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Tea Time & Beyoncé Time

Beyoncé, tea, hustle

 

It’s iced tea weather, and we all got things to get done.

It’s time to to drink some iced tea, blast some Queen Bey, and get it done. Only you can work to reach your goals. And who better to inspire you than Sasha Fierce? And if Lemonade is more your taste, enjoy it with one of our phenomenal blends. Check out Modern Inspiration white tea. It’s great iced, and it’ll help unlock some new hustle.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with our goals. It’s easy to put things off. It’s up to you to focus. Do what you got to do. Take it all one step at a time.

Believe in creating your own reality. Feed your body and mind what it needs. Fill your life with inspiration. Be excited to get up every morning.

Make an inspiration board for each goal.

You got this. And we’re happy to be on your journey with you.

Quitting is not an option!

Quitting

 

Try again. Don’t quit!

So you have a brilliant idea of how to make your city better? You start working towards your goal, and then life knocks you down. It’s easy to think about quitting when things get hard. But what separates Urban Pioneers from urban residents, is that we don’t give up. We continuously work to make our cities better. And every time we fall, we get back up and try again. Because progress takes work. Success requires you to fail sometimes. It’s all part of the process.

You got this. We know you do.

Cheers!

Progress Requires Change

Progress and Change

You can’t have progress without change.

Change can be a scary thing. Giving up old habits, moving to a new city, or helping to change your current one. It’s all scary. But you can’t have progress without change. You can’t help to move your city forward, if you don’t help change it. So get to it.

Take some time to sit with a cup of tea, and visualize the things you want to change. Then come up with a game plan. Checkout Modern Inspiration white tea. It might help you focus your thoughts.

Chai – What’s The Deal With it???

The most popular thing, is sometimes the least understood.

Chai is probably one of the most popular blends of tea out there. You can go into almost any cafe, and find a it on the menu. It is the one tea drink that has managed to stay popular during coffee’s second and third wave.

Sample of traditional chai spices

 

What is chai tea?

Well the word, actually means tea. And it’s used in many parts of the world when talking about plain tea. Here in the states we have come to associate it with the traditional way tea is prepared in India. That means black tea blended with a mixture of spices like cloves, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and pepper, then mixed with milk. The uses of these exact spices are hardly set in stone. The same goes for the ratio of the spices. In India, every family has their own recipe. Some are very adamant to never use ginger! Some prefer more of a clove taste. Some are heavy handed with the cinnamon.  Each time you drink a traditional chai, it’s entirely an experience to be savored.

Chai lattes in cafes

While the approximate flavors of Indian chai has maintained a place on most cafe menus, it has in many ways been Americanized. Most cafes in the states will usually use a flavored syrup to approximate the flavor profile. Just a couple pumps of the syrup stirred into some milk. No actual tea brewing is being done. And these syrups are mainly sugar, water, and flavor extracts. This is giving us overly sweet, and less spicy drinks. The art of making the tea was lost.

How to get real chai tea

You could always make it at home. It can be a relaxing process of choosing which spices to use, and how much of each. Or you can choose to support cafes that make them from loose leaf tea. In our cafe, Greater Than Coffee, we use our 4 loose leaf blends. We offer our customers a choice of our Cape Town Chai rooibos, Spiced Buddha green tea, Hood Chai black tea, and Capoeira Chai yerba mate. Each one is blended with spices to compliment the flavor profiles of the tea leaves used. Customers definitely taste the difference between real brewed tea, and sugary syrups.

If your favorite cafe doesn’t offer real chai tea, encourage them to do so. Send them to us and we’ll be happy to talk over their different options.

Let us know how you like to enjoy a cup of this amazing tea.

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Are Millennials Drinking More Tea Or Coffee?

Millennials Drink Tea

 

Is tea the new coffee? Well it’s at least the drink of choice for Millennials.

It seems that the generation changing the world, is drinking tea more than any of their predecessors. According to the National Coffee Association, coffee consumption is down in America. This especially seems to be true for millennials. Check out this survey by YouGov.

 

Tea and coffee survey

When we think about why this is happening, a few reasons come to mind.

One is that this generation has been hearing about the health benefits of tea from a very young age. They were exposed to the knowledge of the benefits, before they were able to get addicted to coffee. Antioxidants in tea, vitamin C in rooibos, amino acids in yerba mate, these things are just about common knowledge now. When you grow up knowing that this tasty beverage is also great for you, you tend to gravitate towards that.

The second reason that comes to mind is an important one. The tea out on the market now, is not the tea of your grandparents. Or at least that’s the way its being portrayed. Companies like Teavana and Republic, helped to make tea more accessible to the masses. In the same way coffee had it’s Second Wave, Tea is having it’s turn. By companies like us, mixing tea with fruit and flowers and spices, tea appears to be more exciting. By educating people on the proper ways to brew tea, we are ensuring you’ll enjoy it. Prior to this Second Wave of tea, people would just throw a tea bag in some hot water, and usually were stuck drinking plain bitter green or black tea. Now it’s easy to learn the correct brew times and temperatures. And to top it off people have been exposed to white tea, green tea, black tea, oolong, purple tea, rooibos, yerba mate, herbal blends. The options for finding a tea you like, has become near endless! With the Millennial love of changing things and exploring, it’s no wonder they are enjoying this time for tea.

The third reason that most people probably don’t realize, is because of coffee. More specifically coffee’s Third Wave. While Coffee’s Second Wave focused on flavored lattes and blended drinks, the Third Wave is focused on slowly hand crafted coffee drinks. Generally omitting all those sweet syrups and sauces that got most people addicted to coffee. The good thing about this Third Wave is the emphasis on slowing down and taking time to make the perfect coffee. This is what we needed in the tea world. We needed people to be willing to take the time to make drinks with care. Because of this break from the constant rushed feeling we all had, people can now take the time to heat up their water to the right temperature. Steep their blend for the right amount of time. Enjoy tea!

Millennials are living in an exciting time for tea, and they are taking full advantage of it. If you’re reading this, you probably agree with them. So tell me what you think about tea’s new popularity.

tea, urban pioneer, ball, mug, glass

We Are Finally Here!!!

If you’re reading this, that means our full tea website has launched! We are happy to be living in our corner of the web, and we’re sure you will love all the cool info we plan to share with you.

Why Tea?

I wanted to start the blog by sharing with you a little about why this company was started. I grew up in New York, during the time cafes served coffee in big bowls. You could get coffee on every corner, but tea selections were always lacking. This helped make coffee the quintessential “urban drink”. I always hated that I couldn’t find good tea anywhere. So I told myself that I would one day help make tea the new “urban drink”.

After many years of working towards my goals, Urban Pioneer Tea was born. But after living in NYC, LA and Phoenix, I realized that my goals were not only about this amazing beverage. I have been fortunate enough to witness people trying to make these cities better. People that see something lacking, and try to pioneer change. I started calling these people, Urban Pioneers.

I realized that I could use this company as a way to shine light on other Urban Pioneers in different communities. So the company has a couple goals now.

The first goal is to offer a great product to our customers. We do that by offering you 31 current blends. There is something for everyone. We have fruity, nutty, spicy, bold, floral……. chances are if you want a certain type of flavor, we have it. And we give you clear instructions for brewing the perfect cup. We also sourced amazing tea accessories, to help make brewing tea even easier. If you’ve been turned off by tea before, chances are it was poor quality, or not made correctly. We want to show you that great tea, made right, can be your new drink of choice.

The second goal is to highlight Urban Pioneers around the world. As we move forward we will be looking for people and organizations to tell you about. We also plan to donate portions of our sales to help these Urban Pioneers reach their goals. So you know, when you buy our artisan teas, you will also be helping cool projects around the globe. And feel free to let us know about Urban Pioneers in your area.

So keep checking back with us.

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And tell your friends, because we can help a lot of Urban Pioneers if we work together.