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  • Teas of India

    Black tea is by far the most popular tea on the market including English Breakfast, Ceylon and the amazing flavoured black teas which are now widely available. One things for sure, India has black tea production down to a 'tea', producing some of the finest varieties on the market.   Time for Chai...   Tea is said to have been growing wild in India since the 1500's, and it wasn't until the 1830's that commercial production of tea (or Chai as it is called in Hindi) began. India has three distinct tea growing regions, producing teas that differ in style, taste and flavour. Assam is the largest...

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  • Oolong Tea, What's all the Fuss?

    ‘If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are heated it will cool you; if you are depressed it will cheer you; if you’re excited it will calm you’.                                     - William Gladstone, a prime minister during Queen Victoria’s reign.   Recent years have seen considerable interest in tea’s therapeutic properties, which is one of the factors leading to an increase in tea consumption. Modern scientific research in both east and west has found that regular tea drinking can lower blood fats and prevent cholesterol accumulation. Tea drinking is also said to help with weight loss, prevent tooth...

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  • Keeping Cool During Summer...

    With a heat wave on its way in many parts of Australia, including our home town, Brisbane, it's time to ensure that we look after ourselves and keep as cool as possible. Most importantly during summer is to keep well hydrated, and herbal tea is a great way to do this... Lemongrass Tea Native to southern India, Lemongrass is grown in warm tropical climates and is found throughout South East Asian countries. Think Thai and vietnamese cuisine with gorgeous fresh lemongrass infused stirfry's and curries.    Lemongrass is particularly great to drink hot or cold during summer for its cooling...

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  • It's Christmas....let's drink tea!

    Christmas is upon us, which means lots of entertaining, eating copious amounts of amazing food, and drinking thirst quenching beverages to cool down in the summer heat. We just love to entertain our guests with some iced tea....think lazing in a hammock, sipping on an ice cold 'Pina Colada' tea...amazing! We have the perfect iced tea recipe to whip up on Christmas Day, and I can assure you that it will be fav with all.  Amazing Apple Iced Tea Recipe This is so simple to make and can be done on Christmas Day, or made in batches the night before...

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  • Teas for Winter # 1: Chai

    Brrhhh...winter has arrived! It's time to bring out those sheep skin boots, woolie jumpers and of course your favourite tea to warm the bones! Chai: The Perfect Tea for Winter Originating from India some 5000 years ago, chai was created as a healing beverage and used in traditional 'ayurveda' alternative medicine. Chai is a fantastic winter warmer containing spices like ginger, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. Traditionally a black tea base, chai now has many modern green tea and herbal varieties.  Making Chai But what is the best way to make chai? Traditionally in India, chai is brewed on milk in a saucepan,...

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  • Tea Tips & Tricks: Making Tea

    The perfect cup of tea There are lots of theories about making a perfect cup of tea, heating pots, adding milk before or after, taking the pot to the kettle etc etc. There has even been a scientific formula recently developed that supposedly outlines the precise technique for making tea. However, if like most of us you have a busy life you need a simple, fool proof method that works. There is nothing difficult about making a good cup of tea and if you follow a couple of basic steps, you'll enjoy a great cup of tea every time. How...

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