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Tea 101: Types of Tea

Introducing, Violet Femme!

Pretty as a picture, Zhi’s new signature blend is a tea lover’s delight.

May we introduce you to our new hand blended original?

Please meet Violet Femme: a vanilla Earl Grey with notes of lavender.

Smooth, malty organic Assam tea is complimented with oil of bergamont, making this tea a ‘must’ for our Earl Grey fanatics.

Then, we compliment the citrus notes further with a floral blush of lavender. This makes the the tea even more aromatic without being overwhelming. To soften the bright notes common to bergamont and lavender, we round out the cup by adding vanilla. This creamy accent subdues the black tea blend and sweetens the cup by bringing in notes of carmalized brown sugar.

Balanced enough to be enjoyed on its own, Violet Femme is also great paired with cream and sugar. Bold, memorable, floral and flavorful, we hope you enjoy Zhi’s new signature blend.

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Zhi talks tea with Fresh Cup magazine

Every year, more and more customers are looking for higher quality tea. When Zhi was founded in 2007, specialty tea was just beginning. Today, two out of three homes have tea in their pantries (and we love when it’s Zhi tea ;)

But how does one start their relationship with tea?

In their article “Loving the Learning, “Fresh Cup magazine researched America’s growing tea culture and interviewed several tea retailers to talk about how to share tea education.

They found that while tea might be intimidating at first, simplicity and enthusiasm will be the shop owner’s tools to connect with their customers.

It’s Dr Oolong’s opinion that for beginning tea drinkers, experience trumps education. Do you agree?

Hydrate the Healthy Way: With Tea!

Somehow, somewhere, a rumor was started that tea did not hydrate you. And regretfully, the answer boards at Yahoo.com are not always a reliable place to get information. Zhi would like to set the record straight.

Tea hydrates as well as water. Recent studies from India compared two controlled groups: one drank water and the other drank tea. There was no measurable difference between hydration indicators, leading to the conclusion that drinking tea is just as effective for bodily functions as water. This validates results from a 2010 study that showed the same conclusion: the trace amounts of caffeine in tea did not compromise hydration.

Additionally, there is evidence to show that tea actually hydrates better than water! Tea contains beneficial elements that water does not: antioxidants, polyphenols, and flavonoids. Plus, since tea has such a range of flavor, your eight cups a day could each be unique! Today, we’ll have an eight cup marathon of our current favorite: Cherry Sencha. What will you hydrate with today?