Thank you Shreya for taking the time to pen a blog post about your experience with TE-A-ME. We truly appreciate your effort in taking photos for the post as well. We feel proud to feature your post along with the photos you’ve taken in our official blog and share with other loyal fans and lovers of TE-A-Me teas!
Here goes the blog post.
I was visiting my friend’s house after a long day at work. A relaxed evening was long due. Post-work traffic can end up taking a toll on your general energy levels. I managed to reach in time. Phew. I rang the doorbell, and before I could politely respond to his greetings,
“Sahil, water”, I asked sheepishly.
He rolled his eyes, smiled and nodded.
While my friend went inside to fetch a bottle of water that I requested, I decided to walk around his new home. I walked past his desk, and something caught my eye.
I noticed a beer mug, kept right next to his laptop. Before I decided to get judgmental for what it looked like, I saw a tea bag in there. I smiled and reached out for the half finished mellow looking fluid. I already anticipated the refreshing “feels” when I saw the drink. I picked the glass. And just when I was about to drink, Sahil entered the room.
“Wait wait wait!”, he yelled.
He ran inside, and I quickly sneaked a sip. Oh boy, I was already in love with whatever it was!
“This is really nice, I hope you don’t mind me…” I said
“You should have that with ice”, he interrupted, walking towards me squeezing an ice tray.
Well, the drink didn’t have any ice at first, but it tasted perfect to me.
Sahil then added a bunch of cubes in the mug. And I took a sip.
Now if you’re a 90s kid, I’ll need you to try and remember the Liril TV Commercial from Doordarshan. It shows a super happy woman dancing in cool, refreshing waterfall, shot between ultra green mountain valleys.
I pretty much felt like a fully clothed version of her. I looked up and grinned. I asked Sahil what on earth it was! Who has even seen a tea bag steeped in ice cold water!?
“It’s a cold brew” he said.
“Huh” I felt stupid.
“Iced tea baba” he smiled.
Unlike me, Sahil never talks more than what is asked. I made a mental note of the tag on the tea bag, finished that magical drink and we left for dinner.
As for the bottle of water, it was left untouched. Little did I know, my equation with that bottle had changed. For good.
“TE-A-ME Ice Brews”, I googled. Two reasons why I got home that night and did this.
I am big on beverages, so I have a habit to nerd everything out. But more on this later.
After an ultra spicy Mexican dinner, I secretly craved the minty fresh drink from over Sahil’s desk.
The search engine took me straight to the TE-A-ME website.
See now I didn’t want to shop for tea, I only wanted to take a look at it. But the website had 10% off on their products and I found myself reaching out for my card. I got the Mint and the 5-in-1 box. Yayyy.
The term “Cold brews” still had me intrigued.
On digging more, here’s what I found:
Cold brewed tea isn’t simply Iced Tea (Sahil lied and it definitely didn’t taste like one). Ice teas are water-boiled tea extracts and sugar syrup served over cold water or ice. Cold brews, on the other hand, are steeped or brewed in water that is cold or room temperature. This absence of heat and boiling does all the magic. It basically keeps your water from extracting the bitter acidic compounds from the tea leaves.
Now I believe most of us have had that slightly bitter tasting iced tea. So what you asked for is some extra sugar. Right? Well I thought that’s how it’s supposed to be. I was wrong.
Cold brewed ice tea takes your normal ice tea to a next level. The ice brewing method keeps the natural sweetness of your tea INTACT! Thus your drink is not bitter, instead, more fruity, naturally sweet and absolutely thirst quenching!
I got my TE-A-ME ice brews in just two days and I was sold! Can you guess what is the first thing I noticed on the box? “NO ADDED SUGAR”. And thereon, I have been on a spree!
Post-lunch sugar cravings? Ice brew.
Fancy guests at home? Serve ice brew.
Pre run, on run, post run drink? Ice friggin brew – tea bag goes right into my water bottle!
Thirsty? Ok, NOT thirsty? but need to finish the day’s water quota?
ice brew my friend!
The good Ice brew steeps are naturally sweet, just absolute pleasant. Plus the low caffeine content in this drink keeps me fresh without getting jittery. Mind you, my skin texture has improved, my sugar calories from post-run energy drinks have decreased, and my general water consumption has increased.
Ice brews usually take a couple of hours to steep. TE-A-ME brings this to you in just 5 minutes! You can even leave the tea bags in your water jar for as long as you like.
“What is wrong with you”, my mom yelled, “I am seeing these tea bags in every water container you use.”
I was on Netflix with a beer mug, of course, without the beer. I paused my show, looked up and handed the mug to my mother. Yet another water monster was created in my house. Sometimes I wonder if I should figure a way to add a couple of tea bags in my RO, but that is taking it a bit too far.