Brand Spotlight: BlendBee

BlendBee is a Lake Tahoe-based tea business that has amazing tea blends to choose from and even lets customers create their own! Battle Born, their spicy green tea, made an appearance in the Tea Box Express October box. Jamah, BlendBee's founder, shares more about her company and her blends.

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Source: BlendBee on lnstagram

Tell us a little about BlendBee and how it got started.

I have studied and immersed myself the health & wellness industry for the last 20 years. Natural remedies have always fascinated me. I love concocting blends of herbs and teas to help myself and my friends/family reach certain health goals. I decided that everyone should have the option to create their own perfect tea blend, and BlendBee was born. My customers LOVE that they are able to create their own perfect blends for themselves.  BlendBee has grown from just an idea of mine to a full functioning company in Lake Tahoe, it is very exciting. I found a wonderful space that we created into a commercial kitchen right by the lake, surrounded by forest, we call it the "Tea Hive". Every season in Tahoe is gorgeous and inspiring, and I'm lucky enough to be able to hike to the Hive (or snowshoe in the winter), you will often find my inspiration in the names of our blends "Tahoe The Mornin' To Ya"! I'm very excited for the future of BlendBee, we are just getting started!

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Hello Tahoe! Source: BlendBee on Instagram

You have tons of delicious sounding tea blends and even let customers create their own. Can you explain more about the creative process that goes into making your blends?

My customers are the best, and daily we are creating their custom blends, which also give us a ton of inspiration. Our "Make Your Own" feature is often used to create personalized gifts, as well as promotional blends for brands and companies. Often within that process we create a blend so great, it has to go up on the site for everyone. More often than not, I create a blend based on my own personal cravings. Take my blend Thin Mintea as an example. I had a craving for Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies, but I didn't want to indulge (I follow a strict plant based diet). So I created a healthful blend that tastes just like the cookie but is beneficial for people with diabetes, or people that are wanting a sweet treat without the guilt. Creating a delicious tea blend is like creating a great recipe, it takes knowledge and expertise of each ingredient. Most importantly the quality of every thing we use, we are very picky where we get our ingredients, and it makes all the difference within our blends. We don't cut corners, you get the best of the best.

From where do you source your teas and other ingredients?

All over the world. We work with a few suppliers here in the states that have contracts with some small farms as well as organic and fair trade farms worldwide. We are very picky about each and every ingredient we use within our blends. Some of our ingredients aren't certified organic, yet they are not grown with any harmful chemicals or pesticides. Some of these smaller farms in other countries can't afford our organic certification, it is a very expensive and daunting process.

They take pride in their land and their farming practices, and it is reflected in their crops. I love supporting the "little guys" when I can.

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Source: BlendBee on Instagram

Which BlendBee tea is your favorite?

Right now, I honestly can't get enough of Burn Baby Burn, my spiced turmeric infused white and green tea blend. It is the newest BlendBee blend that I created in conjunction with Chill Baby Chill (reduce stress & detox herbal blend).

It is kind of our take on a weight loss/detox combination, without the "hype". I absolutely love the spiciness of Burn Baby Burn, and the anti-inflammatory properties are out of this world. It tastes like a rich, spiced chai, but with white and green tea. I have been on a mission to look my best in a bikini for my 40th Birthday and I am thrilled with my results using this combination. My other favorites lately have been Mountain Matcha, Sierra Sunrise & Tahoe The Mornin' To Ya!

Thank you Jamah! Try other BlendBee teas (even create your own blend!!!) and receive 15% off with the code TEABOXEXPRESS at blendbee.com.

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Brand Spotlight: Full Leaf Tea Company

The Tea Box Express September box will feature a tea from Full Leaf Tea Company. Matt, who co-founded the company with his wife, Lisa, shares more about Full Leaf, the vast selection of tea they offer, and their high value on customer service.

 

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Tell us a little about Full Leaf Tea Company and how it got started.

Full Leaf Tea Company  values the “tea experience" just as much, if not more, than the products we offer. We (Matt and Lisa Hammonds) launched Full Leaf with the intentions of sharing our passion of tea with anyone and everyone. 

The heart of the company is the personal touch with each customer. With every order, a handwritten note is placed within each box.  We talk directly with any of our customers that have questions right away.  We like to be in touch with what our customers are looking for so we can give them an experience they will love!

Full Leaf offers a lot of tea options! Can you tell us more about how you come up with your different blends?

Our blends are created based of a handful of things. We strive to create the perfect blend for every need. Our research on ingredients is a HUGE part of how we decide what is brought together. 

For an example, our “SkinnyMe” tea was created out of the demand of a metabolism boosting/weight loss tea. Though we all know there is no “magic potion” that will drop the pounds, we found some key ingredients that will naturally help the process. Though trial and error, we found the perfect ratio of spicy, sweet, and rich to bring fourth a delicious cup. (whether you want the benefits or not! :) )  

From where do you source your teas and other ingredients?

Our teas and ingredients are sourced from ALL over the world! If we can buy local (herbs/spices) we do. But we work directly with the source to ensure the quality of each product we receive.

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Which Full Leaf tea is your favorite?

Now that’s TRICKY! There are so many categories of tea to choose from!

My wife has a few favorites, lets start with her…

Fancy French Breakfast- black tea with a hint of vanilla

Seasonal Tea- “Holiday Brew” She thinks its like Christmas in a cup

Organic Masala Chai- She drinks it with a little honey and almond milk

I happen to have a sweet spot for matcha.  I drink our ceremonial matcha almost daily because it is delicious and gives me the perfect level of energy all day.

As for our other teas, I really like all of our “raw” tea like our Lung Ching green tea or our Award Winning Chamraj Estate Handmade oolong tea.

The good news is with more than 100 teas to choose from, you will never be bored!

Thanks Matt! To learn more and see the incredible tea selection for yourself, visit fullleafteacompany.com.

To sign up for a September box that features a tin of Full Leaf Tea Company tea, purchase a subscription or a gift by September 5th.