teapigs are a UK-based tea company who have recently launched in South Africa (lucky for us). They believe that there is no compromising when it comes to quality and unlike your average ‘cuppa’, teapigs teas are made using the very best whole leaf teas, herbs, berries and flowers. The tea comes in biodegradable “temples” a silky mesh bag that gives the leaves all the room they need to infuse fully.
“We love tea; we just don’t like the snobbery that can come with it. Instead we concentrate on bringing you the very best tea we can find and not taking ourselves too seriously,” says teapigs.
Finally! A brand that makes tea drinking hip, cool and so much better than sipping on a skinny café latte at your local coffee shop. Gone are the days where only the fortunate few could indulge in fine herbal teas, now us commoners are able to experience it too. What we really love about this product is not only the fun, quirky packaging, but the fact that you can choose your tea depending on your mood (perfect for us emotional Cancerians). If you’re feeling adventurous – why not try the popcorn tea? When bloated, the mint and green tea combo will sort you out and if you’re suffering from one of those self-induced hangovers then the peppermint tea will help you get that head off the pillow!
It’s as simple as boiling the kettle and letting the temples do the rest, but for those of you who are seeking a little more than just the herbal infusions, check out some of these delicious winter warmer recipes, giving you some alternatives to the usual morning routine.
1 x Chai/ Chilli Chai teapig temple
Hot frothy milk
Honey / brown sugar
Simply take 1 tea temple (chai or chilli chai for extra spice) and pop it into a mug or latte glass. Cover with boiling water and infuse for 3-5 minutes. Then top with hot frothy milk. Dust with cinnamon and enjoy your hug in a mug! Add a little honey/brown sugar to sweeten things up.
Using whole leaf tea bags for your lattes means you can ditch the chai powders and the sugary syrups and enjoy the real rich flavour that teapigs have to offer.
Spiced winter mulled wine:
5 teapigs spiced winter red tea temples
1 bottle of red wine
4 tbs brown sugar
Half an orange, sliced
Simply throw in all the ingredients into one big pot. Snip the strings off the tea temples and add to the pot. Bring to just below boiling point, stirring occasionally. Turn down the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve as a delicious, warming drink on a cold day with friends and family.
Price: R 120 per pack (15 temples)
Purchase: Online and selected stores: www.teapigsafrica.co.za
Social media: Facebook: Teapigs-Africa | Twitter: @teapigsafrica | Instagram: @teapigsafrica
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