In my world, every day is a day for tea. Most of the folks in my life start their day off with a cup of coffee but for me, I start mine off with the kettle whistling and a tea cup or tea mug raring to go. And with January being National Hot Tea Month, the weather being so cold and David’s Tea promoting their Cup of Warmth local hunger relief charity donation, there’s never been a better time to grab and enjoy a cup of warm and soothing sweet loose leaf tea while making a difference at the same time.
On January 15, David’s Tea began their Cup of Warmth promotion nationwide, even tapping into several cities across the border, donating the loose leaf tea equivalent for every single cup of tea purchased and every single social media share of the event to a local hunger relief charity and/or food bank in every province in the country and 4 cities in the US (Boston, Chicago, New York and San Francisco). For us here in Ontario, David’s Tea has linked hearts and arms with Second Harvest. Buy a cup, give a cup. It’s that simple.
Their goal is to reach 150 000 cups by the end of January 28 so if you happen to be out and about and around a David’s Tea this weekend, grab a cup of your favourite flavour or try a new one to help contribute to the rising total! And if you can’t get out to a shop, you can still get involved and help out by tweeting about it on Twitter @DAVIDsTEA and sharing it through Facebook. Goodness knows I’ve done my share of tea drinking over the last week, trying out some new flavours and ticking them off in my current David’s Tea tea menu! If you need some recommendations, here are my top David’s Tea picks (in no particular order!) that will warm you up and keep you toasty!
Ate by Ate’s Top David’s Tea Picks
- Toasted Walnut (green tea)
- Lime Gelato (green tea)
- Long Life Oolong (oolong tea that tastes like Fuzzy Peaches candy!)
- Birthday Cake (rooibos tea)
- Red Velvet Cake (black tea; quite possibly even better than red velvet cake itself)
- Blueberry Jam (black tea)
- Chocolate Rocket (mate tea; tastes like a delicious chocolate raspberry almond cake)
- Coco-Lemon Thai (white tea)
- Mango Lassi (herbal tea)
- Fantasy Island (black tea; the most perfect combination of raspberry and coconut, my latest favourite!)
And as for seasonal honourable mentions, try the Choconut Oolong, Coffee Cake and White Chocolate Frost from their Winter collection, they’re terrific! Out of all the teas I’ve tried so far from David’s Tea’s permanent menu, these are my absolute favourites and I’m always finding myself wanting to default to the list of 8 teas up top. There are so many others I need and want to try though (including Kiwi’s Big Adventure, Ceylon Star, Jessie’s Tea, Orange Blossom and their latest addition, Mint to Be!) so I have no doubt that list of 8 will grow to 10 or even 12.
Honestly, I look at my growing tea collection in my room and it makes me happy (and leaves my brother in a state of awe. After walking into my room to pick out a tea to drink one morning, he stopped dead in his tracks and said, “oh my goodness, it’s like walking into a David’s Tea in my own house!”). So much of my life now revolves around it (trying out recipes that would go great with a tea party menu, eating and drinking my way through afternoon tea spots in the city with my best friend and boyfriend, reading tea literature, learning about tea history, the list goes on) and it’s remarkable just how much joy it’s brought me. Knowing this makes paying it forward, even if it’s only one cup of tea at a time, that much more meaningful.