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The History of Tea: Video by TED

The History of Tea: Video by TED

This is a really fun video that explains the history of tea in a nutshell. It covers the full history starting from how Shen Nong discovered tea, how Japanese monks brought the tea to Japan, and how Robert Fortune smuggled tea seeds to India for […]

Cool Tea & Teashop Names Ideas

Cool Tea & Teashop Names Ideas

Starting a new tea business is always exciting, but how do you come up with a cool name that really represents you. And how do you name your teas with a creative touch? This read article and you’re ready to brainstorm for the best tea […]

Issaku Green Tea Review!

Issaku Green Tea Review!

I’ve lucky to have received samples of Issaku tea from Kei at This is an award-winning Japanese tea that has won last years Global Tea Championship (Steamed tea category)!

The leaves appeared dark green, as expected from a Japanese green, and are finely broken.

Right after opening the sample bag, a lovely fresh grassy fragrance was released. I couldn’t wait longer until my cooked water was cooled down to around 80 ºC (175 ºF).

As instructed, I added two tea spoons of the tea into my gaiwan. Instead of following the instructions (60 to 120 seconds) I waited 30 seconds and strained out the tea. Straining wasn’t easy. The small tea leaves easily went through the opening of my gaiwan and congested my tea filter on the fairness pitcher.

If you’re planning to use a gaiwan for this tea, you should get a wider strainer to make sure it lets the liquid through. Also my advise would be to use 1 tea spoon (instead of 2 tea spoons instructed) as the leaves release flavour quite fast.

Since I don’t have a better filter to solve this straining problem, I decided to brew 2 tea spoons of Issaku tea grandpa style. I often do this with Chinese green teas, so let’s see how it works with a steamed Japanese tea.

I love the colour of the first steep. It’s much greener when compared to Chinese teas, which have a more yellowish colour. This is because Chinese greens are roasted, while this Japanese tea is steamed to preserve such colour.

tea colour review


The colour of the soup was green-yellowish and somewhat cloudy. The texture of the tea was smooth and pleasant. Its wonderful thickness is something you won’t find in a Chinese green tea.

This texture and cloudiness is probably because a part of the tea leaves are dissolved in the tea liquor itself, causing the thickness. The viscosity of the tea results in a lasting and lingering aroma in the mouth.

The taste was vegetal and seaweed-like. The aroma was fresh. The flavours are much more outspoken compared to a matcha green tea. When comparing it to Chinese green teas, it kind of reminds me of stronger green teas such as the bi luo chun, xinyang maojian or liu an gua pian. I would say, the pronounced seaweed aroma make the flavour match that of the bi luo chun from Jiangsu the most.

The flavours are released the most in the first steep, so I’m really happy that I didn’t rinse the tea leaves first. The flavour is still pretty strong for the 2nd and 3rd brew. The 4th brew and last is still decent. The colour of the tea becomes lighter and more yellow after the first steep.

wet leaves Issaku tea review

My Recommendations

Here are my recommendations when brewing this tea using a straight glass.

  • Brew in a glass
  • Add 2 tea spoons of tea for 4 brews; or 1 tea spoon of tea for 2 rounds.
  • Add 80ºC/175ºF water
  • Second brew: keep 1/3 of the first brew and refill with 85ºC water.
  • Third/fourth brew: keep 1/3 of the previous brew and refill with 90ºC water.

I don’t have recommendations for a traditional brewing session for now, but I’ll update this post when I do!

The History The Menghai Tea Factory,  Taetea (Dayi)

The History The Menghai Tea Factory, Taetea (Dayi)

Yunnan Taetea (Dayi) Group is one of the most well-known pu erh tea manufacturers in the world. The group owns several companies including the famous Menghai Tea Factory. Located in Xishuangbanna in the Southwest Yunnan the factory has been providing quality tea for over 70 […]

Why Jiaogulan is also known as the Immortality Herb: Video

Why Jiaogulan is also known as the Immortality Herb: Video

Jiaogulan (Gynostemma pentaphyllum) is a plant that grows in Southern China. Japanese researchers discovered this herb while looking for a natural sweetener. Yet, they discovered other more powerful health benefits. Joe Hollis gives a short introduction of this medicinal plant.

8 Dental Health Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

8 Dental Health Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

You can’t tackle your oral hygiene without taking your diet into account. The food and drinks that we consume have a direct impact on our health, particularly on our teeth and gums. In recent times the sugar content in foods has gone up, making the fight against gum disease and tooth decay harder. Luckily there are a lot of natural products that won’t harm your teeth and will help in improving your health. Green tea is one of those products.

Green tea has been consumed for its health benefits and healing properties by people in countries like Japan, China, and India for centuries. Research has discovered that green tea has a preventative and therapeutic effect on a wide range of health problems such as cancer, heart disease, strokes, high cholesterol, skin disorders, Alzheimer’s, memory loss, liver disorders and dementia.

Here are 8 Dental Health Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

1. Prevents Plaque

Plaque is a sticky deposit on the teeth, which allows the microbes to proliferate on it that can lead to tooth decay. Green tea is made up of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which can ward off the bacteria that causes dental plaque.

2. Prevents Dental Cavities

Green tea controls the levels of bacteria in your mouth as well as reducing the amount of dental plaque which can be helpful to prevent cavities. Research indicates that people were tested after they gave their mouth a 5 minute rinse with green tea. The tested patients contained less bacteria and acid in their mouths as well as reducing the bleeding of their gums. Research has found that drinking green tea helps in reducing tooth decay and cavities.

3. Promotes Gum Health

Green tea’s anti-inflammatory properties help control periodontal gum disease. A Japanese study consisting of 1,000 men discovered that those who drank green tea on a regular basis tended to have healthier gums than the ones that did not. A German study also discovered similar results with people who were requested to chew sweets that had extracts of green tea. Adding sugar or sweetener can reverse the health benefits of green tea.

4. Strengthens Your Teeth

Moreover, drinking tea can boost bone health including your teeth! People in the ages of 40-64 who regularly drank a single cup of unsweetened green tea everyday are less prone to losing their teeth as compared those that drank coffee.

Researchers have discovered that the antimicrobial molecules called catechins can kill the bacteria which is responsible for gum disease and tooth decay, preventing loss of teeth and oral health problems.

5. Reduces the Risk of Oral Cancer

The rich antioxidants and other properties of green tea help protect against cellular damage and cancerous tumour growth. A study was conducted at the University of Texas whereby green tea extract was given to patients who were suffering from precancerous lesions in their mouths which slows down their progression to oral cancer.

6. Good Breath and Less Odour

Green tea has been associated with better smelling breath as it destroys the microbes that stink up our mouths. A study conducted by the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Dentistry measured the level of smelly compounds in people’s mouths after they were given green tea powder. Green tea is much better than chewing gums, mints and parsley seed oil according to this study. Also read: Tea for Bad Breath

7. No Loss of Teeth

Green tea prevents gum disease and cavities so in the long run it will also help you retain your teeth as well. A study conducted in Japan stated that men and women who drank more cups of green tea everyday were a lot more likely to retain their teeth.

8. Stay Hydrated

Keeping your teeth naturally hydrated is very helpful in preventing oral decay as the water keeps on washing and rinsing off the food particles that cause plaque and tartar build up later. Drinking green tea is a great way to keep your mouth clean.

If you enjoy tea then you should reach for green tea next time you put some water on the boil some. Drinking green tea in its unsweetened form is best.

Author Bio: Shen Chao is part of Dr. Joshua Hong’s Smile Clinic. While working for the Smile Clinic, he’s gained first hand experiences into the questions and concerns that dental patients have. He has been writing to inform people about various dental topics to help his readers improve their oral health. When he’s not working, you can find him on a hiking trail with his dog or having a Sunday cook-out with friends. 

Pairing Cakes with Tea

Pairing Cakes with Tea

If you love tea, and you want to know what food goes well with tea, you simply can’t miss out on delicious cakes. Yet, every cake is different and depending on the taste profile, you’ll want to pair with the right tea. For tea and […]

Teforia Shuts Down: 10 Reasons Why Teforia Failed

Teforia Shuts Down: 10 Reasons Why Teforia Failed

Teforia is a startup that developed a sophisticated tea infuser accompanied with a smart mobile app. The company started off well with excellent publicity on sites like TechCrunch, Gizmodo and Engadget. And as you can see on the video below, it was presentation was promising. […]

How to Make Orange Peel Tea? Recipes, Food Pairings & Health Benefits

How to Make Orange Peel Tea? Recipes, Food Pairings & Health Benefits

Who wouldn’t want to have an orange for a healthy snack? Oranges are known to have plenty of health benefits together with their juicy, delicious taste. Usually, people eat the flesh of this fruit and just throw the peels away. To save these peels and not put them into waste, there are plenty of ways to use them. From air fresheners and hair conditioners to jams and teas, there are numerous ways to enjoy the benefits of orange peels.

Orange Peel Tea and Its Benefits

One of the easiest ways to enjoy the health benefits of orange peels is by making tea. Making orange peel tea is easy and anyone can do it at home. This healthy tea is simple, yet it can surprise one with the slew of health benefits it gives.

  • Anti-aging – Orange peels are rich in flavonoids and vitamin C which help the body fight early signs of aging.
  • Lowers cholesterol levels – It has hesperidin, a compound known to metabolise lipids in the blood which lowers blood cholesterol levels.
  • Natural intestinal fiber – Pectin is a natural fiber found in orange peels. It aids in digestion and protects one from stomach problems.
  • Fights infection – Orange peels are rich in vitamin C and other vitamins which help boost the immune system.
  • Weight loss – Orange peel tea helps boost metabolism, increase energy and remove fats from the body.

Things Needed in Making Orange Peel Tea

If you want to experience the natural goodness of homemade orange peel tea, here’s what you will need to prepare one:

  • Oranges
  • Water
  • Any sweetener of your choice
  • A casserole

How to Make Orange Peel Tea

  1. Peel the oranges and slice them into strips.
  2. Let them dry in under sun light.
  3. When the peels are dry, slice them into small pieces. You are now ready to make your own orange peel tea.
  4. Boil water in a casserole.
  5. Add some dried orange peels to boiling water. You can increase the amount of peels if you want a stronger flavour.
  6. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  7. Pour the prepared tea into a teacup and add some sweetener if desired.
  8. Enjoy your relaxing healthy cup of orange peel tea.

Simple isn’t it? With these 8 steps, you can now enjoy the health benefits of orange peels in a cup.

Flavor Variations

If you like to give your taste buds a little bit of adventure, you must try these orange peel tea variations.

  • Cinnamon Orange Tea

This variation is perfect if you want to have a more energetic tea drink. Just add a stick of cinnamon in your warm tea to have a taste.

  • Ginger Orange Tea

You can try this by simply adding a slice of ginger to your prepared tea. It’s the perfect way to soothe an upset stomach.

  • Orange Peel Green Tea

Add a teaspoon or a teabag of green tea for a more relaxing version of orange peel tea.

  • Spicy Orange Peel Tea

Just add coriander seeds, pepper, star anise, or any spice of your choice to have a more fun tea experience.

  • Orange Peel Chai

Just add milk, black tea, cinnamon, and cardamom to the basic orange peel tea ingredients to have an exotic blend of orange tea and Indian milk tea.

Foods Best Paired with an Orange Peel Tea

Tea is a versatile drink and can be paired with almost any food. The important thing is that the flavors complement each other as you enjoy them.

Chocolate is best paired with orange peel tea as the rich flavor of chocolate complements the lightness of tea. You can also pair this tea with any dish as long as they have a rich, full flavor that contrasts with the tea’s mild taste.

Author’s Bio

Claire works in marketing team at Brillopak, a premium quality food packing machine and palletising machine manufactures in United Kingdom. In a former life, Claire worked as a content specialist and she loves writing, reading & cooking.

Why Starbucks Failed Badly To Make Teavana Enter Heaven

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During the end of 2012, Starbucks announced its acquisition of Teavana, a high-end retailer of loose leaf tea. The coffee chain dreamed big and announced in 2014 that it was ready to conquer the 90 billion dollar tea market. In 2016 the company also decided […]