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Autumn Specials

This year we’ve brought back all of the pumpkin flavoured favourites with a new vegan twist on the Pumpkin Gelato!

Check out our Fall menu items below:

 

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Gelato

Made with pumpkin puree, coconut milk, and chai masala spices. Bonus points if you get your scoops on one of our vegan waffle cones!

 

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Made with pumpkin spice, espresso, topped with whipped cream and dusted with nutmeg.

Ask us to make the latte with soy or almond milk, and without the whipped cream for a vegan alternative.

 

 

 

Autumn Blend Dark Roast

Our Autumn Blend is exclusively available at both of our locations! This blend is dark, fruity, and chocolatey with a spicy finish.
Perfect to cozy up with in one of our orange campfire mugs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Maple Season at Humani-T

Now until the end of July we’re featuring Maple flavoured gelato and lattes!

 

Maple Cookie Dough Gelato 

 

 

Our own Maple Cookie Dough Gelato Recipe is made with 100% pure maple syrup. Layered with pieces of homemade sugar cookie dough!

 

 

 

 

 

Maple Cookie Latte

 

Our signature Maple Cookie Latte is made with pure maple syrup, espresso and steamed milk. Topped with whipped cream, dusted with red sprinkles and served with a whole maple cookie!

 

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Reese’s Month at Humani-T

For the month of May we are featuring new latte and gelato flavours available until May 31st!

Reese’s Latte

We’ve pulled out all the stops on this one! Our Reese’s Latte is made with homemade chocolate peanut butter sauce and topped with whipped cream, chocolate sauce and a whole Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup!

 

 

 

 

 

Reese’s Gelato Parfait

 

Order our parfait and you’ll receive TWO scoops of Reese’s Gelato,

topped with our homemade chocolate peanut butter sauce and whole Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!

 

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Vanilla Almond Coconut Coffee Smoothie

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Taste the energizing goodness of  this vegan coffee smoothie worth making over and over again! This coffee smoothie has an unapologetically rich vanilla flavor, subtle notes of almond and coconut, and finally the boost you desire with our very own, perfectly crafted Humani-T Organic Fair Trade Coffee. Cheers!

Vanilla Almond Coconut Coffee Smoothie

Total Time: 7 minutes  |  Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1 ripe frozen banana
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 Tablespoons almond pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon Humani-T Organic Fair Trade Coffee grounds
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Ice, to desired thickness
  • Sweetener, to taste

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender, process until smooth, and serve!
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Maple Cinnamon Latte

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Curl up with a blanket, and enjoy this toasty maple cinnamon latte. Perfect for cooler autumns, and early winters. What a nice way to end a day, or at least pause it using your very own freshly brewed Humani-T Organic Fair Trade Coffee 🙂

Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened organic cashew or almond milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh brewed Humani-T Organic Fair Trade Coffee
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Brew your fresh Humani-T coffee as usual.
  2. While coffee is brewing, combine non-dairy milk, maple, cinnamon, and vanilla in a 16 oz. measuring cup, and stir well.
  3. Once coffee is brewed and hot, add to a large mug, followed by the milk, maple, cinnamon, and vanilla that was mixed in the measuring cup. Stir well and enjoy!

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Vanilla Mocha Iced Coffee

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This vanilla mocha iced coffee is everything! Admittedly, it’s a pretty neat “sippable” treat. Seriously, when there is chocolate, vanilla, and coffee involved, what’s not to love?

Serves: 1-2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cold brewed Humani-T Organic Fair Trade Coffee
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 to 1 ½ Tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon organic chocolate syrup
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. Brew a cup of Humani-T coffee ahead of time, and allow cooling off.
  2. Next, to a large mug, or jar all remaining ingredients (minus the ice), stir, and then add ice and enjoy.
  3. Alternatively you may add cooled coffee, and remaining ingredients (minus the ice again) to a blender, and blend on low to mix ingredients, then pour coffee into a large mug or jar, add ice, and sip.
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Vegan Chocolate Coffee Mug Cake

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Here is a nice little dessert for one! Are you short on time, but want something sweet? Then check out this mug cake that literally takes only five minutes to prepare and 15 minutes to bake. It’s chocolaty with a nice coffee aroma! Baked to perfection using Humani-T’s very own organic fair trade Daystar medium roast coffee.

Vegan Chocolate Coffee Mug Cake 

Preparation Time: 5 minutes | Bake Time: 15 minute | Total Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons organic cane juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 Tablespoon oil
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh brewed Humani-T coffee
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Ahead of time brew a cup of fresh Humani-T organic fair trade coffee.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. In a small glass bowl, mix all dry ingredients.
  4. After mixing dry ingredients, add wet ingredients. Mix well, and then transfer to an oven safe ramekin.
  5. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes and allow to cool prior to serving!

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Chocolate Chip Coffee Cookies

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If you are a true coffee lover, these semi-sweet chocolate chip coffee cookies are just for you. These cookies smell fantastic just out of the oven, and deliver to you a perfectly blended warm coffee and chocolate flavor.

Serves: 16 to 24

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ Tablespoon Humani-T coffee granules
  • 1 Tablespoons hot water
  • 1 – 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup + 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup softened unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 organic regular sized egg
  • 1 cup chocolate chips or pieces

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, or 175 degrees Celsius.
  2. Meanwhile, to begin cookie process, dissolve coffee granules in hot water.
  3. Next, in a large mixing bowl mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, and sea salt.
  4. In a separate medium bowl, cream butter, vanilla extract, and egg.
  5. Once the medium bowl is creamed, add it and the coffee to the large mixing bowl of dry ingredients and stir well, or use a mixer to combine ingredients well. Fold in chocolate chips.
  6. Once complete, using a cookie dough scooper, start scooping cookies, onto a cookie sheet with enough space between each for spreading, and bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
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Mango Pecan Coffee Smoothie

Beautiful things happen when coffees meet smoothies. This mango pecan coffee smoothie has the sweetest tropical flavor with a subtle note of caffeine guaranteed to make you sing!

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Mango Pecan Coffee Smoothie

 Serves: 1

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender, blend until smooth, and serve.
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Home-made Pumpkin Spice Harvest Latte

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Autumn is the perfect time of year to enjoy all things pumpkin! That’s why we have this perfectly-spiced pumpkin harvest latte for you. We know you love our pumpkin spice lattes in-store, but if you’re far from us and need your Humani-T fix, this is your best bet! One cup will just not be enough!

Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup milk, dairy or non-dairy
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon pure  vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground Humani-T Chai Masala
  • ½ cup brewed Humani-T Organic Fair Trade coffee
  • Whipped cream and extra pumpkin spice for garnish

Instructions

  1. Brew Humani-T coffee
  2. While coffee is brewing, add milk, pumpkin puree, coconut sugar, vanilla, and ground Chai spice to a medium-sized glass mixing bowl, and stir well. Cover, and heat mixture over stove top.
  3. Next, pour pumpkin mixture into a large mug, followed by about half a cup of brewed Humani-T coffee.
  4. Stir with a spoon, and garnish with whipped cream and additional pumpkin spice.
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Strawberry Coffee Smoothie

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Looking for the best coffee smoothie on the internet using our very own high quality Humani-T Organic Fair Trade Coffee? You have come to the right place! Here at Humani-T we know how to do coffee right. Try this strawberry coffee smoothie out, and thank us later 😉 Sweet coffee perfection!

Strawberry Coffee Smoothie

Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (8 ounces) dairy, or unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1 regular sized ripe banana, peeled
  • 1 cup frozen sweet strawberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon Humani-T Organic Fair Trade Coffee grounds
  • 3-4 soft dates, pitted and halved

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender, blend until smooth, and serve.
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Chocolate Coconut Coffee Oat Porridge

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Do you need some breakfast inspiration? Try this chocolate coconut coffee oat porridge! It’s creamy, chocolatey, and filling. Whether you want it thick in rich goodness, or mellowed down with extra milk, this is going to be a breakfast favorite.

Ingredients

  • 2 to 2½ cups dairy or non-dairy milk
  • ½ cup brewed Humani-T organic fair trade coffee
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 Tablespoons shredded coconut
  • 2 Tablespoon brown or coconut sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon milled flax
  • 2 Teaspoons any nut butter
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat add non-dairy milk and brewed Humani-T organic fair trade coffee.
  2. Once liquid is hot, add oats and allow cooking until soft.
  3. When softened, add remaining ingredients, and stir well.
  4. Once well incorporated, remove saucepan from heat, and serve porridge with shredded coconut garnish.
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Soft Almond Butter Bars With Chocolate Coffee Sauce

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We care about you ~ We care about your mornings too! Why not start the day out right by adding some of these delicious and sweet soft almond butter bars to it! Say hello to the suns rising with something delicious in front of you that offers that morning kick you need to get going, and doesn’t forget the fact that you need your a.m. coffee too!

Soft Almond Butter Bars with Chocolate Coffee Sauce

Preparation Time: 15 minutes | Bake Time: 15 minutes | Total Time: 30 minutes

Yields: 8

Ingredients

Almond Butter Granola Bars

  • ½ cup whole wheat or gluten free AP flour
  • ½ cup quick or rolled oats
  • 3 Tablespoons almond butter, we used Jason’s
  • 1-2 Tablespoons almond milk
  • 1 Tablespoons milled flax
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch sea salt

Chocolate Coffee Sauce

  • ½ cup prepared Humani-T Organic Fair Trade Coffee
  • ½ cup coconut sugar, or more to taste
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 Tablespoons dark chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

For the Granola Bars:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Meanwhile, line a cake pan with parchment paper.
  2. Next, in a medium mixing bowl add all dry ingredients. Make a gap in the center of the dry ingredients, and in the center add all wet ingredients (almond butter, 1 Tablespoon almond milk, maple, vanilla). Mix ingredients together until well combined. Depending on whether your mixture is too wet or dry, add a couple more sprinkles of flour, or add a splash or more of almond milk.
  3. Pour mixture now into cake pan, and evenly distribute in pan.
  4. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  5. Allow cooling before cutting or knife-shaping into bars.

For the Sauce:

Begin by preparing your fresh Humani-T Organic Fair Trade Coffee. Reserve some for sipping on the side 🙂 . Otherwise, you’ll need ½ cup of it to make the sauce. Next, in a small saucepan, add all ingredients, minus the dark chocolate chips, and stir well. Turn on stove now, and over medium heat bring this to a boil, and then reduce heat and allow to simmer for approximately 4-5 minutes. Add in dark chocolate chips at that time, and stir until melted and well incorporated. Remove from heat. Allow sauce to partially cool before spreading sauce over your freshly baked soft almond butter bars.

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*Love this recipe? Remember to spread it and tag us on social media! Also, don’t forget that we have the solution to all of your baking needs in our shop! From coffees to teas, tea tools, cups, and other cool swag. Just visit: https://humanitea.com/shop/.

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Home-made coffee muesli

There are two types of people out there – those who never eat breakfast (no, coffee is not a real breakfast), and those who will use any excuse to eat a full breakfast everyday. With coffee muesli, you can eat your coffee in a delicious breakfast. It wakes you up in no time, is sweet, delicious, and very easy to make. This recipe will teach you how to make a coffee breakfast with plain white chocolate and finely-ground coffee.

 

Home-made coffee muesli

 

 

Coffee muesli ingredients:

 

– 300 grams of oat or wheat flakes
– 2 teaspoons of Humani-T Organic Coffee
– 1 teaspoon of powdered carob
– 150 grams of white chocolate (for cooking)
– 50 grams of chopped nuts – optional (walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts)

Break chocolate into pieces and put it in a pan over cialis pas cher low fire. You can use a double boiler to melt it over steam if that’s easier for you. Make sure to stir constantly. White chocolate for cooking and melting is the best option. Do not add any oil, cream or water. As soon as the chocolate has melted, add ground coffee and carob, and mix well. The mixture will get more compact and stiff. Add oat/wheat flakes and nuts (optional) and mix well. It should get very crumbly with coffee-chocolate pieces sticking to the flakes. Remove from fire and let it cool down. If there are any bigger chunks left, let it cool down a bit and crumble them with your hands. Store in an airtight container.

 

Home-made coffee muesli

 

Use 30-50 grams of muesli per breakfast and pour milk (or rice/almond/soy milk if you prefer) over it. One serving will contain around 15 grams of chocolate, five grams of nuts and 30 grams of oat/wheat flakes.

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Get an extra boost of caffeine in your coffee

If you like both coffee and tea equally, how do you choose which one to drink? Is coffee something you choose in the morning, and tea for the rest of the day? While tea has a lot of caffeine, it’s still doesn’t have as much as coffee has. This is the ultimate coffee-meets-tea recipe, containing both tea and coffee for a double energy boost. What you need is a syrup made of black tea, steamed milk, finely ground black coffee and lots of fluffy foam.

 

Monday coffee idea for tea lovers

 

Back flavored tea syrup

Chose the black tea you enjoy the most. Use two teaspoons of loose leaf black tea, steep it for five minutes in 130 ml of boiling water. Pour the tea in a pan and add four big spoons of honey. Simmer on low fire until dissolved. Cool down the syrup a bit. You can store it in a fridge for later use.

Black coffee

Prepare black coffee but do not add any sugar into it. The syrup already contains a lot of sweetness. Finely grind your coffee beans. Use 100-200 ml of water, bring it to a boil and remove from the fire. Then, add one-to-three heaping teaspoons of ground coffee, place the pot over fire again, then remove it when the coffee starts boiling. Repeat the procedure three times, until all the coffee foam is gone. Let it settle down a bit.

Monday coffee idea for tea lovers

Steamed milk

Use a hand shaker (like a protein or cocktail shaker), add 150 ml of milk and shake well. Then pour it into a big cup and microwave for about 45 seconds.

Pour about five mm of syrup into the cup. Pour about five cm of hot milk, but leave the foam for later. Pour the same amount of black coffee and add a cm of foam on the top. Depending on the tea type you used, sprinkle with cocoa or cinnamon.

Hate milk? Lactose intolerant??

No problem. Just remove any milk from this recipe and enjoy this double boost black coffee injection mixed with tea.

Enjoy.

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Why moths don’t like lavender

Have you ever asked yourself why moths don’t like lavender? The answer to this question is very simple – because they would fall asleep easily and would not be able to eat expensive coats and shirts anymore. This is exactly why you will absolutely love it. While lavender is mostly used as a moth distracting weapon, it deserves to be a part of life of any herbal and natural lifestyle lover. Lavender is such a pleasure to drink that you will want to fall asleep only to drink it more the next day. Not only it tastes wonderful, it has soothing and relaxing properties that will be more than beneficial after a long day. There are numerous ways to use dried lavender flowers and to fully enjoy all it can offer.

Why moths don't like lavender

Use it in desserts

You can add dried lavender flowers to many different cookies and pastries. Although lavender still has a long way to go until fully respected as a culinary treat, you can start right now. Lavender can be added to cakes, creams, puddings, and all sorts of sweet desserts. We recommend making regular tea cookies and serving them with a cup of lavender tea after a stressful day.

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Make your own blend

You can easily make your own blend of lavender tea and enjoy benefits and flavors of two teas at the same time. Last week we introduced the king of teas – pu’erh. Add a new dimension to Berry Berry Pu’erh with Nova Scotia Berries by mixing in few lavender flowers before brewing. Stronger and darker loose leaf black teas are a perfect choice for blending with lavender. Earl Grey is another tea that tastes amazing with few lavender flowers. Do not add an excessive amounts of lavender, just a few flowers will be enough.

Drink it as tea

Lavender tea is a great choice before. With no caffeine and with soothing and relaxing properties this tea can easily become your addiction. Use freshly boiled water and steep for 5 minutes if you want to enjoy the taste and 10 minutes is you want to maximize the health benefits. 1 teaspoon of dried lavender flowers is enough for 200 ml of water. You can add sugar, honey and even milk. Don’t let the tea cool down as the flavor will change significantly.

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Make your own relaxation sachets

You can use lavender to make relaxation sachets. Place them under the pillow or make a lavender bath. Lavender is a great remedy for relieving headache and helping you fall asleep. You can use tea paper filters or light cloth sachets and fill them with dried flowers.
Make your own natural hair rinse
Lavender hair rinse is great for hair, smells heavenly and is really easy to make at home. All you need is 1 liter of freshly boiled water, 3 spoons of dried lavender, 3 spoons of apple vinegar and few drops of lavender essential oil. Pour freshly boiled water over lavender flowers and let it cool down for a couple of hours. Add vinegar and essential oil. Use it to rinse hair after shampooing.

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The tea king of health

A few years ago the most powerful of all dark teas embarked on a journey to western hearts. This tea king of health already has a long tradition of undertaking long and exquisite journeys. It managed  to be much appreciated and loved by many for countless reasons. From its character to health benefits, this tea is the most unique of all Chinese teas.

With distinct flavor, rich history, and unbeatable health benefits, Pu’erh deserves a throne in the tea kingdom. While every single tea has a special purpose, pu’erh benefits could be seen immediately after drinking. We know that you keep reading about all those tea benefits almost on a daily basis, but the truth is, tea really is good for you. While there still might be a need for extensive research on different tea types and their benefits, if you start incorporating tea into your daily life, you will be surprised by the outcome.

The Tea King of Health

What is Pu’erh

Pu’erh is a special tea type from Chinese province Yunnan. It belongs to a category of dark fermented teas. Pu’erh can be found in both loose leaf form and compressed into different shapes – from bricks to cakes. Pu’erh is made from sun-dried leaves, piled on the ground and left to ferment with the help of special bacteria. Pu’erh can be raw or ripe, with the first one being very astringent if prepared inappropriately. Ripe pu’erh, on the other hand is mellow and perfect for all tea beginners. Both have many benefits, but need to be drunk differently.

A key to healthy weight loss

While you may have heard about tea being able to melt fat, the truth is somewhere in between. You still need to take care of your diet, exercise often and drink tea on a daily basis. Pu’erh is completely different when it comes to seeing and feeling its benefits. The key feature of pu’erh is the ability to speed up metabolism and lower bad cholesterol. If your stomach hurts after eating too much, pu’erh will prove more than valuable. Drinking a cup of ripe pu’erh after a heavy meal could remove that heavy feeling in your stomach right away. Never add additional sugar, honey or any other sweetener into pu’erh. Pu’erh should be drank without milk. If you want to see the effects on your body, replace all sugared drinks with pure tea. Raw pu’erh can cause a feeling similar to drunkenness or stomach pain if drank in excessive amounts, therefore we recommend starting with ripe type.

Pu'er tea

Recommended usage

Pu’erh is the type of tea that is extremely easy to brew, almost impossible to ruin and that can be re-steeped numerous times – much more than green or black tea. Always use freshly boiled water, 3-5 grams of tea leaves and 150-200 ml of water. You can brew it for several minutes or follow the traditional style of multiple brewing starting from 20 seconds. Increase time by 15-20 seconds for each additional cup. Drink it while hot, and preferably after the meal.

Flavor and tea

More important than just counting the benefits, is to truly enjoy your tea. Pu’erh taste might be difficult to handle for most tea beginners. Berry Berry Pu’erh is a delicious pu’erh and berry blend with Nova Scotia berries for a perfectly balanced flavor that will be loved by both fruit tea and pu’erh tea lovers. While most Chinese teas are usually drunk unblended, pu’erh is commonly an exception. It can be mixed with all sorts of different flowers and flavors to create unique combinations. Pu’erh is not bitter, but it does have a peculiar brick-like earthy rich flavor that might require some time for you to adjust.

If you still didn’t have a chance to taste ripe pu’erh, give it a try. It could become your new favorite after-meal tea.

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Generosi-TEA program: New partnership with QEII Foundation

We are so thrilled to announce a new partnership between Humani-T and the QEII Foundation. Now when you donate to the QEII Health Sciences Center Foundation; the QEII will send tea to your loved ones from Humani-T!

From the QEII website:

 

 

Created in partnership with our neighbours at Humani-T Café, Generosi-TEA was inspired by the generosity of our community. Every day, donors contribute to life-changing care for Atlantic Canadians who visit the QEII Health Sciences Centre.

Your gift will help fund Comfort and Care grants at the QEII. These grants impact the health care journey by providing items such as: blanket warmers, therapy lamps and environmental control units for patients like Sarah.

With your heartfelt gift, we’ll send a cup of tea to your loved one. Share the warmth with the people you love. Be a champion for the patients and families who need it most – those receiving care at the QEII.

 

To donate or learn more, click here.

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The ultimate spring renewal with tea

With spring knocking at the door, it’s time for the ultimate spring renewal with tea. Start cleaning your body – from the inside and outside. Tea has been around for thousands of years. First considered a medicine, then food, later as the drink of social importance that cherishes simplicity and beauty of life, tea is the most important beverage in the world. While Eastern countries know the importance and benefits of loose leaf teas, western people are still at the beginning of this amazing journey. Fast forward your journey with simple ways to include tea in your everyday life and start your spring renewal with green tea today.

Our tea journey guide will show you how to feel great both physically and mentally, by incorporating tea into your daily rituals.

Ultimate Spring Renewal with Tea
Tea and health from the inside

Green tea is great for health, but some green teas are better than the others. Not all green teas have the same amount of EGCG, the most important antioxidant that makes green tea so healthy and desirable. EGCG is contained in tea leaf and is released at high temperatures. This is why matcha is considered healthier than many other green teas – it has at least double the amount of ECGC in a brewed cup than other green teas – because you are consuming the whole leaf. Next choice would be sencha. If you are into macrobiotics, kukicha is the best tea for spring renewal. With almost zero caffeine and the ability to alkalize the body, kukicha is the perfect choice for any time of the day.

Tea and beauty from the outside

Ultimate Spring Renewal with Tea
Powdered green tea like matcha is perfect for making facial masks. It will help reduce dullness and dark circles under the eyes, clear your complexion and bright up the skin. Home-made matcha mask is a perfect natural skin care before the first intense rays of sun hit your face.  Bath sachets made of sencha green tea are so easy to make that you will want to soak in tea all the time. What matcha will do in a facial mask, sencha in the bath will do for your whole body. Green tea has antibacterial properties, invigorates the skin and makes you more relaxed. And it smells heavenly fresh and green.

Tea and inner peace

After the complete skin care routine, you will already feel very relaxed. Now that you have taken care of your health, you are in a perfect state of mind to completely enjoy a cup of tea. Jasmine Dragon is an excellent choice. Delicate jasmine scent mixed with tea leaves to create a perfect visual and tasting experience will help you relax even more. Even in the old China people needed to be in a calm, peaceful, simple state of mind to be able to enjoy tea completely. Create a habit of having your own evening tea ritual. Try to keep it for at least a month. Make tea drinking experience all about peacefulness, serenity, enjoyment and relaxation. Dedicate time to yourself and your tea.

Tea and social gatherings

When tea is enjoyed by one person it can bring serenity and wisdom, but when it is shared by two or three people, it brings enjoyment and bonding. Even the notes in historical writings said that more than three is too much. Invite a friend or two and throw them an inspiring tea party. Kyoto Cherry would be a perfect choice for an early spring outside tea party under the cherry tree. Your own little hanami (cherry blossom watching) can include home-made pastries and drinking tea from delicate tea ware. Is there a better way to welcome spring?

Try all these steps for the ultimate spring renewal with tea and tell us how you feel. Before you know it, you will become addicted to a healthier and greener way of life, and welcome spring with newly found joy.

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Cacao for Shiny Hair & Elevated Mood?

I asked for ‘cocoa’ and they gave me coconut in Ecuador, so now I make sure to pronounce it ‘Cacao’.  When you’re looking for something that is chocolaty delicious, and helps you fight depression, heart disease, fatigue, brittle bone disease or memory loss; make sure to include Cacao in your menu!

Some benefits of Raw Organic Cacao include:

  • Antioxidants: 40 Times more than blueberries
  • Iron: Highest plant-based source
  • Magnesium: promotes heart and brain health
  • Calcium: more than cow’s milk
  • Mood Elevator: all-natural
  • Blood Thinner: helps prevent clots
  • Energizer
  • Sulfur: Third most abundant mineral in the body responsible for healthy hair, strong nails, enzyme production, hormone health and more
  • Cognitive Function: may reduce the likelihood of  Alzheimer’s
  • Healthy Fats

CACAO is a True Gift of Nature!  No wonder it’s called ‘Food of the Gods’ – Theobroma (Theo, meaning God; and broma, meaning food)