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Rooibos info

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Introduction

What is Rooibos and why should I even think about it when I think of what my next cuppa tea is going to be? If you have, or maybe if you haven’t had that thought before, then don’t worry as you are not alone. Rooibos is making a strong surge in popularity in the brewed drink arena and for good reason. Listed below are some cool facts about roobios, a bit of info about the drink itself and other things about this new bush making a lot of noise in the traditionally quieter mid day tea world.

Rooibos and caffeine

The first thing that we will get right to the point about is the rooibos caffeine discussion as this is a very popular one that often comes up. I will say it right now that Rooibos does not have any caffeine in it. If you don’t believe me, then check the almighty Wikipedia here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rooibos with the specific quote being “Rooibos is becoming more popular in Western countries, particularly among health-conscious consumers, due to its high level of antioxidants such as aspalathin and nothofagin, its lack of caffeine” This is why many women will turn to rooibos when they are pregnant. To find out more info about rooibos and pregnancy just take a look at these posts we have put up in the past:

Rooibos and its benefits

 
So now that we have gotten that out of the way we can talk about why it is good that roobios does not have any caffeine in it. The first, and what I think is the best thing about roobios, is that you can have it at any time of the day or night. I love a strong black tea but sometimes just before bed it just doesn’t suite the situation very well. This is where roobios comes in to save the day as I can enjoy it an hour, 15 minutes, or 45 minutes before I want to go to bed without any worry of staying up once that caffeine boost kicks in.

Rooibos and pregnancy


Another reason that roobios has really started to gain traction in the rest of the world is due to its appeal to pregnant woman. I was unaware but during pregnancy caffeine intake is supposed to be on the lower side as complications can occur, so a lot of woman have been choosing roobios when they are pregnant. That’s why you can check out our article here for the info you need tea for two?

Rooibos and its lack of caffeine


So now that we know the coolest thing about roobios, and its lack of caffeine, let’s get some more info on the drink that comes from brewing up roobios. The drink is typically a nice red color, which is the result of processed roobios being steeped with hot water. Recently there has been new blends including green roobios, which like its green tea counterpart, is a less processed version of the plant. In this article we will focus on the red variant and maybe in the future talk about green roobios a bit more in depth. This is why tea and pregnancy are things that you must keep an eye out for.

Conclusion


The drink that is brewed up is a nice red color with a natural taste to it. I am not going to imply that it is a drink that tastes like dirt; however you will notice a distinct flavor that reminds me of a less processed black tea leaf. The flavor is rawer and more open, which is something that really doesn’t give a very good idea of how it tastes. I think that for you to get a full appreciation of roobios you must really try it for yourself. If you don’t you will never know what you are missing out on!

white ceramic bowl with rooibos
rooibos in a cup


Overall roobios is a great addition to any tea collection, even though it is not a true tea itself. It is a great pre drink or iced option whenever you need to take a break from your usual favorites. Make sure you check out our other great article if you are looking for more info drinking tea while you are pregnant

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.

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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!

Is Yerba Mate healthy?

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Introduction

Yerba mate (scientific name ilex paraguariensis) is a shrub native to the rainforests of South America. It is grown in Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. For centuries, yerba mate herbal infusion is drunk by the people in South America as a healthy alternative to coffee. Nowadays, it has gained the attention of American and European countries due to its nutritional value.

Is Yerba Mate good for you?

This is why it has so many people asking is yerba mate good for you If you are looking to order some Yerba Mate right now, just click on this button and you will be taken to our top of the line, and very healthy, original Yerba Mate.


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How to drink Yerba Mate


Traditionally, yerba mate is drunk among friends and offering yerba mate is a symbol of hospitality. Its loose leaves are brewed on a gourd and is served with a bombilla (a metallic straw with a filter at its tip). Today, yerba mate is available in many preparations: bottled, loose leaves and teabags. Commercial preparations have mixed yerba mate with other herbs and fruits such as peppermint and citrus. Some are sweetened with honey, or mixed with milk.

Here is our classic Yerba Mate, notice the nice natural look. A very nice morning drink to get you going!

processed yerba mate
green classic yerba mate

Is Yerba Mate healthy?


Each infusion of yerba mate contains vitamins and minerals. It has vitamins A, C, E, and B complex. It also has minerals such as calcium, manganese, iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc and phosphorous. It contains 15 amino acids and has more antioxidants than green tea. Many people will often ask does yerba mate have caffeine and the answer is pretty straight forward, with a resounding YES. This has become very attractive for some people looking to replace their morning coffee with a new brew.

bowl of yerba mate
traditional way of drinking yerba

What makes Yerba Mate healthy?

Polyphenols are plant chemicals found in yerba mate that is responsible for its antioxidant activity. It protects cells from the damaging effects of free radicals, chemicals which destroy cell membrane and possibly alter the DNA. Antioxidants help protect our cells from damage, aging, and cancer.
A research conducted in Buenos Aires has proven that yerba mate increases the flow of bile and enhances intestinal transit. Thus, drinking yerba mate can help improve digestion and prevents constipation. Also, yerba mate has antidiabetic and anticholesterol properties. It improves blood flow to the blood vessels decreasing the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Yerba mate has been a part of the social culture and tradition of South America due to its health benefits. At present, yerba mate is becoming the subject of many researches and studies to optimize its potential being one of the best health beverages worldwide.

Conclusion

If you already have Yerba and are less than excite with the outcomes so far there is a chance that you might just need a quick refresher on how to brew it up. I would really recommend reading this guide how to make yerba mate to ensure you get the best yerba possible with each brew.

I would also really recommend taking a look at our other yerba mate blends to see if there are any that interest you. Lately I have been drinking the Citrus Mate, as it really puts a nice twist on the classic Yerba Mix.

Make iced tea from loose leaf tea

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It’s plain and simple, iced tea from loose leaf just tastes better. It has a fuller flavor and tastes fresher. And, it’s really easy to make. Making iced tea from loose leaf is almost the same as making hot tea, you just need to use double the amount of loose tea used in a hot brew. Below are two ways of making iced tea, a hot method and a cold method.

Play around and create your own favorite summer blends with different fruit, black, herbal, rooibos or green teas. Also add your choice of seasonal fruit, such as oranges, lemons, apples, or berries. You can let the natural sweetness of tea and the fruits shine or sweeten it to taste with sugar. I prefer to use Agave Nectar. Enjoy a cup of summer!

Berry Colada

• 2 tablespoons Perfect Pina Colada
• 3 tablespoons of Berry Party
• 6 cups of water
• 2 cups of ice
• 1 apple diced
• 1 lemon sliced
• Agave Nectar (or your choice of Sweetener)

Preparation:

Hot Method:
Infuse tea leaves in boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Be careful not to overstep when using black or green teas. Add Agave Nectar or other sweetener to the tea while hot to ensure it quickly dissolves.


Let it cool in the fridge for an hour or so then pour tea over a glass of ice and enjoy.

Cold Method:
Infuse tea leaves in cold water and keep refrigerated overnight. The leaves are brewed slowly and gently. Steeping loose tea in cold water ensures that the tea doesn’t become bitter. This method is ideal if you are making iced tea using green or black tea leaves. We have gone over the best way to cold press tea so make sure you check out that article if you wonder if it is worth it.

Important thing to think about when brewing black tea!

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If you have already read how to brew black tea then you have the fundamentals of how to make a nice cup of tea. And although the bottom paragraph goes over how to make a nice strong brewed tea I just got an email that was upset about the flavor of one of our black teas.

This email had nothing to do with the tea quality, or flavoring, or anything really related to the tea drinkers personal preferences.  What it really came down to was the brewing method. The customer who bought the black tea was more upset with how bitter the tea was after they brewed a strong cup of tea.

This was the first signal that there was perhaps something off with the preparation method. As soon as you hear bitter and strong together the first question is instantly ” How do you make a strong cup of black tea?”  Generally the answer is, let it steep for a reallly reallly REEAAAAAAAAAAAALY long time. Not usually with that many letters but just to let you know the typical response.

The true secret of brewing a really strong, and tasty, cup of black tea is to use more leaves and still stay within the recommended times. This will ensure that the true flavor of the tea is released into the water. More tea leaves = more flavor, more time= more bitter taste.

Once the customer agreed to try out the method of adding more leaves to the brew I instantly got a happy email from a very happy lady. She got the full flavor of the tea, without any bitter taste.

Here are some of my favorite black teas so give them a look: Our Black Teas

Is It Safe to Drink Hibiscus during Pregnancy?

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Hibiscus Tea Pregnancy |Hibiscus Tea Benefits

hibiscus tea is a large genus of flowering plants, primarily grows in tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world. It is used for a wide range of medicinal and edible purposes. It can even help you lose weight, known for lowering blood pressure, decreasing spasms in the stomach intestines and uterus, and also kills bacteria and germs.

In food and beverages Hibiscus is also used as flavoring: used for jams, sauces, spices and soups. It is also best for treating loss of appetite, hearts and nerve diseases, colds, upper respiratory tract pain and swelling. Moreover, hibiscus is widely used to relieve stomach irritation, maintains level body fluids, alleviates disorders of blood circulation, used for the dissolving of phlegm, works as a gentle laxative, as a diuretic, to increase urine output, and fights bad cholesterol.

It is not generally recommended to have hibiscus tea too much as too much of anything can be bad. So if you are wondering about your baby , and your health, please check with your doctor before you drink Hibiscus drinks ( or anything else that is of concern to you) We aren’t doctors and you should check with professionals before doing anything you are unsure of.

Top 10 Reasons why tea is great

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  1. Tea  tastes amazing
  2. Tea is good for you.
  3. Tea comes in lots of different varieties.
  4. Tea smells great.
  5. Tea can be used in cosmetics and soaps.
  6. Tea can relive stress.
  7. Tea looks nice.
  8. Tea will always be there for you.
  9. Tea can be shared or enjoyed alone.
  10. Tea is a low calorie alternative to sugary sodas or juices.