently. Sunday when I did not have any event the weather was nice. Monday evening when I had my class, we had an ice storm, so I had to cancel my class. Welcome to Wisconsin and winter here. Ok, it is not as bad as the picture I used.
Hopefully, soon I can have some time to make some more blends. I have a couple ideas but want to see how they turn out before saying what they are. I enjoy preparing my classes and getting ready for vendor events, but haven’t done any blending in a while and kinda want to do some of that. Hopefully soon.
I should also take care of a shipment I received from Taiwan. Some really nice oolongs.
Had a blast at the Eclectic Market Saturday. Here is a video was taken by the owner of Art Glass and Supply where the market was held. It sounds like they are holding another one next month and been asked to be a vendor. Hopefully, this type of thing continues, we shall see.
When I was at my last event many people were calling herbal tisanes and herbal infusions tea. I will preference this with the fact my great-grandmother (my dad’s grandmother) was an herbalist and I worked at many natural food places and sold herbal tisanes since the 1990s. I know many of the health benefits of them. I respect people who are knowledgeable about herbs (some have been certified) and have not been as involved in that aspect of health like I use to be (my knowledge is a little rusty in that area). I do not understand calling anything put in water now is considered a tea. That is like when natural actually meant something and now means nothing at all. Yes, there was a time natural actually meant healthy and less processed food from the earth. When you get apple juice are you getting 100% juice or are you getting water with sugar and 10% actual juice? To me, the water, sugar and 10% juice is not juice. Cherry Kool-Aid is not cherry juice. There was a time when something was labeled a juice and it had no actual juice in it. Thank goodness this has changed.
I really believe that tea should be used for the camellia sinensis plant. This does not mean rooibos, tulsi or dandelion root are not good drinks, it just means it is not tea, it is an herbal infusion or herbal tisane. I have had many people asking me questions that have nothing to do with tea and them thinking I know nothing. Well if you actually asked me about tea, then I would most likely be able to answer the question.
Where I am living right now there are a lot of people who listened to people who say they are experts because they saw it on the internet or want to look knowledgeable. If they were actually knowledgeable about tea they would not put tea in clear containers and they would not be spreading inaccuracies. People get annoyed when they ask which of my teas helps with a headache. Well maybe you need to talk to an herbalist expert, you could get that answer, I am a tea expert. I can answer some of those questions for the several decades of being in the industry, but as I said my knowledge is a little rusty and I am not selling many herbals, I am selling teas.
On a side note, I was talking with a nice lady yesterday and she used “High Tea” for Afternoon Tea or Tea Service. I do not think she realized she was talking about a working-class supper meal. There is nothing wrong with the working class or them eating supper, but she was using it as a fancy meal. This happens a lot and this does not bug me as much because it has been muddled for a long time. It is like how people misuse hoi polloi. Hoi polloi means common people, the masses, and people think it means rich or exclusive people. This is a really good analogy for Afternoon Tea. Actually, if you said Low Tea you would be correct because afternoon tea was first eaten on coffee and end tables. Afternoon tea is mainly a glorified fancy snack time with tea. It was originally a snack of sweets with tea to tied ladies over for actual supper meal. Later bite-size sandwiches were added to Afternoon Tea.
The last couple vendor events I had yerba mate and yerba mate gourds and bombillas. Friday a shipment of roasted yerba mate came, so my two events this weekend will have that herbal tisane also and my website already has them available. Both of these tisanes are directly from Argentina.
Yerba mate is said to have the “strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea, and the euphoria of chocolate” all in one beverage. Roasted yerba mate will have coffee like taste to it.
The yerba mate plant is grown and processed in South America, specifically in northern Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and southern Brazil. The flavor of brewed mate resembles an infusion of vegetables, herbs, grass and is reminiscent of some varieties of green tea.
For many yerba mate is an acquired taste. There are some people who enjoy it on their first try, but is not common at least in the United States. If the first time you taste it you do not like it, try it again. Also if it is too bitter for you, people in the United States tend to not like bitter food or drinks, do not boil the water or let the boiling water rest for a bit before brewing the yerba mate. I would say 190- 200 F would still be hot enough to brew without the bitterness.
If you would like to know more feel free to message me or sign up for one of my classes. I do not have a class specifically on Yerba Mate yet, but if I get enough people interested I can easily have one.