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Decaffeinated versus Caffeine-free

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Many people confuse the terms “decaffeinated” and “caffeine-free” when it comes to tea. Decaffeinated refers to tea leaves from the camellia sinensis plant which have had the caffeine removed. There may still be some tiny trace of caffeine in the tea, but the vast majority is removed. Caffeine-free blends (also known as herbal infusions) are those without any tea leaves. These blends contain herbs, flowers, dried fruit and spices. All of our decaffeinated teas are decaffeinated using the CO2 process. The caffeine is removed but the tea flavor remains. Decaffeinated teas are a great option if you, a family member...

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Tea Plus Cheese Pairings

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As you may have guessed, we enjoy pairing tea with different types of foods. This month we hosted a Tea + Cheese flight at our tea shop in downtown Kirkland, WA. Participants were able to pair five teas with fives cheese for a total of 25 combinations. The teas were White Peony, Sencha Fukamushi, Ti Kwan Yin Imperial, Kenilworth Ceylon and Yunnan Imperial. The cheeses were brie, parmesan, goat cheese, mozzarella, and cheddar. Surprisingly, the consensus among many of the participants was that the goat cheese paired well with most of the teas. The creaminess and tartness of the goat...

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Rooibos: An Herbal Infusion

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Most Americans use the term “tea” for any type of warm drink made from tea leaves or herbs. Technically, only “true tea” which is made from the leaves of the tea plant (camellia sinensis) should be called tea. Herbal and other blends from non-tea plants are called herbal infusions or by their plant name (rooibos, honeybush, chamomile, etc.) At LizzyKate we carry about ten blends with either red or green rooibos as an ingredient. Some interesting rooibos facts: Rooibos is a caffeine-free herb that comes from the Rooibos bush which grows near Cape Town, South Africa. It has gained recent...

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Intro to Green Tea

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Green tea is the original tea made from the camellia sinensis plant. Thousands of years ago the Chinese were the first people to drink tea and they consumed it initially for its medicinal qualities. From China, tea was introduced to Japan by monks in the 9th century, to Europe in the 17th century and later to the USA. Unlike black tea, green tea is not oxidized and the goal of processing the tea leaves is to preserve the green color. Chinese green tea is usually pan fried to lock in the green color. Most people find Chinese green tea to...

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Tea Recommendations for a Cold

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Friends and customers often ask us for a tea recommendation to help them feel better when they're sick with a cold. In our opinion, any warm tea is soothing to your throat, especially with a little honey added! Here are some blends we carry in the shop and online which we recommend for colds (note that Moroccan Mint is the only one with "true tea" in it, while the others are non-tea herbals). Moroccan Mint: try this fragrant mix of peppermint, spearmint and gunpowder green tea to help clear your sinuses. Chocolate Honeybush: the honeybush herb has pinotol (an expectorant), and because...

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How to Make a Tea Latte

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With the weather turning cooler, we’ve seen more customers turning to hot tea rather than cold brew. In September, we launched our Special-Tea Latte menu in our tea shop in downtown Kirkland, and the lattes have been very popular ever since. After much taste testing, we’ve come up with the following recipe for 12 oz tea lattes. Steep 1 rounded tsp of loose leaf tea in 8 oz of water Add sweetener to taste (honey, simple syrup, or sugar) Add 4 oz of steamed milk (2% cow’s milk, almond milk, soy milk or coconut milk). If you don’t have a...

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How to Prepare Matcha

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Matcha is a special type of green tea made from the fine powder of ground tea leaves. Instead of steeping it like you do with green leaves, you whisk it with hot (not boiling) water and consume the entire drink, including the powdered leaf. For many centuries, matcha has been used as a ceremonial beverage in the Japanese tea ceremony. These days you don't have to travel to Japan to experience traditional matcha. Here's an overview of the steps and tools used to make matcha in a more relaxed environment than a formal tea ceremony. Scoop about 1 1/2 teaspoons of ceremonial grade...

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What is Japanese Black Tea?

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This month’s tea club includes a tea we named Mt. Fuji Noir. It’s a Japanese black tea which is very unusual to find in Japan, much less in the US. Last year Amy discovered this tea on a tea tour of Japan that started in Tokyo and ended on the island of Kyushu. As you can imagine, the tour members taste tested many types of green tea including sencha, gyokuro, genmaicha, and matcha all day, every day.  Partway through the tour, one of Japanese tea companies served a black tea to the group. Everyone tasted the tea, smiled and quickly...

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Tea is an Agricultural Product

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I have been a tea drinker all of my adult life, but before I became a serious tea drinker, I didn’t give much thought to where tea came from. I assumed that tea bags and the contents were made in a factory. I never thought of tea as an agricultural product until I started taking tea classes. Once I learned that tea comes from the processed leaves of the camellia sinensis plant, a whole new world opened up for me. The various types of tea (black, white, green, oolong and puerh) are all made from tea leaves and for the...

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Grand Opening Celebration

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We spent most of July settling into our new space. Early on we met with Beth Gale of the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce and started planning our Grand Opening. Beth arranged for Penny Sweet of the Kirkland City Council to do the honors of cutting our ribbon and welcoming us to the Kirkland business community.  Our staff did an amazing job of helping to set up, serve tea, chat about tea and clean up. We couldn't have done it with them!   And thank you to Chocolatier Alex Long of Seleuss Chocolates for bringing his delicious chocolate to pair with...

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July in Kirkland

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After the months of design plans, construction, and moving, we're happy to be in our colorful tea shop! Every day brings a new mix of friends, family, new customers, and regulars. Here are some pictures from the first weeks and customer quotes that brought a smile to our faces. This is the BEST tea I have ever tasted. ~ Cody, age 7 after trying Fruity Mango Look at all the flavors. This shop is like the Baskin Robbins of tea! ~ Sheerya You will be happy to know that my two boys are now accusing each other of hogging all...

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Visit Our Kirkland Store

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We're excited to announce we're doing a soft opening Saturday, July 9 from 10-6 and Sunday, July 10 from 12-5!       If you come this weekend, please be patient as we figure things out! The address is 115 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland. See the Find Us page for directions and parking info.

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