For quite a while, I was scared of making iced tea. I was so used to drinking store bought, I wasn't sure if making it at home would give the same effect. And yes, it's no secret that the store bought stuff is high in sugar... but let's face it: that's why it's tasty! Unfortunately, evolution has primed our taste buds to prefer sugary, high-calorie foods. Since all of that added sugar is not healthy for me, I thought I'd try making a homemade version to see how that stacks up! When I saw the DAVIDsTEA Iced Tea Press, I knew it was the answer to all my problems!
DAVIDsTEA is a Canadian brand that features a huge variety of tea and tea accessories. Co-founder David Segal had a vision for tea and him and his cousin Herschel Segal created the first store in 2008, on Queen Street in Toronto, Canada. If you walk into any DAVIDsTEA location, you are bound to find a tea that you like with over 150 different varieties including special seasonal blends and limited edition flavours. From fairtrade to organic to chocolatey to coffee beans, they have every flavour imaginable. Their tea offerings are white, green, oolong, black, pu'erh, mate, rooibos and herbal varieties.
I love tea, especially in the wintertime. It gets so cold up here in Canada that drinking tea has become a daily ritual for me! Green teas, black teas, white teas... I love all varieties but have been especially obsessed with the Hōjicha (Houjicha) (ほうじ茶) that my dad brought back from Japan. It's a roasted green tea that has a lower amount of caffeine and is often used as an after-dinner tea to help aid with digestion in Japan. Made from the leaves, this brown looking tea tastes nutty and is a good accompaniment to sweets. I prefer its mild flavour as I don't generally like bold tastes, especially when I'm cooped up inside reading!