Right now, as I write this, it is almost 9:00 PM on a Monday. I just got home from waking up at 6:30 AM, driving to work by 8:30 AM, working about nine hours, driving home, went to WalMart to do shopping, fought a HUGE crowd, came home, cleaned my car from a busy weekend abroad, ate dinner, wrote a press release for my church and now, I sit at the computer writing this article. Shouldn’t I be tired? Exhausted? Saying that I will leave my writing for another night?
Thanks to Inca Tea™, I don’t need to.
For those who haven’t read my last blog post, you might have seen some gorgeous brown boxes stacked neatly in your local stores. A new brand of tea called Inca Tea started popping up in stores and it is quickly growing. The Earth-oriented company is based out of Cleveland, OH. Founder and owner Ryan Florio first discovered the majesty of purple corn tea when he and his friends traveled to a Peruvian mountain trail for a whole ten days, led through the dangers by their guide, Edgar.
Prior to the hike, Florio had multiple health issues and was advised not to go. However, the trip was too enticing and soon, he found himself on a trek through the mountains. The first day out, Edgar decided to brew a cup of tea. “Is an old Incan tea. Very good. You must try,” Edgar said, brewing enough for the entire group.
Florio was struck by the deep red-purple color that the brew created and asked Edgar to brew a cuppa for each day of the hike. “I felt physically awesome,” he said. He eventually came back to the States, quit his job despite never having had coffee nor tea in his entire life prior to that trip, and started researching the tea, especially purple corn.
The tea, Florio explains is “based off of a thousand-year-old recipe.” By September, loose teas should be served up along with the current four teas that are offered.
All teas are made with 100% biodegradable sachets and packaged in 100% recycled boxes. The corn is also ground by hand, blended in Cleveland, bagged in Philly, and then Florio’s parents box it every night for sale.
Opening up the orange package, the scent is the first thing to hit you. Wow, is it strong! This is a pleasant surprise, given that it is a white tea. Typically, I often receive comments at my Tea Love talks that the white teas are too weak for my sippers. However, in conjunction with the purple corn, apples, oranges, natural flavors, rose hip peel, and hibiscus petals, the tea is simply bursting to come forth.
I brewed the tea and instantly, the beverage turned its shade of purple, a trait of the purple corn. The scent diluted slightly, but not to the point where it was diminished. Imagine a strong Cabernet going down to a Zinfandel. So most definitely still pleasant.
The peach, the rose hip peel, and hibiscus petals were all the flavors that immediately got me. It was sweet, but sour and sharp at the same time due to the hibiscus. Most importantly, even after the type of day I had where I was considering going to bed around 8:30 PM, I woke up immediately. Given that white tea has the least amount of caffeine, that was a bit of a surprise. The other plus? I don’t need to worry as much about going to sleep later because I know that the caffeine content is so minimal (mind you, this is coming from a girl who can drink seven cups of coffee with no adverse effect and yes, this fact has been tested).
I would recommend this for a nice afternoon cuppa, since it doesn’t have a lot of caffeine and won’t keep you up all night but it is enough where you will perk up enough for an afternoon meeting. Be careful not to overbrew though, as this does have the potential to get bitter!
Next stop on the tea list? Mountain Of Mango!