Tea In The 1940’s

I guess I’m on a tea kick today!

I was watching this video and couldn’t help but wonder what was happening in the 1940’s in other parts of the world. Were they discovering tea for the first time? Were they burning their leaves and wishing there was some video to give them tips on how to make the perfect cup of tea? Think about places like China, Japan or India, they would have probably thought this video was hilarious, even in the 40’s. Let’s think about indigenous populations like the Kichwa people of Ecuador. They probably knew how to steep the perfect pot of tea  before anyone!

I think the one thing that has remained the same, through the years and across the continents, is that tea has been a catalyst to bring together families, friends and communities. That will never change.

 Enjoy this video. And please, Don’t put your teas near disinfectants! :)

From The Earth – For The Earth: The DAVIDsTEA Promise

The Davids have joined forces! Together they will fight environmental injustices everywhere!

It was announced earlier this week that DAVIDsTEA, the amazing Tea company I work for, has formed a partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation. What does this mean, you ask? Well, it means that now a portion of DAVIDsTEA profits will go to the foundation, and in return the David Suzuki Foundation will teach DAVIDsTEA how to be as environmentally aware as possible! Since the company began they have tried to do as much as possible in an earth friendly way, but there is always room to do better! I could not be more excited to be a part of this union and try to help the earth one tea-cup at a time.

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Tea Humour, But True!

Amen. If you don’t believe it please go to your local tea shop, perhaps say, a DAVIDsTEA, and try a delicious blend. But please, try something new! No Orange Pekoe for you….if it’s a serious problem I suggest a little something with Lavender or Jasmine. Your problems will be gone in no time!

Trendy Tea Tins & NYC

DAVIDsTEA store location on Bleeker St. in NYC. Stunning.

I have always been a sucker for beautiful design. If you’ve packaged it beautifully, if the book cover is gorgeous, if the storefront catches my eye….I will probably drop the cash. This has sometimes led me to read terrible books, or waste my time in a store that overcharged for poorly made clothes, or bought something that did not resemble the picture on the packaging at all! I have been disappointed in the past.

That is why I am always so pleasantly surprised by DAVIDsTEA. The minute I first walked into a store I connected with the vibe, the look, and the lovely people behind the counter. Then I tried the teas. Beautiful, lovely packaging, curious and original names….and all of them delicious.

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RUNA – A New Kind Of Energy With A Mission

RUNA – Fully living Human Beings. This is what the indigenous Kichwa farmers of the Ecuadorian Amazon call themselves. These farmers live by the ancient morals, traditions and legends that have been passed down by their ancestors. They gather around  a communal fire at dawn every morning and drink Guayusa from handmade gourds to share their dreams, music and myths. 

Guayusa – a holly tree that produces vibrant large green leaves that are caffeinated and have numerous other health benefits. Guayusa is only found in Ecuador and northern Peru and Colombia, and has been a large part of Kichwa culture for centuries. 

I recently came back from a week long trip to the jungles of Ecuador. I was there as a guest of Fundacion Runa, the non-profit arm of RUNA, a beverage company that is introducing Guayusa to the world. I immediately fell in love with the organization and began to think of ways that I could help them. It was an invaluable experience and feeling to realize that as consumers in the US and CANADA we are directly helping the Kichwa people build better lives for themselves.

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DAVIDsTEA In The Field: Ecuador Edition

I was fortunate enough to be chosen as a Guayusa Ambassador for DAVIDsTEA. Here is a little teaser of what our week was like in the Amazonian Jungles of Ecuador. We could not have had a better time. We learned so much and we are excited to be home and spread the message of the Kichwa people and the Guayusa plant.

I hope to share more stories and information in the coming weeks. It was a trip of a lifetime.

In the meantime, for more information and updates please check out www.davidstea.com and www.runa.org.

New Year Resolutions: Putting It Out Into The Universe

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I’ve been thinking a lot about the new year. Actually, to be honest, I’ve been thinking a lot about the past year, 2011, and how it didn’t quite turn out the way I had planned. I want to change all that in 2012.

I am an actor. I wanted to be an actor to change the world (as cheesy as that sounds, but I did). Unfortunately, sometimes in our profession actors spend their lives waiting around for someone to give them the “opportunity” to change the world…or be given “permission”. We wait for people like casting directors, producers and directors to “allow” us to change the world through our work. I want to change that for myself.

So, I decided my New Year Resolution this year is to allow myself to change the world. I’m going to try to not wait around and just start doing the things I want to do…the way I want to do them. I also decided to be brave and bold in my choices.

This video is a compilation of resolutions from my friends, family and DAVIDsTEA family. My hope is that this video makes us all accountable for each other and encourages us to help each other follow through with our resolutions.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Everything is OK!

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This is very true and incredibly amazing. Huge smile on my face right now…I enjoy creative people. Whoever made this…..a round of applause.

David’s Tea Takes A Stand For Haiti

David’s Tea is taking a stand for Haiti. The fabulous tea company and a Montreal based organization called Kanpe, have teamed up to create a delicious tea infused with Mango, Hibiscus, Cinnamon and other wonderful fruits found in Haiti. All proceeds from the tea will go to ending the cycle of porverty in Haiti by encouraging financial independence. Kanpe means “to stand-up” in Hatian Creole and my hat goes off to David’s Tea and Kanpe for doing just that. To learn more about Kanpe please visitwww.kanpe.org.  To purchase some of this delicious tea head to your nearest David’s Tea or visit www.davidstea.com

The Perfect Tea Latte

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My amazing coworker, Michelle made this last night and it blew my mind. Had to have it again this morning. Try it…and get to a David’s Tea near you!

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“Magic” Hot Copabanana Chocolate Latte

  • 2 tsb of Copabanana from DavidsTea (Banana chips, strawberry, coconut chips, almond, cacao peel, and apple)
  • 1/2 tsb Cocoa powder
  • Agave (to your liking)
  • Soy/Regular Milk

Steep the Copabanana tea. In a frother, add your choice of milk, then add a hint of agave and cocoa powder. Deliciously magical, caffeine-free tea. ENJOY! :)