All teas aren't made the same. Like lovers, some are bitter, some are sweet. Some are mild, some are strong. Some keep you awake, while others make you sleep. Okay, for that last bit, I hope your lover doesn't make you sleep!
Because all teas vary, their steep times vary too. So how do you know how how long to steep tea, on what temperature, and just how much to put in a cup? Well, we've made it easy for you with this ultimate guide to brewing the perfect cup of tea infographic!
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Word from the wise: If you want to start your week right, start it with a good cup of tea. Why? Because tea isn't just a beverage, it's a way of life -- as illustrated by these 3 quotes from famous tea drinkers. Hope these words inspire you as you enjoy your morning cuppa!
Thereâ€™s something very intimate and human about seeing someone relaxing with a cuppa in hand. Especially when itâ€™s a photo of a celebrity doing so. It reminds us that apart from the glitz and glamour typically associated with their lives, they are as human as you and me. Which is why we love posting photos of celebrities enjoying their tea on our social media feed. From the Beatles to Taylor Swiftâ€¦ When we find it, weâ€™ll post it! So this week, we decided to bring the fun of â€śCelebrities Drinking Teaâ€ť to our blog! Every week, weâ€™ll post five of our top picks from our Instagram feed.
Hereâ€™s the first five:
Thatâ€™s it for the first five! Watch out next week for more of Celebrities Drinking Tea!
Tea is an all-around healthy beverage, everyone knows that. Whether getting your tea fix from your neighborhood grocery store or in a specialty tea shop like California Tea House, itâ€™s still the better option over sodas and powdered juices. But if weâ€™re talking about drinking tea for health anyway, we might as well buy organic. Sure, non-organic, off-the-shelf teas are still healthy in comparison to sodas and powdered juicesâ€¦ But the health benefits of tea is washed out in the non-organic variation.
â€śOrganicâ€ť tea refers to the way tea was farmed. Basically, organic farming practices reduce pollution and encourage soil and water conservation. Farmers who grow organic teas donâ€™t use commercial or artificial methods to fertilize the soil and control pests. Natural fertilizers are used to feed the soil and plants. And natural pest controls are used to manage pests. This is not only good for Mother Earth, itâ€™s also good for our bodies.
Organically produced tea contain as much as 70% more antioxidants than its non-organic counterpart. This is mainly because itâ€™s grown without a ton of chemical fertilizers and pesticides that inhibit teaâ€™s nutritional growth. When you grow tea on organic soil, and when you cultivate tea without pesticides, the antioxidants naturally found in tea are allowed to thrive.
Not only does non-organic tea have less nutritional value, it has higher levels of the toxic metal cadmium as well. Cadmium, mind you, is present in cigarette smoke. Chronic inhalation or oral intake of cadmium can lead to kidney disease. Non-organic tea also has traces of pesticide. While all commercial-grade foods donâ€™t have enough pesticide residue to pose a major health risk, these small residues stay within our body and could be accumulated over time.
We are exposed to different forms of unhealthy chemicals everyday â€” in dirty air, dirty water, and in dirty soil. Ingesting chemicals as well with the food we eat and the tea we drink poses a much greater risk to diseases. Non-organic tea isnâ€™t exactly junk food. Drinking one today wonâ€™t kill you tomorrow. But between tea with pesticide residue and tea that has greater nutritional value, itâ€™s really no contest! Iâ€™d always choose organic every time!