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I am very excited to introduce the latest creation from Local Coffee + Tea, and a very special tea we created for the Junior League of Sarasota called ‘Simply Sarasota Tea’.  With this tea we celebrate the 2nd Annual Simply Sarasota Kitchen and Garden Festival April 13th through 15th.  The Kitchen and Garden Festival offers a variety of events including a Kitchen Tour, a Marketplace, a Celebrity Luncheon with the Royal Chef Darren McGrady, a Gourmet Beer Dinner and a Garden Tea Party featuring ‘Simply Sarasota Tea’.  Also part of the festivities is a tea class I will be teaching on both Saturday and Sunday at 2pm.  More details can be found from the Junior League of Sarasota web site.

The Junior League of Sarasota does so many wonderful projects for our community and at least $2 of every packet sold will go to the Junior League, so I thank you in advance for your support.

Simply Sarasota Tea

Now let me tell you a bit more about ‘Simply Sarasota Tea’, a caffeine free and sugar free blend of fruits and herbs such as strawberry, orange peel, apple, hibiscus petals and calendula.  Simply Sarasota Tea’ is excellent both hot or iced, and as we like to say about many of the teas from Local Coffee + Tea, puts a little bit of Sarasota in your cuppa.

This is the perfect time of year for this tisane, as one of the main flavors is Strawberry!  The abundance of this very Florida berry (Fragaria ananassa) is such a joy to see at the Sarasota Farmers Market where the tables are laden with punnets and the fragrance tantalizes us!  We celebrate the great strawberry flavor in this tea along with our very popular green tea, Strawberry Smile.

Another Florida favorite and a prodominant feature in ‘Simply Sarasota Tea’ is the flavor of Citrus limon or lemon. The lemon is world famous for its culinary uses and certainly adds character to this tea.

Apple (Malus domestica) is found in many of our fruit teas but we make no excuse as the fruit adds such great flavor and benefits. Containing anti-oxidants, flavonoids and pectin, a natural fiber of which apples are the richest source, and has recently been shown to act against bad cholesterol, decrease the chances of colon cancer and reduce high blood pressure. Quercetin, is also found in apples (and Black tea!), and belongs to a group of plant pigment flavonoids that help fight disease.

Another Florida fruit included in ‘Simply Sarasota Tea’ is Orange Citrus Peel. The peel of citrus fruit is bitter and not very appetizing when raw, though adds great taste and health benefits when dried and added to tea. Citrus peel contains vitamins, minerals, fiber and powerful antioxidants that belong to a group of plant chemicals called flavonoids, which have the potential to lower LDLcholesterol levels.

Hibiscus Flowers (Hibiscus sabdariffa) is a member of the mallow family and it brings a sweet mellow taste, harmony and wonderful color from the infused sepals. It has a cooling effect on the body and is high in Vitamin C also having some calcium, niacin, riboflavin and iron. In Folklore medicine Hibiscus is said to reduce cholesterol and act as a mild diuretic. We know Dr Oz is a big fan of Hibiscus, so it has to be good. Right?  We offer hibiscus petals and love to blend them with our ginger root, but that is another post.

We have another amazing fruit, the Rosehip peel (Rosa canina) from the Wild Dog Rose which takes its name from its earliest use as a remedy for bites from ‘mad’ or ‘wild’ dogs. Rosehips are reddish colored coverings that grow around the real fruits for protection and for this reason they are often called “false fruits”. The nutrient value is as rich as their color and they enhance the function of everything from your skin to your innermost being, containing an array of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants.

2nd Annual Simply Sarasota Kitchen & Garden Festival

Lastly we have the flower Calendula officinalis or pot marigold included in ‘Simply Sarasota Tea’. The petals of ‘Pot Marigold’ will raise your spirit and cheer your heart adding splendid golden color to this caffeine free fruit blend.

I suspect the most popular way to serve this tea will be iced, and while I am not a fan of adding sugar to any teas, I must tell you a pinch certainly boosts the exotic flavor!  Like our Tea Wiz and Mote Beach Tea, ‘Simply Sarasota Tea’ will certainly raise your spirit but most importantly cool you and quench your thirst before, during and long after the 2nd Annual Kitchen and Garden Festival presented by the Junior League of Sarasota.

Cheers,

the TeaLady

Saturday morning at the Sarasota Farmer’s Market allowed us to introduce one of our new holiday teas, Festivi-Tea, with more to come in the next few weeks.  We also served our Organic Honeybush hot or iced and the crowd favorite Selby Select.

Our Cyber Monday deal goes all week as we offer all three of these market teas at a discount for the rest of November from our online shop.  All orders over $40 ship FREE.

We created Festivi-Tea last year to celebrate Lights in Bloom, the annual holiday tropical light show at Selby Gardens.  Back by popular demand, Festivi-Tea green tea will be featured during Lights in Bloom starting December 16th.  We hope to see you at Selby.

Our photo this week features ‘Team Bowman’ visiting our tea tent to visit our very own Tea Queen (or Tea Teen) Caroline.  See the entire album at our Facebook page, Local Coffee + Tea – Tea Journey.

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Team Bowman

A superb Saturday morning at the Sarasota Farmer’s Market with sunny skies and a slight, humidity free breeze.  Our sampling teas were also very special; Strawberry Smile green tea (perhaps why so many people were smiling Saturday morning), Nilgiri black tea and our Red Berries.   All make a nice cuppa for a Thanksgiving celebration.

This week’s action shot is of the Tea Paparazzi visiting our tea tent and admiring our Mable’s Rose Rooibos.  See the entire album at our Facebook page, Local Coffee + Tea – Tea Journey.

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The Tea Paparazzi

A rainy Saturday turned into a sunny Saturday at the Sarasota Farmer’s Market. We offered our world famous Goji Green, our Earl Grey and Patriot Tea (rooibos) for sampling.  We offer these three teas at a discount this week from our online shop and all orders over $40 ship FREE.

This week’s picture is of Market Manager Phil Pagano swapping hats with Eve Worden of  Worden Farms.  See the entire album at our Facebook page, Local Coffee + Tea – Tea Journey.

Phil swapping hats with Eve Worden

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Back at the Market after a week off.  The perfect morning to start offering a hot tea among our samples at the Sarasota Farmer’s Market. Perhaps most exciting was the addition of Caroline and Marissa to our tea team at the tea tent.  Both are very tea savvy so say hello to them next Saturday.

We offered three great teas for sampling including our Bertha Palmer rooibos (hot), Flowering Pomegranate green tea and Yorkshire Harrogate black tea.  An earlier post shared an essay from George Orwell titled “A nice cup of tea” and so we selected our wonderful Yorkshire Harrogate to celebrate.  And for all of our teas we suggest multiple steeping, and our Flowering Pomegranate is a great example of a tea that holds up to 3 or 4 or more steeps.

This week’s picture is of Caroline and Marissa on their first day.  See the entire album at our Facebook page, Local Coffee + Tea – Tea Journey.

Caroline and Marissa

We offer these 3 teas at a discount from our online shop and as always all orders over $40 ship at no charge.

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Lovely morning at the Sarasota Farmer’s Market on Saturday.  We are very comfortable in our new spot in front of the Java Dawg Coffee Bus, sort of their hood ornament.  We will not be at the market this Sat (10/15), but back the following Saturday (10/22)

We offered three superb teas for sampling including our best selling Selby Select Rooibos, our Assam black tea and white tea we call Pear Mu Tan. (link to earlier post on Pear Mu Tan)  We created Selby Select to celebrate Marie Selby Gardens and the GartenFest Music Series that kicked off on Sunday.  Each Sunday Selby presents a performance under the majestic banyan trees.  Our sister company, Local Catering serves OktoberFest inspired foods and beers, along with lots of Selby Select tea.

This week’s picture is of a few ladies basking in the glow of our teas.  See the entire album at our Facebook page, Local Coffee + Tea – Tea Journey.

Basking in the glow of our tea

We offer these 3 teas at a discount from our online shop and as always all orders over $40 ship at no charge.

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Perfect weather, autumn in the air and a happy crowd at the Sarasota Farmer’s Market on Saturday.  But just as Jesse White and daughter Amelia salute all the tea drinkers of the world by raising a cuppa our White Mischief, little Amelia loses the grip on her tea. Disaster caught in this picture below.  After tears and wailing cries, we finally calmed Jesse down and believe he will be okay.  Amelia promised to keep us updated.  See the entire album at our Local Coffee + Tea – Tea Journey Facebook page.

Jesse and Amelia saluting tea drinkers of the world

The big winner on Saturday was the iced chai, our Cochin Masala Chai with a strong tea flavor blended with cardamom, coriander, cinnamon and black pepper with a spicy ginger finish.  Our White Mischief was also popular and our Organic Honeybush is always a crowd-pleaser.  We offer these 3 teas at a discount from our online shop and as always all orders over $40 ship at no charge.

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