The shift to winter welcomes an opportunity to warm up with tea. From your everyday Earl Grey to specific medicinal teas, the selection can seem overwhelming. If you’ve followed our aisle signs, you are also probably aware that we recently revamped our tea selection to make it more manageable, separating the medicinal options from those intended for everyday drinking. In this new aisle layout you can find well-known brands such Celestial Seasonings, Stash, and Twinings at the front of the store, directly beside our bagged and canned coffee offerings. Medicinal brands, on the other hand -namely Traditional Medicinals and Yogi Tea – are available in the Health and Beauty department (Aisle10). Please ask for assistance if you don’t see what you’re looking for – we’re always happy to help! What’s more, keep your eyes peeled for a pop up tea sampling station (coming soon!).
Bringing some local flavor to the tea offerings is Happy Earth Tea, a loose leaf tea producer based in Rochester, New York. Happy Earth is owned by Niraj Lama and his wife Mary Boland, who moved to Rochester several years ago from Darjeeling, India. Over the past year, Niraj has become quite the favorite at Hart’s monthly vendor markets, offering customers an in-depth tea education alongside warming samples of his most popular blends. Compounding the teas’ phenomenal flavor is a facet of mindfulness with regard to health and wellness. His Roch-cha-chai, for example, is a masala chai blend named after our lovely city and known for its strong antioxidant properties.
Not quite what you’re looking for to get through your post-holiday detox? Perhaps give the Ginger Aida try; this tea from Traditional Medicinals is great for soothing the belly and helping ease discomfort. Similarly, Yogi’s Green Tea Kombucha is a supercharge for the gut while simultaneously providing a great boost of energy.
Still not sure what you need? Why not give several flavors a try at our new pop-up sampling station? Designed to empower customers with the ‘try before you buy’ mentality, every day we’ll feature a fresh flavor from our 100+ selection of teas and supplements – let us warm you in these cold winter months with complimentary samples until you find exactly what it is that you’re looking for!