Chinese Teas Arrive at EnjoyBetterTea.com

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We are always looking for the best teas from the top companies; Chinese teas are top of the line. We now carry 2 new brands of Chinese tea: Temple of Heaven and Tea King. When we enjoy Chinese tea, we are reminded of the legend of the Chinese emperor who discovered tea while traveling. Legend has it that around 2700 BC, the emperor, who dabbled in herbal medicine, preferred to have his water boiled before he drank it. While stopping to rest, water was set to boil. Somehow a leaf from a wild tea bush blew into the water. The emperor tried the drink, found it refreshing, and thus tea was created. Of course, the history of Chinese tea is long and complicated, rich with traditions, craftsmanship and even a bit of mythology. So we will tell you about our new Chinese teas – we are sure you will want to try them!

Temple of Heaven produces Gunpowder Green Tea, one of the most popular types of green tea in China. The tea gets its name from the appearance of the rolled and dried tea leaves, tiny dark pellets similar to the appearance of gunpowder. Green tea, as well as Oolong tea, are rolled into the tight pellets after being picked and withered, allowing them to retain more flavor and aroma while avoiding leaf breakage. Some of the highest grades of tea are rolled by hand even today. When the tea steeps, the pellets unroll, which delivers a soft, golden brew with a hint of smoke. We have this tea in 2 sizes.

The Tea King Tea range has 4 tea blends. We have green tea in bags and loose in a tin, Oolong tea in bags and Litchi Black and Aged Pu Erh available loose in tins. All of these teas are aromatic and special in their own way. (Read more about the spectacular Pu Erh below.)  We love them so much, we want you to try them.  Get 10% off Chinese Teas on www.EnjoyBetterTea.com.*

Please use coupon code CHINA10

*Discount valid through 8/9/2014 for orders of Chinese Teas on www.EnjoyBetterTea.com only. No minimum order required. Not valid with other coupons or discounts. Not valid for special sale items.

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Ahmad Tea Sale at EnjoyBetterTea.com

EBT Winter Charm

We have again partnered with Ahmad Tea London to offer you big savings on all their teas on http://www.EnjoyBetterTea.com.

Ahmad Tea is a family business renowned worldwide for the quality of its teas. Founded on a passion for tea and the special place tea-drinking has in our lives, Ahmad Tea has produced the highest-quality premium teas, blended with perfection and years of tasting experience. From the plantations and partners involved at the start to the creative and   beautiful packaging of Ahmad Teas, the entire process reflects the company’s commitment to quality. To ensure the extremely high standards of every Ahmad Tea blend, more than 600 cups of tea are carefully tasted each day to assure the highest quality of every cup of tea Ahmad Tea blends.

Just in time for the holidays, you can warm up from winter’s cold and save by getting 20% off all Ahmad Tea at http://www.EnjoyBetterTea.com. *

Please use coupon code AHHOL

*Discount valid from 12/8/2013 through 12/14/2013 for Ahmad Tea with no minimum order on http://www.EnjoyBetterTea.com. Not valid with other coupons or discounts. Not valid for special sale items.


Winter Blends Warm the Heart Ahmad Rosehip and Cherry

Ahmad Tea is the expert at blending and infusing flavors into their teas. We recommend the Ahmad Tea Relaxing Winter Charm Infusion for those times when you need a few moments to yourself. This caffeine-free blend has apple, cinnamon, cloves and orange – festive and comforting at the same time!

Rosehip and Cherry Herbal Tea is a customer favorite, with the flavors of rosehip, cherry (real pieces are in the blend) and hibiscus.   Also caffeine-free, this infusion is perfect for after a meal.

Another popular blend is the Ahmad Tea Rooibos and Cinnamon Herbal Tea. Rooibos is known for its antioxidant properties, while the cinnamon gives the tea warmth and a lovely aroma.

All of the Ahmad Tea herbal infusions come in individual foil-wrapped tea bags and are priced for buying at $2.69 before the discount above.


The World’s Most   Exclusive Tea   Ahmad English Afternoon Tea Caddy

Be sure to check out our Ahmad Tea English Scene caddies, beautiful metal tins displaying images of England. We have many to choose from, with loose or bagged tea.


Ahmad Tea in the   News


Ahmad Tea and U Support Open ChariTeas in UK

Last summer, Ahmad Tea collaborated with U Support to open the ChariTeas Tearoom in Southhampton, England, as a shopping and dining space for generating donations to U Support. The U Support organization is dedicated to providing opportunities for disabled and disadvantaged children to attend sporting, theatre and musical events and other special experiences such as visits to Disneyland. Ahmad Tea provides the teas and fine china used in the shop. ChariTeas holds tea tastings and features a Tea of the Month each month. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea are served – and don’t forget the cakes and pastries which are available at all times.


Ahmad Tea Sale at EnjoyBetterTea.com

EBT Winter CharmWe have again partnered with Ahmad Tea London to offer you big savings on all their teas on http://www.EnjoyBetterTea.com.

Ahmad Tea is a family business renowned worldwide for the quality of its teas. Founded on a passion for tea and the special place tea-drinking has in our lives, Ahmad Tea has produced the highest-quality premium teas, blended with perfection and years of tasting experience. From the plantations and partners involved at the start to the creative and   beautiful packaging of Ahmad Teas, the entire process reflects the company’s commitment to quality. To ensure the extremely high standards of every Ahmad Tea blend, more than 600 cups of tea are carefully tasted each day to assure the highest quality of every cup of tea Ahmad Tea blends.

Just in time for the holidays, you can warm up from winter’s cold and save by getting 20% off all Ahmad Tea at http://www.EnjoyBetterTea.com. *

Please use coupon code AHHOL

*Discount valid from 12/8/2013 through 12/14/2013 for Ahmad Tea with no minimum order on http://www.EnjoyBetterTea.com. Not valid with other coupons or discounts. Not valid for special sale items.


Winter Blends Warm the Heart Ahmad Rosehip and Cherry

Ahmad Tea is the expert at blending and infusing flavors into their teas. We recommend the Ahmad Tea Relaxing Winter Charm Infusion for those times when you need a few moments to yourself. This caffeine-free blend has apple, cinnamon, cloves and orange – festive and comforting at the same time!

Rosehip and Cherry Herbal Tea is a customer favorite, with the flavors of rosehip, cherry (real pieces are in the blend) and hibiscus.   Also caffeine-free, this infusion is perfect for after a meal.

Another popular blend is the Ahmad Tea Rooibos and Cinnamon Herbal Tea. Rooibos is known for its antioxidant properties, while the cinnamon gives the tea warmth and a lovely aroma.

All of the Ahmad Tea herbal infusions come in individual foil-wrapped tea bags and are priced for buying at $2.69 before the discount above.


The World’s Most   Exclusive Tea   Ahmad English Afternoon Tea Caddy

Be sure to check out our Ahmad Tea English Scene caddies, beautiful metal tins displaying images of England. We have many to choose from, with loose or bagged tea.


Ahmad Tea in the   News


Ahmad Tea and U Support Open ChariTeas in UK

Last summer, Ahmad Tea collaborated with U Support to open the ChariTeas Tearoom in Southhampton, England, as a shopping and dining space for generating donations to U Support. The U Support organization is dedicated to providing opportunities for disabled and disadvantaged children to attend sporting, theatre and musical events and other special experiences such as visits to Disneyland. Ahmad Tea provides the teas and fine china used in the shop. ChariTeas holds tea tastings and features a Tea of the Month each month. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea are served – and don’t forget the cakes and pastries which are available at all times.


Brand History: Lavazza

Italians Know Espresso

Lavazza is Italy’s favorite espresso, with about 75% of Italian families as customers!  The company started in 1895 when Luigi Lavazza purchased a small grocery store in Torino, in northern Italy.  At that time, coffee was purchased raw, then roasted and blended according to customer requests.   Luigi became skilled in the processing of blends and in roasting techniques.  The business expanded to wholesale, his 3 sons joined the firm and by 1927, that grocery store had grown into a specialized coffee production enterprise.  Lavazza introduced the first vacuum-packed ground coffee and was the first to invent coffee “blends”.  The firm would eventually build 4 new plants in Italy.

By the end of the 1980’s Lavazza had subsidiaries in Europe, Great Britain and the United States.  The brand has carried on the tradition of devoting special attention to developing new techniques and products.  Lavazza believes that quality is not ‘controlled’ but rather ‘developed’ through a system of strict procedures around bean selection, roasting, blending and packaging.

Reviews of Lavazza coffees always note the excellent crema, the foam at the top of espresso.  Hard-core espresso folks believe that the crema can indicate the freshness of the coffee, how well the coffee itself has been extracted of its flavorings and the quality of that extraction.  Lavazza has an intense and spicy aroma.

Coffee Review: KIMBO Gold Medal Italian Espresso Coffee

Someone once said “Espresso yourself!”

Once upon a time, I was afraid to espresso myself.  Espresso will be too strong, I worried.  It will be too bitter, I feared.  I can’t have it with milk and sugar, I fretted.  Of course, my concerns were far overrated – in fact, I have come to enjoy espresso, especially when I need a little pick-me-up!  (And, even better, I don’t feel too “hyped up” by it!)

So it was with some trepidation combined with a sincere desire to give espresso a chance, though, that I tried Caffe KIMBO Gold Medal Italian Espresso Coffee.

The ground coffee smelled strong, reminding me of a dark roast.  I noticed a subtle hint of chocolate in the aroma, along with a faintcitrus fragrance.

After brewing KIMBO espresso coffee in my drip brewer, I took a moment to breathe in the aroma.  The ground coffee smelled like a dark roast.  The brewed coffee smelled rich.  Sipping just the black coffee, I found it to be mellow, with a slight bitterness.  I added my usual milk and 1 sugar and enjoyed how full of rich flavor the coffee was.  I found the flavor to be smooth and balanced, a full-bodied coffee with a rich texture, which I really enjoyed the most!

KIMBO Gold Medal is primarily Arabica beans ground to medium coarse so it can be used in drip and French Press coffee makers.  EnjoyBetter Coffee.com has 8.8oz/250g vacuum-packed bags of ground Gold Medal coffee.  KIMBO also makes several other roasts in ground, decaf and whole bean.

If this is the coffee that one would drink in Naples, Italy, then sipping a cup of KIMBO on a Neopolitan piazza is now on my bucket list!

Coffee Review: Douwe Egberts Excellent Aroma

Very Smooth with a Mild Finish!

When a coffee is named Excellent Aroma, you expect it to smell great.  I expect it to smell great as a whole bean, in ground form and when brewed.  Well, I am happy to report that Douwe Egberts Excellent Aroma is all that its name suggests!

When I first opened the package, the ground coffee is darker than I expected it to look.  It had a wonderful rich aroma.  According to the package, the enjoyment begins when you gently cut into the package and first get a whiff of the pleasing aroma.  In fact, the package describes the coffee as having intense aroma with a rich taste.  So true!

I made some in my drip coffeemaker – the house smelled absolutely wonderful from the brew.  I poured some into my mug, just black, and inhaled deeply.  The aroma was very mild, with a great just-brewed aroma.  A sip of the coffee still black reminded me of a dark roast — slightly bitter (the good way) and sharp, yet with a surprisingly mild finish.

With cream and a little sugar, my favorite way to enjoy coffee, Excellent Aroma is smooth and mild.  That is, the flavor is gentle and mild, great as a medium roast.  Douwe Egberts rates the coffee roast as 4 on a scale of 1 to 7, so it is strong medium roast.

Excellent Aroma is a great daily coffee while also being special enough that you can serve it to friends and family on those special days (many of which are going to be here before you know it!).  If you like Douwe Egberts coffee, then you must try this one!

Coffee Review: Dallmayr Prodomo

The family Coat of Arms outside the current deli

Dallmayr is a German coffee producer in business for decades.  The company history includes operating and showcasing an “electric coffee roaster” in its original store back in the 1930’s.  One of their most popular blends, Prodomo, is a quality blend of coffee varieties.

Dallmayr packages their coffees in a vacuum-packed foil package to keep the coffee fresh.  The Prodomo coffee itself is nicely brown and has a wonderful and robust aroma.  Made in a drip coffee maker, the brew is dark, with a slightly fruity aroma.  A taste without creamer or sugar has an initial bitterness that immediately becomes smooth and gentle.  With sugar and milk, it is the mildest coffee you may ever taste.  In fact, the coffee is specially processed in order to remove any bitterness yet still keep the flavor of a fine European coffee.

We carry Prodomo in ground, whole bean, pods and in latched tins quite suitable for gift-giving.  This mild coffee can be drunk anytime you want a mild and satisfying coffee.