The Difference between Raw and Ripened Pu’erh Tea

Previously I wrote about 6 Interesting Facts About Pu-Erh Tea, but did you know that when we talk about pu’erh, there are actually two further categories? Many articles you find about pu’erh discuss the post-fermented variety (also known as ripened pu’erh, or inaccurately referred to as cooked pu’erh) so let’s tip the balance a little[…]

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What Is Matcha Tea and its Benefits?

The debate continues to rage – is matcha tea actually superior to traditional green tea leaves? Matcha tea has experienced a real surge in popularity over the past decade. This Japanese green tea is cultivated in highly specialized conditions designed to concentrate flavor and preserve antioxidants. Numerous studies have shown that if your primary purpose[…]

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What is Green Tea and Why is it so Popular?

If you search the web on green tea, you may find yourself inundated with websites professing weight loss pills made of green tea extract; green tea being a miracle slimming tea; websites encouraging you to detox with green tea and other far reaching claims.  Before we start to set the record straight on the health[…]

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Herbal Infusions: Why Are They So Popular?

In a world where we love our cup of Joe, there is a major shift that is happening where we are striving for a healthier beverage. Our addiction to caffeine is regarded as unhealthy, so we are looking for healthier alternatives. Enter the herbal infusion revolution. Herbal infusions, also known as herbal teas, are generally[…]

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What are Flavored Teas?

Flavored teas are teas that have had something added to them such as flowers, herbs, or spices that provide additional flavor.  Some flavored teas, if you look at the back of the packaging, might also have extracts or flavoring agents added in order to enhance the taste of the tea.  There are many flowers that[…]

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What is Terroir and Why is it Important in Tea?

Terroir is taken from the French term, terre, which means land and refers to the characteristics of an environment, the weather and growing conditions of a certain area that influence the growing of products such as coffee, wine, cheese and tea. Take wine for instance. If you take a grape, and you grow and cultivate[…]

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3 Common Varieties of White Tea

Of the six categories of tea, white tea is the least processed of all teas gaining notoriety for its purported health benefits over other teas, but I’ll talk about the health benefits of tea in a later blog post.  White tea is not to be mistaken for black tea with milk and in fact, some[…]

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Should I Buy a Glass Teapot to Brew Tea?

Guest post: Tea connoisseurs are absolutely crazy about teapots, teacups and any other tea paraphernalia they can get their hands on. I should know – I’ve got two cupboards full of tea sets I’ve barely used! Though I own upwards of ten teapots, the one that has me coming back to it time and again[…]

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4 Health Benefits of Oolong Tea

Green tea has garnered a lot of good press in recent years because of its wide-ranging health benefits, but oolong tea, despite sharing green tea’s Far East origins and being incredibly good for you, remains slightly off the beaten path for tea drinkers. Here are 4 health benefits of oolong tea that are regularly discussed[…]

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3 Common Loose Leaf Tea Brewing Mistakes

We’ve all been served a terrible cup of tea in a restaurant or cafe at least once in our lives, and most of us are also guilty of making terrible cups of tea once in a while. Everyone knows loose leaf tea tastes way better than tea made from teabags, but fundamental mistakes during the[…]

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