*Hello Readers! I just wanted to let you know that this isn’t a sponsored post. I’m not being compensated for this post and I’m not related in any way to the NM Tea Company or its owners.
One of my favorite local shops is the New Mexico Tea Company located near Old Town in Albuquerque. The owner, David Edwards, is so friendly and whenever I wander in he is usually there to chat about the various teas, explaining the health benefits and providing recommendations. Tea is great for its health benefits, aroma, and relaxing vibes. The shop itself is in a great location tucked in among Old Town casitas and down the street from several museums and Tiguex Park.
These days I’m drinking Mother’s Tea which is a blend of various organic herbs. It contains raspberry leaf which by itself is rather boring, but this blend includes peppermint leaf and tastes minty fresh. T is drinking various rooibos (african red tea) blends which are rich in antioxidants and Hawthorn leaf for heart health. NM Tea Company carries many different teas from the straightfoward like chamomile and peppermint to the exotic like Sgt. Peppers Rooibos and Thai Lemon Ginger. They also carry medicinal teas like The Healer Tea for colds, allergies and headaches and Kidney and Bladder Detox Tea. Some teas are imported but they also carry tea from right here in New Mexico.
I’m not a huge tea fanatic, but NM Tea Company affords me the opportunity to shop for something that is way more interesting in a small shop setting rather than mindlessly grabbing a box of tea based on the package design under the unsexy flourescent lights of a grocery store or big box discount chain. I find it way more enjoyable to walk into this warm, cute shop located in a sweet, old neighborhood, breathing in each tea and sampling others before deciding what to buy. Plus, I can buy just the amount I want without committing to a huge box of something I might not care for.
I wish you could take in a deep breath and smell the wonderful scent of these teas. It’s a beautiful bouquet of fragrant aromas.
Part of the fun is examining the physical make-up of each tea: berries, leaves, twigs, peppercorns and all.
If you couldn’t tell by now, I’m a huge proponent of shopping local, especially during the holidays. When I shop locally, more of every dollar that I spend stays in this community. According to a 2004 study, for every $100 spent locally, $68 is returned to the local community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures. A study in Austin showed that for every dollar spent at local book and music stores returned 45 cents to the community while a dollar spent at Borders returned only 13 cents to the Austin economy. Buying local also means encouraging vibrant shopping districts, supporting retailers that know your name, and supporting stores with local character.
So, have you been to NM Tea Company? What are your favorite local shops?