Where do we get our Tea's From?
Our Tea's are sources from around the world. This means that the Teas and ingredients undergo on-site inspections from third party organizations such as the QAI(Quality Assurance International). Most of our Asian Teas become certified organic at origin by Swiss IMO. This organization is accredited to certify by both European Union standards as well as the USDA. Simply put we understand the harmful effects of chemicals in food and we make a conscious effort to only serve you some of the highest quality ingredients available,
What does ORGANIC Mean?
The aim of the organic agriculture movement is to promote environmental sustainability by encouraging biodiversity, enhancing soil fertility, and protecting the health of farm workers and consumers. In the US, organic agriculture and product labeling standards are regulated by a USDA certification program called the National Organic Program (NOP). The NOP certification prohibits the use of banned pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, growth hormones, GMOs, irradiation, sewage sludge, and artificial preservatives, flavors and dyes in crops, livestock, and foods. Third-party certifying agencies make annual inspections to verify that an organic farmer, manufacturer, or product satisfies these standards. Compliant businesses are awarded the right to use the USDA Organic logo We believe organic agriculture is so important for leading healthy, natural lifestyles and for restoring ecological balance to world in an age of global environmental degradation. One of Rishi’s founding principles was to help create and expand the demand for organic tea internationally. We have specialized in sourcing organically grown tea since we were founded in 1997 – five years before the NOP standards were developed for tea in 2002. Today, over 95% of Rishi’s teas and botanicals are certified organic.
Which Tea's are Healthiest?
It is impossible to say which teas are the healthiest, but drinking any tea is a healthful habit and we believe tea is one of nature’s best replacements for the artificial beverages that are endemic to modern societies today. There is nothing artificial in tea. In fact, the composition of the Chinese character for tea (“cha”) reveals how tea is a medium through which we can explore a natural existence. The character depicts three elements: ‘grass’ on the top, ‘human’ in the center, and ‘tree’ on the bottom. The essence of a tea life is to immerse yourself in nature. 茶 cha tea grass + human + tree In the traditional tea cultures of East Asia, it is common knowledge that despite coming from the same single plant species (Camellia sinensis), the different types of tea have unique energies and effects on the mind and body. We encourage you to discover new teas to find the most naturally delicious varieties that appeal to your taste.
How should I store my Tea?
Tea does not necessarily “go bad” or spoil, but it does lose its freshness gradually over time. You can mitigate this effect by storing tea inside an airtight container in a dry, cool, and dark cupboard or pantry. Tea is hygroscopic—meaning it absorbs moisture and nearby aromas—so it is best to stash your teas away from other highly fragrant products like coffee, spices, or herbs. For optimal freshness, keep your tea leaves inside our resealable foil bags. Gently squeeze excess air out of the bag each time you re-seal it, and place the bag in a canister or jar to protect it from the elements. In general, you can preserve the freshness of your tea by minimizing exposure to heat, light, air and moisture.
How many servings do I get out of a bag of Loose Leaf Tea ?
This depends on the size of the bag and the amount of tea you use for each serving. In general, we recommend that most Infuse Teas be measured at 1 tablespoon (4-5g) per 8 oz of water. A 250g bag yields about 50 – 60 servings, whereas a one pound bag (454g) would yield about 90 – 120 servings. One of the joys of loose leaf tea is that you can re-infuse the tea leaves several times during each brewing session. Check the label and product description online for specific brewing tips for each tea.
How much Caffeine is in Tea, compared to Coffee?
Caffeine is one of three stimulating alkaloids found in tea. The others are theobromine and theophylline. Theobromine is a mild stimulant also found in greater concentration in chocolate. In general, a brewed cup of tea has about 1/3 to 1/2 the caffeine of a cup of coffee. A cup of coffee has about 100-120 mg per 8 ounces. Most teas fall between 20-50 mg per 8 ounces. Contrary to popular myth, this average is true regardless of the type of tea (green tea, black tea, etc). This makes sense when you consider that all true tea is made from a single plant species, Camellia sinensis. The strain or cultivar (“cultivated variety”) is one of the most significant factors determining how much caffeine might be available in any given tea. Broad-leaf variety teas grown in Yunnan and Southeast Asia contain more caffeine than small-leaf varieties. But with hundreds of cultivars in existence, the range varies greatly. Caffeine is more readily extracted at higher temperatures, so brewing tea at a higher temperature or for a longer period of time will result in a higher concentration of caffeine in your cup. For this reason, cold brew teas contain very little caffeine.
Why is the Tea high different from the Coffee buzz?
Tea is known to create a more even, sustained lift compared to the buzz and crash of coffee. There are several reasons for this. First, the amount of caffeine in tea is about 1/3 to 1/2 that of coffee. So the peak of the tea high does not spike as high as the coffee jolt. Second, tea contains antioxidants known as polyphenols. The polyphenols in tea have an affinity for caffeine on a molecular level, often binding with the molecule only to release it later. They act as a sort of slow-release mechanism. Coffee does not contain these polyphenols, so the entirety of the caffeine found in coffee is absorbed through the blood-brain barrier soon after consumption. After sipping tea, the polyphenols slowly release the caffeine over the course of several hours. Third, tea contains an amino acid known as L-theanine. L-theanine has been shown to stimulate alpha brain waves, which are responsible for mental clarity and focus. Japanese green teas, especially matcha, are thought to have high concentrations of L-theanine. No wonder the Zen Buddhist monks drink matcha before meditation. These factors combine to give the tea drinker a truly unique, sustained feeling of alertness and clarity.