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Loose Leaf Tea vs Multi-Use Tea Bags: Which Type is Right For Me?

Loose Leaf Tea vs Multi-Use Tea Bags: Which Type is Right For Me?

Whether you’re a tenured tea drinker or new to the delicious beverage, you may find yourself caught between two popular options: loose leaf tea and multi-use tea bags. While both products will steep a delicious cup of tea, they have their own unique characteristics, benefits, and user profiles.
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Our 2024 Father’s Day Gift Guide

Our 2024 Father’s Day Gift Guide

Get your 2024 Father's Day gifts from My Cup of Tea. Whether near or far, your fatherly figure will love our selection of teas, tea accessories, sweet snacks, and inspirational reads! Visit us in Memphis or shop our store online.
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Debunking 7 Common Myths About Tea: Separating Fact from Fiction

Debunking 7 Common Myths About Tea: Separating Fact from Fiction

In the world of tea, myths and misconceptions often abound, leading to confusion among enthusiasts and novices alike, but there are numerous myths about tea that are pervasive around the globe. Here are seven myths about tea that we debunk, shedding light on the truth behind these widely believed misconceptions.

1. Myth: Tea Contains No Caffeine
Fact: While it's true that some herbal teas are caffeine-free, traditional tea varieties such as black, green, white, and oolong tea naturally contain caffeine. The caffeine content may vary depending on factors like the type of tea leaves, brewing time, and water temperature. However, compared to coffee, tea generally contains less caffeine, making it a popular choice for those seeking a milder energy boost.

2. Myth: All Tea Leaves Are Harvested the Same Way
 Fact: Contrary to popular belief, tea leaves are harvested in different ways depending on the type of tea being produced. For example, black tea is typically harvested by hand, while green tea leaves may be plucked by hand or harvested using mechanical methods. The harvesting process can significantly impact the flavor and quality of the final product, making it essential for tea producers to employ the most suitable techniques for each variety.

3. Myth: Tea Should Always Be Brewed with Boiling Water
Fact: While boiling water is commonly used to brew tea, it may not be the best option for certain varieties. Green and white teas, for instance, are more delicate and can become bitter when steeped in water that's too hot. To preserve the delicate flavors of these teas, it's recommended to use water that's slightly below boiling temperature, typically around 175°F to 185°F. Experimenting with different water temperatures can help enhance the nuances of various tea varieties.

4. Myth: Tea Bags Are Inferior to Loose Leaf Tea
Fact: While loose leaf tea is often praised for its quality and flavor, modern tea bags have come a long way in terms of both materials and design. Many reputable tea brands now offer high-quality tea bags made from biodegradable materials and containing whole leaf tea, ensuring a flavorful and convenient brewing experience. Ultimately, whether you choose loose leaf or tea bags depends on personal preference and convenience.

5. Myth: Herbal Tea Is Always Safe for Consumption
Fact: While herbal teas are generally safe for consumption, it's essential to be aware of potential allergens and interactions with certain medications. Some herbal ingredients, such as chamomile and peppermint, may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Additionally, herbal teas containing medicinal herbs or supplements should be consumed with caution, especially if you're taking prescribed medications. Consulting with a healthcare professional can help ensure the safety of herbal tea consumption, particularly if you have underlying health concerns.

6. Myth: The Longer You Brew Tea, the Better It Tastes
Fact: Brewing tea for an extended period can lead to over-extraction, resulting in a bitter and astringent taste. Each tea variety has an optimal brewing time that allows for the extraction of desirable flavors without overpowering bitterness. For example, black tea typically requires a steeping time of 3 to 5 minutes, while green tea may only need 1 to 3 minutes. Adhering to recommended brewing times ensures a balanced and enjoyable tea drinking experience.

7. Myth: Tea Should Be Stored in the Freezer to Maintain Freshness
Fact: Storing tea in the freezer may seem like a practical way to preserve freshness, but it can actually degrade the quality and flavor of the tea. Exposure to moisture and fluctuating temperatures can cause tea leaves to absorb unwanted odors and flavors, compromising their taste. Instead, it's best to store tea in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and strong odors. Airtight containers or resealable bags can help maintain the freshness of tea for extended periods.

In conclusion, debunking uncommon myths about tea is essential for fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of this beloved beverage. By separating fact from fiction, tea enthusiasts can elevate their tea drinking experience and enjoy the diverse flavors and aromas that tea has to offer. Whether you're a seasoned tea aficionado or just beginning your tea journey, embracing the truth behind these myths will undoubtedly enhance your tea-drinking adventures.
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5 Recipes You Can Make With Tea

5 Recipes You Can Make With Tea

From savory entrees to sweet treats, the subtle flavors and aromatic qualities of tea add depth and complexity to everyday recipes.
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Tea Time Royalty: Celebrities Past and Present Who Sip in Style

Tea Time Royalty: Celebrities Past and Present Who Sip in Style

Welcome to the luxurious world of celebrities who indulge in the timeless ritual of tea sipping. We delve into the fascinating tea preferences of beloved stars like Emma Watson, Jennifer Aniston, and more. Join us as we explore the charm, sophistication, and relaxation that tea brings to the lives of these A-listers.

 

Emma Watson: Brewing Elegance 
Emma Watson, the epitome of grace and intelligence, is known for her love of tea. Often spotted at trendy tea houses, Watson's go-to cuppa is a classic English Breakfast. Her appreciation for the finer things in life extends to her tea choices, reflecting a perfect blend of tradition and modernity.

 

 

Jennifer Aniston: Steeping in Wellness 

America's sweetheart, Jennifer Aniston, embraces tea not just for its taste but also for its wellness benefits Aniston is a green tea enthusiast, attributing her radiant skin and overall well-being to the antioxidants found in this ancient elixir. Dive into the world of health and rejuvenation as we explore Aniston's tea journey.

 

 

Sir Ian McKellen: Shakespearean Sips

The legendary Sir Ian McKellen, known for his iconic roles in both Shakespearean plays and blockbuster films, has a penchant for the theatrical in his tea choices. Earl Grey, with its bold flavor and aromatic essence, is Sir McKellen's tea of choice, transporting him to an era of literary brilliance with every sip.

 

 

Cate Blanchett: Tea with a Touch of Glamour

Renowned for her elegance and timeless beauty, Cate Blanchett opts for exotic teas that mirror her sophisticated palate. Chai lattes infused with rare spices and delicate floral notes are the actress's preferred choice, adding a touch of glamour to her tea sessions.

 

 

 

Hugh Jackman: From Coffee to Chai Connoisseur

While widely recognized for his love of coffee, Hugh Jackman has diversified his palate to include a newfound appreciation for chai. This transition showcases the versatility of tea and its ability to win over even the most dedicated coffee enthusiasts.

     

     

     

     As we've uncovered the tea preferences of these celebrated individuals, it's evident that tea transcends its humble origins to become a symbol of refinement and relaxation for celebrities worldwide. Whether it's the classic elegance of Emma Watson's English Breakfast or the wellness journey of Jennifer Aniston with green tea, these stars remind us that there's always time for tea, even in the glitzy world of Hollywood.

    So, next time you find yourself enjoying a cup of your favorite brew, take a moment to imagine sharing that experience with the likes of Emma Watson, Jennifer Aniston, Sir Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, and Hugh Jackman – after all, tea is a universal pleasure that knows no bounds.

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    The Cultural Significance of Tea

    The Cultural Significance of Tea

    My Cup of Tea Memphis sources our tea from internationally recognized blenders around the world, specifically from the regions that originally developed and perfected tea. In this blog, we discuss the cultural significance of tea around the world and how it gained popularity over centuries.
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    A Beginner's Guide to Tea

    A Beginner's Guide to Tea

    For those who already drink it, tea is a delicious go-to beverage for any occasion, but for those who are new to it, tea is a complex beverage that offers millions of flavor profiles to choose from. We’ve put together this beginner’s guide to tea for all the newcomers who may want to dive just a bit deeper into the types of tea available, the health benefits, the best practices for brewing, and more.
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    Common New Year’s Resolutions Made for Tea

    Whether you make New Year's Resolutions or set some start-of-the-New-Year goals, most people recognize early January as a time to move forward in their lives, correct things they didn’t like about the previous year, and improve something about themselves. It is also true that many of the common resolutions are often frustratingly difficult to realize. Losing weight, eating healthier, and better management of one’s personal finances are common goals for the New Year that are much harder to achieve than we thought at midnight on January 1st when we made them. If you made one of these resolutions, you will be glad to know that each is perfect the tea drinker, whether you’re just starting out or have enjoyed tea for many years.

    How to make a good cup of tea

    Using tea as part of your plan to realize your New Year’s Resolutions must start with how to make a good cup of tea. Afterall, drinking bad tea won’t inspire you to reach your goals.

    Contrary to popular belief, pouring hot water over a tea bag and walking around your home or office with the tea bag drawstring and tag dangling from the cup is NOT the way to make a good cup of tea. A good cup of tea requires three things:

    • High-quality tea

    • Proper water temperature

    • Appropriate steeping time.

    At My Cup of Tea, we import our teas from some of the world’s top blenders, so you can be sure you are consuming high-quality tea when you purchase from us.

    The type of tea, such as green tea, black tea, rooibos tea, dictates the temperature of the water. Black tea requires water heated to boiling or 212 degrees. Green teas are steeped perfectly when the water temperature is between 176 and 180 degrees. An electric tea kettle can be programmed to the correct temperature depending on the tea you are preparing, but you can also achieve the optimal temperature for tea with a pot of water heated on the stove top and a kitchen thermometer.

    How long should a tea bag steep is also a critical question to answer for making a good cup of tea. Green teas only steep for 2-3 minutes, while black teas steep for 4-5 minutes. A rooibos generally requires 8-10 minutes of steeping time and some herbals must be steeped for 10-12 minutes.

    How to Lose Weight Drinking Tea

    If losing weight is a New Year’s Resolution you are hoping to keep, then drinking tea may be a good idea for you. As we’ve written before, flavonoids in teas called catechins have been found to boost metabolism and breakdown fats more quickly. Teas with caffeine, which are any teas that come from the Cameilla sinensis plant, can also help to speed metabolism. Maybe the simplest and most effective way teas promote weight loss is by using them to replace sugary or high calorie drinks.

    How to Live Healthier Lifestyle with Tea

    Also, as we have written before, teas are known to have numerous health benefits, especially green teas. Green teas are known to help improve brain function, increase fat burning, and lower the risk of cancer. Caffeine is one of the key reasons green tea helps with brain function and fat burning, but too much caffeine is unhealthy. Typically, green tea has one-third less caffeine than a cup of black coffee. Many studies demonstrate that green tea helps prevent chronic inflammation that can lead to heart disease and cancer because of its high concentration of antioxidants. And now that you know how to make a good cup of tea, the wealth of flavor profiles available can help you replace soda, sugary coffee drinks, and other liquid confections. Teas steeped properly often require no additional sweeteners.

    How to Drink Tea and Save Money

    So maybe you can see how tea can promote weight loss and healthier living, but how can drinking tea save money? Well, if you’re spending $5-$7 for a drink every time you visit your local coffee shop, then tea is a much less expensive option. At My Cup of Tea, our Memphis-themed tea boxes retail for $12 for 20 tea bags. Already, you can enjoy a delicious cup of tea for about .60. However, our pyramid sachet tea bags can be re-steeped for a second cup and our multi-steep bags can be used up to three times. But maybe you enjoy the latte from your favorite coffee spot and tea just can’t replace it – or can it? Steep your tea appropriately. While your tea is steeping, steam your favorite milk on the stove top or in the microwave and froth it with a whisk. Add this milk and froth to your tea for a tea latte.

    Conclusion

    Let’s face it, keeping New Year’s resolutions like losing weight, living healthier, and saving money requires a lot more than just drinking tea. But through dedication, hard work, and a belief that you can do it, you will. Drinking tea along the way to realizing your goals for the New Year can help you achieve those goals and make the process much more enjoyable.

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    2023 Holiday Gift Guide

    2023 Holiday Gift Guide

    The holiday season is here, and it’s time to start checking things off your list. You want to give a gift that’s not only thoughtful but something they’ll use often. My Cup of Tea offers tea gifts for everyone, from self-proclaimed tea connoisseurs to mocktail lovers. 

    For the Tea Connoisseur

    If there’s someone on your list who considers themselves a tea connoisseur, they already have a host of accessories in their home. Since they drink tea often, one of the best gifts to give is delicious tea to get them through the year. 

    Flat orange box printed with a teacup image.

    My Box of Tea Subscription 

    My Cup of Tea offers the best way for tea connoisseurs to get their tea fix. This subscription, or sub-SIP-tion as we like to call it, is a convenient way to have tea delivered right to your loved ones' door. Each month, two Teas for Two and four tasty Honey Spoons from Melville Candy Company are shipped directly to you in a “My Box of Tea” themed box. For gift-giving ease, we offer three length options - 3 months, 6 months, or 1 full year - and have a pay-ahead option. 

    Tea box designed by Darlene Newman.

    Home - Lemon Ginger Oolong (Limited Edition)

    This limited edition version of our Lemon Ginger Oolong tea is bursting with the freshness of citrus and the spiciness of fresh ginger. The art for this box was created by Darlene Newman, a local artist from right here in Memphis. Home is the third limited edition box created in response to our annual request for proposals from local, professional Black artists. The tea connoisseur in your life would love a limited edition version of their favorite oolong tea!

    For the Tea & Treat Pairer

    Sometimes tea is best served with a sweet treat, like chocolate chip cookies or ginger snaps. My Cup of Tea offers tea and treat gift sets for any type of palate. 

    Ginger Fresh tea and ginger snaps in holiday packaging.

    Ginger Snaps & Ginger Fresh Tea

    Fresh, fruity lemongrass and spicy ginger combine with licorice to create our Ginger Fresh Ayurvedic Herbal Tea Blend, which is then paired with zesty ginger snaps from Lark Fine Food. Caffeine-free and gluten-free, Ginger Fresh is naturally sweet and calming. When combined with hand-made, delicious ginger snaps, this tea offers an extra touch of finesse. 

     

    Traditional Masala Chai and Mexican Cha Chas wrapped in holiday packaging.

    Cha Chas & Chai

    A clash of cultures happens in this tea and cookie gift set. Traditional Masala Chai combines with delicious chocolate brownies for a sweet and spicy taste experience. Our Bluff City Chai is full of spices like ginger, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and pepper that meld to produce an intense flavor. The cookies, Mexican chocolate Cha Chas from Lark Fine Foods, are reminiscent of a brownie with hints of cinnamon and cayenne. The perfect gift for those who like a little spice with their treat.

    Organic Peppermint tea and Peppermint shortbread cookies wrapped for the holidays

    Organic Peppermint & Peppermint Shortbread

    Our delicious Organic Peppermint Herbal Tea is paired with delicious Peppermint Shortbread Cookies from Maddy’s Sweet Shop. This tea is USDA Certified Organic, caffeine-free, and gluten-free, offering the refreshing flavor of natural peppermint. It’s also the perfect tea to drink with something sweet, which is why we’ve paired it with the best powdered sugar coated, candy crunch filled cookie that’s sure to become your guilty pleasure. 

    For the Tea Newcomer

    There may be someone on your list who isn’t sure what they want, giving you the perfect chance to introduce them to something new and exciting!

    Holiday jar of tea samples.

    Holiday Sampler Jar

    Maybe the loved ones on your list are interested in tea, but unsure how to choose their perfect cup. Fashioned similarly to our other sampler jars - the Market Sampler Jar and the Wellness Sampler Jar - this jar comes with 10 varieties of customer favorites already wrapped for the season. 

    Leaf-shaped tea infuser in packaging.

    Leaf-shaped Tea Infuser

    For tea beginners, an infuser is the perfect way to dive into the world of loose leaf tea. This particular infuser is leaf-shaped and holds the perfect amount of tea for a cup. Available in seven vibrant colors - green, red, turquoise, fuchsia, orange, yellow, and purple - this leaf-shaped tea infuser is made of food-grade silicone and stainless steel that brews the perfect cup. 

    For the Memphian

    If we know one thing about Memphis locals, it’s that they love Memphis. As Memphis locals ourselves, our list of favorites definitely includes our Memphis Branded Teas

    Memphis After Dark

    Rich decadent chocolate combines with a cool sensation of peppermint to create this delicious rooibos tea that satisfies any dessert craving. It’s reminiscent of a thin mint cookie or peppermint patty and is naturally caffeine-free and gluten-free. The Memphis local on your list won’t be able to get enough of this dessert in a cup!

     

    Blue Suede Shoes

    For Elvis lovers, or simply those who enjoy a refreshing fruit-flavored tea, Blue Suede Shoes is the obvious gift choice. USDA Certified Organic and gluten-free, this luscious blueberry flavor is sure to climb your charts. This tea doesn’t need any sweetener, which makes it a great option for those making tea on the go or looking for a lighter option.

     

    Porch Peach

    Invite your loved one to the porch in Orange Mound for a fun conversation and a fruity sip. This rooibos tea is filled with honeybush, pineapple, papaya, peach, apricot, and rose petals to create an aromatic and flavorful tea. We’ll enjoy the sweet aroma and fruity taste either hot or iced. 

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    For the Mocktail Lover

    Ever thought about using your favorite teas in a cocktail or mocktail? If your loved one enjoys hosting, consider getting them an all-in-one kit for creating delicious mocktails with tea!

    Holiday mocktail kit.

    East Memphis Sunrise Toddy Mocktail Kit

    This kit features our East Memphis Sunrise pineapple-grapefruit herbal tea, tangy lime juice, and Tupelo honey spoons. With an easy-to-follow recipe card included, each kit makes at least two delicious mocktails and comes in a festive holiday box with a handle. 

    Holiday mocktail kit filled with tea from My Cup of Tea Memphis.

    Orange Mound Mule Mocktail Kit

    This fruity mocktail kit features our Riverboat Queen Strawberry Green tea, premium ginger beer, tangy lime juice, and dehydrated fruit for garnish. Just like our other mocktail kit, this mule kit makes at least two delicious beverages and comes with an easy-to-follow recipe card. 

    For the Home

    Whether it’s a teapot for brewing delicious tea, a towel for decor, or a book that offers simple organization tips, a gift for the home is always a good idea. 

    Black and gray tea cozy covering ceramic teapot.

    Tea Cozy & Teapot

    We think everyone should have a beautiful teapot and teapot cozy in their home. These teapot cozies are available in all types of patterns and colors, and our team is happy to customize a cozy to your liking. If you’re interested in a teapot and cozy for your loved one, call us at 901-614-9769 or email us at sales@shopmycupoftea.com to see what patterns we have available.

    Green, pink, and red floral tea towel.

    Tea Towel

    A soft, absorbent cotton-linen blend tea towel is a great addition to your loved ones' home. From Paper Farm Press, these towels are digital-printed and hand-painted with artwork inspired by the farms surrounding their studio. It even comes with a hang loop to display it!

    Simply Organizing book with pastel floral cover.

     

    Simple Organizing Book

    Maybe your loved one wants to get organized, maybe they just want a new coffee table book. Either way, Simple Organizing by bestselling author Melissa Michaels is a fantastic gift for the home. Not only does she offer more than 300 easy organization tips, but the cover of this book has beautiful pastels that work seamlessly into your decor. 

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    Shop At My Cup of Tea Memphis

    When you shop at My Cup of Tea you’re directly impacting the lives of the women who live here. Your purchase, both online and at our local retailers, helps open a path for positive change and upward mobility for the courageous women who prepare our tea. Are you looking for an organization to donate to this season? We accept one-time donations through our website and also offer a monthly giving option called The Blend. Thank you for considering My Cup of Tea for your holiday gifts this season, and thank you for your support all year round.

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    The Perfect Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte

    The Perfect Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte

    Synonymous with the fall season, pumpkin spice is the perfect addition to so many seasonal recipes. Let's dive into what makes pumpkin spice, which tea we suggest using, and share one of our favorite fall recipes - the Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte!
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    The Ultimate Guide to Switching from Daily Coffee to Tea

    Switching from daily coffee consumption to tea can be a refreshing and health-conscious choice. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore the benefits of making the switch and provide you with practical tips to ensure a seamless transition.
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    5 Teas That Help With Relaxation

    If you aren’t a typical tea drinker, you may be surprised to find that there are certain types that help reduce anxiety and promote calmness. Chamomile, Peppermint, and Ayurvedic teas are fantastic for promoting relaxation. 
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