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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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Tip #3 Easiest way to make iced Solar Fantasia, Ursa Major or Osiris

One of the most common questions we get asked during the summer is "how do you make your iced 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 and Osiris.   Hope you enjoy! 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 freshly drawn, filtered water to a full boil.  Pour over the fruity tisane and fill up your pot.  Cover and let it steep for 10 minutes. 3.  Push down the press or strain off...

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Tip #2: Try Cold Steeping - the ultimate way to make iced tea

If you haven't yet discovered "cold steeping" this is the time to try it with the hot, summer days soon upon us.  I was absolutely amazed to find how simple it is to make iced tea this way.   It is never bitter and results in a crystal clear tea - never cloudy, which can often happen when you steep tea in hot water and then chill it. Follow these simple tips and let us know on our Facebook page what you think  https://www.facebook.com/mistymountaintea/ 1.  Use any non-metalic, non-porous pitcher 2.  Make it by the glass or pitcher.  The quantities below make 1.5 litres of tea. 3.  Measure our 2 heaping tablespoons of any loose leaf tea into a 1.5 litre jug....

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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 and Health #1: Why all the interest in Tea and Health?

A recent search for ongoing or recently completed clinical trials involving tea showed that there are 368 studies registered in North America and around the world on the potential health effects of tea on everything from diabetes, heart disease, cancer, asthma, obesity, cognitive function, osteoarthritis, asthma and ADHD.  Why  is there so much interest in a beverage that was discovered almost 5,000 years ago? All teas come from the plant called camellia sinensis.   The leaves from this plant (where tea comes from) contain naturally occurring compounds that may be good for your health.  Thousands of studies published in leading medical journals in the last couple of decades are providing proof of tea's ancient health claims. The Tea Association of the U.S.A has...

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