The Art of Tea and Food Pairing

Warning the following blog might make you hungry. Tea pairing is an art capturing two completely separate flavour notes and bringing them together to create something new. I am by no means an expert in this field as people can train for years, but I would like to share a few hints and tips for…

Caffeine in tea and other stimulants

Recently I have found numerous articles and been asked about the levels of caffeine in tea. This is most likely due to the general consensus that caffeine is bad for you. In this blog I am going to debunk some of the myths of caffeine levels in tea. Owing to an ancient misconception that the…

Raw Vs. Ripe Pu’er Tea

Pu’er tea consists of two completely different categories. One is called ‘Raw Pu’er Tea’ and the other is ‘Ripe Pu’er Tea’. Raw Pu’er tea has a very long history and it was the tea traded through The Ancient Tea Route. Raw Pu’er tea is also a tea for which many collectors search enthusiastically. In freshly…

Camellia sinensis

“Camellia sinensis originated in South East Asia, specifically around the intersection of latitude 29°N and longitude 98°E, the point of confluence of the lands of North East India, North Burma, South West China and Tibet. The plant was introduced to more than 52 countries, from this ‘centre of origin’.” (Mary Lou Heiss; Robert J. Heiss. The Story of Tea: A…

Why temperature matters?

The reason black tea traditionally requires a higher temperature than green teas is that black teas are more oxidised and are therefore more stable. In order to bring out the tannins, water of a higher temperature is needed; however, if the brewing occurs for a long period of time then a high concentration of tannins…

5 mistakes everyone makes when storing tea and how to correct them

It has recently become more and more obvious that people just don’t know how to store tea correctly. It’s kept in its box or bag and that’s it – job done. However, there are so many factors that affect whether the tea you will have today is different from the one tomorrow. Below I have…

Tea History Quiz

This is just a bit of fun to test your knowledge and see how far you’ve come. The answers span my very first series of blogs that should have given you an insight into how tea has progressed over time. Don’t forget to comment below with your score.

Medicinal Properties of Tea

The medicinal properties associated with tea, as well as the low caffeine levels, are not supported by modern scientific studies. This is due to the fact that the tea plant grows in so many regions and can be processed in so many different ways, tests on one tea do not prove effects of all tea….

An insight into Pu’er Tea and its double foray through history

Pu’er tea is more often than not forgotten due to the unusual technique of post-fermentation that gives the tea its unique characteristics. Both types, yes there are two, are incredibly similar, however, they have some key differences especially in their history with one a relatively new invention and the other a testament to the stand…

A beginner’s guide to tea

Something people have told me more often recently is that what may seem like common sense to me is not necessarily general knowledge to others. Thus, in that vein, this is my survival guide to the fundamentals of tea. It contains everything I believe any budding tea fanatic should know about this staple beverage. As…