Tips, Tricks & Tales from the SESA Beverage Lab
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.
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!
We are so excited to be in the process of re-vamping our website!
We are launching an all new online store this fall! While we'll be starting with a limited range of retail products, we're looking to expand our available options quickly to satisfy all of your tea cravings.
In the meanwhile, we are also working on creating some superb blog posts full of tips, tricks, and stories to enhance each cup you sip.
Click Here (or below) to let us know how we're doing & comment on what products you're most excited to see on in our retail offerings!
We can't wait for you to be part of the newest chapter of the SESA story.....