New Hispanic Tea Company — Té Tiempo

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There are two kinds of people in the world. Coffee people and tea people. I’m definitely a coffee person, but lately I find myself enjoying teas more and more. If we’re at a restaurant, I am ordering an iced tea rather than a soda. At night I enjoy a warm cup of chamomile tea so I can destress from the day’s whirlwind of activities. Now as I look to lose weight before the summer, I am examining the health benefits of teas, discovering there  are teas for digestion, teas for detoxification, and, get this, teas to make me slimmer (If I can just stop eating chicharrónes en salsa verde while I sip that slimming tea perhaps I’d see some progress). 
Photo credit: Te Tiempo

Photo credit: Te Tiempo

When approached to do a product review of teas at first I wasn’t too excited. We’re a Latino-focused food blog for godsake. But, when I learned the product came from a new Hispanic-owned tea company, Té Tiempo, I thought we should give it a try. You know, support la comunidad.

I’m glad we did! I liked the two teas we drank, dulce té de Jamaica, and dulce té de azahares. The small pouches of tea leaves had a nice, full flavor. Honest to God, I want to try all six varieties and some of the recipes they have on their website like this one below for a Sangria with the Jamaica tea. So, next time you’re at Whole Foods market, look for these tea leaves in an adorable tin can. It’s a new company so they may not be in every store, but you can go online to find a store near you.

Photo credit: Te Tiempo

Photo credit: Te Tiempo

Classic Hibiscus Sangria
Makes 4 (6oz) Servings

5 Dulce Té de Jamaica tea bags
3 cups water
1 cup orange juice
1 large orange, sliced into thin rounds (reserve a few slices for garnish)
1 large lemon, sliced into thin rounds
1 large peach, peeled, pitted and cut into wedges

1.Bring 3 cups of water to a boil and pour over Jamaica tea bags into a heat-resistant pitcher. Allow to infuse for 5 minutes.

2.Remove tea bags. Stir in sliced fruit. Chill in fridge overnight.

3.Combine cooled tea and orange juice into a pitcher.

4.Serve over ice with an orange wedge as a garnish.

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