Tips, Tricks & Tales from the SESA Beverage Lab
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.
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.
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!
find advice for our wholesale customers here.
Effective Monday October 22nd, the city of Austin has issued a notice to all residents to boil their water prior to consumption.
What does this Mean?
Because of the recent heavy rainfall & flooding to our west, our local water treatment plants have had their filters overloaded with debris. When the treatment plants' filters aren't working properly, it means your water could contain anything from silt to viruses & bacteria.
The city ordered a boil ordinance in order to help citizens protect themselves from potentially contaminated tap water.
What do I do?
Boil your water! Any water you might consume, must be boiled prior to use. This means, any drinking, cooking, dish-washing, tooth-brushing, & hand-washing water ought to be boiled. Shower water is okay, as long as you aren't drinking it, too!
How should I do it?
You only have to get your water to the boiling point (at least above 158 degrees Fahrenheit) in order to kill 99% of possible contaminants. You don't have to leave the water at a boil for the vast majority of viruses & bacteria to be killed.
If you have an electric kettle, boil batches of water & store them in a pitcher to cool for household use. If you can limit the amount of dish-washing you have, do it!
Can't I just use my in-house filter?
No, your Brita Filter is not enough. Standard water filters cannot alone kill all possible bacteria & viruses that could be in our tap water. In order to protect yourself & your family, it is best to boil even filtered water (or buy bottled water at the store).
How long will this last?
The city has not yet given an estimate for how long our water treatment plants will be down; however, we would assume it will at least be a couple of days before our systems are back to normal. There is more rain in the forecast this week, so it may be longer!
We will keep you posted when the notice is lifted!
In the meantime: don't be boring with your boil - make coffee & tea!