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Kombucha tea loose leaf

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They say trends come and go, but are always going to come back.  Tastes seem to circle around our lives and everything goes and comes out of fashion as quickly as they come in. Some things stay in fashion such as tea, sweatpants and flip flops while others quickly come and go like mc hammer pants, vanilla ice comb overs and really many things from the 80′s!

Not saying that anything is wrong with the 80′s but that is not what we are here to talk about today. Right now we are here to talk about one of the oldest spins on tea which is the  Kombucha tea type. According to Wikipedia,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kombucha , Kombucha has been around since the Qin Dynasty ; which is 221-206 BCE in case anyone forgot. That is a pretty long time to say the least, and at that time it was known as “Godly Tsche  or just tea.

So we know this tea is old, but what else is it really? Well Kombucha tea is made when you let tea ferment with sugar and tea. Generally speaking the basis of Kombucha is black tea which has been fermented by a SCOBY.

What is a SCOBY you might ask, well don’t worry if you have no idea what the word is as it is actually an acronym for “symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast” IF you have never seen one before don’t worry as before I was introduced to the Kombucha tea making process I would’ve never imagined what I came face to face with during my initial introduction. It really looks like a flat jellyfish, or a doughy pancake.

So you have this pancake, often referred to as the mother, and you put tea with it. Now what? Well you wait, and you wait and you wait….

Depending on things such as the temperature in the environment, the caffeine in the tea, the amount of sugar used, as well as the type of sugar used will determine how long you have to wait for your tea to turn into Kombucha.

two mason jars filled with liquid on white surface
two jars of kombucha

Well this is just the intro to Kombucha, so if you are looking for a great place to get tea online then just take a look at our site and see if you can grab some nice teas to be your base for your Kombucha journey.

There are some guidelines as far as the teas to use, but we will cover that in the upcoming articles!

Iced tea out of loose leaf tea

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Got some ice? How about tea? Better yet, how about some ice tea? This drink is a very popular drink that is enjoyed worldwide. We take a look at the way to get your best iced tea ever. First you start with the loose leaf tea of your choice, some boiling water, and then some ice.

Whether you’re a Westerner and you come to Southeast Asian countries, you don’t have to worry. There will surely be an option for this drink on every menu in the restaurant, in a fast food chain, or in the grocery store.

The practice of drinking tea originated in China, where the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant were steeped in hot water making delicious, refreshing beverage. Back then, tea was used for its herbal remedy but as time passed and the tea trade has spread worldwide, cooled versions of the tea was served.

gravity tea brewer

The Swiss businessman Maks Sprengler saw the potential in bottled ready to drink iced tea, which resulted in Switzerland became the motherland of bottling this drink. Powdered mixes is very popular nowadays due to its convenience compared to brewing tea leaves. However, bottled and powdered mixes can contain more amounts of sugar and added flavorings masking the true flavor of the tea.

Black tea is the most commonly used tea base in ice tea. Green tea can also be used and in fact, is gaining attraction from health conscious consumers due to its detoxifying properties. White tea is rarely used but oolong tea are also common. Tisanes or herbal infusions made by other herbs and plants are also used in making ice teas. A good example is Rooibos, also known as red tea.

Ice tea can be made at home by brewing loose tea leaves or a tea bag in hot water and allowing it to cool in a refrigerator. It can also be poured in a glass full of ice after brewing. Sugar is added to sweeten the mix and in some cases corn syrup is added. Usually, especially in restaurants, a slice of lemon is placed on the rim of the glass or lemon slices are mixed with the drink.

another great iced tea recipe

Anyway that you decide to make this drink you cannot really go wrong as the combination of tea and ice will surely cool you down on a hot summer day. One thing to also note, is that although it will not actually make iced tea, is that you can use herbal blends to create a tasty treat such as mint or hibiscus. You brew the drink the same way, steep it for a bit longer, and then pour it over ice and add a bit of sugar to it if you would like to sweeten it up. My personal favorite is using vanilla Rooibos and creating a smooth chilled Rooibos drink.

Whether you bought your favorite brewed beverage or you made it by yourself, there is no denying the goodness with every gulp. Good thing ice tea has been made ready and accessible to many. Now, we can have the refreshing taste of ice tea anytime anywhere.