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Peppermint Willamette

$18.50

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Description
PEPPERMINT WILLAMETTE
(Mentha Piperita)
(Caffeine Free Herbal Tea)
Country of Origin: USA
Region: Washington State
Shipping Port Seattle
Altitude: 2500’ – 4500’ ft. above sea level
Grade: Whole leaf, Cut (2
nd
Cut – best Cut) and Sifted
Manufacture Type: Field grown, sun dried, machine milled
Cup Characteristics: Very pungent with a cool fresh taste.
Infusion: Tending yellowish green with a bright green infused leaf
Luxury Ingredients: Peppermint
Information:
The best peppermint comes from the northwestern United States. The pure, moist mountain air of the spring and early summer
growing season gives this peppermint some of the highest volatile oil counts of any member of the mint family. Generally
(dependent upon weather patterns) the second cut (takes place during mid/end August) is the most flavorful, coolest and most
pungent, (literally takes your breath away and makes your eyes water).
Peppermint is an herb and contains no caffeine. Quite often peppermint is consumed after meals as the oils stimulate the flow of
bile to the stomach and helps relieve gas pains. Additionally, it has been reported and written that peppermint sweetens the
breath and calms the digestive system, plus it helps heartburn, stomachache and nausea. An interesting and tingling way to use
peppermint is to place a handful of peppermint leaves in your bath water which will lower your body temperature - perfect for
cooling fevered skin or after working on a hot summer’s day. Peppermint is believed to be a hybrid species that evolved from
spearmint and watermint. However, peppermint has been around so long its genealogy is obscure. It has been reported as a
stewing herb by ancient Hebrews and it has been found in 3000 year old Egyptian tombs. 2000 years ago the Japanese
cultivated peppermint as a source of menthol. Peppermint is a primary ingredient in remedies used in the relief of
gastrointestinal disorders, headaches, and local aches and pains. Because of its bright, pungent flavor, peppermint is often used
to mask the unpleasant taste of various medicines. Peppermint tea is made from both the leaves and the flowers. As a hot tea it
is cool and refreshing, as an iced tea the menthol content produces a pleasantly chilling taste sensation.
Peppermint is used extensively is various recipes. One our favorites for 2 people are: Banana Mint Slush.
1 ripe Banana, 1 teaspoon of Peppermint leaves, Grated peel of 1 lime, 1 cup of skim milk, 5 ice cubes
Place the banana in a blender and puree until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until slushy. Serve immediately.
[Less than 100 calories)
Hot tea brewing method: Bring filtered or freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of
herb & fruit blend, 1 tea bag or 1 Q3 portion control pack for each 7-9oz/200-260ml of fluid volume in the teapot. Pour the
boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 5-10 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time, the better the
flavor as more fruit and herb flavor is extracted). Garnish and sweeten to taste
Iced tea-brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 12 slightly heaping teaspoons of herb & fruit blend, 6 tea bags or 6
Q3 portion packs into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Using filtered or freshly drawn cold water, boil and pour 1¼
cups/315ml over the herb & fruit blend. Steep for 5-10 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into
your serving pitcher straining the tea or removing the bags. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and
sweeten to taste. A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced herb & fruit tea is to increase the strength of hot brew since
it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water.

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Organic Jasmine Gold Dragon Green Tea, 1# Bag

$25.75

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Description
CUPPING NOTES:
Cup Characteristics: Exquisite, abundant Jasmine character on a seasonal green tea. This Jasmine flavor is only possible
with midnight May flowers.
Infusion: Tending bright emerald green.
Pairing Suggestions: Chinese Dim Sum, Any Chinese inspired food, Fruit desserts, Fried foods.
Food Use Suggestions: To add organic green tea in recipes first you have to brew the tea. You can do this by the
following technique:
• Add a little steaming water in a teapot.• Swirl the water to make the teapot warm.
• Discard the water and place 2 to 4 bags of green tea in the warm pot.
• Pour 1¼ cups of boiling water on the bags.
• Cover and infuse it for 2 to 3 minutes and then discard the bags.
A cup of strong and distinctly flavored green tea is ready to be used in your cooking recipes.
Here is a tasty green tea recipe:
Green Tea Potato Salad
Ingredients:
2 full size potatoes
2 eggs
Mayonnaise
1 teaspoon of Organic Jasmine Matcha (from Metropolitan Tea) green tea powder
Cherries and strawberries (for garnishing)
How to cook:
First peel potatoes and boil it. Also boil the eggs. Make potato and egg mash while they are hot.
Keep the mash in a refrigerator till it cools. After taking it out from the refrigerator put the mashed
potato and eggs in a bowl to make round shaped pastes. Sprinkle green tea powder on the paste
uniformly. Put mayonnaise on potato and egg mixed paste. Garnish it with cherry or strawberry
before serving.
ORIGIN NOTES:
Manufactured in: Canada
Ingredients from: China
Region(s): Jiangxi Province
Seasonality: Seasonal quality (Mar.-Apr. growth)
Shipping Port(s): Shanghai
Grade Composition: Special Jasmine - Gold Dragon
Growing Altitude(s): 1500–4500 feet above sea level.
Manufacture Type(s): Steamed green tea and infused with scent from midnight picked jasmine.
MORE ABOUT ORGANIC JASMINE GOLD DRAGON TEA:
Organic tea is produced without the input of chemical fertilizers or pesticides and herbicides. Unfortunately the yield per
acre is lower and quite often quality can suffer compared to when fertilizers and others inputs are utilized. Nevertheless with
good manufacturing techniques the cup characteristics can be maintained at a very high level - such is the case with this tea.
This tea is a particularly good jasmine - hence the moniker Gold Dragon, (gold means wealth, prosperity, money and dragon
means long life and strength). The jasmine tree comes into bloom only during May and June. The blossom only lasts for
about 12 hours and only comes out at night after the sun goes down. About half way through the night the fragrance is at it’s
peak and it is at this time the blossoms need to be picked and layer into the tea. By the morning most of the fragrance has
disappeared from the blossom, but if the tea maker has done his job correctly, this heavenly scent has been transferred to the
tea and captured in time. This process is carried out on 5 successive evenings to impart the superior flavor of specially
selected tea and jasmine flowers.
In China during the Sung Dynasty (960 to 1127) tea drinking rose to an art form. The harvesting of tea became closely regulated.
Drum and cymbal signals were used to coordinate the tea pluckers during chilly dark pre-dawn hours. The tea pickers (always
young virgins) received special training and even wore identification labels on the clothing so that tea thieves could be readily
identified if they entered the estates. The girls were required to keep fingernails at a precise length, since nails, never the finger,
were used to pluck the highest quality tealeaves. The fresh picked leaves were graded into classes and processed. The choice grade
was delivered as tribute tea for the Emperor, while the rest was traded and sold by the regional government. A handful of tea of the
choicest grade could be worth as much as 3 ounces of gold - virtually a lifetime of earnings for the common man.
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS:
Luxury Ingredients (Loose Tea and Pyramid Tea Bags): Green tea, Jasmine blossoms.
Luxury Ingredients (Tea Bag /Classic): Green tea, Jasmine blossoms.
Food Safety: HACCP - Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points
GMP – Good Manufacturing Processes
C-TPAT – Customs Trade Partnership Against TerrorismAllergens: Nuts: No Gluten: No Wheat: No Sulfites: No
Soy Lecithin: No Crustacea: No Eggs: No Milk or dairy: No
• Packed at a factory that has a HACCP certified allergen control program.
• Packed at a factory that has nuts on the premises
Caffeine: Caffeine content: Low
This tea contains natural caffeine found in the L. Camellia Sinensis family.
A cup of green tea steeped in boiled water for 5 minutes will contain between 22 to 29 mg of
caffeine – about 15% less than an equal serving of Coca-Cola **. An equal sized cup of coffee will
contain between 80 – 100 mg of caffeine. Caffeine quickly becomes soluble in very hot water. If
you wish to reduce the caffeine level in this tea, briefly rinsing the tea leaves in extremely hot
water will reduce the caffeine content between 25-50% with only a minor effect on taste.
** As reported by Health Canada
Est. Antioxidant Guide: Antioxidant Content: Very High: 10.00 –12.49% polyphenols by dry weight.
Note: The longer you steep your tea the more polyphenols will be extracted. (Test results based on
5 minutes steeping time. Polyphenol percentages may fluctuate with lot, grade of tea, testing
method, temperature of water and freshness of tea)
Food Standards: This tea meets or exceeds the food safety compliance standards covering microbiological activity,
heavy metals and pesticide MRL’s for the European Union, Japan, Canada, USA and all other
major tea importing countries.
Product Assurance: All the ingredients used in this tea are commonly used in teas and other foods.
Radiation Statement: This tea is not irradiated in any form.
GMO Statement: This product is not made with any elements that might be Genetically Modified.
Environment Statement #1: This tea comes from tea estates that undertake responsible land-use practices. Tea estate land
not used for tea cultivation or worker vegetable gardens, remains in its natural state or has been
reforested as part of the estate’s managed-forest program.
Environment Statement #2: Metropolitan Tea Company created its own carbon-offset program by purchasing 200 acres of
land. This land contains 80 acres of wetland maintaining a healthy home for more than 50
different species of amphibians, reptiles, fish, songbirds and migrating waterfowl; 80 acres of
mature hardwood forest for an immediate carbon-offset and 40 acres of pastureland which was
reforested in 2011 with more than 25,000 native trees.
Environment Statement #3: October 2012 – Metropolitan Tea Company Ltd. is commissioning its own 500 kwh solar array
constructed on its factory roof.
Environment Statement #4: January 2011 – Metropolitan Tea Company Ltd. is carbon neutral. Commencing October 2012
Metropolitan Tea Company Ltd. is carbon negative.
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:
Canada per 175 ml - % of Daily Values
Calories 0
Fat 0g 0 %
Sodium 2mg 0 %
Carbohydrate 1g 0 %
Protein 0.1g
Not a significant source of fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, dietary fiber, sugars, vitamin A,
vitamin C, calcium and iron.
USA Serving size 1 teabag or 2.5g of loose tea. Makes 8 fl oz or 240ml
Amount per Serving,
Calories: 0 Cal.
Percent of Daily Value
Fat 0g 0 %
Sodium 2mg 0 %
Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Protein 0.1g
Not a significant source of fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, dietary fiber, sugars, vitamin A,
vitamin C, calcium and iron.
UK 100 ml tea infusion *(no milk) typically gives you:
Energy 2kJ less than 1kcal
Protein 0.1g
Carbohydrate trace : of which come from sugars: trace
Fat trace : of which come saturated fats: traceFibre 0g
Sodium trace
Per serving of 200ml (1 cup)
1 Calorie
0g Fat
Per serving of 170ml tea infusion and 30ml semi-skimmed milk
14 Calories
0.5g Fat
* Based on tea brewed with freshly boiled water for 3 minutes.
PRODUCT CREDENTIALS:
Organic Credentials This tea is an organic tea packed at The Metropolitan Tea Company a certified organic tea
handler; certified to the standards of the USDA/NOP, COR (Canadian Organic) and EU (European
Organic) programs by SAI Global Certification Services Limited - Certificate Number 150-2008.
Also certified by the Organic Farmers & Growers of the European Union - Certificate number
GB-ORG-02. Go to www.metrotea.com for the most recent copy of our organic certificate.
Social Credentials: 100% of the tea comes from tea estates certified by:
- Metropolitan Tea global audit program
BREWING RECOMMENDATIONS – 1 cup; 230-280ml, 8-10 fl oz):
Weaker Tea: ¾ teaspoon (1.7 gr. / 0.06 oz.)
Regular Strength Tea: 1 teaspoon (2.2 gr. / 0.08 oz.)

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Lemon Mango Punch, 1# Bag

$24.50

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Description
LEMON MANGO PUNCH
(Caffeine Free Fruit and Herb Tea)
Country of Origin: Blend of various dried fruits and herbs from Canada, USA, Thailand, Spain
Cup Characteristics: Refreshing character of lemon and sweet tropical notes of mango.
Infusion: Tending pinkish
Ingredients: Luxury natural dried apple pieces, Hibiscus, Rosehip, Natural flavors.
Information:
Herb and fruit tea in some circles is considered a new type of tea. We formulated this blend to accommodate tastes of people
who wanted to experience a refreshing healthy new style drink without caffeine. What we got was a terrific ‘tea’ that is
unbelievably delicious and enjoyed Hot or Cold! This tea has a very exotic flavor profile. The delicious blend of lemon and
strawberry flavors combined with the natural flavors and tartness of the various dried fruits create a summertime cooler or a
wintertime summer reminder.
Lemon mango was inspired by the refreshing character of lemon and the sweet tropical notes of mango. It is a delightful
combination. Add some sugar to highlight the flavors - you will be rewared with a cup of enchantment. [This tea iced is
simply wonderful - one of our favorites!]
For a summer time drink Lemon Mango iced is hard to beat. It is refreshing and thirst quenching and not overly sweet. For
formal times garnish the glass with a strawberry and a sprig of mint - for non-formal times pour it into your glass and enjoy
it gulp after gulp! If you have small children use the Lemon Mango tea to make popsicles - they taste great and contain very
little sugar.
By virtue of the fact that these blends do not contain any tea and are a special blend of fruits and herbs - they are caffeine
free! An additional benefit is that these ‘teas’ contain Vitamin C. What could be better - a healthy drink that tastes GREAT!
Selling Tip: Give you clients an idea as follows: ‘ Add a few pieces of cinnamon for a ‘round the fireplace’ herbal drink.
Add a touch of sugar and let the wilds of the outdoors roar in their fury while you contemplate life staring into the dancing
flames’
Hot tea brewing method: Place 1.5 to 2 teaspoons of Lemon Mango per cup (and add 1 teaspoon for the pot) into the
teapot. Pour boiling water into pot and let it steep for 3-7 minutes (or longer - the longer the steeping time to more intense
the flavor becomes). Pour into your cup and add sugar to taste. **do not add milk - the milk will curdle due to the
ingredients in this blend.
Iced tea-brewing method: Do Not Pour Hot Liquid directly into a Glass Pitcher
(to make 1 liter/quart): Place 12-15 teaspoons of Lemon Mango into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of
freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your
serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of
thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted
with cold water].

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Jasmine with Flowers Green Tea 1 lb. pkg.

$23.25

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Description
CUPPING NOTES:
Cup Characteristics: A green tea with surprising body and a captivating floral character accentuated by specially selected
May Jasmine blossoms.
Infusion: Pale green liquor.
Pairing Suggestions: Chinese Dim Sum, Any Chinese inspired food, Fruit desserts, Fried foods.
Food Use Suggestions: To add green tea in recipes first you have to brew the tea. You can do this by the following
technique:
• Add a little steaming water in a teapot.
• Swirl the water to make the teapot warm.
• Discard the water and place 2 to 4 bags of green tea in the warm pot.
• Pour 1¼ cups of boiling water on the bags.• Cover and infuse it for 2 to 3 minutes and then discard the bags.
A cup of strong and distinctly flavored green tea is ready to be used in your cooking recipes.
Here is a tasty green tea recipe:
Green Tea Potato Salad
Ingredients:
2 full size potatoes
2 eggs
Mayonnaise
1 teaspoon of Matcha Izu (from Metropolitan Tea) green tea powder
Cherries and strawberries (for garnishing)
How to cook:
First peel potatoes and boil it. Also boil the eggs. Make potato and egg mash while they are hot.
Keep the mash in a refrigerator till it cools. After taking it out from the refrigerator put the mashed
potato and eggs in a bowl to make round shaped pastes. Sprinkle green tea powder on the paste
uniformly. Put mayonnaise on potato and egg mixed paste. Garnish it with cherry or strawberry
before serving.
ORIGIN NOTES:
Manufactured in: Canada
Ingredients from: China
Region(s): Fujian Province
Seasonality: Seasonal quality (Mar.-Apr. growth)
Shipping Port(s): Fuzhou
Grade Composition: CWL (Congou Whole Leaf)
Growing Altitude(s): 1500–4900 feet above sea level
Manufacture Type(s): Traditional Air or Pan Fired Orthodox Green Tea
MORE ABOUT JASMINE WITH FLOWERS:
Jasmine tea is one of the most pleasant tasting green teas available on the market. On the nose the dry tea has a floral bouquet,
which literally causes your senses to come alive with pleasant thoughts. The flavour is enhanced with the addition of jasmine
blossoms which give the tea a visual appeal few other teas are capable of copying.
There are many different grades of jasmine tea. This particular grade is the first grade below the exotic jasmines. It has all the
flavor, aroma and good green tea qualities but not the exorbitant price. In China they declare this jasmine tea as ‘Jasmine #1’.
The production of jasmine tea is quite interesting. It is important to begin with high quality green tea - tea that has been
produced between the middle of March and the middle of May. Equally important for jasmine tea are fine jasmine blossoms -
flowers that bloom between the 1st of May and the end of May (these have the most intense aroma). Traditionally layers of
jasmine blossoms were placed between fine green tea. In time the scent of the jasmine permeated the tea.
Today, for the better quality jasmine teas such as Jasmine with Flowers, the traditional method is still used.
Another method to apply the jasmine flavour but done more for high volume common jasmine is hot air is passed through the
jasmine blossoms and then filtered through the tea so that the blossoms can be used more than once.
In both types of jasmine production the exhausted blossoms are then used to decorate the tea (to make common jasmine less
noticeably different then the premium jasmine teas). Produced in both China and Taiwan, jasmine tea yields a cup with all the
concentrated heady bouquet of a garden in bloom.
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS:
Luxury Ingredients (Loose Tea and Pyramid Tea Bags): Green tea, Jasmine blossoms.
Luxury Ingredients (Tea Bag /Classic): Green tea, Jasmine blossoms.
Food Safety: HACCP - Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points
GMP – Good Manufacturing Processes
C-TPAT – Customs Trade Partnership Against TerrorismAllergens: Nuts: No Gluten: No Wheat: No Sulfites: No
Soy Lecithin: No Crustacea: No Eggs: No Milk or dairy: No
• Packed at a factory that has a HACCP certified allergen control program.
• Packed at a factory that has nuts on the premises
Caffeine: Caffeine content: Low
This tea contains natural caffeine found in the L. Camellia Sinensis family.
A cup of green tea steeped in boiled water for 5 minutes will contain between 22 to 29 mg of
caffeine – about 15% less than an equal serving of Coca-Cola **. An equal sized cup of coffee will
contain between 80 – 100 mg of caffeine. Caffeine quickly becomes soluble in very hot water. If
you wish to reduce the caffeine level in this tea, briefly rinsing the tea leaves in extremely hot water
will reduce the caffeine content between 25-50% with only a minor effect on taste.
** As reported by Health Canada
Est. Antioxidant Guide: Antioxidant Content: High: 7.50 – 9.99% polyphenols by dry weight.
Note: The longer you steep your tea the more polyphenols will be extracted. (Test results based on
5 minutes steeping time. Polyphenol percentages may fluctuate with lot, grade of tea, testing
method, temperature of water and freshness of tea)
Food Standards: This tea meets or exceeds the food safety compliance standards covering microbiological activity,
heavy metals and pesticide MRL’s for the European Union, Japan, Canada, USA and all other
major tea importing countries.
Product Assurance: All the ingredients used in this tea are commonly used in teas and other foods.
Radiation Statement: This tea is not irradiated in any form.
GMO Statement: This product is not made with any elements that might be Genetically Modified.
Environment Statement #1: This tea comes from tea estates that undertake responsible land-use practices. Tea estate land not
used for tea cultivation or worker vegetable gardens, remains in its natural state or has been
reforested as part of the estate’s managed-forest program.
Environment Statement #2: Metropolitan Tea Company created its own carbon-offset program by purchasing 200 acres of
land. This land contains 80 acres of wetland maintaining a healthy home for more than 50 different
species of amphibians, reptiles, fish, songbirds and migrating waterfowl; 80 acres of mature
hardwood forest for an immediate carbon-offset and 40 acres of pastureland which was reforested
in 2011 with more than 25,000 native trees.
Environment Statement #3: October 2012 – Metropolitan Tea Company Ltd. is commissioning its own 500 kwh solar array
constructed on its factory roof.
Environment Statement #4: January 2011 – Metropolitan Tea Company Ltd. is carbon neutral. Commencing October 2012
Metropolitan Tea Company Ltd. is carbon negative.
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:
Canada per 175 ml - % of Daily Values
Calories 0
Fat 0g 0 %
Sodium 2mg 0 %
Carbohydrate 1g 0 %
Protein 0.1g
Not a significant source of fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, dietary fiber, sugars, vitamin A,
vitamin C, calcium and iron.
USA Serving size 1 teabag or 2.5g of loose tea. Makes 8 fl oz or 240ml
Amount per Serving,
Calories: 0 Cal.
Percent of Daily Value
Fat 0g 0 %
Sodium 2mg 0 %
Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Protein 0.1g
Not a significant source of fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, dietary fiber, sugars, vitamin A,
vitamin C, calcium and iron.
UK 100 ml tea infusion *(no milk) typically gives you:
Energy 2kJ less than 1kcal
Protein 0.1g
Carbohydrate trace : of which come from sugars: trace
Fat trace : of which come saturated fats: trace
Fibre 0gSodium trace
Per serving of 200ml (1 cup)
1 Calorie
0g Fat
Per serving of 170ml tea infusion and 30ml semi-skimmed milk
14 Calories
0.5g Fat
* Based on tea brewed with freshly boiled water for 3 minutes.
PRODUCT CREDENTIALS:
Organic Credentials This tea is a non-organic conventional tea packed at The Metropolitan Tea Company a certified
organic tea handler; certified to the standards of the USDA/NOP, COR (Canadian Organic) and EU
(European Organic) programs by SAI Global Certification Services Limited - Certificate Number
150-2008. Also certified by the Organic Farmers & Growers of the European Union - Certificate
number GB-ORG-02. Go to www.metrotea.com for the most recent copy of our organic certificate.
Social Credentials: 100% of the tea comes from tea estates certified by:
- Metropolitan Tea global audit program
BREWING RECOMMENDATIONS – 1 cup; 230-280ml, 8-10 fl oz):
Weaker Tea: ¾ teaspoon (1.7 gr. / 0.06 oz.)
Regular Strength Tea: 1 teaspoon (2.2 gr. / 0.08 oz.)
Stronger Tea: 1 ½ teaspoon (3.0 gr. / 0.11 oz.)
Sugg. Brewing Temp: 100’C / 212’F
Sugg. Brewing Time: Weaker < 3="" min.="" regular="" strength="" 4-5="" min.="" stronger=""> 6-8 min*
Sugar: Not recommended
Milk: Not r

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Japan Sencha Kakagawa, 1# Bag

$22.80

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Description
CUPPING NOTES:
Cup Characteristics: Tending light liquoring, smooth with reasonable depth and body. Often used in ceremonies.
Infusion: Pale yellow green.
Pairing Suggestions: Sushi, Sashimi, Vegetable Tempura, Fish dishes
Food Use Suggestions: 1. Chop the tea leaves, combine with spices, and use them to coat chicken or steak before cooking.
2, Substitute a cup of Decaf Sencha tea for a cup of broth in vegetable-based soups. Throw
steeped chopped leaves into soup while it simmers to add extra greens. 3. After mixing the dough or batter for cookies, muffins, or scones, fold two tablespoons of dried
sencha tea leaves directly into it, then bake as usual.
4. Add a few tablespoons to a marinade for fish or shellfish. Sencha balances out sweeter
varieties, like halibut or scallops.
ORIGIN NOTES:
Manufactured in: Canada
Ingredients from: Japan
Region(s): Shizuoka Prefecture
Seasonality: Seasonal quality (Jun.-Oct. growth)
Shipping Port(s): Yokohama
Grade Composition: Sencha
Growing Altitude(s): 500’-1500’ feet above sea level
Manufacture Type(s): Steamed Sencha Green Tea
MORE ABOUT JAPAN SENCHA KAKAGAWA TEA:
Japan produces some of the best green teas in the world. The primary producing area in Japan is the Shizuoka prefecture,
which is west south west of Tokyo. The famous bullet train zooms through the tea growing area about 25 minutes after
leaving Shinjuku station on its way to Osaka. The efficiency of Japan’s tea production is amongst the highest in the world
reaching yields of 1500 pounds per acre. Despite the fact that mechanical plucking is used, the tea made is generally
considered the best green tea in the world. Interestingly, due to its northern latitude all the tea fields have large fans covering
the whole acreage. The fans are turned on during cold snaps to circulate the air and protect the tea bush from freezing.
Japan only exports about 1-2 percent of its total production and recently has become a leading importer of the finest teas in the
world. Over half of the yearly production of Japanese tea comes from Shizuoka. Following mechanical plucking and brief
mechanical withering the green leaf is steamed, coming out of the steamer looking like cooked spinach. Through several steps
of drying, mechanical rubbing and finally selective grading, the tea has a distinctive appearance and glossy look and feel.
These methods give a taste that is light in color but rich and full in the cup.
Sencha is commonly used in Japanese tea ceremonies marking events of personal importance. In this type of ceremony it is the
ritual that is of paramount importance as the individual is being acknowledged. For ceremonies marking ‘life altering events’,
matcha is used. Matcha is traditionally a green tea powder and is sometimes made from sencha tea.
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS:
Luxury Ingredients (Loose Tea and Pyramid Tea Bags): Green tea.
Luxury Ingredients (Tea Bag /Classic): Green tea.
Food Safety: HACCP - Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points
GMP – Good Manufacturing Processes
C-TPAT – Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism
Allergens: Nuts: No Gluten: No Wheat: No Sulfites: No
Soy Lecithin: No Crustacea: No Eggs: No Milk or dairy: No
• Packed at a factory that has a HACCP certified allergen control program.
• Packed at a factory that has nuts on the premises
Caffeine: Caffeine content: Low
This tea contains natural caffeine found in the L. Camellia Sinensis family.
A cup of green tea steeped in boiled water for 5 minutes will contain between 22 to 29 mg of
caffeine – about 15% less than an equal serving of Coca-Cola **. An equal sized cup of coffee will
contain between 80 – 100 mg of caffeine. Caffeine quickly becomes soluble in very hot water. If
you wish to reduce the caffeine level in this tea, briefly rinsing the tea leaves in extremely hot water
will reduce the caffeine content between 25-50% with only a minor effect on taste.
** As reported by Health Canada
Est. Antioxidant Guide: Antioxidant Content: High 7.5% - 9.99% polyphenols by dry weight.
Note: The longer you steep your tea the more polyphenols will be extracted. (Test results based on
5 minutes steeping time. Polyphenol percentages may fluctuate with lot, grade of tea, testing
method, temperature of water and freshness of tea)
Food Standards: This tea meets or exceeds the food safety compliance standards covering microbiological activity,
heavy metals and pesticide MRL’s for the European Union, Japan, Canada, USA and all other
major tea importing countries.
Product Assurance: All the ingredients used in this tea are commonly used in teas and other foods.Radiation Statement: This tea is not irradiated in any form.
GMO Statement: This product is not made with any elements that might be Genetically Modified.
Environment Statement #1: This tea comes from tea estates that undertake responsible land-use practices. Tea estate land not
used for tea cultivation or worker vegetable gardens, remains in its natural state or has been
reforested as part of the estate’s managed-forest program.
Environment Statement #2: Metropolitan Tea Company created its own carbon-offset program by purchasing 200 acres of
land. This land contains 80 acres of wetland maintaining a healthy home for more than 50 different
species of amphibians, reptiles, fish, songbirds and migrating waterfowl; 80 acres of mature
hardwood forest for an immediate carbon-offset and 40 acres of pastureland which was reforested
in 2011 with more than 25,000 native trees.
Environment Statement #3: October 2012 – Metropolitan Tea Company Ltd. is commissioning its own 500 kwh solar array
constructed on its factory roof.
Environment Statement #4: January 2011 – Metropolitan Tea Company Ltd. is carbon neutral. Commencing October 2012
Metropolitan Tea Company Ltd. is carbon negative.
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:
Canada per 175 ml - % of Daily Values
Calories 0
Fat 0g 0 %
Sodium 2mg 0 %
Carbohydrate 1g 0 %
Protein 0.1g
Not a significant source of fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, dietary fiber, sugars, vitamin A,
vitamin C, calcium and iron.
USA Serving size 1 teabag or 2.5g of loose tea. Makes 8 fl oz or 240ml
Amount per Serving,
Calories: 0 Cal.
Percent of Daily Value
Fat 0g 0 %
Sodium 2mg 0 %
Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Protein 0.1g
Not a significant source of fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, dietary fiber, sugars, vitamin A,
vitamin C, calcium and iron.
UK 100 ml tea infusion *(no milk) typically gives you:
Energy 2kJ less than 1kcal
Protein 0.1g
Carbohydrate trace : of which come from sugars: trace
Fat trace : of which come saturated fats: trace
Fibre 0g
Sodium trace
Per serving of 200ml (1 cup)
1 Calorie
0g Fat
Per serving of 170ml tea infusion and 30ml semi-skimmed milk
14 Calories
0.5g Fat
* Based on tea brewed with freshly boiled water for 3 minutes.
PRODUCT CREDENTIALS:
Organic Credentials This tea is a non-organic conventional tea packed at The Metropolitan Tea Company a certified
organic tea handler; certified to the standards of the USDA/NOP, COR (Canadian Organic) and EU
(European Organic) programs by SAI Global Certification Services Limited - Certificate Number
150-2008. Also certified by the Organic Farmers & Growers of the European Union - Certificate
number GB-ORG-02. Go to www.metrotea.com for the most recent copy of our organic certificate.
Social Credentials: 100% of the tea comes from tea estates certified by:
- Metropolitan Tea global audit programBREWING RECOMMENDATIONS – 1 cup; 230-280ml, 8-10 fl oz):
Weaker Tea: ¾ teaspoon (1.7 gr. / 0.06 oz.)
Regular Strength Tea: 1 teaspoon (2.2 gr. / 0.08 oz.)
Stronger Tea: 1 ½ teaspoon (3.0 gr. / 0.11 oz.)
Sugg. Brewing Temp: 100’C / 212’F (against oolong tea tradition, we recommend boiling temperature to ensure water is sterilized)
Sugg. Brewing Time: Weaker < 3="" min.="" regular="" strength="" 4-5="" min.="" stronger=""> 6-8 min*
Sugar: Not recommended
Milk: Not recommended
Lemon: Not recommended
Fresh Mint Sprig: Not recommended
Energy Saving Tip: Don’t over-fill your kettle. Boil only the water you need for the amount of tea you are serving. It is
recommended that you use about 40-50ml (2-4 ounces) more water then required to account for
steam loss and avoiding any residual calcification in your kettle being poured into your tea.
** Note: The longer brewing time for stronger tea, may be too astringent for some tastes – but,
more polyphenols will be extracted!
Hot tea brewing method:
Traditional method (see note below): When preparing by the cup, this tea can be used repeatedly - about 3 times. The secret is
to use water that is about 180°F/82°C. Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon in your cup let the tea steep for about 3 minutes and
then begin enjoying a cup of enchantment - do not remove the leaves from the cup. Adding milk and sugar is not
recommended. Once the water level is low -

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Irish Breakfast, 1# Bag

$24.50

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Description
CUPPING NOTES:
Cup Characteristics: A stout robust blend of February Kenya BP1 and 2nd flush Assam. Superb color and very
full-bodied.
Infusion: Bright and Coppery
Pairing Suggestions: Rye toast and jam, carrot cake, baked ham sandwiches. Soft and runny eggs sunny side up with
toast. Also enjoy with Irish Steele Cut oats.
Food Use Suggestions: a) Use the base tea for a tea rub on pork and lamb.
b) Why not use Irish Breakfast tea when making gravy.GREEN BEANS WITH GARLIC AND IRISH BREAKFAST TEA
1 lbs. fresh green beans, trimmed
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tbs. Irish Breakfast tea leaves, brewed in two cups of spring water
Steam green beans in water. While beans are steaming, saute minced garlic in one tsp. of canola oil
until opaque. Add brewed tea and simmer with garlic for a few minutes. Remove beans from
steamer and put in a large bowl. Pour tea marinade over drained beans. Garnish with toasted
almond slices, as desired. Serve immediately.
WILD RICE WITH IRISH BREAKFAST TEA
1 tsp. Irish Breakfast black tea leaves
1/2 chopped tomato
1 tsp. each: chopped red, yellow and green bell peppers
1 tsp. chopped onion
1/2 chopped onion
1 tsp. thyme
1 bay leaf
1 tbs. butter
2 c wild rice
4 c chicken stock
2 oz. demi-glaze (concentrated chicken stock), optional. If eliminated, use additional chicken stock.
Sweat tomato, peppers and onion in butter until tender. Add wild rice, tea leaves, spices and
chicken stock to cover. Add demi-glaze. Bake in covered casserole dish in 350-degree oven for 45
minutes. Remove bay leaf, fluff and serve.
DESSERT: ORANGE PEKOE & GRAND MARNIER SOUFFL�
1/2 cup water
2 tbs. Grand Marnier
1/2 cup heavy cream
10 tbs. granulated sugar
3 eggs, separated
2 Irish Breakfast tea bags
Whip heavy cream with 2 tbs. sugar and refrigerate. Separate eggs and add 4 tbs. of sugar to the
yolks and whip until thickened and light yellow in color. Set aside. Whip egg whites to a light foam
and slowly add the remaining 4 tbs. of sugar, whipping until stiff peaks are formed. Heat water and
steep tea bags, and leave to brew for four minutes. Squeeze bags to draw out all the flavorful liquor
of the brewed tea. Place tea on the stove and bring to a boil; simmer at medium heat uncovered
until reduced two-thirds. Remove from heat and cool. Place yolk mixture in a double boiler with tea
liquid and temper over warm water until the tea liquid reaches a ribbon stage. Pour into a large
mixing bowl and fold in egg whites, then fold in chilled cream. Add Grand Marnier and pour entire
mixture into a souffle mold, ramekins or chocolate cups. Refrigerate.
ORIGIN NOTES:
Manufactured in: Canada
Ingredients from: India / Kenya
Region(s): Assam / Nandi
Seasonality: 2
nd
flush (June growth) / Seasonal quality (February growth)
Shipping Port(s): Calcutta / Mombasa
Grade(s): BOP (Broken Orange Pekoe) / BP1 (Broken Pekoe 1)
Growing Altitude(s): 500-1500 ft. / 5500-6500 feet above sea level
Manufacture Type(s): CTC (Cut Torn and Curled)
MORE ABOUT IRISH BREAKFAST:
It may surprise you to learn that the people of Ireland drink more tea per capita than any other population on Earth. It‟s true.
In fact, your average Irish citizen drinks about 6 cups per day. What‟s more, the cups they drink are so strong that you could
almost stand a spoon upright in them. Indeed, the Irish prefer what some might call a sturdy cup of tea.
In order to provide the Irish with blends this strong, tea blenders supplying the market buy up top quality seasonal output from
Assam and Kenya. The Assam teas are picked from the top production of the Second Flush, a period of high growth in the
month of June. The Kenyans selected are usually those produced in either February or August when the most flavorful
seasonal quality leaf is grown. The Assam component of this Irish blend gives the cup a strong, deep malty character with heavy layers of astringency that dry the mouth, feeling almost as if you could chew the tea. (This is similar to the way a very
dry wine can make you pucker.) The Kenyan teas provide a bright coppery color with profound floral notes that add a
complex depth to the cup.
As with most teas, the longer you brew this tea the stronger it becomes. If you‟re Irish, you‟ll let this tea brew a good long
time and then add a wee splash of milk. Milk, in the case of a tea this strong cancels out the tannins and diminishes the
bitterness that can characterize some strong teas. Debate rages from Dublin to Tipperary as to when milk should be added -
before the tea or after? The milk-first camp argues that milk added after the hot tea will scald and should therefore be added
first so it can warm as the tea is poured. Milk-last devotees argue that the only way to properly measure the amount to add is
to pour it last. (Non-users of milk regard the whole issue as quite silly.)
Either way, t‟is a strong blend. Enjoy in the morning with toast, or a traditional Irish “fry-up!”
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS:
Luxury Ingredients (Loose Tea and Pyramid Tea Bags): Black tea.
Luxury Ingredients (Tea Bag /Classic): Black tea.
Food Safety: HACCP - Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points
GMP – Good Manufacturing Processes
C-TPAT – Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism
Allergens: Nuts: No Gluten: No Wheat: No Sulfites: No
Soy Lecithin: No Crustacea: No Eggs: No Milk or dairy: No
• Packed at a factory that has a HACCP certified allergen control program.
• Packed at a factory that has nuts on the premises
Caffeine: Caffeine content: Medium
This tea contains natural caffeine found in the L. Camellia Sinensis family.
A cup of black tea steeped in boiled water for 5 minutes will contain between 27 to 35 mg of
caffeine – about the same amount as an equal serving of Coca-Cola **. An equal sized cup of coffee
will contain between 80 – 100 mg of caffeine. Caffeine quickly becomes soluble in very hot water.
If you wish to reduce the caffeine level in this tea, briefly rinsing the tea leaves in extremely hot
water will reduce the caffeine content between 25-50% with only a minor effect on taste.
** As reported by Health Canada
Est. Antioxidant Guide: Antioxidant Content: High: 7.50 – 9.99% polyphenols by dry weight.
Note: The longer you steep your tea the more polyphenols will be extracted. (Test results based on
5 minutes steeping time. Polyphenol percentages may fluctuate with lot, grade of tea, testing
method, temperature of water and freshness of tea)
Food Standards: This tea meets or exceeds the food safety compliance standards covering microbiological activity,
heavy metals and pesticide MRL‟s for the European Union, Japan, Canada, USA and all other
major tea importing countries.
Product Assurance: All the ingredients used in this tea are commonly used in teas and other foods.
Radiation Statement: This tea is not irradiated in any form.
GMO Statement: This product is not made with any elements that might be Genetically Modified.
Environment Statement #1: This tea comes from tea estates that undertake responsible land-use practices. Tea estate land not
used for tea cultivation or worker vegetable gardens, remains in its natural state or has been
reforested as part of the estate‟s managed-forest program.
Environment Statement #2: Metropolitan Tea Company created its own carbon-offset program by purchasing 200 acres of
land. This land contains 80 acres of wetland maintaining a healthy home for more than 50 different
species of amphibians, reptiles, fish, songbirds and migrating waterfowl; 80 acres of mature
hardwood forest for an immediate carbon-offset and 40 acres of pastureland which was reforested
in 2011 with more than 25,000 native trees.
Environment Statement #3: October 2012 – Metropolitan Tea Company Ltd. is commissioning its own 500 kwh solar array
constructed on its factory roof.
Environment Statement #4: January 2011 – Metropolitan Tea Company Ltd. is carbon neutral. Commencing October 2012
Metropolitan Tea Company Ltd. is carbon negative.
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:
Canada per 175 ml - % of Daily Values
Calories 0
Fat 0g 0 %
Sodium 2mg 0 %
Carbohydrate 1g 0 %
Protein 0.1gNot a significant source of fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, dietary fiber, sugars, vitamin A,
vitamin C, calcium and iron.
USA Serving size 1 teabag or 2.5g of loose tea. Makes 8 fl oz or 240ml
Amount per Serving,
Calories: 0 Cal.
Percent of Daily Value
Fat 0g 0 %
Sodium 2mg 0 %
Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Protein 0.1g
Not a significant source of fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, dietary fiber, sugars, vitamin A,
vitamin C, calcium and iron.
UK 100 ml tea infusion *(no milk) typically gives you:
Energy 2kJ less than 1kcal
Protein 0.1g
Carbohydrate trac

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Hibiscus 1# Bag

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Description
Country of Origin: Sudan
Region: Nile River
Shipping Port: Khartoum
Grade: First Grade
Altitude: below 2000 feet
Manufacture Type: Field grown, sundried
Cup Characteristics: A lovely deep red infusion similar to grenadine with a taste close to lemonade.
Infusion: Scarlet red to deep burgundy - depending upon amount used.
Ingredients: Luxury hibiscus
Information:
In history every herb and flower has a symbolic meaning. Hibiscus means grace and beauty. Hibiscus (hibiscus abelmoschus
and hibiscus sabdariffa) a native to Africa is related to a bushy ornamental shrub that decorates many tropical gardens, has
become a popular showy houseplant in Europe and North America and is a flowery accessory to many young women in the
tropics. The calyces (often referred to as the hibiscus flower itself), which form the outer covering of the flower buds, are dried
and used to make a rosy citrus flavored tea.
There are more than 200 species of hibiscus. The type used for tea is Abelmoschus or Sabdariffa. Hibiscus is rich in Vitamin A
and C and beta-carotene making it a good antioxidant. Many purport that its health benefits are:
- Replaces electrolytes and quenches thirst during and after athletic endeavors.
- Eases symptoms of colds, flu and coughs
Tea uses - Hibiscus petals are commonly used as a base for herb and fruit infusions. When blended with rosehips and various
other dried fruits the resulting drink is lively, fruity and Vitamin C and A healthy. If you are using hibiscus petals in a tea and
you intend to add milk to the tea, keep the ratio of hibiscus to tea low, as hibiscus will curdle milk. If teashops want to create
their own signature blends, hibiscus can make your blend distinctive and a blend that only ‘you’ can create. A special blend
helps build loyalty amongst your customers and is well worth the effort.
Hot tea brewing method: (this makes a popular Egyptian drink called Karkadé)
To prepare as an infusion, use 1 teaspoon (for a stronger infusion use 2 teaspoons) per cup of tea (about 8 ounces). put into
your teapot and add boiling water. Let steep for 5-10 minutes and then pour. It is not necessary to strain the hibiscus as they
sink to the bottom of the teapot and are not easily ‘stirred up’. For additional flavor add a large slice of orange or lemon or
three slices of fresh juicy peaches. Sweeten to taste.
Iced tea-brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 7 teaspoons of hibiscus into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1
1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5-10 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea
into your serving pitcher straining the hibiscus. For additional flavor steep with 1/4 cup of dried orange peel. Add ice and topup the pitcher with cold water and sweeten to taste.

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Green Yerba Mate, 1# Bag

$17.50

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Description
GREEN YERBA MATE
(Herbal Tea)
Country of Origin: Brazil
Region: Southern Brazil - state of Parana and Mato Grosso
Altitude: Below 1000’ ft.
Shipping Port: Porto Alegre
Grade: Unroasted
Altitude: below 1000 feet
Cup Characteristics: Greenish and vegetative. Mate is rich in caffeine and was used as a caffeine beverage in Latin
America before the advent of coffee.
Infusion: Tending light and yellowish
Ingredients: Luxury green mate.
Information:
Also known as Paraguay tea and yerba mate; mate is an herb prepared from the leaves of a South America evergreen shrub,
Illex paraguayensis, a relative of the common holly. The leaves are oval and about 6 inches long. Flowers of the plant are
small and white. The fruit appears in small clusters of tiny red berries growing close to the stems of the plant. Like guarana
and yopo, mate is rich in caffeine and was used as a caffeine beverage source by the native population of Latin America
centuries before the European settlers arrived to establish coffee plantations.
Yerba Matte is called “The drink of the gods” by many of the indigenous people of South America who have brewed it for
centuries. It was however, a people who believed in a different God that are responsible for the first commercial Yerba
Matte plantations – Jesuit missionaries. Upon arriving in the new world, the Jesuits quickly adopted the native practice of
drinking Yerba Matte as a tea. At the time, Yerba Matte leaves were only being harvested from wild stands of trees. Owing
to its widespread popularity, the Jesuits realized the large economic potential of the plant and founded the first Yerba Matte
plantations during the mid 1600’s.
Mate leaves are processed somewhat like tealeaves. The tips of the branches are cut just before the leaves reach full growth
and the leaves are steamed and dried (in fired mate the leaves are dried over fires) The dried leaves are sifted and allowed to
age in order to enhance the flavor of the mate. The caffeine content of mate is comparable to that of mild arabica coffee.
Hot tea brewing Method: Use 1 teaspoon per one cup of boiling water. Pour boiling water into pot and let it steep for 5-7
minutes. Pour into your cup and savour a South American tradition.
Traditional tea brewing Method: The tea is prepared from the dried leaves, using one teaspoon of dried leaves per cup of
boiling water. The aroma and flavor are of vegetative green leaves (there is also a toasted mate - which tastes quite toasty and
is an acquired taste). The traditional native procedure involves making a cold water infusion in a small bowl and inserting a
hollow tube or straw into the bowl, through which the tea is sipped. Some of the tubes are made of silver with a perforated
strainer at the bottom to prevent the mate leaf particles from being sucked up through the tube. The bowl, called a cuya, and
the tube, the bombilla are used in ceremonies at which participants take turns sipping mate through the silver straw.

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English Breakfast, 1# Bag

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CUPPING NOTES:
Cup Characteristics: A perfect breakfast tea with good body and full tea flavour notes. Coppery bright – especially
enticing with milk.
Infusion: Bright with coppery orange highlights.
Pairing Suggestions: Traditional English style breakfast - poached eggs on toast with baked beans, cheddar and cream
cheeses, cured meats.
Food Use Suggestions: Makes excellent Iced Tea - add some lemon juice and garnish with a small British flag.
Add some to your salad dressing - gives the dressing a warm orange gold color.ORIGIN NOTES:
Manufactured in: Canada
Ingredients from: Sri Lanka, Kenya, India
Region(s): Nuwara Eliya + Dimbula + Uva / Kericho / Nilgiri
Seasonality: Seasonal quality (Jan.-Feb. growth) + Seasonal quality (Jan.-Feb. growth) + Seasonal quality (Jan.-
Feb. + August growth) / Seasonal quality (Jan.-Feb. growth) / Seasonal quality (Jan.-Feb. growth).
Shipping Port(s): Colombo, Mombasa, Kochi
Grade Composition: FP (Flowery Pekoe)
Growing Altitude(s): 4000-8500 feet above sea level
Manufacture Type(s): Orthodox (Traditional leafy)
MORE ABOUT ENGLISH BREAKFAST:
Today the habit of tea drinking is inexorably linked to England despite the fact that the British were fairly late on the tea
scene, in historical terms. Ironically the first mention of tea in English literature is a translation of a Dutchman‟s travels to the
East. Tea was first brought to England via Holland on Dutch ships. As tea grew to become an „in‟ beverage, the British
government became quite incensed that a nation as tiny as the Netherlands could control the shipment of tea to the UK. In
1651 the British government passed the Navigation Acts, which forbade the importation of any products on non-British ships.
Traders and Dutchmen, being resourceful, continued the trade in the usual manner but for one little wrinkle - the tea was
transshipped in Holland onto British ships!
Early in British life tea was known as a health beverage and claimed all sorts of curative powers. In the 1650‟s, Garway‟s
Coffee House proclaimed that:
“Tea makes the body active and lusty. Tea is declared to be the most wholesome;
preserving perfect health until extreme Old Age”
Afternoon tea was the invention of Anna, wife of the seventh Duke of Bedford. At the time custom dictated only two planned
meals per day: a hearty breakfast and a late evening dinner. Anna in an effort to ease the mid-day “sinking feeling”, began
instructing her servants to prepare tea and cakes in the late afternoon. Thus began a fashionable habit, which still exists today.
Britain is steeped in tea history. Think of: High Tea, the Brown Betty, American War of Independence, Opium Wars, The
Boxer Rebellion, Clipper Ship races from Fuzhou, China to Portsmouth UK, the Earl of Grey, English Breakfast etc. etc.
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS:
Luxury Ingredients (Loose Tea and Pyramid Tea Bags): Black tea.
Luxury Ingredients (Tea Bag /Classic): Black tea.
Food Safety: HACCP - Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points
GMP – Good Manufacturing Processes
C-TPAT – Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism
Allergens: Nuts: No Gluten: No Wheat: No Sulfites: No
Soy Lecithin: No Crustacea: No Eggs: No Milk or dairy: No
• Packed at a factory that has a HACCP certified allergen control program.
• Packed at a factory that has nuts on the premises
Caffeine: Caffeine content: Medium
This tea contains natural caffeine found in the L. Camellia Sinensis family.
A cup of black tea steeped in boiled water for 5 minutes will contain between 27 to 35 mg of
caffeine – about the same amount as an equal serving of Coca-Cola **. An equal sized cup of coffee
will contain between 80 – 100 mg of caffeine. Caffeine quickly becomes soluble in very hot water.
If you wish to reduce the caffeine level in this tea, briefly rinsing the tea leaves in extremely hot
water will reduce the caffeine content between 25-50% with only a minor effect on taste.
** As reported by Health Canada
Est. Antioxidant Guide: Antioxidant Content: High: 7.50 – 9.99% polyphenols by dry weight.
Note: The longer you steep your tea the more polyphenols will be extracted. (Test results based on
5 minutes steeping time. Polyphenol percentages may fluctuate with lot, grade of tea, testing
method, temperature of water and freshness of tea)
Food Standards: This tea meets or exceeds the food safety compliance standards covering microbiological activity,
heavy metals and pesticide MRL‟s for the European Union, Japan, Canada, USA and all other
major tea importing countries.
Product Assurance: All the ingredients used in this tea are commonly used in teas and other foods.
Radiation Statement: This tea is not irradiated in any form.
GMO Statement: This product is not made with any elements that might be Genetically Modified.Environment Statement #1: This tea comes from tea estates that undertake responsible land-use practices. Tea estate land not
used for tea cultivation or worker vegetable gardens, remains in its natural state or has been
reforested as part of the estate‟s managed-forest program.
Environment Statement #2: Metropolitan Tea Company created its own carbon-offset program by purchasing 200 acres of
land. This land contains 80 acres of wetland maintaining a healthy home for more than 50 different
species of amphibians, reptiles, fish, songbirds and migrating waterfowl; 80 acres of mature
hardwood forest for an immediate carbon-offset and 40 acres of pastureland which was reforested
in 2011 with more than 25,000 native trees.
Environment Statement #3: October 2012 – Metropolitan Tea Company Ltd. is commissioning its own 500 kwh solar array
constructed on its factory roof.
Environment Statement #4: January 2011 – Metropolitan Tea Company Ltd. is carbon neutral. Commencing October 2012
Metropolitan Tea Company Ltd. is carbon negative.
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:
Canada per 175 ml - % of Daily Values
Calories 0
Fat 0g 0 %
Sodium 2mg 0 %
Carbohydrate 1g 0 %
Protein 0.1g
Not a significant source of fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, dietary fiber, sugars, vitamin A,
vitamin C, calcium and iron.
USA Serving size 1 teabag or 2.5g of loose tea. Makes 8 fl oz or 240ml
Amount per Serving,
Calories: 0 Cal.
Percent of Daily Value
Fat 0g 0 %
Sodium 2mg 0 %
Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Protein 0.1g
Not a significant source of fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, dietary fiber, sugars, vitamin A,
vitamin C, calcium and iron.
UK 100 ml tea infusion *(no milk) typically gives you:
Energy 2kJ less than 1kcal
Protein 0.1g
Carbohydrate trace : of which come from sugars: trace
Fat trace : of which come saturated fats: trace
Fibre 0g
Sodium trace
Per serving of 200ml (1 cup)
1 Calorie
0g Fat
Per serving of 170ml tea infusion and 30ml semi-skimmed milk
14 Calories
0.5g Fat
* Based on tea brewed with freshly boiled water for 3 minutes.
PRODUCT CREDENTIALS:
Organic Credentials This tea is a non-organic conventional tea packed at The Metropolitan Tea Company a certified
organic tea handler; certified to the standards of the USDA/NOP, COR (Canadian Organic) and EU
(European Organic) programs by SAI Global Certification Services Limited - Certificate Number
150-2008. Also certified by the Organic Farmers & Growers of the European Union - Certificate
number GB-ORG-02. Go to www.metrotea.com for the most recent copy of our organic certificate.
Social Credentials: 100% of the tea comes from tea estates certified by:
- Metropolitan Tea global audit program
- 100% of the teas come from estates certified by ETP (Ethical Tea Partnership)BREWING RECOMMENDATIONS – 1 cup; 230-280ml, 8-10 fl oz):
Weaker Tea: ¾ teaspoon (1.7 gr. / 0.06 oz.)
Regular Strength Tea: 1 teaspoon (2.2 gr. / 0.08 oz.)
Stronger Tea: 1 ½ teaspoon (3.0 gr. / 0.11 oz.)
Sugg. Brewing Temp: 100‟C / 212‟F
Sugg. Brewing Time: Weaker < 3="" min.="" regular="" strength="" 4-5="" min.="" stronger=""> 6-8 min*
Sugar: To taste if desired
Milk: To taste if desired
Lemon: To taste if desired
Fresh Mint Sprig: To taste if desired
Energy Saving Tip: Don‟t over-fill your kettle. Boil only the water you need for the amount of tea you are serving. It is
recommended that you use about 40-50ml (2-4 ounces) more water then required to account for
steam loss and avoiding any residual calcification in your kettle being poured into your tea.
** Note: The longer brewing time for stronger tea, may be too astringent for some tastes – but,
more polyphenols will be extracted!
Hot tea brewing method: Bring filtered or freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of
loose tea, 1 tea bag or 1 Q3 portion pack for each 7-9oz/200-260ml of fluid volume in the teapot. Pour the boiling water into
the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea).
Iced tea brewing method (Pitcher): (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 6 slightl

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