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Tea Trivia #3: Matcha Mania! 3 Reasons to give Matcha a Try

You likely are hearing more and more about matcha and may have been wanting to try it.  Why are more and more people switching their cup of coffee in the morning for matcha? Here are the 3 top reasons... #1  Lasting, smooth caffeine alertness for hours:  Both coffee and matcha contain caffeine, but with coffee, the caffeine wreaks havoc on your body.   It causes a rapid spike in caffeine but an equally rapid crash.   It can result in jitters and nervousness and the need for cup after cup throughout the day with the resulting caffeine highs and crashes.  Matcha, on the other hand, does a much better job of creating a calm alertness - with only a quarter to a half of...

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Tea Trivia #2: First Flush Darjeeling - what the heck???

For those of us who get confused enough with the differences between green, black, white, wulong (or oolong), rooibos and more - what the heck is a first flush Darjeeling tea? All I can say, is that if you haven't tried one you are in for a truly delightful tea experience if you are lucky enough to get hold of one in the year it is produced.  If Darjeeling teas are the "Champagnes of Tea" then the First Flush Darjeeling is the "Dom Perignon of Darjeeling Teas".   Although it is technically a black tea - it looks nothing like any other black tea you have ever or will ever taste.   The lovely light, fresh, clean taste of an excellent First Flush Darjeeling needs...

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Tea Trivia #1: Why drink Mountain or "High Altitude" Tea?

The most delicate flavours can be found from teas produced on tea estates located at high elevations such as those in Darjeeling or Nepal in the Himalayan mountains or other high elevation growing areas in China, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and elsewhere.  "High Altitude" teas are defined as those grown at elevations of 1,000m (3,300 feet)  or more. High altitudes produce the perfect combinations of ideal temperatures and drainage to manage the vast quantities of rain required to grow premium teas.   The weather conditions are different, often resulting in thick mists that filter the sun's rays and moisten the leaves so they are usually more tender than leaves grown al lower altitudes.  The closer to the equator, the higher the elevation where tea trees can thrive.   Teas grown at higher...

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