Celebrating the Month of Love

For many people, February means Valentine’s Day and while you may celebrate this as a romantic holiday, there are lots of other ways to celebrate the month of love. Celebrating love doesn’t only mean a romantic significant other – there are friends, family members, co-workers, pets, and yourself to celebrate too! This February, Cornelia Bean wants you to celebrate the entire month of love! And no better way to do that than with a cup of tea. This month, we’re excited to introduce you to the King and Queen of herbal teas.

Tulsi, the Sanskrit word for holy basil, is also known as Queen of the Herbs and is one of our favourite herbal teas. Tulsi has been known for centuries in India and other southeast Asian countries for its beneficial medicinal values. In particular, the Tulsi extract found in the herbal tea is rich in magnesium, a vital nutrient for the prevention of heart disease. Like all herbal teas, Tulsi should be brewed with boiling hot water and left to steep for 10+ minutes. Tulsi is a very versatile tea and can be brewed multiple times.

Chaga, known as the King of the Mushrooms, is an anti-oxidant rich ingredient found on birch trees in the forests of northern Canada, Siberia and Alaska. Like Tulsi, chaga can improve cardiovascular and metabolic health. Chaga is most commonly enjoyed as tea and it should be infused in hot water for at least one hour before drinking. This allows for full extraction of the medicinal benefits but chaga can be brewed multiple times. If you have any specific medical questions, don’t forget to ask your physician before trying these new ingredients.

February can also be a month where we turn inward and find the resolve to make it through yet another month of winter. We can feel the spring light is on its way, but the winter cold and grey remain. Go easy on yourself this month, try Tulsi or chaga, and know that we’re all in this together and a cup of tea never hurts!

Holiday Gift Guide

While we all love to get presents, it truly is better to give than to receive. Finding the perfect gift for someone you love and cherish is its own gift and Cornelia Bean loves this heartwarming time of year. Tis the season of giving and as we always do, we have been working hard all year to bring together unique, timeless and beautiful items for everyone on your list.

The signature Cornelia Bean holiday tea tins are back this year and are even more lovely than ever. Packaged in a matte black canister with a white and gold label, these teas are a stylish and personal hostess gift, teacher’s gift, or Secret Santa surprise. These are a great option to have on hand just in case you get a last-minute party invite or need a quick stocking stuffer. We have our holiday classics in a range of herbal, rooibos, fruit, and black teas, as well as a few new blends to offer this year. The tins always fly off the shelf, so make sure you stock up on your favourite blends before they’re gone.

Cornelia Bean is heaven if you’re searching for stocking stuffers and hostess gifts. We have something for everyone – from handmade fudge to eye-catching S’well bottles to gorgeous local pottery from Mud and Stone studio and delicate china from England, in addition to our wide range of freshly roasted coffees and huge selection of teas!

Don’t forget about our new line of essential oils from Boreal Wildcraft. They make a perfect present for anyone missing the lake, needing a little winter boost, or looking to take advantage of the health benefits of these pure essential oils. Match the oils with one of the Boreal forest wildcrafted tea for the nature lover or health enthusiast in your life. 

If the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping gets overwhelming, take advantage of our offer where you can select and purchase your items in our online store and then we’ll have it ready for you to pick up in the store. You’ll be able to pop in and have your gifts ready to go at no extra cost!

From all of us at Cornelia Bean, we wish you and your loved ones a happy and healthy holiday and we can’t wait to see you in the new year!


Immerse yourself in the Boreal Forest

We are so excited to be the exclusive carrier of Boreal Wildcraft’s line of essential oil. All essential oils are distilled in the most pristine conditions using wildcrafted, handpicked plants from the Boreal forest. If there was ever a season to begin using or expanding your essential oil collection, now is the time! The beginning of fall and promise of winter is the perfect season to experiment with the many benefits essential oils offer.

Most essential oils are created through the distillation process. Freshly harvested plants are suspended over boiling water where steam pulls the oil out of the plant and this infused steam is then collected. As the steam cools, it condenses back into water. Because water and essential oils do not mix, they then separate and the pure essential oil is collected. Boreal Wildcraft has sourced the highest quality and purest essential oil producer for their plants and it has been tested to the highest industry standards.

We carry three essential oils – they all have distinctly beautiful smells but they share the benefits of being decongesting, invigorating, and invoking the calm of being in the Boreal forest. If you’re missing lake season, this is an easy to travel to the cottage…!

Black Spruce is known for its stimulating, invigorating, and fatigue alleviating effects. Spruce oil is milder than other evergreen oils and can act as a pain reliever and decongestant. It also clarifies the lungs and eases tension in the body.

Balsam Fir is known as a powerful antidepressant and time-tested stimulant that lifts the spirits and clears the sinuses. This is also a clarifying and soothing decongestant.

Jack Pine is known to allow deeper breathing, reduced inflammation and associated redness, protect against sinus infections, clear mucus and phlegm, and fight fungal and viral infections.

You can use essential oils in an infinite amount of ways. Check out this website for some ideas and ways to experiment! If you have any questions or concerns about your personal use of essential oils, be sure to speak with your physician first.

Stay tuned for next month’s blog where we’ll be sharing the new teas on the bar and the beautiful products we’ve brought in especially for the holiday gift-giving season!

Welcoming Autumn

After a beautiful prairie summer in Manitoba, autumn is showing its face with shorter days and cooler temperatures. Even though we’ll all mourn the end of summer, the weeks after Labour Day bring a feeling of fresh starts, curiosity about the change of season, and excitement that we can begin thinking about cozy sweaters and hot tea!

Some of the most comforting flavours in the fall are the spices from chai tea. Spicy ginger, cardamom and cinnamon blend with milky sweet tea to give you a taste of comfort and the exotic. This drink is ubiquitous in India (chai means tea in Hindi) with the nation drinking 837,000 tonnes of chai per year! For a visual journey into the culture of chai in India, browse through this BBC photo article.

With just a couple more steps than brewing a mug of tea, you can make your own spicy hot taste of fall (and India).

Step 1

Select one of our delicious chai tea options. Cornelia Bean has a chai in each of our tea categories. In black teas, we have Masala chai and Cosmo chai. We have a white chai, an apricot green chai and a chai pu erh. If you’re looking for decaffeinated options, we have a yogi herbal chai and red rooibos chai. These will all work in this chai recipe. 1 teaspoon of tea for each cup of tea is the general rule, so adjust depending on how much you need to make.

Step 2

In a saucepan, combine water (1/2 cup per 1 tablespoon of tea) with the tea. Bring the mixture to a boil then lower the heat and simmer for a few minutes until the mixture is fragrant. Add milk (1/2 cup per 1 tablespoon of tea). Simmer for another minute then turn off the heat and let steep for 2 minutes.

Step 3

Pour into a cup through a fine mesh sieve. Discard the leaves and spices. Add sweetener (honey, sugar, stevia) to taste.

You can also follow a traditional recipe of using a strong black tea (like our Assam black tea) and a pre-made or homemade spice mix (with cardamom, ginger, cinnamon) and then use the same steps above.


For a total shortcut, try our Tipu’s chai. This tea is made up of ground black tea with all of the traditional spices. Just mix with hot water or hot milk for instant chai!

Summer is Here!

 Summer is here! Those long, sunshine-filled days that remind us why we wait patiently all winter for their arrival. The air is warm, the flowers are blooming, school is out and everyone is happy and excited to spend every moment outdoors. Don’t let this heat make you think that you must stop drinking tea or coffee though! Your rituals can continue because we have so many delicious ideas for iced drinks and beautiful housewares to serve it all in on your patio or picnic.

The Hario Filter in the Bottle is a perfect companion for summer because you can brew iced teas or make beautiful waters with it. With its fine-meshed strainer top, you can put it in any size of tea. We have a wide range of fruit teas that have all natural ingredients and no added sugars. Some of our favourite fruit teas are Tangerine Ginger, Dragonberry, Frosted Berries, Moody Manitoba, Pear Garden Black Currant, Victoria Beach and The Whiteshell. Check out our Iced Tea Blog for perfect steeping instructions. This lovely glass, wine shaped bottle can also be used with lemon slices, cucumber or fresh mint for a refreshing water. The Hario Cold Brew Coffee Carafe is perfect to make your own cold brew coffee. It's a glass carafe with a fine stainless steel filter, allowing for a delicious cold brew coffee. We recommend trying our light roast Kenya AA, it's perfectly suited for the cold brew method. When you’re ready to serve your tea or coffee, we have lots of options for you. We are proud to carry beautiful and unique pottery from our very own local Mud and Stone studio. Handmade mugs, tea canisters, sugar and milk containers and platters will add a lovely touch to your patio or picnic. After you’ve made your iced tea or cold brew, you can take it to go in a Swell bottle, which will keep it cold for 24 hours and be stylish for the outdoors! 

While you’re sipping on your iced tea or cold brewed coffee, we have a book recommendation for you this summer. If you’ve ever browsed through our Pu-erh tea section and wanted to learn more, we have a wonderful way to share the mysterious world of Pu-erh tea. The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane is a beautifully written story by Lisa See,  that is also an interesting way to learn more about the history and culture of Pu-erh tea. This book is a beautiful portrait of a region and people and paints a touching tale of mothers, daughters and families. After you’ve read it, we’d love to introduce you to our Pu-erh tea selections. ( The book is available at Cornelia Bean ).