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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, rooibos is a good tea for you. 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.

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.




Have you ever wondered why a lot of people love waking up to a nicely prepared tea in the mornings — during winters and even on a hot summer day?


We all know tea is a wonderful natural beverage with a ton of health benefits. But it’s just so awesome in the mornings because tea works like coffee. All teas have caffeine and thiamine, elements that improve alertness. Who wouldn’t want such a nutrition-packed morning pick-me-upper?


But that’s not the only thing tea is for. According to recent scientific studies, some teas could assist with heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and low cholesterol. It also aids in weight loss and improves our mind’s alertness.


Ask any nutritionist and they’d tell you tea is great for your health! But of course, brewed loose-leaf tea is always better than bottled ones. Bottled teas have tons of unnecessary calories and sugar. (Duh!)


Here are just some of the kinds of teas that could improve your health:


Black Tea – This type of tea has tremendous levels of caffeine. Black tea contains thearubigins and theaflavins. These are antioxidants associated with helping to lower the body’s levels of cholesterol.


Oolong Tea - Fats found in the blood are cut down by activating an enzyme when one drinks this type of tea. In fact, taking this tea can lead to burning large amount of fat as compared to just drinking water.


Green Tea - Green tea is an excellent source of catechins. EGCG is a group of this compound that researchers say has a crucial role in preventing heart diseases and cancer in our bodies. A decrease in risk of getting cardiovascular diseases can occur when one drinks a cup of green tea every morning.


White Tea - Like the green tea, this tea contains catechins that help fight cardiovascular diseases and cancer.


Echinacea Tea - It is a commonly used type of tea for its ability to fight respiratory infections and common cold.


Lemon Ginger Tea - Lemon has immune boosting pectin and limonene. It, therefore, makes this tea suitable when it comes to fighting bacterial infections.


When choosing tea, it’s important to consider products that are well-sourced and with quality ingredients. Like ours, of course!


How about you? Do you think tea is really as healthy as many nutritionists claim? Sound off in the comments section below! Share your love of tea, by liking, sharing, and pinning this post!




Worried about your caffeine intake, but want a strong morning pick-me-up? Though caffeine helps give you a good boost and increase your mental alertness and sharp thinking, it also has various side effects when consumed in large quantities. It could lead to tremors, increased heartbeat, vomiting, diarrhea, sleeping problems, confusion, dizziness, headache and nervousness.

But if you still want yourself some of that caffeine, ditch the coffee and grab pu-erh tea for your morning pick-me-ups instead. Like coffee, pu-erh has a smooth, strong flavor, but with a relatively less amount of caffeine.

The whole health craze that’s preoccupied the world for the past decade or so has got many people obsessed with tea — and for good reason. Tea, especially loose leaf tea, is a healthy and delicious alternative to all the junk drinks out there. It’s also a good alternative to coffee for those who want smaller doses of caffeine.

Different teas are made by using different kinds of processing. Green tea is not fermented, oolong tea is partially fermented, and black tea is fully fermented. Pu-erh tea, on the other hand, is post-fermented. This means this variety is fermented and then kept in storage for a long time, locking in a strong unique flavor.

The older the pu-erh, the smoother and stronger its flavor. It also leaves a sweet aftertaste you’d want to keep coming back to. Because of its strong flavor, it’s no surprise that pu-erh can be steeped and re-steeped several times without compromising its taste. (In fact, I daresay that the second and third steeping of pu-erh tea actually tastes better! But that’s just me…)

Just like other natural tea varieties, pu-erh contains caffeine. Its dark color (darker than black tea) leads some to assume that it’s strongly caffeinated, but it isn’t. Pu-erh has lower caffeine content compared to black tea. Drinking a few cups of it in a day won’t make your heart race. But if you still want to make sure you’re getting the least amount of caffeine from your drink, follow the instructions below:

1. Steep (or rinse) 3-7 grams of pu-erh tea in boiling water for 45 seconds. (NOTE: About 80% of the caffeine will be removed within 30 seconds of steeping.)
2. Discard the hot water — that cup has the most amount of caffeine.
3. Steep your tea in a new cup of boiling water for 25 seconds.
4. Drink up!

Try it at home and let me know what you think.Share, pin, or tweet this post for future reference!


PS: If you really want tea but decaffeinated, shop at our decaf tea section for lovely decaf blends that can even help put you to sleep!



It may seem strange, but tea for dogs is not unheard of and can actually have a number of health benefits. Once you’ve done the proper research and have ensured that your dog has no allergies, there’s nothing wrong with letting him or her benefit from the effects of tea. It can be administered using a syringe or straight into your pet's bowl if they have no issues with drinking it themselves.

Particularly, chamomile tea can be as beneficial to canines as it is to humans. Throughout history, chamomile has been used to treat a number of ailments, such as inflammation and irritation of the skin and bacterial infections. Its antioxidant properties make it a number one choice for a number of reasons, and it’s one of the best-selling teas in the world.

Chamomile tea can be used to calm your pet's digestive system and relieve gas. It’s also helpful for dogs who tend to get over excited and throw up as a result, particularly after eating. In this case, the tea should be given to the dog orally. One tablespoon of chamomile flowers boiled in a cup of water for 15 minutes is enough, but be sure to add another cup of water once it is brewed so that the concoction is not too strong. Of course, don’t forget to strain the tea, to prevent loose leaf from being eaten!

Tea can also be good for your pet in other ways. Chamomile tea can be chilled and stored in a spray bottle in the fridge to spray on your dog's skin when it is itching and irritated. Relief should come immediately afterwards. The same tea can also be used with 3 parts sterile saline solution to make eye drops suitable for your pooch, particularly for conjunctivitis, which is more commonly known as 'pink eye'. Use a medicine dropper to administer the solution up to three times a day until the irritation is noticeably gone. (But it’s best to consult your vet before doing this.)

But chamomile isn’t the only tea for dogs. Here at California Tea House, we consulted numerous vets to concoct a tea that’s great for our canine friends. Machu’s Blend is a tea blend comprised of chamomile, ginger root, fennel seed, skullcap, and calendula. It promotes healthy skin and coal and also lowers stress and aids digestion.

If you want to know more, check out machu’s blend here!





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Tea lovers don't need any introduction for loose leaf tea. For beginners though, it might feel the same as normal (commercial-grade filter bag) tea, but just not brewed in tea bags. Some might wonder, what difference does that make? Let me tell you now - it actually DOES make a huge difference.

When you steep tea leaves, it should have enough room to infuse and to absorb the water. This helps the boiling water in extracting the vitamins, flavors, minerals, and aromas in them. This happens when you steep loose leaf tea.

But for a commercial filter bag tea? This infusion process is limited by the size of the bag. Although filling the tea bags with smaller particles of tea leaves increases its surface area and thus increases the taste of the tea, this brewing process eliminates vital minerals present in the tea.

Commercial filter bag teas are also made to be standardized. People expect commercial teas to taste the same from year to year every single time. People also expect a standard price, not a price the varies from season to season. This buyer expectation means that large tea companies tend to compromise on flavor and aroma. A commercial filter tea is typically stripped of flavor, aroma, and even vitamins and minerals in favor of a standardized taste and price.

Tea in its more natural state has differing aroma and flavor profile from year to year. This is what makes tea so interesting in the first place! If you want to experience the full taste of tea and enjoy its full health benefits as well, it’s time you transition to loose leaf tea.

Specialized loose leaf teas from small tea shops like ours are the best place to start. We can even help make it easier for you by giving you personalized recommendations for free! Just tell us what kind of taste you like and Will or Ani can help you pick the best kind of tea for you. Simply email Will or Ani here

Have you tried loose leaf tea before? How did you like it? Sound off in the comments below. Don't forget to share the love by liking and sharing this article with your tea loving friends!


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