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.
Espresso meets Ice Cream
Forget coffee-flavored ice cream, try this super easy recipe for the best Affogato you'll ever eat and you'll never buy a pint of the flavored stuff again. Espresso is a delicious indulgence on its own and a great pick-me-up, but have you ever thought about combining espresso with ice cream?!
What better way to cool down on a hot summer day than with an ice pop? We've adapted a traditional recipe to create a delicious Texas Peach Black Tea pop! If you want to learn more about our special Texas Peach blend and learn some of the health benefits of black tea, check out our blog post on our Texas Peach Black Tea.
Try It? Let us know what you think in the comments!
Pure Black Tea + Peaches
So, you're sitting on the porch and it's 100 degrees outside....what better way to refresh yourself than with a glass of Iced Texas Peach Black Tea? Peaches and black tea are a match made in heaven. The malty complexity of our blend of Assam and Ceylon black teas pairs perfectly with the subtle sweetness of real peach pieces.
Health Benefits of Black Tea
In addition to being a refreshing summer beverage, Texas Peach Black Tea boasts all the benefits of black tea in a delicately flavored concoction.
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.
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.
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.