Matcha Madness

Are you crazy for Matcha Yet?

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What is matcha?

Matcha is stone ground green tea. The whole green tea leaf is ground into a powder and then whisked in hot water. You get the benefits of the whole leaf in your cup!

Matcha is traditionally consumed as part of a tea ceremony. All of our matcha comes from Kyoto, Japan a famed region for green tea. 

Green tea has the combination of caffeine and L-theanine and this makes it a very unique drink. The effects of caffeine in tea are being moderated by L-theanine which gives you a lasting feeling of energy in tea. That is why monks have used it almost a century in Japan for mindful alertness during long periods of meditation. Try it hot or iced and experience the healthy benefits of matcha we love!

Tribal Chocolate Chai

Drink of the Month

tribal chocolate chai

Our chocolate spicy chai will be sure to waken your spirits!

It has a kick of powerful Ayurvedic spices in it!  In East India, the traditions of Ayurveda revolves around the science of life and the use of herbal blends to help the body. Chai has healing spices such as cinnamon, clove, pepper, ginger, and many more. 

Our Tribal Chocolate Chai is a blend of spices and black tea, dark chocolate, cane sugar, and a dab of coconut milk powder.
Just add water and stir! 

 
 

Order yours to make at home our come try one in our tea bar!

Ginger!

Our Ginger Tea Blends! 

St. Francis- Spicy and refreshing! Sifted Organic Ginger

Samurai Rush - green tea, peppermint, and ginger

Detox Tisane - an herbal blend of holy basil, spearmint, burdock, peppermint, rosehips, red clover, linden blossoms, and ginger

The Blue Lagoon - rejuvenate with this herbal blue cup of ancient butterfly pea flower, tulsi holy basil, ginger, turmeric, and lemon verbena 

Mint, Magnolia, Ginger - an herbal blend of mint, magnolia, and ginger

Peachy Ginger Passion - a blend of black tea, peaches, mango, ginger, and natural flavor

we like to add fresh chopped ginger, pickled or dried to our herbal teas

*all of these teas are available in our retail store and select ones online

Ginger has a long tradition of healing properties for the body.

Ginger belongs in Zingiberaceae botanical family which includes other spices such as turmeric and cardamom. Ginger root has been used as a culinary and medicinal spice for centuries across the world from ancient China and India to Rome and Greece.

Research shows that ginger helps soothe the digestion system, relieve nausea, and is an anti-inflammatory. 

It is a diaphoretic tea, meaning that it will warm you from the inside out. Ginger root encourages perspiration so it can be used when a fever is coming on. 

 

Tea Xotics Holiday 2016

2016 Holiday Tea Collection

No. 017 Cinnamon Spice (black)
No. 024 Roasted Chestnut (black)
No. 065 Moroccan Mint (green)
No. 135 Grandma’s Caramel Apple (herbal)
No. 144 Santa’s Cup (herbal)
No. 153 Orange Marzipan (herbal)
 

Fall is Here!

Fall is here & we couldn't be more excited!

Come visit our New Tea Bar and check out our new Fall items!

 

2016 Fall Tea Collection

No. 043 Classic Xotic Chai
 No. 44 Cinnamon Xotic Chai
 No. 045 Duct Cocoa Xotic Chai
 No. 135 Grandma's Caramel Apple
No. 144 Santa's Cup
No. 152 Pumpkin Harvest

Home & DECOR

Cinnamon Vanilla Soy Candles
Pumpkin Pie Soy Candles
Apple Harvest Soy Candles
 

 

Olive oils & vinegars

Gravenstien White Apple Balsamic
Red Apple Balsamic

Wild Rosemary Olive Oil
Butter Olive Oil

BATH & BODY

Fall Harvest Olive Oil Lotion
Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub
Woodsy Lotion Bar
Wild Rose Lotion Bar

 

 

 

 

New Boutique & Tea Bar

Tea Xotics

Atelier of Fine Tea, Coffee & Gifts

Our new Tea Xotics boutique features a 80+ loose leaf tea bar that serves hot
and iced teas and specialty tea beverages we have created. In addition we serve cold
brewed coffee and pour overs from Westwind Coffee Roasters! 

Our boutique also carries premium olive oils,
vinegars, locally made soaps candles,
and array of bath and body items.

We have been sourcing and blending teas for over 5 years and roasting
coffee for 6 years in El Dorado Hills. We have travelled to tea gardens in
India and coffee estates in Nicaragua learning our craft from
seed to cup and it was time to open this new adventure! 

 
 


Come visit us!


We are open: Monday-Friday 9am-7pm,
Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

 

El Dorado Hills Town Center

4356 town center drive, suite 112
El Dorado Hills, California 95762

 

Hibiscus Tea & Egyptian Thieves

AFTER EXPLORING THE SECRET TOMBS OF KING TUT AND RAMSES IX, it was as if we woke from an ancient slumber. The sun was setting across the Nile as we made our way through skinny alleyways and white stoned streets of the ancient city of thebes.

We were in search of treasures to bring home to our mothers (no really, my mom wanted saffron). We were drawn to mounds of spices reflecting the color of the rainbow and in particular piles of dark, red petals of hibiscus flowers. 

We had stepped into another world. into tunnels carved deep into the mountains
of The Valley of the Kings, down roads that held stories for thousands of years.

Temple of Hatshepsut, the Valley of the Kings is on the other side of the mountain

Temple of Hatshepsut, the Valley of the Kings is on the other side of the mountain

We would ever be fated as wanderers.

 

Hibiscus Tea- Karkade in Arabic- is made from the dried, dark red petals of the hibiscus flower. The best Karkade comes from Upper Egypt (where we were) and was surprisingly the preferred drink of the Pharaohs.

Carrying some class, hibiscus also boasts of having your
full days worth of vitamin C in one cup !

Hibiscus, tamarnid, Peanuts and more at a market in Thebes

Hibiscus, tamarnid, Peanuts and more at a market in Thebes

It is awfully refreshing in the desert when you get the feeling that Ra and Osiris are assaulting you with sun rays.  

The ancient city of Thebes caught the eye of tomb raiders and thieves, tourists and terrorists as it was frequently the royal capital of Egypt. It houses the famous Hatshepsut Temple, the Avenue of the Sphinx, the Valley of the Kings, the magnificent ruins of the city of Luxor and much more. Whenever we sip on Hibiscus tea it brings us back here to this wonderful ancient city.  

- Hannah Planje

Spices from Tarnak

Spices from Tarnak

Avenue of the Sphinx, Luxor

Avenue of the Sphinx, Luxor

Matcha Green Tea!

What is matcha?

Matcha is stone ground green tea. The whole green tea leaf is ground into a powder and then whisked in hot water. You get the benefits of the whole leaf in your cup!

Matcha is traditionally consumed as part of a tea ceremony. All of our matcha comes from Kyoto, Japan a famed region for green tea. 

Green tea has the combination of caffeine and L-theanine and this makes it a very unique drink. The effects of caffeine in tea are being moderated by L-theanine which gives you a lasting feeling of energy in tea. That is why monks have used it almost a century in Japan for mindful alertness during long periods of meditation.

We love our matcha hot and iced! We even add coconut milk to ours and pineapple juice to spruce it up! But in the morning our favorite is to drink it straight up and sip it very slowly. 

Follow this Link to our

Matcha Drinks

TRY ONE OF OUR NEW Mini Skirts! We offer singles, 3 pack, 6pack, 9 pack. 

TRY ONE OF OUR NEW Mini Skirts! We offer singles, 3 pack, 6pack, 9 pack. 

Check out our Mini Skirts here

Matcha Mini Skirts

How to Brew your tea!

Basic Tea Brewing

Often times tea may taste bitter because it has been brewed too long or at to high of temperature.
Try these brewing techniques out to get the most out of your tea!


(Use Filtered Water for optimum taste)

  • Black Tea: 2–4minutes, 200° (boiling water)
  • Green Tea: 3 minutes, 175° (under boiling)
  • White Tea: 2–3minutes, 195°
  • Oolong Tea: 4 minutes, 200°
  • Herbal Infusions: 4–5 minutes 175° (under boiling) 
  • Matcha: Stir in 195° water (under boiling) & whisk for about 30 seconds 

Happy Tea Drinking! If you have questions, leave a comment and we'll get back to you!

One little tree at a time

Up high in the tropical rain forests of Nicaragua, where no man-made sounds can be heard for miles, I found myself in a place only a few would ever get to be. Traveling here is not easy as we left paved roads from Matagalpa and switched into four wheel drive through mud and rocks, joining people who made their journey upward. It is a place where toucans are no longer mythical creatures on fruit loop cereal boxes but part of the living community. Where beans are eaten for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with papayas sold at markets the size of small children (I will note that I enjoyed eating those beans whenever we had them). It is a place where banana leaves are used as umbrellas and women shared with me the secret tapping to their tortilla making.

For a few days we stayed here with hospitality only known in foreign worlds, within the mist of coming monsoon rains and unknown surprises at every turn. Caught off guard with how kind people are to strangers, we saw that friendliness is exchanged between language barriers and exhaustible cups of cafe around could leave coffee drinkers in danger. And danger we were in, of never wanting to leave.

We were here to learn about coffee and community. Pablo, an Estate Manager, told us that the success of the finca depends on the success of the nursery. Coffee harvest is a year round labor of love, mirroring the preciousness of their children. Growing up children in the community to thrive is a thread woven all over La Virgen Fine Coffee Estate. As education is provided for any child in the community and adult classes are now being offered. We were inspired to help with some community projects and contributed school books co-bought by our customers for two school libraries the Hueck family built for their community. 

Tea is an art

One thousand hand picked tea shoots makes one pound of tea. 

In Darjeeling, tea is an art. With the Himalayas in the foreground, the damp, cold climate, and lack of sunlight shortens the growing season adding pressure for tea planters to produce highly sophisticated teas. And wonderfully complex they are as each tea varietal is different from day to day. It takes one thousand hand picked tea shoots to make a pound of tea. Each part of the process is meticulous and requires great care. Parveez, the Tea Estate Manager at Glenburn radiates with passion for tea and for people, it is written all over his smile. He lives to create, it is in his being and it is contagious. The whole tea estate radiates with passion.

photo by Colin Ross Photography

photo by Colin Ross Photography

photo by Colin Ross Photography

photo by Colin Ross Photography

‘TEA DOESN’T SPEAK, BUT IT TELLS A STORY’ - PARVEEZ, THE TEA ESTATE MANAGER OF GLENBURN

Photo by Colin Ross Photography

Photo by Colin Ross Photography

Darjeeling

Glenburn Tea Estate

It was late afternoon and the mist was slowly erasing the landscape around us. We finished up our tea on the side of the road and began our ascent up this tiny mountain road, a detour from a ‘normal’ road that was blocked from heavy monsoon rains. Our drivers made nearly impassable roads seem like childs’ play, passing vehicles hiding in the mist and nepali homes impossibly resting on cliffs. We arrived at Glenburn Tea Estate in the dark unaware of the beauty that surrounded us. 

More of Glenburn is inhabited by rainforest than by tea plants.

Its lush and full of wonder as spiders hang over head and Guatemala grass as tall as giants loom about.

You can’t help but feel as if you were in Disney’s Jungle Book looking for Sheer Khan.

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Tea here is an art and echoes the creation surrounding it leaving visitors in suspense as every cup of tea changes them.

And let me tell you. I will never drink tea the same.

- Hannah Planje

Photos by Colin Ross, a lifestyle and wedding photographer based in Bristol, Uk

Colin Ross Photography