Monday, August 31, 2015

teaBot? Genius or Gimmick?

There is an invention baffling people in the United States and Canada.  They don’t know whether to believe it’s an incredible asset or some short-lived trend.  It’s the teaBot, a machine that allows its customers to create unique blends of tea in under 30 seconds.
The idea is to get rid of long lines at coffee shops by offering customers a way to get what they want to drink in less time.  Men and women get suggestions from a smartphone app or at the kiosk tablet and even have the option to pay using their Apple Watches.  The lids are made a special way to keep the tea leaves inside the cup.

The teaBot is for commercial use not home use.  To get the perfect cup of tea ordinarily, one must heat water to the right temperature and steep the tea leaves until the water becomes the desired color.  Each type of loose leaf tea differs.  Some recommend steeping an infuser a few minutes while others state that it takes somewhat longer to reach the desired color.

The teaBot takes the work out of making cup after cup of delicious tea for customers wanting refreshment on the go.  It’s yet another invention created to save people time by offering convenience.  Although the teaBot is mainly seen in Canada, it’s also been introduced to the US market.  Palo Alto, California’s Coupa CafĂ© opened the first kiosk to see how it fares.  The Co-Founders of teaBot, Brian Lee and Rehman Merali, hope to place the kiosks in cafes and on college campuses nationwide.

Is the Teabot yet another gimmick or a genius invention set out to transform the tea industry?  Only time will tell what the public’s opinion of the device will be.  One thing is certain, however.  Loose leaf tea remains the beverage of choice for many people throughout the world.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Does Tea Strengthen Women?

Does Tea Strengthen Women’s Bones?

Among the many benefits tea provides, one new discovery states that women who drink tea have better bone mineral density.  According to several epidemiological studies conducted in Canada, England, Taiwan, Iran, Japan, and Australia, women who drank at least one cup daily saw positive effects where bone mineral density is concerned.

What Makes Tea So Special?

The flavonoids in tea may act like estrogen.  The hormone prevents the release of osteoclasts which cause bones to deteriorate.  The National Osteoporosis Foundation has recommended eating fruits and vegetables for a long time because of flavonoids.  They have not added tea to their list of recommendations as of yet.

Health Benefits of Tea

It may not be accepted as fact yet, but tea does have a long list of health benefits.  According to WebMD, everything from green tea to chamomile helps a person feel good.  Some studies show that tea helps with cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.  Others are known to increase mental alertness, help with weight loss, and lower cholesterol.  Furthermore, there doesn’t seem to be a downside to drinking tea.

Tea has caffeine and theanine.  The two ingredients increase mental awareness which makes the beverage a favorite around the world for good reason.  Even well-known coffee brands sell tea because they want to appeal to the entire marketplace not just the die-hard coffee, cappuccino, and espresso drinkers.  Brewing up a cup of the good stuff takes only a few minutes and offers warmth, comfort, and flavonoids in every delicious sip.

Although no one has endorsed tea the way they do milk, it shouldn’t discourage a person from drinking it.  Women concerned about osteoporosis can drink tea as a precautionary measure.  After all, it’s virtually calorie-free, fragrant, and packed with potential which is why it’s a beloved beverage worldwide.

Monday, August 17, 2015

5 Tools Everyone That Loves Loose Leaf Tea Should Be Using

Loose leaf tea, like coffee, remains a favorite beverage of people worldwide.  It doesn’t matter if it’s green, black, chai or oolong, there’s something very comforting about drinking a hot cup of tea.  In order to get the most out the beverage, you’re going to need to keep a couple tools on hand to make preparing the tea quick and easy.

Love loose leaf tea?  Here’s what you need to prepare and enjoy it:
  1.  A Tea Kettle.  The right kettle brightens up your kitchen and makes heating water for tea easy.  Look for one made of durable materials such as stainless steel, copper or cast iron, and that have a handle that is easy to grasp.  If your kettle is electric, make sure it has an automatic shut off feature for safety purposes.
  2. An Infuser.  You don’t need to stick with traditional stainless steel if you don’t want to.  Today’s infusers are as unique as the person using them.  Select one that looks like a manatee, a deep sea diver or a yellow submarine.  Let your interests shine.  There is even tea infusers for Star Trek and Doctor Who fans.
  3. A Tea Cup.  Choose one that reflects your personality and purpose.  If you need to travel with it, look for a cup with a lid so it won’t spill during transport.  If you plan on consuming tea at home, select a cup that makes you smile.  There are plenty with all types of motifs to choose from.
  4.   A Saucer.  Handy for keeping spills to a minimum and for protecting furniture from water rings, a saucer also holds pastries and finger sandwiches.  Select a saucer that matches your tea cup or one in a complementary color.  You’ll find a wide selection of options to choose from.
  5. A Spoon.  This tool is optional but handy if you plan on sweetening or adding cream to your tea.  It helps you ensure the perfect medley of tea and sugar, tea and honey or tea and agave. 

Preparing loose leaf tea is easy with the right tools on hand.  It’s not messy or time consuming like some people think it is.  Within minutes, you’ll have a cup of steaming hot tea to enjoy.  Better yet, if your cup is portable, you’ll have your favorite beverage on hand wherever you go and you won’t have to stand in line somewhere to get it!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Making Tea Your Morning Meditation

Meditation is a great stress reliever.  It’s a tool used by men, women, and children around the world.  A simple tea meditation cultivates patience and alleviates worry.

Here’s how you mindfully prepare loose leaf tea:

  1. Be mindful about how you make your morning beverage.  Select how you prepare your tea including what cup you put it in, the flavor of loose leaf tea you select, and where you choose to enjoy your tea.  Enjoy every step of the process including scooping the loose leaf tea into an infuser, pouring the water from the kettle, and steeping it.
  2. Be thankful for your cup of tea.  Think about how much work goes into growing, picking, selecting, preparing, and consuming your favorite beverage.  Keep in mind that not everyone has the opportunity to make and enjoy tea so consider yourself lucky and grateful for the opportunity.  Repeat this same process day after day.
  3. Drink your tea.  Notice the aroma, the flavor, and the color of your tea.  Think about how it makes you feel when you drink it and determine whether or not you’d like to share your morning ritual with others.  If you’re unable to do it the same time each day, don’t worry.  Select another time where you feel comfortable with the process.  You need to give the ritual your undivided attention for it to be beneficial for you.

Make tea a part of your morning ritual.  Be conscientious about your every move as you prepare and savor a steaming hot cup of your favorite beverage.  You’ll notice new things about the variety of loose leaf tea that you drink.  You’ll also learn to slow down the speed of life by conscientiously preparing your morning beverage, noting its aroma, and drinking every delicious drop gratefully.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Tips for Better Loose Leaf Tea Brewing

There’s a science to brewing a delicious cup of loose leaf tea.  Don’t let that intimidate you.  Know what the experts know by following the steps listed below for a better tea brewing experience.

Here are some tips you might want to try:

  • Boil water on the stovetop or electric kettle.  The water needs to reach the right temperature to properly brew the tea leaves.  Although microwaving hot water works for bagged tea, it’s best to use a stovetop or electric kettle for best results with loose leaf tea.
  • Place your loose leaf tea in the tea infuser.  As soon as the water comes to a boil, pour the recommended amount in a cup, and allow the tea to steep as long as the directions suggest.  For a darker color, let the tea infuser sit a little longer until you’ve reached the desired color.
  • Remove the tea infuser and clean it.  Allow it to air dry entirely before using it again.  This keeps the infuser fresh and bacteria-free. 
  • Enjoy a delicious cup of tea.  Know that your decision to use loose leaf tea and a tea infuser is a sound environmental choice.  You minimize the amount of waste you create by drinking this incredible hot beverage.

Loose leaf tea comes in a number of delicious flavors.  Choose one to try and make it your beverage of choice going forward.  Green tea is rich in antioxidants and improves blood flower as well as lowers cholesterol.  That’s even more reason to drink a few cups of tea a day.

The right cup and tea infuser makes a world of difference in how your loose leaf tea tastes when brewed.  Choose one that travels well and you’ll always have your favorite tea available wherever you go.  There’s no excuse not to enjoy a hot beverage when it’s so easy to make.