It’s Tea Time: Celebrate National Tea Day June 10

Here at Community Coffee Company, we’re definitely fond of our coffee. But we feel pretty good about our tea, too. According to statistics from the International Tea Committee, the U.S. is the third largest importer of tea in the world. On any given day, more than half of the American population is drinking tea. Of course, we want to join our fellow tea lovers in celebration of National Tea Day on June 10.

Tea Provides Variety

Similar to coffee, tea is grown in many areas around the world, resulting in a variety of characteristics and flavors. All tea is derived from the Camellia sinensis plant. How the tea leaves are processed and their level of contact with oxygen determine what type of tea it becomes. The leaves undergo natural chemical reactions that result in distinct color and taste characteristics.

Tea is widely consumed, and it can be enjoyed hot or iced and with or without cream, sugar or other taste enhancers, such as lemon. Everyone in the South knows we sure do love our sweet tea! The most common tea across the U.S. is black tea, and tea leaves from different regions are mixed to create special blends.

It’s Good For You!

For the increasingly popular health trend, tea is great because it’s all natural and provides many health and wellness benefits. It’s virtually calorie-free and contains no sodium, fat or sugar (unless added.) Tea contains antioxidants, and research suggests that it can help reduce the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis and certain cancers. Drinking it without added calories can also help with weight management.

Enjoy The Breeze

Community Coffee Company recently enhanced the packaging for its tea products to emphasize the quality. The updated contemporary look gives an exciting new premium feel to the offerings. While nothing about the ingredients or processing of the tea has changed, the new naming of the line as Porch Breeze™ offers a fresh take on the popular beverage.

Among the offerings, Signature Iced Tea still remains a favorite item. The quart-sized tea bags are also available in decaf as well. Other options include the individual black tea bags, as well as individual green tea bags. Both of these include the best way to brew either hot or cold.

Instructions For Individual Tea Bag Use

Hot Tea
Use 1 tea bag for every 6 ounces of fresh water. Bring water to a boil, pour over tea bags, cover and steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and serve.

Iced Tea Pitcher
Use 4 to 6 tea bags for each quart of fresh water. Bring water to a boil, pour over tea bags, cover and steep 3 to 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, chill and serve over ice.

Quick-Serve Pitcher
Use 8 to 12 tea bags for each quart of fresh water. Bring water to a boil, pour over tea bags, cover and step for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, add an equal amount of cold water and pour into ice-filled glasses.