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What are Tannins in Tea?

What are Tannins in Tea?

Tannins are commonly discussed in the context of tea tasting, but usually poorly understood. Cited as a source of bitterness and astringency, their presence is often considered a sign of low quality tea, but their role is a bit more complex than that. As a natural part of every tea plant, tannins contribute to the growth process and health benefits of all teas, as well as the color and flavor.

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The Truth About Teas for Weight Loss

The Truth About Teas for Weight Loss

Tea has a long history as a touted cure for all sorts of ailments, ever since it’s legendary discovery as an antidote to poisons. So perhaps it’s no surprise that today, tea is often marketed as an antidote to one of our most pervasive modern health issues. Today, we’ll dive into the facts about “weight loss” teas to separate the true benefits of tea from the sales spin.

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What is GABA Tea?

What is GABA Tea?

Among the endless varieties of tea, most common names have poetic origins based on the appearance, fragrance, or traditional provenance of the tea style. GABA is a tea name that stands out as a modern, scientific acronym, lending gravitas to claims of extra health benefits. But what is it that makes this type of tea special?

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Cooking with Tea: Pickled Green Tea Leaves

Cooking with Tea: Pickled Green Tea Leaves

High quality green teas like our Ming Qian Dragonwell, Panan are plucked only once a year and consist of only young leaf buds. They are limited in quantity, but high in antioxidants and other nutrients. While many Chinese tea drinkers will eat the leaves directly from the cup after brewing, these valuable leaves can also be used in culinary dishes. One way we preserve these leaves after we brew them is to pickle them.

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5 Reasons to Try Tea Without Sugar

5 Reasons to Try Tea Without Sugar

As traditionalists, we rarely add sugar to our teas, but we’re asked about the possibility often during tastings. To be fair, tea has a long standing reputation as a bitter alternative to more indulgent beverages, so we understand the urge to sweeten your cup. But we highly recommend taking at least a taste of your tea before dropping in the first teaspoon of honey or sugar. Here are five good reasons to give it a try.

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5 Relaxing Teas to Drink in the Evening

5 Relaxing Teas to Drink in the Evening

Many people look tea's caffeine content to jump start their mornings, but others prefer to make tea a part of relaxing evenings. After all, is there anything more serene than curling up with a steaming mug of tea? Unfortunately, the same natural caffeine that makes tea energizing in the morning can also keep you up at night.

For some, the balancing effects of L-theanine are enough to make any tea relaxing, despite the caffeine. But for those who are sensitive to the stimulant, here are our top five teas with little or no caffeine - sure to be utterly relaxing in the evening.

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How to Brew All-Natural Kombucha with Honey

How to Brew All-Natural Kombucha with Honey

Kombucha is the fermented, tea-based beverage currently taking the world by storm. Flavorful and mildly sweet, this carbonated beverage makes an amazing low-sugar alternative to soda, with the added benefits of healthy probiotics and enzymes. While bottled versions at the store can cost upwards of $3-$4 each, this unique beverage is easy to make at home with your favorite tea. If you’ve never tried kombucha before, get ready for a refreshing revelation, just in time for summer!

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Benefits of Tea: L-Theanine

Benefits of Tea: L-Theanine

Though health benefits claimed in tea marketing are often exaggerated or just plain untrue, a cup of tea does contain many natural compounds that are good for the body and mind. One of the most fascinating is L-Theanine, an amino acid first isolated from tea in 1949. Found in only three plants across the world, theanine is key to the unique characteristics that have made tea so popular for thousands of years.

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What Makes Tea Bitter?

What Makes Tea Bitter?

Most tea drinkers expect at least a hint of bitterness in their cup. While not all teas are prone to bitterness, it is a common component of tea flavor, especially in mass produced teas. There are many ways to mitigate the bitter taste of tea, like lowering water temperature, shortening the brewing time, or simply adding milk and sugar. But what creates the natural bitter flavor in tea leaves, and why are some teas more bitter than others?

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Benefits of Tea: Bottled vs. Freshly Brewed

Benefits of Tea: Bottled vs. Freshly Brewed

Many people start drinking tea for the health benefits provided by antioxidants from the Camellia sinensis plant. Study after study has proven the positive effects of regular tea consumption, and makers of mass produced teas are eager to market this selling point. Unfortunately, not all teas are created equal, and marketers often take advantage of tea’s healthy reputation to sell sub-par products. Bottled iced teas, popular for their grab-and-go convenience, are some of the worst offenders, with research showing that they rarely live up to the health hype.

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