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The Perfect London Fog

If there’s one thing that makes us crave tea even more than our normal above average obsession with it, it’s rain. The patter of rain on the windows and a big warm cup of tea? Nothing is better.

So as fall approaches and the inevitable rainy days follow, we welcome it with open arms (and a warm cup of tea)! In this case, an Earl Grey Vanilla Tea Latte, otherwise known as a London Fog.

London Fog Recipe

London Fogs are delicious. They’re rich and creamy and the vanilla bean beautifully compliments the bright citrus bergamot flavours from the Earl Grey tea. Perfect for snuggling up with with a warm blanket and a good book!

JusTea London Fog

Our Kenyan Earl Grey is made with cold-pressed bergamot oil, which provides an aromatic and rich taste with flavours of bright citrus and wildflowers. Grown under the Mediterranean sun, the organic bergamot oranges marry perfectly with the natural fruity notes of our whole leaf Kenyan tea. Unlike any other Earl Grey you have tasted, it’s no wonder it’s one of our best sellers!

JusTea London Fog

Servings: 4

Total time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

2 cups water
2 tsp (or 2 teabags) of our Kenyan Earl Grey
2 tbsp honey
4 cups milk of your choice (we used almond milk – delicious!)
1 vanilla bean

Instructions

  1. Add the water to a medium-sized pot over high heat. When the water begins to boil, turn the heat to low and add the tea leaves (or tea bags). Let the tea steep until it’s as dark and strong as possile (about 5-7 minutes).
  2. While you’re waiting for the tea to steep slice open the vanilla bean pod and scrape the seeds out, set aside.
  3. Remove the tea from the pot (if using loose leaf tea strain through a tea strainer into another cup or pot and then return tea into pot) and stir in honey until it dissolves.
  4. Add the milk, the vanilla bean seeds and the whole vanilla bean pod to the pot and stir gently with a spoon until the mixture reaches a simmer. Keep the heat low to prevent mixture from boiling and maintain a low simmer. Simmer for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Strain the mixture as you pour it into 4 mugs and enjoy!

If you tried this recipe leave a comment below or tag us in your photos @justeakenya on Instagram or Facebook! Cheers, friends!

JusTea London Fog

Compostable Refill Pouches are here!

We’re proud to announce a new kind of packaging for refill pouches… now when you want to refill your tin, there will be ZERO packaging waste!

Compostable Refill Pouches

Introducing our new Omnidegradable Refill Pouches!

Not sure what Omnidegradable means? Here’s the down-low: regular plastics take centuries to decompose and are clogging oceans, landfills and sewers.

Omnidegradable Plastics are fully backyard compostable, meaning that you can throw them in your home compost and they will fully decompose in a very short amount of time (including the zipper on the pouch!). Even if they end up in a landfill they will biodegrade naturally and much quicker than other forms of packaging.

If you don’t have a home compost then we recommend reusing these pouches! These can be rinsed out and are shelf-stable indefinitely. They can be used to store Cheese, Meats etc. instead of using plastic zip-lock bags.  Want more info? Click here

Compostable Refill Pouches JusTea

 

Compostable Refill Pouches JusTea

Classic Southern Sweet Tea (Kenyan Style)

Ahhh Southern Sweet Tea, a classic! Of course, we had to put our own Kenyan twist on it by using our Mt. Kenya Black Tea. Mt. Kenya Black brings malty and sweet flavours with notes of dried fruit and cocoa bean, giving this southern classic a Kenyan punch!

We tried to think of some ideal situations to sip on this, but to be honest this classic goes with just about anything in the summertime! Sitting at your desk getting through the workday, in the backyard putting in some time in the garden, you name it! Southern Sweet Tea (Kenyan style) has got your back.

Classic Southern Sweet Tea

Of course, this classic is SO simple and takes only two ingredients aside from water, but it can be hard toying with those few ingredients to find a perfect balance between malty black tea and sweet sugar. We wanted to share this with you because we think we have found the perfect combination. So experiment no further – the perfect Southern sweet tea is here!

Servings: 8

Total time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

2 Litres fresh cold water
1 heaping cup of granulated white sugar
4 teaspoons or 4 teabags of Mt. Kenya Black 
2 Litres fresh cold water

Instructions

  1. In a medium-sized pot heat 2 litres of fresh water over medium-high heat.
  2. When the water is near a simmer, turn the heat off.  Add the 1 cup of sugar and stir until sugar dissolves.
  3. Place the tea bags into the water, place the lid on the pot.  Allow to cool to room temperature.
  4. Remove the tea (if using loose leaf tea, use a tea strainer to remove)
  5. Pour the tea concentrate into a 4-litre size tea pitcher and add the remaining 2 litres of cold water.
  6. Serve over a full glass of ice cubes.

If you tried this recipe leave a comment below or tag us in your photos @justeakenya on Instagram or Facebook! Cheers, friends!

Fruity Purple Tea Rosé Cocktail

Oh rosé, how we love you so. And apparently so does the rest of the world! Rosé is getting some serious attention lately. Ever tried Frosé? Rosé sorbet? Rosé gummy bears? Yeah, for real. Go out and get yourself some, they’re delicious. We’ll wait…

This Fruity Purple Tea Rosé Cocktail is a fun spin on all of this rosé madness. It includes our Purple Leaf Tea so not only is it delicious, but it also provides the benefits of Purple Tea. We’re sure you’ve heard us rattle off the benefits of Purple Tea at this point, we can’t help ourselves – it’s just so amazing! So if you want to learn more check out this blog post.

Fruity Purple Tea Cocktail

We had no idea how much we would LOVE the pairing of lime, orange and lemon with our Purple Leaf Tea! Of course, we normally add a squeeze of lemon in our Purple Tea (it’s delicious and turns the tea a vibrant pink colour), but, the addition of more citrus fruits is unreal. It pairs so well with the plum and fresh spring green notes that come from Purple Leaf Tea. Of course, the vodka and rosé doesn’t hurt as well 😉

This recipe is another easy one, it’s so simple to put together! Make a big batch of this and throw it in a pitcher to enjoy with friends while soaking up the sunshine.

Fruity Purple Tea Cocktail

Servings: 3

Total time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

4 teaspoons (or 4 tea bags) of our Purple Leaf Tea
3 cups boiling water
a bottle of sparkling rosé
75ml vodka
Honey – to taste
Lemon juice – to taste
Ice cubes
2-3 orange slices
2 slices of lime

Instructions:

  1. Pour the boiling water over the 4 teaspoons of Purple Leaf Tea and leave to steep for 10 minutes. after 10 minutes, add honey and lemon juice to taste and place in the fridge until cool.
  2. In glasses, pour a 25ml shot of vodka in each. Fill the glasses with cold tea until they are about half full.
  3. Top up the glasses with sparkling rosé and add ice cubes.
  4. Garnish with fruit slices and enjoy!

If you tried this recipe leave a comment below or tag us in your photos @justeakenya on Instagram or Facebook! Cheers, friends!

Fruity Purple Tea Cocktail

JusTeam Canada Feature: Cleo Bain

Cleo Bain

Assistant to the Regional Manager

Cleo is our JusTea Canada mascot. She can sometimes be found running the show at our head office in Vancouver, where up until recently she had her own playroom. Other times she might be painting her feet blue at daycare or finding bugs in the garden at home.

She likes spinning in circles and jumping on trampolines and playing hide and seek. If you plan to eat raspberries in her presence, be prepared to give most of them away. Cleo will turn 3 at the end of September and she has been looking forward to her birthday for a long time; since last September, in fact! Read on to learn more about Cleo and follow along on Instagram and Facebook to see more #JusTeamCanada features.

JusTea

What is your favourite thing to do while drinking tea?

Using two hands so that I don’t spill.

What’s your favourite Canadian delicacy; maple syrup or poutine?

I’ve never tried poutine but I like cheese. 

How long would you last in a zombie apocalypse?

That is not something my parents would like to contemplate and they are writing my answers for me 🙂

If you had a theme song, what would it be?

I like a song called “Happy Nose”. Also known as “If You’re Happy and You Know it”

What’s a movie you can practically quote from start to finish?

I sort of watched Moana once. 

What TV show are you watching right now?

I like watching videos of myself on my Nana’s phone.

What’s your favourite tea from JusTea?

How do you take it? Any herbal tea, tepid and heavily watered down. Is there any other way?

Do you have any funny stories from Kenya?

I haven’t been yet but I’m excited to see an elephant and a giraffe.

How do you spend your free time outside of work? 

Taking care of my mom and dad.

JusTeam Canada Feature: Nicole Van Leeuwen

Nicole Van Leeuwen

Online Marketing Manager

Nicole is our online voice at JusTea, she’s the one behind all of our social media accounts! If you’ve chatted with us through Instagram or Facebook, you’ve likely been chatting with her. Along with managing our social media pages she also helps out with our photography and graphic design.

While Nicole works at JusTea she is also working towards getting her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration to pair with her Diploma in Marketing. When she’s not working or at school you can likely find her at a yoga class, cooking and baking or competing in a trivia league with her friends! Read on to learn more about Nicole and follow along on Instagram and Facebook to see more #JusTeamCanada features.

What is your favourite thing to do while drinking tea?

The best is having a cup of tea in the morning while I’m camping, a cup of tea outdoors just always tastes so good!

What’s your favourite Canadian delicacy; maple syrup or poutine?

Definitely maple syrup.

How long would you last in a zombie apocalypse?

I actually think I could last a while, my family has a cabin that’s pretty secluded.  I think if we headed there we could at least last a few days unnoticed!

If you had a theme song, what would it be?

My Silver Lining by First Aid Kit. Or anything by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats just because I adore all their stuff and I feel like I constantly have it playing!

What’s a movie you can practically quote from start to finish?

Mean Girls.

What TV show are you watching right now?

I just finished the second season of Marvelous Mrs. Mazel – SO good! But I’m always re-watching some old favourites like The Office, New Girl, Brooklyn 99 and Parks and Rec.

What’s your favourite tea from JusTea? How do you take it?

It’s a tie between Purple Chocolate and African Chai. I like both straight up!

How do you spend your free time outside of work?

These days you’ll mostly find me doing yoga, studying, or competing in a trivia league with my friends!

JusTeam Canada Feature: Adam Sharp

Adam Sharp

Marketing Strategist

Adam is the most recent addition to our team; he joined the JusTeam back in July last year. He’s a Google & Amazon wiz and he handles all of our top-level strategizing to ensure that our products are seen online. Adam works closely with Nicole, our online marketing manager, to plan out monthly campaigns and strategies.

Adam actually comes from a coffee background, but he’s seen the light! He’s now hooked on our Fair Trade teas, especially Purple Chocolate. In his free time, you can find Adam dabbling in various hobbies such as screen printing and playing in a few bands. Read on to learn more about Adam and follow along on Instagram and Facebook to see more #JusTeamCanada features.

Adam Sharp JusTea

What is your favourite thing to do while drinking tea?
The best thing about tea is that there’s something for every occasion! I’ll typically have a green or black tea in the morning to give me that little boost (JusTea’s Nandi Hills Black is dynamite, and I can say that without bragging as an independent contractor!), and I’ll often read a book with that one to ease into the day. That’s my favourite cup of the day. Evening teas are also nice. Purple Rain is great for tiding me through some evening work. The tiniest little pick me up but not significant enough to affect my sleep.

What’s your favourite Canadian delicacy; maple syrup or poutine?
Maple syrup! I’m British and never fully got the poutine thing. Cheesy chips and gravy are the UK alternative, but the cheese is melted instead of curds. Wayyyyyyy better…

How long would you last in a zombie apocalypse?
At 6’8”, I’d probably feed a family of zombies for a week, so I’m expecting not very long.

If you had a theme song, what would it be?
I wish I was cool enough to pull off Ride of the Valkyries or Eye of the Tiger or something. It’d probably be something like the Mr. Rogers Theme-tune though…

What’s a movie you can practically quote from start to finish?
There are three, all from my childhood. (I guess as adults we don’t tend to watch the same movie on repeat too much?) 1) Mighty Ducks: D2. 2) Dumb & Dumber. 3) Home Alone.

What TV show are you watching right now?
I try not to go down the TV show rabbit hole – I get fully addicted and lose hours of my life to the television. I’m more of a film person for that reason. There are a few that I get excited for though. Stranger Things. Big Mouth. Brooklyn 99.

What’s your favourite tea from JusTea? How do you take it?
Without a doubt, it’s Purple Chocolate. Best tea I’ve ever had! I take it black, although I bet it’d only get better with milk and sugar. Must try.

How do you spend your free time outside of work?
I’m a screen printer and I make a lot of music posters in my free time. Aside from that, snowboarding in the winter, cycling, swimming, photography, and I play in a couple of bands.

JusTeam Canada Feature: Grace Bain

Grace Bain

Mother to all staff – providing edible goodies

We refer to Grace as the mother to all staff because she’s always popping into the JusTea office to drop of delicious treats for us and lending a hand wherever it is needed. Grace is also our resident expert spoon wrapper! When we receive the tea spoons from the artisans in Kenya we wrap them with labels to prepare for packaging, and Grace is SO fast and precise! Seriously – none of us can compete! Though she still comes in monthly to help with spoon wrapping, these days her time is mostly spent being a Nana to her granddaughter Cleo (Paul and Sally’s daughter) so Paul and Sally can focus on their roles at JusTea.

Grace visited Kenya for the first time last year and she especially loved spending time in the Kitchen with Ruth (Our factory manager in Kenya Boaz’s mom) swapping recipes. Read on to learn more about Grace and follow along on Instagram and Facebook to see more #JusTeamCanada features.

Grace Bain JusTea

What is your favourite thing to do while drinking tea?

Reading a book 

What’s your favourite Canadian delicacy; maple syrup or poutine?

Definitely maple syrup

How long would you last in a zombie apocalypse?

I can’t relate to this question. Is there a food shortage?

If you had a theme song, what would it be?

I believe in you!

What’s your favourite tea from JusTea? How do you take it?

Mount Kenya Black with a little milk and sugar. 

Do you have any funny stories from Kenya?

When Grayson and I were in Kenya last October, we brought some gifts for Boaz’s kids. Trevor loved learning all about Bey Blades. A game with special spinning toys played in a plastic square arena. Grayson kept challenging him until Trevor finally started winning. He was the only one in his class who had the game. So much excitement!

How do you spend your free time outside of work?

I like to knit socks and sweaters. Growing tomatoes and dahlia flowers and anything gardening is a high priority. And of course, being a Nana to Cleo!

JusTeam Canada: Russ Lafond

Russ Lafond

Doctor of Operations

Russ, the Doctor of Operations has been with JusTea from the beginning of the company’s inception. Being very passionate about his involvement in a start up, he helped and learned a great deal about building a sustainable and ethical business. He has travelled to Kenya twice while working with JusTea and looks forward to many more trips to come. On his most recent trip, he transported a scoby (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast used to ferment and produce kombucha) with him to Kenya and taught Boaz how to make kombucha! Russ manages all product sourcing, production, international shipping logistics and helps with financial analysis. 

Read on to learn more about Russ and follow along on Instagram and Facebook to see more #JusTeamCanada features.

Russ Lafond JusTea

What is your favourite thing to do while drinking tea?

Cook a good breakfast

What’s your favourite Canadian delicacy; maple syrup or poutine?

Poutine

How long would you last in a zombie apocalypse?

Depends if I manage to escape out of the city.

What’s a movie you can practically quote from start to finish?

The Big Lebowski

What TV show are you watching right now?

Parts Unknown, Anthony Bourdain

What’s your favourite tea from JusTea? How do you take it?

African Breakfast, just as is, sometimes with milk and sugar

Do you have any funny stories from Kenya?

Paul and I went to a restaurant on the outskirts of Nairobi and we were brave enough to try goat stomach sausage! It was so chewy (as you can see from the GIF of Paul below) and not very tasty at all!

When we were ordering in front of the grill, I asked the cook what the sausage was made of and he said: “Stomach”. I figured he meant the sausage casing was made of goat intestines, which is normal. So, I asked again and said: “No, what is the meat inside the sausage?” and he replied confidently: “Stomach, goat stomach!”.

How do you spend your free time outside of work?

Playing guitar, Yoga, Running, Home-brewing Kombucha, Beer and Wine

JusTeam Canada Feature: Sonia Monty

Sonia Monty

Account Manager

Sonia is a pre-law student majoring in psychology that is passionate about how the legal system and social, environmental and animal-related issues intersect.

After taking a sociology course on the history of agriculture, she was excited to join the JusTeam as it addressed many of the concerns highlighted throughout the course, and allowed her to put what she learned into practice! Sonia has greatly enjoyed learning about tea: the benefits of tea, how it is grown and processed, and how to analyze tea. She’s loves hearing the Bain’s stories from visiting Kenya, and tuning in to JusTea’s Instagram and Facebook pages for new stories about the JusTea Farmers. When she’s not studying or working you’ll likely find Sonia reading fantasy books, gardening or cooking with her grandmother over Skype!

Read on to learn more about Sonia and follow along on Instagram and Facebook to see more #JusTeamCanada features.

Who will win the battle for the throne in GOT?

Is anyone?

What is your favourite thing to do while drinking tea?

Read a fantasy novel.

What’s your favourite Canadian delicacy; maple syrup or poutine?

I can’t have dairy anymore, but boy do I miss poutine.

How long would you last in a zombie apocalypse?

I’ve already got a well-stocked earthquake kit, so I think I’d do alright for supplies – provided I can keep my dog quiet. I don’t think she’d like the zombies too much either.

If you had a theme song, what would it be?

“Same old” by Felivand.

What’s a movie you can practically quote from start to finish?

I can’t quote any movies from start to finish, but I can definitely quote the lines for every Seinfeld episode ever made. Elaine is my spirit animal.

What TV show are you watching right now?

The Good Life, I wasn’t sure about it initially, but stick to it – it’s surprisingly clever.

What’s your favourite tea from JusTea? How do you take it?

100% Purple Chocolate, just by itself – I can’t get enough of it!

How do you spend your free time outside of work?

read, study, go for long walks with friends, and take my dog through the trails, there’s no better way to relax than to immerse yourself in nature.