#43: You Can’t Chug Tea. But You Can Learn About it! with Andy Hayes

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If you’re used to grabbing a tea from the coffee shop and sipping on it in between texts or while paused at a traffic light, my guest today really wants you to STOP! IN THE NAME OF TEA … AND SIP IT MINDFULLY…. Ok, those aren’t his exact words, but Andy Hayes, the founder of Plum Deluxe, a Portland, Oregon based small-batch tea company does believe that the beauty of tea is helping us SLOW DOWN (I mean, you can’t really chug tea) and enjoy a mindful moment. I like that. I like that a lot. And I like that Andy sat down with me for MANY mindful moments and explained the ins and outs, befores and afters, and hots and colds of tea!

This is Andy!

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Sparknotes from This Tea Talk:

Plum Deluxe. Andy’s tea company’s name comes from the ideaS that: Plums, in old English, is something you stumble upon that you’re really grateful for. Plum is also a very lucky fruit in big tea-drinking countries (China, Japan, India, etc.).

Photo by Margo Millure (www.margomillure.com)

HOW TEA IS MADE:

Different parts of the plant and different regions of where it’s grown is how you get different teas.

So someone picks the tea leaves. Then it has to be dried (if not, it’ll get moldy and gross), then it gets oxidized.

Get this → all tea comes from the same plant! Black, green, white, pu-er…same plant! Just different levels of drying, toasting, fermented, etc.

There’s also rooibus and honeybush (those aren’t tea plants and both come from South Africa…they’re bushes with bark).

Chai really just means “spicy” tea. It’s not really a type of tea, it just means that tea is spicy.

Andy actually makes all his own blends! So fun!

And the names he chooses are awesome like “hammock blend” and “cuddle time tea.” The focus is all on “what is this tea for?” Because the motto of his brand is “make every moment matter.”

Some most popular Plum Deluxe teas are:

The reading nook blend” – a black tea with rose, chamomile and lavender. 

The self care blend” – with elderberries and apricot! 

How to seriously make iced tea:

Cold brew it! Get a mason jar or a pitcher and put the loose tea in there just with cold water and keep that in the fridge for at least 8 hours (like overnight).

Andy’s favorite Plum Deluxe iced tea teas:

Summer breakfastwhich is a black tea with grapefruit in it. Which he also turns into sangria! Hibiscus tea is also great for cocktails!!

Here’s a sangria tea recipe

Here’s a great cocktail tea recipe

Andy uses a FRENCH PRESS (yep, a coffee one!) for brewing loose tea!! 

If you want a little ball strainer for loose tea, go for MESH! The MESHER the BETTER! (and make sure there’s room in your ball strainer for the tea to get covered on all sides.)

Great tea for smoothies: green tea! I love blending cold green tea into smoothies for an extra boost.

1 tsp to 8 oz of water is the RULE OF TEA THUMB!

Check out Andy’s tea of the month club! Like wine! But not! For $10 a month you get an ounce (15-20 cups worth) of SURPRISE loose leaf tea in the mail. Plus other surprises!

Andy’s fav plant-party restaurant: Blossoming Lotus in Portland, OR

His fav plant to eat: broccoli…BLASTED!

“Blasted broccoli”

  • Cut the broccoli so it lays flat on the tray. And drizzle it with olive oil and salt and pepper.
  • Then roast it at 375 degrees F for 20 minutes!

His favorite kitchen tool: his french press!

Andy’s favorite tea: white tea which is the top of the tea plant (so it’s younger tea leaves than green tea) and it has the least amount of caffeine of the tea leaves (besides herbal tea).

A book that’s inspired him: Tim Ferris’ The 4-Hour Work Week 

Follow Plum Deluxe on Instagram! | Sign up for the tea of the month club! | Explore Andy’s awesome loose teas!

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