Power Up with Purple Tea from Kenya. . . .

Just when you think you’ve tried every kind of tea you can think of, you stumble across something new.  Not black tea or green tea but, Purple Tea?  I had to give it a try.  

This batch of tea had enormous, voluminous leaves that puffed up the sample bag.  The leaves were long and dark, tightly curled, and exceptionally elegant.  

Though the leaves were beautiful, they weren’t purple in color, but instead looked like traditional black tea.  Would the brewed leaves be any different?  

Black teas brew up dark sienna brown, rooibos teas are reddish amber, and green and white teas brew up golden or melon green.  Does this Purple Tea actually turn the water purple?  

Not exactly, though I will say that the brewed tea is a notable cooler color than most brews.  The Purple Tea brews up a muddy, blue-green.  It’s far from traditional grape juice purple, as far as the tea color wheel is concerned, brewing up blue-green still pretty unusual.  

With all this thought about the beautiful appearance of the leaves and the brew, we finally get to the taste.  This Purple Tea tasted surprisingly light and juicy, like green grapes and white wine.  There was also a flash of black currant tartness at the back of each sip that reminds you that this has a flavor palette beyond a typical green tea or an oolong.  As the tea cooled, I noticed more of a muscatel, earthy, grape flavor that helped flesh out the forward, bright fruit notes.  
Purple tea is grown near the equator in a sunny environment with lots of ultraviolet rays.  To survive, this tea is high in antioxidants, like blueberries and pomegranates.  When you want to expand your palette and get a health-boost, brew up some Purple Tea and feel the purple power!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Purple tea
Where to Buy: Kenya Purple Tea
Description: Recent studies on Kenyan purple tea indicate that this new tea has high levels of anthocyanins which are known to have powerful antioxidant properties.

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Gingerberry from Sportland Tea Co. . . . .

I’m a fan of Sportland Tea Co.

I recently tried their Endurance Blend, which is matcha and citrus and I really loved the flavor, and the way it made me feel, so I was very excited to try the Gingerberry tea. The tea is green in it’s dry form, and then after brewing it becomes reddish from the hibiscus.

This blend has matcha, ginger root, Hibiscus, ginseng, lemongrass, lemon balm, cinnamon and orange peel. I usually prefer hibiscus tea iced, and I will definitely be making this over ice next time, but to be honest it’s pretty tasty warm.  The hibiscus isn’t overpowering. I can taste the citrus from the lemongrass and orange peel. The cinnamon isn’t really coming through, but I’m sure it’s adding something in the background. This tea is citrus-y and a little floral from the hibiscus with a nice tart tang.

This tea would be a great tea to drink in the summer, or after a really hard workout. Hibiscus is cooling to the body, and also very hydrating.

I also love Sportland tea’s matcha blends because their matcha is very smooth, it doesn’t clump up like a lot of other matcha teas I’ve tried. No one likes to drink a huge clump of matcha!

This is a great tea for when you need a little pick me up, but you don’t want a ton of caffeine. According to their website, this tea increases mental alertness and energy levels, and boosts circulation! And it’s also anti-inflammatory. I definitely feel energized after drinking it, but not in a harsh caffeinated way. I really love these matcha blends, and I can’t wait to try more of their amazing blends!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green/Matcha
Where to Buy:  Sportland Tea
Description

Sportland Tea Co.’s performance blend is a unique mix of matcha green tea and herbs. With ginger, hibiscus, and ginseng, this blend is a tart, yet sweet and vibrant option any time of the day.

Drink during a workout, long run, or one of ‘those days’ at the office. Try it over ice for an even more refreshing and hydrating option!

Health Benefits

  • High in antioxidants
  • Increases energy levels
  • Prevents respiratory inflammation
  • Settles stomach
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Boosts circulation
  • Raises mental alertness

Key Ingredients

  • Matcha
  • Ginger root
  • Hibiscus flowers
  • Ginseng
  • Lemongrass
  • Lemon balm
  • Cinnamon
  • Orange peel

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Ever Been Curious about Steeped Tea? Matcha Green Tea from Steeped Tea

Matcha Green Tea from Steeped Tea is straight-up matcha! That’s right…Green Tea Powder…as many of you already know!

There really isn’t a LOT to say about Matcha Green Tea from Steeped Tea but I will certainly try. It’s a more mellow tasting matcha that is for sure. It’s smooth, too! The natural creaminess is nice! Matcha Green Tea from Steeped Tea smells like green beans and tastes like green beans.

I guess one of the reasons I like straight-up matchas and like to spend some time with them is to see how they are alike but also differ. I’ve had some vegetal matchas before. Some that have tasted like specific vegetables such as peas, artichokes, various leafy greens, even, but Matcha Green Tea from Steeped Tea is a fine example of a straight forward green bean flavor found in a stand alone matcha!

This was nice hot or cold. It was an easy cup to drink! The matcha dissolved nicely in the hot water! A great starter matcha for sure!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green Tea/Matcha
Where to Buy: Steeped Tea
Description
This premium silky smooth green tea is full of antioxidants.
Ingredients: Green tea.

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Tea Lover’s Organic Ceremonial Matcha from My Matcha Life

Tea Lover’s Organic Ceremonial Matcha from My Matcha Life? Yes, please!

Let’s get right to it, shall we? Tea Lover’s Organic Ceremonial Matcha from My Matcha Life shows off a vibrant green, fluffy powder upon cracking the top of this matcha tin!

It smells like creamy green veggies! An aroma I absolutely adore! Tea Lover’s Organic Ceremonial Matcha from My Matcha Life didn’t froth up as easy as some other matcha tend to but that didn’t matter much to me. At least not today.

Tea Lover’s Organic Ceremonial Matcha from My Matcha Life is a very strong matcha, naturally! I found this quite impressive! It tasted like spinach at times but smoothed out nicely for a creamier end-sip!

Their matcha tea is grown in the fields of Japan in the Kagoshima Prefecture at the south-western tip of the island of Kyushu and on the island of Honshu near the city of Kyoto where matcha tea actually originated 800 years ago. I can understand why they chose THIS specific hearty matcha to feature as their ceremonial matcha! With the top-notch quality, the rich history, and impressive aroma and flavor you can’t go wrong!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green Tea/Matcha
Where to Buy: My Matcha Life
Description

Tea Lover’s Organic Ceremonial Matcha Tea offers a richer, more complex flavor compared to other organic ceremonial matcha teas. Approximately 30 servings per tin.

Our matcha teas are grown in the finest tea fields of Japan, nurtured by the world’s top Tea Masters and traditionally stone-ground to a rich 100% pure matcha tea powder.

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Coconut Tea from CAcafe. . . .Something Different To Check Out!

Walking through Costco the other day, I stumbled upon a product that I found intriguing. CAcafe Coffee.. . .A coconut coffee powder basically.  I know that coconut is good for digestion so I thought about grabbing it but our cart was so full, I figured I’d grab it next shopping trip.

Low and behold, a week later I was chatting with a very nice representative of CAcafe about their Black Friday deals.  Next thing I know, they shipped a canister of their CAcafe Coconut Tea for me and the rest of the sisters to check out.

This tea is a little different than the rest of the tea in my stash. One- because its a powder. Besides Matcha, I really don’t have any other tea in powder form and Two- This has calories and calories from fat. But as the label notes, all fact in the coconut tea comes naturally from coconut oil, coconut meat, and coconut cream.  And lastly- this tea also has Cane Sugar in it, not something I typically have in my tea.  So yes, in 2 heaping tbsps, you have 170 calories with 100 calories coming from fat.   The ingredients in this powder are coconut cane sugar, green tea, maltodextrin, and starch.

For me, I don’t typically drink my calories so this is a departure for me. But this is such a unique and interesting product, I had to try it. I scooped the recommended 2 heaping tablespoons in my mug, prepped up hot water, and allowed the tea to cool for a moment.

Wow, I have to admit, I wasn’t sure what I would think of this beverage, but I have to say, it’s quite delicious! My initial thought after drinking this was that this would make a dynamite hot chocolate or even a great added into a matcha latte to give the beverage a touch of sweetness.

There really is a strong coconut flavor throughout so if you aren’t a coconut lover, this may not be for you. That being said, the cane sugar really provides this tea with a sweetness that I think even a child would enjoy.  The sweetness is such that this tea would absolutely curb any sweet tooth craving you might have. The one note that was very slight was the green tea flavor. I wish it was a bit stronger just to even out the coconut and sugar flavors.

All in all, I really did enjoy this powder and plan to keep it on hand for some time to come.  Rich, creamy, solid flavor and all of the powder dissolved without a hitch.  I’m excited to even add a tablespoon to my upcoming matcha lattes or smoothies. I think there is a lot of experimenting that can be done with this powdered tea and I”m excited to get started to see what kind of drinks I can create!

 

***Note- There is an Unsweetened Version of this. Click here for more info***


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green Tea
Where to Buy: CAcafe
Description

CACAFE’S COCONUT TEA
• Delicious, fragrant, rich tea taste
• Made with REAL coconut and green tea
• Made with coconut – the best natural creamer and flavor enhancer
• No dairy added
• No artificial flavors, colors or preservatives added

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