It is said that your customers often give you the best ideas. I have had many customers tell me that they combine 2 or more of our flavored teas together to create their own recipes. Customers are mixing black teas with green teas and even rooibos. I guess I was too much of a purist to try such combinations in the past, but I couldn’t resist their suggestions and was pleasantly surprised at the results. I realize now that, as long as you enjoy the taste, there is no wrong combination. I even had one customer at the Friday Downtown Market in Tampa ask for 3/4 cup of Assam Chai mixed with 1/4 cup of Lemon Ginger Green. If you have ever tasted either of these two teas or similar, you would probably wonder how anything good could come out of such a combination, but she loved the taste.
My advice is to get creative and mix flavors and tea types that you normally would not consider. We are currently considering adding a product to our store that combines black tea, green tea and natural flavoring from multiple fruits. If you have a recipe that you want to share, please send it to us, and we will gladly post it on our recipe blog.
For those of you who are tossing out your tea leaves after a single brewing, this is for you. You can easily get a second brew out of your tea leaves, especially if you are drinking quality tea. Just pour hot water over your already brewed tea leaves and brew according to your tea type (Black and green teas – 3 to 4 min, Rooibos and herbals – 5 to 7 min). You might need to brew a minute longer the second time, but as long as your water has not cooled off, you will enjoy just as much flavor out of the second cup as the first!
This process is much simpler when you are using a brewer like the Smart Tea Maker. You can still do this with a tea filter, but it is a little messier, as you will have to store your soggy, tea-filled filter on a spoon rest or similar until you are ready for the second brew.
Customers often ask me which tea is the best for you in terms of health benefits. In fact, those who are new to tea often assume that they need to specifically start drinking green tea. When I ask them why, they respond by saying they saw it on the news or read an article from someone who told them about the wonderful health benefits of green tea.
The truth is that all tea types have tremendous health benefits. Unfortunately, the media and other talking heads have decided to make green tea the choice for the American consumer. All tea types contain polyphenols, which is a type of antioxidant. Antioxidants are very helpful in protecting the body, specifically our cells, from damage caused by free radicals and can be found in fruits, vegetables and of course, tea. Green tea contains an antioxidant called EGCg, whereas black tea contains theaflavins. Both tea types are beneficial, and there is no overwhelming evidence in favor of one tea type over the other in terms of health benefits. If you recall, all tea comes from the same plant anyway, camellia senensis, with the only difference being the method of processing.
Whether you choose green tea, black tea or white tea, you cannot go wrong in terms of health benefits. Ultimately, your choice will come down to personal preference and taste.
We at Teajo Teas would like to thank all of our customers, suppliers, partners and anyone who took the time to sample our teas for their support throughout 2008. We have big goals for this year and would not be in this position without your support. We would alsoÂ like to wish all of you a prosperous and successful 2009!