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Our Tea

What is Tea?

Tea is made from leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, which is a warm weather evergreen shrub of the Camellia family, indigenous to both China and India. The finest whole leaf organic teas use only the top two leaves and bud of the tea plant (yep, that's where our name comes from).

When left alone in the wild, the Camellia sinensis can grow quite tall, up to 30 feet or more. But for cultivation of tea leaves, the bushes are mostly kept trimmed for easier harvesting. A typical tea bush produces around 3,000 tea leaves per year.

Tea Types: Tea, like wine, always comes from the same plant, Camellia sinensis. It is in the way that tea is processed that makes it a black, green, or white tea. Red teas and herbal teas, meanwhile, are actually not tea at all. Rather they are simply herbs, fruits or spices - often called “tisanes”.


How Tea is Made

Pluckers are the beginnings of a great cuppa' tea. Moving around the garden to harvest different areas every 6 to 14 days, depending on the season, the plucker's skilled hands are the key to getting "good leaf." And good leaf is the key to a better cuppa' tea. From the field, tea is brought to the "tea factory" usually on or very close to the garden.

Black Tea requires the most complex processing method. After being plucked, the leaves are withered by being laid on a bed of forced air for about 8 hours, removing just enough moisture to allow the leaf to be rolled without breaking. Then rolling tables are used to curl the leaf and speed the oxidization or “fermentation” process. Next, tea is spread out in climate-controlled "fermentation rooms," where it gets darker and more flavorful. When the tea has reached its flavor "peak," it is “fired” – heated to dry the tea and halt oxidation. The art of tea making requires the tea maker to judge the oxidation time correctly, so the tea can be fired at its most flavorful moment.

Green Tea is steamed, roasted or fried after it’s plucked. In Japan, tea is steamed, lightly rolled and then fired, giving the tea a very light green color and a vegetal flavor. In China, most green tea is pan roasted instead, producing tea that is less green and more brown in leaf color and in the cup. Because green teas are processed less than black teas, the "fermentation" process is less complete so they tend to have less caffeine.

White Tea, so called because of its very light color in the cup, is air dried and fired at a low temperature. The best white teas are long-leafed, often including just the buds or "tips" of the tea plant.
Finally, experienced tea tasters “cup” each crop of tea and taste it to evaluate its overall flavor, texture and aroma.


Tea Preparation

Steep Time: It’s really a matter of personal preference. Whole leaf teas take a notably longer time to reach their optimum flavor. Our general rule of thumb is 4 to 5+ minutes for herbal and black tea and 3 to 4 minutes for white and green tea, which can become bitter if over-steeped. Try steeping these for 2 min, then start sipping every 30 seconds until you find your ideal flavor. Traditional paper tea bags have a much shorter steep time - 2 min or less - because the cut of the tea is much finer.

Steeping Temperature: If black and herbal teas are not steeped at hot enough temperatures, they can lack the full depth and breadth of flavor. Meanwhile, for green and white teas, adding water that’s too hot can scald the tea and release an off flavor. The basic rule: Steep black, herbal and red teas at full boil (around 208˚ - 212˚F) and green and white teas just off-boil (around 170˚ - 185˚F). Don’t forget that altitude affects your boil temp. Where we live, at 6,600 feet above sea level, water boils at 200˚F (which means we often burn our mouths on that first sip of tea at sea level).

Preparing Loose Tea: Use 1 teaspoon of loose tea per large cup (that's how the teaspoon got its name!). Or use a kitchen scale to measure out the perfect cuppa’. We recommend around 2.5 or 2.7 grams, depending on the type of tea and personal preference. 


Tea Tips

* Try infusing tea in cool water. Add a sachet or to two a glass jar in your fridge and leave overnight. Or pop one of our Purpose-Filled Teas in your water bottle and start sippin'.

* When possible, use filtered water as the minerals in water absolutely affect the tea’s flavor.

* Many teas, like our Jasmine Petal green tea, can be steeped multiple times. Notice how the flavors change with each “wash” of the tea.

* Use traditional paper tea bags instead of whole leaf tea, if you don’t have access to fully boiling water. You’ll still get a decent brew out of a more finely cut tea with less-than-boiling water.

* Try steeping Japanese-style greens or white tea at a very low water temperature (140˚F) for a long, long time. This will give a nice gentle flavor with low caffeine release.

* Sensitive to caffeine? Smaller tea leaf, hotter water, and longer steep will all result in higher caffeine extraction. Even decaf teas contain small amounts of caffeine. However, herbal “tisanes” are naturally caffeine-free.

Organic Assam Breakfast - $8.49

Flavor Note:

Assam tea is famous for its lush flavor and amber color. Rich brown and golden tipped leaves yield a multi-layered "malty" flavor. 

Description:

This is a bold, select orange pekoe tea entirely from Assam — the premier black tea growing region of India. Famous for its full, sweet, round, and delicious flavor and amber color, Assam tea pairs beautifully with milk, but is sweet and “tippy” enough to drink alone.

Ingredients: Organic black tea

Origin: India



Organic Earl Grey - $8.49

Flavor Notes: The Two Leaves and A Bud Earl Grey starts with a great quality, large leaf organic black tea. They add just a hint of natural bergamot to create the famous taste.

Description:

The best Earl Grey teas begin with high quality full black tea leaves, which get their legendary flavor from natural bergamot oil - oil from a citrus fruit grown in Bergamo, Italy. This is an elegant cuppa' tea with tried and true flavor that ranges from a light citrus zip to a deep, smooth black tea.

Ingredients: Organic black tea, corn flowers, natural flavoring

Origin: India



Organic Tropical Green - $8.49

Flavor Notes: This tea has all the taste of a full leaf green tea with the bonus of refreshing tropical flavors. It's excellent hot or iced.

Description:

Take your taste buds on a holiday! We give traditional sencha leaves a facelift by infusing them with tropical flavors. This tea has a refreshing melon-berry taste, so we love it iced too…with a tiny umbrella.

Ingredients: Organic green tea, natural flavoring

Origin: China



Jasmine Petal - $8.49

Flavor Notes: These quality green tea leaves are scented, not flavored with jasmine. The result is a divinely delicate floral aroma that lingers atop this smooth cup of tea. It makes for an otherworldly experience. Inhale, then enjoy.

Descriptions:

The Two Leaves & A Bud green tea is dried with petals of jasmine flowers to absorb the flavor. Because jasmine flowers are so much more fragrant at night, they lay them over our green tea for three evenings in a row, so that the green tea will absorb the most powerful floral flavor and aroma.

Ingredients: Green tea, jasmine flowers

Origin: China



Organic Chamomile - $8.49

Flavor Notes: Delicious little flowers — that’s our Organic Chamomile. It’s naturally sweet, relaxing and the best chamomile you’ll ever have.

Description: 

Take a whiff and you’ll smell a rich apple scent (in Greek, “milo” means apple) with soft honey notes and a lemon edge. Chamomile has been used for centuries to calm the mind and combat insomnia, aid in digestion, boost the immune system, and more.

Ingredients: Organic chamomile

Origin: Egypt



Alpine Berry - $8.49

Flavor Notes: Alpine Berry herbal tea is naturally sweet and tart with hibiscus, blackberry leaves and orange peel. It's refreshing hot or iced.

Description:

This bright berry tea brews up a jewel-toned shade of red thanks to hibiscus – popular worldwide for its tart, cranberry-like flavor. The taste of this herbal blend reminds us of a hike in the mountains of Colorado, where we live. We love it iced in the summer, or while skiing, hot with honey.

Ingredients: Hibiscus, apple pomace, rosehip shells, sweet blackberry leaves, natural flavoring, orange peel, raspberry pieces

Origin: Europe



Organic African Sunset – $8.49

Flavor Notes: The Two Leaves & A Bud organic rooibos (say “ROY-bos”), also known as Red Tea or more literally "red bush", brews up bright and earthy with just a hint of lemongrass for a balanced, rich cup.

Description:

Two Leaves & A Bud calls this organic tea “African Sunset” because rooibos is grown in South Africa, where it's cherished for its woody-sweet, earthy flavor. They add a touch of lemongrass to brighten up this tea on your palate. Naturally caffeine free, the Rooibos plant is a member of the legume family. It has little needle-like branches and pretty yellow flowers.

Ingredients: Organic rooibos, lemongrass*, lemon peel*, verbena*, orange peel*, natural flavoring, marigold flowers*, cornflower petals (*Organic)

Origin: South Africa



Organic Peppermint - $8.49

Flavor Notes: The Two Leaves & A Bud organic, large-cut peppermint leaves are both crisp and buttery. It's the best you'll ever experience.

Description: 

Two Leaves & A Bud sources their organic peppermint from a US farm outside of Lake Moses in Eastern Washington State where the climate is hot and dry and the farm is irrigated by water from the Grand Coulee Dam. The fresh, pure aroma of this 100% pure peppermint will lift your spirits and quiet your mind.

Ingredients: Organic peppermint

Origin: Eastern Washington, U.S.A.



Organic Darjeeling - $8.49

Flavor Notes: Strong but sensitive — we like that in a tea. The Two Leaves & A Bud Darjeeling has light, but rich, body with floral overtones.

Description: 

This Darjeeling tea is a blend of mostly first flush with some 2nd flush. What's a "flush"?  Darjeeling, India sits in the high foothills of the Himalaya. It gets cold enough there that tea stops growing in the Fall. In the Spring, the first growth is called the First Flush. First Flush Darjeelings are prized the world over - they are very very light in color but can have exquisite flavor that varies with every day’s harvest. The 2nd flush is slightly darker and bolder.

Ingredients: Organic black tea

Origins: India



Organic Orange Pekoe - $8.49

Flavor Notes: For a twist on a Japanese favorite, we start with whole leaf sencha leaves and add the tang of Italian red oranges.

Description: 

Sencha is a Japanese-style tea, which means tea leaves are gently steamed as they dry. We pep up this delicious green tea with the zest of oranges. It’s a classic green tea that will perk up your taste buds and your mind.

Ingredients: Organic green tea, organic orange peel, natural flavoring, organic sunflower petals

Origin: China


Organic Hydrate – $8.99

Description:

Infuse your water and your workout with this organic, caffeine-free blend of fruit and herbs, carefully chosen for hydration. It's slightly tart with a splash of mint on the tongue and a satisfying, sweet finish. Hibiscus slays your thirst, spearmint has cooling properties and helps relieve fatigue, licorice root increases energy, while black currant and rosehip help with aches and strains. Deeply drinkable. Powerfully restorative.

Ingredients:

Organic hibiscus, organic apple, organic spearmint, organic licorice root, natural flavor, organic rosehip, organic black currant

Origin: Africa, South America, Europe



Organic Energize - $8.99

Description:

Orange and pineapple give this tea a tasty, tropical fruit edge. It finishes with a pleasant green tea astringency. For work or play, we've gathered ingredients to help boost your energy while keeping stamina in mind. Green tea provides the right amount of caffeine (not too much) for get-up-and-go; ginseng helps with focus and lowers stress; and ginger is an anti-inflammatory that reduces weakness and fatigue. Go get 'em!

Ingredients:

Organic green tea, organic ginger, natural flavor, organic orange oil, organic ginseng root

Origin: China, Europe




Organic Detox - $8.99

Description:

A sweet lime aroma followed by big berry flavors, earthy-rooibos, and a hint of spice at the finish. Your taste buds are nodding. This purpose-driven tea is packed with 14 powerhouse ingredients you can use after a big workout…or a big night, for that matter. The rooibos, ginger, spirulina, hibiscus and other herbs and spices in this organic blend are known to restore electrolytes, reduce inflammation, support good digestion and provide an antioxidant boost. Down the hatch!

Ingredients:

Organic hibiscus, spearmint*, licorice root*, rooibos*, fennel*, cardamom seed*, chamomile*, cinnamon*, ginger*, natural flavor, star anise*, spirulina*, lime oil*, black pepper*, clove buds* (*Organic)

Origin: Europe




Organic Invigorate - $8.99

Description:

A zesty citrus aroma followed by an enlivening balance of lemongrass and peppermint for a bright, clean finish. If your day needs a pick-me-up, look no further. These lovely, organic herbs have long been used for a healthful boost: Peppermint for concentration and blood pressure, lemon oil for positivity, lemongrass for digestion, rosehip for regulating sugar levels, and nettle for immunity. Get a spring in your step, without the caffeine buzz.

Ingredients:

Organic peppermint, lemon oil*, lemongrass*, organic rosehip*, organic nettle*, organic lime*, cornflowers, lemon*, natural lemon flavor, cinnamon* (*Organic)

Origin: Egypt, Europe, Washington, USA

Traditional Chai Latte (single serve packet)


• Easy as one, two, tea.  Just add hot water.  5 individual pouches of delicious Masala Chai Latte you can take anywhere. (Contains Milk)

• Passed from my grandmother to my mother and then to me, our original chai recipe has traveled a long way from Gujarat in India to your very own cup

• Real spices at the bottom of every cup.

• Certified Kosher

• Gluten Free

• All natural ingredients

• Ingredients: Organic dry cane syrup, Milk powder (Concentrated nonfat milk, cream, lactose, sunflower lecithin, Vitamin A palmitate and Vitamin D3, Tocopherols (a natural source of Vitamin E to protect flavor)),  Instantized black tea, Organic spices, Ginger.


• Nutritional Information

Serving size 31 grams (1.09 oz.)

Calories 120 (Fat calories 10)

Total Fat 1g / Sat. Fat 0g / Trans. Fat 0g

Total Carb. 23 g / Fiber Less than 1 g / Sugars 21 g

Cholest. Less than 5 mg / Protein 5 g / Sodium 50 mg

Potassium 310 mg



Kashmiri Chai Latte (single serve packet)


• Easy as one, two, tea.  Just add hot water.  5 individual pouches of delicious Kashmiri Chai Latte you can take anywhere. (Contains Milk)

• Our green tea chai is inspired by Indian's Kashmir region.  Green tea, cardamom, saffron and almonds carefully blended together for our version of the Kashmiri classic.

• Real spices at the bottom of every cup.

• Certified Kosher

• Gluten Free

• All natural ingredients

Ingredients: Organic dry cane syrup, Milk powder (Concentrated nonfat milk, cream, lactose, sunflower lecithin, Vitamin A palmitate and Vitamin D3, Tocopherols (a natural source of Vitamin E to protect flavor)),  Instantized green tea, Organic cardamom, Almond powder (dextrose and oil of bitter almond), Saffron, Ginger.


Nutritional Information

Serving size 34 grams (1.2 oz.)

Calories 130 (Fat calories 10)

Total Fat 1g / Sat. Fat 0g / Trans. Fat 0g

Total Carb. 26 g / Fiber 1 g / Sugars 24 g

Cholest. Less than 5 mg / Protein 5 g / Sodium 50 mg

Potassium 200 mg



Dirty Chai Latte (single serve packet)


• Easy as one. two. tea.  Just add hot water.  5 individual pouches of delicious Dirty Chai Latte you can take anywhere. (Contains Milk)

• A shot of espresso brings extra excitement to our perfect chai.  Sweetened just enough, some people call it "dirty chai" because it muddies up the creamy color of chai.  We just call it delicious!

• Real spices at the bottom of every cup.

• Certified Kosher

• Gluten Free

• All natural ingredients

Ingredients: Milk powder (Concentrated nonfat milk, cream, lactose, sunflower lecithin, Vitamin A palmitate and Vitamin D3, Tocopherols (a natural source of Vitamin E to protect flavor)), Organic dry cane syrup, Instantized black tea, Instantized coffee, Organic spices, Ginger.


• Nutritional Information

Serving size 33 grams (1.16 oz.)

Calories 120 (Fat calories 10)

Total Fat 1g / Sat. Fat .5g / Trans. Fat 0g

Total Carb. 24 g / Fiber Less than 1 g / Sugars 21 g

Cholest. 5 mg / Protein 5 g / Sodium 65 mg

Potassium 380 mg

ORGANIC MATCHA PREMIUM

$44.99 (100g) / $19.99 (30g)


Product Description

Brew if up for yourself, the way you like it. Tenzo's Matcha Premium is USDA Organic and has no sugar, and no artificial or natural flavors leaving you with 100% Matcha Green Tea.

100 grams makes 60 cups

30 grams makes 20 cups

Ingredients: 100% Organic Matcha Green Tea

Natural Caffeine Content: 52mg / serving

Antioxidant Level: Very High



Blueberry Matcha

$19.99 (100g)


Product Description

Tenzo Blueberry is a dream come true. Make a full cup or sprinkle a teaspoon into your smoothie - either way, you'll be off to a good start.

100 grams makes 20-25 cups.

Ingredients: Organic Matcha Premium, All-Natural Blueberry Flavoring, Pure Cane Sugar

Natural Caffeine Content: 20mg / Serving

Antioxidant Level: Very High



Raspberry Matcha

$19.99 (100g)


Product Description

Tenzo Raspberry is a dream come true. Make a full cup or sprinkle a teaspoon into your smoothie - either way, you'll be off to a good start.

100 grams makes 20-25 cups.

Ingredients: Organic Matcha Premium, All-Natural Raspberry Flavoring, Pure Cane Sugar

Natural Caffeine Content: 20mg / Serving

Antioxidant Level: Very High



Matcha Brew Bundle

$25.00


Product Description

Transform your Matcha game with this Brew Bundle - complete with a specialty Bamboo Whisk and Porcelain holder, plus your very own Bamboo matcha scooper.