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Teas for Spring

Five fresh takes on the centuries-old beverage

by Karen Day in Food + Drink on 13 April 2010

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Dynasty and Ceremony

Blooming as they steep, we love the teas from NYC-based Dynasty and Ceremony for their simple, floral flavor and equally effortless packaging. The brand's reinterpretation of ancient Chinese ingredients, results in flavors such as Emperor's Kiss and Divinity Rule for a healthy combination of medicinal herbs and delectable spices. The teas sell from their online shop starting at $10.

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Teatulia

Teatulia cultivates their range of full-flavored, whole-leaf teas on virgin Bangladeshi soil using Masanobu Fukuoka's natural farming method. Socially and environmentally responsible, Teatulia cooperative sustains the local community and ecosystem by providing natives with a living wage and education while protecting and strengthening the environment.

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Housed in biodegradable silken tea bags, packaged in compostable canisters, and labeled with post-consumer paper, the additive-free Teatulia teas sell online for around $10 a canister.

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Te Teas

Loose whole leaf tea in a biodegradable pyramid sachet, Te Teas make an ideal choice for environmentally-conscious tea drinkers. Without metal staples or other taste-altering components, the bags contain flavors such as Peppermint Chamomile Jazz, Organic South Pacific Green or Black Velvet Chai. Sold online, a box of 12 earth-friendly sachets runs $7.

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Coffees of Hawaii Tisanes

Already known for their full-bodied coffee beans, Hawaii may soon be equally known for their tea. Coffees of Hawaii offers a range of tisanes made from the fruit of the coffee bean. Pulped from both two types of coffee, the blend makes for a beverage low in caffeine and high in antioxidants. The Moloka'i-style loose leaf teas come in flavors like Papaya Leaf Vanilla, Lavender or Mamaki Ginger and sell online for around $7.

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The Republic of Tea

A popular purveyor, The Republic of Tea recently added a new range of superflower teas to their line of enticing flavors. While we weren't that taken with the Hibiscus Pineapple Lychee, the other four hibiscus flavors—including Natural, Blueberry, Vanilla Apple and Key Lime—taste as palatable as they sound, offering bursts of flowery citrus flavors that are great chilled over ice. Just in time for the warmer months, pick up the hibiscus range online for around $10 a canister.

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