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5 Tea-Champagne Cocktails to Ring in the New Year

December 8, 2016

The countdown to 2017 is on, and you’re starting to wonder who you’ll be kissing and what you’ll be sipping when the clock strikes midnight.  While a glass of bubbly is a winning classic for any New Years toast, why not remix your tried and true with a splash of tea?  That’s right, adding tea to champagne creates a memorable, distinct, and often beautiful beverage.  Here are five tea-infused champagne cocktails to consider when planning how you’ll ring in the New Year:

1) Hibiscus Royale Champagne Cocktail

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This concoction from Betty Crocker infuses bubbly champagne with hibiscus-raspberry flavors and a pop of color. Create a hibiscus tea simple syrup by steeping hibiscus-raspberry tea bags in sugar and water.  Then add champagne and garnish with raspberries or lemon.  Beautifully bright red and winningly fruity, start the New Year off right with this drink.

2) Green Tea Champagne

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More and more people are starting their day with green smoothies packed with nutrients. Why not start off the New Year that way, too? This “green machine” from Rachel Ray is easy to make and will give you and your guests something welcomingly unexpected to raise in the air as you watch the ball drop. Simply combine green tea, lime guice, and agave or honey in a cocktail shaker and shake it like a polaroid picture. Pour into glasses, add champagne, and garish with mint for a final touch.  We hope green goes with your outfit!

3) Earl Grey Tea Infused Champagne Cocktail

Earl Grey Tea Champagne Cocktail

This cocktail from World Market combines tea-infused vodka and champagne for a double dose of booze. It takes a long time to make, so plan ahead. Start by placing 2 Earl Grey tea bags and 1 cup of vodka in an airtight container for 24 hours. Once time’s up, remove the tea bags and admire your tea-infused vodka. Simply add this flavored vodka to champagne, garnish with lemon, and toast the night away.

4) Kombucha Champagne With Thyme

Kombucha Champagne With Thyme

This kombucha cocktail from The Clean Dish delivers the health benefits of kombucha and the bubbly delectability of champagne all in one glass in under five minutes. Simply combine equal amounts of kombucha and champagne, then add 2-3 small twigs of thyme. If you want a green beverage, use green tea kombucha. If not, stick with a black tea-based brand of the fermented probiotic.  If you’ve always thought your champagne would benefit from a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts, then this is the cocktail for you.

5) White Peach and Green Tea Bellini

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This recipe from blogger Molly Yeh combines green tea, gin, and champagne for a yummy treat. Combine one part muddled white peach and one part gin with two parts Prosecco and two parts green tea in a glass.  (Yeh used Teavana’s Shaken Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonde, but we think any green tea will do.)  Overachievers: garnish glasses with peach slices and sprinkle sugar on the rim for a snowy finish.

Happy New Year!

Tea Recipes

5 Recipes That Infuse Tea With Marinade

November 3, 2016

When you’ve got a little extra time on your hands, or you’re just really good at planning in advance, marinating meat is a wonderful way to make sure your dinner’s bursting with flavor. Using tea in a marinade is a simple way to achieve maximum flavor and a unique profile. Here are five recipes that incorporate tea in their marinades to yield tasty results:

1) Black Tea & Soy Marinated Tofu

Tea Marinade Tofu

Tofu is a model base to cook with because it takes on any flavor you work with. Why not infuse this protein-rich base with your favorite kind of tea? This recipe calls for black tea, flavoring the classic with soy sauce, ginger, and garlic cloves to create a marinade for your tofu to sit in for at least an hour, and ideally overnight. Once the tofu’s soaked up this tea marinade, pop it in the oven. 25 to 30 minutes later, you have a healthy, flavorful treat.

2) Jasmine Tea-Marinated Salmon

Tea Marinade Salmon

Start by boiling jasmine tea to follow this delicious salmon recipe. Add chipotle pepper, vinegar, salt, and ice cubes to the tea in a blender, then pour over salmon and marinate in the refrigerator for 30 to 45 minutes. Before grilling, season your fish with chili powder and jasmine tea leaves. Once it’s off the grill, add some chives and honey for a final garnish, and you’ve got one impressive meal to serve.

3) Green Tea Mustard Marinade

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This recipe uses mustard, traditionally a condiment, and tea, usually a beverage, as atypical bases in this marinade that’s great on steak. Begin with green tea and whisk in both stone ground mustard and Dijon, as well as oregano, marjoram, and olive oil. Add your meat, and marinate for up to 24 hours for a unique dish that’s sure to dazzle carnivores.

4) Lemon Pepper Iced Tea Chicken

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Iced tea becomes an ingredient in this chicken dish that’s perfect for your summertime barbecue. Kick your marinade off with unsweetened iced tea and add lemon juice, garlic cloves, honey, olive oil, salt, black pepper, and rosemary. Add your chicken and marinate for eight hours until throwing it on the grill and making your guests very happy.

5) Sweet Tea-Marinated Pork Chop Sandwich

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This recipe marinates pork chops in sweet tea for at least six hours before using it as the base of a delectable sandwich. After spending some quality time in the refrigerator, the tea-soaked meat is dipped in milk and then fried in flour, pepper, salt, and garlic. Once cooked, it’s topped with veggies and lovingly sandwiched between two buns.

Tea Guides

Loose Tea vs. Bagged Tea: Which is Better?

March 8, 2016

Tea connoisseurs will argue avidly about the superiority of whole leaf (or loose leaf) tea to bagged tea. However, when it comes to choosing between loose tea and bagged tea, there are a few key factors to consider: flavor, convenience, health benefits, and price.

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FLAVOR

Loose tea is left whole. This allows the leaves to absorb the water and allow it to move through it. This process creates more bold and dynamic flavor patterns. Each leaf expands to its fullest potential releasing more antioxidants, flavors, and aromas.

Bagged tea, however, is made most commonly from low grade tea dust and fannings. This gives bagged tea a one-dimensional flavor profile, and is the reason over-steeped tea bags often become quite bitter. The finely broken leaves used in bagged tea lose many of the essential oils and aromas during processing, which when steeped release more tannins. The reason for the diminished flavor profile is simple: the dust and fannings are what’s left after the whole tea leaves are processed. However, the strong bitter brew handles milk and sugar well.

CONVENIENCE

The misconception is that it’s “harder” to brew loose tea, but it’s about the same number of steps to brew a teabag and loose leaf tea. However, taking the tea with you can be a little cumbersome. Loose teas are often held in tin containers and you’ll have to bring the steeper with you. Some companies are now making whole leaf tea bags, which allow you to reach almost identical results to steeping loose tea.  [Check out directions for brewing here]

Bagged teas, on the other hand, are individually wrapped and easy to transport. They appeal to the on-the-go lifestyle, which has contributed to its success for hundreds of years.

HEALTH BENEFITS

Generally speaking all teas contain some level of antioxidants. It’s because of these antioxidants the following health benefits occur:

Tea contains flavonoids which act as antioxidants. These antioxidants help neutralize cell damaging free-radicals which in return has a positive impact on some chronic diseases including some types of cancer (skin, oral, lung, ovarian cancer, etc.) and cardiovascular disease.

Research studies show that the theanine found in tea is a distinctive amino acid that preps the immune system to help fight infection, bacteria and viruses. This theanine helps the immune system generate higher levels of interferon. Interferon is a protein our bodies produce and one of its main functions is to build up our immune system.

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The biggest difference between loose teas and bagged teas are the levels of flavonoids that diffuse. Meaning, with a whole leaf tea you get more bang for your buck.

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PRICE POINT

When comparing loose tea to bagged tea, the loose tea ends up being cheaper. Even premium loose varieties that retail for about $20 come out to about $0.10 per cup. This doesn’t include the fact that whole leaf tea, because of its more flavorful profile, can be brewed more than once and still make a nice tasting cup.

We’ve given you the pros and cons of each, but at the end of the day, the choice is yours, and its a matter of preference. Whether you’re choosing whole leaf or bagged tea, you’re doing your body good by drinking tea!

Let us know which you prefer, loose or bagged tea, and why in the comments below!

Tea Recipes

7 Tea Cocktail Recipes to Try this Spring

March 7, 2016
iced green tea mojito

So we’ve shown you how to bake with tea and pair it with food, but what about how to drink with it?When you initially think of tea, there’s a good chance you don’t associate it with alcohol or going out. Tea has been around for centuries and has definitely had its fair exposure to the cocktail world. But for some reason, it seems to have lost its popularity in cocktails. We want to change that. We’ve found some of the best tea cocktails on the internet and can’t wait to test them out.

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We love this recipe because it’s so simple and sounds delicious! Enjoy it in the fall with some pumpkin baked goods or in the summer over ice on the beach. Regardless of where you test this out, you really can never go wrong with chai in any form.

Iced Green Tea Mojito

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Who doesn’t want to get rich antioxidants while simultaneously relaxing with a cocktail? This mojito does it all and will surely serve as the perfect summer drink. The ingredients are all very simple, so odds are you probably already have them. And did we mention it’s only 110 calories?! What more is there to love.

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This tasty but strong drink is sure to satisfy your craving for iced tea and, apparently, tastes just like the real thing! This recipe uses Earl Grey and is perfect for hot summer days. Relax and enjoy this by the pool, but make sure to take it slow.

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This recipe is by far our favorite. This peachy and summery drink is perfect to enjoy anytime and even has a small caffeine kick. We love the mix of flavors and how refreshing this drink is.You can even use Starbucks Teavana Shaken Iced Peach Green Tea to make your job a little easier.

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This cocktail has a great energy boost to start the night off. Its mild but classic flavor makes it perfect to enjoy at any time of the year. It’s also relatively healthy compared to nearly every other cocktail out there. The recipe calls for some lavender sprigs, which are definitely worth getting and make the drink much more flavorful!

Lemonade in Bloom

As described above, this “boozy, floral eye-opener” makes the perfect refreshment. The chamomile tea used in this recipe definitely adds a calming factor that is well harmonized with the lemon infused vodka. While this takes a bit of prep, it will easily be the hit of the party.

Pu-erh Old FashionedPu-erh Old Fashioned

This drink takes some preparation ahead of time, but boy is it worth it. It’s the perfect twist on the classic Old Fashioned and can definitely be tailored to your taste buds. Use your favorite Bourbon that can be enjoyed neat, and you’re on your way to this perfect treat.

Let us know which recipe is your favorite after trying them out in the comments below!

 

Tea Health Benefits Topics

9 Celebrities Totally Obsessed with Tea

January 7, 2016

Tea has infiltrated all cultures around the world, and it’s no surprise with its elite class origins that celebrities too have become obsessed with the beverage. From the beneficial antioxidants to the delicious flavors, these celebrities can’t get enough! And to be honest, neither can we!

1. Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga at The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage via Huffington Post

Lady Gaga at The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage via Huffington Post

Always the trendsetter and icon, Lady Gaga loves tea so much she brings a china tea cup with her everywhere. She was once quoted as saying that tea just tastes better from fine china. Another fun fact, Lady Gaga credits Kusmi Detox Tea as the solution she used to help her quit smoking.

2. President Barack Obama

President Obama via WhiteHouse.gov

President Obama via WhiteHouse.gov

The Commander and Chief ditches the coffee and starts his day off with a cup of tea. His favorites are berry flavored. I guess the flavonoids and comforting aroma of the beverages works to de-stress and put him in the best mindset. You’ll sometimes notice in interviews or meetings a mug next to Mr. President, and pretty much always filled with tea!

3. Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera via Billboard.com

Christina Aguilera via Billboard.com

You can find the pop diva drinking green tea mostly as a way to soothe her throat. A voice that big needs to be taken care of so she opts for antioxidant rich and light tasting green tea blends.

4. Jennifer Lopez

2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images

2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images

This ageless beauty drinks antioxidant packed green tea, which also helps with digestion. If green tea can help us age flawlessly like J.Lo, it’s definitely worth adding to our self-care routine.

5. Madonna

Madonna via Fox News Outlet

Madonna via Fox News Outlet

The Detroit-native gone total Brit expat is obviously a tea lover!

6. Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift via The Guardian

Taylor Swift via The Guardian

No Bad Blood here if you bring T-Swift a freshly brewed green tea. Soothes the throat and makes her skin glow, and doubles as a totally awesome peace offering.

7. Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep via the Daily Beast

Meryl Streep via the Daily Beast

Wonder if when shouting at Andy in The Devil Wears Prada to make those coffee runs, Miranda, aka: Meryl Streep, really wanted those cups to be filled with green tea. The totally mesmerizing Streep is known to relax and unwind with a cup of tea, that is when she is not winning an Oscar.

8. Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs via Business Insider

Steve Jobs via Business Insider

This late tech genius loved to use tea as his stress reducer and caffeine fix. There’s an excerpt from his book Becoming Steve Jobs, where the author notes:
“As we talked, he drank steaming hot water from a pint beer glass. [Steve Jobs] explained that when he ran out of tea one day, it dawned on him that he liked plain old hot water, too. “It’s soothing in the very same way,” he said.”
If that’s not a tea lover, I don’t know who is!

9. Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner via Instagram

Kendall Jenner via Instagram

The model is often found snacking on apples and drinking tea to keep her energy up as well as boost her metabolism.
Tea has proven over the years to be a powerful wellness aide. A fresh brewed pot can curb appetite, aide digestion and even make your skin glow. It’s no wonder celebrities swear by it and guzzle it by the gallon.
Who else have you spotted sipping on some tea? Share with us!
Tea Recipes

How to Pair Tea with Food

January 6, 2016

Those who enter in the world of pairings are entering a new dimension of taste.

Knowing which foods pair well with particular teas is a fine art. Food pairing is often portrayed as a staple of the high class and the cultured living. Although the world of wine pairing may be the more popular, the world of tea and food pairings has plenty to offer.

Pairing can bring out particular flavors out of both the food and the tea. It’s as much a hobby as it is a treat. Here are a few combinations to introduce you to the world of tea and food pairings.

Meats

Meat is a particularly diverse category for tea pairing. Much of the decision comes down to not what type of meat you pair it with, such as pork or chicken or fish. Rather, it is much more important to consider how the meat is seasoned and what method is used to cook it.

For example a lemon-herb chicken may pair great with darjeeling or oolong tea, while a fried chicken would pair better with assam or nilgiri for its briskness and mildly malty taste.

For grilled meats dragonwell tea would be ideal due to its toasty aroma. When looking for teas to pair with meats you’re looking for a tea with more intensity and flavor to compliment the meats.

Fruits and Veggies

Fruits and veggies require a much lighter tea than their meat counterparts. While heavier teas such as gunpowder and dragonwell tend to go great with a large diversity of meats, a softer and lighter tea would benefit the fruits and veggies best.

Remember, you’re looking for a tea that’s fragrant and potentially floral, and refreshing. I find that white teas work best for those criteria. Peaches and apricots are a popular fruit to pair with white tea. I would also recommend making a cucumber salad, pairing it with your favorite white tea, and adding a few tiny drops of honey for the smallest bit of sweetness.

If you’re looking for something a bit stronger than white I’d highly recommend oolong tea, especially for apricots.

Deserts

There is tremendous diversity in the desert world. Darjeeling tea tends to go great a variety of cream deserts, from cheesecake to crème brûlée (that’s always my first choice). With chocolate cake, you ought to select a heavier tea.

For a basic chocolate cake a smoky black tea would be phenomenal. A simple earl grey would pair great here. However it would be best not to pair a black tea with an especially sweet chocolate. In that situation I would reach for a light oolong tea to not overpower the sweetness and to bring out the flavors in both the oolong and the chocolate.

Something with a strong vanilla flavor would pair great with Ceylon, which brings out the full-bodied flavor of the crylon.

Herbs and spices

If you feel like getting creative with your pairings use these as a quick guide to flavors: Assam and yunnan go great with chilis, while sencha and gunpowder pair fantastically with garlic.

The refreshing flavor of mint is really brought out by darjeeling and yuny ting oolong. Cinnamon, a staple of teas thanks of its warm aroma is complimented by yunnan, assam, and autumnal darjeeling.

Cheese

Although cheese and wine pairings are absolute staples of upper-class eating, there are plenty of tea and cheese pairings that are worth exploring.

The smoothness and creaminess would blend superbly with various teas. Kathy Yl Chan at Eater.com recommends the following pairings: white tea + ricotta, green tea + Flory’s Truckle cheddar, oolong + Ewephoria sheep milk gouda and Fromager d’Affinois, black tea + chiriboga blue, matcha + tomme crayeuse.

All of these sound like great opportunities to refine your pallet and experience new taste combinations.

Alcohol

This one may seem strange at first. What do you do, pour the booze in with the tea? Should you have a shot of alcohol at the ready or a glass on the side? Either, really.

And actually, I’m a fan of pouring the booze in with the tea, so long as you make sure to not overpower the tea.

However the more refined and experienced drinkers might use the sipping method. A smoky drink like brandy would pair fantastically with a smoky tea. An English breakfast tea would work extremely well here.

For the more daring tea lovers, it’s said that an ideal tea-alcohol pairing is lapsang enjoyed with either a port or a chardonnay brings out the best of both drinks.

Umami

This is a personal favorite of mine. For those unfamiliar, umami is said to be the fifth flavor, the other four being sweetness, sourness, bitterness, and saltiness. It is most often found is in the controversial additive MSG, which has an unfair but understandable reputation of being unhealthy or potentially harmful.

Regardless of its controversy, it is delicious. And anyone who attempts to pair tea with umami is in for a treat.

I tend to go for the traditional approach, pairing sushi with a classic green tea, but you can go with anything from California rolls to my absolute favorite: the crunchy roll! The green tea and the umami in the sushi will combine into a particularly savory taste. It’s an absolute treat.

So if you have a salty, sweet or salty-sweet palate any of these tea and food pairings will do the trick. They’re especially fun to try at a house warming party, birthday or an quiet evening at home!

Feel free to mix and match and let us know what pairings worked best for you!

Tea Accessories

Things You Need for the Perfect Tea Kit

January 4, 2016

 

So you want be a tea lover? If tea isn’t your cup of tea (I had to), you probably just haven’t found your flavor yet. In addition to finding the right blend, getting the right tools and accessories is essential to perfecting your tea kit. From tea sets to spoons and mugs, this list will give you an idea of some of the basics to getting your tea kit together.

tea set

Tea care

Whether it’s loose tea or bagged tea, everybody has their own preference. If you’re a die-hard tea lover like myself, you’ll want to dedicate a drawer or cupboard to different types of tea. If you don’t have a cupboard, a small shelf will do. Like we mentioned earlier, there is really a tea for every mood, so stock up on your favorites and try to get a variety.

Here are some example variety packs to get you a head start:

This Bigelow Set of tea is perfect for those looking to begin their sets and try out different flavors at a reasonable price.

This sampler comes in a chic jar and has a wide variety of top-quality flavors.

For those of you looking to explore loose tea, this sampler is the perfect way to expose your palate to the rare and delicate flavors that are out there. Plus they come in airtight, non-clear containers which prevents the teas from getting stale.

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Mug

Now hopefully you already have some, but a good mug is just as essential as the tea you’re drinking.

If you’re on the go, invest in a reusable to-go cup like this one.

Classic Porcelain tea sets are always in style too.

Want a cute mug specifically built for tea? This is your mug.

Some mugs even have built in tea-infusers.

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Teapot

This Chinese-inspired teapot acts as the perfect decor for your kitchen and of course does its job well. With intricate details and unique color, it will definitely be a staple in your kit.

You can never go wrong with a classic white porcelain teapot to serve tea in or to keep it warm for your guests.

Tea strainer

For those of you who prefer loose tea, you’ll need a good quality infuser to get the best taste possible. Luckily, there are all sorts of tea infusers, many with cute, decorative charm to them too.

With their leaf handle to pull in and out of the mug, these infusers focus on functionality.

Who could resist this manatee infuser?!

A spoonful of sugar

Having a stash of milk, honey and sugar is essential to perfect your tea. I prefer some plain and other with a dash of sweetness, either way, I keep my set within close proximity to my cupboard. Milk and sugar are the obvious go-to’s but there are plenty of alternative options like almond milk, agave and stevia.

These cute dishes will add charm to whatever you may want to keep near your tea.

These saucers would be the perfect set up for your tea additives.

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Spoon

Yes, a regular old spoon will work, but these cute spoons are just too tempting and they’re custom hand stamped.

With these items, you’re on your way to becoming a tea connoisseur in no time. Like we said before, if you think you don’t like tea, you just haven’t found the right one quite yet.

Did we miss anything? Let us know by commenting your must have tea kit items!

Tea Accessories

Top Accessories for Tea Lovers

December 16, 2015

Whether you’re just getting into tea or have been a lifelong fan, you’ve probably encountered the excessive amount of tea accessories. From the essentials like mugs and strainers to the extravagant tea sets and teapots, there really is something for everyone. We’ve compiled a list of the best accessories for any type of tea lover.

Mugs

Our favorite mug sites are from Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, and Etsy. We love how quirky, classic, and cozy their mugs are without compromising quality. Whichever mug you may fancy, we’re sure they’ll add a little pep to your daily cup (or cups) of tea.

Check out these gems we’ve fallen in love with:

monogram mugs

Anthropologies’ monogram mugs are timeless and a staple to anyone’s cupboard. It seems like every time I’m at someone’s house, I spot one of these. They really have become a trademark for Anthropologie and will never go out of style. Their perfect thumb whole makes for an easy grip, too!

blooms mug

Also from Anthropologie, these hand-painted teacups are vibrant and will spruce up any cup of tea! The delicate but colorful patterns will also brighten up any kitchen as decoration. These cups really make us want to sit down and have our own little tea party.

elephant mug

This elephant mug from Urban Outfitters will melt your heart as you sip your tea. The little tea bag compartment will save you the trip to the trash can if you get comfortable with your tea but decide it’s time to stop brewing. And we love how cute but definitely not cheesy this design is– after all we are trying to be grown ups drinking tea, right?

octopus mug

Etsy has a wide selection of mugs ranging from custom to quirky and classic. This octopus mug is sure to add some excitement to your morning. Depending on the tea you’re drinking, the octopus won’t be visible until you are about half way done with your cup, so drink up!

donut mug

Channel your inner Homer Simpson while drinking from this Etsy pink sprinkle donut mug. This mug has the classic shape design with a classic donut featured, what’s not to love?

Kitchen decor

Show your love for tea to visitors of your home with these cute decor pieces.

but first tea

While this phrase is usually associated with “But first, coffee” tea lovers deserve some love too. We love the black framed decorative text for a subtle and classy expression of tea love. We think placing this in the kitchen next to your tea kit would be adorable, but really it would look great anywhere!

tea by hattie ellis

Whether for your living room coffee table, tea table or your own reference, we love all the facts and suggestions in “Tea” by Hattie Ellis. If you think you know everything about tea, you’ve got to think again. This book taught us things we never thought we needed to know! With tips on exactly how long to brew certain types of tea, how to store tea, and where certain teas come from, you’re bound to learn something new.

pumpkin tea set

Love pumpkins and fall? Love DIY? Well, we have found the project for you. This pumpkin tea set is the perfect display to showing off your crafty skills, love for tea and, most importantly, you get to enjoy your own cup of pumpkin tea. Why waste time carving a pumpkin that you can’t get a cup of tea out of anyway? Not to mention, this blogger has a killer recipe for pumpkin chai lattes to put in your new tea set.

Spruce up your cup

cup sleeve

Still want the coziness of a cup in your hand as you rush off to that morning meeting?  Don’t fret, this to go cup sweater is here to solve your problems! We also love that this cover is so eco-friendly. Think about all the paper those disposable heat guards use! (A lot) And this really does add up. Take this cup sweater with you to Starbucks, or use it for your home-brew. Cozy, stylish, and eco-friendly!

tea spoon

Using the right spoon to stir your tea is essential, and this hand stamped spoon will do just the trick. For that cup of tea that needs honey, milk, or sugar, why not get a designated tea spoon? Or even just use it as display in your kitchen! Hand-stamped and one of a kind, these spoons are the key to perfecting that cup of tea.

christmas tea spoon

‘Tis the season for cute tea spoons! These spoons from Etsy are the perfect way to embrace the holiday season. Perfect for display and functionality, these spoons are sure to spark some sort of conversation with guests. While cozying up to the fire with your festive mug and perhaps Candy Cane tea, why not have your tea spoon be festive too?

To wear

tea beanie

Show your love for your favorite drink by wearing it on your head! Super soft and handmade in Peru, this beanie will add charm to any outfit. Fellow tea lovers will flock to you as you walk down the street in your warm, cute, and quirky beanie wherever you may be.

tea necklace

If you love cross stitching and jewelry, this hand embroidered necklace is for you. The cross stitch pendant is made to order — bound to be one of a kind. Subtle, with a hint of vintage feel, and of course quirkiness will be added to any outfit with the help of this necklace.

We love finding any opportunity possible to show our love for tea and these accessories make it a tad easier to do.

Have any favorites that you want to share? Let us know in the comments below.

Tea Health Benefits

Health Benefits of Tea

October 28, 2015

From chai to green, black to oolong, tea is a delicious and comforting brew that is chock full of healthy antioxidants and other goodies. Tea is a zero-calorie, hot or cold drink that has potential health benefits for you – incorporating a cup of tea or two in your daily life could only help you. True teas all come from the same plant, and are fermented at different rates to bring out unique flavors. These result in four main types of tea: black, oolong, green, and white tea.

Black tea is made from fermented leaves, which is why it has a dark black or red colors. Many flavors of tea fall under the black tea umbrella, such as darjeeling, earl gray, and chai. Although drinking dark brews, including coffee, is blamed for teeth staining, black tea could actually be great for your smile, perhaps due to the tannins found in the tea. The Tea Trade Health Research Association has funded studies that suggest that black tea can reduce plaque build-up and control bacteria. Additionally, a research study has shown that black tea could lower your risk of diabetes. In this study, people who had been drinking black tea on a long-term basis had a 70% lower chance of having or developing type 2 diabetes. Black tea could also boost your immune system since it contains antigens that can boost immune response, and tannins that are able to fight viruses. Lastly, since black tea has a lower amount of caffeine, it can increase blood flow to the brain without over-stimulating the heart – it won’t leave you jittery with a caffeine crash later. Definitely worth the switch over from your morning coffee!

Oolong is similar to black tea but is only partially oxidized. Like black tea, it can reduce some chronic health diseases like high cholesterol levels and heart disease. It has also been hailed as a weight management aide, supposedly due to a polyphenol compound found in it. Studies are still being done to prove the effectiveness of weight loss, but in one study, mice that were given polyphenols in addition to a fattening diet still lost overall weight and body fat. The same polyphenolic compounds have been attributed to the anti-cancer properties of oolong tea, since they can act as a chemo-preventative weapon against carcinogenic cells.

Green tea is made from leaves that are dried or heat-treated to prevent fermentation and oxidization. This process leaves it with more amounts of antioxidants than black tea, which combat free radicals in your system. These same antioxidants do wonders for your skin, and can reduce wrinkles and signs of aging. Like oolong, green tea can contribute to weight loss. It boosts your metabolism by suppressing your lipid metabolism, which reduces fatty accumulation. In a study done in Japan, mice that were fed green tea powder gained less weight and had less adipose tissue.

White tea leaves are picked when they’re very young – which makes them rare – and have a mild, delicate flavor, as well as the least amount of caffeine. It contains the same kinds of antioxidants as green tea, but in even greater quantity because they are the least processed out of all the teas. It contains fluoride, which keeps teeth strong and healthy, and possesses many of the same benefits as green tea because of their closeness with green tea. White tea is also a natural killer of bacteria and viruses due to its antioxidants that guard the immune system against many illnesses. White tea is also believed to improve bone density and strength.

So whether it’s a bold cup of black tea to kickstart your day or a soothing cup of white tea in the afternoon, incorporate tea into your daily routine for a more healthy and energizing lifestyle. Given the benefits of weight loss, bone health and cancer and diabetes prevention there’s no reason not to drink a cup of tea a day! It might even keep the doctor away!