Frequently Asked Questions A remedy to the daily grind

Can I get my teas online?

Sure, just click here!

Do you have any other locations?

We hope to be adding another location soon: Please SHOUT IT! To add where you would like to see another location. We hope to announce the very near future. In the meantime: Our teas are proudly served or sold at these fine establishments:
  • Albertsons in Talega - San Clemente, CA
  • Beachfire - San Clemente & Ladera Ranch, CA
  • The Vine - San Clemente, CA
  • White Horses - San Clemente, CA
  • Sonny's Pizza - San Clemente, CA
  • Karma Juice - Dana Point, CA
  • The Grapeseed Spa - South Coast Winery Resort in Temecula, CA
These are just to name a few.

Does green tea have less caffeine than black tea?

Green tea and black tea come from the same plant Camellia Sinensis and as such contain more or less the same amount of caffeine. The difference is in the method of preparation. Caffeine is highly water-soluble at high temperatures and goes into solution very quickly. Generally green tea is prepared with water that is between 170°F to 180°F whereas black tea is prepared with water that is between 200°F and 212°F. Since black tea is generally prepared with water that is a higher temperature, more of the caffeine leaches into the tea resulting in higher caffeine readings. If green tea is prepared at the same temperature as black tea the caffeine levels are virtually the same.

Does tea contain caffeine?

Yes, unless it is decaffeinated or it is a herbal tisane, tea contains caffeine. Health Canada reported that a 6 oz. cup of regular coffee contains about 100mg of caffeine whereas a 6oz. serving of tea contains about 34mg of caffeine. It should be pointed out that a pound of tea contains the same amount of caffeine as a pound of coffee. The difference is that a pound of tea will make about 180 servings whereas a pound if coffee makes about 60 servings. Even though tea and coffee contain the same amounts of caffeine pound for pound, the difference in yield results in a cup of tea having about 1/3 of the amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee.

Is tea good for you?

Recent studies in the last 10 years undertaken at major medical universities in the United States have found that black and green tea are rich in polyphenols which are antioxidants. Antioxidants are known cancer inhibitors and studies have shown that people who consume 4 or 5 cups of tea per day have exhibited up to a 50% lower probability of contracting specific types of cancer such as breast and colon cancer. Also in the last 2 or 3 years initial study results are showing that there is a lower incidence of heart disease amongst those who consume 3 or more cups of tea per day.

Should I drink tea with milk or without milk?

The consumption of tea with or without milk is a personal preference and it is for the tea drinker to make their choice and consume the tea in the manner they enjoy best.

What does milk do to tea?

Milk alters the pH balance of tea and tends to make the tea smoother by reducing the acidic nature of tea. 2006 update - Recent studies have also reported that milk may cause the anti-oxidant properties in tea to bind with the lipids in milk and thereby not allow for as much benefit to the drinker as without milk would allow for.

What is a "Beach Blend"?

Beach Blendz® is our custom line of teas, in collectable tins, which feature ART pieces on the labeling of our "rad" local artists. To start, we have:
  • "San ClemenTea" (Our Signature peach apricot Ceylon blend) - artwork by Fred Hope with a surfer girl at sunset.
  • "Laguna Breeze" (Tropical cherry passion tea blend) - Sunset photo at Laguna Woods, with a peak of Catalina.
  • "Casa Romantica" (A herbal vanilla orange Rooibus blend) - Rick Delanty's watercolor of classic entry way to Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens (portion of sales to benefit the center).
This is just to start, as we will add all surrounding beach cities; check for updates on Our Tea Blends page. We also have other local artist works on other collectable tins. Our Tea Blends.

What is the difference between green and black tea?

The consumption of tea with or without milk is a personal preference and it is for the tea drinker to make their choice and consume the tea in the manner they enjoy best.

Why is tea sometimes bitter?

Tea contains tannins and if a tea is allowed to steep too long, more of the tannins are released causing what some people say is a bitter taste. A dash of sugar can reduce this bitterness or alternatively add some milk, as this will reduce the pH level of the tea.

If you have any tea questions please send us a message and we will get back to you a.s.a.p.