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The House of Leaf & Bean offers a variety of loose leaf teas for discriminating customers interested in the benefits of organic products for a healthy lifestyle as well as great tasting teas from around the world. We offer a great selection of white, green and black teas sourced directly from a partner tea farm in China and sustainably grown loose leaf teas from the Amazon, and delicious house made tea blends. Also, please visit our link containing information on published scientific research into the health benefits of the different types of Chinese and herbal teas.
We offer a great selection of white, green and black teas (camellia sinensis) sourced directly from our partner, a seventh generation tea farmer, who operates a certified organic tea plantation in Zhejiang province. The Songs have been cultivating their mountain side tea plantations using a combination of traditional farming practices (including organic pesticides made from Chinese herbal medicines) as well as modern innovation (like solar powered bug zappers). These teas include a wonderful selection of four different varieties of Green tea (China Green, Dragon Well, Sword Green, Gunpowder Green) as well as Anji White, Dark Oolong, Premium Black.
Also, please explore our links about recent scientific research into the health benefits of our various Chinese and herbal teas.
We currently offer two different sustainably grown teas from varieties of large leaf holly trees native to the Amazon: Yerba Mate (Ilex Paraguariensis), meaning herbal infusion is from Brazil and Guayusa (Ilex Guayusa), pronounced Gwhy-you-suh, is found in Ecuador where the Andes descend into the Amazon. These remarkable herbal teas were discovered over around two thousand years ago by the peoples of Amazon and form an integral part of their culture. Although herbal, they are rich in caffeine and provide a rich and refreshing alternative to coffee. They also contain an abundance of anti-oxidants and amino acids. Both are sustainably harvested and provide not just a delicious tea but also an opportunity to provide indigenous farmers an opportunity economically sustain the rainforests.
We love tea and enjoy experimenting to create interesting, healthful, and delicious herbal blends. Two of our favorites are the Summer Beauty and Lemongrass Spice (also known as Yummy Tummy). The Summer Beauty is made from S. African Rooibos, Hibiscus Petals, and Peppermint. It is naturally caffeine free, infuses into a lovely scarlet color, with a refreshing flavor and clean after taste. Lemongrass Spice is a combination of lemongrass, peppermint, cinnamon, and black tea. When we serve it in the cafe we add a pinch of fresh ground ginger to give it an extra boost.
Be on the look out for our other house made blends as we continue to innovate.