New Year. New News

January 4, 2017

2016 was full of energy!

From moving brick and mortar locations to celebrating 10 years in business, just add honey tea company has lots to be grateful for. 

We started this company because we wanted to drink what we loved. Then we realized YOU WANTED TO DRINK WHAT WE LOVED. The outpouring of love has been overwhelming at times. We meet the most amazing people in our daily lives. Festivals, in the tea shop, trade shows, online… Beautiful people who share a love of tea. Beautiful people, inside and out. 

So what does 2017 look like for just add honey tea company?! More tea. More love. More beautiful people. We have so much in store for you, for us…

We’re opening our doors in the Historic West End Atlanta on Friday, January 6 at the Hammonds House Museum. We’ll have tea and a seat waiting for you. xo 

Hammond House Museum • Fridays • 11a-5p

Ladies… It’s time

September 28, 2016

Taking care of yourself begins with acknowledging that you deserve to be taken care of. By you. For you. I’m extremely guilty of running, moving, doing… Sometimes I’m really good. Gym. Yoga. Fruits and Veggies. Quiet Mornings. But when I’m not on, I’m WAY off. It’s not until I don’t feel well, life kicks me, or see self care on social media; a light bulb goes off and I remember ME. 

I remember that I HAVE to put myself first. I have to be good to me before I can truly be good to others. 

So, I invite you, tea lover, to be good to yourself. 

Join me at the Women of Color Healing Retreat in Costa Rica in November.  

I am happy to announce that I will be the Spiritual Retreat Team Guide at the November Women of Color Healing Retreat. Each day, I will be assisting other women in connecting with both their physical and spiritual selves in learning about the chakras and elements. Some of the healing services that I will provide at the retreat include reiki, tarot reading etc. I would love to invite you to our next retreat from November 7th-November 14th in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica!

The passion that I bring to my work at Women of Color Healing Retreats is dedicated to assisting black women in emotional, physical, and spiritual healing. The retreat located outside of the United States so that black women can connect with nature, as nature is our original home. WCHR has created a space to get back to her. WCHR is also a space to unwind and disconnect from the psychological trauma of systemic racism. In a world that teaches us not to take care of ourselves, it is revolutionary and healing when we do. 

From daily de-colonized yoga and meditation classes, surf or swim lessons, zip lining across the majestic jungle, to beautiful group days on the beautiful beaches of Costa Rica. WCHR also engages our guests in the adventure side of life. We provide the opportunity to go hiking and exploring throughout Puerto Viejo. Our ultimate goal is to open the mind and heart, so WCHR provides workshops on colorism, self-love/self-care, healing circles and much more.

Each day of the retreat will also center on navigating through the 7 chakras and the 5 elements. Our teachings will move you from the root to the crown by focusing on food, yoga, meditation, to open and nourish each of the body’s sacred centers. If you are not familiar with the importance of the chakras and elements, then this is the perfect opportunity for you to learn. The retreat will be led by a guide and a healer who will be there to hold conversations and space for the group to learn and grow together.

The next Women of Color Healing Retreat will be November 7th-November 14th in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. Be sure to place down your deposit of $423.95 to reserve your spot, once you have placed your deposit. We provide the option of a payment plan, so spaces do fill up fast. I really hope you can make it!

Send us an email if you have any questions!

meet matcha

April 21, 2015

matcha

It’s green. It’s hot. It’s fresh. It’s new {but not really}. It’s MATCHA!

It’s the new “IT DRINK”.

Made from finely milled green tea, it’s perfect as a morning healthy kick in the pants or afternoon pick me up. Lovely as a tea latte or a different twist in your smoothie, matcha has so many ways that it can be enjoyed. Because it is in powder form, it is easily added to ice cream to yogurt; popsicles to desserts.

At Two Red Bowls, they offer a recipe for Matcha Shortbread Cookies. We think it’s perfect with a cup of tea.

Tell us how you enjoy your matcha or stop in our shop and let us whip you up a cup!

Cheers!

steaming teapot

We’ve been MIA and we apologize. We run here. We work there. We brew. We blend. We deliver. We open. We close. We have been moving at the speed of light!

So… this morning. We have slowed down just a bit. Turned on the tea kettle, prepared a cup of tea (we’re actually on cup three), and enjoyed the moment. There are no cell phones around. No iPads or computers (I promise to shut down after this post!). No agenda.

Everyone in the office is on required quiet time break. It’s nice. I can hear the bird outside of the window. I can hear a lawnmower in the distance. I can the faint noise of the flute in the jazz song playing on the radio. I can smell the lemon verbena growing in the office. My senses are alive. My heart is calm. And this cup of tea feels good in my hands.

Try it. Take a moment for yourself. Unplug. Breathe. And sip…

smooth’tea’

March 11, 2014

You’ve pulled out your blender to make a smoothie. Now what?
ADD TEA TO IT!!!
With the warmer temperatures here to stay (we hope), there should always be iced tea on hand. So, no matter your favorite flavor, there’s a smooth’tea’ you can enjoy.
We started with our sweet tart iced tea
Added frozen strawberries, blueberries, and peaches. Threw in a few chia seeds, and you’re looking at refreshing!

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Saturday Cruisin’

March 1, 2014

Saturdays are easy {kinda like Sunday morning}. You wake up late, decide how you’re going to spend the day, and head out. You may meet friends for brunch or head to the market for tonight’s dinner.

You may even be this stylish pair and cruise downtown on your bike. Meet Ese and Jack.

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We met them at Piedmont Park’s Green Market this Saturday and the two immediately caught our attention. Well dressed pair, vintage yet modern bikes, and their love for tea! They purchased our georgia peaches and black coconut tea and rode off into the park. What a perfect way to spend a Saturday! Carefree and cruising on bikes while enjoying the city.
So… Next Saturday, when you roll out of bed, put a little dapper in your wardrobe. Have an agenda but none at all. Get a little bit of effortless exercise. And enjoy the day {oh and a cup of tea, of course}!
Cheers!!!

delicate and perfect

February 8, 2014

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Today we are selling and sampling our teas at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. It is the beginning of the Orchid Market and will be a busy day. Patrons from all around come to see the orchid collection.
I love the way an orchid looks. So delicate yet so sturdy. It doesn’t require much attention as long as it’s planted correctly and kept in good settings.
I guess, in a way, our lives are like an orchid. Proper foundation and ideal settings, we’ll thrive. Even though we are delicate, each one of us are beautiful flowers, waiting to bloom.
Cheers tea lovers!

6 Creative Ways to enjoy National Hot Tea Month

teapot and tea

January is National Hot Tea Month. There is National doughnut Day. National Pi Day. National Talk Like a Pirate Day. But tea gets an entire month! Tea lovers rejoice!!! And what better way to celebrate than to embrace the frigid temperatures and turn on the teapot. Here at just add honey, we welcome National Hot Tea Month and find creative ways to enjoy the beverage all January long.

  1. Sample a tea you have never tried before! Have you heard of pu’erh tea? Or Yunnan? How about basil tea? Or infusing lavender in your current favorite? During January, take a moment to relax, relate, revisit teas that you want to explore and possibly enjoy. You only need an ounce to start with. And if you love it, add it to the rotation. If you don’t, offer it to a friend.
  2. Host a inspirational board party! Where do you want life to take you in 2014? What are your goals? Aspirations? Invite your business colleagues, girlfriends, or family over to brainstorm future goals for 2014. Turn on the teapot and get to work. With a group setting, it forces you to dream and explore past your comfort level and your counterparts can hold you accountable later during the year when you feel sluggish.
  3. Read a good book. With so many new indie authors out here, anything you want to know is in print or e-book for you to read. We are always so busy with life that we never take the time to stop. Force yourself to read a few sections, pages, chapters. During that time, enjoy a cup of hot tea. Schedule it in your day.
  4. Have a mid day mixer. Green tea has about 20mg of caffeine per cup {coffee = 85mg}. Why not have a green tea mid day mixer with your co workers. Around 2pm, ring a bell, turn on the teapot, and enjoy a cup like you would at the water cooler. Let the green tea give you the extra push to finish out the day!
  5. Meditate. Find a quiet place and reflect. Let your breath be slow, your mind be at peace. It only takes five minutes. After your meditation, enjoy a cup of hot tea. Your well-being will thank you for it.
  6. Just drink it! All the cool kids are doing it! Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world {water is first}. Do to be in the “in crowd”; do it for your health. Happy habits start now.

Cheers tea lovers!

raise your glass

December 30, 2013

Raise your glass to 2014!

cranberry and champagne

Here’s the perfect recipe for your New Year Gathering…

Ingredients

  • 2 quarts brewed cranberry harvest tea {directions on brewing a perfect pitcher can be found here}
  • 8 slices (quarter size and about 1/8 in. thick) peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 cinnamon sticks {about 3 in. long}
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 1/3 cup cognac or brandy
  • 8 cups Champagne or other sparkling wine {about 2 2/3 bottles, 750 ml. each}, chilled
  • 32 to 48 fresh cranberries, rinsed {optional, but I love a garnish}

Preparation

  1. In a 3 1/2- to 4-quart pan, combine brewed cranberry harvest tea, ginger, cinnamon sticks, and star anise. Boil over high heat until reduced to 2 cups, about 1 hour. Let cool about 30 minutes, then pour through a fine strainer into a small pitcher. Chill syrup until cold, at least 1 1/2 hours.
  2. For each serving, pour 2 tablespoons of the cranberry syrup and 1 teaspoon cognac into a Champagne flute {6 to 8oz}. Add 1/2 cup {4oz} Champagne. Garnish with 2 or 3 cranberries if desired.

I love starting new. New shoes. New purse. New calender. New year.

May this year start something new in you. Do you have an idea that you want to flourish? Are you considering a change of pace? Location? Have you waited long enough for {{fill in the blank}}? Let 2014 be the year you see it through. Make it happen. Shake something up.

But first, chill your bubbly, brew your tea, and raise your glass!

xoxo – the tea lady

recipe and photo:: courtesy of MyRecipes

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

It’s the happiest season of them all!

{{{are you singing?!}}}

December is here {how did arrive so soon} and the Holiday seas is in FULL swing! And it is that time to pull all of your Pinterest boards together and channel your inner craft. Even if you are semi to not-so crafty, there are things you can make to impress your friends.

Our friends at The Kitchn, have posted a recipe that we are going to attempt to add to our gift giving list {and you should too!}.

Herb Infused Honey

Herb Infused Honey

Ingredients

Basic formula: Use about 1-2 tablespoons of dried herbs per 1 cup (8 ounces) of honey.

Honey: A light, mild flavored honey generally works best. {Our friends at TruBee offer an amazing honey}

Herbs: Use a single herb or a combination. Rosemary, sage, thyme, mint, lemon balm, lavender, chamomile, rose petals, and pine needles all make lovely infused honeys. You can also use spices like vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks, and star anise. Herbs should be dry; see instructions below.

Equipment
Clean, dry jars and lids (half-pint and pint mason jars work well)
Chopstick, wooden spoon handle, or other stirrer (avoid metal, which can scratch jars)
Clean cloth for wiping jar rims
Strainer

Instructions

1. Prepare herbs: Herbs should be dry (see safety note, below) and may be in the form of whole sprigs or separated leaves, buds, and petals. Chopped herbs may infuse more quickly, but they may also be harder to strain out. (To dry fresh herbs, use an air or oven drying method, dehydrator, or microwave.)

2. Combine herbs and honey: Place herbs in the bottom of a jar and fill the jar almost to the top with honey. Using a chopstick or other implement, stir to coat the herbs with honey. Top off with more honey to fill the jar. Wipe the jar rim with a clean cloth and cover tightly.

Tip: Label the jar with the contents and date so you don’t forget!

3. Infuse: Let the herbs infuse for at least 5 days. If the herbs float to the top, turn the jar over a few times to keep them well coated. For a more intense flavor, infuse for another week or longer.

4. Strain: Strain the honey into a clean jar. Depending on the volume of honey and herbs and the size of the strainer, you may need to do this in stages. (Tip: Use the leftover herbs to make a tisane.)

5. Store: Store the honey in a tightly covered jar in a cool, dry place. It will last indefinitely.

Pair with a tin of just add honey tea and your gift giving is done.

Cheers!