November 2010


A few of our teas have recently been reviewed by Sorori TEA Sisters, a blog dedicated to reviewing teas.  We thought we would share them with you and see what others are saying about teas from Local Coffee + Tea

Patriot Tea, celebrating the Sara DeSoto chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was reviewed by Jennifer on October 18th and can be found here.  You can check out a post by Glynis from last month here.  

Mable’s Rose Rooibos, celebrating Mable Ringling and her rose garden at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, is reviewed by Anne on October 20th and can be found here.

Bertha Palmer Centennial Tea, celebrating the arrival of Bertha Palmer in Sarasota 100 years ago was reviewed on October 22nd and can be found here.  You can find previous posts from Glynis on this superb rooibos from May 2010 and June 2010

Mote Beach Tea, celebrating the marine research conducted by Mote Marine Laboratories, was reviewed by Anne on November 11th and can be found here.   Glynis blogged about this fruit and herb tea in September providing lots of details.  (click here)

Mote Beach Tea

You may have noticed all the teas reviewed are part of the Celebrating Sarasota Collection of Teas.  We are adding to this collection and we hope to keep delighting our customers. 

Hopefully, Sorori TEA Sisters will keep spreading the word about our teas, and we will update this post as they do.  Hint, Hint…Selby Select is amazing.  Check it out ladies. 

Cheers,

md

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John Greene Webb and his family came to Spanish Point in 1867 where they established a homestead on the shores of Little Sarasota Bay. They planted citrus, sugar cane, vegetables and built a packing house to prepare their produce for market. 

John Webb

All of us who enjoy living in beautiful Sarasota owe much to the hardship John and his family must have endured.  At Local Coffee + Tea, we can think of no finer way to celebrate early settlers to Sarasota than with an amazing new herbal tea we have named Pioneer Tea and created for Historic Spanish Point

Predominantly citrus, Pioneer Tea contains orange and tangerine pieces, blackberry and eucalyptus leaves, lemongrass, beetroot and carrot flakes, apple pieces and hibiscus flowers.  Perfect for our climate and caffeine-free, Pioneer Tea makes a stunning iced tea but all you folks who have to brave cold weather for several months can enjoy sipping this tea hot too. (Think of us when you do!)

There are over 600 varieties of Orange (Sweet Orange is Citrus sinensis).   Mandarin orange (Citrus reticulata) is another variety of citrus and both are certainly sweet, juicy and delicious ingredients in this tea. The peel of citrus fruit is bitter and not very appetizing when raw but adds great taste when dried and added to tea.

Suitable for everyone, oranges are rich in calcium, phosphorous, potassium, citric acid and beta carotene. The Vitamin A they contain gives us healthy skin and mucous membranes!

The other ingredients in Pioneer Tea are all equally as sweet and delicious…

Blackberry leaves. (Rubus fructicosus)  Steeped (sorry!) in ancient folklore the people of Medieval England believed blackberry would protect them from rheumatism, boils and blackheads! To do so meant creeping under the bush to gather fruit, but only at the right time of the moon! We do not suggest such extreme measures, simply drink the tea. Blackberry leaves bring flavor and harmony to this lovely tea.

Eucalyptus leaves. (Eucalyptus globulus, folium being the leaf)  A native of Australia, the Eucalyptus tree is used to make the Digeridoo and is known as the ‘Fever Tree’ because of antimicrobial and bacteria fighting properties! The oil from the leaf is pungent and when taken in tea is recognized as being very effective in de-clogging the nose, fighting throat infections and washing out the mouth.

Lemongrass. (Cymbopogen citratus)  Native to tropical climates like Florida, lemongrass lends a lemony taste to our tea along with some Vitamin C for added zest. I like to think of Lemongrass as bringing both harmony and aroma. Native to India, Lemongrass is used in Ayurvedic medicine to help relieve coughs and nasal congestion. Another valuable addition to our tea!

Beetroot. (Beta vulgaris)  I was delighted to include beetroot in this tea as it is one of my favorites! Beetroot is full of anthocyanins, a powerful antioxidant which supports healthy heart and liver function, is good for blood pressure and cholesterol as well as containing lots of vitamins and minerals (vitamins A, C, manganese, potassium and folic acid)

Carrot flakes. (Daucus carota)  Another favorite, the carrot gets its characteristic bright orange color from beta carotene which our body can easily assimilate, store and convert to Vitamin A. Beta carotene is an antioxidant which fights damage caused by free radicals that can invade our bodies causing disease, also helping regulate blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol and blood pressure. A bonus benefit is improved hair, skin and nails!

Apple and Hibiscus have been covered in previous posts for Peach Paradise and Mote Beach Tea

I am sure you will agree that this is a delightful line up of ingredients and perfectly captures the zest for life which early pioneers must have possessed in plenty.

Bertha Palmer

Spanish Point was later acquired by Bertha Palmer and Pioneer Tea is a lovely balance to our Bertha Palmer Centennial Tea, as well as a wonderful addition to our Celebrating Sarasota collection of teas.  I hope you will take time to sip all our collection, visit Historic Spanish Point and celebrate the abundance of treasures we are so lucky to have here in Sarasota!

Cheers,

The TeaLady

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what about a video?   Check this one out titled, “The Making of Tea Rubbed Pulled Pork”

Tea Rubbed Pulled Pork

Local Coffee + Tea collaborated with Local Catering and Chef Maryna to create a wonderful pulled pork creation using our Lapsang Souchong black tea.

This Fall, Selby Botanical Gardens hosted a Music Series and our pulled pork sandwich may have stole the show, selling out each week as we doubled the batch.  We may not be able to wait until the Spring Music Series, so visit Selby Gardens and ask for the next chance to try this unique blend of tea and porcine. 

Lapsang Souchong

Some interesting tales about Lapsang Souchong can be found at our product page.  We have also tried this smoky tea iced with very positive results.  This is not an everyday tea, but on a chilly afternoon with a good book and a comfy chair near a fireplace, Lapsang Souchong is your tea. 

Cheers,

The TeaLady