Behind The Scenes With Our Local Hemp Farmers @ Celestial Wellness!

We are excited to team up with local hemp farmers at Celestial Wellness to bring you to special tea + hemp blends (AM + PM blends). It’s not every day you get see what’s involved with producing and harvesting hemp, so we wanted to share some Q and As, as well as photos from behind the scenes! If you have additional questions for our local hemp partners, you can get in touch with them here. Special thanks to Justin, with Celestial Hemp, for providing this organic material for us to see and know more about their local hemp, which we look forward to including in our tea blends!

Q: How are hemp blossoms harvested? Please explain the process as best you can – in a nutshell. 

A: They are harvested in several different ways. Our method is to cut off the branches and then run the branches over a fan blade. We then hang the rough trimmed branches in a temperature and humidity controlled environment. After they are sufficiently dried, we then remove all of the flower from the branches, and fine trim it. After it is fine trimmed, we then store it with humidity control packets in a temperature controlled place, and let it cure for at least a week. 

Q: You have shared that the hemp blossoms have to decarboxylated- basically put in the oven for a certain amount of time in order to activate the compounds. What is the purpose of decarboxylating hemp and what does the process entail? What properties become activated when the hemp blossoms are decarboxylated?

A: Decarboxylation is the process that turns CBDA into CBD. It essentially activates the CBDA so it does not have to be activated by the user at the time of consumption. This does not have to be done to hemp that is smoked because when it is lit, the decarboxylation occurs almost instantly. With hemp that is ingested, however, it must be done beforehand. Heating it to 210-230 degrees for 30-45 minutes typically will do the trick for decarbing. 

Q: We use two different types of hemp blossoms in our AM and PM hemp tea blends. What are the differences between cherry (in the AM blend) and berry (in the PM blend)? Why are they called names of fruit and are they flavored with cherry and berry? 

A: The types of flower, Cherry Blossom and Berry Blossom, are only named that because the geneticist that created the strains named them so. 

The Cherry Blossom is, to my knowledge, actually a strain that was created with Cherry Wine and Berry Blossom. It was created by combining the genetics of Cherry Wine and Berry Blossom.

The Berry Blossom strain was created with Cherry Kandahar S1 and Chardonnay genetics.

We did not create these strains, we just purchased the seeds from another licensed farmer.  We have had several customers mention that they had a fruity flavor, so that may be why they were named that way. It really comes down to your personal preference as to how it aligns with the other ingredients when creating the blends.

We look forward to having these two delicious and nutritious ALL organic tea + hemp blends available for y’all to order soon. So, please keep checking back on our Tea-lation store, where we currently have 4 authentic tea blends ready to go – so you can sip your cuppa happy!

Partnering With Celestial Wellness On 2 Tea + Hemp Blends

You may already be familiar with the health benefits of both tea and hemp and have also noticed that hemp products are particularly “in” and trending right now.

We also hope to embrace this, and we jumped (in a tea-lated kind of way) at the opportunity to team up with local hemp farmers at Celestial Wellness (formerly known as Celestial Hemp) to bring y’all 2 very special organic tea + hemp blends we hope you will try soon!

We are currently in the process of getting them ready for you and hope to have both tea + hemp blends available online from our shopify online tea store. Celestial Wellness also hopes to sell them online from their website, as well as in their brick and mortar store. Go check them out sometime and tell them Tea-lation! sent you!

We’re on our way with your 2 tea + hemp blends. . . Our organic tea blend ingredients have arrive via mail and the tea blending process in our certified, commercial kitchen will begin very soon. Our hemp farmers and business partners, at Celestial Wellness, are also busy getting their cherry and berry hemp blossoms ready to add into our blend. Hemp blossoms must under go a heat-activation process called “decarboxilation” to kick-start compounds that provide the most health benefits.

So, what teas with hemp will be offering? We are starting out with 2 organic tea + hemp blends for AM (GM – Good Morning!) Green Tea Blend and PM (Co-zzzy) Herbal Tea Blend that’s completely caffeine-free.

When you’re ready to try them . . . We hope you’ll wake up excited to start your morning with a healthy jumpstart you can share, sip, and savor and end your evening with a calming cuppa that helps you catch some much-needed zzz’s, too! These healthy teas with hemp may quickly become an important part of your daily routine.

We will keep you posted on when we will have our tea + hemp blends available for you to order online. Thanks so much for your encouragement and support!

4 Tea-lation! Tea Blends Now Available Online!

Finally! Your wait is now over and it’s time to try our teas! Our very first 4 authentic Tea-lation! tea blends are ready for you to buy and try, so we hope you will give them all a share, a steep, a sip, and a savor!

You can now order: Rose Citrus Hibiscus Rooibos Tea Blend (Caffeine-Free), Petals Please Herbal Tea Blend (Caffeine-Free), W-S (Winston-Salem) Green Tea Blend, and PT (Piedmont Triad) Herbal Tea Blend (Caffeine-Free) on our Tea-lation! online Shopify store.

We are proud to be an American, minority, and woman owned local W-S (Winston-Salem), NC tea business, committed to your health and happiness! A special thank you to all those who have been patiently (or maybe not so patiently) waiting on our tea blends.

FYI- we have packaging for Rose Citrus Hibiscus Rooibos Tea Blend, but our other 3 tea blends don’t have labels printed yet. So, please don’t mind the unembellished bags with handwritten labeling. We will keep you posted on when we will upgrade our packaging, but remember – it’s the content that counts!

So sorry for the delay, y’all, and we sincerely hope you will enjoy our Tea-lation! teas. You can direct any suggestions and questions to us at: TealationCuppaHappy@gmail.comOur online store is finally ready, and website make-over and updates coming soon.Thanks for your encouragement and support! Looking forward to sharing more with you soon. We hope you will share, steep, sip, and savor your cuppa happy with Tea-lation!’s authentic tea blends.

Tea-lation + Bingo Bango Hibiscus Tea Lemonade Ads in Forsyth Mags

We are excited to have our advertisements out in the July 2020 issue of Forsyth Woman magazine for both Tea-lation and Bingo Bango’s Hibiscus Tea Lemonade (that contains our Rose Citrus Hibiscus Tea Blend and is caffeine-free.

Tea-lation founder, owner, and master tea blender, Susan B. B. Schabacker, enjoyed doing the product photography (@SBBSPhotography on Facebook + Instagram) for both these ads, along with the graphic design for the ad layouts and hopes to create more product shots and promotional materials coming up.

Susan is also a freelance writer and writes multiple articles on a monthly basis for Forsyth Woman and Forsyth Family, as well as for National Geographic and National Geographic Kids. You can pick up your own complementary copies of Forsyth Mags at Harris Teeter and Food Lion grocery stores in Forsyth county.

Enjoy + Happy Reading!

Bingo Bango Hibiscus Tea Lemonade

Bingo Bango Beverage Co., a local W-S (Winston-Salem, NC), natural fruit soda company partnered with us (back when we were Cuppa Love Teas ) to create an eclectic, new bottled beverage: Hibiscus Tea Lemonade. Inspired by a refreshing Arnold Palmer, we use Bingo Bango’s fresh lemonade and our authentic tea blend, Rose Citrus Hibiscus Rooibos Tea Blend, that’s totally caffeine-free, delicious, and nutritious. Instead of black tea, it contains organic rooibos and is an ideal drink to sip and savor in spring and summer! Kids and adults of all ages will enjoy sipping this yummy, thirst-quenching beverage!

Be on the look out at Total Wine at 551 S. Stratford Rd. in Winston-Salem, NC, starting Thursday, May 7, 2020 – where they also provide curbside pickup – so you can go get your Hibiscus Tea Lemonade bottle(s) to take home with you and enjoy!

More locations coming soon that we will def keep y’all posted on. . .

Bingo Bango Site + Social Media Links:

Bingo Bango Site: https://bingo-bango.com/

Bingo Bango on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BingoBangoSoda/

Bingo Bango on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bingobangosoda/

Tea-lation Site + Social Media Links:

Tea-lation! Website: https://www.tea-lation.com/

Tea-lation! on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tealation

Tea-lation! on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tealation

Tea-lation! on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/teascuppa

Tea-lation! on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/teascuppa

Introducing Rose Citrus Hibiscus Rooibos Tea Blend

Hello, Tea Lovers and Fanatics!

We hope you are all doing well! We are looking forward to bringing you our first Tea-lation! tea blend, Rose Citrus Hibiscus – introduced here in this vid, below.

We are currently still working on the packaging, but you can go ahead and buy some and for a reasonable price (with a special discount for local yokels from NC) without the professional packaging.


We are happy to mail it to you (but you’ll have to cover the shipping and handling).
You can send us an email: TealationCuppaHappy@gmail.com


This is a tough time for everyone and we are doing the best we can, too – but struggling. Your encouragement and support are always appreciated.


Thanks for helping your local, woman and minority owned business – Tea-lation! Soon you can sip your own cuppa happy.


We will post on our website options for purchasing our teas, so please keep checking back here and make sure you subscribe to our blog and stay connected with us via social media.


Hope y’all stay healthy and happy!

Abundant Health Benefits of Teas

ANTIOXIDANT- RICH + NUTRIENT-RICH

Tea is a rich source of flavonoids, bioactive compounds that decrease oxidative stress and alleviate inflammation – that may also reduce plaque build up in the arteries. Full of antioxidants, tea is well known to help us stay healthy, young, as well as protect us from the harmful effects of pollution.

Q: So, we know tea contains lots of antioxidants, but what else nutritionally do teas have that can benefit our health? A: Teas contain minerals including: phosphorus, sodium, zinc, copper, and magnesium.

MANY HEALTH BENEFITS OF TEA

Some research studies have concluded that drinking tea can improve vascular reactivity – the level at which your blood vessels respond to physical and emotional stress. Tea may also lower levels of harmful LDL cholesterol and blood pressure.

With wide varieties of low-caffeine and caffeine-free options to choose from, you don’t have to struggle with becoming overly caffeinated. Some of the negative results of overloading on caffeine include: headaches, anxiety, insomnia, and even increased mortality. The Mayo Clinic participated in a study that involved men who drank more than 4 8 fl. oz. cups of coffee and experienced a 21% increase in all-cause mortality. However, caffeine can have some positive benefits – like boosting your energy levels and alertness, but just don’t overdo it. And, opt for a cuppa tea over a cuppa Joe – tea contains less caffeine than its coffee counterpart.

If you want to avoid heart attack and stroke, tea may have a positive impact in helping you reduce your risk. A recent study concluded that green tea drinkers experienced a nearly 20% less risk in heart attack and 35% decreased risk in stroke in those who had 1-3 cups of green tea daily.

Want to lose weight? Try drinking more tea! There is no magic bullet to weight loss, but research studies have proven that drinking tea can help you achieve your goals when paired with a healthy diet and exercise. Catechins, a type of flavonoid in teas, can help boost your metabolism and assist your body in breaking down fats more quickly and efficiently. The caffeine content in teas can actually be beneficial, helping you increase your energy use that allows you to burn more calories – and therefore shed more pounds.

OPT FOR A CUPPA TEA!

Drinking tea helps you stay hydrated and is an ideal alternative to water – which can get old and boring sometimes. Thankfully, there are loads of health benefits to drinking teas (herbal teas, included). So, the next time you want something to sip – try a cuppa tea! Steep, sip, and savor.

Please click here to check out the article I wrote on some of the health benefits of this popular beverage in Forsyth Family magazine.

Afternoon Tea Party Outdoors

You’re invited to our outdoors afternoon tea party!

You’re invited. . . Enjoy an afternoon tea party outdoors on a beautiful spring day! Don some sunnies and a hat and join us with a cuppa and your mobile device to watch our tea party vids. Also, invited is my lookalike American Girl doll, who enjoyed Tea-lation! Blueberry Mango White Tea Blend. It put a smile on her face.

Steep, share, sip, and savor. And, remember: pinkies out, everyone!

Cheers, mate! Sip Your Cuppa Happy!

It’s Officially Tea-lation!

Susan, Tea-lation! founder/owner/tea blender explains the details of changing our tea business name from Cuppa Love Teas to Tea-lation! Our old tagline was “Love in Every Cuppa” and our new tagline is “Sip Your Cuppa Happy.” Tea-lation is a port manteaux word that combines two of our fav words, “tea” and “elation” – meaning great happiness and exhilaration, which is exactly how we want each of you to feel as you Sip Your Cuppa Happy!

Our new website address is https://www.tea-lation.com, which will redirect from http://www.cuppaloveteasws.com, so please don’t worry if you happen to type in our old web address. You’ll still arrive at the same happy place.

We are feeling happy and excited about our Tea-lation! logo/brand identity that we believe represents our tea business well. Take a closer look at our logo and notice that the saucer (under the cuppa graphic) represents a smiling mouth – with dimples. Even our saucer is happy!

We also have good news that we currently have for delicious + nutritious tea blends available that you can order. Please click here to find out more and check out our authentic tea blends.

Look forward to keeping y’all posted on everything! Please stay in touch with us and keeping checking back on our website for our teas and updates – coming soon. Any comments, questions, or suggestions?

You can always send us an email: TealationCuppaHappy@gmail.com and we hope to be in touch soon! Thanks for reaching out.

Tea-lation Site + Social Media Links Tea-lation!

Website: https://www.tea-lation.com/

Tea-lation! on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tealation

Tea-lation! on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tealation

Tea-lation! on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/teascuppa

Tea-lation! on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/teascuppa

Staying Healthy + Staying in Touch

Hope y’all are all doing well! We wanted to let you know how much we love and appreciate every one of you and hope you will remain hopeful and keep in close touch. Although, we will not see you in person for a while, we hope to connect with you via email, our website and social media. Thankfully, technology enables us to reach each other without the risk of contracting COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

As you are now aware, many businesses are struggling immensely and the virus has had a devastating and destructive effect on our lives worldwide. However difficult, we choose to remain hopeful for the near future and will do our utmost to work together to support each other when times are tough.

We value every one of the Winston-Salem businesses that we have partnered with and our hearts go out to them as many close down during this trying period. We want to give a special thanks and shout out to our friends and business colleagues who carry Tea-lation! teas @: Celestial Wellness, Moji Coffee + More, Thai Harmony, Downtown Thai, 6th and Vine Wine Bar, and Mystic Ginger.

Please know you are never alone, even if you are physically. We are always with you in spirit and hope you will realize that. We hope you will stay safe and healthy. Be cautious and take necessary precautions, as suggested. It’s important to take this seriously, as it is a serious matter across the globe as well as locally now. Do your best to keep others well, too and avoid exposure to the virus by social distancing, constant hand washing and boosting your immune system with extra Vitamin C. And, we are proud that there are so many bountiful health benefits in teas! We hope you will try our T-L! teas and be healthier and happier (tea-lated). Please click here to check out what’s currently available.