Everybody knows that the Brits love their afternoon spot of tea, but the folks behind the UK-based Teapigs take that love to a new level with their mission to improve the way we drink tea. Teapigs believes that the best way to enjoy a "cuppa" is via whole tea leaves (not pulverized bits), but standard tea bags aren't big enough to hold them. So they created the pyramid-shaped Tea Temple, which contains only whole leaves — no tea dust — that naturally unfurl in warm water.
However, Teapigs doesn't stop there. Every Tea Temple is biodegradable, and the company has set up a number of charity projects in the tea growing regions of the world to help support the farmers that help make our favorite teas.
We had the pleasure of tasting Mao Feng Green Tea, a crisp and flavorful tea sourced from the jungle-shrouded valleys of China. Featuring undertones of apricots and peaches, this tea makes for a perfect pick-me-up, and is all together very light and refreshing while delivering a healthy dose of invigorating antioxidants. Don't be fooled by the name; you don't need to pig out on their tea to enjoy it. A single cup should do the trick.
Price: $6.44 for a packet of 15 Tea Temples (also available as loose leaf)