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Tip #7: Fast and easy iced fruit tea for those hot summer days...

What is more refreshing that a glass of cold, iced fruit tea on a hot summer day?  One of the most common questions we get asked during the summer is "how do you make your iced fruit tea?"   So we thought we'd put the response on our blog again and update it.    Below is the easiest way we've found to make fruit based iced tea. This works for Solar Fantasia, Ursa Major, Copacabana and Osiris.   Make extra and freeze it to just thaw and enjoy throughout the summer or anytime.   1.  Using a heat proof tea press, pot or even a bowl, put approx. 1/2 to up to an inch of dried fruity tisane in the bottom. 2.  Bring...

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Tip #6 How important is your water temperature when making tea?

The answer is VERY IMPORTANT!   Depending on what type of tea you are steeping, this is often the difference between a great cup of tea or a bitter disappointment (literally). If you are lucky enough to have a kettle with various temperature settings (think gift ideas) then you can just use that at your guide.   For everyone else, here is our guide for getting the right water temperatures for your tea...

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Tip #5 Just RE-Steep it!

One of the seemingly best kept secrets is that many teas can be re-steeped.  In fact it is encouraged to re-steep many teas as the depths of their true flavours are only revealed after the 2nd and 3rd steepings as the full leaves in the finer teas unfold and open up.   White, green, wulong and puer are all teas that definitely should be re-steeped.   First flush teas, if you are lucky enough to find some, can also be re-steeped.   Many Chinese full leaf fine black teas can also be re-steeped, such as Golden Monkey, .   Recently we've encountered some fine 2nd flush black teas from boutique gardens in India that also produce some delicious results after the 2nd steepings. Here are some...

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Tip #4: Making Matcha Easy as can be

Ok so you've been reading about matcha and how good it is for you.  You've maybe had a cup of delicious matcha latte at one of your local beverage-to-go outlets but have not yet tried to make matcha at home.   Here are the simple steps to making matcha or matcha latte - easy as can be! 1.  Use 1/2 tsp of matcha for one cup 2.  Bring freshly drawn filtered water to approx. 80°C (same temperature as for any green tea). 3. Put approximately 1/3 a cup of water in your cup or bowl. 4.  Sift the matcha into the water using a small, fine mesh strainer.  (this prevents the matcha from "clumping" in your cup.   Wisk the matcha and water together...

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Research News: ANTI-AGEING BREAKTHROUGH: SCIENTISTS DISCOVER ROOIBOS’ UNIQUE ANTI-AGEING POTENTIAL

South African wonder herb, Rooibos, is sure to turn the anti-ageing revolution on its head following a new round of research into its anti-ageing potential beyond that of its well-known antioxidant properties. Rooibos – already a proven agent in thwarting the effects of ageing and promoting general health – has further been put through its paces by two leading scientists from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in a bid to beat the rate at which age-related diseases develop, which makes this research study so significant. Lead scientist, Prof Maryna van de Venter says it’s the first time a study such as this has been attempted and the results have been promising. “Our research focused primarily on the preservation of healthy fat...

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