Ethiopian Tea

Little cups are irresistible, whether designed for tea or coffee. A yard sale find, this small handleless porcelain cup was made in Ethiopia, land of coffee drinkers. But who's to say it can't be used for tea? Which made me wonder whether Ethiopians drink tea. Ethiopian Tea, or the Tea That's Grown in Ethiopia Evidently … Continue reading Ethiopian Tea

Malawi Antlers White Tea, a Delightful Rarity

Malawi Antlers, a white tea, are delightful on multiple levels! The country of origin Malawi, a small landlocked country located in southeastern Africa, struggles. Most people farm, with agriculture primarily subsistence and cash crop. Their exports do include produce from small landholdings, as well as tea (primarily black tea) and tobacco from large estates. Within … Continue reading Malawi Antlers White Tea, a Delightful Rarity

Purple Tea: A Healthier Tea?

Michigan maples are already flaunting their riotous oranges and reds!A fitting time to look at purple tea—tea leaves whose distinct purple hue is due to the same antioxidant that makes autumn foliage so breathtaking! Sounding vaguely like a toxin rather than a health-boosting antioxidant, anthocyanin is technically the "blue, violet, or red flavonoid pigment found in plants." … Continue reading Purple Tea: A Healthier Tea?

What Is Honeybush Tea? A Treat!

Honeybush. The name itself sounds sweet and pleasant. Honeybush (Cyclopia sp.)—also known as mountain or cape tea—probably takes its name from its yellow, honey-scented flowers. Native to South Africa, there are 23 documented species of honeybush, each thriving in a specific environment, from coastal to mountainous. Today, 70% of the honeybush produced comes from these … Continue reading What Is Honeybush Tea? A Treat!

What Is Rooibos Tea?

ROOIBOS: Truly a Red Tea! If you haven't had rooibos yet, now is the time—especially if you are looking for a delicious tea that doesn't have caffeine. Well, actually it's a tisane Although rooibos is commonly called "tea," it is really an herbal tisane. While true tea is produced with Camellia senensis, rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) … Continue reading What Is Rooibos Tea?