A little over a month ago, I was in Chicago and spent time with my dear friend, Ashley. Ashley has grown such a passion for tea, we decided it was necessary to dress up and have an impromptu tea party. It’s really inspiring to see her pursuing her dreams. She just started her own company, Roaming Roots Tea Company, where she’s selling amazing tea products! You can check out her website here. I thought it’d be fun to have her share some of her knowledge with you all! So without further ado, I’ll let Ashley take it away:
I’m honored to share my love of tea with you today. Kels and I have been friends for over 10 years and have been sharing our journeys with each other as we both follow our different passions. As Kelsey mentioned, tea is my passion – some may even call me a “tea nerd.” I love buying, tasting, smelling, brewing, growing and, most importantly, sharing tea. I have traveled to multiple places in Asia to learn about tea, spent way too much money buying tea and products (tea is best learned by experience) and I love educating and sharing all I have learned with others. This passion is where Roaming Roots Tea Co. evolved from, the company I created with my husband, Danny. At Roaming Roots Tea Co. we believe in the overall wellness that quality tea can bring to your life. We want everyone, everywhere, to be able to enjoy superior loose leaf tea. We supply unique, functional teaware (mugs, travel drinkware, etc.) to make it easy to drink tea wherever you are.
I love sharing and educating others on tea. So naturally, when Kels visited, I had to share some brand new, fresh first-flush loose-leaf teas from China. We enjoyed a green tea (Dragonwell) from Longjin, China and a red tea from Fujian, China. Personal taste preferences play a large part in how tea is brewed but there are certain guidelines to follow to enhance the taste and effects of tea. We brewed the green tea in a porcelain tea pot I was gifted from China (see above). Green tea is delicate and best brewed in 160°- 180° degrees for 1-3 minutes. After drinking Dragonwell, we dabbled in some red tea. We used a Yixing pot (a traditional Chinese pot made from Yixing clay) for brewing. Red tea is traditionally brewed in boiling water from 200°- 212° for 3-5 minutes. We had such a fun time drinking tea, chatting, and enjoying each other’s company (and trying to convince Kelsey to switch from coffee to tea).
A lot of people don’t realize that there are six types of tea and all come from a single plant, camellia sinensis. They include: green, white, yellow, red (Black), oolong, and pu-erh. The type of tea you end up with is determined by how the tea leaves are processed. Each one is unique and amazing. Tea has so much to offer: it’s rich in antioxidants (one cup of tea has more antioxidants than one serving of broccoli), has caffeine, boosts metabolism, may reduce the risk of several health issues, decreases stress and anxiety, and tastes mighty delicious.
Most people either don’t have access or haven’t tried high-quality tea, or don’t know how to accurately brewed tea. Once they learn, they quickly become tea lovers. That is why I created my company – I believe in the wellness tea brings to your life and I want everyone to have access to the right knowledge and products to brew quality tea. Let me know what you think in the comments – and I’d love chat with you further over at my site!