Fit & Fuel is proud to exclusively serve JoJo Tea, a Miami-based Loose Leaf tea company.
JoJo Tea was founded a year ago by Michael “JoJo” Ortiz. Mostly selling to Miami area restaurants, JoJo Tea buys from importers who visit the tea estates of China, Taiwan, Japan and India.
Michael studied theater at New York University and later became a volunteer at the Zen Village Buddhist Center in Coconut Grove. After brewing thousands of pots of tea for yoga students, found he had a real knack for blending tea. His mission is to enlighten people to the joys of good tea made from buds, tips and whole leaves, not ground dust.
There are three main types of tea, all from the plant camellia sinensis. Different processes applied to leaves results in three main types: unfermented green, semi-fermented oolong and fully fermented black. There is also a blend called cheung feng with jasmine and honey crisp apple that is best cold brewed.. Oolongs are complex and include bai hao (white tip), slightly smoky ti- kuan yin and da hong pao made from roasted whole leaves with hazelnut notes. Black teas include Nilgiri, best made into peachy ice tea, sweet-roasted Yunnan gold tip, Assam chai with spices and reserve flush Darjeeling.
If coffee is for waking up, tea is for contemplating a moment. We also offer two different rotating Iced Teas at Fit & Fuel, Hibiscus Rose and the more traditional Black Tea.
Thanks to Linda Bladholm (a Miami food writer and personal chef) for the above article on JoJo Tea!