Archive for November, 2015

STEENBERGS TEA TASTER PANEL

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Steenbergs organic Happy Hippy Herbal Tea

Steenbergs Rose & Bergamot Black Tea (Persian Style)

This time around our tea tasters had the joy of sampling two very different teas: one of our newly packaged herbal teas, Happy Hippy, to uplift and destress and one of our flavoured black teas Rose & Bergamot, a light brewing floral tea.

STEENBERGS ORGANIC HAPPY HIPPY HERBAL TEA

organic-happy-hippy-herbal-tea-loose-leafSteenbergs organic Happy Hippy Herbal Tea is an uplifting and stress busting blend of rose, chamomile and mint designed to lift flagging spirits and fight those wintry blues or mid-afternoon blues.  The rose petals smell and taste like a cupful of roses, uplifting for your nerves and spirit, the chamomile is light, mildly bitter and herbal (with hints of apples) and is calming, while the mints are soothing and refreshing.

One of Steenbergs’ organic teas, it contains organic chamomile flowers, organic rose petals, organic peppermint and organic spearmint.

Sophie comments: “This is one of my favourite teas. It looks beautiful with the chamomile and rose flowers but is also a delicious relaxing caffeine free herbal tea which we all drink in the evening.”

This tea was also a favourite with our taster panel, with 80% saying that they really liked at and 67% saying that they would drink it again.  One taster described it as ‘all of my favourite teas in one – awesomeness!’ Many commented that they loved the beautiful smell and colourful appearance of the tea, and with the new see-through panel on the packaging, we hope customers will be equally impressed.

The name of the tea was cause for comment with the majority of our panel (70%) really enjoying the uplifting and fun element to it.

Chamomile was one of the strong flavours picked out, along with rose and mint although strong hints of meadows, flowers and hay came though.  This was then reflected in where people imagined themselves to be with eyes closed, as 57% imagined themselves outside in a garden or meadow.

Overall 90% of our tea tasters really enjoyed the tea, with 90% describing it as ‘delicious’ (47%) or ‘pleasant’.  Drinking the tea also made 89% of our panellists feel relaxed and contented – so it seems to be doing its job!

Happy Hippy Tea

 

STEENBERGS ROSE & BERGAMOT BLACK TEA (PERSIAN STYLE)

rose-and-bergamot-black-tea-125g-persian-styleSteenbergs Rose & Bergamot Black Tea is a light brewing beautiful floral tea made with Ceylon and Chinese teas, which is ideal for the afternoon or evening.  Axel’s idea behind this tea was to make something evocative of classical Persia – tea and damask rose with hints of orange blossom.  “I imagine fun walking in gardens with tinkling fountains and peacocks strutting their fancy stuff.  So I have devised this recipe that uses light black teas, plenty of rose petals, cornflower petals and orange blossom, then added some cardamom and bergamot for that orange and sweet cardamom taste.  Relax and enjoy life with pleasant dreams.”

This was a very popular tea with our panel with over 90% really enjoying it, describing it as ‘a lovely afternoon brew’; ‘really very good and pretty’; ‘perfume is amazing’.  Interestingly only 58% of our panel were regular drinkers of flavoured black tea so maybe we have some converts!

It was definitely seen as an afternoon (53%) or evening drink (18%), with only 8% drinking it in the mornings.

When asked to highlight words that they felt best described this Persian style black tea, the favourite description was ‘floral’ (24%), with ‘delicious’ (21%) close behind. ‘Mellow’, ‘exotic’, ‘refreshing’ and ‘light’ all featured highly as well.

Regarding the flavours and aroma, rose and bergamot were predominant tastes and smells but cardamom also ranked high up on everyone’s taste buds.  Some of you did find that a bit strong but the majority could be summed up by this comment: ‘The balance of flavours is spot on. I don’t like Earl Grey but I love this’.

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Audio Interview from CareerFarm: Building an organic spice business committed to fairtrade and the environment with Axel Steenberg

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

I recently did this phone interview with Jane Barrett of The Career Farm, which can be found at Jane’s Blog or listen below:

Delicious porridge recipe from Jo Hodson

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

This recipe is reproduced by kind permission of Jo Hodson from www.includingcake.com who has written an e-book on porridge that is dairy free, wheat free, vegan, egg free and sugar free.

“I love ginger, it’s one of my favourite flavours and here it complements the apricots perfectly in this easy breakfast oat bake. You can use canned of fresh apricots to make it an all year round winner, or why not substitute pears or apple to change things up a little. This oat bake is perfect serve hot or cold and will keep well in the fridge for a couple of days. Or you could add a little extra sweetener and serve with yoghurt or ice cream for a delicious dessert!

“This recipe is one of 58 of my favourite porridge recipes and toppings in my new book ‘Not Just For Goldilocks’, to help you feel warm, comforted and totally nourished during Winter and far beyond! Perfect for those looking for a whole host of inspiring ‘free from’ options as all recipes are vegan, wheat free and sugar-free too!

“Goldilocks… eat your heart out!

“I have a special discount available for you until the end of December 2015. Enter GOLDILOCKS20 at the checkout to receive 20% off the full book price.”

http://www.includingcake.com/porridge-ebook/

http://www.includingcake.com/porridge-ebook/

This recipe serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oats
  • 2 tbs ground flax
  • Good pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp coconut sugar sprinkled on top
  • 2 tbs finely chopped crystallised ginger
  • 1 tin apricots- part chopped and part sliced (or substitute for 3-4 fresh sliced apricots or fresh or canned pear)
  • 1 1/2 cups orange juice
  • 2 tsp ground ginger (use more or less to taste)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Method:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl, mixing the chopped fruit through and arranging the sliced fruit on top of the mixture once spooned into the pie dish.
  2. Sprinkle a little sugar on top as desired.
  3. Use a medium pie dish- approx 20cm diameter (the mixture should be approx 2cm deep). Bake at 180C for approx 30 mins until the top is golden and fruit lightly browned at the edges.