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A True Find: two leaves and a bud tea company

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By Annie B. Bond, best-selling author of five green living books, including True Food (National Geographic, 2009).

A TRUE FIND: two leaves and a bud tea company.

THE GOODS: Tea, wonderful tea. Black, jasmine petal, tamayokucha, assam breakfast, gen mai cha, better morning blend, alpine berry, orange sencha, and more, all listed on their gorgeous new website.

two leaves and a bud tea is unequivocally the best tea to be found in sachets or bags in the U.S. marketplace. End of searching.

According to the company, the finest teas start with just the very small blossoms, the two leaves and a bud of the tea flower. two leaves and a bud tea company named their company for these shoots which are the essence of great tea. They use only the finest teas, grown in single geographic regions, using traditional growing methods, and environmentally-friendly tea sachets are pyramid-shaped so that our organic, whole leaf teas can unfurl and release their full, complex flavor with every steep.

Founded in 2005, two leaves and a bud tea company began with a journey. Founder Richard Rosenfeld traveled the world on business, where meetings are synonymous with amazingly flavorful cups of tea. After returning to the states, Richard looked everywhere for a good cuppa’ tea…but had a hard time finding one.

Richard traveled to gardens in China, Sri Lanka and Japan to establish relationships with tea growers in order to bring premium, whole-leaf tea from the best harvests to tea drinkers around the world. Two leaves and a bud tea company has been recognized for the passion, care and effort that goes into cupping our tea, with awards such as the Best New Tea award for 2005-2006 from the Specialty Coffee Association of the United States, and the People’s Choice Award at the Great Canadian Tea Steep Off in 2006.

THE EXPERIENCE: I (Annie) had my first cuppa’ tea when I was eight and lived in England with my family for a year. I must have had great taste buds because I still remember the flavor of it and have loved tea ever since. With this experience I am not just any tea taster, and like strong, black

writing this blog I compared two leaves and a bud Organic Assam Breakfast tea with an equivalent leading organic brand. I steeped them both for the exact same amount of time, and here are my findings:
• You could almost see that the other leading brand’s tea would be bitter. The color of two leaves and a bud’s Organic Assam Breakfast was a mellow, golden-brown and the others was a distinctly cooler brown
• The taste of two leaves and a bud’s Organic Assam Breakfast was downright sweet! Mellow! Not a bitter ounce in it. As expected from the color, the other was bitter and tart.
• I enjoy that the tea bags are made with a biodegradable open-mesh fabric as paper tea bags always impart some sort of a flavor (and I hate to think of what).
• I would say that the disclosure about Organic Assam Breakfast on the twoleavesandabud.com site are fully accurate:
Organic Assam, The Original Breakfast Tea: These are big, black, organic tea leaves grown in Assam, India, where hot days and cool nights bring out a rich, full flavor. Caffeine: Moderate; Top note: Smooth; Middle Note: Robust and sweet

A TIDBIT: Full disclosure: I’ve known Richard Rosenfeld, CEO of two leaves and a bud tea company, for 20 years! (That is he in the red shirt, looking at tea leaves.) I can vouch for his integrity and deep commitment to the environment. I really value buying from companies when I know, know, know, that they are in full integrity with their practices.

THE COMPANY: two leaves and a bud tea company

Store Locator: http://www.twoleavesandabud.com/where-to-find-our-tea.html
Toll Free: 866 – 631 -7973
email: support [at] twoleavesandabud [dot] net
Customer service department is available from 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM Pacific Time.

Mailing Address:
two leaves and a bud tea co.
23400 two rivers rd #45
Basalt, CO 81621
www.twoleavesandabud.com

By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).

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