Branch & Vine Luxury Loose Leaf Teas
Often customers would come in and ask if we had any teas for sale. It was apparent that there was a need in this area for a store that would offer high-quality teas. Tracey knew that this was neither going to be a quick nor easy addition. She wanted to make sure the teas would be of the same high-quality standards as the olive oils and balsamic vinegar. Because Tracey was not a tea drinker herself, she really made it a B&V Team effort. Fortunately, they are tea drinkers and offered lots of opinions and taste buds during the creating process.
After months of research, learning and more research, we were finally ready to introduce our new line of Branch & Vine Luxury Loose Leaf Teas in September 2016. It truly was like opening a whole new store! You can’t have a full tea line (which has now reached 40 teas) without all of the accessories that go along with tea making and drinking. We also wanted to make sure that we had teas for everyone’s liking…. Blacks, Greens, Chai, Tisanes, Oolongs, Pu-erhs, Whites, Matchas (green, white, black and rooibos) and Wellness Teas.
All Natural Teas to Benefit Your Health
Olive oils, balsamic vinegar and loose leaf teas, all have a very important common factor. They are all so very healthy for you. But it is also true that the benefits are different for each one of them.
During the process of researching, we learned that many teas (even some of the really big brands) are flavored artificially. Even though they may say “Natural Flavors”, it doesn’t mean that they are flavored naturally and often contain artificial flavoring. This usually makes the flavors very bold. Branch & Vine teas are only flavored with all natural flavoring, nothing artificial.
We use very high-quality teas for the bases of our flavored teas. Take our Raspberry Fields as an example. We want you to taste the quality of the green tea with a hint of sweetness and flavor coming from the raspberry pieces. Simple. Pure. Healthy. Delicious.
The Powerful Antioxidants in Tea
According to philosopher Bernard-Paul Heroux, “There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea." While this might be a slight exaggeration, according to a wealth of research conducted in recent years, it might be completely true. Study after study conducted at university laboratories around the world have shown that the consumption of tea can offer protection against some cancers, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis and liver disease. So, what is it about tea that makes drinking it so good for you? The answer lies in antioxidants. So, what exactly are antioxidants?
Good question. First, it’s necessary to understand what exactly oxidation is. Oxidation is a normal bodily process that steadily damages our cells. Some researchers believe that the process is what causes aging and ultimately, death. Although oxidation is a natural result of our body’s metabolic processes, exposure to things like pollution, smoking, alcohol or excessive sun exposure can accelerate the effects.
Antioxidants and related polyphenols are compounds found in many foods and herbs that combat the effects of oxidation, hence the name anti-oxidant. True teas, those plucked from Camellia Sinensis, provide an excellent natural source of antioxidants - with the added benefit of delicious flavor!
Interestingly, although the concepts of oxidization and antioxidants weren’t known at the time, in ancient China, a popular expression extolled the health benefits of tea: "Drinking a daily cup of tea will surely starve the apothecary." Now, rather than starving your apothecary (pharmacist) we believe it can be beneficial to talk to a medical professional about how drinking tea can help you. Tea…is there anything it can’t do?