So I had no idea you could get tea in powder form, other than the well known matcha tea. Apparently this is the future though and you can get anything in powdered form, including high quality tea. My most recent experience with powdered tea was trying Pique Tea Crystals.
I often laugh at myself because whenever I make hot tea I always have to reheat it before getting anywhere near finishing it. Now that it’s summer, combined with my inability to finish a hot mug of tea, means I have basically have been seeking out all the iced beverages.
Pique Tea Crystals contain literally the same ingredients and leaves found in a tea bag, but are in powder form. And why powder form, you ask? Other than being extremely convenient, the powder form was born out of a 1300 year old tradition called Cha Gao, or tea paste, originating in the Himalayas. It stems from the same process as loose leaf tea making. In today’s fast paced life we often burn our tea, or make it incorrectly; resulting in a loss of polyphenols and antioxidant content, which is most likely the reason we were drinking the tea in the first place.
By making the tea into “crystals” or powders and placing it in small packets, the creators at Pique Tea have taken the guesswork out of making tea properly, and maximizing the nutritional content.
According to Pique Tea’s website, drinking tea can have the following benefits:
- Improve gut health
- Stronger immunity
- Sustained energy
- Reduced stress
- Improved sleep quality
- Aid in weight loss
- Aid in clearing skin
If you’re interested in a more detailed list of my other favorite teas and their benefits, click here.
So, we know tea is amazing and the benefits on our bodies is seemingly obvious. In addition to that, Pique Teas packaging puts them at the forefront of the tea game.
I’m pretty obsessed with their packaging because:
- I can bring it camping or traveling and it’s as simple as pouring the powder into my cup versus soaking a tea bag and having to dispense of the tea bag
- It’s small format makes it compact and easy to stick away in my bag
- No steeping required. You literally pour it into your glass, and stir and it’s ready to drink
All of their flavors can be used in cold water, excluding the English Breakfast tea and the Earl Grey. These two flavors mix best with hot water. They also carry the following flavors:
- Jasmine – The Jasmine is extremely floral. I have had several Jasmine teas in my life and none have quite the loud, for lack of better words, flavor as this one. If you are not a fan of Jasmine, tread lightly with this one.
- Mint Sencha – This is a Mint Green Sencha tea, and one of my favorites. I often found myself mixing several packages to combine flavors, and this one was great with the Hibiscus Mint.
- Sencha – The Sencha is a green tea. I thought this one could have had a little more of a full body Green tea flavor, but it seemed like the majority of these that I tried iced weren’t as flavorful as when I drank them hot.
- Hibiscus Mint – Floral and minty, yet subtle, this was one of my favorites.
- Passion Fruit – The Passion Fruit is a Green tea, so there is caffeine in this one as well. The powder took me off guard because it was a mustard yellow, so much so that I had to google what color Passion Fruit was because I was unsure.
- Earl Gray – I love the smell of Earl Gray (not a fan of the caffeine content though). The bergamont scent was definitely present, a scent I love to diffuse occasionally.
- English Breakfast – I think there are those that are English Breakfast tea drinkers or Earl Grey tea drinkers. Although fragrant and delicious, I didn’t actually drink this one because of the high caffeine content. You’ll have to be the decider with these.
I tried mixing the powder in ice water and I do not recommend that. The crystals had a more difficult time dissolving and attached to the ice in weird lumpy chunks. If you like your drinks icy, mix it in cold water first and then add ice.
Because of the method used to produce this tea, the polyphenols, antioxidants, and l-theanine content is easily absorbed and accessible by our bodies. And, the super convenient and conscientious package make these little cuties the perfect pick me up or gift for the tea lover in your life.
Y’all know I am slightly obsessed with tea. Any crazy new tea technologies that you have heard of recently? There has to be more out there!