The Health Benefits of Green Tea

Ancient Chinese civilizations first used green tea for better health over 4,000 years ago. Infusions of green tea were administered to sufferers for the relief of ailments from a simple headache to psychosis. Today, green tea has been proven by the University of Purdue to be an effective combatant of cancer due to its catechin …

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Clotted Cream vs Double Devon Cream

Is there a difference between Clotted and Double Devon Cream? Well, yes. Actually, there is. You will often find that the two names are used interchangeably, but there is quite a difference between Devonshire Clotted Cream and Double Devon Cream.  This was quite confusing to me until I visited Devonshire, England, several years ago. Devonshire …

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Iced Tea Brew: Make it Better!

I know you're probably familiar with iced tea blends sold in the stores specifically to make iced tea, such as Luzianne and Lipton Cold Brew. However, did you know that you can make a much more delicious iced tea out of absolutely any tea leaves using special methods of brewing the tea? There are actually …

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Tea Bags vs Loose Tea — A Brief Comparison

The average tea consumer tends to purchase their tea at the supermarket, in convenient bagged form. However you'll notice that many tea enthusiasts show disdain for tea bags, preferring to purchase their tea in loose leaf form. There are many reasons for that disdain, but let's take a look at how much tea bags really …

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Lapsang Souchong: History and Recipes

One might argue the point, but China is probably better known for its green teas and puerh than for black tea – which the Chinese sometimes refer to as red tea. Some of the best-known Chinese black teas include Yunnnan, Keemun and an unforgettably distinctive variety known as Lapsang Souchong. “Real” Lapsang Souchong originates in …

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The History of Tea

From the Arab nations around the world to Zimbabwe, tea seeps through world culture. In North African countries, for example, tea is always shared before business is conducted, thus it is known as “the oil of commerce.” In Japan, the drinking of tea is an element in religious rites, and in WWII Great Britain, Winston …

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My Approach to Dying Clothes with Tea

Using tea to dye fabrics and clothing is an easy, enjoyable way to give them a muted or antiqued look. In fact, tea dying can produce some very interesting visual results! Tea dying does not give consistent results however, and each article you dye will be different from the next. Because you use teabags to …

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Keeping Tea Fresh

Keeping your tea fresh is of the utmost importance, for both a full delicious flavor and to keep the more subtle flavor nuances alive longer. Many people don't even know the average shelf life of their tea, which is extremely important and varies greatly between varieties of tea and how they are packaged. The following …

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Boiling Water for Tea: Is It Just Water?

Understanding that tea is almost entirely water, it would make sense that water quality is imperative for making great tea. From making bread, beer, tea, coffee and nearly anything else, water quality is crucial. For instance, when baking bread, water which is too alkaline can inhibit the necessary chemical reactions needed to make lively bread. …

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Pairing Food and Tea

Tea, as in wine, is a delightful way to compliment a meal. Not only do teas help digest foods more efficiently, they also can enhance the natural flavors of food just as wines do. In fact, wine and tea have much in common in this respect. For instance, robust foods are better paired with robust …

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