If you’re like, well, pretty much everyone, then you’re probably trying to get BACK on track of your New Year’s resolutions. It’s understandable! It can be very difficult to maintain all the lofty goals you’ve set for yourself… reduce my coffee intake, lose weight, eat better, lower my blood pressure, etc. But you’re in luck! Quincy Tea Co. has everything you need to keep yourself on track. Here are some products we carry to help you through.

1.     Dandelion Leaf Powder

Our organic dandelion leaf powder is perfect for anyone trying to break their coffee addiction. Simply dissolve the powder in hot water. Dandelion leaf powder gives you a sustained energy while improving liver function, clearing your skin, promoting digestion, and lowering blood pressure. It’s great with just a touch of honey.

2.     Polari Tea

This delicious herbal blend has a ton of health benefits. The licorice root helps curb sugar cravings, while the fennel helps with indigestion and bloat and the peppermint aids in any tummy or headaches. This blend also helps reduce inflammation, oh, and did we mention it tastes AMAZING? This tea is the perfect nighttime brew.

3.     Cleanse Tea

We can’t lie about this one, the cleanse tea is the #1 tea for going #2. It truly cleanses you. Senna is a natural laxative that flushes your system of toxins and impurities and has been shown to help with weight loss. There is also ginger in the cleanse tea that helps regulate the effects of the senna. This blend also contains the metabolism-boosting green tea, which will also give you a sustained energy. The cleanse blend is great for an afternoon pick me up or morning energy brew.

4.     Rooibos Tea

We have several blends of rooibos teas at the shop. All of them are naturally caffeine free and will help in digestion, weight loss, strong bones, blood sugar, allergies, and heart health. Talk about a tea that packs a health punch! Some of the flavors of rooibos we carry are blueberry cheesecake, chai, almond, and vanilla (yum yum!).

5.     Matcha Tea

Matcha has had a lot of hype, and for good reason. Matcha is very high in antioxidants, and it doesn’t just boost metabolism-it actually burns calories. Matcha takes more time and effort to brew because you have to vigorously whisk the powder into boiling water, but it makes a great morning drink. We have fun flavors of matcha for you to try including peach, mocha, and cinnamon apple.

Stop by and let us help you find the perfect tea for your health goals!  

How to Brew Loose Leaf Tea

There is a bit of an art to brewing the perfect cup of tea, but don't worry, it's not as hard as you'd think. If you are using a high-quality loose leaf tea, then at worst you'll end up with a very nice cup of tea. At best? You'll be hooked on the amazing taste and aroma of the loose leaf. Loose leaf tea has several advantages over packaged, bagged teas. For one, bagged teas and its ingredients get crushed into fine particles during manufacturing and loses many of its flavor, antioxidants, and health benefits. Because loose leaf tea contains larger particles of tea leaves, herbs, spices, flowers, fruits, and so on, the taste and health benefits are much more potent. In fact, the potency of the loose leaf tea allows you to brew the same tablespoon of tea two or three times! Also, most bagged teas contain bleach or chlorine in the tea bags. I don't know about you, but I don't necessarily want bleach particles in my drink. 

Now that you've stocked up on the loose leaf, you need something to infuse it with. One of my personal favorites is the stainless steel infuser basket that we have at the shop ($17). The basket sits in any mug and is very easy to clean, making it perfect for the workplace and on the go. There are endless options for infusers, which can be overwhelming, but don't stress too much, just pick one that you like! Some of the infusers we carry are just fun and cute, so don't be afraid to pick an infuser and give it a try. If you're still feeling intimidated, try a box of our disposable filters. Simply put, they're tea bags. Our tea bags contain no chemicals and are decomposable, so you can feel good about that, too. 

Now that you are ready to infuse, you will measure out the amount of tea you need and heat the water to a specific temperature based on the type of tea. In general, you need a teaspoon of tea per 8 ounces. I like my tea a little strong, so when I'm making a mug of tea, I use two heaping teaspoons. If you are brewing up white or green tea, you want your water to be a little cooler at 150-160 degrees, and only steep for 2-4 minutes. If you're using a simple tea kettle, just let the hot water set for a few minutes before pouring it over your tea. If you are brewing black, oolong, rooibos, or herbal tea, you can immediately pour the hot/boiling water over your leaves. Steep for 4 minutes for black tea and 5-8 minutes for oolong, rooibos and herbal. 

Voila! You have an amazing cup of tea. Now for the last step- while your tea is cooling off, put on your slippers, get cozy in your blankets, and prepare yourself to fully enjoy a hot, comforting cup of tea!