Tazo Tea - Gourmet Guide

June 12, 2019 | By Dave Mattingly

One of the most popular specialty brands of tea, Tazo Tea is an American tea company that established in Portland, Oregon in 1994. Tazo Tea recipes originated through a mix of historical recipes and long-held traditions. The word Tazo has many meanings in different languages. While Tazo means "river of life" in Romany, it also means "fresh" in many different dialects of Hindi. The producers of Tazo Tea say that many of the recipes for Tazo Tea were based on formulas inscribed on the Tazo Stone, an ancient stone that was unearthed due to an earthquake near the Red Sea in 1987. There are claims that ancient civilizations such as Babylonians and Greeks used these age-old formulas, often as a rejuvenating elixir since they were thought to have magical properties.

Tazo was created for one purpose: to encourage a reincarnation of tea and re-introduce the general public to the joy of the tea experience. A Starbucks brand since 1999, Tazo Tea stands for an exotic offering of teas with imaginative and innovative flavors. Tazo uses only high quality natural ingredients, yielding a wide selection of teas that are bold and exotically flavorful. A testament to Tazo's quality standards, Tazo Tea uses 30% to 40% more tea per filter bag than other brands. No "dust" (tiny tea leaf particles) is incorporated into its filter bags - just broken tea leaf pieces and fannings (the second to smallest tea leaf size).

Tazo Tea is made in several varieties within three general categories of tea: black tea, green tea and non-tea herbal infusions, in addition to decaffeinated South African Rooibos tea. Tazo has a goal to create subtle and intense teas through using irregular ingredients such as ginger, lemongrass, black pepper, blackberry leaves and dried hibiscus flowers. All Tazo Teas are certified Kosher and Pareve by KSA, and most Tazo Teas are gluten-free. Tazo decaffeinates their teas by using highly pressured carbon dioxide which does not leave a chemical residue and minimally affects the flavor and beneficial compounds in the tea.

Tazo Tea Health Benefits
Tazo Tea is derived from the tea leaves of the camellia sinensis plant. Tea leaves contain polyphenols, which offer many beneficial antioxidant qualities. Polyphenols have been known to help prevent blood clots, lower cholesterol levels, and help fight cancer. They also act as an anti-inflammatory and help support the immune system as well help lower high blood pressure and fight against infection. Tea may also reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Tazo has fruity, berry, citrus, minty, spicy and floral blends that create colorful unique specialty teas. Each flavor is a departure from your run-of-the-mill cup of tea. Enjoy our large selection of Tazo black, green and herbal teas.

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