Matcha is having a good year. If you are unfamiliar with Matcha, it’s a powdered green tea made famous by Japanese Zen monks. It has been used for centuries to create a sense of calm and focused alertness in both meditation and mindful living. We’ve been seeing all kinds of recipes lately using Matcha in sweets, hot drinks and cocktails. Matcha is also showing up more and more in coffee shops and cafés. Even Starbucks now features a Teavana Green Tea Latte made with Matcha (and a whopping 40 grams of sugar per 12 oz cup). Though I’m familiar with traditionally brewed Matcha, which creates a naturally creamy, frothy, sweet, umami and tremendously satisfying cup of opaque green tea, I was inspired by the Americanized recipes using Matcha. I set out to make an Arogya-style Matcha Latte, made with homemade almond milk and our ceremonial grade Matcha.Read More›
Something a number of us here at Arogya have in common is a shared interest in visiting India. Our experiences there have also fostered a mutual love for traditional Indian chai, which is a creamy blend of black tea, milk, sugar, and aromatic spices, typically ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, nutmeg, and black pepper. On a cold, rainy day last week, we decided to create our own rendition of a warming, caffeine-free, and sugar-free turmeric ginger chai using our most popular healing blend. The result was a nourishing and calming tonic that’s perfect to sip anytime, as well as when the weather’s hot or cold.Read More›
During my most recent trip to India in January, an inspiring young man named Lokesh Jadev taught me a delightful, throat-soothing way to prepare Assam tea. Before I tell you more about this spice-up twist on a classic black tea, however, I’d like to share a little but about Lokesh.Read More›
With so many delicious and healing herbs in the world it would be hard for me to choose a single favorite, but without a doubt Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil, would be high up on the list. Lately, Tulsi has been an herb of choice for my morning quart of tea, which I feel helps me get through the day with ease and sustained energy. If you haven’t tried Tulsi, which we feature in our D-Stress Calming and Detox Blends, the taste is reminiscent of mint, clove and fennel. With a delightful aroma and a host of medicinal properties, Tulsi is a wonderful herb to get to know.Read More›
At Arogya we have been drinking what we call the “Oolong bomb”. It is inspired by gong-fu style preparation and creates a powerful brew, ideal for enhancing focus and productivity. In China, Oolong tea is well-known for its concentration-enhancing effects, which is why it is a favorite tea of students and executives alike. A normal cup of Oolong contains one teaspoon of tealeaves for an 8 oz. cup. The Oolong Bomb contains twice the amount of tea leaves, with half the water. The Oolong tea leaves are rinsed with hot water, and then brewed at a slightly lower temperature, around 185˚ F for 4 minutes. What ensues is a potent, espresso-like shot of concentrated and robust Oolong tea. This is a great way to enjoy the taste, as well as the mental and physical benefits Oolong tea provides. Try brewing an Oolong Bomb before studying, meditating, or having a meeting.Read More›
For many, green tea is the gateway to cultivating a love for fine teas. Black teas remain classic and time-honored, as they are the teas most ingrained in our culture, an influence of the British. Oolong is a class of teas that finds itself in between Green and Black teas, in terms of flavor, caffeine content, color, and oxidation level. For this reason, the more accessible Greens and Blacks can sometimes obscure Oolong tea in America. However, it is well worth the effort to open our minds and taste buds to the allure of Oolong, which is an extraordinary and sophisticated category of tea that ranges in flavor from sweet and floral to dark and nutty.Read More›
Looking to get even more healing benefits from your organic Arogya tea?
Try using our green or chamomile teas to make soothing tea eye compresses. Resting with chilled tea bags over the eyes for 10 to 20 minutes can help reduce and prevent puffiness and nourish your skin. It’s also a wonderful way to unwind anytime of day.Read More›
Greet the spring with a cup of our organic Jade oolong tea. This highly prized tea, made of large, hand-rolled and lightly oxidized tea leaves, comes from Nantou County, Taiwan. Once infused, the leaves unfurl and release delicate and slightly sweet notes, exquisite flavor and an enchanting yet subtle fragrance. The flowery aroma is reminiscent of lilacs, which are now in bloom.Read More›
A few months ago, our shiatsu therapist Suzy made some Chinese tea eggs for us to try. We immediately fell in love with this savory dish and wanted to share the recipe with you.
Tea eggs are a traditional snack in many parts of China. The ingredients are very simple: tea leaves, soy sauce or tamari, star anise, salt, and a touch of sugar. In cities like Shanghai or Beijing, you can find delicious tea eggs being served up by street vendors. It’s also common for parents to boil some up as a nourishing after school snack. Whenever Wei makes tea eggs, the unique and wonderful aroma of the tea leaves and spices simmering on the stove top transports her back to her childhood in Shanghai.
Enjoy these eggs anytime of day! Plus, if you’re looking for a unique appetizer, this dish might be your answer.Read More›