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Moroccan Mint Tea

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In Morocco, tea is a way of life. People drink tea all day. If you have a guest, you serve tea as a sign of hospitality - and as a guest, one should never refuse. The art of tea can range anywhere from a mundane occurrence to something ceremonial. Gunpowder tea and spearmint leaves are steeped in a pot, swished around so that the flavors fully bloom. Sugar is added but milk is not, and then served in ornate glasses. Moroccan tea is one of the earliest examples of globalization. In the 1850s, a British merchant arrived with gunpowder tea...

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The History of Chai

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The word Chai is derived from the Persian word for tea, Chay, which itself is derived from Chinese Chao (Cantonese to be exact - the English word Tea originates from a different Chinese dialect Tee!). The British started large scale tea cultivation in India in the 17th century to bypass the Chinese monopoly. Even then, local tea consumption was very low and much of the product was exported to England and other British colonies. To combat this, in the 19th century, the Indian Tea Association encouraged tea breaks at factories and mines. Tea was first introduced in classic English style...

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How To Cold Brew Tea

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  Have you ever tried cold brewing? It’s all the rage in the coffee world right now, but this technique is equally tasty with teas! With cold brews, the flavor profile is a little different from traditional brewing because it’s less bitter - especially with Camellia teas, which have astringent antioxidants that seep out in high temperatures. Instead, cold brewing will pull out bright, fruity, and acidic flavors, resulting in a smoother tasting tea. Added bonus: not only is cold brewing delicious but it’s also eco-friendly, since you’re not using energy to boil your water! To cold brew tea, simply...

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Green Tea: Earthy & Loaded with Antioxidants

Posted by Melissa Lopez on

Generally, green tea has a delicate, earthy flavor, with grassy, vegetal and sometimes crisp undertones. It is derived from leaves of Camellia sinensis, but, unlike other varieties that come from the same plant, green tea is unoxidized, which attributes to its natural green color.  From healing wounds to regulating body temperature and promoting digestion, Asian countries, including China, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam, have used green tea medicinally for centuries. However, green tea consumption originated in China in 2737 BC. Today, green tea is considered one of the world’s healthiest drinks. Loaded with antioxidants called catechins, studies show that green tea may help...

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Japanese Matcha Green Tea

Posted by Olivia Maki on

  Matcha is a roasted green tea that is finely ground into a powder and has a long history. Matcha dates back to the Tang Dynasty in China, were it was used in the traditional tea ceremonies. Zen Buddhism and the Chinese methods of preparing powdered tea were brought to Japan in 1191. Today, Japan is the largest producer and consumer of matcha tea. The flavor is often described as having an intense tea taste that is both herbal and vegetal.   Matcha is made from tencha, a delicate leaf that is shade grown on mature plants, then dried before grinding....

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