Pekoe Sip House Blog

February 1, 2016

Kids Tea Party Ideas

This winter, brew loose-leaf tea at home with your kids for a fun, easy, and delicious indoor activity. You can teach healthy habits and enjoy time together with a kids tea party!

BONUS: Learn how to order kid-friendly tea drinks on your next trip to our Boulder tea cafes.
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When it comes to kid favorites, there are two hands-down winners at Pekoe Sip House: Blueberry Virtue Rooibos Tea and Forbidden Fruits Tea. Both have delicious fruit flavor and vibrant color, and are naturally caffeine- and sugar-free.

* Blueberry Virtue has a simple recipe: blueberries and cornflowers layered over South African rooibos tea. Blueberry Virtue is high in replenishing mineral content and bountiful in antioxidants. The blueberry cream flavor is sure to be a hit!

* Forbidden Fruits is a refreshing herbal tea with hibiscus and strawberry. Pieces of apple, mango, and raspberry complete the fun flavor profile of this bright red beverage! Enjoy this organic tea hot or iced with a wedge of orange, lime, or lemon.

SIP TIP: We encourage parents to share their caffeine-free herbal tea and rooibos tea blends with children. If the taste is too strong or complex for your little one, add extra water or ice. What may begin as little more than flavored water could turn into a lifelong appreciation for tea flavors from around the world. 

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HOW TO HOST A KIDS TEA PARTY AT HOME

Brewing a pot of tea is simple!

1. Let your little one help you to spoon loose-leaf tea into the teapot.

2. Carefully add not-quite-boiling water.

3. Set a timer for 3 to 5 minutes and wait together.

4. Pour into kid-friendly mugs and enjoy!

Many of Pekoe Sip House’s make-at-home accessories are designed for family fun. Juke mugs by Kinto are made of light, durable plastic with double-sided walls to keep drinks hot or cold. They are dishwasher-safe and have interchangeable bottoms to mix and match colors! Order your Blueberry Virtue and Forbidden Fruits online for a healthy and delicious treat to fill your cup.

SIP TIP: For your child’s next birthday party, try mixing fruit sangria-style into a pitcher of Forbidden Fruits Iced Tea. It’s the perfect sugar-free and caffeine-free treat with delicious flavor for the entire kids tea party. Find guidelines on How to Make Iced Tea at Home with Loose Leaf Tea on our blog!

 

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HOW TO ORDER TEA FOR KIDS AT PEKOE SIP HOUSE

When ordering tea for your tiny date, consider ordering:

* a steamer – tea with steamed milk

* a boba tea – tea with tapioca pearls for older children

* an iced tea

* a  hot tea – “kid temperature” hot tea is just warm enough for those eager little ones to dive into their steamy cup without it being too hot

Pekoe Sip House’s Forbidden Fruits Tea also serves as the base for our mini customer’s favorite summer tea drinks! Our White Strawberry Boba Tea combines Forbidden Fruits tea with milk, premium white chocolate, and boba pearls on ice. Older kids will enjoy sipping tapioca “bubbles” through the oversized straw! Kids of all ages love our Forbidden Freeze frozen tea drink, blending Forbidden Fruits tea with lemonade, frozen strawberries, and agave. It’s a sweet, icy treat for warm days – just don’t drink it too fast!

To see our favorite kid-friendly drinks, visit our Kids Tea Drink Menu for plenty of fun suggestions.

January 15, 2016

The Best Tea for Colds

The holidays are over, school is back in session, and winter is in full swing. While you were busy enjoying the holidays, cold and flu season has crept up on us! January and February are the winter months that usually show a peak in cold and flu. This season, tea is your key to staying healthy. Read on to learn more about the best tea for colds.

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How to Prevent a Cold with Tea

To stay healthy, integrate these tips (and teas) into your daily routine to boost your immune system’s ability to prevent and fight colds.

First, choose a healthy diet that will boost your body’s natural defense against the common cold. Many of the spices found in Pekoe’s organic loose-leaf teas are excellent immune boosters. Incorporate the traditional chai spices of cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger root to fortify the immune system. Sip turmeric and licorice root for their antiviral properties, which help to combat cold and flu. Add honey and lemon for their antimicrobial properties that help prevent infection.  

Second, reduce your stress! According to the APA, stress weakens the immune system. When we learn how to manage our stress it benefits our day-to-day health. A cup of caffeine-free herbal tea, and the relaxing ritual of brewing and drinking a cup, will do wonders in alleviating stress. 

SIP TIP: Energize, boost immune, and reduce stress with Mango Mate with Ginseng. Yerba Mate tea can increase focus, while ginseng could improve stamina and stress resistance. This is the perfect sip before a tough day at work (or during exams at CU Boulder!)


How to Treat a Cold with Tea

We all know the prescribed course of action when the common cold strikes: drink fluids and rest. These is no cure for the common cold, but we can manage symptoms, reduce discomfort, and promote recovery. This is where tea comes in!

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A cup of caffeine-free tea will hydrate your body, and – depending on the tea – may soothe sore throat, reduce nausea, or ease cough before helping you back to sleep.

Below are our 4 favorite teas for preventing and fighting a cold.

 * Pekoe Revival Herbal Tea was designed to offer preventative and detoxifying health benefits! This caffeine-free organic tea blends wellness-boosting peppermint, licorice root, ginger, cloves and red rooibos tea.

* Best for: Nausea, Congestion, Sore Throat, Cough

* Why: Ginger and peppermint are well-known for their ability to calm an upset stomach. The natural menthol in peppermint acts as a decongestant. Licorice root has anti-inflammatory properties to soothe a sore throat, and may act as an expectorant to help with cough.

 * No Pain Rooibos is a tea with dynamic health benefits, featuring the flavors of apple, fenugreek seed, cardamom, lemon, black pepper, cinnamon, clove, ginger, and turmeric.

* Best for: Immune Health, Nausea, Sore Throat, Body Aches

* Why: Cinnamon, lemon, and turmeric are powerhouses when it comes to being proactive in preventing colds. Ginger and cinnamon are also anti-inflammatory for your sore throat, and ginger can help to reduce nausea

 * Nettle Detox is a body cleansing and mind soothing herbal tea with blackberry leaves, rosehips, alfalfa, nettle leaves, juniper berries, licorice root, jasmine flower, and sage. 

* Best for: Congestion, Sore Throat, Cough

* Why: Sage is antiseptic and astringent, working wonders on sore throats and congestion. Licorice root may act as an expectorant to help with cough.

 * Mountain Gold Rooibos is an antioxidant-rich rooibos tea blend with cinnamon, orange peel, and clove. Serve hot with a slice of orange for extra vitamin C.

* Best for: Nausea, Sore Throat, Body Aches

Why: The mild, delicious flavor of rooibos tea is enjoyable even when you’re feeling unwell. Cinnamon can help to calm an upset stomach, and its anti-inflammatory properties can soothe sore throat and ease the body aches that are characteristic of cold and flu.

SIP TIP: Not only comforting and sweet, honey is known to be antimicrobial, and it helps the immune system to fight infection. Raw, local honey is best! Adding honey to our tea for colds can help to prevent colds, and may soothe a cough or sore throat.

November 25, 2015

Prevent Winter Weight Gain with Tea

In Colorado, we know how to embrace the colder seasons. Vacationers flock to our state for world-class mountains and snow, families visit ski towns during the holidays, and in our foodie hometown of Boulder, the locals warm up with their favorite seasonal flavors.

Prevent Winter Weight Gain with these 9 Teas

The first snow of the season has fallen in Colorado, and as we wake up to the white-capped mountains in the distance, we begin to dream about the epic skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing awaiting us in the mountains. We know that the colder weather and shorter days will also bring a special charm to the streets as Boulder prepares for the holidays with twinkling lights. However, that same seasonal change brings with it seemingly inevitable winter weight gain.

Adding a bit of winter weight is common for many reasons. For one thing, our activity levels go down as the days shorten and the weather outside becomes inhospitable. In addition to a slower pace, traditional winter and holiday foods are often hearty dishes high in calories and fat, designed to fortify our bodies to handle the cold (and maybe to prepare us for hibernation!). Finally, we are happy to indulge to ward off winter blues and celebrate time with friends and family. Don’t we deserve it?

Prevent Winter Weight Gain with these 9 Teas

The result is days filled with cinnamon-sprinkled winter breads and second helpings of apple pie. Sounds good, doesn’t it? We agree – and there’s no need to forgo these delicious winter flavors in the name of good health!  

Rather than overload on sugar and carbohydrates, experiment with substituting the teas in this article for common holiday food flavors when you’re feeling festive! Loose-leaf teas from Pekoe Sip House can help you to get into the holiday spirit without derailing your healthy diet.

Read on for 5 of our favorite holiday food flavors – and their tea substitute!

Prevent Winter Weight Gain with these 9 Teas

POMEGRANATE & CRANBERRY

The rare fall and winter fruits are so closely associated with the holidays, you can’t go an entire season without craving them!

Queen Pomegranate White Tea is a delicate tea that exhibits subtle grassy (almost lemony) notes with the sweet tanginess of pomegranate at the beginning and end of each sip. Your favorite winter fruit in your mug of tea!

Herbal Madras Rooibos Tea with cranberry and orange peel will infuse winter mornings with comforting flavor.

Superfoods Green Tea, made with goji berries, lemongrass, and pomegranate seeds, is a fruity and tangy-sweet cup of tea for a quick, nourishing pick-me-up.

Prevent Winter Weight Gain with these 9 Teas

CINNAMON

We’ll sprinkle cinnamon on oatmeal, pumpkin breads, apple muffins – just about anything, really! Just give us that perfect winter flavor. Now, enjoy cinnamon without overloading on carbohydrates.

Mountain Gold Rooibos Tea is a tea after our own (Colorado) hearts! A flavorful and fragrant blend of cinnamon, cloves, and orange peel layers delightfully with organic South African red rooibos.

Sweet Spice Black Tea mingles cinnamon with orange peel, delivering a well-balanced sweet and spicy tango on the tongue.

* When searching for cinnamon, there’s no need to choose between our signature loose-leaf Chai tea blends – they all contain this winter spice! Sample each with our new Chai Tea Lovers Gift Set.

Prevent Winter Weight Gain with these 9 Teas

APPLES & ORANGE PEEL

Zesty orange peel and the sweet smell of warm apples… yes, please! Skip the pie and marmalade in favor of a nourishing cup of tea.

Orange Socialite Mate Tea complements the delicious, fruity-sweet flavor of orange with the moderately smoky aroma of mate tea. Concentrated lieblichem licorice gives this tea a fresh and finely bittersweet taste that’s palette pleasing.

Forbidden Fruits Herbal Tea has all of your favorite fruit and flower flavors – hibiscus, apple, mango, currant, elderberry, strawberry, sunflower petals, raspberry pieces – in a delightfully sweet (and vibrantly colored) tea. Use it to infuse alcohol like vodka or rum for holiday parties!

Nutty Professor Green Tea, with fresh aromas of cinnamon, orange and chocolate marzipan, is enjoyable on winter days.


We wouldn’t ignore those powerful chocolate and vanilla cravings either! Learn about our 7 Teas to Combat Sugar Cravings, which deliver the delicate flavor of vanilla bean and the rich flavors of cacao, carob, and white chocolate – with tea!

November 17, 2015

Why We Love Loose-Leaf Chai Tea During the Holidays

November is finally here, and the holidays are just around the corner! At Pekoe Sip House, we are preparing for the busy season ahead with a host of delicious and healthy warming beverages to keep energy high, colds at bay, and metabolism churning through the hearty meals ahead.

The colder weather brings with it cozy sweaters, family gatherings, and of course, our favorite fall and winter spices like cinnamon and ginger. It also brings travel-packed schedules, crowded shopping trips, and rich holiday foods. In the face of all of this excitement, a calm moment with a cup of chai tea can prepare your body for the season ahead.

Cinnamon: A healthy Spice in Masala Chai Tea

But first – what is chai tea?

In India, the word chai translates directly to “tea.” The beverage that we think of as chai is actually masala chai, or “mixed-spice chai.” The traditional preparation of masala chai in India is simple: a robust black tea is brewed with cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, and black pepper before being mixed with milk and a sweetener. In the USA, the word “chai” has become synonymous with the preparation of this popular tea. At Pekoe Sip House, we brew chai all day long in small batches at each of our three Boulder tea cafes, and offer a simple loose-leaf version to be enjoyed at home!

Chai contains our favorite cold-weather spices, while also offering several health benefits that are particularly needed in November and December.

All of our chai blends are packed with organic ingredients, including the classic masala chai spices of cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger root. These spices aid digestion and increase circulation, and help to fortify the immune system. In addition, cinnamon may help balance blood sugar, and ginger is a well-known anti-inflammatory.

What does this mean for your packed holiday schedule?

First, that brewing a perfectly spiced chai before traveling through busy airports could keep you healthy through the holidays. Second, that a cup of chai can aid in the digestion of hearty holiday meals. In short, chai is the perfect marriage of flavor and health benefits to end the year happy and healthy.

At Pekoe Sip House we mix four unique chai blends, modifying the traditional recipe to include our favorite flavor-packed and nourishing organic teas.

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PEKOE’S LOOSE-LEAF CHAI TEA BLENDS

Pekoe House Chai

A spirited organic Assam Black Tea serves as the base for our most traditional chai. Our House Chai features a blend of aromatic spices – namely cardamom, ginger root, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg. When you have a busy day ahead, Pekoe House Chai can provide long-lasting energy and focus without the jitters, while still offering the holiday flavors you crave.

Mate Chai

One of our most popular teas, the energizing Mate Chai blends South American Yerba Mate tea with cardamom, ginger root, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Enjoy a cup of Mate Chai tea before leaving home for your workout to enhance endurance and magnify the benefits of exercise.

Spicy Green Chai

Pekoe’s Gunpowder Green Tea serves as the foundation for this bright chai blend, which features chili pepper as well as cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger root. Antioxidant-rich green tea nourishes the body and provides wholesome energy while the chili pepper helps to boost metabolism. This tea is the perfect complement to a larger-than-usual meal (we’re looking at you, Thanksgiving).

Red Rooibos Chai

Our Rooibos Chai substitutes the black tea of traditional chai for naturally caffeine-free Red Rooibos tea. This replenishing herbal blend results in a smooth tea with a classic spiced finish courtesy of ginger root, cinnamon, and cardamom. End your day with a steamy mug of Rooibos Chai – with or without the milk and sweetener – to thank you body for all of the hard work it puts in throughout the day!


For those who are discovering chai for the first time with Pekoe Sip House, or want to expand their chai palette with our four organic blends, we have created the Chai Tea Lovers Gift Set. Enjoy bold flavor and reap the health benefits of our chai blends, including:

* Boosted immune health

* Improved circulation

* Easier digestion

Just in time for the holiday season, when we need it most.

Pekoe Sip House's Chai Lovers Tea Gift Set

Our chai tea sampler contains 2 ounces each of our four popular Chai blends, as well as a bag of portable, compostable tea bags, for $24.95 (a $37 value).* Bring your favorite blend with you as you travel, or purchase as a gift for all of the chai lovers on your list!

* Order now to enjoy $5 flat-rate shipping, and free shipping on orders over $50.

SIP TIP: Find your “Chai Style” with a fun Chai personality blog post that links you with the flavor profile of your perfect cup!

October 1, 2015

7 Teas to Combat Sugar Cravings

There are so many reasons to love the colder months in Colorado: the snow-capped mountains, world-class slopes to ski, resort town vacations for wintry R&Reven as temperatures drop, Coloradoans and vacationeers alike bundle up to play outside. The new season also brings sweet treats and holiday recipes loaded with sugar to the table. Read on to learn how to curb sugar cravings with a steaming mug of tea this fall and winter.

The excitement starts in October, when the leaves burst with reds and golds. We begin to dream about fall foliage hikes and drives, harvest festivals, hayrides and spooky ghost tours. (And pumpkin everything, of course!) As the seasons change, so do our cravings. And let’s face it, not all of our cravings are healthy ones!

The colder months are filled with savory winter breads, hearty helpings of soup and casserole, and drinks laden with chocolate, caramel, peppermint, and spice. Oh, yes—sugar and spice make everything (taste) nice.

Curb Cravings for Chocolate with Tea

With all of these sugar cravings looming on the horizon, we have an announcement for tea lovers: It IS possible to satisfy a sweet tooth with tea! Rather than overload on sugar and carbohydrates, experiment with substituting the teas listed below for common cold-weather cravings. In addition to being healthy and nourishing, all teas mentioned are naturally dairy-free and gluten-free. Those with dietary restrictions or food allergies, rejoice!


3 Teas for Vanilla Cravings

The sweet aroma of vanilla extract brings back memories of cookies, cakes, and pies baking in a flour-covered kitchen. When happy memories are conjured, how can we stop ourselves from reaching for a frosted vanilla cookie? With hot tea, that’s how!

Traditional tea drinkers should taste this twist on Earl Grey: our Vanilla Earl Creme Black Tea is a naturally creamy loose-leaf black tea blend with organic vanilla and a burst of bergamot. And yes, it is as delicious as it sounds.

Do you picture yourself nestled into a cushy armchair with a hot mug of tea as the snow falls outside? Meet Evening Solace Herbal Tea, which layers digestion-soothing peppermint tea and a hint of vanilla over calming chamomile. The daydream never has to end.

And finally, the coup de gras when sweet cravings are threatening to take over – Vanilla Lemon Burst Herbal Tea blends lemongrass, orange, raisins, currants, apples, and vanilla flavor into one artful tea. Does it sound like we’ve combined all of the signature fall flavors into one drink? Well, maybe we have.

Curb Sugar Cravings with Tea this Fall and Winter

4 Teas for Chocolate Lovers

Chocolate is the yin to vanilla’s yang, and many of us would agree: it is the hardest craving to ignore. The delicate flavor of vanilla bean is difficult to resist, but the siren call of rich chocolatey desserts is quite powerful. Luckily for us all, this season mocha lattes and chocolate chip cookies take a back seat to Pekoe Sip House’s delectable teas with cacao, carob, and white chocolate.

For starters, our Chocolate Hazelnut Mate Tea features yerba mate toasted with carob and hazelnut bits, and does more than mimic the flavor of Nutella – it can satisfy a serious craving. If you’re not crazy about hazelnut but can’t pass over a chocolate-covered almond, meet our Chocolate Covered Almond Black Tea. This tea offers the nutty and sweet flavors of coconut, safflower, almonds, and organic cacao nibs.

For those of us who’ve never met a gelato flavor we didn’t like, sample a tea that will make you reach for a kettle instead of an ice cream bowl. Persimmon Gelato Rooibos Tea is the perfect offering to savor the taste of ripe persimmons and white chocolate. Lastly, our menu would not be complete without Nutty Professor Green Tea, with fresh aromas of cinnamon, orange and chocolate marzipan. It is more than enjoyable on fall and winter days, so promise us (and your body) that you’ll give it a try the next time your sweet tooth cravings kicks into high gear.

SIP TIP: 8 ounce bags of our Vanilla Lemon Burst Tea and Chocolate Covered Almond Tea are 50% off until 10/30. Stock up now to combat cravings all season long!

Combat Sugar Cravings with Loose-Leaf Tea


Whether you’re drinking a cup of loose-leaf tea or upgrading to a tea latte, we’d wager there’s a healthy drink option to satisfy even the most powerful of sweet treat cravings. Visit one of our three tea cafes in Boulder or shop loose-leaf tea online to find your perfect warming tea beverage to enjoy this season.