Category: Coffe and Tea

All About Earl Gray Tea

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The smoky and fragrant taste of Earl Grey is a unique experience that many people can not get enough of. Described as a spicy citrus flavor, Earl Grey is a hard to describe taste that is unforgettable once tasted. Apparently Captain Picard of Star Trek fame will not drink anything else!

Although many people consider Earl Grey as a type of tea, any black tea with bergamot flavor added is in fact Earl Grey. Some manufacturers will even use their lower quality black tea to make Early Grey in the belief that the strong flavor of bergamot will mask the poor taste of the tea. Mostly taken black with maybe a slice of lemon added, Earl Grey is nevertheless one of the most popular of all the flavored teas in the world.

The Origin of Earl Grey Tea

Earl Charles Grey was the Prime Minister of Great Britain in 1830. The story is that while on a diplomatic trip to China, he saved the life of a mandarin. To show his gratitude, the mandarin gifted Earl Grey a special tea, which the Prime Minister took back to England with him. The tea quickly became a favorite in the Earls drawing room, and he asked his personal tea supplier to reproduce the same flavor for him. The new tea became fashionable and eventually spread throughout England and the rest of the world.

It is a good story, but unlikely to contain much truth! Charles Grey never visited China and the Chinese drink very little black tea in any case, which means the true origin of Earl Grey tea is still a mystery.

Bergamot

Bergamot is a citrus tree that is cultivated on the south coast of Italy. Also known as the Princes Pear, the fruit is inedible but the oil extracted from it is used to fragrance perfume as well as tea. The oil was an ingredient of one of the first Eau de Cologne ever made. (It is quite different from the herb called bergamot) The fruit is a cross between lemon, orange and grapefruit, sometimes compared to orange blossom.

In the winter months, before it ripens, the fruit harvest is picked by hand. Specially made cold presses are used to extract the bergamot essence, which is then stored for at least a year. Bergamot is used in aromatherapy to treat depression, and also has anti-microbial effects that can strengthen the resistance of the body to colds and illnesses. Perhaps Earl Grey tea is a good remedy for winter sniffles!

The Taste of Lady Grey

Popular consensus in the time of Earl Grey held that tea made women over-excitable, causing impropriety in the female temperament. Orange, lemon and bergamot were added to tea to calm these impulses, and Lady Grey tea was invented. Today many people still enjoy the taste; not limited to female drinkers!

Enjoy English Tea – A British Tradition

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Whether savoring a serving of tea at high tea or afternoon tea, English tea can be an incredibly delightful addition to the party or on some occasions even the party itself. Some people may believe that these two occasions are one and the same, but in fact, high tea and afternoon tea ceremonies are most definitely not the same thing and stem from completely different origins.

In this article the differences between each type of traditional English tea ceremony are thoroughly outlined and discussed in regards to their origin, traditions, typical time of occasion and original purposes.

Afternoon Tea

The whole tradition of the English tea ceremony stems back to nineteenth century England and was started by the Duchess of Bedford. These occasions were the first types of traditional afternoon English tea ceremonies that actually began as an in-between occasion when lunch had passed but dinner still seemed a long way off, and there was a need for something in between.

The array of tea was usually served with a miniature meal of breads and butter, and if not for this afternoon meal, the Duchess and her high society lady friends would have had to wait until well after dark for their next meal and this little feast filled that hungry space in between. Since then and now to this day, the afternoon English tea ceremony has truly progressed to include many more foods such as scones and other pastries, but the timing of the occasion has steadfastly remained much the same.

High Tea

The occasion of high tea is often referred to as the same event as the afternoon English tea ceremony, however they are quite different indeed. Perhaps high tea sounds more proper, but this traditional English tea ceremony is actually the one that was practiced and was originated by the common folk in nineteenth century England.

Afternoon tea was already in full swing, but the poorer people also needed a tradition to surround their tea time. Instead of an earlier scheduled tea time, however, their tea time was scheduled to occur closer to dinner or even in place of dinner. Such was the actual origin of the ceremony, in fact.

This English tea tradition was partially established in order to take the place of the boring and usual meal with an occasion of celebration and enjoyment of tea, and unlike the afternoon tea of the rich, this occasion took place around dusk and included much more filling foods like meat, eggs, cheese and the like. Also, both sexes were included in this meal, unlike the afternoon tea ceremony.

Tina Talks Tea Time Traditions

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British born Tina Jesson, is becoming a sought-after speaker in Indiana on the subject of the Tradition of English Tea Time. Tina moved from the Derbyshire country of Mid England in 2008 and now lives in Brownsburg Indiana. Tina has created a Tea Time speaking program which is now running through a number of Libraries, Societies and Book Clubs in the area, educating tea lovers, historians and Anglophiles on the culture, history and tradition of the Victorian English Tea Time.

Her talk “The Importance of Taking Tea – from Victorian England to the Present Day”, covers how taking afternoon tea was first started, the difference between high tea and afternoon tea and the opening of the first tea rooms in the early 1900s. She and also covers the history behind of tea time favourites such as Crumpets, Victoria Sandwich Cake and the famous English Cream Tea and brings it all up to date with the health benefits of green tea, black tea and herbal tea alternatives.

Tina is on a mission to celebrate, rediscover and share the history and food of the Victorian English Tea Time and sells a selection of English baked goods and preserves at local farmers markets using traditional Old English recipes combined with wholesome local ingredients.

Tina comes from a long line of accomplished home cooks in England and was lucky enough to learn to cook at a young age from her Great Grandmother, who was born in 1899 (when Queen Victoria was still on the thrown of England) and worked as a kitchen maid in Bradley Hall, owned at the time by Major Clues.

Her Grandmother was great at preserves, jams and chutneys and her mother was the baker of the family, making great pastry. Tina grow up in a house of 4 females spanning across 4 generations and many of the old recipes have been passed down. Tina loves making these recipes and sharing the goodies with like minded people who have a passion for from scratch wholesome local food and the history of how the recipes came in to being or how they got their names. Such as Bakewell Tart, from the town of Bakewell, only miles from where Tina was born and raised.

Tina will be speaking at Danville Library this Saturday March 17th at 2.30pm; at CENTRAL INDIANA HERB SOCIETY SPRING SYMPOSIUM SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012 9am3pm and at the Brownsburg Public Library on 17th July 5pm 7pm

This winter you can find her at Traders Point Creamery Green Market every Saturday morning from 9am 12.30pm

Iced Tea Market Enjoying Growing Popularity

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Weight Control Tea A Tea Answering The Obesity Problem

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European producer of natural health products Bio3 has released an herbal tea said to combat obesity and reduce overweightness. As one of 17 products introduced into the American market in late 2009 by Bio3 Corporation, Weight Control Tea is part of Bio3’s weight loss teas described to eliminate fat and reduce toxins that are harmful to the body, according to its website ShopBio3.

Recognized as a leading producer of organic products and herbal infusions for alternative medicine, Bio3 Corporation states that all its products are made with natural ingredients from plants that are cultivated in a pollution-free environment and that their products serve as a nutritional complement, not a replacement, for healthy eating and daily exercise.

Weight Control Tea contains weight loss herbs and natural plant extracts including wild mallow, cassia leaves, sage leaves, and seaweeds. The herbal tea also helps relieve constipation, with Bio3 company representatives altogether maintaining that it provides natural remedies for constipation. According to a 1999 study on selected medicinal plants by the World Health Organization, cassia leaves are an acceptable medicinal plant to use for treatment of occasional constipation for a period of 7 to 10 days.

With recent news reports on America’s obesity epidemic, Weight Control Tea assumes an answer to what critics say is a growing problem. Still, Bio3 company representatives state that Weight Control Tea was created as an alternative solution meant to be combined with a balanced diet and exercise in dealing with obesity and overweightness, rather than undertaking a demanding weight loss diet or relying on miracle fat burner pills for shedding pounds.

HealthyAmericans.org reports that the rates of adult obesity increased in 23 states and the percentage of obese or overweight children was at or more than 30 percent in 30 states in 2009. According to the Weight Control Information Network, obesity poses risk factors for high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Green Tea Weight Loss Miracle

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Green and black tea originate from the same plant but the difference is that black tea has been allowed to ferment whereas green tea hasn’t. As a result green tea retains more tannins and has less caffeine. Green tea has great health benefits as it contains powerful antioxidants which promote anti aging as well as help to fight diseases including cancer. Just a couple of cups of green tea a day will help to boost your immune system. It can also lower blood pressure and reduce stress levels. Make sure that you leave the tea bag in the cup for minimum 3 minutes to allow infusion of it’s powerful properties. Unlike black tea green tea is drunk without the addition of milk, this alone saves you calories especially if you enjoy your daily cupa but want to lose weight! Tea contains polyphenols which have anti cancer, anti viral and anti inflammatory properties. Green tea contains a type of polyphenol called catechins which seem to have an effect on fat loss by helping to burn calories and reduce cholesterol. Catechins are thought to help prevent the accumulation of fat in the body. Green tea is also a great aid to weight loss as it increases the metabolic rate and may also help regulate blood sugar levels. This is also good news if you are diabetic. Just drinking between 3 to 5 cups a day will burn about 70 calories a day, however green tea can be an acquired taste and some people just can’t stand the taste. If you are one of these people or just don’t have time to make yourself 3 or 5 cups of green tea every day then you may be happy to hear that green tea can be purchased in tablet form. It’s very important if you are losing weight to eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. Green tea alone isn’t the answer to weight loss however many cups you drink a day!

Why To Take Organic Iced Tea

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These days, food crops to beverages – almost every cultivated product comprises fertilizers and pesticides. Such contents in food items are causing adverse health problems in both human beings and herbivorous animals. This concern has given rise to the practice of organic farming. Apart from vegetables and fruits, people are a preferring to take organic beverages. Such tea is grown on land that is free of any forms of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides. That is why drinking organic iced tea is recommended by the experts. The two major benefits of taking organic tea are –

1. You will be able to avoid toxic chemicals in your tea

2. It will ensure protection of the environment against depletion due to excessive use of chemicals and synthetic fertilizers on the fields.

How do toxic chemicals affect?

You might not be aware but, production of tea involves the use of toxic and harmful chemicals as pesticides. That is why you should prefer organic iced tea as there are no possibilities of pesticide contamination. There are also no health risks to people drinking organic beverages. Do you know that even though green tea comprises substances that fight against cancer, many carcinogenic chemicals are used in its production? To avoid such possibilities, it is better to switch to drinking organic iced tea – cool drink to enjoy good health. However, you should ensure that you are buying the leaves from a reputed dealer. Otherwise, you might get cheated of your money.

What is organic certification?

In case of tea, organic certification means that the product has been produced without using any type of synthetic chemicals like fertilizers, pesticides, and other substances. Such certification also prohibits the use of GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) and requires the land for the plantation to be maintained without usage of synthetic chemicals. That is why while buying organic tea, you should check whether the dealer has the respective certificates or not. This is important because there are many companies who are falsely marketing their products as organic in order to get more profits.

Where to buy teas from?

It is important to take organic iced tea, which is bought from a reputed dealer. These days most reputed dealers are making active online presence. That is why; it is advised that you look for a renowned dealer on the Web. Seek dealers who have been in the business for quite some time. You should also check whether the company you have selected has a long list of satisfied clientele.

Difference Between Oriental Tea And Western Tea

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Tea is believed to have originated in China. Chinese people are still consuming tea thousands of years later. Over the course of centuries, tea made its way around the globe. Many countries from all over the world enjoy tea to this day. However, there are many differences between the world of tea in Asian countries and in the Western world. The differences are from how a tea tastes to how it is prepared. The one that seems to remain consistent throughout all the regions is that both oriental tea and western tea is still linked to social gatherings.

In China, oriental tea is considered highly important by their society. Tea houses can easily be found in a majority of Chinese neighborhoods as well as in various business districts. All throughout the country, a typical tea house in China will be flooded with students and business men in the later afternoon hours. In the late night hours, the house is overtaken by those who stay up late and night owls. There are also formal tea-houses in which one can find a wide range of both Chinese and Japanese tea leaves. Tea vendors are also prevalent in this area. They specialize in selling tea products like leaves, pots, cups and other instruments.

In the United States, however, western tea is often served as a substitute for coffee when served hot and a substitute for soda when served cold. Whereas China has the afternoon tea ritual, the beverage is consumed generally throughout the day in the US. Before World War II, green tea and black tea were equally preferred as the tea of choice for about 40% of its population. The other 20% preferred to oolong tea.

Because the war cut off their supply from China and Japan, the US turned to India which makes black tea. The black tea eventually took over as the preference of Americans. Green, oolong and white tea have all started rising in popularity again in recent years. They are considered to be health food. In recent years, coffee houses across the United States started to serve customers sweet, spiced milky tea known as chai, which is based on an Indian tea called masala chai. A tea from Taiwan called bubble tea is also gaining in popularity. Another popular trend with western tea is to drink a decaffeinated version, whereas this practice is not seen with oriental tea.

Black tea and Green tea

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Tea is a product of a plant called Camellia sinensis. Young leaves and buds are picked up and collected. They are then subjected to processing. The amount of processing is what is responsible to different types of teas but mainly black and green tea leaf.

During the process more oxidization leads to the formation of the black tea leaf. Less oxidized form results in the formation of the green tea leaf which is rich in anti oxidants and some other health beneficial chemicals. Black tea in general has much stronger flavor and yields much darker liquor in color than the which has subtle taste and aroma.

The finest is produced in the estates of Darjeeling district in West Bengal, India. leaf is a premium variety of tea which has a unique taste and flavor. This tea is well famous in English tea rooms and now reaching popularity all over the world.

The black tea from Assam is not inferior by any means. Assam the North East state of India produces finest black tea lea in bulk and the tea is consumed all over India and as exported to many countries. The black tea from Nilgiri region of Tamil Nadu is also a superior variety of black tea leaf much popular in Southern India.

Black and green tea varieties are grown all over the World especially in India, China, Japan, Korea, Sri Lanka and many other countries. Black tea is sold much more in the Western countries than the green tea although the sales of latter is on the rise.

In China black tea is also referred as “crimson tea”. The black tea leaf has been extensively traded all over the World for the simple reason that it can be preserved for a number of years unlike the green tea which lasts for a short time.

Everything About Iced Tea

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Who doesn’t like to drink tea? Whether it’s early in the morning or after a long day at work, this beverage can pick you up whenever you’re feeling down. It’s an instant energizer and many people cannot do without it. There are different varieties of this beverage available and they all have a distinct quality about them. Iced tea has been around since the 1800’s and there are millions of people who prefer this to the usual steaming cup. If you are a staunch believer in serving and drinking hot tea, you still cannot ignore the fact that the iced variety has carved out a place for itself in today’s world.

Why has it become so popular?

Firstly, the fact that it is served chilled is a vital factor. In hot weather, you will usually grab an aerated drink to quench your thirst. These drinks have no other benefits other than the fact that they cool you down. You will not even think of drinking a steaming hot beverage on a sultry day. However, iced tea can be the perfect substitute for a soft drink! It’s cold, it’s fresh and it’s different. At a time when aerated drinks are facing a lot of scrutiny over the additives used, iced tea is a much safer bet.

People have written a lot about the health benefits of downing this beverage. Iced tea has health benefits that could fill a booklet! It has antioxidants that protect the human body from a variety of diseases. The antioxidants which are present in tea are called flavonoids. They protect us against cell damage and also help in reducing the risk of developing cancer. Iced tea, specifically, has been proven to keep breast, colon, stomach, and prostate cancer at bay. It also strengthens our immune system and reduces white-cell damage caused by smoking or drinking.

There are some good online stores that sell different varieties of iced tea. All you need to do is find a site which gives you value for money. The “Raspberry Cooler” is a big hit with adults and children alike. This unique flavor is available on select online stores and you can purchase six filters for just $8.95! The ‘Mango’ flavor is also quite popular and is a sweet black tea which leaves behind a slight taste of mango in the mouth of the drinker. There are loads of flavors to choose from!

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