Tips, Tricks & Tales from the SESA Beverage Lab
Vegan + Delicious Chai Shake
There's no doubt about it, fall is Chai season! To start off October strong, we decided to take our spicy Masala Chai to the next level and make a vegan, superfood-powered shake using Chai as a base. And let us tell you, it was seriously delicious.
We included superfoods such as MCT Oil, Maca Root Powder, and Cinnamon in addition to all the healthy spices already in our Masala Chai blend to really up-level this smoothie. If you want to turbocharge your day without coffee, then this is the shake for you to try.
Matcha: An Introduction
Matcha is a super-fine powder made from green tea leaves. The tea leaves are picked right at their peak, dried, and stone-ground into a fine powder to be mixed with water, used ceremonially, or even in baking. Matcha has been used ceremonially in Japan for centuries, and only recently has reached peak popularity all over the world for it's delicious flavor, myriad applications, and amazing health benefits.
Cupping - an Introduction
Did you know there's such a thing as cupping tea?
Cupping is designed to test the quality of a given pure tea leaf immediately after it's harvested. The most important thing about cupping is consistency. Since the ingredient tested varies, one must control the environment and testing process as much as possible to ensure a consistent and honest result.
The process of cupping is repetitive. A drinker must train her mind and senses to unearth the subtleties of the pure tea leaf much more than during a regular tasting. Cupping also pushes the limits of the tea, testing how they hold up under different circumstances to truly understand the tea.
In assessment, we consider quality and characteristics of the tea for a more comprehensive analysis of the natural compounds in a given leaf. We test for color, flavor, aroma, and the chemistry of the steep, in addition to evaluating the tea at each stage of the steep.
Mint for Health
Did you know that aside from being a refreshing and uplifting flavoring, mint is actually loaded with potential health benefits?
While peppermint tea has been a staple of many pantries for years, we often just think about it as a refreshing beverage without taking into account the myriad health benefits mint has. From soothing upset stomach to improving alertness and focus mint can help heal from the inside out.
Mint tea can be bought at the local grocery store, from a specialty beverage producer like Sesa Pure or grown in the comfort of your own backyard and steeped into a healthful tisane. Peppermint and other mint varietals are hardy plants best grown in the shade. It can be grown indoors or outdoors and will thrive year-round, allowing you to make a delicious tea during every season.
Mint can be used fresh or dry and is popularly used as a seasoning, steeped into teas and tisanes, or in salads and desserts. Of the over two-dozen varietals of Mint, peppermint and spearmint are the most popularly used in contemporary cuisine and health applications.
Lavender + Mint as a mindful combination
To celebrate the month of June we're releasing our proprietary blend of Lavender, Mint & other botanicals to encourage a summer of rest, relaxation, & refreshment.
The combination of lavender and mint works holistically together to create a state of blissful awakening by enlivening the senses and relaxing the mind. What better way to achieve a state of mindfulness than with a cup of Lavender Mint tea!
We love to share a cup in the early afternoon as the stress of the day settles in, but we need to remain alert without the jitters of caffeine.
Mother's Day Tea
Just in time for Mother's Day we've launched our custom Darjeeling Rose Tea blend. A delicately floral blend of First Flush Darjeeling black tea, rosebuds, and rose petals this brews a fragrant, relaxing cup of tea!
We'll explore the Darjeeling region, what makes it so special and why Darjeeling Rose is a luscious cup of tea packed with health benefits.
Forget the Trash! Recycle your tea leaves
Ever wondered if there was anything else you could do with your used tea leaves other than throw them away? Never fear! There are a whole bunch of ways to re-use brewed tea leaves + we've compiled a list of our top 3 favorite ways to re-use old tea leaves.
It's amazing how many benefits tea has, from being an antioxidant powerhouse to helping reduce blood pressure, Camellia Sinensis (aka the tea leaf) is a seriously amazing plant. After you've had your tea, why just throw away those beautiful leaves when you can re-use them to make something wonderful + save a little more from the landfill?
Lemongrass has long been a staple of Ayurvedic medicine because of its myriad health benefits. From reducing blood pressure to relieving menstrual pain, Lemongrass contains seriously healthy properties. Our proprietary combination of Lemongrass + Ginger creates a unique blend sure to restore wellness from the inside out.
Spring Cleaning for the Body + Mind
What better way to celebrate March than with a detoxifying, relaxing tea. With so much focus put on cleaning our houses for the Spring, why not also clean our bodies and minds?
Chamomile is loaded with health benefits and the addition of our tangy citrus peel enlivens the flavor, making for a beneficial and delicious tincture for the soul.