This Is Why You Shouldn’t Microwave Tea

By August 1, 2016 Brewing Tea

There’s nothing like starting your morning or ending your day with a cup of tea. The aroma, warmth, and comfort will make everyone feel great.

But what if we told you that it’s possible to make the experience even better?

The key is in the preparation — brewing your tea properly instead of rushing through the experience enhances the flavor and ensures you obtain all the benefits. And that’s why you should avoid rushing the prep work by using a microwave.

“Haste Makes Waste”

Microwaves make preparing things so much easier and quicker, but that doesn’t mean you’ll get a good cup of tea. Each type of tea has its own preparation instructions with specific water temperatures and steeping times.

When leaves come into contact with hot water, the compounds that create flavor and aroma begin to dissolve. Under the proper conditions, the leaves are suspended in the water, creating the perfect combination of water and leaf extracts. The water also cooks some of the compounds in the tea, providing the best possible taste and unlocking the numerous potential health benefits.

But when you use the microwave, you lower the accuracy that’s so important to a great cup of tea. For the perfect cup of black tea, for example, you should heat your water to 206 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, using a heat source from the bottom (like on a stove) will heat the water evenly because heated water rises and the cooler water falls. Tea kettles and pots are even better at this due to their slightly curved shape.

When you pop a teacup into the microwave, however, water doesn’t heat evenly and boiling is hard to control. (Imagine all the times you heat leftovers in the microwave and there are hot and cool spots.)

To eliminate any cool spots in microwaved water, you must overheat it. And if you add tea leaves into water that’s too hot, you can destroy the aromatic compounds and create bitter flavor notes.

Never Microwave

What If You Don’t Have Access to a Kettle or Stove Top?

If you have no choice but to microwave your tea (like at work), you could invest in a thermometer to check the temperature of the water before adding your tea leaves. Your results won’t be perfect, but you’ll brew a better cup than if you added the leaves without checking the temperature first.

Reheating Your Tea in a Microwave Also Isn’t a Good Idea

Unfortunately, the microwave doesn’t help you here because it can damage the flavor. Instead of sticking an already brewed cup of tea in the microwave, invest in a covered container that keeps tea warm for long periods of time like our stainless steel tea tumbler.

When you take the time to make or reheat your tea correctly, you’ll notice a huge difference in taste. And those extra few moments it takes to make a great cup of tea will help you get some space and clarity from the stresses of your everyday routine.

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Learn How To Make 3 Classic Tea Cocktails

By July 29, 2016 Cocktails, Mocktails & More

Everyone knows how important tea is to living a healthy life: a great diet with some tantalizing tea can make you feel great with every sip. But tea isn’t just a health powerhouse that tastes incredible. It can actually be a significant part of some of the best cocktails you’ll ever try.

Because of its many flavor notes and varieties, tea has become a staple in lounges serving unforgettable classic cocktails and flavor-packed fusions. The best part is that you don’t have to be a mixologist to make any of these drinks. Just follow these three quick and easy recipes to get started on making your own amazing tea-based cocktails:

1. Iced Green Gin Tea

Ingredients:
Method:
  • Brew green tea for 3-5 min
  • Add honey
  • Chill in refrigerator for 20 min
  • Add ice and gin

Note: Remember to add the honey while the tea is still hot to ensure that it is fully mixed into the tea. In this recipe, no lime is required because Fresh Greens already has a perfect blend of organic lemongrass and organic lemon verbena for a refreshing citrusy finish.

2. Iced Bourbon Peach Tea

Ingredients:
Method:
  • Brew tea for 3-5 min
  • Add sweetener
  • Chill in refrigerator for 20 min
  • Add ice and Bourbon
  • Garnish with orange

Note: If you want to sweeten your tea, do it while it’s still hot unless you are using simple syrup. This drink is perfect for summer during a picnic or barbecue.

Tea Cocktails

3. Hot Toddy

Ingredients:
  • 1.5oz Bourbon
  • 4-6oz Egyptian Chamomile tea
  • 1 slice orange
  • 1 tsp honey or simple syrup (to taste)
Method:
  • Brew chamomile tea for 3-5 min
  • Add sweetener
  • Add Bourbon
  • Garnish with orange

Note: You can substitute any tea for the chamomile depending on how much caffeine content you want. Bourbon can also be substituted with any kind of whisky. The Hot Toddy is a classic during winter and is even sometimes used as a remedy for a mild cold or cough.

To spice up your cocktail, you can find liquors and liqueurs that are infused with flavors OR you can make infused liquors yourself with a simple cold brew method — simply steep the tea in the liquor at room temperature for approximately 1 – 2 hours.

The possibilities are endless. Feel free to embrace your creativity and make something to suit any occasion and season. (You can even create your own name for your drink!) Keep mixing and, as always, enjoy responsibly.

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Guys – Want to Find Your Perfect Tea?

By July 27, 2016 Health & Lifestyle

Tea is a powerhouse that’s long believed to improve things like exercise performance while potentially preventing disease and even providing anti-aging benefits. And for men, the value of drinking tea is enormous.

But guys usually aren’t the first to ask for a cup of tea. (We get that.) Here’s why you ought to drink more and why tea might be the best gift you could ever give your body!

Tea for Guys

Green Tea

Earthy and smooth, you can’t go wrong with this juggernaut. One sip of this tea and you’ll feel the wave of relaxation, calm, and peace of mind from this ancient tea. Green tea is also high in antioxidants called polyphenols as well as flavonoids, catechins, and amino acids, which is believed by many to fight heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, and liver disease (some of which men are more at risk for).

We highly recommend our award-winning Green Pomegranate Tea, which includes organic raspberries and pomegranate to give your body extra nourishment.

Hibiscus

This tart and fruity drink is known for its deep magenta color and is packed with vitamin C. But men shouldn’t underestimate this pink drink — this beautiful tropical flower offers anti-inflammatory properties and could even help with weight loss.

Enjoy our certified organic Hibiscus Cooler tea, which offers smooth notes of lemongrass, perfectly balanced by the natural sweetness of our fresh stevia leaves.

Oolong

Oolong is as rich in antioxidants as it is diverse in flavor profiles, ranging from buttery to chocolatey to nutty. The body and complexity of this tea also sets it apart, falling between springy green tea and malty black tea in strength.

Indulge in our super delicious and organic Peach Oolong tea for a great fruity, yet woodsy flavor profile that will be sure to blow you away (especially on those hot summer days).

Rooibos

Recognizable by its distinct red color, rooibos is made not from a leaf but rather an herb grown exclusively in South Africa. This versatile tea boasts a smoky and sweet flavor that can’t be beat.

If you’re not quite a tea drinker (yet!), we suggest our organic and fair-trade certified Rooibos tea for a sweet, mellow, and creamy flavor that can’t be beat!

Darjeeling

Earning its nickname “the champagne of teas” for being grown in the Darjeeling district in the Himalayan foothills, it’s flavor varies from strong and fruity to light and floral, depending on when the leaf is picked. It includes complex compounds that are believed to protect against stomach ulcers — which are more common for men — and promote weight loss.

Doesn’t sound half bad, right?

Try our certified organic Darjeeling, winner of the “Best Black Tea” award at the World Tea Expo. Our select high-grown tea is hand-picked and offers a pink, light amber color, with a fresh floral and apple-like character and a slightly astringent finish.

Pu-erh

“Health-boosting bacteria” might not sound appealing, but this smooth and malty tea proves that wrong. Because of its long fermentation process before being brewed to drink, Pu-erh is believed to have ancient healing properties and improve the bacterial flora in the intestines.

Try our certified organic Tea For Him, which is specifically engineered for guys. It helps to re-energize and enhance performance, especially after extreme exercise, and delivers a musky, sweet finish with notes reminiscent of sandalwood.

With each of these 6 teas supporting a different aspect of your lifestyle, it’s never been easier — or more delicious — to feel great and enjoy all the benefits from tea. Between the variety of bold flavors and the countless health benefits of these teas, what’s not to love?

Happy brewing!

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