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Tea-ception: Tea Made From Coffee?

Tea-ception: Tea Made From Coffee?

There is tea that is made from coffee. Now we haven’t been transported to an alternate universe, the space time continuum isn’t shattered,  Leonardo DiCaprio is not around and we are not in a Christopher Nolan film – this is real. It seems like the […]

L-Theanine and Caffeine: The Reason For Your Clari-Tea

L-Theanine and Caffeine: The Reason For Your Clari-Tea

Have you ever wondered why you get that perfect feeling when you’re drinking tea? That feeling that drives us to write and draw and talk and just dream? There is alertness and calmness and the feeling that in that moment , in the words of […]

Chrysanthemum’s The Word

Chrysanthemum’s The Word

With spring coming – yellow is definitely on the mind. Golden sunlight, highlights in your hair, shorts and cool cotton dresses, tall glasses of lemonade and, maybe the most important of all, yellow flowers. Tulips, daisies, buttercups and, in terms of tea Chrysanthemum. Golden sweet tea made from the sheer yellowness of Spring you so crave – and it has tons of health benefits.

Chrysanthemum tea acts as a natural coolant and has been talked about in  ancient Chinese medicinal science.  A person can benefit a lot by having Chrysanthemum tea every day. The Chinese medicinal practice included the use of herbs as a major part of the treatment.  It has high amounts of B carotene , which is converted in Vitamin A in the liver. This  is helpful in treating skin problems and increasing immunity. Vitamin A also helps in postponing the aging process and age related blindness. The  tea is also a good source of Vitamin Bs like choline, folacin, niacin as well as riboflavin. It also contains Vitamin C which reduces the risks of scurvy and protects eyesight.  Chrysanthemum tea also has minerals like calcium, iron , magnesium and potassium – all important for good health. .

Chrysanthemum tea  has been drunk  in the past  to decrease body heat and drink during meals to help digest food for years, however, recent scientific studies find out health benefits of loose chrysanthemum tea are far greater.  It is now known to clear head colds and alleviate sinusitis pains because of the  vitamin C content of the tea. This is also because it is  antiviral because of that is a reliever of head congestion caused by viral infections. Chrysanthemum tea naturally lacks caffeine which makes it resistant to caffeine-induced side effects such as anxiety, irritability and nervousness. It is also known for its stimulating properties and is  used to refresh the brain and alerting the senses. It energizes all the senses quickly and also calms them down to instill better and clear perception.In addition benefits of drinking chrysanthemum tea includes soothing sore throats and helping  cure red,itchy eyes.

So, pour a cup of the golden stuff. You can steep it with hot water for 3 to 4 minutes and then you’re ready to go. You’re ready to drink all the flowery, yellowy goodness that is Chrysanthemum tea and take the health benefits with it.

Study With A Cup Of Tea

Study With A Cup Of Tea

For all you students out there: whether you’re in midterm, just getting out of midterm, or just really stressed out – put down that cup of coffee and pick up a cup of tea. Tea boosts your brain and mental state in ways that jittery […]

Tea Service On Singapore Airlines

Tea Service On Singapore Airlines

Tea has been flying these days. First British Airlines announced their special Twinings tea for flying and now Singapore Airlines is jumping on the aircraft.  Singapore Airlines has launched a new English Tea service for business and first class passengers on selected flights between London […]

Sweet Tea Recipe Ideas

Sweet Tea Recipe Ideas

With warmer days ahead of us, it natural to start thinking about sweet tea. Golden sunlight, hot hazy days and sitting in the shade with a tall glass of the stuff. No coats or heavy clothing – just sunning yourself like a cat- with tea to cool you off.

Here we’re going to talk about some recipes you could cool off to.

First, there’s always the classic – Southern Iced Tea. Sweet black tea with a little bit of lemon.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 2 family-size tea bags
  • 3/4 cup sugar $
  • 7 cups cold water

Preparation

  1.  Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a saucepan; add tea bags. Boil 1 minute; remove from heat. Cover and steep 10 minutes.
  2.  Discard tea bags. Add sugar, stirring until dissolved. Pour into a 1-gal. container, and add 7 cups cold water. Serve over ice.

To take a spin on this sweet Tea, you can make something not only cold and sweet  – but rich. One such a dish is Dulce de Leche Sweet tea.

Ingredients

  • 1 family-size tea bag
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Preparation

  1. Bring 2 cups water to a boil in a 3-qt. heavy saucepan; add tea bag. Remove from heat; cover and steep 10 minutes.
  2.  Discard tea bag. Add sugar, stirring until dissolved. Bring tea mixture to a boil over medium-high heat and cook, stirring occasionally, 10 more minutes or until mixture turns amber brown and reduces to a honey-like consistency. Gradually add cream, and cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth. (Mixture will be very thin.) Cool completely (about 30 minutes). Cover and chill 24 hours. (After chilling, mixture will have the consistency of heavy cream.)

and finally you can go a little peachy keen with Governors Mansion Summer Peach Tea Punch. With tea, mint, club soda AND peaches – this refreshing drink may just save one of those too hot days ahead of us

Ingredients

  • 3 family-size tea bags
  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh mint leaves $
  • 1 (33.8-oz.) bottle peach nectar
  • 1/2 (12-oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed$
  • 1/2 cup Simple Sugar Syrup ( a syrup made of just sugar and water)
  • 1 (1-liter) bottle ginger ale, chilled $
  • 1 (1-liter) bottle club soda, chilled
  • Garnish: fresh peach wedges

Preparation

  1.  Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan; add tea bags and mint leaves. Boil 1 minute; remove from heat. Cover and steep 10 minutes.
  2.  Discard tea bags and mint. Pour into a 1-gal. container; add peach nectar, lemonade concentrate, and Simple Sugar Syrup. Cover and chill 8 to 24 hours.
  3.  Pour chilled tea mixture into a punch bowl or pitcher. Stir in ginger ale and club soda just before serving. Garnish, if desired.

With all these recipes, you are sure to be able to not only beat the heat, but be smiling while you do it. And don’t be afraid to experiment with different teas and fruits to make that perfect refreshing drink you need. You never know what amazing things you can be drinking.

One Direction Drinking Tea Backstage

One Direction Drinking Tea Backstage

It is reported that the very popular band One Direction is more British than previously realized. Instead of the typical “rock and roll” mentality for backstage preparation, they and their management have been requesting “to keep their dressing room low-key before the shows and requested […]

St. Patty’s Day Tea Time

St. Patty’s Day Tea Time

St. Patrick’s Day is almost upon us and this evening in celebration there are already people getting the Irish party started – going out and partying, practically dying themselves green, and drinking like… well a leprechaun. It’s a good time to get in the shamrock spirit […]

What Does Your Used Teabag Say About You?

What Does Your Used Teabag Say About You?

People have been analyzing people’s personality through numerous things throughout the years: how you walk, how you write, and even how you stand – but have you ever thought about what your used teabag says about you? As things often are on the internet – if you didn’t think it exists – it does. As BBC wrote in their article,  the different ways to deal with tea bags can be associated with different facets of personalities. Maybe this describes you, maybe it doesn’t – but it’s all in good fun.

Here are some tea bags and tea bag behaviors and their meanings:

  • Left to dry for composting- a person who does this is an environmentally conscious person and may be active in maintaining their home garden. A person like this would live a healthy life with outdoor activities, and even homegrown vegetables on the table… at the same time, they might smell like compost and manure. 
  • Left to dry before dumping in trash –  This type of person is liable to be houseproud; you will not find dust, unwiped drips or anything out of place in their house. 
  • the tea bag is off-white-  An offwhite tea bag means that it is made of unbleached or recycled paper. This person is most likely to be a very keen environmentalist. The tea is also most likely to be a fair trade or organic variety as these teas most often use this sort of teabag.
  • a red tea bag – this is usually an herbal or fruit tea. This person is quite likely to be chilled-out as they are not requiring a caffeine fix at whichever point in the day you discovered their teabag – whether they’re using it as a detox or just a herbal tea drinker.
  • a tea bag followed by a drip trail of tea – The fact that a track, or tracks, of tea lead from the tea making area to the teabag graveyard indicates a serious lack of care from the tea-maker.  This person is liable to be lazy in other areas.
  • a milky tea bag – A teabag that has a milky complexion has in fact been used in a mug which contained the milk before the water was added. This is a pre-laitarian attempt to make tea in the modern non-teapot age. Adding milk before the tea is often, though not exclusively, a sign of someone maybe not polished in tea making.

Whether your tea bag is red, milky or if you leave a drip trail – it is certainly interesting to find out if this guide fits the bill. It is interesting because it makes you look at your particular ritual. Do you leave the bag in for a certain amount of time or do you forget it? Do you drain the tea bag and do you save it at all? Whether or not this is right, how you do your tea says what type of person you are and that’s certainly something to think about. And who even knows with loose tea? Though loose tea has always had real fortune telling.

Tea As Art In Beitou Museum

Tea As Art In Beitou Museum

The image above is an array of tea pots carved from coral forming the character for the word Bai Fu, Chinese for “good fortune”. It is by Lu-Chih-song, not only a great artist but a polio survivor; she spent 2 years carving each tea pot – the […]