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Monthly Archives: March 2014
Misconceptions About Teas
Tea is a common beverage across the globe. In the US, approximately $15 million of tea is purchased every year, and 3,000 million tons of tea is produced worldwide. The common misconceptions about tea, specifically loose-leaf, and its consumption may not be worldwide, but we've certainly heard a few – and we're here to end the confusion.
Loose-leaf tea is not more expensive; in fact, you get more tea out of loose-leaf than the bagged kind, considering that with loose-leaf you only use what you consume. The misconception is that loose-leaf tea costs more than it's worth, or you'll have more than you'll use: while purchasing a pound of loose-leaf tea at $10 or more sounds less intriguing than buying a box of $6 teabags, you have to see the bigger picture of investment. Loose-leaf tea allows you to allot how much you're using so that you get the right amount of flavor. A pound of loose-leaf tea will amount to $0.10 a cup, whereas a box of teabags limits how much tea you use per cup, forcing you to perhaps use an excess of bags. Teabag boxes can get pricey when it comes to their utility, practicality, and not to mention what commercial brands use to make the bags. The bags are made of bleached paper, which ends up in your boiling, hot mug of tea. Bleached anything doesn't sound too appetizing.
Another common misconception with tea consumption is that loose leaf is difficult to work with. Because teabags come in a bag and can be disposed of easily, most people stray away from anything with the word 'loose' in it. Perhaps the fact that loose-leaf tea requires measurement and infusers to be properly steeped, but once you know the right tea-to-water ratio, there is no difficulty; scoop some leaves into an infuser, strainer, or filter, and drop it into the teapot, much the same as you would a teabag. Most teapots come with fitted infusers to make your life a little easier, and can be dumped in the trash without mess – just like a teabag. Teabags normally take five minutes to properly steep, and that's the exact same amount of time you'll need to steep loose-leaf tea – so any misconceptions on time factors are false ideas.
The most common misconception that we've seen is that loose-leaf and teabags have no difference in taste. The truth about tea is that its leaves require space to expand, so that you're experiencing the full flavor of the leaf. In a teabag, the leaves are usually in pieces and don't have the room to expand, leaving you with a hot cup of 'alright' tea. The idea behind loose-leaf tea is that the infusers allow it room to expand, and give you the full experience in flavor. Some don't make the effort because they've misconceived on the issue; loose-leaf requires the exact same amount of equipment, effort and has plenty more flavor than its bagged companions.
Always remember that flavor is worth a little effort, and loose-leaf is no more effort than bagged tea.
St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner! Though this holiday is celebrated all over the world, it is a huge favorite among the Irish, as well as tea drinkers! There are tons of great teas that you can drink to honor Saint Patrick, and to give kudos to the Irish on their highly regarded holiday. If you are one of the many who are excited for Saint Paddy’s day, and you want to drink some tea in honor of the holiday, these are the best teas to drink on St. Patrick’s Day.
Chamomile is a favorite tea among many, and it is a big favorite over in Europe. This tea is a delicious blend of sweet floral ingredients, and is sure to leave the drinker feeling rested, at peace, and ready to take on anything their day will throw at them. Chamomile tea tastes delicious, has a sweet and flowery blend, and also can be calming and soothing, too. It is a tea that anyone can benefit from, but especially those who deal with stress, anxiety, and sleepless nights. Chamomile is one of the most popular teas to drink, no matter where you are, and, on Saint Patrick’s Day, it is one that many tea drinkers love to have.
Green tea is another great tea to have for the Irish holiday! This one has a delicious taste, will give you energy, and it also can be great for health benefits, too. The tea has a few ingredients that make the taste smooth, and flavorful. Many seem to drink it on Saint Patrick’s Day because it is called green tea, but it is still yummy to have and can be enjoyed by all. It is also a nice tea to have at any time of the day, especially when you are in need of a quick energy pick me up!
Irish Tea Blend.
This final tea that can be drank on the big Irish holiday is one of the best tea blends out there. Delicious, mixed with an assortment of ingredients. The Irish tea blend is enjoyed all over Europe, especially Ireland. It is how many people start their day. The tea has a great taste, can be very soothing, and is a great tea to drink with breakfast! This blend of delicious, sweet ingredients is the heart of Ireland and is sure to be enjoyed many times.
Saint Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday for kids and adults alike, and is a holiday where people all over the world to can be Irish for a day. Tea drinkers can also rejoice with their being such yummy green tea blends to have in honor of Saint Patrick himself. If you were thinking of a safe and fun way to enjoy the upcoming holiday, drinking tea is the way to go. Try one of these delectable teas in honor of good ol’ Saint Patrick and see how amazing your Saint Patrick’s Day will be. Happy Saint Paddy’s Day!