Few things are more soothing than a nice cup of tea— and your mom deserves an upgrade from Lipton. These unique teas offer everything from superfood powers to sassy labels.
For the mom who has everything, get her cáscara tea, made from the outer husk of a coffee cherry. Brewing it is an ancient tradition in Yemen, Ethiopia, and other coffee-producing countries. It tastes nothing like coffee, but rather has a gentle earthy flavor, and one third the caffeine. Lady Falcon Coffee Club master roaster Buffy Maguire (one of only a handful of female coffee roasters in the world) sources the fruit from Nicaragua from a female coffee producer high in the mountains right on the Honduran border, then pairs the upcycled husks with organic dried flowers and spices to create three blends– chai, hibiscus, and rose petals. My favorite is currently the rose petal – it is very soothing. It’s a superfood, packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties— and a really cute package. ($50 for two tins)
Irreverent Teas ($29.95 for a gift box of 24 sachets)
Bold flavors inside sassy packages — get these for a mom who is always in on the joke. The Awoke Green Tea is spiked with butterfly pea flower, boosting the antioxidants while turning it a pretty violet color. The “Part of this Nutritious Breakfast Tea” blends an intense black tea with holy basil for a deep coffee-like flavor. The packaging is just as fun as the tea — they refer to the breakfast tea as “non-binary” — and you probably wish you could have it on t-shirt (I do). With the tagline “functional tea for a disfunctional world,” each tea is a baby step into the world of adaptogens, with blends of functional herbs and unique flavors that also taste good.
August Table ($24.99 for a four-ounce tin)
For the mom that likes the ritual of tea, grab some loose leaves from this purveyor of lovely tea and tableware. August’s selection is all about stopping to breath in the aromas, with pretty flowers and delicious herbs and spices. I especially like the King’s Chai Black Tea, a robust, full-bodied black tea blended with aromatic masala spices including cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper, and ginger.
Chariteas ($45 for a gift set of three tins)
For the mom who needs to chill out, get the Restoration Collection from Chariteas, which includes a robust black tea blend for morning, organically grown Japanese Matcha for an afternoon pick me up, and a soothing blend of chamomile tea and mint for bed time. Committed to sourcing the world’s finest quality tea from the road less traveled, Chariteas works with sustainable tea farms to craft custom blends, giving a platform to teas from countries in Southeast Asia like as Indonesia and Vietnam.