Many Ways To Drink, Many Reasons To Drink

No matter your lifestyle, there is always a blend that fits you to a “tea.” From the new to the old and from the lavish to the practical, the diverse flavors and benefits surrounding tea itself have always allowed it to pour into right cup at the right time. As history has proven, there are a lot of ways to prepare tea. That being said, there are also a lot of reasons to do so.

Drink to your health:  Through the years, numerous monikers have been used to define tea. And out of all the handles given to the popular drink, one stands out as a relevant title to health buffs—“a wellness center in a cup. Once said to be healthier than water itself. Studies in Europe show that apart from its ability to hydrate, tea also has numerous health benefits. Rich with anti-oxidants and other nutrients, the drink is known for reducing risks of serious ailments like cancer and heart diseases.

The winning blend: The quest for good physical conditioning has led athletes to try varying exercises and diet regimens but one thing would most likely remain constant—the involvement of tea. Drinking tea allows people to achieve that by speeding up their metabolism through a process called “thermogenesis”. This maximizes the benefits of a workout by burning more fat as well increasing endurance. As a bonus, it has also been found to reduce LDL “bad” cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure

Brewing ideas: For a lot of artists, innovators and students, the flowing of tea from the pot to the cup has been tantamount to the flowing of creative juices. The drink has been used for centuries as a tool for soul searching. With the ability to boost mental alertness and concentration, tea, after years, has found itself to the quiet confines of modern day tea houses where people sit in search of their next big ideas.

Keep on drinking, keep up with the times: Given the fast paced and career oriented lives of professionals in the city, stress has become a staple in one’s daily toil. But researchers have discovered that regular consumption of tea reduces the levels of stress hormones. It also contains a substance called theanine that may help the body’s immune system respond when fighting infection. Because of this, tea is capable of equipping busy metropolitans with the means to keep up with their busy schedules.

Look healthy, feel healthy:  The need to feel beautiful is not a crime. And because of tea, it is not that hard to achieve it either. The drink, for years, has served as a beauty regimen for stylish and the trendy since it also improves one’s appearance. This is all because of the high levels of antioxidants found in the drink. Antioxidants help repair the damage caused by free radicals in the body. Aside from this, the usual toppings of tea like Aloe Vera, dragon seed, and other fruit based toppings also contribute their own unique mix of antioxidants. These can help in keeping the skin looking good while making the entire body feel good.

In the city, there are many different lifestyles with different needs and different goals. But no matter who you are and no matter what you do, the benefits of tea remain relevant. It is only a question of finding the right blend for the right cup.

From Plant To A Thousand Flavors

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Meanwhile the brewing of a thousand cups begins with a single plant, Camellia Sinenis. From this humble tree, a variety of tea drinks can be brewed. And with it, Thousand Teas lives up to its name.

So hang loose; enjoy the camaraderie and interesting conversations over of a shared cup of warm tea.  Watch and marvel as you see the tea leaves unfurl slowly, steadily, and beautifully like any good story. As you wind up a satisfying chat, give yourself a treat with the chewy sweet and refreshing goodness of a ginger cookie. Go ahead lose yourself in the myriad of possibilities and enjoy the diversity that we can offer.

Sencha: Capturing the vitality and vibrancy of spring, this tea will entrance you with its delicate verdant color. Each sip will remind you of the atmosphere after a refreshing drizzle with a slightly astringent and grassy flavor.

Oolong Black: Oolongs or Black Dragon teas have a reputation as among the best teas in the world with their subtle flavors they are acclaimed as the” champagne of tea “. Black oolong tea boasts reddish brown liquor with a slightly smoky and nutty flavor.

Oolong Green: Oolongs or Black Dragon teas have a reputation as among the best teas in the world with their subtle flavors they are acclaimed as the” champagne of tea “. Green oolong is closer to green tea than its black counterpart is. It has a yellow green color with a very floral and delicate flavor and aroma.

Assam Tea: Hailing from the far off hills of India , each cup takes one to the exotic locales of this far off land. This tea has a red color with a surprisingly brisk and malty with subtle hint of fruitiness.

Iron Goddess: Steeped in legend, the origins of this variety are subject to much debate but what is undisputed is the quality of this tea, which has made it a valued gift in China . With a pale yellow liquid, it has a grassy quality without the associated bitterness while at the same time gaining a fruity and smoky quality.

Jasmine Tea: Made by layering jasmine flowers with the highest quality green tea, it adds a delicate fragrance to the subtle and light qualities of Chinese green tea. The resulting pale yellow liquid has a very sweet taste that has made it the most sought after type of scented tea.

Genmaicha: This Japanese tea combines roasted rice to high quality Bancha green tea. With the rice popping as part of the roasting process it is also known as popcorn tea and has a combination of roasted and grassy aromas. Consumed in Japan as a digestive aid, it balances the grassy taste of Japanese green tea with a flavor that’s somewhat reminiscent of popcorn.

Ceylon Tea: Coming from the island of Sri Lanka home to some of the best teas in the world Ceylon tea offers a dark colored and strong flavored tea. Most Ceylon tea is processed using traditional techniques that give it a very full-bodied taste with a strong aroma.

Earl Grey: Originating from England , the origins of this variety as most other tea variety is filled with mystery, but is considered among the most popular in the world. It combines the strong full bodied taste of black tea with the soft citrus undertones of the Bergamot Orange.

Mint Tea: Mint Tea combines Chinese green tea with mint leaves and is popular in the Middle east and Africa where it is considered a digestive aid. It is also reputed to help ease stomach aches and nausea. The combination of mint and green tea gives mint tea a very crisp and refreshing flavor that leaves a cool aftertaste.

Thousand Tea Blend: Reflecting the myriad varieties of tea, this blend is a combination of the best teas in the world. By combing different types of tea, we can offer a smooth, fragrant, and strong tea that reflects the complexity of tea.

Lavender Tea: Combining high quality oolong tea with fragrant lavender this tea has soothing properties that helps one relax from a long day at the office. It has a very fragrant aroma and has a very smooth and sweet taste.

Osmanthus Tea: A blend of oolong tea and fragrant osmanthus blossoms this tea is among the finest in the world. Long prized for their cleansing properties that help maintain beautiful skin, it is also sought after for its fine aroma that can be smelled from a distance that lends a sweet taste to the tea.

Chamomile Tea: Long used to help soothe raw nerves, maintain beautiful skin, and as a digestive aid this tea has long been prized as an herbal remedy. The tea has a pale yellow color has a sweet fragrance  and taste reminiscent of apples.

Rose Tea: Roses are not just for romantic getaways but they also make for very good teas. Rose tea has long been prized for its ability to cleanse and stimulate the blood making it ideal for those suffering from anemia. This tea has a lightly floral and sweet taste with a slightly tangy flavor.

Blooming Teas: Truly, a feast for the senses, each blossom is handcrafted using the finest teas and beautiful flowers. Just place the ball into the teapot, add water, and marvel as the tea magically unfurls into a flower. With various flowers to choose from, the blooming tea offers a truly unique tea experience.

History Brewed In A Cup

Amidst the long march of history, perceptions were changed, a dynasty fell and a revolution began—mostly because of the leaves of plant plucked from the mountains of the East. Humble in form but compelling in essence, tea has served as a witness to the history of men. From the mountains of China to the coasts of America, it was a potent flavor in the steeping of the modern civilization.

As a cultural symbol in the Middle Kingdom, tea was highly prized with Lao Tzu, the founder of Taoism, describing it as “the froth of the liquid jade”—an indispensable ingredient to the elixir of life.

With its flavors wafting into Europe through the Arabs, the British Empire tried to acquire more of the commodity, among others, by trading with the Chinese. The latter, however, refused. In an attempt to facilitate the trading of goods, the British decided to sell a commodity that the Middle Kingdom would want—opium. Smuggled into the shores of China, opium has found its way into the blood stream of society drawing concern from its then emperor, Dao Guang of the Qing Dynasty.

The emperor, in an attempt to purge the drug dubbed as a financial and physical affliction called for the cutting of the opium supply. This however forged the Opium Wars—a battle between the Middle Kingdom and the British Empire, which the latter ultimately won.

China was forced to grant the foreigners concessions which included some parts of its territory and aspects of its sovereignty. Meanwhile, the years that followed the country’s defeat flamed revolutionary ardor within the people China causing the Qing Dynasty to fall. Tea, on the other hand, survived and continued to spread through the world especially in the British Empire.

This was not the first war which involved tea and the said empire. Long before the Opium Wars, Britain had a long withstanding struggle with the Americans colonists—with the Boston Tea Party firing the opening shot American independence.

The British sought to impose new taxes on tea. The Americans, however, opposed this while bringing to light its other grievances to the British crown. So, on December 16, 1713, Samuel Adams and a group of men disguised as Mohawks boarded the ships carrying the tea and dumped 342 chests of the commodity into the harbor leading the British to impose more punitive measures against the Americans. This event was ultimately led to the American Revolution where the Americans won their independence.

Even, after the said revolution, the British Empire continued to spread tea around the world setting up plantations in Sri Lanka and India. Tea also continued to spread to other countries such as Russia and Turkey. The spread of tea leaves gave rise to various tea cultures.

Centuries after the Opium Wars and the American Revolution, tea continues to be more than a beverage. It became the symbol of refinement and elegance. To the Americans, it became freedom leading the country’s Republicans to use it in christening the well-known Tea Party.

A potent force despite its humble appearance, tea has survived the changes in perception, the fall of a dynasty and a revolution. But even until now, it remains humble—brewing from one story to another.

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