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The 411 on Direct Trade Tea

When you hear Direct trade, what first comes to mind? We here at Loose Leaf Club believe in supporting and sourcing our tea from farms that believe in Direct trade tea. So, what is it? It is about empowerment and exchanging value (a fair price) with the tea farmer/producer so they can build a strong life and community for themselves. The farm to table phrase has been in people’s vocabulary for awhile, buyers are used to knowing where their heirloom tomatoes are grown they source at their local farmer’s market, even where their lettuce is grown locally. Now, that...

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Tea Celebrity Interview #3

Being the new kid on the block, I am in awe of the many “tea celebrities” in this industry. Since starting Loose Leaf Club this year, I have been developing my own online tea community and have decided to reach out to interview legends in the industry to curate their knowledge for my audience. Today’s interview is with Andy Hayes from Plum Deluxe. Known internationally for his expertise in living the good life and making moments matter, Andy Hayes is the founder and creator of Plum Deluxe. A consultant and speaker to brands large and small, his work has...

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Tea Celebrity #2

Being the new kid on the block, I am in awe of the many “tea celebrities” in this industry. Since starting Loose Leaf Club this year, I have been developing my own online tea community and have decided to reach out to interview legends in the industry to curate their knowledge for my audience. Today’s interview is with Tony Gebely from World of Tea.Tony has built a strong online presence in the tea world and has consulted on many tea projects and helped spread tea culture with his tea tastings and writings.His website World of Tea won the World...

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Exclusive Q&A Session with Mary Allard

Being the new kid on the block, I am in awe of the many “tea celebrities” in this industry. Since starting Loose Leaf Club this year, I have been developing my own online tea community and have decided to reach out to interview legends in the industry to curate their knowledge for my audience. Today’s interview is with Mary Allard with the company The Tea Spot. As Sales and Community Manager, Mary loves to tell the Tea Spot’s story, share her passion for holistic health and help provide that perfect cup of tea to her customers. This is the...

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What’s in our Past Boxes? Find Out What What You Missed!

Loose Leaf Club monthly box contains two pure teas, one blend and one surprise sample. Check out what we featured in a previous month’s box: Genmaicha is one of Japan’s most famous teas. Literally “brown rice tea”, it is often found in Japanese restaurants and served alongside food. This is because of the warm, toasty, and approachable flavor. Green tea was expensive for the common people in feudal Japan. So, the peasants would mix rice with the tea to make it more accessible. To craft the tea, the raw leaves are steamed, resulting in green tea. The tea is then blended with toasted Japanese-grown sweet mochi rice, some of which have popped into popcorn. It pairs well with food, and is great consumed at any point in the day.This green tea is aromatic, sweet-savory, robust and satisfying. It has notes of toasted popcorn, roasted seaweed, asparagus. DIBRUGARH ORTHODOX ASSAM This loose leaf is refined, medium-body to bold, fragrant, slightly dry and sharp. It has notes of malt, cauliflower, mandarin citrus, rose. Orthodox Black is a classic black tea from Assam, India. A fine afternoon tea with full flavors and texture, and delicious with a splash of milk. A classic Assam black tea, processed Orthodox style for full leaf and high-quality. Robust, assertive and strong, with malt, rose, and raisin flavors. The texture is full with a bright, astringent finish....

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