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  1. Nature's Tea Leaf is located in the U.S. and carries organic dried steavia leaf. Also, the herbal tea (tisane) selection is pretty large. You can find everything from red clover to uncut hibiscus to moringa.
  2. A good percentage of pre-packaged tea bags are just that, fannings (tea dust) and small broken pieces of leaf that have long since lost their true flavor. The best way to experience tea is to utilize some of the amazing loose leaf products available. I think people are put off by tea because they've never experienced quality tea. And there are some great tea choices out there these days. Also, herbal teas are gaining in popularity because of the health benefits associated with them. Like hibiscus tea for blood pressure and elderberry for cold & flu. And you don't need to live in a big city any more. Great tea is available online so if you have a computer you can have "real" tea.
  3. If you want to cut down on sugar I would recommend organic stevia leaf. Not the powdered stevia but the actual leaf. You can add a few leaves to your teapot when brewing. I also like to heat water like I normally would for an herbal tea and add stevia leaf and let it steep until i basically have very sweet water. It's kind of the same principal as making a simple syrup with sugar and water. You can then store it in a sealed container in your refrigerator and use it to sweeten any beverage you like. I like it best in iced tea and homemade lemonade & limeade.
  4. If you have a sensitivity to caffeine I would recommend drinking green tea and oolong tea. What I like about these is that many varieties stand up to multiple steeps and if you have a caffeine sensitivity you can steep for about half the recommended time and pour it off and drink the subsequent steeps. In some cases I actually prefer the second steep to the first. For instance, Dragon Well & Pi Luo Chun in the greens and Organic Iron Buddha in the oolongs.
  5. It's very smart to avoid caffeinated tea while pregnant. And yes, there many naturally caffeine free choices out there that are not made from the tea leaf. There are some really great herbal choices that come with a ton of flavor and will also provide nutritional benefit. You want to be sure to use loose leaf product and not pre-packaged teabags. This is the only way to ensure you are getting the most benefit both in flavor and nutrition. Some of the best include: Hibiscus, Jasmine, Ginger Root, and even Licorice Root. But if you are set on green tea you can significantly reduce the caffeine level by doing a 20-30 second steep that you will pour out. The 2nd steep will have a much reduced level of caffeine and you will still have a great tasting cup. But again you want to use loose leaf tea. If you use a prepackaged bag that 2nd steep is not going to taste like much of anything. Some good green teas to try would be a nice Dragon Well, Tai Ping, or Sencha.
  6. I think offering tea as well as coffee is a great idea. You want to have the usual suspects like a variety of good black, green and oolong teas. And of course chamomile, peppermint and jasmine. But I would also recommend having some options that people could get excited about trying like Pu-erh, Moroccan Mint, Hibiscus, Yerba Mate and Rooibos. Not to mention coming up with some specialty drinks, both iced and hot versions.
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