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May 16, 2016

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Love Rooibos? We Have a Blend Which Re-imagines This Herbal Delight

Creating unique blends at XO is something we love, so let’s tell you a little more about our AKACIA blend!

Rooibos Blend - Akacia

Made to be an enriching herbal tea to protect the body and mind our blend of rooibos,
lemongrass, ginger and orange is unique in so many ways. To understand this combination we need to take a look at each individual ingredient a little closer to expose why this is such a great blend.

 ROOIBOS 
Rooibos
Known also a red bush or bush tea in its growing region of Cederberg South Africa, rooibos is a legume which is very high in antioxidants and vitamins whilst being caffeine free.

Similarly to black tea rooibos goes through a lengthy fermentation process, where rollers bruise the needle like leaves to initiate the oxidation. The rooibos changes from green to its notable red colour as it ferments, acquiring its distinct biscuit bark like flavour and aroma. This fermentations process is concluded by sun drying and the rooibos is left to bake in the fiery African sun.

What you get from this is something quite special indeed! Rooibos tea is has trace amounts of minerals like Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Copper, Zinc, and Magnesium, thus many consider it good for the skin, hair and bone health. The real difference is that Rooibos is naturally high in antioxidants, aspalathin which is great for your cardiovascular system and nothofagin, which protects your nervous system. Also in you rooibos tea you’ll find quercetin, one of the best anti-inflammatory agent’s nature can produce. All round a very nourishing tea!

 LEMONGRASS
Lemongrass
A favourite culinary addition worldwide lemongrass has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties and flavour. If you haven’t brewed up a tea with lemongrass in it you are missing out. Our lemongrass leaf is sun dried and emits a strong, lemony fragrance which makes it zesty on the palate and exceedingly refreshing.

It has been proven that extracts of lemongrass have anti-microbial properties, helping prevent or slow the growth of bacteria and fungi. However it is the volatile oil in lemongrass called Citral which seeks to have the most prominent effect on your health. Citral acts as an antioxidant by activating an enzymes that can potentially detox free radicals and help your body expel them.

 GINGER
Fresh Ginger
This quintessential Indian spice needs little introduction. Dried ginger pieces are aromatic, spicy and add a special flavour to this tea blend.

Gingers owns many essential nutrients in small volumes but has a particularly high amount of the dietary mineral magnesium. This gives it the possibility of relax your stomach and help relieve muscle soreness quicker than normal.

Why AKACIA?

When you see the acacia tree or “akacia” as it is spelt in the Afrikaans language, you are instantly drawn to this shaded paradise which stands resolute in the Africa landscape. These iconic trees which are dotted across the African savannahs provide a natural safe house for wildlife and we believe it to be ideal representation of the blend we have created.

This herbal infusion certainly nurtures and protects the body and mind, but what good is tea that doesn't taste amazing as well! Perfect any time of day, this caffeine free delight appeals to anyone who enjoys a warming cuppa plus it can be brewed and then chilled to make fabulous iced tea which is wonderfully refreshing over the warmer months.

 THE TASTE

We have a lot of people taste this tea and they often mention a similarity to a butter menthol or even a mild eucalypt flavour which we find extraordinary. A mellow rooibos with a bit more of a zesty finish is what you should expect when drinking our AKACIA blend. This blend brings a bit more subtly to the cup over a straight rooibos which is wonderfully rounded off with natural orange extract made in Australia to really tantalizes the taste buds.

Unique to XO TEA, this healthy and flavoursome blend is a must try! Treat your body and senses to a box so you can make up own mind, you won’t be disappointed!

Warming Rooibos Tea

 Also worth a look are our straight rooibos SAVANNAH and our lemongrass and ginger blend DAYBED.

 XO!

May 05, 2016

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XO TEA does Taste Of Perth 2016

When it comes to a collection of food and drink in one place, the experience you get at the Taste Festivals is exceptional. Taking on this event was a big call as a new small business in the market, but we wanted to show the people of Perth that a different kind of tea was brewing in Australia. 

Armed with a worthy selection of tea, some carpentry skills, a stencil and spray can we took to creating a space which would allow us to give festival goers an experience which would change their perception of tea and see it a little more as we do. With the stall set up and the gates about to open for the first session, there was nothing left to do but take a deep breathe and take a big gulp of our freshly brewed lemongrass and ginger blend (Day Bed) to relax before we walked into the unknown of Taste of Perth 2016.

The Tea Does The Talking

30 minute into the first session and thoughts of "maybe everyone is here for the wine?" and "it's lunch time, possibly everyone is just eating" flooded our mind as very few people came to taste any of the 17 out of our 24 range we had to sample. But as the session wore on, we realised that the XO stand had peaked the interest of the daily tea drinker in the crowd and the lovers of loose leaf tea alike.

The one or two people quickly turned into 5 to 10 people huddled around our pallet bench. Arjun and I began pouring samples feverishly so everyone could get a taste of XO TEA, right up to the last minute of Sunday's session. The constant stream of people who had so much enthusiasm for XO was inspirational to us and over the course of the 5 sessions we did roughly 1500 free tasters ranging from our smokey oolong The Phoenix, through to our naturally flavoured goji berry blend Bossa Nova and almost everything in between!

Thank You Perth!

Our goal is to take you on a unqiue journey with every type of XO TEA and it was a great thrill to share that at Taste of Perth this year. A big thank you to those who organised and operated the event, the other stall holders who were fantastic company and finally the people of Perth who came to enjoy the event and supported us. We look forward to brewing you up our finest again soon!

XO

 

March 10, 2016

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Sydney Blogger Hannah Barham Talks Tea With XO

XO TEAOn a trip over to the West Coast from Sydney a few weeks ago, Hannah Barham spotted XO TEA while enjoying the splendours of the Brighton Road Food Market in Perth's famous beach side suburb of Scarborough. Hannah's love of all things food and drink culminate with her online blog Recollection Of Food, where she regularly posts on her latest foodie experiences. This passion keeps Hannah on the forefront of new products and eatery's which inspire creative culinary instincts when she opens her own pantry. XO's Arjun Kumar was lucky enough to sit down with Hannah to share a XO TEA and shed some light on what the world of gourmet loose leaf tea means to him. Go to recollectionsoffood.com to see Hannah's full review!
January 18, 2016

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XO TEA website is live!!!

2016 has just begun, and we are extremely excited to officially launch the XO TEA website!

Firstly, a big thanks to everyone who has helped us get here and for the amazing response we have had since launching in December. We hope to not only give you the best online shopping experience but also be an information hub for everything XO TEA. Once again, thanks for your support and here is to making 2016 a successful year!

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