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Mercy Corps: Reinterpreting Tea Leaves

Mercy Corps, a charity that helps build sustainable communities in developing nations, has a series of articles on India and it’s tea industry. It’s a good view on a part of our favorite beverage that we don’t often see. One talks about the CHAI program that Tazo Tea (WARNING: horrendous Flash site) helped found, which helps raise th standard of living in the Darjeeling district of India.

Good reporting from an organization that I’m quite fond of. I also recommend TheSimpleLeaf‘s Behind The Cup for more behind the scenes reporting.

Target Sporting Flowering Tea

Check out what Target is selling these days (click image to be taken to the Target product site:

Primula Glass Tea Pot with Infuser : Target

In addition to glass teaware, Target is selling a 12-pack of Primula flowering teas for $16.99 (ON SALE) and Teaposy flowering teas in a 6-pack for $19.99. You may remember that we’ve reviewed Teaposy’s flowering tea in the past and have enjoyed it.

For those of you with a Target in your area, this is pretty affordable way to get into flowering teas and there’s no shipping to worry about either. Decent quality tea just seems to be getting more and more accessible these days, doesn’t it? :)

Women gets more health benefits from tea?

According to a recent report, women who drink more than three cups of the good stuff every day are less likely to have a stroke or a heart attack because they seem to have less plaque in their arteries, but men don’t reap these same benefits.

Sorry, fellas. Seems you get the shorter end of the healthy side of tea, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying it as much the women do! :)

Baseball + Tea in China

March 15th marked opening day for China’s baseball season, and the vendors sold tea at the game. - Fit to be tied: Peanuts, hot dogs and tea for Dodgers vs. Padres in China

I’m sure a lot about the game felt different from your typical Dodgers game, but vendors selling tea sounded like an okay divergence from the American baseball norm to me! What do you think? Does tea have a place on the baseball field, or do you put away the assam for hot dogs and beer?

Reading: Sick Day Tea

The Tea Writer over at Tea Pages asks the question:

“So, what is your sick day tea?”

My sick tea (Brandice) is usually a genmai cha, if I have a good one in my giant tea drawer, because of that chicken soup/savory feel that it has. :) What’s yours?

Shopping: Krups TeaTime

Is it just me or does this tea maker, the Krups TeaTime, look a lot like the Adagio TriniTEA?

Very curious. Wonder which came first? I’m guessing Adagio’s machine, which has had a few model upgrades already, but who knows.

*UPDATE: After searching around a bit, I discovered that the Krups machine is no longer available in the US and that, according to at least one review on Adagio, the Krups was the chicken before the egg:

TriniTEA Electric Tea Maker from Adagio Teas

Regardless, I’m a fan of mine. :) I’ll be making a TeaToday with it very soon, to test how the TeaSource Wild Mountain Dragonwell tastes as an iced tea!

Reading: Tea for Valentines

Alex over at Another Tea Blog posted a couple weeks ago about The Republic of Tea’s Rose PetalTea, and it made me chuckle when catching up with my tea feeds in Google Reader this afternoon, so I thought I’d pass it along:

Tea for Valentines

Reading: 30-Second Tea Decaffeination May Be Myth

I stumbled on a very interesting and well written article recently that explores two common claims about tea, the first being that you can decaffeinate your tea by doing a quick 30-second rinse, and second, that black tea always has more caffeine than green tea, which has more caffeine than white tea.

The arguments are quite compelling, although I noticed something that many comments to the entry also mentioned, which is that the decaffeinating steep experiment seemed to steep the tea for four minutes and calculate how much caffeine had been removed and backward calculate how much caffeine had been removed at 1, 2, and 3 minutes.

Regardless of that method, at 4 minutes, only 60% of the caffeine has been removed, so you are definitely NOT decaffeinating your tea by a 30-second steep either way. This common myth, often mentioned by Joe and I, seems to be fairly accurately busted.

To read the article, click here.

Tip: A Treat for Green Tea Lovers

Jessica over at authoritea recently wrote about an interesting use of Stash’s Iced Green Tea Powder. It seems that mixing the dry powder with vanilla bean ice cream creates a tasty frozen treat.

I may have to round up some of this green tea powder, because this idea sounds a lot like some tasty green tea ice cream I had when I was in Japan five years ago. Plus, if my mid-day caffeine kick also included an equally unhealthy sugar rush, how could I be any happier in life? ;)