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Loose Leaf Teas vs. Filter Bag Tea

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Tea lovers don't need any introduction for loose leaf tea. For beginners though, it might feel the same as normal (commercial-grade filter bag) tea, but just not brewed in tea bags. Some might wonder, what difference does that make? Let me tell you now - it actually DOES make a huge difference.

Pu-erh Tea and Its Health Benefits

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Pu-erh or Pu’er Tea is a type of black tea that has its origins in the Yunnan province of China. The fermentation process of pu-erh is unique to the rest. It’s typically fermented within a period of 30 to 40 days. Sometimes it may even take several years! This unique process gives it a different flavor and texture. But that’s not the only reason to try pu-erh. It’s packed with awesome health benefits to boot! It’s not everyday that you can say something healthy tastes so sinfully great.

Why I Love Matcha

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Matcha Tea is a finely milled, powdered, Japanese green tea. When you drink other teas, you’re simply brewing the tea leaves and missing out on so much the tea has to offer.


With matcha, the leaves are stone ground. It’s made from the tender, young leaves at the top of the tea plant and is stone ground into a fine powder. This means you’re not straining out any of the leaves in the process of making the tea; and that you consume the entire leaf with every sip!


There are a lot of factors in creating a perfect cup of tea. The age of the leaves, the processing technique, and the water temperature. Yes, the water temperature.

The taste of tea is affected by even a 15 degree difference in the temperature of the water you use. Lawrence Zhang of A Tea Addict’s Journal, explains, “The effect of cooler water is a lower extraction rate from the tea, and it also opens up the leaves slower. It means that for teas like puerh, you’re not getting everything out of it at once. This does decrease the amount of bitterness and roughness that you might get from the leaves, but it also means you’re not really tasting everything you can.”

A House for Tea

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california-tea-house-teacloset-constructing-spaceHave you ever wanted to have your own personal space for tea? A place to sit down and enjoy your cuppa before “officially” starting your day? Don’t we all do?


While some of us reserve a comfy couch and a side table, or a dedicated spot on the breakfast nook, Hster of Tea Closet literally has a small home for her tea collection.


It’s still a work in progress, but it’s definitely something many of us could only dream about. She’s planning on having all her tea in a small space in her garden, and will also install an outdoor sink for brewing.


Sounds like a dream! Click on the link to read more about her tea space.

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