June 21, 2018

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3 Reasons Matcha Needs to Be in Your Beauty Routine

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Matcha teas have been used widely for centuries. While ingesting the teas has many benefits, you can also use the tea in your beauty routines. Here are several reasons to incorporate matcha into your daily beauty routine.

Matcha Tea is Good for Your Gut

Drinking matcha tea can help digestion, so including it in your daily liquid intake can help calm your digestive system. This has several benefits for your beauty routine. Your skin will look hydrated and healthy if you’re consuming the correct amount of daily liquids. Having a healthy gut will also minimize bloating and give you a thinner appearance. Matcha has a plethora of nutrients like iron and antioxidants that will help balance your digestive system.

You Can Use It in Body Scrubs

Matcha has naturally detoxifying properties. Including it in body scrubs, lip scrubs and facial scrubs can help pull impurities out of your skin and give you a healthy glow. Adding matcha into scrubs with sugar will provide a perfect blend to exfoliate as you detoxify your skin. The same properties that make it a great detoxifier also mean that matcha will help absorb the dirt and debris that cause blackheads and whiteheads. Adding matcha to your beauty routine on a regular basis can use those properties to help prevent breakouts. While it detoxifies, matcha can also help energize your skin and promote healthy cell growth and stimulate blood flow. Proper circulation will mean an even complexion that looks healthy and shiny. There are amino acids in matcha that will also help your skin look smooth in addition to giving it a natural shine.

Matcha Hair Masks Mean Business

If you treat your hair regularly with a mask, using matcha in that weekly or daily mask can help boost shiny, bouncy locks. The nutrients in matcha that help your gut also come to the rescue when dull color, limp hair, and other cosmetic concerns with hair. Try it out with honey, a raw egg, or lavender essential oil and play around with what works for your hair type.

Experimenting with matcha can have dramatic health benefits. If you’re looking to start drinking and using matcha in your day to day life, check out the selection at Culinary Teas. Explore our tea collection today to purchase high-quality matcha that will put you on the road to a healthier and more beautiful life.

June 14, 2018

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How to Transition From Coffee to Tea

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Caffeine can wreak havoc on your body. It’s one of the most commonly used addictive substances in many cultures. If you’re looking to transition away from coffee in your daily life, tea can be a great stand-in when you’re feeling a craving. Here are some reasons why tea can help with coffee detox and some tips and tools to use during that transition process.

Some Like It Hot

Many people are addicted to coffee because it’s a warm, first-thing-in-the-morning boost. Tea can, and does, replace this for many people all over the world. If you enjoy a hot cup first thing in the morning to awaken your senses, tea can fill that role to help you get used to life without coffee.

Experiment With Flavors

Another perk of using tea in your daily life instead of coffee is that there are so many blends and flavors to savor when it comes to tea. You can explore all types of tea from all over the world. You can still experiment with tea the way you might with coffee strains.

Try it Cold

Iced tea typically has a small amount of caffeine and can be a great way to add a little sweetness and hydration to your day. Iced tea, like hot tea, also comes in a rainbow of flavors and blends. Experiment to find a few of your favorites that you can rotate throughout your week so that your palate doesn’t become bored.


Tea comes in a variety of caffeine levels and includes many decaf varieties. You can gradually reduce the caffeine levels of your tea as you’re getting rid of coffee. This way you won't have to deal with caffeine withdrawal symptoms like headaches and irritability. Teas like matcha and chai have high levels of caffeine and could serve as your introduction to the world of tea straight off coffee.

Keep the Timing Similar

If you have coffee as the first thing in the morning and then several times throughout the day, keep your timing the same with a mug or glass of tea. This can help fool your body into thinking that it’s not actually being deprived. Staying consistent will also help ensure that you’re hydrated throughout the day.

If you want to make the jump from coffee to tea, a world of exploration awaits. There are dozens of varieties available at Culinary Teas. The staff is eager to help and answer your questions as you journey from coffee to tea.

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Storing Your Tea to Ensure Freshness and Quality Taste Every Time

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Tea is a pastime that many people partake in. Getting new flavors of tea can be fun and exciting, but storing teas incorrectly may lead to stale or unusable tea leaves. Here are some ways to store tea so that the quality remains intact and you can enjoy fresh tea as often as you like.

Avoid Air and Light

Make sure that tea is stored in containers that prevent light and air exposure. Storing your loose teas and tea bags in a box or chest placed in a cupboard or drawer typically helps extend the lifetime of your teas. Keeping your looseleaf tea in an airtight container will help preserve freshness.

Avoid Heat

Storing tea in a hot space can make your tea stale and unusable. For a quality tea-drinking experience, store your tea and tea leaves in a cool space. Examples of perfect places to store tea include kitchen drawers and cool, dark pantries.

Check Best By Dates

Part of storing tea is actively monitoring the “best by” dates. As a general rule of thumb, most teas are good for a year, and some teas are good for two years if stored properly. While some teas will definitely tell you they’re expired—an off taste or a weak flavor might give it away—some teas will age a little more slowly and be good for a longer period of time. 

Keep It Dry

This probably sounds like common sense, but making sure that your tea is stored in a dry spot will also help extend the quality and freshness of your tea. If placed in a spot where it might absorb moisture, your tea can grow mold or sour. Plus if your tea leaves get wet, they will brew weak tea. 

Store It Tightly

Whenever possible, store loose tea as tightly as you can. Sealed canisters and sealed packaging (like how your tea arrives from us) are great for loose tea, as they seal out as much air as possible and are dark spaces. These are perfect conditions for keeping tea as fresh as possible for as long as possible.

Tea drinking is an enjoyable hobby, made even more enjoyable with the help of proper storage. If you are looking for tea storage options or high-quality tea, check out Culinary Teas. Culinary Teas carries a range of quality products meant to keep your tea as fresh as possible so that you get a great cup every time. Visit our website to explore our products.

Tea Time History: How Did Tea Time Begin and Why Does It Prevail?

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Tea is a staple in many cultures. In particular, tea time holds a special place in the hearts of many tea drinkers. Whether it's high tea, afternoon tea, or elevenses, tea time is a chance to sit down, relax, and enjoy some delicious food and tea. So how did this tradition begin?

The Origin of Tea Time

Tea drinking as a societal norm in Europe was ushered in by the Spanish royalty in the mid-1660s. By the late 1800s, drinking tea was all the rage in Great Britain, and the British royalty had set a dedicated time for tea and snacks. This tea time fell at roughly 4 o'clock PM, between a reasonably timed lunch and the customary 8 o'clock PM dinner time. Thus “afternoon tea” was written into history and strictly maintained by the tea-loving Brits. By the early 1900s, there were several different times throughout the day when royals and regular folk alike sat down all over Britain to take tea and light snacks.


Tea time prevails because people everywhere are hungry for consistency and a continued sense of tradition. Many uphold afternoon tea and elevenses—introduced in the mid-1900s, it’s tea and snacks served at 11 AM as a “second breakfast”—as the law of the land simply because it has always been done in their life. Like most traditions, tea time is comfortable and brings joy.


The different tea services also gave people the chance to visit and to teach young people the proper way to socialize. This is why minding manners and being polite is often associated with afternoon tea time. Through the years, it as a social gathering that had many functions. In addition to polite conversation and manner lessons, there were political and business ventures that could be settled over tea. More simply, tea time put everyone in a room together and made them address each other with conversation, witty exchanges, and social performances.

Overall, tea time has endured history for its ability to bring people together. From folks who know nothing about tea to the most well-read tea aficionados, tea time is a common ground for people to talk, enjoy each other’s company and—most importantly—enjoy a cup of tea and a few treats together. While we at Culinary Teas have many cutting-edge tea gadgets and unique tea flavors, we also love keeping tea simple and enjoying its deep history.

May 10, 2018

New to Tea? A Beginner's Guide to Navigating the World of Tea


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Are you switching from coffee to tea, or are you trying tea for the first time because you heard about all the health benefits? No matter what your reasons for starting to drink tea may be, the tea world can be hard to navigate alone. There are many different tea and teaware options, so you may not know what exactly you need or where to start. This beginner's guide to the tea world will help you better understand tea and figure out where to start when getting into loose leaf tea.

Why Pick Loose Leaf Tea?

Many people who say they are tea drinkers usually just pick up tea bags from a local grocery store. While this is a convenient option, tea bags can sit on a grocery shelf for months at a time and can go stale and lose their flavor. When choosing loose leaf tea, you are ensuring the best flavor and quality of tea. With loose leaf tea, you get whole tea leaves without the ground bits and fillers that often go into bagged tea. On top of great taste and quality, loose tea is also environmentally friendly. Since there is less packaging for loose tea leaves, you are reducing your carbon footprint.

Different Types of Tea

There are many different types of tea. You're likely familiar with some of the more common types such as green tea, black tea, and herbal tea. But there are many other options to choose from. Here are just a few types you should be sure to try out as you begin your tea adventure
  • White Tea: light, mild flavor, and very little caffeine
  • Oolong Tea: full body, sweet, aids in weight loss, a natural pick me up
  • Rooibos Tea: caffeine free and sweet
  • Chai Tea: dark, full flavor, spicy, gives an energy kick

Brewing Loose Leaf Tea

You may feel overwhelmed when it comes to brewing loose leaf tea. While it may not be as simple as putting a tea bag in some hot water, the flavor is well worth the extra steps. Here's a simple, step-by-step guide to brewing a mug of loose leaf tea.
  • Step 1: Heat water on the stove to the proper temperature using a tea kettle
  • Step 2: Measure your tea (the more leaves, the stronger the tea). A good rule of thumb is 1 tsp per 6oz of water for most teas, 1.5 tsp for herbal teas.
  • Step 3: Put your tea in an infuser, make sure you have left room for the tea to expand, never completely fill an infuser.
  • Step 4: Put infuser in the mug, and pour in hot water
  • Step 5: Steep for the appropriate amount of time for the tea variety
  • Step 6: Remove infuser
  • Step 7: Enjoy!

Start Brewing Today!

Starting to brew loose leaf tea can seem overwhelming at first. However, after this beginner's guide, you should feel well prepared to start your tea brewing journey. The first step in brewing tea is buying the tea. If you are looking for the perfect loose leaf tea, you should check out Culinary Teas. We offer a wide variety of loose leaf tea and teaware. We can help you get started brewing today!