Discover Maria's Favorites: Teas That Elevate Everyday Moments
Starting the Day Right: Organic Sencha and Wild Harvest Green Pu’erh
Maria begins every morning with two cups of green tea on an empty stomach. "It’s my one daily non-negotiable, along with making my bed," she notes. "The reason for doing this first thing is to refuel on those green tea catechin polyphenols, which rank amongst the strongest immune-boosting antioxidants available in nature. It’s also a perfect time to set the daily mood right with my favorite amino acid, L-theanine, the 'feel-good' molecule which green tea is also known for. I love to do my morning tea slowly, as I’m waking, and about half the time I manage to get in 20-30 minutes of meditation and yoga alongside my morning tea. It’s the perfect start to my day."
"Our Organic Sencha is classic and simply lovely. Because it’s from Kagoshima, the southernmost island in Japan, and grown close to the open water, it’s endowed with a wonderful natural flavor, reminiscent of the sea. I love this part of Japan, as it’s a wild and natural terrain scattered with volcanos and greenery. My recommended steep on Sencha is to do short steeps of about 30 seconds, starting with really cool water, like 160 F, then increasing the temp by 15 degrees F and the time by 30 seconds with each steep. I normally get 3-4 steeps out of my sencha, but I use a higher leaf: water ratio of about 2 rounded teaspoons per 8 oz serving."
Wild Harvest Green Pu’erh
"On those days when my morning schedule says that meditation is not in the cards, and I have to zoom out the door, a quick whisking of our ceremonial matcha is all I need to get my polyphenol and L-Theanine boost before facing the challenges of the day. And yes, I opt for the ceremonial matcha when drinking it straight. My way to make it is with 175-180F water and 100 whisks back and forth (it’s done in a minute!) in the matcha bowl."
Afternoon treat with 8 Immortals Oolong
"8 Immortals Oolong is a tea that resonates deeply with me," Maria shares. "Not just for the satisfying cold brew I often make on lazy afternoons, but also for the connection to Brian and Tiffany, the fifth generation tea makers who call the Phoenix Mountains home. Their land and skill have been passed down from generation to generation, crafting these magical oolongs that manage to be intensely aromatic without the need for any artificial scents. The craftsmanship alone brings these leaves to life. My personal recipe for cold brewing this tea involves using about 1 tablespoon of leaves per Everest tumbler, and it's ready to savor within just one hour."
Exploring the Essence of Yunnan with Yunnan Sun-dried Black
Embracing the Age-Old Tradition with Black Pu’erh Tuochas and Morning Mojo
"Sometimes, I need that extra nudge in the morning," Maria explains. "And that's when I turn to our Black Pu'erh Tuochas or Morning Mojo. Pu'erh is known for its ability to aid digestion and offer pre-biotic benefits, making it a wonderful mid-morning selection. Each one brings its unique flavor profile, so you’re not just enjoying wellness benefits, you're also experiencing something quite transcendent."
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A Nightcap for Wellness: Elderberry Immunity
"Elderberry Immunity is my preferred choice for an evening tea," Maria concludes. "It's heavy on beautiful, full elderberries, which blend seamlessly with energy-leveling herbs. It’s not just an after-dinner drink, it's a comforting ritual that helps me wind down and prepares me for the restful night ahead."