Artisan Loose Leaf Teas from The Cozy Leaf

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I am a huge fan of loose leaf teas, but my favorite teas are loose leaf artisan teas. I love sampling new teas blended up by handmade artisans and have been on the look out for even more great teas since my favorite tea artist closed up her shop. Recently I discovered a new shop with hand blended loose leaf artisan teas located in Wichita, Kansas called The Cozy Leaf.

I purchased Abby’s – of The Cozy Leaf – Sample Pack of 6 Artisan Loose Leaf Tea Blends and received my purchase on Friday. I’ve been sipping ever since! According to the February 2012 issue of Reader’s Digest Magazine – my mom is a devout subscriber – black tea, dark chocolate and fish can help to reduce stress, depression, and anxiety. So I’ve really decided to up my daytime consumption of a quality black loose leaf tea to at least once a day. (I believe the article recommended four cups a week.) Besides, there’s just something about a cup of fresh brewed, hot tea that relaxes you despite the caffeine. My favorites thus far from The Cozy Leaf are the Organic Fit and Active Loose Leaf Tea – this is an Oolong tea blend – and the Organic Peaceful Dreams Loose Leaf Herbal Tea. I always love a nice cup of herbal tea before bed! Abby also has an organic Cream Earl Grey Tea in the works which is my very favorite tea of all time! I’m super excited for it to become available so I can try it out!
I like a hefty, strong cup of tea so rather than the recommended 1 teaspoon per 4oz. cup I generally opt of a rounded Tablespoon of tea per 6-8oz. of water. Herbal teas I steep for a good 10-15 minutes to reap the benefits of the herbs in the blend. I also really like the Traditional Medicinals herbal tea blends. While not an artisan tea, they are organic and their Organic Cold Care PM has been fabulous with this last cold I caught! Plus there’s a coupon for $1 off in February’s Reader’s Digest. (I buy mine at Kroger.) I’m also a big fan of the artisan, flavored black loose leaf teas at Tea for All Reasons.
If you’re a fan of tea, but not the caffeine, and your favorite artisan teas aren’t available in decaf, you can decaf the teas yourself. Simply bring your cold water to a boil, brew your tea for about 30 seconds, then immediately remove the tea, drain your tea leaves and re-brew with a fresh dose of boiling water for the recommended 3-5 minutes. This method removes most of the caffeine from any of your teas – just as much as a commercial decaffeinated tea – but won’t result in a loss of flavor for oolong, green or white teas. Black teas on the other hand can lose some flavor and may need to be steeped longer. Also, keep in mind decaffeinating your tea can cause a loss in the health benefits of your tea. I brew all of my loose leaf teas in T-Sac Tea Filtersas I find them easy to use for whatever amount I choose.
You can also make your own tea bags from coffee filters. A Beautiful Mess Blog has a simple DIY tutorial for doing so with a decorative touch that would make them great for gifting or as favors. Love tea as much as I do? Check out my Everything Tea Board on Pinterest for more tea related projects, products and ideas.

Are you a tea drinker? What’s your favorite tea to drink and when is your favorite time to drink it?