There's a rich diversity in green teas. There's one to fit your every mood and palate. All green tea comes from the same Camellia Sinensis plant, and the delightful differences come from where it is grown and how it is cultivated and processed. Even the time of year it is harvested provides flavor differences.
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Thomas // 2/13/2018 to Orthodox Tea
Chinese New Year starts on February 16, 2018 and marks the beginning of the new lunar year according to Chinese tradition. Persistent. Meticulous. Responsible. These characteristics describe those under the Year of the Dog astrologic sign.
Thomas // 2/7/2018 to Black Tea
Tea is a ritual; tea is nourishment. It slows you down. It gives you energy. It shifts the day and gives you moments to call your own. There are many fantastic things about tea; here are five of our favorites.
Thomas // 1/30/2018 to Flavored Tea
Sencha is the quintessential Japanese tea. This special green tea is drunk from sun up to sun down and is considered to be somewhat of a national drink.
What makes Sencha different from other green teas is its cultivation and processing. Sencha’s leaves are grown in direct sunlight, which makes it further different from other Japanese green teas.
Thomas // 1/23/2018 to Cooking With Tea
Kombucha takes your tea to another level. It’s unique and delicious. And it may even help promote a healthy digestive tract. This traditional fermented drink, made with tea and sugar, contains active cultures. The addition of a SCOBY (a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) creates a nutrient-rich drink that provides vitamins, minerals, acids and enzymes. Fermentation can take anywhere from 5-10 days depending on the temperature of the space and the thickness and strength of the scoby. Sugar is consumed during fermentation, so kombucha ends up being a low-sugar drink when ready to consume. It’s slightly sweet and tangy flavor is delicious.
Thomas // 1/17/2018 to Black Tea
Tea: hot, hearty, bold, flavorful. No doilies. No raised pinky fingers. No fuss. In America, tea seems to be marketed to women, but, around the world both sexes drink large amounts of tea. “There are those who love to get dirty and fix things. They drink coffee at dawn, beer after work. And those who stay clean, just appreciate things. At breakfast they have milk and juice at night. There are those who do both, they drink tea.” –Gary Snyder
Thomas // 1/17/2018 to Flavored Tea
Most Westerners think of chai as the milky, sweet, spice-filled brew. But in India, the word 'chai' refers to tea of ANY kind, be it sweet or astringent, spicy or plain. Masala chai, on the other hand, is strong black tea mixed with spices, sweetened with honey or sugar. Indian food incorporates a combination of spices, called masala (typically a regional variation of cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, cloves, cumin and/or black pepper). So, 'masala chai' simply means 'spiced tea' in India!
Thomas // 1/9/2018 to Flavored Tea
Afternoon tea is the convivial custom of sweets and savories shared over tea with your favorite people. Typically late afternoon, tea is perfect for a celebratory get-together not as involved as a dinner party. Leisurely paced, with bite-sized treats in a mix of textures and flavors, it will be a memorable experience for all.
No doilies. Instead, keep your set up simple by mixing vintage plates and cups you can pick up at antique markets and secondhand shops. Mix with dishes and teacups you already have to keep it casual. Add in cloth napkins and seasonal flowers.
Thomas // 1/3/2018 to Flavored Tea
It’s a time of reflection and action. Many of us take the opportunity with the New Year beginning to start new, healthy habits. Habits can be easy to create when they include something delicious and good for you.
Thomas // 1/2/2018 to Flavored Tea
Many of us enjoy tea because we’ve given up coffee. There are great reasons to add tea to your day and diet. Tea is great for hydration (use pure water) and there are many teas and tisanes so you won’t get bored with one flavor profile. Enjoy black tea in the morning, green tea or rooibos in the afternoon and a naturally caffeine-free herbal tisane in the evening. All of them give you the opportunity to drink more water.