Tea Blog

Honey Bear Rooibos, a Cup of Sweetness

While we carry man rooibos blends, our Honey Bear Rooibos is popular with both adults and kids. Honey Bear is a rooibos blend with bee pollen and fenugreek. Rooibos is an herbal plant endemic to South Africa and has a robust taste similar to that of tea. It is antioxidant rich and has a full bodiness to it that makes it a satisfying beverage to drink. Bee pollen is anti inflammatory, antioxidant rich and helps immunity. It’s also said to reduce stress and aide in healing.  Fenugreek gives a maple syrup, nutty sweet flavor while lowering blood sugar. The overall effect is a rich, layered, honey flavored “tea”.

This blend is warming, caffeine free and cozy like a hibernating honey bear!

This rooibos blend is popular. Adults find Honey Bear as tasty and delicious as kids do. Brew at 205 degrees (just under boiling) for 7 minutes for the best honey rich flavor! Drink anytime of day, as this caffeine free brew won’t keep you up at night. If you like honey, this blend was made just for you!

Meet Your Tea Farmer

Ever wonder where that tea in your cup came from? Who grew it, picked it by hand, and rolled it up? Just as it is important to know your vegetable farmer, it is also important to know your tea farmer. After all, tea (just like fruits and vegetables) is steeped and ingested by us straight from the earth (most of the time). Do you know who you are supporting when you buy a box of Lipton tea and what happens to it during its various processing phases? We’re not exactly sure, but what we are sure of is how all our direct sourced teas get from the hands of the farmer to your cup.

One of the wonderful aspects of sourcing direct tea products is that we get to know the men and women who grow, harvest, process and sell us our selected teas. One great tea connection we continue to foster is our tie to a Kenyan man and his purple tea farm.

David Bor is from the Nandi Hills of Kenya and belongs to the Beliot (Elephant) clan. He and his wife, Bernadine, have two daughters, and together run a tea farm that produces both black and purple teas. Purple tea is a hybrid tea plant that is more tolerant to drought and pests while still having the flavor profile of green tea and remaining healthy for humans. David encourages his tea pickers to grow purple tea and pays them weekly rather than when the tea is sold. Our Beliote Black, Hand-Rolled Purple and Sunrise in Kenya teas come from David’s small scale tea farm. Our Rift Valley Currant contains both black and purple teas sourced from David and pays tribute to Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. This blend brews a consistent vibrant purple color. Another colorful blend that incorporates David’s purple tea is Emerald Elixir, with holy basil, purple tea and butterfly pea flowers. This colorful blend brews anywhere from an emerald green to a light purple.

Along with the tea farm, David’s wife Bernadine runs a small roadside store. They also operate an English garden for events such as weddings and graduations. A genuine man at heart, David and his tea farmers will be sure to have our support far into the future.

Read more about David’s teas.

Gift Directly Sourced Tea!

Lake Missoula Tea Company sources our true teas directly, and the majority of our sources come from small farms. Directly sourced tea gets the leaf to costumers faster and fresher! Direct sourcing fosters trust and supports the communities from where the tea is grown. We know that the tea we source is organically grown and premium quality.

Quality, premium tea hosts a myriad of health benefits.  These can include weight loss and heart health. In addition, drinking tea daily has been shown to provide the human body with vitality and longevity boosting properties.  High amounts of antioxidants and increased bone density are some of these health other properties.

We strive to source tea from farms that have the health of their community, the planet, and all its inhabitants in mind. These tea plant photos were taken at Bitaco Tea in Cali, Colombia.  The organically grown tea thrives and biodiversity initiatives are implemented.

Intentional gifts such as directly sourced, organic tea provides the recipient with benefits in the physical, mental, and global realms.  Health, vitality and joy – tea makes a truly well rounded gift!

Written by Boo Curry and Uriah Kreilick

Puerh Tea and the Ancient Tea Horse Trade Route

Long ago, a trade routes existed between China and other Asian cultures called the ancient tea horse trade route.  Tibet was one of China’s primary trade partners.  The ancient tea horse road was a network of caravan trails and roads that spread across Tibet and southwestern China, mostly in the provinces of Yunnan and Sichuan.  In fact, sections of these ancient trails persist today.

The main commodity being transported was Tibetan horses and Chinese puerh dark tea. The people of Tibet needed the tea for certain nutrients that they couldn’t otherwise get through their regular diets.  China was growing its army and needed the Tibetan horses to continue their military campaigns. Puerh tea was almost exclusively developed for transportation to far away destinations.  The puerh would often arrive in bricks of compressed tea leaves.

There are different methods to make puerh but the standard are Sheng and Shou and they go through a pan firing and drying process.  The tea is fermented (quickly is called Shou, over a long period of time is Sheng) and then compressed or left loose.  Sheng/raw Shou/ripe, bingcha, toucha and brick (Zhuancha) are some of the most common shapes and styles of compressed puerh.

To be called puerh, the tea must be grown in Yunnan.  Most sought after puerh comes from wild tea trees. The unique makeup of the wild tea trees gives the tea a deeper and more complex flavors, often with camphor notes from the camphor trees that grow in the same environment.  Puerh is perfect to be served Gongfu style as the taste evolves with each steep.

Written by Uriah Kreilick and Gunilla Gillette

Nuxalbari Tea Estate: A Haven for Elephants

This is from Sonia Jabbar, owner of Nuxalbari Tea Estate in Darjeeling District, India:

“Yesterday the Forest Dept. staff drove this herd of around 32 elephants out of Tukriajhar Forest. Chased by villagers, they ran into Nuxalbari and visibly relaxed once they entered. Our security was ready and safe passage ensured. But the elephants did not run further. They stayed in Section LB5E near the stream, bathing, foraging and relaxing until 10 PM. We watched from afar, delighting in the antics of the babies under the moonlight. Then they moved out to our eastern boundary into UCC Forest.”

Lake Missoula Tea Company is a proud purchaser of Nuxalbari Teas. In fact, when you buy any of our Earl Grey teas, including Earl Grey Blue, and our other flavored black blends, you support Nuxalbari’s efforts to create a safe haven for elephants. We encourage you to use this consumer power to forward the work Nuxalbari Tea Estate does for elephants.

Looking for more tea that directly supports elephants in India? Try our Shanti Hathi Peaceful Elephant black tea, which is a single origin tea from this tea estate!

For more information on teas from this estate, visit: https://lakemissoulateacompany.com/nu… This video is the property of Nuxalbari Tea Estate and Lake Missoula Tea Company was given permission to use this video.