Budding Products: New Functional Loose Leaf Teas


California Tea House Created an Aphrodisiac Apricot Chai

Aphrodisiac Tea (PRNewsfoto/California Tea House)
Tarzana, California-based California Tea House debuts its aphrodisiac Apricot Chai just in time for Valentine’s Day. The organic blend consists of loose leaf black tea, peaches, apricot preserves, vanilla beans, ginger, cloves and citrus peel. The company came up with this blend after researching ancient treatments for a low libido. In Mexico and Argentina, vanilla is consumed to increase sexual vigor, according to a company press release. It adds that in France and Kenya, cloves and ginger are used to increase circulation. The company describes the tea as “a well-balanced and extremely potent brew.”

‘Simple Steeps’ by The Tea Spot

Simple Steeps, photo courtesy of The Tea Spot
Boulder, Colorado-based tea purveyor The Tea Spot launched a new line of functional loose leaf fitness teas at the Outdoor Retailer Snow Show Jan. 24-28 in Denver. The teas were formulated to support people who are physically active outdoors and come in single-serving packets. “These botanical blends can help outdoor enthusiasts super-hydrate at the cellular level,” said Maria Uspenski, founder of CEO of The Tea Spot, via a press release, “and they’re each formulated to address a different energy need, ranging from ‘Rise & Chai’ for a caffeine boost to ‘Twilight Rose’ to help you unwind and renew. Plus, fresh brewed tea is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and key enzymes—perfect for outdoor adventurers.” There are five blends in the collection: Rise & Chai: A rich blend of pu’erh, turmeric and fennel jump-starts an active day. Matcha: For those who want all of the great benefits of matcha. Flat Belly: The hibiscus, licorice and mint provide refreshment during a day of outdoor activity. Citrus Boost: This lemony green tea’s smooth taste comes through whether brewed hot or cold. Twilight Rose: Its blend of chamomile, rose and peppermint helps one to relax after an active day.