Tips, Tricks & Tales from the SESA Beverage Lab
Ayurveda is an Ancient Sanskrit word meaning "the complete knowledge for long life". The root word, "Ayus" means "longevity" while "Veda" means "knowledge" or "science". Ayurveda originated in India as a form of traditional medicine & has recently gained popularity in the west as a form of "alternative" medicine.
Ayurveda is based upon the Hindu belief in the Pancha Mahabhuta or the Five Great Elements -- earth, water, air, fire, and ether. It is believed every creation, including the human body, is comprised of these five essential building blocks.
While at its root a medical practice, Ayurveda is also a philosophy of life, incorporating a plant-based, holistic approach to wellness and balanced living. The goals of this philosophy include a balanced metabolism & digestion, good hygiene, exercise, yoga, & meditation.
While difficult in today's fast-paced world to live consistently by these principals, they can be incorporated into a contemporary lifestyle to increase well-being and balance in one's life.
A perfect tea for the winter blues
Winter has come & while it's almost over, there's nothing like a chilly February to get the spirits down. Need uplifting? Enter Lavender Earl Grey -- the perfect antidote to those pesky winter blues.
Our lush floral take on the classic, Lavender Earl Grey is a sublime blend of Assam Black Tea, Bergamot Essence & fresh Lavender Flowers.
If you're anything like us here at Sesa Pure, you love tea. That being said, during the dark winter months when caffeine is necessary just to get to work, it can be hard to kick the coffee habit.
We're here to help & want to offer 4 reasons to add "Drink More Tea" to your New Year's Resolutions.
What better way to start off the new year than with one of our most popular wellness teas!
We thought everyone needs a little extra pep in their step going into January to start the new year fresh & our Revive Tea does just the trick!
We all know Turmeric is an excellent healing ingredient. From being anti-inflammatory to being a strong antioxidant, turmeric is a powerhouse. You may have tried Golden Milk -- a delicious warm beverage blend of turmeric, spices, & coconut milk, but have you ever tried Golden Chai!?
We've taken the best healing beverage & made it even better by adding a perfect chai latte to the mix. Our version of a Golden Chai is simpler than most recipes, is loaded with healing herbs and spices, & contains caffeine, making it a perfect morning beverage should you need a little extra pep in your splendid step!
The word Chai directly translates from the ancient Sanskrit language to tea. 3,500 years of devoted practice to perfecting a pure process come together in a well prepared cup of Chai. Our Chai spices, along with the ingredients that sit with them work to create an authentic cup of Chai.
Masala Chai indicates a spiced blend of black tea & warming herbs brewed together to create a bold & flavorful cup. Our Chai Spice Blend omits the black tea, allowing for a caffeine-free brew of spicy chai. Each ingredient in Masala Chai has an ancient Ayurvedic purpose, in addition to blending together to create a delicious, warming cup of tea. Below we’ll explore each of the ingredients & why each promotes wellness from the inside out.
Ever wonder how to steep the perfect cup of tea? Fear no more.... we've put together a comprehensive list on how to steep each kind of tea to make the best flavor!
First, our Pin offers an at-a-glance view of how to steep tea. For our temperatures, you might need a thermometer, though. Below, we've explained just how to tell if your water's the right temperature without having to use a thermometer.
The tea with the highest amount of caffeine and a ton of beneficial flavonoids (a type of antioxidant) is best enjoyed steeped in boiling-hot water.
To make a perfect cup of black tea:
Boil 8-12 ounces* (1 - 1.5 cups) of purified water
Drop in one teabag or 1.5 teaspoons** of loose leaves in a strainer
Cover & let sit for 3-6 minutes
Our Suggestions for the best teas to drink this holiday season.
The holidays can be stressful, so why not unwind with one of the 5 best holiday tea flavors?
Don't know where to start? No worries -- we've hunted for you & come up with the most appropriate flavor profiles, without sacrificing health benefits.
Continue reading for our list of the top 5 teas for the holidays!
...online & in-store shopping!
We are finally ready to launch our online store & open our doors for walk-in customers. We are featuring a limited initial product launch focusing on our core teas. On November 1st we opened up virtual & physical shop!
We are thrilled to offer our classic black tea Three Estate & our house Masala Chai blend in loose leaf 3 ounce packages in our online store. Both teas are steeped in Sesa tradition & reflect our devotion to the highest quality product & the most luxurious tea experience.
We are focusing on three of our Wellness Blends in-store! Breathe, Revive & Inner Wellness each contain ayurvedic ingredients to enhance, clear, & calm the tea-drinker.
After 13 years of providing the best tea, coffee & ingredients to our wholesale clients in Central Texas and beyond, we could not be happier to begin sharing our offerings with you!
We strive to offer the highest quality, best value, and most dynamic tea, coffee, and ingredients on the market. We have developed personal relationships with our partner farmers in India & seek to bring the freshest product, packed and blended with love straight to your door. Since 2005, we have been creating craft blends at home in Austin, and continue to develop partnerships throughout South Asia to offer the finest raw ingredients.
or stop by our shop
We may not have your favorite Sesa product online or in-store at first launch, but never fear! We will be expanding our online & in-store offerings to include much of our wholesale menu. We do specialize in custom blends for some of our wholesale customers, however, so there may be some products we provide exclusively to select restaurants & cafes.
Stop in for a cup of tea today &
Drink Different. Drink Better.
Our custom Three Estate Black Tea blends the finest leaves from partner farms in each of the three primary tea-growing regions in India. Each estate's terroir provides a unique flavor - blending into a delectable cup of tea & a veritable trip throughout India.
The Three Estates:
Regions of India
ASSAM - Matured in the Assam valley, at the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains, the single-estate Assam is a black leaf tea whose body holds a brisk, malty flavor, and shows a strong, bright color. The region of Assam is the world’s largest growing tea region and much of the tea here is grown at or near sea level.
DARJEELING - Prized for centuries as the most subtle and aromatic of the Indian teas Darjeeling has come to be known as the Champagne of Teas. Descended from Chinese small-leaf varieties bred for their fragrance, their leaves are subject to a lighter oxidation process than most black teas, resulting in a brew famous for its floral overtones.
NILGIRI - The younger sibling of the 3 fundamentals, this fragrant and newfound leaf is born of the Blue Mountains in the Nilgiri region of South India. Earning its place as The Fragrant One, it’s often grown in higher elevations where it captures a superior fragrance and flavor. Grown among other trees native to the region, many times Nilgiri may end up with flavors of mint, lemon, eucalyptus, and cypress. Also known as a “frost tea” for the special harvest season between December and March, the leaves of Nilgiri are at risk of frost during the harvest season but keep the special property of not clouding when making iced tea.