Should You Microwave Your Tea? Part 1: Health Benefits

A perhaps disconcerting study has been recently publicized. It promotes—of all things—microwaving your tea so that you obtain more of its health benefits. Moreover, scientist Dr. Quan Vuong asserts that this technique yields a better-tasting cup. Anathema! Nuke my tea? No way! But why was Dr. Vuong microwaving his tea anyway? As reported by ABC News–Australia on April 10, … Continue reading Should You Microwave Your Tea? Part 1: Health Benefits

Can You Re-infuse Black Tea?

Can You Re-infuse Black Tea? No.* End of story. *Okay, two, maybe three, exceptions Really? Basically, yes. I'll get to those exceptions—but first let me repeat: most black teas—even high-quality loose leaf teas—cannot be satisfactorily re-brewed Yes, I know that you can get something out of those leaves. Maybe even something drinkable. But good? Nah. Stick … Continue reading Can You Re-infuse Black Tea?

China Royal Jasmine Curls Green Tea: What It Is and How to Brew It

   China Royal Jasmine Curls—the name alone suggests that this is an exquisite tea! This specialty green tea, unique to China, is made with time-honored traditions. In Fujian Province (located on mainland China's southeast coast), bud sets are plucked in the spring and lightly processed. Then, when jasmine blossoms are available in the summer, the blossoms and … Continue reading China Royal Jasmine Curls Green Tea: What It Is and How to Brew It

Why I Drink Loose Leaf Tea

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At the most elemental level, it is just immensely satisfying to brew my tea and then find this:             SO much more aesthetically pleasing than a sodden teabag!! And this example is textbook perfect! And this is what you should be finding if your green tea says it consists of the first leaves … Continue reading Why I Drink Loose Leaf Tea

What is Black Gunpowder or Black Pearl Tea?

Black gunpowder tea is also called Black Pearls—and these small pellets do have a passing resemblance to pearls, especially those that are beautifully rolled into compact balls. Long Enjoyed in America Gunpowder tea has been made for centuries in China, and it was ideal for trade with the West. Because the leaves are tightly rolled, they are … Continue reading What is Black Gunpowder or Black Pearl Tea?

What Is Gunpowder Temple of Heaven Green Tea?

First off, its NAME! The colorful name of gunpowder tea may well come from the resemblance of its pellets to actual gunpowder, stemming from the days when ships sailed this tea around the globe. And certainly, many of the leaves are rolled into tight pellets. Here are examples of green gunpowder tea, though there is also … Continue reading What Is Gunpowder Temple of Heaven Green Tea?

What Is Palace or Ocean Needle Green Tea?

   Palace Needle, or Ocean Green Needle, is a beautiful variety of green tea! Pour out a handful and admire the shimmering greens and yellow-greens—quite truly an "ocean" of greens. And notice how the leaves have been meticulously rolled into needle shape. When brewed, the needles slowly unfurl, revealing large pieces of intact leaves.   … Continue reading What Is Palace or Ocean Needle Green Tea?

What Is Lung Ching or Dragon Well Green Tea?

   So I am always in a hurry in the mornings, mainly because I basically hate mornings, which means I am always racing out the door. Which means the whole concept of mindfulness blah blah blah is totally lost on me. BUT, green whole leaf tea demands a bit of attention—because it is truly gorgeous! I … Continue reading What Is Lung Ching or Dragon Well Green Tea?

Whole Leaf Rolled Teas: What They Are and How to Brew Them

A common assumption:  loose leaf tea should be brewed in a tea ball. To which I say: You are missing out on one of life's pleasures: watching a tightly rolled leaf open, gracefully and gently, reminding us to pause and contemplate the act of making tea, the wonder of it. Because if it's loose leaf tea that is … Continue reading Whole Leaf Rolled Teas: What They Are and How to Brew Them

Bergamot Oil: The Essence of Earl Grey Tea

Bergamot, of Earl Grey Tea Fame Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)—the essence of Earl Grey tea—has been grown in Italy for ages, although the plant may have originated in Berga in Catalonia, northeast Spain, where the Bergistani were an Iberian tribe overtaken by the Romans, and possibly the source of the bergamot name. We do know that bergamot … Continue reading Bergamot Oil: The Essence of Earl Grey Tea