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Do any of the teas have artificial flavoring?
Answer: Our company uses only flavors, which are for consumption and follow the respective flavor guidelines for flavors used in food. We use two types of flavors:

1. Natural flavoring, which means that flavor was extracted from natural raw materials such as fruits, spices, herbs, roasted coffee beans...These types of flavors may only be produced by using physical, enzymatic or microbiological processes; for example squeezing, distilling, warming, crushing, filtering, grinding, blending, fermenting...etc.

2. Flavoring (formerly nature-identical flavors) are widely used and also fit human consumption strict guidelines, but produced through synthesis by using processes such as esterification or acetylation, where the chemical composition of the final product must be identical to a naturally existing substance of vegetable or fruit origin.

By these definitions we do not use any artificial flavors for tea blends. In order to identify which flavor was used for each tea blend, we disclose every ingredient used for each product. The words "natural flavoring" mean only natural flavors were used in the composition of the blend. The word "flavoring" means that nature-identical flavor or combination of both was used to blend the tea. i.e. our Orange Cookie Black Tea Blend isn't artificially flavored. I hope it helps.

Are the decaf teas decaffeinated by a c02 process?
Answer: For our decaffeinated teas, we use a process called "Effervescence". Its produced using CO2 high-pressure decaffeinating process, which is currently one of the most modern technologies to date. This process involves a cycle, in which the caffeine is selectively separated from the extracted product. The suitable selection of processing conditions (such as pressure, temperature) leads to a very smooth and safe decaffeinated quality. A better aroma and a full color are the most important characteristics of the CO2 decaffeinated tea. Carbon-dioxide is a natural component of the air and is also harmless for the human body. It prevents oxidation as well as unwanted odor or flavors.

All of our tea blends are processed at our German facility in Hamburg, where the EC regulation (a legislative act of the European Union) guidelines are very strict, specifically when it comes to human consumption.

How much caffeine does tea have?
Answer: This will largely vary on the tea that you’re drinking, different teas will have different dosages. However on usually tea’s will be somewhere from 0 mg to 40 mg per 6 oz cup.

Below is a quick reference for some of the most popular types of tea. Coffee is listed at the top as reference for just how much caffeine is in one cup of tea (50%less or more then in your cup of coffee!).

Coffee - 80 mg
Black Tea - 40 mg
Flavored Tea - 40 mg
Oolong Tea - 30 mg
Green Tea - 20 mg
White Tea - 15 mg
Decaf Tea - 5 mg
Herbal Tea - 0 mg
Fruit Tea - 0 mg
Rooibos Tea - 0 mg

How Do I Keep My Teas Stored?
Answer: Remember, tea DOES go bad, it DOES degenerate. It’s up to YOU to keep your tea with the best flavor possible!

As for the actual storage; tea should always be kept in air tight containers away from light, moisture or any strong odors. If you have a large quantity of tea it’s advisable to split off a smaller portion for everyday use while storing the rest in a dark and dry cupboard or pantry.

Keep in mind that if you store your tea next to spices they may permeate and change the flavor or your tea (especially if they’re spicy or strong). It’s best to store your tea in tin containers and air them out completely if you plan to re-use the container with another flavor of tea.

It’s important that you properly store your tea. If you don’t follow the necessary steps to preserve the freshness of your tea you’ll soon find that the subtleties slip away, and the nuances of taste become fainter and fainter as they fade away.

The Tea I’m Looking For Isn’t Here
Answer: Can’t find the tea you’re looking for? Why not get in touch with us and recommend it? Who knows your favorite tea could be next month’s top pick!

I don’t Know Which Tea To Buy
Answer: A common problem that a lot of people have on our website is not knowing which tea is for them. We find that it’s best to go with tea’s that you've all ready tried or to grab a sampler since there is no substitute for the one and only ‘taste test’.

Our samplers contain 4 unique varieties of tea all chosen to provide you with a little window of flavor and insight into just which teas are ‘right for you’. Try one out today!

How Are Our Teas Made?
Answer: Depending on the tea the methods will vary, but our teas go through a cycle similar to this;

First the tea leaves are picked and dried, allowing them to lose some of their moisture content. For some leaves the journey to becoming a tea ends here.

If not, the next step is heating, which is done using either steaming or pan-firing.Heating is necessary to prevent oxidation (decay through air) and in preserving the texture, flavor and color of the leaves.

Often a few stages of heating will be applied, different techniques will produce different results.

In other teas (such as black tea, Oolong) are broken, shaken and cracked to encourage oxidation up to a certain level. Upon reaching this level the process is complete.

What Can Tea Names Tell Us?
Answer: Often a tea is named after it’s area of origin. However textures,colors, shape and even taste are often also used as describing names.

How Is Tea Flavored?
Answer: Some teas naturally have their flavor but others require ‘scenting’and ‘flavoring’ work to be undertaken.

This is usually the final step in preparing a tea and often requires weeks of workto achieve the desired taste.

Why Are Some Teas Blended?
Answer: Blending is a process used by corporate tea sellers to produce a‘suitable cup’ every time. By using 15 or more different types of tea you can assure a certain ‘taste’ so each carton of tea tastes just like the last.

Blending is also often used to ‘round out’ types of tea which would be undrinkable on their own, but offer a unique flavor when mixed in with the proper tastes.

What Are The Heath Benefits Of Tea?
Answer: Because tea is loaded with antioxidants there are 3 main health benefits which have been linked to tea, the first is:

Cardiovascular: Studies have shown that drinking ‘black tea’ can lead to a lower incidence of heart disease, probably because the polypenols in the tea have been shown to reduce lipoproteins (cholesterol) which is the leading factor in arterial plague.

Anticancer: Laboratory studies strongly that teas may inhibit further tumor growth.Drinking tea maybe linked to preventing lung, throat and gastrointestinal cancers.

Nutritional: Not only can tea prevent your risk of heart disease but it can also lower your cholesterol. However the nutritional benefits don’t end there, drinking tea has also been linked to better dental hygiene because tea inhibits certain enzymes in the mouth which help bacteria adhere to teeth, thereby leading to tooth decay.

The greatest benefit of our teas however isn't health but simply the rich savory signature taste which comes with every order of our premium specialty teas.

Are any of your teas Kosher certified?
Answer: No, none of our teas are Kosher certified. However all of our unflavored teas are naturally Kosher.

Can tea really be used to lose weight?
Answer: Tea does have weight burning attributes. So the simple answer to this question is yes, tea can be used as an aid in losing weight (not to be relied on solely).

Nonetheless scientific study after study have shown over and over again that tea does in fact boost your metabolism naturally, improves your cardiovascular health and is an effective fat burner.

Not to be relied on solely but switching to tea as your main drink (instead of pop or coffee) could have some surprising but very welcome side effects! :)

How cups of tea should I drink per day?
Answer: It should be noted that there’s tons of debates over questions like these. Nevertheless according to recent studies in order to attain the maximum benefits from tea (bodily and mental) drink a minimum of 3 cups per day.

How should I prepared my cup of tea?
Answer: The answer to this is largely dependent on the individual. However,here are some things to consider when preparing your cup of tea – the ‘strength’of the drink, temperature, sugar, honey, lemon, milk.

As for general instructions on how to make your tea. Boil water, place desired portion of tea in cup, fill cup with water, allow 2-5 minutes (depending on preference)for water to absorb tea, enjoy!

How is the tea packaged?
Answer: When it comes to packaging our teas we believe in practicality and functionality over looks. So to ensure fresh tea for each cup, we heat seal each bag which has a “zipper” so you can re-seal each bag to ensure a perfect cup every time.