Tea Health / Education

Study Links ‘Burning Hot’ Tea, Plus Smoking or Drinking, to Cancer

A group of Chinese researchers conclude that “drinking tea at high temperatures is associated with an increased risk for esophageal cancer when combined with excessive alcohol or tobacco use.” The group’s findings were reported in “Effect of Hot Tea Consumption and Its Interactions With Alcohol and Tobacco Use on the Risk for Esophageal Cancer:...

Taste Korea’s Tea History

The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games will begin Feb. 7, and it is the perfect time to celebrate Korean tea culture. Different regions of the country offer fascinating experiences for tea lovers. Tea made its way to Korea from China in the seventh century during Queen Seondeok’s reign (632-646). Korea’s ambassador to China, which...

5 Flowers for a Valentine’s Day Tea Bouquet

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, how about giving a bouquet of tisanes that feature flowers? Five flowers—rose, marigold, jasmine, lavender and hibiscus—are refreshing and provide great health benefits. An herbal tea bouquet is a gift that keeps on giving. Rose Also known as rose bud tea, rose tisane is composed of whole...

Tea Sensory Workshop in Darjeeling

Seeking to educate and empower the next generation of tea professionals, Gorkha growers are organizing a certified tea sommelier and tea sensory training workshop in Darjeeling. The week-long training sessions, timed to the first-flush harvest, begins Sunday, Apr. 29 through Saturday May 5, 2018 at Gomtee Tea Garden and Margarets Hope Tea Garden in...

Starbucks’ Teavana Wellness Blends

Throughout history, tea has been lauded for its medicinal properties. Not just a pick-me-up, tea has been cited as helpful for everything from digestion to its anticancer properties. Today’s health-conscious consumers are not only curious about the wide varieties of tea, but are actively seeking out tonics or remedies for their ills and general...

Terroir vs. Processing: Why Both Matter

As with wine, a tea’s terroir tells a story. The increasing demand for single-estate teas points to its growing favor. However, processing is equally significant and impacts the quality and flavor of tea. Lydia Kung, the owner of VeriLeaf Curated Fine Teas and a Global Tea Championship judge, discusses fluidity in the relationship between...

Study Suggests Tea Drinkers are More Creative

A small study involving college students in China suggests that tea improves mental clarity and focus. The effect is generally attributed to caffeine and theanine, but simply elevating their mood could benefit tea drinkers, according to research published in the Journal Food Quality and Preference. The research, by psychologists at Peking University in China,...

Tea Briefing: Kombucha

Kombucha has been brewed in homes for centuries if not millennia. Starting with a pot of sweet tea, a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) is added to the brew and left alone for a week. The resulting tangy-sweet beverage delights the senses and the living nutrition invigorates the body. Kombucha and kombucha-based...

Daily Dose of Hot Tea May Reduce Chance of Glaucoma

The risk of glaucoma—a condition that can result in partial or total eyesight loss—was lower in people who drank hot tea every day, according to a study published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. Researchers evaluated the association between consumption of coffee, tea, or soft drinks and glaucoma in the participants of the 2005–06...

Not All Powdered Green Tea is Matcha

As matcha has grown in popularity, some confusion has set in as to the difference between matcha and green tea powder. Here is some clarification. “There has been a lot of confusion in the industry that green tea powder is matcha and this is not true,” said tea expert Scott Svihula, owner of Hula...