Tips, Tricks & Tales from the SESA Beverage Lab
Staying well through transitions
August is a time of shifts and transitions for many people. As the preparation for the new school year cycle start and the summer season begins to turn into fall - schedules and rhythms change along with the weather, landscapes and even our diets. Even in Texas where it may not seem like fall weather is approaching these changes are upon us. Parents and families for sure are aware and another part of our community also is very well aware - our fellow farmers. Simply ask any farmer and they for sure know it is the close of summer which they have already been preparing for weeks now.
Speaking of changes, if anything has been constant this year - it is change.
Although we are slowing learning how to sustain and grow there is still so much more to manage each new week to stay well.
With all the variables to which we are each individually adapting we must also pay attention to our physical and mental well being. At Sesa we continue to stay determined to continue to share our teas, chai, coffee and botanicals to keep us going and stay in balance and we plan to do more!
Health + wellness are at the core of our mission
Health and well being is the foundation for Sesa. From the meaning of Sesa which represents balance in Sanskrit, to our mission to support drinking with purpose and promote intentional living and with our products designed to help you be balanced. Our ultimate goal is to help cultivate individual and community wellness.
This spring and summer opened our eyes and minds to even more knowledge and awareness about our food economy and systems - locally and globally. Beyond our previous and ongoing commitment to our long term partner growers, customers and wholesale partners we are now even more committed to advocating and supporting sustainable healthy living on a community level as well.
We have been learning about more ways we can contribute while we too have been working through how to sustain and keep going this year and we are starting with small steps.
Now in addition to our beverage products we have been presented an opportunity to venture into more ways to support the health of our community and we are excited to add more to our offerings to make the transition into the fall this year.
We invite you to continue reading to learn about how to purchase within your budget, gift some wellness or make a donation.
Get all the flavor of a snickerdoodle in a latte!
Is there anything more delicious than a snickerdoodle cookie!? I mean, the combination of sweet sugar and cinnamon with hints of vanilla all in a crumbly cookie are seriously delicious. So delicious, in fact, that we decided to see if we could make a tea latte that tasted just like a snickerdoodle. And, guess what….we did it! Not only is this latte packed with healthy ingredients and minimal sugar, it is so delicious you don’t even need the cookie for dessert!
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.
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.
Celebrate with Sesa Pure Iced Tea
Did you know that June is officially National Iced Tea Month!? In fact, June 10th is National Iced Tea day.
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.