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I do not know what it is like to go from middle class to below poverty level in less than 30 seconds.  I have never had to sleep on the street, because there was no place to call home.  I cannot fathom the depths of sorrow and pain that would accompany the loss of my entire family. I have never experienced the devastation of a natural disaster and lived to tell about it.  I have never walked for miles begging for water.  There has never been a time in my life when I needed medical attention, but none was available. I have never felt the hunger pains of starvation.  Never have I contemplated giving away my children as their only chance of survival. I have never needed to have the strength to dig someone I love out of rubble because they were buried alive.

You probably have not either.

Yet this is reality for the men, women, and children of Haiti.

Below is an article about tea companies dedicated to help the citizens of Haiti.  Rishi Tea, Teavana, The Tea Set, Tea 4 U, and Tavalon Tea – I applaud your efforts.  The earthquake has ended and the aftershocks may have passed, but Haiti remains a country in devastation.  As lovers of tea, we are a community.  Today, I plea for my community to continue to give and/or give to Haiti for the first time.  If you are not a tea company, but avid drinker and lover such as myself – let’s support those tea companies that continue to give to Haiti with our buying power and become part of the solution.

Below is an article in its entirety first published by World Tea News describing the efforts of tea companies to provide aid to Haiti:

Tea Company Responses to Haiti Earthquake Continue
Tuesday, 09 March 2010
by Heidi Kyser

The 7.0-magnitude earthquake that devastated the island nation of Haiti happened nearly two months ago, on Jan. 12. But various businesses in the tea industry have responded – and continue to respond – by donating portions of their sales to relief efforts.

Last week, Joshua Kaiser, founder and president of Milwaukee, Wis.-based Rishi Tea, sent an e-mail to customers and contacts describing his experience during an earthquake in Nantou, Taiwan, where he has been going for twelve years to select the company’s Tae Guan Yin (“Iron Goddess of Mercy”) tea. During a tasting, Kaiser wrote, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck.

“I had never felt anything like it,” he said. “I felt so scared, vulnerable and lucky to be alive.”

Inspired, Kaiser wrote more about the experience on Food Thinkers, and through the month of March, Rishi Tea is donating 20 percent of all sales of Iron Goddess of Mercy tea to CARE, a private humanitarian organization that has been helping victims of the Haiti earthquake.

Atlanta, Ga.-based national tea store chain Teavana also partnered with CARE to contribute to the organization’s Haiti Emergency Relief Fund. Beginning shortly after the temblor and lasting through March 1, Teavana solicited donations on its Web site and matched all donations made by both customers and employees dollar-for-dollar.

According to a statement, Teavana has been working with CARE since 2006 to help people in countries where Teavana’s teas are grown.

Several other companies leaped to action following the earthquake. The Tea Set, based in New York City, donated 100 percent of the proceeds from all sales of its teas from Jan. 18 through Jan. 22 to Haitian relief via Rotary International. Starting Jan. 19,Tavalon Tea, based in New Jersey, donated 40 percent of the sales of its Serenity blend to UNICEF’s Haiti Relief Fund.

Tavalon’s UNICEF campaign ended in late February, but because the company wanted do more, it combined that donation with an event, Healing for Haiti, said Tavalon Tea Sommelier Chris Cason. He added, “I’m not sure of the exact numbers, but I can tell you that the event culminated in a total fundraising of $40,000 in one night between all of us.”

Individual entrepreneurs got in on the giving as well. Kirsten Kristensen, a tea coach with Tea 4 U, matched donations made to the Red Cross for Haiti by the Shore Women Business Network of New Jersey.

“The network of business entrepreneurs are collecting cash donations, and I guarantee to match the donations 100 percent,” Kristensen commented in a LinkedIn discussion on the topic of relief efforts.

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As the blustery winds of winter roll in, we are not only greeted by cold, grey, and cloudy days, but also the dreaded flu, sinus infection and colds.  No, I don’t have the winter blues, but I do have a dreaded cold.  Coughing, sore throat, stuffy nose, tight chest and fatigue. During these times, nothing is better than a hot cup of tea to soothe the throat and ease the mind. I have enjoyed tremendously, multiple cups of Jade Oolong.

Composition: Oolong from Nantou, Taiwan

Dry Visual: Yellow, hints of red (some have described as brown), light and dark green curled leaves with stems present.  Thanks Rishi for the photo.

Dry Aroma: Very sweet and floral yet fresh and clean. Don’t worry, I smelled after being medicated when my olfactory system was operating properly! :-)

Flavor: Jade Oolong is simply wonderful.  Admittedly, I am biased towards Taiwanese oolongs, therefore this tea had a head start in the flavor category.  Jade Oolong is a full-bodied tea. As the dry aroma suggests, this tea is distinctly floral and amazingly sweet, yet not overpowering. I continued to taste the floral flavor in the back of my throat some time after I finished my cup. Rishi describes the floral quality as lilacs – I would certainly agree.  While drinking my cup, I closed my eyes for just a moment and could envision myself strolling through a garden full of lilacs on an early spring morning.

I found Jade Oolong to have no astringency, not even a hint of dryness.  It was very fresh and clean – a palate cleanser. Therefore, no sweetener was needed nor would I recommend it. I fear that sweetener would mask the subtle flavors of this tea.

Liquor: A pale greenish-yellow hue.

Brewing Time: According to the directions, the recommended steeping time is 3-4 minutes in water that is 195 degrees F. I steeped 3 minutes for the first infusion and 4 minutes for the second infusion.

Manufacturer: Rishi Tea

Caffeine: Yes.

If you have had the opportunity to enjoy a cup of Jade Oolong, please stop by and share your experience. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!

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d_1002There is no better way to spend the end of a hectic week than to enjoy a whole day void of  distractions, noise – including radio and television, and drama – the kids are out doing their own thing. As we speak, I am looking out my kitchen window into the backyard watching the leaves skip across the hard cold grass. While periodically peering around the island at the dogs sleeping peacefully on the floor. I chatted  with my husband on the phone as he drove to to my stepson’s basketball game and later laughed with my sister who called from her home in Mississippi. What an awesome moment in time to enjoy a hot, soothing, cup of tea. Today’s choice… Organic Earl Grey Supreme.

Composition: Organic Fair Trade Certified™ black tea leaves (Keemun and Yunnan blend) and 100% natural essential bergamot oil. Keemun and Yunnan (also known as Dian hong) are Chinese Black Teas. Yunnan’s key distinction from other black teas comes from its fine leaf buds or “golden tips”. Though blended with bergamot, I truly appreciate a tea with no artificial flavors. 

Dry Visual: Very dark almost black and twisted tea leaves. The tea appears to be a mix of broken leaves, a few stems, and even a few buds (characteristic Yunnan).  Thanks Rishi Tea for the picture.

Dry Aroma: A robust citrus aroma reminiscent of lemon or lime zest.

Flavor: Let me start by saying that Organic Earl Grey Supreme is the best Earl Grey I think I have tasted. The black tea is very smooth without a hint of bitterness. Immediately, I was reminded of Dawn, an unflavored black tea I recently discovered and fell in tea love.  Organic Earl Grey Supreme is blended extremely well – the bergamot adds wonderful complexity. While its natural citrus flavor is dominant, it is followed by the subtle, slightly malty taste of black tea. The finish is slightly floral.

Organic Earl Grey Supreme is surprisingly full-bodied. Though robust, it is easily enjoyed without sweetener. I believe the bergamot in conjunction with the natural character of the black tea adds a definite sweetness. However, if you decide on sweetener, only a little is required and I personally would never add milk or cream. Organic Earl Grey Supreme is delicious!

Liquor: A cross between a rich golden and reddish brown hue.

Brewing: It is recommended that 1 teaspoon of Organic Earl Grey Supreme is steeped for 4 minutes in boiling water. I steeped for the recommended time.

Manufacturer: Rishi Tea

Caffeine: Yes

Bergamot has a splendid way of transforming black tea from ordinary to extraordinary. And when paired with a quality black tea you end up with Organic Earl Grey Supreme. If you have had the opportunity to enjoy a cup, please stop by and share your experience. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!

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