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Ceremony or convenience? Get both with Matcha!

Matcha_Green TeaNeed a healthy boost of energy to help you enjoy the season? Try matcha!

Matcha is a finely pulverized green tea from Japan. This green tea powder has been enjoyed ceremoniously in Japan for almost 1000 years. A staple in Japanese culture and history, matcha was reserved for the royal family, religious dignitaries and the honored Zen Buddhist monks who used matcha to enable their constant meditation.

Today, matcha is finally being enjoyed in the West as studies and experiences are proving it important for wellness and convenience. When one makes a cup of matcha to drink, there is no steeping involved. One is essentially dissolving the tea powder into hot water with a whisk and drinking the instant tea, leaves and all. Consider adding a scoop to your smoothie for a quick antioxidant rich pick-me-up!

Even though it takes only seconds to make a cup to drink, it takes a great deal of time to make the matcha itself. Tea plants typically take 10-15 years to mature. Then, to finely grind the powder, one must go incredibly slow lest the speed of the grinding create heat and oxidize the leaves. It can take up to an hour to grind only 30 grams of matcha!

Truly superior matcha should have brilliant color, superior umami, frothability, and incredible mouthfeel. There should be crema to the very last drop. Rest assured, Zhi’s matcha always has these qualities and is always certified organic.

While many tea companies are offering ‘matcha styled’ green tea, Zhi’s matcha is the real deal: sourced by an independent organic tea company in Japan whose family has been making matcha for three generations. Here’s a video showing just how easy it is to enjoy a shot of matcha today! Do you like matcha?

Happy National Iced Tea Month!

hibiscusmintteaBorn under the blazing Texas sun, Zhi Tea knows about heat. Founded in 2007,Austin’s premiere organic tea company has been helping their neighbors keep summer cool for years. Delicious and calorie free, iced tea is an intelligent and luxurious way to stay hydrated this season.

“June is National Iced Month. While we don’t ever need an ‘official’ reason to drink iced tea here at Zhi, it is a great time to encourage others to start thinking about safe and healthy ways to enjoy the summer,” says Lorien.

“Not only is iced tea refreshing and delicious, research suggests tea plays important roles in elevating mood, maintaining healthy weight and helping your body maintain healthy cells and tissues.  When one packs their bag for the beach, we hope there’s some amazing iced tea next to the sunblock, the frisbee and one’s favorite book.”

With almost 100 teas and a line of specially crafted cold steeping kits, your summer iced tea choices are endless. Indulge and hydrate the healthy way: with Zhi Tea!

Is your favorite tea an iced tea?

Tea & Qi: a free event at Zhi Gallery

As you know, it’s about to get hot.
Did you know that tea can help you keep your cool?

Join Zhi for a free tea tasting & talk on the health benefits of tea from a Chinese medical perspective.

Tiffany Smith, L.Ac will speak on tea, its function as a Chinese herb, and common medical conditions that tea might address. Various teas will be served while we explore:

What is tea?
What tea is good for your skin?
What tea moves qi?
What tea is good for metabolism?

About Zhi Tea: Zhi Tea is an independent organic tea company based in Austin Tx that strives to elevate the American tea culture while celebrating ancient traditions. Founded in 2007, Zhi specializes in artisan oolongs and hand blended original signatures.

About Tiffany: Ms. Smith is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and a teacher of biomedical science at Texas Health & Science University. She maintains her own practice specializing in allergy treatment, pain and stress management, and wellness.

Note: Zhi is not trying to cure diseases, pretend we’re doctors, or tick off the FDA with this little event. We just love tea and are open to learning more and more about this miracle beverage. Consider this our full legal disclaimer xo

Many thanks to our friends at Tea Mag for including us on their calender.

See you soon, Austin!

Mother’s Day Tea Ideas

At Zhi,  we’re always looking for moments to connect.

Mother’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to pause, reflect and celebrate ‘Mom.’  Isn’t she great?

When in a state of mindful appreciation, its almost impossible not to think about all the nurturing women in your life. We bet that creates many special moments for tea beyond the familial.

To show your thoughtfulness, give tea!

Zhi’s vast selection of organic tea from around the world can customize your gift and tea party. Choose from caffeine free herbals, energizing black teas, healthy greens, and antioxidant rich rooibos. Everyone loves Zhi’s hand blended original signatures like our Saigon Rose and Plumberry Black.

Can’t decide? Give them thoughtful and easy to use online gift certificate. They’ll love exploring the luxurious world of loose leaf tea on our picturesque and user-friendly website.  Available 24 hours a day and redeemable in minutes: great for busy families and tea loving moms.

Are you gifting the luxury of tea this Mother’s Day? If so, include us in your memories by tagging #zhitea in your Instagram, Facebook posts and tweets.

For more inspiration, please enjoy this Mother’s Day slide show from Tea Time Magazine.

 

Brandy Oolong

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Happy spring, tea lovers.

Today, I wanted to talk about Brandy Oolong.

Known for its unique flavor profile and creamy body, Brandy Oolong is quickly growing in popularity among oolong lovers.

Unique toTaiwan, this heavily oxidized oolong could initially be mistaken for a black tea; but at about 85% oxidation, it indeed is an oolong. Although Brandy Oolong can come from several different cultivars or varietals, the resulting liquor is dark amber with aromatic notes of roasted sugar and stone fruit. We love the mouth feel on this tea! It is so smooth and complex and has a great sweet finish. Some people experience a subtle camphor taste as well.

The Taiwanese are quite creative and diligent in creating new teas. One particular cultivar known as Ruby 18 (which is great for creating Brandy Oolong) took decades in testing before being released to farmers for planting. It was worth the wait. Ruby 18 is a unique hybrid of anassam and an indigenous varietal.

Brandy Oolongs, while still pretty rare in the US, can be a great alternative to black teas.  Zhi is quite excited about this new tea choice in the growing stable of Taiwanese Oolongs.

See “Jeffrey’s Personal Stash” if you are curious and find all Zhi’s ”Oolongs” at zhitea.com.