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7 MYTHS ABOUT YOUR TEA – Tea Drinkers in the U.S.

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For a limited time: Our Tea Infuser Basket/Strainer is available on Amazon.com for $12.95

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You may have started drinking tea for the health benefits, or as an alternative to coffee, or just because it tastes good. When Gary and I became interested in tea and found that most Americans drink instant tea, iced tea and hot tea with tea bags. Well, okay. However, we found that a revolution is brewing (hah, pun intended).

Although coffee is still king in the United States, a major change is brewing. (Oh, no. There we go again :))

Department of Agriculture statistics show tea drinking has increased as coffee drinking has declined. And while studies also show that coffee is associated with many health benefits, including helping protect against diabetes and Parkinson’s disease, a typical cup has much more jitter-producing caffeine than tea does.

Manelle Martino, co-owner of Capital Teas in Washington, said she has seen the explosion of interest in tea firsthand. Her sales of loose-leaf tea have risen substantially each year since she opened the business in 2007, she said. “We started the tea company with one shop. Now, there are six stores in the D.C. area,” she said. “People are becoming more health-conscious. You have baby boomers who are into preserving their youth. You see them wanting to take better care of themselves.”

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So what did we learn about tea in our research about tea drinkers and tea?

MYTH #1: TEA COMES IN MANY VARIETIES

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What Kind of Tea do You Like?

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Throughout history, tea has been a special libation, expressing all sorts of healthily, relaxing, and even spiritual elements. One definition of a libation from Merriam Webster is an act or instance of drinking -often ceremoniously, or pouring out of wine or other liquid in honor of a deity. As you know in Japan, drinking tea is a serious ceremony.Tea2

Gary and I are novelists, but we also have physical products on Amazon and are branching out from our original line of LOVE YOUR KITCHEN to a niche area of tea and calling it LOVE YOUR TEA.

We received our first product from China, a tea diffuser basket, and we are in the middle of a launch plan for it. However, after that, we will continue to expand the line to other accessories and ultimately to quality loose tea from China.

How tea is harvested and processed is a fascinating subject, and we are busy educating ourselves. As part of our education, we would love to hear from you about what kinds of tea you like and how you like to brew it

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Tea Smarts

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In preparing for our new Love Your Home line of products, LOVE YOUR TEA, we are educating ourselves. Follow along with us in our quest to know as much as we can about tea.

Share your own information about tea with us in the comments. Like I said, we are learning and welcome your ideas and knowledge of tea.

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  • Tea is an aromatic beverage commonly prepared by pouring hot or boiling water over cured leaves of the Camellia sinensis, an evergreen shrub native to Asia.  After water, it is the most widely consumed drink in the world.

  • There are many different types of tea; some teas, like Darjeeling and Chinese greens, have a cooling, slightly bitter, and astringent flavor, while others have vastly different profiles that include sweet, nutty, floral or grassy notes.

  • On an estimate, there are about 1,500 kinds of tea and there could be more. So you just don’t say “tea”. You have to be specific which of those 1,500 kinds you are referring to. And although there many kinds, they are only derived from six major varieties: white, yellow, oolong, green, black and post-fermented tea leaves.

  • Tea tasting is like learning to be a wine tasting connoisseur. It’s no easy job as you have to have a keen eye for tea leaves, a sharp taste for brewed teas, a sense of touch for the tea leaves and a keen smell to determine whether the aroma of brewed tea is good or not.

  • Teas don’t taste the same. Their taste would depend largely on the temperature and taste of water and the time they took to brew.

  • A pound of loose tea leaves can make more than 200 cups of tea.

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