We are so excited about a new tea! Kusmi Tea out of Paris, France. Kusmi Tea is such a prestigious tea company, we have devoted a couple entries on our blog to their history and their exquisite flavors. If you haven't been to our blog yet, this is a great time to check out what we have there (we write about tea and coffee) and to learn about the teas Kusmi blends. We are hoping you will want to try a couple! Let us know what you think of the blog too!
Green Tea Can Help With Bone Health
A new study out of the Laura Bush Institute for Women's Health at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center found that of the 171 older women enrolled who had weak bones, but not osteoporosis, one group fared better than the others. Participants who consumed the equivalent of four to six cups of steeped green tea daily and performed tai chi 3 times a week showed improved bone health in 3 months. Blood samples and muscle strength assessments were completed on the 4 groups in the study: One group had the placebo drug and no tai chi; another had the green tea pills but no tai chi; the third was given placebo pills but did tai chi 3 times a week and the fourth group had the green tea pills and did tai chi. Researchers deemed there was a "substantial" and "favorable effect" on biologic markers of stress and inflammation. A little exercise, a little tea...sounds like a good day to us!
Enjoy Better Coffee and Enjoy Better Tea Now Blog!
We are excited to announce the debut of our new EnjoyBetterCoffee blog! We want our blog site to become a place where people who love coffee can share information about coffee. We want to hear about your coffee experiences, we will have reviews and other thoughts about our different coffees and coffee products. We can also talk about tea and our tea products. If it is about coffee or tea, we want to hear it!
We hope this will be the start of something that will help you Enjoy Better Tea (and coffee too!)!
Try a Tea Bath
Bath teas are easy, economical and can be a great gift to yourself!
Soaking in a tub can make you feel so much better. Below are 2 bath tea recipes, one to rejuvenate and one to relax.
Juice of 1/2 lemon (to squeeze into the water)
3 peppermint, spearmint, or other mint tea bags
1. Run a warm bath. (Water that is too hot will encourage drowsiness.)
2. Squeeze the half lemon into the water.
3. Float the 3 mint tea bags in the water.
4. Hop in and feel the tingle!
1 Chamomile tea bag
1 teaspoon of Dry Lavender
1. Carefully cut across the top of the chamomile bag.
2. Add the lavender.
3. Gather the bag opening and tie closed with a small rubber band and/or ribbon.
4. Run a warm bath.
5. Drop the tea bag into the water.
6. Slip in and relax!
Mango and Almond Tea Cookies
Yes, they are great with a steaming cup of tea!
2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 2/3 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground yellow mango tea
7 cups flour
1/2 cup toasted almonds, chopped
2/3 cup canned mangoes, chopped
In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar until creamy.
Stir in the ground tea leaves until well-combined.
Beat in the eggs, then fold in the flour. Add the almonds and mango.
On a lightly floured board, roll the dough into two logs and wrap in clear film. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into 1/4 inch slices, or use a rolling pin and cookie cutter to press out desired shapes. Place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
Bake for 20 - 22 minutes or until lightly browned and crispy.
Makes about 25 to 35 cookies, depending on their size.
Peppermint Tea is Good For You
Peppermint is not just for the holidays anymore! Peppermint tea has many health benefits beyond being a relaxing cup of tea. You can use peppermint tea to ease headaches, sore throat, stuffy sinuses, puffy eyes and sore limbs. Peppermint is a natural anti-inflammatory. Because it also will encourage circulation in the body, it makes a great foot or hand bath for aches and pains. Peppermint tea can help you sleep, as it has calming effects, including the scent of the peppermint itself. And, you can always dip a peppermint tea bag in your cup of coffee for a pleasant taste and flavor addition. Who knew you could do so much with peppermint tea?!
Tea Reduces Risk of Heart Disease
A study in the Netherlands with 40,000 participants has concluded that drinking several cups of tea a day cut the risk of heart disease by as much as 33 percent. The 13-year-long study looked at the effects of coffee and tea. The tea drinkers that showed the decrease in risk drank six cups of tea a day. This is one more body of research that has found health benefits of drinking tea and coffee.
The World's Next Top Flavor in Juice and Tea: Lemon
A beverage market research company is predicting that lemon will soon become the world's top flavor as orange loses its favor. Lemon is winning the race, the firm Canadean claims, against superfood fruits (acai, pomegranate) and orange. In many Asian countries, for instance, a lemon flavor in ice tea is popular. A Chinese company produces a line of non-carbonated drinks with "new vitamin variants of lemon", which are wildly popular. In Turkey, Limonata, a carbonated lemon soda, has had a "phenomenal rise of" sales, while Poles and other Eastern European nations have shown a preference for lemon-flavored sweetened waters. Lemon does not seem to enjoy the same popularity in the USA or Western Europe.
This College Course is Steeped in Tea
The Tea Association of Canada's certified tea sommelier program began at Vancouver Community College late last month. This is the first time the certificate program is being offered in Canada outside of Toronto. The instructor for this program grew up in the Arctic with the Inuit people. He stated that the Inuit are the most hard-core tea drinkers in the world, even more than the Irish, who have a real reputation as lovers of tea. The program to be certified as a tea sommelier is divided into eight courses. The college anticipates that students attending the courses will be a mix of tea lovers and certification seekers.
Tea and Health
Tea is well-known to have beneficial effects on our health. It is loaded with antioxidants, which protect the heart and skin, and can be as hydrating as water. Of course, everyone should drink water, but recent studies show that tea and coffee do not dehydrate as previously thought. Tea has been found to protect the eyes, improve tooth health and maybe even reduce the risk of heart attack. This is an article about a recent review of studies published between 2004 and 2009.
Tea Infuser has "Jaws"
A tea accessory, shown as a prototype by Argentinean designer Pablo Matteoda, combines elegance and fun. The Sharky Tea Infuser has a dorsal fin that floats above the water and a tea infuser basket attached underneath. The pictures shared for this concept device show a clear tea cup, Sharky afloat, with a trail of red-hued tea in a cloudy burst underneath. You can see the picture here.
Enjoy Better Coffee at the Fancy Food Show
We continue to be excited about the Summer Fancy Food Show held a few weeks ago in New York City. The show is sponsored by the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT), and is held 2 times a year, winter and summer. All exhibitors are members of NASFT, while attendees are retailers, restauranteurs, distributors and trade and consumer media representatives. The shows bring together thousands of attendees from more than 80 countries to see and taste all sorts of innovative specialty food products, including confections, snacks, cheese and, of course, coffee. NASFT presents seminars, workshops, tours, cooking classes and other special events during the show. The 56th Summer Show sold out its exhibit space, and drew 23,304 attendees. Attendance exceeded last year's strong showing, and was the highest at any Fancy Food Show in the past decade. The show exhibitors also made food donations to City Harvest, an anti-hunger organization in New York City. Food was collected right after the exhibit closed and then deployed to 200 community food pantries and soup kitchens. You can read reviews of the show here.
Enjoy Better Coffee, as a member of NASFT, showed there as one of the 2500 exhibitors. We offered coffee tastings of Douwe Egberts Excellent Aroma ground coffee. We received very positive responses from the attendees. In particular, the instant coffee sticks were a big hit! Tea was one of the trends this year, so we plan to bring our line of delicious teas from www.EnjoyBetterTea.com to the party next time! Speaking of next time, the winter show will be held in San Francisco, California, a the Moscone Center from January 16-18, 2011, and of course we will be there to show off our tasty coffees and teas.
1/2 cup of water, very hot
1-2 tablespoons of honey
Whole cloves, a few
2" piece cinnamon stick
3 tea bags (or equivalent loose tea)
Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 2 oranges
In a teapot, add the very hot water to the pot.
Add the honey, cloves and cinnamon stick. Steep for 7 minutes.
Add the tea bags and up to 3 cups of boiling water to the pot.
Steep 5 minutes.
While stirring the tea, add the lemon and orange juices. Pour this flavorful drink through a sieve and into a mug. Serve immediately.
4 tea bags
4 tablespoons of sugar
1 peach, sliced
1 orange, separated in segments
Add up to 3 cups of boiling water to the tea bags in a tea pot. Steep for 5 minutes.
Remove tea bags. Stir in the sugar and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
Prepare tall glasses with peach slices, orange segments and a splash of rum, if using.