Our New Cleanse & Detox Tea Will Boost Your Metabolism

Our signature naturally caffeine-free organic herbal Cleanse & Detox tea is a unique balanced combination to cleanse your body and speed up your metabolism.    The ingredients includes Organic Coriander Seed, Organic Fennel Seed, Organic Milk Thistle, Organic Chicory Root, Organic Burdock Root, Organic Dandelion Root, Organic Ginger, Organic Hibiscus, Organic Schizandra Berries, Organic Licorice Root, Organic Rosehips, and Organic Orange Peel.   You will be amazed each of these natural remedies function.  They are very commonly used in traditonal Chinese medicine to clear heat and relieve toxic material, to soothe the liver and to promote bile flow.  Other unproven benefits also include lowering cholesterol levels, reducing insulin resistance in people with type 2 diabetes, reducing the growth of cancer cells in breast, cervical, and prostate cancers.   
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6 Amazing Benefits of Tea

We just couldn't resist sharing this recent article in Huffington Post all about the top 6 benefits of... Tea! We hope you enjoy it as much as we did and when you're finished? Come SHOP for your favorite blends right here > 

If you are trying to improve your health or drop a few pounds, think beyond superfoods and supplements, because this "super-drink" deserves your attention. The things we chew are not the only dietary factors that contribute to weight management, disease fighting, energy boosting and stress reducing. Consumed for thousands of years, tea has provided delicious medicinal benefits to many cultures around the globe. Studies show that the components found in such a small little teabag can do wonders for your health. Drink up - your overall health is about to get a lot better!

Tea can help you in maintaining a healthy weight. A 2011 study in the Journal Obesity found that mice fed a high fat diet and given compounds found in green tea gained weight at a slower rate than mice that were not fed the same compounds. The findings from this study suggest that green tea extracts may actually interfere with fat formation in the body. As a side note: green tea extracts should not be confused with bottled green tea drinks that may be full of added sugar. To get green tea extracts, opt for the real deal -- boiling water with a good old-fashioned teabag or loose tea!

Green tea may help you see better. The eye, like any part of the body, can suffer oxidative stress -- making it more prone to disease. What if you could just add some green tea to your daily diet regimen to combat this? A 2010 study found that components in green tea positively affected the tissues of the eyes, especially tissue related to the retina. Drink on green tea lovers and protect your precious eyeballs!

White tea can help you look younger! White tea has a very high polyphenol count (that means it's really good for you), which deliver fabulously gorgeous benefits! A recent study demonstrated that tea drinkers may have already found their fountain of youth -- in their mug! In the study, extracts in white tea inhibited wrinkle production by strengthening elastin and collagen -- two important factors in your chances of developing what both men and women fear the most -- fine lines and wrinkles. White tea can keep your joints younger too according to this 2011 study.

Black tea can help to reduce stress levels. Stressed out? A cup of black tea may be just what you need. One study found that black tea actually helped in reducing levels of the stress hormones in study participants. The fun does not stop there -- black tea showed yet another benefit related to stress: blood pressure. As stress goes up, blood pressure does too, putting us at risk for developing a heart attack or stroke. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that six months of black tea consumption lowered systolic blood pressure.

It may help you fight diabetes. A 2010 study reviewing a variety of caffeinated teas found that the caffeine in tea may help in reducing the overall risk of diabetes.

Tea can make your ticker stronger! One study found that green tea helped to improve endothelial function rather quickly after consumption but resist the urge to add milk to your tea if you are drinking for better cardiovascular health! That's because the caseins in milk may actually decrease the cardioprotective benefits you get from tea according to one study.

The tea-takeaway. You can use tea bags or go loose, drink it hot or drink it cold. Either way, tea is fabulous -- and so are all of its benefits. For all the tea veterans, keep drinking your way to good health! For those that have not yet embraced a tea-drinking habit, it's never too late to start brewing a batch! Explore the various types, flavors, and brands to find your tea-mate.

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Silver Needle {White Tea} One of the Rarest Blends

Classified as rarest of all teas, our tea selection in this week's blog is our unique blend, Heaven Sent Silver Needle White Tea. This high grown white China tea is plucked in spring right before the leaf opens. White, downy buds are quickly air-dried, resulting in a low-caffeine tea. We thought it would be nice to share some information about this rare tea so you will appreciate the norigin and the delicate nature of this delicious and delightful blend.

White tea is made in four counties in Fujian province, Fuding, Zhen He, Jian Yang, and Song Xi, though Bai Hao Yin Zhen (Silver Needle) white tea is only made in Fuding and Zhen He. These counties grow unique cultivars of the tea bush, Fuding Da Bai and Zhen He Da Bai, which are capable of producing the large and stylish tea buds that Silver Needle is known for. Seven Cups’ Silver Needle is made entirely from Fuding’s original Da Bai bush type, known for having buds that are bigger, richer, fatter and more numerous than the Zhen He cultivar. Additionally, Fuding’s Silver Needle white tea touts the claim of being the original, invented in 1796, much earlier than Zhen He’s.

Even at its beginning, white tea was a popular export to Europe. Its conspicuously large buds were some times blended with simple black tea to enhance its visual appeal. The First World War halted the export of white tea in 1918. Exports resumed briefly in 1926 but only to be stopped again by the escalation to the Second World War. White tea finally returned to the Western market in the late 20th century where it has been viewed with renewed curiosity.

Making Silver Needle

The sweetest of the white teas, Silver needle is made up of only buds from the tea bush. Meticulously separated from the stem, the buds are fanned on to a single layer on a bamboo tray and dried in the sun until 70% of their moisture is removed. The withering process is completed indoors as the tea is roasted over charcoal. During the roast, the tea is separated from the charcoal by bamboo trays lined with paper. The very low temperature drying of this tea is designed to preserve the white color of its buds. 

Unlike green tea, white tea is never fired or steamed to kill the enzymatic action that causes oxidation. Instead, oxidation of the leaves is prevented by their lack of moisture. The withering process is very long and gradual, thus slight oxidation of the leaves (or buds) will naturally occur. With this slight amount of oxidation, white tea’s color is typically not as bright or green as you would expect from a green tea.

Judging the quality of Silver Needle white tea

High quality Silver Needle should be made up of large, healthy tea buds with most of their white down intact. When infused, the buds will turn to a light green color right away. The color of the infusion is like a light honey. When compared to infused green tea, it will appear slightly yellow.

The fragrance is light, akin to freshly bloomed flowers. The flavor is more juicy than dry, filling the mouth with a smooth and lingering sweetness. Just like all of our superior, artful blends, Craft Of Tea Heaven Sent Silver Needle White Tea is exquisitely perfect.

For first time tea drinkers and seasoned aficionados alike, Silver Needle white tea is a very approachable tea. It is easier on the stomach than a green tea and even a long infusion in high temperature water will not bitter the flavor. You will find it very easy to drink and very easy to brew.

{ Green Tea } Tiramisu

This week, the baking/cooking gurus at Oh How Civilized worked up a recipe for mini green tea tiramisu. Layer upon layer of creamy yumminess. Note: if you're slightly sensitive to caffeine, you may want to limit yourself to just one of these decadent tiny treats, green tea does pack a bit of a punch if consumed in large doses!

{ Green Tea } Tiramisu
Makes 10 mini cups

 

INGREDIENTS

Matcha Syrup
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon matcha  

Matcha Sponge Cake
4 eggs
7 tablespoons of sugar  
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1.5 tablespoons matcha
confectioner's sugar for dusting 

Matcha Cream
2 egg yolks
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon rum
2/3 cup mascarpone cheese
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon matcha + more for dusting 

DIRECTIONS
1. Making the matcha syrup first, bring water (3/4 cup) and sugar (1/2 cup) to a boil. Simmer for 3 minutes and remove from heat. 

2. Let cool, then sift in the matcha (1 tablespoon). Whisk well. (This can be made up to a day before.)

Now, moving onto the matcha sponge cake.

3. Turn oven on to 350°F. Lay parchment paper on a 13"x18" sheet tray. If the parchment paper rolls up, put a little butter or oil under each corner. Dust the parchment paper with confectioner's sugar. Set aside.

4. Separate eggs (4). In a mixing bowl, whisk on low speed, the egg whites for 1 minute. Turn up the speed to medium and slowly add the sugar (7 tablespoons).

5. After adding the sugar, turn speed to high. Mix until the stiff peaks form and the egg whites look shiny.

6. Add the egg yolks (4) and fold to mix. 

7. Sift in matcha (1/2 tablespoon) and flour (3/4 cup) to the egg mixture and fold to incorporate.

8. Pour the mixture onto the sheet tray and spread evenly. 

9. Dust confectioner's sugar on top. 

10. Bake for 10 minutes. Use a cookie cutter (we used the 3") to cut out circles.

And, the matcha cream.

11. Bring a small pot of water to a simmer. Put the egg yolks (2), sugar (1 tablespoon), and rum (1 tablespoon) in a stainless steel bowl that will sit on top of the pot. 

12. Continuously whisk all three ingredients together until it thickens to the ribbon stage (about 5 minutes). Cool for 5 minutes.

13. In another bowl, whip the heavy cream (1/2 cup) until soft peaks form.

14. Combine the lightly whipped heavy cream and the egg mixture. Fold together.

15. Sift in the matcha (1 tablespoon) and mix well. Finally, fold in the mascarpone cheese (2/3 cup).

Assembling the Matchamisu.

16. In a small glass (we used these mini cups), put in a piece of the sponge cake. (We cut a smaller piece of cake to fit the tapered bottom of the cup.)

17. Spoon on the matcha syrup over the sponge cake, making sure the sponge cake gets soaked with the syrup. Dollop the matcha cream on top. Layer on another piece of sponge cake. Pour on matcha syrup to the top level sponge cake. Add the final layer of green tea cream and dust with tea powder. 

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Something { delicious } for your holiday drinking enjoyment

Making a smoothie is an easy way to whip up something nutritious when you don't have a lot of time, but they don't always have to replace a meal. This low-calorie cinnamon, honey, and green tea smoothie, for example, makes for an excellent frosty caffeine break when temperatures rise.

Not only will the caffeine in the green tea give you much-needed energy, but cinnamon and green tea have both been shown to have metabolism-boosting properties. In addition, research has shown that honey may help regulate blood sugar levels, meaning you won't feel groggy after this afternoon snack. The next time you're feeling like you could use a frosty, sweet caffeinated beverage, forgo the Frappuccino for this 139-calorie smoothie instead.

From everyone at Craft Of Tea, Happy Holidays! See you again in 2014!

Tea, Hydration, Elevation & Good Moods - #tealover Feature

Hi there tea lovers! We wanted to make this week's blog a fun feature of a TRUE tea lover who blogs for real! Tea With Gary is a no-frills place to get everything you ever wanted to know about tea - and wow, does he know his tea! This post is all about tea and the hydration and the state of your body and your mood. Give it a read and enjoy some yummy Green Tea while you soak up all of Gary's tea knowledge >>> 

I have heard it since I was a kid: Drink plenty of fluids means water. It doesn’t include caffeinated beverages like tea. That statement didn’t come with much explanation when I was little. Later, Mom explained that only clear liquids count. I couldn’t figure out why 7-Up was okay when I was sick, but iced tea wasn’t. When I got married, my wife explained to me that it was the caffeine that caused the problem. Caffeine, you see, is a diuretic. That means it makes you pee. The more you drink, the less hydrated you are. This explanation has always bothered me, but I never went to the trouble to research it for myself.

Until now.

I came across a paper entitled Caffeine ingestion and fluid balance: a review, by R.J. Maughan and J. Griffin. They reached the conclusion that large amounts of caffeine consumed by people unused to caffeine can, indeed, cause dehydration. On the other hand, people who regularly drink caffeine can consume quite a bit of it without a problem. To quote their results directly:

“The available literature suggests that acute ingestion of caffeine in large doses (at least 250-300 mg, equivalent to the amount found in 2-3 cups of coffee or 5-8 cups of tea) results in a short-term stimulation of urine output in individuals who have been deprived of caffeine for a period of days or weeks. A profound tolerance to the diuretic and other effects of caffeine develops, however, and the actions are much diminished in individuals who regularly consume tea or coffee. Doses of caffeine equivalent to the amount normally found in standard servings of tea, coffee and carbonated soft drinks appear to have no diuretic action.”

In conclusion, when I am sick and/or dehydrated, I may feel free to drink my tea.

But wait! It gets better! I came across another paper entitled The effect of drinking tea at high altitude on hydration status and mood by D. Scott, J.A. Rycroft, J. Aspen, C. Chapman, and B. Brown. This is an absolutely awesome study, simply because they performed it at Mt. Everest base camp. It’s not a statistically valid sampling (only 13 people participated), and I’m not sure how valid a study performed at 17,500 feet altitude is for us lowlanders at 5,500 feet. But, hey, it was done at Mt. Everest base camp, and the procedure they used in the study does seem reasonably rigorous.

To put the results in their own words:

“The study shows therefore that even when drunk at high altitude where fluid balance is stressed, there is no evidence that tea acts as a diuretic when consumed through natural routes of ingestion by regular tea drinkers, but that it does have a positive effect on mood.”

Immediately upon reading this, I began putting together a list of people that might benefit from a few cups of tea. There are even those rare occasions when my own mood is not particularly sunny and bright. Not many, of course, but I must be prepared and have some good tea set aside for those moments.

Alas, upon closer reading I discovered that the “positive effect on mood” is actually “subjects reporting reduced fatigue when tea was included in the diet.” Oh, well. If you think about it, tea has long been touted as a good relaxant, so this particular finding makes sense.

With my hopes for a worldwide cure for bad moods rudely dashed, I shall have to fall back on tea as a way to hydrate and reduce fatigue. Sounds like the perfect thing to have along on a hike or at the gym. Surely that’s no surprise to my tea-loving readers!

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Welcome to the Tea Lover Blog ~ Redefining the Tea Tasting Experience

CURRENT TEA TASTING ~ It's all in the approach.

For all the tea lovers out there, many of you including us have been to some tea lounges or tea shops for tea tasting. Typically, it is something like this: You go in, look at the menu, try a few teas, listen to some tea history, and then at the end you may buy some teas you like. Or, if you subscribe to some tea clubs where they send you 2 to 4 pre-selected teas monthly, you try and see if you like them. Sometimes, you can buy the teas directly from the website, but sometimes they refer you to the other websites to order. This is all great but we believe we can do better and move the tea tasting experience to the whole new level.

THE CRAFT OF TEA APPROACH

We started with a simple idea of letting customers to pick a lot of different premium loose leaf teas they would like to try in a small sample size as we believe different people have different tastes. Once they try and like certain tea flavors, they can order bigger sizes directly from our website. This is how Craft of Tea was born in Silicon Valley by a husband-and-wife team who grew up in Hong Kong and enjoys tea tasting while travelling around the world.

SIMPLY THE BEST

We handcraft all premium loose leaf teas after researching hundreds of teas from all around the world. In our subscription packages and gift boxes, we let customers to pick 8 flavors of premium loose leaf teas every month. Each tea is about 0.5 oz. in zip pouch bag, good enough to serve for 5-7 cups each. Hence, you can enjoy 40-60 cups of great teas each month. Once you like certain flavors, you can order them in bigger sizes directly from our website. Each box also comes with delicious tea cookies and gourmet sugars. We deliver the box directly to your door monthly so that you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the teas you pick! This is a perfect way for you to not only enjoy the tea tasting experience, but also explore new flavors. As we enter the holidayís season, this is a great idea to host your own tea party spending quality time with friends and families.

FEEDBACKS WELCOME!

What does your tea tasting experience look like? We welcome your feedbacks and comments!