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Teatulia Organic Tea Review: January Edition

This is a review of Teatulia organic teas.

Teatulia Organic Tea

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About Teatulia:

“We are delighted to introduce our range of twenty organic Teatulia teas, each offering a unique flavor profile, with one or more that will satisfy every palate.

Our totally unique packaging communicates Teatulia’s sustainability message: compostable cannisters, labels made from post-consumer paper, water-based inks & dyes and biodegradable silken pyramids conveniently house our exquisite organic whole-leaf teas.

SINGLE-GARDEN DIRECT

All Teatulia Teas come directly to you from the first USDA-certified Organic tea garden in Bangladesh. No middleman, no long-term warehousing and no waiting around to be bulk-blended by a third-party trader. What does this mean to you? Fresh, delicious, single-garden purity.

MORE ORGANIC THAN ORGANIC

Teatulia’s mission is to sustain the land and the people while producing top-quality organic tea.

Established on virgin soil and grown following Masanobu Fukuoka’s “natural farming” method, Teatulia is the only tea garden in Bangladesh to be USDA certified organic and the only garden we know of that has approached tea cultivation this way.

At Teatulia we:

Do virtually no tilling, weeding, etc.

Develop the soil with cover crops and mulch

Utilize water bodies & herbal shade trees to restore the eco-balance to the area

Use only natural pest & weed controls

Nourish the land with bio-fertilizers

Protect wildlife

Process the tea in bio-gas plants

SUSTAINABLE

Yes, it’s Organic. But that’s just the beginning. Our approach to farming is truly revolutionary and very different from what any other tea-grower is doing (to our knowledge). In the Teatulia gardens, we have implemented “natural farming” practices espoused by the Japanese Master Masanobu Fukuoka, resulting in a closed-loop eco and social system. We use no pesticides, machinery or unnatural irrigation in the cultivation of our teas – we trust mother nature to establish the perfect balance. Consequently, eight years since its inception, our “virgin” garden, developed on fallow land, is now a thriving ecosystem teeming with once endangered Flora and Fauna.”

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My Experience:

You guys, I’m pretty hyped on tea right now. So, here’s another Teatulia experience I’d like to share with you. I’m thankful to be an ambassador for this brand (just a fancy way of saying–I genuinely love what they are doing and want more people to know about them).

Here’s what makes this teas different and why you would look to them to ramp up your health:

Neem:

Teeth + Gum Health + Overall Cleansing

Detoxing and cleansing are two words that we’ve all heard at some point. They are crucial to overall health because a clean body is a thriving body. A body that accrued a toxic build up will experience slacking performance across the board. This can manifest itself in poor sleep, low energy, issues with integumentary system (hair + skin + nails), moodiness and chronic illness. The upside is that if you regularly perform detoxifying + cleansing protocols (like drinking this tea), you can prevent a lot of that and calibrate your body to be a beaming conglomerate of bumping energy.

Tulsi:

Adaptogen (Helps body cope with stress)

Stressors surround us every. single. day. What we CAN control is how beefy we make our immune response + body’s resiliency in order to deal with this stress. Pretty cool that we can put things into our body that help diminish the negative effects of stress.

Black Tea

Brain Function + Memory

Commonly and anciently (sure, that’s a word), black tea is used as the base for brewing kombucha, a fermented + naturally effervescent tea that aids digestions and boasts probiotics and gut-healing benefits.

Black tea is neat because it ramps up + stimulates brain function and contains half the amount of caffeine than a cup of coffee. This makes it the perfect compliment to that morning cup of coffee (think: mid-day tea break!)

Drinking these teas makes me feel: Naturally energized + balanced + detoxified + clean inside + ready to perform + peppy. Yep. Gimme mo-of-that!

Their instagram account is my particular favorite; you can find them @teatuliateas!

Use the code runonorganic for 25% off your entire purchase at Teatulia.com

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Teatulia Organic Tea Review: July Edition

This is a review of Teatulia organic teas.

Teatulia Organic Tea Review

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About Teatulia:

“We are delighted to introduce our range of twenty organic Teatulia teas, each offering a unique flavor profile, with one or more that will satisfy every palate.

Our totally unique packaging communicates Teatulia’s sustainability message: compostable cannisters, labels made from post-consumer paper, water-based inks & dyes and biodegradable silken pyramids conveniently house our exquisite organic whole-leaf teas.

SINGLE-GARDEN DIRECT
All Teatulia Teas come directly to you from the first USDA-certified Organic tea garden in Bangladesh. No middleman, no long-term warehousing and no waiting around to be bulk-blended by a third-party trader. What does this mean to you? Fresh, delicious, single-garden purity.

MORE ORGANIC THAN ORGANIC
Teatulia’s mission is to sustain the land and the people while producing top-quality organic tea.

Established on virgin soil and grown following Masanobu Fukuoka’s “natural farming” method, Teatulia is the only tea garden in Bangladesh to be USDA certified organic and the only garden we know of that has approached tea cultivation this way.

At Teatulia we:

Do virtually no tilling, weeding, etc.
Develop the soil with cover crops and mulch
Utilize water bodies & herbal shade trees to restore the eco-balance to the area
Use only natural pest & weed controls
Nourish the land with bio-fertilizers
Protect wildlife
Process the tea in bio-gas plants

SUSTAINABLE
Yes, it’s Organic. But that’s just the beginning. Our approach to farming is truly revolutionary and very different from what any other tea-grower is doing (to our knowledge). In the Teatulia gardens, we have implemented “natural farming” practices espoused by the Japanese Master Masanobu Fukuoka, resulting in a closed-loop eco and social system. We use no pesticides, machinery or unnatural irrigation in the cultivation of our teas – we trust mother nature to establish the perfect balance. Consequently, eight years since its inception, our “virgin” garden, developed on fallow land, is now a thriving ecosystem teeming with once endangered Flora and Fauna.”

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My Experience:

Teatulia is a brand that I feel really grateful discovered my social media accounts and reached out to me. Organic: check. Plant based: check. Conscious sourcing: check. Believes in plant power: check check. This brand stands for many things that resonate strongly with me.

I am thrilled to be representing them in an ambassador capacity–it’s a natural fit for me. As a part of a clean, real + whole food based diet, I look to tea to take my health, workouts, digestion and energy levels to the next level. Plants are powerful healers. Teatulia formulates tea blends that harness those synergistic powers so that a healthier body is literally just a cup of tea away. (dang, that sounded ultra cheesy!)

I’d describe myself as a bonafide coffee drinker. That said, I really enjoy adventuring into the world of tea and changing up my routine. Teatulia has caffeine-free
(naturally) and caffeinated (naturally) tea, so I have both daytime and nighttime options for a beverage to drink. I love drinking the black or green tea in the mornings (or before a workout) for an added boost of energy, and the red tea before bed for a satisfying, relaxing experience.

When I am regularly drinking this organic tea, I just feel better on 84739 levels. My digestion feels more regular (which means enhanced nutrient absorption, which means a more nourished body!), my energy levels soar, my sleep is more sound, my workouts are more power-packed and my physique is leaner. It’s an important component of my healthy lifestyle that keeps me feeling like the most awesome version of myself. I totally dig it. I totally, totally drink the koolaid. (except this koolaid ain’t cruddy koolaid–it’s organic herbal beverageness!)

So, the tea is grown organically–rad right? But get this: they are are ultra specific and conscious about how they source this tea. It comes from one single garden in Bangladesh. The believe in sustainable growing practices and are pretty much doing excellent things on a larger scale at Teatulia. Super proud to rep them and super happy I have their tea in my belly. Go check them out!

Their instagram account is my particular favorite; you can find them @teatuliateas!

Use the code runonorganic for 25% off your entire purchase at Teatulia.com

The Tea Spot Handcrafted Tea Review

This is a review of The Tea Spot’s tea and tumbler.

The Tea Spot

Overall Rating: images

About the Tea Spot:

“At The Tea Spot, we handcraft teas as timeless as the Colorado mountains that surround us. Our innovative Steepware® designs make the premium tea experience effortless and accessible. With one foot steeped in tradition, and the other outstretched toward a healthier future, we infuse the goodness of whole leaf tea into your everyday.

Our company’s focus has held steadfast since the philanthropic business was founded in 2004 by Maria Uspenski, a cancer survivor drawn to the health benefits of leaf tea during her recovery. Her message is simple and powerful: tea in its freshest form renders premium flavor, unmatched health benefits, and is eco–friendly. Our 10% Pledge incorporates the company’s mission to foster health and wellness through whole leaf tea. Ten percent of our sales are donated in–kind to cancer and community wellness programs. The Tea Spot is a Colorado–based Certified B Corporation, woman-owned and operated business.”

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Pink Rose Lemonade

About:

“Pink Rose Lemonade is a swirling collage of flowers with a hint of lemon and wintergreen. Like a fancy floral confection, this delicately handcrafted tea will refresh and soothe your palate. Pink Rose Lemonade is totally guilt-free, as it has no caffeine and is naturally sweet. Lemon, rose, mint, chamomile, and lavender spring to life in this absolutely fabulous herbal tea. Pink Rose Lemonade tastes distinctively wonderful brewed hot or cold.”

Ginger Peach

About:

“Our rendition of America’s favorite flavored black tea is an elegant and authentic twist on the conventional. We handcraft this tea on a premium blend of two full leaf black teas, which gives added dimension to the peach flavor and the depth needed to provide the perfect balance to the real organic ginger root. You’ll find our Ginger Peach tea to be the warming comfort tea of our flavored tea collection, and absolutely fabulous served over ice!”

Cold Buster

About:

“Back in time for cold & flu season, is our caffeine-free immunity blend to relieve stress and promote health. Our Cold Buster with Tulsi Leaf, aka holy basil, is based on a recipe for a natural cold cure from Europe. This rooibos-based tea is packed with an array of healthy constituents to help warm and fortify you from inside. High in Vitamin C, with lemon and orange peel, hibiscus and rose hips, it also contains herbs and Tulsi to soothe cold symptoms and control coughs.”

Grasshopper Green

About:

“This refreshing blend consists of peppermint and Hojicha, a roasted Japanese green tea. Chocolate mint grasshopper confections capture the essence of this tea. There’s no flavoring involved, but the peppermint leaves pull chocolate notes from the roasted tea resulting in a guilt-free decadent taste and aroma. Hojicha is naturally lower in caffeine than other green teas, while peppermint aids with muscle relaxation and digestion. Together they create a crisp body that is relaxing when hot and refreshing when iced. This brews into a clean, amber liquor with an inviting smell. The roasted green tea creates a nutty base that is brightened by the vibrant peppermint leaves.”

Big Chill

About:

“This mouthwatering hibiscus mint blend is the large leaf version of Chill Out, now available in bulk! It’s truly amazing made either hot or iced. It can also cold brew within just 10 minutes – made easy with Steep & Chill or Steep & Go! The tart hibiscus petals are sweetened with licorice root while peppermint adds a refreshing lift to this well-rounded, full-bodied brew. Naturally caffeine-free, the Big Chill offers a great way to stay hydrated any time of day!”

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My Thoughts:

I am a seasoned, enthusiastic coffee drinker, but have only recently really gotten into tea as the occasional substitute to my coffee habit. I was stoked to hear from The Tea Spot thru Instagram and though I loved the sound of their teas, the Tea Tumbler REALLY got my attention–it’s such a cool way to take tea on-the-go in a glass + stainless steel container. You can get one for yourself here. They come in several other colors–which make awesome gifts for your favorite tea drinker (or non-tea-drinker-that-you-convert).

In regards to the teas, I find myself reading the ingredients in the blends and getting excited for what they’ve put together. There are some really delicious flavor combinations and many that are caffeine free–which I find is perfect to drink at nighttime before bed.

I have created my own hibiscus + peppermint duo at home before, so was stoked to see that the Big Chill celebrates those two flavors. It’s my favorite of the bunch as a caffeine free option. For a caffeination kick, the Ginger Peach is my favorite–as I could drink peach tea until I’m blue in the face.

All of the other blends are awesome and provide their own set of health perks–pretty much all of them boosting detoxifying effects on the body. Who doesn’t want/need that? Each of them has their own set of flavor characteristics–& when you’re shopping for you perfect tea on their site, check out their descriptions. They do a great job of breaking each tea down for you to help you decipher which one suites you best.

It feels good to drink something tasty and feel how positively it impacts my body. When I am drinking herbal tea regularly, I can definitely tell that my energy is sustained throughout the day, my skin is happy & glowing and my digestion is soothed and regulated.

Not all of the teas they sent me appear to be organic, but on their site there is a plentiful amount of organic options (even a Chocolate “O” Tea–whoa!).

I’m amped to have discovered this brand–what a good find!

Here’s how to find them:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theteaspot/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theteaspot

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeaSpot

Website: http://theteaspot.com/

Little Miracles Organic Tea Review

Little Miracles Tea

Overall Rating: images

About Little Miracles:

“A BEAUTIFUL BLEND OF ORGANIC TEA, SUPER FRUIT JUICE, GINSENG AND AÇAÍ.

Little Miracles are a beautiful blend of organic tea and super fruit juice. With carefully selected panax ginseng in its purest form and açaí, it is the perfect pick-me-up morning, noon and afternoon.

Developed with consumer health and wellbeing in mind, all blends are sweetened with organic agave and are less than 90 calories. Free from artificial colours, flavours and sweeteners.

The idea behind Little Miracles was developed by our Danish founder following intensive travelling in China. Here he learned about the special properties of the Chinese ginseng root and a traditional ginseng formula that allegedly enabled farmers to double their efforts at harvest time.

Now available in over 20 countries, Little Miracles bottles are sold in the very best convenience stores, gas stations, gyms, cafe’s, deli’s, trains, airlines and supermarkets.

AWARD WINNING TASTE & QUALITY

In November 2013 Little Miracles was awarded the Quality Food Award within the BEST COLD BEVERAGE category. Judges awarded the product with the winner’s logo having voted it the best drink based on taste, quality, price, design and packaging.

‘The secret lies using only carefully selected Panax Ginseng in its purest form.’

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My Thoughts:

Little Miracles! What a great name for a mini jug of tea.

Here’s what I dig on about these organic tea blends:

-They’re not JUST tea. They contain healthy ingredients & superfoods like ginger, ginseng, acai

-Agave is the sweetener used to sweeten these teas (low glycemic; won’t cause blood sugar to spike like cane sugar)

-They give you the options of these four tea bases: lemongrass, white, green & black

-They’re certified organic

-All four blends are 90 calories per bottle and contain less than 7 grams of sugar per serving

Here’s the tweak I’d make:

-Take out the sweetener altogether and make an unsweetened blend. My reasoning: one dietary aim I have is to not consume very much sugar (and certainly not drink it–I tend to not enjoy it as much that way). Thus, an unsweetened version of this tea would be a perfect refresher for me on a warm day. I can’t tell you the last time I bought sweetened tea (whether it is a good sweetener or not).

-Make this tea cold-brewed and use raw ingredients (the ingredients added to the brewed tea may be raw in these drinks–it’s unclear)

Especially when compared to other drinks, these Little Miracles drinks are worlds better in regards to sugar content, health of the ingredients and the flavor. If I had to pick, I’d say the black tea blend is my favorite in regards to flavor–it had me at peach!

TK Hibiscus Tea Review

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TK Hibiscus Tea

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About TK Hibiscus:

“From bissap to agua de Jamaica, hibiscus has a centuries-long tradition as a brewed beverage with many different names. I grew up in a tea household and my Egyptian-born father was an avid drinker of his native version, karkadé (“car-kah-day”). He used to brew his own at home, drinking it plain or with a twist of ginger ale. When a routine check-up a few years ago revealed my blood pressure was starting to elevate―which wasn’t a shock to me given my love for salty foods and a job in investment banking at the time ―my father put on his doctor’s coat and recommended I start to incorporate hibiscus tea into my daily diet.

Hibiscus tea is not only delicious and refreshing, it is also a known super food. It’s full of antioxidants and it has been known to help lower and maintain healthy blood pressure as well promote heart health. In short, it’s really good for you. And in a few months after adding hibiscus to my daily diet, my blood pressure had returned to normal levels (at least most of the time).

I was impressed and so was my brother Ryan―who has experience in the high-end food industry―and the seed of an idea began to take root. We both began to experiment with different kinds of brews and blends. Our first breakthrough was the addition of the agave nectar. It’s sweeter than sugar and honey, which means it not only enhances the flavor profile but you use less, which means less calories―only 40 in a 16-ounce serving. Next, we chose our favorite four flavor combinations; they’re all perfect at any time of the day, but each one has its own unique profile. Spearmint: Refreshingly perfect after a workout or a lazy day in the park. Ginger: The perfect complement to spice up any meal. Jasmine: With a touch of caffeine, it is the perfect replacement for your afternoon or morning coffee. Classic: As simple as it gets and the benchmark for bottled hibiscus tea.

So with these first four flavors we introduce TK Hibiscus; the first and premier purveyor of bottled, fresh-brewed, all-natural organic hibiscus teas. Our methods of procurement, production, and distribution are just as refreshingly modern.

Sip. Savor. Refresh.”

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Green Jasmine Hibiscus Tea

About:

“The addition of the jasmine green tea helps add a layer of natural sweetness and a floral layer of flavor to the hibiscus. It also provides another kick of antioxidants from the green tea and a subtle infusion of caffeine as well. Feeling like garbage after your third cup of coffee today? Grab a bottle of our hibiscus + jasmine green cuvée and your cubical will become as tranquil as a Japanese garden (and you will have enough energy to dominate the dojo as well).

Ingredients:

Purified Water, Organic Hibiscus Calyces, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Jasmine Green Tea.”

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Yellow Ginger Hibiscus Tea

About:

“An old school recipe rebooted, the fresh organic ginger adds a sweet spice to the hibiscus as well as some of the various health benefits including helping with digestion. The flavor profile makes this perfect to pair with spicy foods ranging from chorizo tacos to the spiciest of drunken noodles.

Ingredients:
Purified Water, Organic Hibiscus Calyces, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Ginger.”

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Classic Simple Hibiscus Tea

About:

“The benchmark example of how hibiscus tastes when fresh brewed and lightly sweetened (trust us a great amount of research went into forming this conclusion). The agave rounds out the tart profile of the hibiscus giving our classic simple a refreshing flavor profile similar to a light cranberry juice.

Ingredients:
Purified Water, Organic Hibiscus Calyces, Organic Agave Nectar.”

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Cool Mint Hibiscus Tea

About:

“This brew blends organic mint and organic hibiscus. The mint adds a cooling fresh taste as well as brings a nice balance to the concentration of the hibiscus flavor profile. This tea pairs well with any meal and is terrific for everything from afternoon sipping to rehydrating after a workout or a night out (Note: we are not judging).

Ingredients:
Purified Water, Organic Hibiscus Calyces, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Spearmint.”
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My Thoughts:

My latest drink obsession (triggered by receiving these 4 drinks and then experiencing hibiscus tea in many restaurants on my recent volleyball tournament trip to downtown Denver) is hibiscus tea. I have enjoyed it so much lately that I have gotten my hands on several bags of bulk, dried hibiscus leaves and am making my own at home.

I love hibiscus tea in that it tastes rich, unique and delicious & serves as a naturally caffeine-free alternative to coffee. Though I love coffee, I am also well aware of the benefits of herbal tea–thus, I aim to incorporate herbal teas into my diet daily.

At 10g of sugar per bottle, these drinks aren’t terribly sugar heavy. Also, they are sweetened using a low glycemic sweetener, agave nectar.

I appreciate and enjoy the fact that TK Hibiscus has created a unique, healthy, organic line of hibiscus tea blends. The ingredients are crystal clear on the label, there are no mystery ingredients, and you don’t suffer from a sugar high nor a crash later in the day. The cool mint is my favorite flavor of the bunch! I’d recommend these teas to someone looking for a healthy lunchtime drink to pair with their meal, someone looking for a coffee alternative, or someone looking to simply incorporate herbal teas in their daily diet.