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There. I said it.

If you came here looking for a magic potion to weight loss woes, you’d be sorely disappointed. Honestly, you’d get a much better chance at finding a leprechaun riding a unicorn over a rainbow than obtaining a magical solution to losing weight. Anyone who promises to give you a drink that could burn or melt all your fat away is lying. Tea is not the end-all and be-all of weight loss.

Here’s the truth: tea can, in fact, help you lose weight, as long as you do the rest of the work. (You know, proper diet and exercise.)

Pu erh can then be used as a supplement to help you speed up weight loss and reach your goals. Pu erh has caffeine, and caffeine stimulates the nervous system. This gives you a burst of energy that helps promote calorie-burning. But this is true of other kinds of tea.

What makes pu erh the darling of weight loss enthusiasts is the fact that during the aging process of this tea, it develops naturally-occurring lovastatin — a chemical found in prescriptions to lower cholesterol.

Research says pu erh lowers triglycerides and LDL, or low density lipoprotein, also known as "bad" cholesterol. It has also shown it may contribute to raise levels of HDL, high density lipoprotein, or "good" cholesterol.

Some people say drinking pu erh makes them hungry, so I suggest not drinking it before having a meal. Drink it after a meal instead. Pu erh increases your metabolism, which means hunger pangs would be magnified if you drink it while you’re hungry. Needless to say, never take it on an empty stomach!

So if you need a drink to supplement your weight loss routine, try pu erh. If you want a something that melts all your fat away, go and search for that unicorn-riding, rainbow-jumping leprechaun instead!

(Speaking of leprechaun, we’re currently having a special St. Patrick’s Day sale for our newsletter subscribers. Why? Because everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s day! Subscribe now to get the special deal.)

PS: Want to give pu erh a try? Try our Bird's Nest Pu-ErhMany of our Bird's Nest Pu-erh fans tell us this is their 'on the go' tea. Try it for yourself to find out why they love it!





Loose leaf tea isn’t a very popular option among people because, well, tea bags are just a lot more convenient aren’t they? But for tea lovers like you and me, there’s no other choice out there but loose leaf. It’s fresher, it has higher quality, and it just tastes better. You get more of the tea’s antioxidants from this form too!

While it’s best enjoyed steaming hot, there are times when having it iced is just the better choice — like on lazy summer afternoons or to complement a spicy dish. At times like these, I get out my favorite dessert tea and get ready to prepare it iced.

Here’s a very simple, tried-and-tested recipe I use:
Serves 2

1. Place two teaspoons of your preferred loose leaf tea on a small, square, and clean, canvass fabric. I recommend the Lemon Meringue Pie and Lime in the Coconut.

2. Tie opposite ends of the fabric together so that it looks like a small pouch. Drop this pouch into the water.

3. Measure 3 glasses of water and boil it. Let it boil for a few seconds, and then scoop out the tea pouch. Sieve the loose leaves if necessary. (Don’t let it boil for too long to prevent it becoming bitter.)

4. Let the tea cool for a few minutes.

5. Sweeten with half a teaspoon of honey to taste.

6. Place the tea in the fridge.

7. Drop fresh mint leaves into the pitcher before serving cold.

Try it at home and let me know what you think! Make sure to pin, tweet, or share this recipe on Pinterest, Twitter, or Facebook so can keep it handy. 

*image via: Freepik and Pixabay



Blooming tea or flowering tea are absolutely fascinating. It’s a bundle of dried tea leaves wrapped around dried flowers. When steeped, it blooms into a beautiful bouquet at the bottom of your pot or cup. Watching it never ceases to amaze me. It’s like a time lapse of a bud growing into a full blown flower.

It remains unclear whether or not blooming or flowering tea is a modern invention or ancient one, but the consensus is that it originated from China (where else?). If it’s been around for more than hundreds of years, Marie Antoinette must’ve enjoyed it during one of her lavish parties. Here’s Sofia Coppola’s take on the scene.

These days, however, you don’t have to be royalty to try out this beautiful drink. In fact, you can try it in your own backyard if you like! Get a clear pot, vase, or a large glass. Invite your friends and family for high tea some time and get ready to be as enthralled as I was when I first saw one with my own eyes.

Will and Ani have mastered the art of flowering tea and have created their own bouquets as well. Lucky for us, they’re selling it on this shop too! They’re offering a variety of artisanal tea bouquets that are both beautiful to look at and wonderful to the palate. Try it for yourself and let us know what you think! Click here to order your own blooming tea now. (And yes, we have jasmine.)



If you’re concerned about your caffeine intake but don’t want to quit it altogether, pu-erh is the tea for you. But, if you have issues about caffeine and want it out of your life forever, shop for rooibos tea instead. Why? NEWSFLASH: Rooibos is completely caffeine free. That’s right folks, if you want a completely sinless liquid vice, rooibos is the tea for you. Here's a quick crash course on everything you should know about rooibos-- 

What are the benefits of rooibos tea?

Rooibos, which is an Afrikaans word for “red bush” comes from the plant aspalathus linearis. In South Africa, people typically drink it with milk and sugar; but it’s no problem to drink it straight up. Unlike most teas, rooibos tea is absolutely caffeine free and naturally sweet as well. But like most teas, it’s rich in minerals and contains antioxidant properties. It’s rich in minerals that help in developing and maintaining strong bones and teeth. It improves circulation and also helps defend cells from damage.

When’s the best time to drink rooibos?

Rooibos is perfect as an after-meal drink or what we all a dessert tea, not only because it’s naturally sweet — it aids in digestion as well, and relieves stomach upset.

How do you prepare loose leaf rooibos?

If you want to brew your own cuppa, prepare 1.5 tsp of this tea to 80z of briskly boiling water. Let it boil for five minutes tops. If it boils for longer than that, the rooibos will become bitter. If you want to take it iced, just double the amount of tea and pour it directly into a jar or pitcher full of ice, and it’s ready!

How to buy loose leaf rooibos tea?

When purchasing loose leaf rooibos, make sure it’s organic with virtually no stems. This will ensure a healthier and more flavorful cup. Here at our shop, we offer unique dessert rooibos tea blends — perfect for dessert or a late night cuppa! Try it for yourself and let us know how you find it.


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    Hi! I ordered my tea three days ago but it still hasn't shipped out..I understand because it was the weekend but about when will it ship out ? :)
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    1st time ordering from this company. A gift card 21/2 weeks ago and charged for it. To date, no gift card received. e-mailed twice, no response. Called once. Not too impressed.
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    so glad Fall is finally here
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    Nice blog post Camsy
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    Drinking chunky cherry and sitting on the beach.. Yum!
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    better get another pour
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    Getting ready for the Kentucky Derby!

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