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Showing posts with label tea. Show all posts
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February 21, 2022

Warm Up with tea - One of Our Favorite Teas


Brooke Bond Red Label Natural Care Tea

I don't know if you guessed it by now, but I'm a TEA girl. I never got into coffee; it has too much caffeine for me. I like tea because it's not that strong and there are so many varieties. 

I like tea with spices, like cardamom, cloves, and cinnamon.  I had my first "spice tea" in Kerala. It was soothing and comforting. Ever since then, I've always enjoyed tea with that extra kick. During our most recent trip to India, my mom introduced me to this Brooke Bond Red Label Natural Care tea. This tea has herbs mixed into it like Ashwagandha, Mulethi, Tulsi, Cardamom, and ginger. 

Have you tried this tea brand before? What is your favorite brand? What types of tea do you drink?

Want to learn more about Tea...check out our other posts, Tea Origins and Tea Culture

January 31, 2022

Warm Up with Tea - Origins

"There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life." - Lin Yutang, the author of "The Importance of Living"

Photo by CHI CHEN on Unsplash

January 12th was National Hot Tea day.  Did you warm up your day with a hot cup of tea? It's hot tea day for us every day.  TEA makes us feel many things like TranquilEnergetic, and Awake.

Did you know that Tea is the 2nd most popular drink in the world next to Water?  It is consumed approximately 3.7 billion cups on a daily basis according to Euromonitor Sept 2020. It is the only beverage commonly served hot or iced, anytime, anywhere, for any occasion.  On any given day, over 159  million  Americans are drinking tea.

 Origins of Tea Culture

How did this drink or beverage become so popular? What is the history behind Tea culture or its origin? Tea is nearly  5,000  years old.  Purportedly discovered in  2737  BC by  Chinese  Emperor  Shen-Nung,  aka “The  Divine  Healer”.   Legend has it,  some tea leaves accidentally blew into the Emperor’s pot of boiling water and created the first tea brew.  According to  Chinese tea scholars,  the  Emperor,  as a botanical explorer,  accidentally poisoned himself some  85  times,  and was cured each time by this wonderful brew. 

Tea has been consumed in China for thousands of years on record dating from the Shang Dynasty (1500 BCE–1046 BCE), where it was consumed in Yunnan province primarily as a medicinal drink. 

Compressed Pu'erh tea cake

By the Tang period (618- 907 CE), tea had become popular and was widely enjoyed as a refreshing beverage, prepared from leaves that had been moistened and shaped into a dense brick. Anecdotal evidence from the 8th century CE reports that the city of Chang-an had a large number of flourishing tea shops, many of which advertised the health benefits of tea drinking. 

Later, during the Song dynasty (960 – 1279 CE) the brick form of tea was replaced in popularity with loose leaves which were often ground into a fine powder and, increasingly, flavored with different substances. Over time tea houses began to appear across large cities making tea more accessible outside of elite society.  As it grew in popularity, tea became associated with homeliness and was drunk daily as well as served to guests to welcome them.1 

The Diffusion of Tea Culture along the Silk Route

From China, tea spread across the Eastern Silk Road to Japan and the Korean Peninsula. In Japan, the beverage developed close connotations with religious and social rituals owing to the fact that it was commonly consumed by Buddhist priests. In the 6th century, CE envoys were sent from Japan to China to learn about tea and its associated culture, and seeds were imported via the Silk Road in order for the plant to be cultivated in Japan. 

Tea soon became prominent in creative circles, including within poetry and literature, as poets and artists wrote about the joy of tea and explored tea customs and associated traditions in their work. A great example is a poem called "Seven Bowls of Tea" by Lu Tong from 790-835CE. Lu Tong's poem was a favorite for centuries and even carved on tea jars.  What does his poem convey to you about tea?  

The first cup caresses my dry lips and throat.
The second shatters the walls of my lonely sadness.
The third searches the dry rivulets of my soul to find the series of five thousand scrolls.
With the fourth the pain of past injustice vanishes through my pores.
The fifth purifies my flesh and bone.
With the sixth I am in touch with the immortals.
The seventh gives such pleasure I can hardly bear
The fresh wind blows through my wings,

As I make my way to Penglai [the mountain of the immortals].2

The tea trade spread from China and Mongolia to the Indian Subcontinent, Anatolia, the Iranian Plateau, and beyond eventually reaching Europe and North Africa. Tea was also intricately linked to another flourishing Silk Road trade that became the basis for a number of complex interactions within the arts, that of ceramics, and specifically, porcelain. 

Although there are many regional variations, many cultures along the Silk Road share tea drinking customs and traditions. Today, cultures and regions around the world have continued to adapt the ubiquitous product according to their own societal norms, with brewing processes, flavoring, and social rituals varying from place to place. 

We hope you enjoyed learning more about the origins of tea and tea culture. Stay tuned as we explore varieties of tea and more of tea culture in our next posts. 

February 23, 2012

Where Coffee and Tea Lovers Come Together

Come in and have a cup of tea or coffee at the Coffee and Tea Festival in New York City this weekend. Both days are packed with fun and interesting workshops for any hot beverage enthusiast. Maybe I'll see you there ;)

August 25, 2011

How To Awaken The Senses In This Weather...

With all the wet weather we've been having, my mood has been taking a big hit. I should be thankful to Mother Nature for gracing us with so much rain but enough is enough. We've seen more rain than sun these past couple of weeks. Anyways, I didn't let this weather get me down, NO SIR!! My mom bought this tea on my aunt's recommendation and this afternoon was the perfect time to try it out.

Hot Tea + Wet Weather = Perfect for Relaxed and Refreshed Mood!

It's the perfect blend of cardamom and black tea to awaken the senses. I like drinking my tea without milk, so with each sip I was engulfed with so much aroma and flavor that I forgot where I was. I started reminiscing about my trip to Kerala where I was surrounded by hills covered in tea plantations and woke up every morning with the sweet aroma of tea. It was the perfect start to the day and set the mood for an enjoyable time. Then I was back in my arm chair finishing the last drop of my tea. Alas, it was nice while it lasted, I will cherish these few moments of Zen.

Quick Tips: This tea is available at most Indian stores; I bought mine at the local Indian grocer.