Spring Forward

Step out of the Winter Rut and Spring Forward

The Spring season is the time for recharging, moving forward, and enjoying the warmer days! After a long winter of snow, freezing temperatures, and shorter days, Spring is eagerly welcomed by everyone. The transition from winter to spring can sometimes seem hard so we want to give you that little nudge in the right direction to take advantage of this new season!

You have the motivated mindset to get out there so we are just suggesting the extra boost to get your legs moving!

The Health Powerhouse
Matcha: Organic Green Tea Powder

We can’t suggest Matcha enough for all its health benefits and versatile uses! This energizing tea is rich in antioxidants called catechins, which are known to fight heart disease and cancer. Green tea also increases endurance and enhances fat-burn before exercise. Whisk or blend this health powerhouse as a hot or iced tea in the morning and you will be ready for anything!

 

Try this great on-the-go breakfast or snack to keep you energized all day!

Your All Day Energy
Pekoe House: Organic Loose Leaf Chai Tea

Chai Tea is not only soothing in the Winter but also energizing in the Spring! When you have a busy day ahead, a cup of Pekoe House Chai provides long-lasting energy and focus without the jitters. A spirited organic Assam black tea wrapped in traditional chai spices will awaken the senses and energize body and mind.

 

Try all our Chai blends at our cafes to find your favorite go-to energy!

With the warm weather approaching a Chai Wallah is the refreshing energy your afternoon needs! Use our Pekoe app to order ahead + skip the line so you get your drink even quicker!

 

Share the Love

Put Love in the Air! 

February is the month to share love to friends, family, and loved ones. By chatting over a cup of tea, going for a group hike or just simply hanging out, we can all share some love! What better way to spread some sweetness then with your favorite chocolate flavors. Our Pekoe chocolate tea blends are the perfect addition to that chat, hike, or get together with your loved ones. In our cafes or at home, share the love of Pekoe this month!

Spiced Chocolate
Chocolate Chai
Organic
Loose Leaf Chai Tea, Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate, Steamed Milk

Experience the perfectly blended flavors of Chai and dark chocolate with our Chocolate Chai. Made perfectly for you at our cafes to share with your friends or loved ones.

 

Nuts for Chocolate
Chocolate Covered Almond
Loose Leaf Black Tea

Indulge in the nutty and chocolate enjoyment of real chocolate-covered almonds. Our Chocolate Covered Almond black tea offers the nutty and sweet flavors of coconut, safflower, almonds, and organic cacao nibs. Enjoy the comforts of chocolate almonds with friends or a loved one this Valentine’s Day.

 

Chocolate Boost
Chocolate Hazelnut
Loose Leaf Mate Tea

A distinctive mate tea for energizing vitality, with cocoa and hazelnut bits. Our Chocolate Haze Mate blend sprinkles carob and hazelnut bits among toasted mate for a decadent yet healthy buzz. Share the comforts of chocolate with your loved ones at home with this seasonal favorite.

Share a cup of love with friends or loved ones at our cafes. Can’t make it to our cafes? We are always open at pekoe.com. Enjoy 20% off Chocolate Covered Almond & Chocolate Hazelnut tea blends online until 2/14/17. Use Code: CHOCOLATE

SIP. RELAX. ENJOY

All About Dad

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All About Dad
Father’s Day is this Sunday so we want this week to be all about Dads! We grew up watching our Dad getup early to make a cup of coffee and head off to work for the day. We waited for him to return later that evening to greet us with a big hug and an exhausted smile. We all cherished that end of the work day hug when dad got home and we know he felt the same way. A cup of coffee in the early morning feels similar to that big hug we got from Dad with its boldness to wake up our system and its comforting warmness from the first to last sip. We want to give everyone that feel-good cup of hugs!

Uniquely for Dad
Pekoe has three exclusive blends and our Rare & Exotics Single Origin to satisfy every variation of coffee drinker for a healthy and energizing sip. From the unique blend of El Salvador Single Origin to gold, medium, and dark roasts, there are plenty of ‘coffee hugs’ to be passed around. Our newest addition, El Salvador – Single Origin, in our Rare & Exotics is focused around its excellent taste from the soil it was grown and the support it gives back to the people working the lands. Our three Pekoe blends are locally roasted, organic, fair-trade and exclusive only to our Sip House. Each coffee is unique and will bring you on a world-wide adventure through each perfectly brewed cup.

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El Salvador – Single Origin – Whole Bean Coffee

Our Sip House Rare & Exotics are single origin coffees, sourced directly from small-lot coffee farmers around the world. Our goals are to support the people that work the land, the local community and excellent coffee production.

 

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Muse Whole Bean Coffee
A crowd-pleasing choice, our Muse fair-trade and organic coffee blend offers a poetic medley of flavor notes: dark cherry, vanilla and hazelnut from three incredible sources: 50% Honduras, 25% Uganda, and 25% Peru.

 

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Visionary Whole Bean Coffee
Enjoy this clever blend of blackberry, chocolate and butterscotch notes that is comprised of 50% Honduras, 25% Mexico, 25% Uganda fair-trade and organic coffee beans.

 

 

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Traveler Whole Bean Coffee
Savor the flavor notes of oak, toasted walnut and a hint of creamy maple syrup. Our robust and bright Traveler coffee is comprised of 33% Sumatra, 33% Mexico, 33% Uganda fair-trade and organic coffee beans.

 

The Gift that Keeps Dad Going
We want Dad to stay energized through the whole day so he always gives us that big hug each evening he gets home! Dad deserves the perfect brewed coffee each morning to start the day energized and ready to go. The French Press makes a bold and smooth cup that gets the body moving and his taste buds satisfied. Not sure Dad will know how to brew with a French Press? We got you covered!

How to Make a Coffee with a French Press

What You NeedFrench Press, Pekoe Sip House,

1/2 cup freshly roasted Pekoe coffee beans
4 cups cold water
Coffee Bean Grinder
French Press, should hold at least 32 ounces
Electric kettle or a stovetop kettle
Thermometer, optional
Long spoon

Instructions
1. Measure out 1/2 cup of coffee beans.
2. Grind the coffee beans: Your coffee grounds should be rough and coarse, but still evenly sized, without a lot of fine grit.
3. Heat 4 cups of water to boiling, then cool for 1 minutes.
4. Add the water to the French Press
5. Stir the brew: Stir vigorously, using an up and down motion.
6. Steep for 4 minutes: You may find that different roasts of coffee do better with slightly longer or shorter steeping times.
7. Plunge the press: When the timer goes off, immediately press the plunger all the way to the bottom. Drink the coffee immediately.

Hot coffee in the morning is the perfect good morning hug, but majority of Dads need that midday energy boost too! With the summer weather here to stay, a cold brew coffee in the afternoon sun sounds just as good.

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Pekoe Cold Brew Coffee
Made with our signature Muse blend, an organic gold roast coffee. The Muse blend is soft and mellow with notes of dark cherry, vanilla, and hazelnut. Over a 24-hour period, freshly ground coffee beans infuse cold water to create our signature Cold Brew Coffee. This deliberately slow process ensures rich, balanced flavor. Delicious over ice, takes milk & sugar well.

 

Our Pekoe Pitcher is the perfect way to store and serve our cold brew coffee! You can keep it at home for an evening refreshment or bring it to work for an all day energy boost at your convenience.

Shop Now for Father’s Day!
We have just what your Dad needs to keep him healthy and satisfied! This week, use promo code: PEKOEDAD for $2 off all coffee bags. Also use promo code FRENCHFIVE, for $5 off all French Presses to make sure Dad has his perfect cup of coffee every morning. In addition, we have a Father’s Day exclusive gift set made for all those ‘on-the-go’ Dads, which includes our El Salvador – Single Origin – Whole Bean Coffee and our Pekoe Tumbler. We hope each and every Dad has a wonderful weekend being a dad and drinking lots of coffee to get you through it energized!

Let’s Celebrate the Earth!

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Earth Day is such an exciting day to remind us how great this state of Colorado is with its fresh mountain air and a community that is motivated to stay healthy and active outside. With today being the official day for earth awareness, most of you probably took an extra minute of your day to really take in how we are helping the environment, but couldn’t we make Earth Day every day!

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As a Boulder, Colorado local company, Pekoe Sip House is involved in keeping the earth around us clean and healthy every day. They focus on the use of recyclable products and promoting reusability with their collection of travel mugs and tumblers. Keeping the earth clean is a main priority which makes each sip that much more enjoyable.

Each one of us can help make a big difference with just that one extra thought each day, that’s only 365 minutes a year for the environment which is a lot less minutes thinking about work, yourself, and eating. In Boulder and the whole state of Colorado, the locals are great examples of how each one of us makes a difference in keeping the earth clean and the mountains as prestigious as they have always been. The bike paths that run more than 300 miles around the city allows commuters to not only enjoy the 300 days of sunshine Colorado offers, but keeping the air free from less car pollution. With those paths, people are walking, running, or even roller-skating to work, stores, and home. Not only does this allow our beautiful state of Colorado to stay clean but it keeps the community healthy and motivated.

Here are a few easy ways to help the Earth every single day.

REUSE and then RECYCLE: You know those days you are rushing to the grocery store to make dinner before the craziness of the kids coming home then you get to the store and you forgot your reusable bags. We have all been there, and now you are forced to use the paper grocery store bags but that is OK! Now you can use those bags next time at the store and the time after that until its completely used then you RECYCLE. A small gesture like this can make a huge difference in the long run.

• BYOM – Bring Your Own Mug: This small act is so easy and it cuts out having to worry about recycling! Bringing your own mug to Pekoe Sip House will of course give you the perk of a discount every time, but also the convenience of on-the-go capability with the comfort of your own mug and no need for finding a recycling bin once you finish your beverage. Sounds like a no-brainer!
• Take a Stroll or Ride – Boulder makes it extremely easy for us to commute on foot or bike to work, shop,and grab a happy-hour drink with friends. With the access to the bike paths no matter your location in town, you can contribute to the clean breathing air by one day a week walking or biking instead of driving.

Just once a week can make a huge difference!

Get Outside and Play!

Earth Day is a great way to remember why we want to keep the land we live in clean and flourishing. Take a look out your window or take a walk on your lunch break, appreciate what Colorado has to offer and and what each one of us can offer to this amazing state we call home.

Sip It Your Way: Personalize Your Tea Drink at Pekoe

Your drink is about you! When you order tea or coffee at Pekoe Sip House there are two demands to balance: a flavor craving to satisfy, and the nourishment your body needs. Whether you want it healthier, tastier, or more energizing – personalize your tea drink! How, you ask?

  • Swap in a milk alternative
  • Toss in some chia seeds
  • Upgrade to a big straw with boba pearls
  • Stir in something sweet
  • Add a Skoop of whole food nutrition

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personalize your tea drink with chia, boba, sweeteners, plant-based powders, and more.

Make It Healthy!

Change Your Milk

Milk is a great source of calcium, vitamin D, and protein, it’s true – but for those with lactose allergies or vegan diets, we offer soy, rice, and almond milk alternatives. Each alternative fits a different lifestyle, and they all taste unique! Soy milk is a good source of protein and vitamin B. Almond Milk is a low calorie option with no saturated fat or cholesterol, and a good source of vitamins D and E. Rice Milk is good for those with nut allergies. Whether you’re searching for a new flavor or different health benefits, we have a milk that’s a fit for you.

Add a Detox or Protein

With newly available Skoop powders, you can quickly and easily add 100% plant-based whole food nutrition to your favorite drink. Cleanse and reboot your body with Detox A-Game, or shake in Super All-In-One, which delivers the protein and nutrition of a balanced meal and promotes digestive health.

Toss In Chia Seeds

Soaked chia does more than add fun texture. These tiny black seeds are high in fiber and protein, and are naturally gluten-free. A smart addition to any smoothie, iced tea, or breakfast bowl!

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10 Boba Tea Drinks to Satisfy Every Craving

For the uninitiated, a Boba Tea (also known as Bubble Tea or Pearl Milk Tea) is a combination of tea and milk with tapioca pearls. To make the pearls, starch of the tapioca plant is mixed with water and kneaded into a dough. Small pieces are then broken off, rolled into balls, and laid out to dry. Just before serving, the dry tapioca pearls are tossed into a pot of boiling water and become the sweet, chewy bubbles we all enjoy munching on. At Pekoe Sip House, we prepare our boba fresh every morning to be added to your favorite cold drink.

As we mentioned in our Boba Tea Blog Feature, this exotic tea drink was invented in Taiwan during the 1980s. We have been making Boba Tea at Pekoe’s three Boulder locations since our doors first opened in 2003.

SIP TIP: All Boulder cafe loose-leaf teas can be enjoyed hot, cold, as a latte, or with boba pearls.

Pekoe Sip House Boulder Boba Tea Drinks

Those who have fallen in love with Boba Tea will attest, when you have a craving for Boba nothing else will do! We have a variety of Boba Tea options that should speak directly to those cravings.

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How To Help Save the Honey Bees

Did you know that 1 in 3 bites of your food is pollinated by honey bees?

42% (nearly half!) of these friendly bees vanished last year. That’s a sobering statistic. A world without bees would be devastating for our planet. That’s why we’re fundraising for the Colorado Beekeepers Association – and you can help!

Visit a Pekoe Sip House location near you, and help us save the honey bees. 20% of all honey sales will be donated to support local bee keepers. Honey is a natural, antimicrobial addition to your tea or coffee for health and flavor. Try adding honey to a stronger brew such as Assam Black Tea, or a soft and delicious cup of chamomile blossom tea.

Here are 2 other ways you can help save the honey bees:

  • * Plant flowers in your yard or in flower boxes on your patio.
  • * Reduce or eliminate your personal pesticide use.

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The honey bees are vital to our future. Please help.

4 Reasons Why Boulder is a Remarkable Place to Live & Visit

Hey, neighbors and visitors alike! Get ready to shop local, eat healthy and soak up the Boulder vibe at Pekoe Sip House.

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Boulder, Colorado, is a wonderful place to work, play, visit, and live. There are so many draws for visitors and residents alike, including the abundant sunshine; breathtaking natural beauty (hello, Flatirons!); delicious drink and food for all appetites and preferences (including gluten-free and paleo); the entrepreneurial spirit and Boulder startup community; and the community-focused commitment to health and fitness.

Pekoe is proud to be a part of the Boulder community since 2003. We currently have three locations: near the bustling downtown Boulder area, near the 29th Street Mall area in the Steelyards, and on the University of Colorado campus.

We’ve seen the city of Boulder change over time — and admittedly, we’ve changed with it. But one thing remains constant: Boulder is a place you have to experience for yourself.

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Be the Change: Pekoe Sip House’s Community Values

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Pekoe Sip House is a certified B Corp.

Meaning, we meet higher standards when operating our business. We believe in our community values of transparency (what you see is what you get), accountability (we keep our word), and performance (quality is paramount).

By becoming B Corp certified, Pekoe had to pass a test that proved we do, indeed, stand behind our values. Like other B Corps, we offer a positive vision of a better way to do business. By caring about community, the environment and ethics.

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Ethical Sourcing

When obtaining our tea leaves and coffee beans we use ethical sourcing methods. We have relationships with producers and importers around the world where we know the workers are treated fairly and earning fair wages. We also carry a number of Fair Trade Certified products.

Environment

Our commitment to environmental practices extends from all our locations being wind powered, to composting all our tea and coffee grounds for people to use in gardens. The paper and plastic products we use are over 99% compostable with ceramic options for reuse in house. We are constantly looking for ways to reduce our footprint and leave this world better than we found it.

Charity

When you give to charity, you may benefit economically, psychologically, socially, spiritually and physically. Every year, Pekoe donates funds to social and education programs for positive change locally, nationally and globally. We are all in this together, and that is what defines community. Such examples are Half the Sky, Open Heart CO and Women’s Safehouse.

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As a result of the collective success of all BCorp companies around the country, individuals and communities — including our hometown of Boulder, Colorado — will enjoy greater economic opportunity, society will address its most challenging environmental problems, and more people will find fulfillment by bringing their whole selves to work. Now, who doesn’t want that?

Where we work, live and play — that’s home. Since we opened our doors in 2003, we have been committed to being a positive influence in the community.

Our Promise

Pekoe Sip House is dedicated to promoting sustainability in every sense of the word, by our ongoing commitment to both the environment and the quality of life experienced by individuals in the coffee industry. Pekoe’s Farm2Cup certification ensures that you can feel good about the coffee you drink.

By initiating best practice sharing and quality control, investing in the farming communities and bring a better quality of life for farmers, we are able to bring you the highest quality coffee possible: it tastes good, it feels good.

We also have a B Corp Certification, further demonstrating our commitment to the greater good for all. B Lab certified companies are a building a new sector of the economy by using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Corp certifications are provided through B Lab, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that serves a global movement of entrepreneurs using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.

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8 of the Healthiest Gluten-Free Foods – Available at Pekoe Sip House

It feels good to feel good. Wouldn’t you agree? And what we eat and drink influence whether or not our feel-good day tops the charts, or if it sinks low.

Never fear! We put together the below list — 8 of the healthiest gluten-free foods — you can find in our Boulder cafes or at your local grocery store, so that you can live the healthiest life you deserve. Starting today!

8 of the Healthiest Gluten-Free Foods – Now Available at Pekoe Sip House

1. Quinoa – What a nutritional all-star! Quinoa is naturally gluten-free and packs 8 grams of hunger-busting protein and 5 grams of fiber in one cup. It’s also packed with nutrients, such as iron, zinc, selenium and Vitamin E. At Pekoe cafes, try our quinoa, beet and kale salad. Mmm!

2. Cinnamon – Known for it’s anti-inflammatory TLC (that’s tender loving care), cinnamon may also help stabilize blood sugar levels. Use it generously in your coffee, tea or granola. (We like how it takes in a chai latte!) Stop in a Pekoe cafe for gluten-free pumpkin bread, baked with cinnamon.

3. Green Tea – Touted for its health benefits, green tea is a fitness and lifestyle BFF. Green Tea contains catechins, a type of phytochemical that may affect metabolism. Pick up some of our Sunny Green loose leaf tea online in our tea shop, or stop by one of our local Boulder cafes today for your fix. We also sell iced green tea at local markets, including Whole Foods and Cured. (Hint: You can make iced tea at home!)

8 of the Healthiest Gluten-Free Foods – Now Available at Pekoe Sip House

4. Hot Peppers – Capsaicin is the magic word. That’s what makes hot peppers such a hot commodity in modern diets. This compound appears to curb appetite and speed up metabolism slightly. Looking for a kick in your drink? Try a Pressery Habanero Lemonade, available at our cafes.

5. Coffee – Yes, pour another! America’s favorite breakfast beverage may help rev metabolism at the same time it helps you pry open your eyelids. We only ever serve organic, locally roasted, and fair trade coffee.

6. Pears & Apples – Both fruits are high in water content. Eat them with peels on for extra fiber, to help you feel full longer. With fall fast approaching, we’ll be serving Cider in our cafes!

7. Berries – Snack on sweet blueberries, raspberries, strawberries or blackberries to satisfy your sweet tooth. They’re nature’s candy, after all. For a divine indulgence, order a gluten-free berry streusel at one of our Boulder cafes.

8. Raw Veggies – Trying to kick the chip habit? Reach for raw veggies like carrots, celery, cucumber, and raw zucchini. Low in calories, these raw veggies are full of water. Dip in salsa for extra zest. Or get your fill with one of our flavorful gluten-free salads, a great choice for lunch.

Bonus: In our cafes, we also serve raw, gluten-free desserts!

All these gluten-free foods (and drinks!) listed above have one thing in common: they’re medicine. Other foods to add to your plate this fall include grapefruit first thing in the morning and roasted sweet potatoes, minus the sugary marshmallows on top.

These gluten-free foods are known to give your immune system the boost it needs — especially as we look ahead to colder months.

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Source: WebMD