Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING Season Is Back!

October has just started and yes, I have already had a pumpkin-inspired tea.   Around this time, my friends and I stalk the haunted houses, indulge in pumpkin-flavored products, and gorge enough candy where we regret ever committing to a diet in the first place.   We always hear about PSL (thank you, Starbucks), but did you know that there are plenty of healthy teas that are also pumpkin-themed?   Take a look below!

It’s Pumpkin Time! – Family Food Blog

Pumpkin Pie – Made by Premium Steap – A Lifestyle of Tea

I first found out about Pumpkin Pie from a coworker, who was kind enough to bring me a cuppa while we worked endlessly on a project (yay for that project finally being completed!).   It was my first day meeting her, and the topic of tea came up (of course it did).   She told me about this magical Pumpkin Pie and I tried it.   It warmed every sense within, and the taste was divine.   Seriously, I know I rave about tea, but I often sort of shy away from some of the more specialty flavors since sometimes, they just overdo the hype.   But the blend contains pumpkin, cinnamon, and other spices without leaving a gritty or powdery taste in it.   And the best part?   You actually taste the pumpkin!

Pumpkin Chai – Made by DavidsTEA

One of the things that I love about DavidsTEA is that it is environmentally conscious.   Bring in a reusable container, they will fill it up with tea.   You don’t need to drain your pocketbooks buying their air-tight containers (spoiler alert, they are quite awesome and you should keep your tea in an air-tight container regardless, but that’s another story) and their tea is mighty tasty.   One thing to keep in mind though, I tell everyone that their tea is not “pure” in the sense of it ONLY being tea.   They usually have add-ins, and Pumpkin Chai is no exception.   Doesn’t mean that it’s bad, but it does mean you might be getting some sugars that you would not otherwise get in your cuppa.   This tea is spiced with caramel, pumpkin candies, cinnamon, and cloves and advertises as being great as a latte.   Move over, Starbucks!

Sweet Harvest Pumpkin – Made by Celestial Seasonings

My heart is always torn with Celestial Seasonings.   On the one hand, I ADORE their herbal fruity teas.   On the other hand, they sometimes fall short.   This tea is a black tea, automatically making it a bit stronger, spiced with cinnamon, ginger, roasted chicory, natural pumpkin flavor, and more.   So the good news is, the strength is there, not like their peach blend.   Plus, it is also a bit different from the others which streamline to be pumpkin spice thrown into a tin of black tea and then calling it a day.

Bad news about all of these?   All of them are black teas, so all contain caffeine.   If you are looking to watch your intake for whatever reason, stick to a nice cinnamon apple.

Tea Love Talk This Upcoming Saturday, AND Coffee And Tea Festival!

Hi all!

Here is hoping everyone had a completely awesome Halloween, filled with candy, pumpkins, and ghost stories 🙂   I know that I had a good one.   Here’s a picture of my boyfriend, my awesome friend, and me hanging out in our costumes!

Me, Camilo, and Christina In Our Costumes

Me, Camilo, and Christina In Our Costumes

There are going to be TWO exciting events going on for this upcoming weekend that you should all get super-excited about and hopefully attend!   First, on Saturday, November 8th, I have another Tea Love talk!

Camden County Library, 203 Laurel Road, Voorhees, New Jersey 08043, decided to invite me back for another talk on Saturday, November 8th at 1:00 PM.   This time, we will be focusing on Asian culture, specifically Chinese culture and tea, Japanese culture and tea, and Singaporean culture and tea.   I am really excited to be a part of their programming again!

This time, we also have an added surprise – Ovidia Yu, author of Aunty Lee’s Deadly Specials, will be joining us to talk about her book and will be selling copies for interested patrons.   Come hear about Rosie “Aunty” Lee, a vibrant cook, restaurant owner, amateur detective, and very feisty woman works to solve a murder, uncover what she thinks is an illegal organ selling market, and save her restaurant’s reputation after being accused of accidentally poisoning the murder victims!   This book is the second of the series following Aunty Lee, the first being Aunty Lee’s Delights.

The second exciting event?   The second annual Coffee and Tea Festival will be returning to Philadelphia, PA November 8 – 9.   Head on over to Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA 19456 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM to meet over 40 exhibitors, get some nice tastings of both coffee and tea, and, most exciting, free stuff!   The first 1,000 people through the door will get a free gift bag.   Tickets are $20 for a one-day pass or $30 for a two-day pass.   Programming is going to be great, ranging from learning about India’s black tea to health and tea to tea etiquette (for all of those awesome tea parties you are attending).   For a little extra, you can also go to tea pairings and take a whole seminar on the tea business.

All sorts of companies are coming from the tea world, the coffee world, and even from the chocolate world (because let’s face it, who doesn’t like a piece of chocolate with their afternoon tea?).   The festival also engages in charities.   This year, you can donate to Cup for Education, non-profit organization that is helping poor, rural coffee communities of Central and Latin America build schools within their communities, and assist in providing them with teachers and the basic tools needed to educate future generations of coffee farmers, or you can check your coat in and donate to The Committee to Benefit the Children (CBC), which is a 501(c)3 volunteer based charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and their families who face cancer, leukemia and serious blood disorders. The CBC’s mission is to provide families facing these challenges with support and resources that are not available elsewhere.

Go out, have an amazing time!   I hope to see you at my Tea Love talk and I hope that you will head right over to the Coffee and Tea Festival right after.