Brand Spotlight: Beach House Teas

The July Tea Box Express featured two amazing products by Washington State-based Beach House Teas: Blueberry Beach Breeze, a very summery tea blend, and rose petal-infused pure cane sugar. Crindalyn, founder of Beach House Teas, lets us in on her special formula: her talents and interests combine perfectly for running a tea business and her surroundings provide just the right inspiration.

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Tell us a little about Beach House Teas. How did it get started and why the beach theme? 

I talk a bit in the next question about where Beach House Teas inspiration came from, but the actual leap into business was inspired in my kitchen and my love of tea. I would create blends for friends and family for birthdays, holidays, etc and was always told I should start my own business. So a hobby and passion turned into Beach House Teas. I have a background in Marketing and Graphic Design, have a love of photography, gardening and just a love of creating so with BHT I'm able to utilize a lot of my skills and find it a great outlet and not a job. 

The beach theme was actually an easy choice. We are located in Long Beach, Washington (don't confuse us with Long Beach, California) and there's a lot of beach and water on three sides. The Long Beach Peninsula - dubbed the world's longest beach as it's the longest continuous driving beach at around 29 miles. We wake up every morning to our beach inspiration. 

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You have such interesting tea blends (even the names are creative!). How do you come up with your concoctions?

There's a lot of experimentation that we go through.  I grew up in a family that was always creative in the kitchen and had large gardens that we'd always figure out ways to include what we grew. We grew up around mountains and spent a lot of time foraging for wild plants and berries.  My grandmother worked with folks in the homemade beer and wine industry and I grew up helping her in not only the creation of the homemade spirits but worked the retail side helping customers. Through this childhood and lots of personal study in herbalism, botany and the culinary world as hobbies, that all comes together with paying attention to what is in season, sourcing local and Pacific Northwest ingredients and we find some unique blends in not only ingredients but flavor as well. Through both my mom and grandmother allowing me to be creative in the kitchen, I ended up winning a national baking contest when I was 9 with a lemon and lavender cookie bar recipe that I created on my own. The Pacific Northwest definitely inspires not only our ingredients and blends, but the names of our teas and other products as well, but do tend toward the beach theme. 

What other tea-related items do you sell?

We not only sell accessories like tea infusers and tea pots, but tea-infused soy candles and tea-infused bath salts, foot soaks and bath bombs. 

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Besides as a sweetener for tea, what else can your herb-infused sugars be used for?

The herb-infused teas a pretty versatile. You can use them to replace your regular sugar in baking recipes or top cookies/cupcakes, top fruit, mix into homemade ice cream, top toast instead of cinnamon/sugar, use in jams, make a simple syrup, line the rim of your iced tea glass or cocktail glass, sweeten popsicles - we have proof now it works :)

Which Beach House tea is your favorite?

My personal favorite currently is Cascade Meadows and Beach Beautiful for my everyday teas. But once summer hits, I tend to the iced blends with Toes in the Sand and Inland Iced Chai at the top of my go tos. 

Thanks Crindalyn! To learn more about Beach House Teas and see all their awesome products, go to beachhouseteacompany.com.

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