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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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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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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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Kirkland Construction Update

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Well, things have been busy, and although our schedule has slipped a little (as it always seems to in construction), they are moving along nicely! We're pushing hard to be ready for our Health Department inspection next week. Since my last post a lot has happened! The rough ins of all of the electrical and plumbing were completed and all of the wall board has gone in: and been taped and mudded:   then finished and primed and painted in some places! We also have the tile floor in:   The new counter top came in today (it's just resting in place...

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Handy Tea Accessory

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This month we included a pack of paper tea filters with the LizzyKate Tea Club packages. These are one of our favorite tea accessories, especially when we’re traveling or making large quantities of iced tea – we hope you’ll do a lot of both this summer! When we travel, we pack some of these filters plus an assortment of LizzyKate tea and make tea with the hot water and cups in the hotel room, condo or friend’s house. It’s super easy to dispose of the filters once you’ve made the tea, which also makes them a great option for making...

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Spring Clearance

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  Starting Memorial Day weekend, you can save 30% off select teas and teaware in our Spring Clearance! Treat yourself, your family and/or friends to some LizzyKate teas, a new mug, a glass cold brew tea pitcher and more. When you checkout, be sure to use the discount code SPRING30 and shop early because supplies are limited! (Note: the discounted prices won't show until you go through the checkout process.) Visit Spring Clearance.

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Kirkland Store Construction

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Greetings from the LizzyKate construction office! After months of negotiations and planning with landlords, architects, designers and contractors, and approvals from the landlord and the city (still working on the Health Department, but that's very close and not yet due), we finally began constructon last week! As some of you may know, we are converting the space from a cafe style service to a tasting room with tea bar. We're doing this so that we'll have not only the ability to sell our teas and related products for making tea at home, but also so we can provide service in the...

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Intro to Herbal Blends

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This month we’re focusing on herbal blends. Also known as herbal infusions or tisanes, herbal blends are not technically teas because they aren't made from tea leaves. Instead they're made from flowers, spices, seeds and other botanical ingredients. Since ancient times, herbals have been used to treat illness and provide relaxation. They're popular with people looking for a warm, relaxing beverage without caffeine. Chamomile is a well known herb for drinking before bedtime either on its own or in a blend. We carry: Chamomile: whole chamomile blossoms Seattle Sunset: chamomile, rosehips, peppermint and many other herbs Weatherproof: aniseeds, chamomile, sage...

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