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6 Reasons Why You Should Drink Tea Everyday

6 Reasons Why You Should Drink Tea Everyday

Although many people enjoy drinking coffee in the morning, tea is an excellent replacement that can either calm you or wake you up when you need that extra push. Basically, tea is a healthy and soothing substitute you can drink all throughout the day or evening, all while consuming less caffeine than coffee.

At Finest English Tea, we specialize in quality tea products to satisfy each and every one of our customers: from english tea and herbal tea to afternoon tea and raw honey. Here are 6 reasons why people should drink tea everyday:

  1. First, tea is a lot easier to make than coffee.

Oftentimes, making a cup of hot tea only requires boiling water, tea and a tea cup. When making coffee, you need to purchase a coffee machine to brew the coffee, and possibly grind the beans. If your mornings are usually busy, substitute a cup of java for hot tea!

  1. Tea and honey… need we say more?

We all know that honey pairs exceptionally well with tea. Finest English Tea offers homemade, natural raw honey and creamed honey to satisfy your sweet cravings. Natural honey not only provides numerous health benefits, but is loaded with antioxidants. In addition, honey is a healthy “sweetener” for all hot and cold tea beverages alike.

  1. Tea is named one of the “necessities of life” in China.

According to the “Seven Necessities of Life” by Sung Chinese people, tea is consumed on a daily basis and can’t be forgotten. From bold english teas and rich green teas to herbal peppermint teas and exotic African teas, there are a variety of tea types to choose from at Finest English Tea. Start browsing here!

  1. Drinking tea can relieve stress and anxiety.

Drinking hot tea is well-known for calming stress and making you feel rested. Finest English Tea’s herbal range teas, such as Camomile Infusion 25’s, are caffeine-free teas to consume in the evening or before bedtime. Peppermint Infusion Tea is known to aid digestion, too.

  1. Hot tea could help with seasonal allergies.

If you suffer from seasonal allergies every year, drinking hot tea could help improve your symptoms. When you start your day with a cup of hot tea, such as Rington’s Signature Green Jasmine Tea, your allergy symptoms could be slightly improved. Hot tea is excellent for soothing throat pain and healing stuffy noses or sinus infections, as well as control bacteria in the body.

  1. Some people believe that drinking tea is just as hydrating as water.

Last year, the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition discovered that tea rehydrates the body just as much as water. In addition, because many types of tea contain antioxidants, such as green tea, there’s an extra bonus. Basically, tea replaces your fluids, as well as supplies your body with plentiful antioxidants, so it’s a win-win for you.

Finest English Tea offers a variety of english tea, herbal tea, afternoon tea, and daytime tea to suit everyone’s tea cravings. Browse our diverse selection of teas and honeys at finestenglishtea.com, or call our toll-free line at 800.529-4954 if you have any questions.

Southwest Tea Fest - Las Vegas, NV

2017 Tea Festival Round Up

After our first year’s trials, we went West Coast tea fest shopping and came back with quite the haul.

Southwest Tea Fest – Las Vegas, NV

We started back at our roots with the 2017 SWTF. This year, a two day event, was held at the lucky dragon casino in Las Vegas. As event veterans (loosely used term), we felt at home and managed to spread tea and Ringtons to the bottom left region of the states while enjoying the company of friends and fellow tea lovers. As for the future, the event will be postponed until further notice. Hopefully sooner rather than later!

Southwest Tea Fest - Las Vegas, NV

Tea Fest PDX – Portland, OR

Out of the desert and into the city of roses, this time for the inaugural pdx tea fest. There was an incredible reception for a place that has quietly changed the world of tea. Home to Stash Tea, and the legend of tea entrepreneur Steve Smith, it was rejuvenating to see people’s enthusiasm, interest, and the growing industry we consider ourselves lucky to be a part of.

Tea Fest PDX - Portland, ORNorthwest Tea Festival – Seattle, WA

The Mecca of the west coast tea festivals. The Northwest Tea Fest. We missed the opportunity for year 9 but were fortunate enough to make it to the decennial event.

Held in Seattle, we made the drive up from San Jose with one lunch stop, and arrived 17 hours later.

Worth it.

People were amazing, kind, and genuinely interested in everything tea. By far the most successful show we’ve attended and look forward to being able to return for number 11.

Northwest Tea Festival - Seattle, WA

San Francisco International Tea Festival – San Francisco, CA

As our second SFITF, and the one we consider our home festival, we were much better prepared this time around. Thousands came out to experience Bay Area tea as well as our locally produced honey! With the popularity, we almost felt like a honey company that does tea on the side! It went fantastic and we already have space marked on the calendar for next year!

San Francisco International Tea Festival - San Francisco, CA

Devan Shah Tea Festival – Pasadena, CA

The final destination for this year’s tour, Pasadena.

People turned out in droves for the two day event. We feel as if we’re starting to get a hang of these events and even feel like locals as we’re recognize not only our fellow tea vendors but returning tea aficionados as well. Hopefully we’ll continue to learn and improve from these ventures and add to our tea tour!

Devan Shah Tea Festival - Pasadena, CA

That’s it for our 2017 tea festival circuit!

The seeds have been well planted this year and we’re looking forward to 2018. 

If you’d like us to pay a visit to your town through an event or as a vendor, please reach out at info@finestenslightea.com or call us at 408.444-1013

Best,

Ian, Michael, & Kirsten

The Tea Festival Team

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Why We Love Creamed Honey

Did you know that creamed honey is known as la crème de la crème? Oftentimes, creamed honey is sold at a premium price due to its thickness, unique taste and aroma, and nutritional benefits. Many parents enjoy creamed honey because its thickness prevents spills and messes in the kitchen; in addition, creamed honey makes the perfect breakfast or snack for children.

At Finest English Tea, we specialize in top quality raw honey, whether it’s plain or flavored. Here are a few reasons why we love creamed honey:

  1. Creamed honey is just as nutritious as liquid honey.

Many people are surprised to hear that creamed honey is equally as nutritious as liquid honey. There’s no difference in health benefits, quality, or antibiotic value. The only difference is that creamed honey has a thick and full-bodied texture compared to liquid honey. In addition, creamed honey is less messy than liquid honey, which is perfect as a breakfast treat or afternoon snack for your kids.

  1. Creamed honey comes from a variety of beekeepers.

The delicious, rich, and thick creamed honey comes from an assortment of organic beekeepers across the United States, Canada, South America, and New Zealand. Although creamed honey sells at a higher price than liquid honey, it’s the worth the extra dollars! Creamed honey is incredibly thick, rich tasting, smooth, and easily spreadable; you can spread creamed honey on toasted bread for breakfast, or on apples and pears for an afternoon snack.

  1. Creamed honey isn’t the same as whipped honey.

Many people think that creamed honey is whipped liquid honey, like butter; however, this is just a misconception. Creamed honey is crystallized, not whipped. If you whip liquid honey, it’s actually dangerous and can possibly introduce moisture and bacteria in the mix. Whipping liquid honey will also not produce the thick, rich quality of creamed honey. In the future, be wary of recipes that call for whipped honey.

At Finest English Teas, we pride ourselves in producing top quality honey and delicious teas for everyone. For more information on our honey and teas, please visit finestenglishteas.com.

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Top 5 Most Popular Types of Teas

Although all teas come from the exact plant called Camellia Sinensis, there are hundreds of  unique kinds of teas, with their own exotic taste, appearance, and aroma. The most popular types of tea today are green, white, oolong, black, and herbal. These types of teas refer to how a tea is oxidized, or fermented. By exposing the tea leaves to air, tea growers can expose special flavors and aromas from the leaves.

At Finest English Tea, we have a fine selection of rich, full bodied teas to enhance your tea experience. Here are the top 5 most popular types of teas, from black teas and oolong flavors to white teas and fruity infusions:

  1. White Tea

Only a few years ago, white tea was cultivated in China. White tea is the most gentle and soothing taste of tea, and it can even taste elusive with unusual flavors like asparagus or bamboo. White tea also has several health benefits, including numerous antioxidants that help boost cardiovascular health, lower bad cholesterol levels, and manage healthy weight loss.

  1. Green Tea

Unlike white tea, green tea is unoxidized, which helps keep their important color. In China, green tea leaves are roasted or pan-fired to bring out more unique flavors in the tea. Green tea has a range of flavors, from smoky with a lighter body, or citrus-like. Green tea has enormous health benefits, such as high antioxidants with about 20-45 percent of polyphenols by weight.

  1. Oolong Tea

Did you know that Oolong tea means “Black Dragon” in Chinese? Oolong tea is semi-fermented, whereas black tea is fully fermented. Oolong tea was first created in China and Taiwan, where the oolong tea leaves are oxidized and then fired. Oolong tea has a wide range of flavors, with distinctive tastes and fragrances. Oolong tea is known to improve mental alertness and thinking skills, and it has plenty of antioxidants that may boost your metabolism by up to 10%.

  1. Black Tea

Black tea is the most reputable tea in the West, although it was originally cultivated in China and comes from the Indian regions of Assam, Darjeeling, and Nilgiri. Black tea makes a great breakfast drink or soft afternoon tea. In Europe, “estate teas” are the new trend, meaning that teas come from an estate or yard from a certain year. Like a nice glass of wine, estate teas have unique flavors depending on where they’re grown.

At Finest English Tea, our black teas are specially crafted from the finest blends and estates; from Kenyan earl grey teas and Assam breakfast blends to flavorful Kenyan gold teas and exotic African teas. Browse our black tea selection at https://finestenglishtea.com/product-category/everyday-teas/.

  1. Tisane, or Herbal and Fruity Infusions

Tisane teas, or herbal and floral teas, refer to a large selection of plants and fruity infusions that present delicate and sweet tastes and smells. Many people who drink decaf coffee or caffeine-free products choose herbal teas; tisane is soothing for the body and makes an excellent drink for children. Many herbal teas have natural health benefits, such as Vitamin C and antioxidants.

At Finest English Tea, we offer Herbal Range Teas with unique herbs and fruit, such as pure peppermint, lemon, ginger, and ginseng, pure chamomile, and many more. Browse our herbal range teas at https://finestenglishtea.com/product-category/herbal-range/.

We hope you enjoy these 5 most popular teas around the world. For more information on Finest English Tea and our high-quality, unique tea selections, please call our toll-free line at 800.529-4954.

Tea Smoking: A Unique Flavor Enhancer

Tea Smoking: A Unique Flavor Enhancer

Are you looking for a simple way to add a unique flavor to your food? Tea smoking is a centuries-old culinary technique known to add a delicate smoked flavor to chicken, pork, seafood and other meats. Food smoked with tea leaves originated in ancient China, where a mixture of tea leaves and uncooked rice would be heated in a wok until it smoked. The trapped smoke would then be used to cook and flavor their dishes. Since tea smoking only requires a few tools, it is a quick and easy way to enhance the flavor of your food.

Each type of tea has its own unique notes and works best with certain meat. Black teas are perfect for red meats, turkey or salmon and infuses deep, dark caramel notes. If you’re looking for a spicy kick, chai teas are your best bet. For an extra depth of flavor, herbal teas can add floral notes while green teas impart fragrant grassy notes, pairing it well with white fish or chicken. For a great source of rich tasting, full bodied tea products, check out the tea collection offered by Finest English Tea. You’ll find a wide range of tea products that include everything from traditional English black teas, green teas, herbals, fruit infusions and more!

Naturally tender meats like pork belly, chicken thigh, salmon and duck are usually selected for tea smoking. However, your options are endless so experiment with different tea types and find out which one you like the best. Vegetables can also be infused with smoky tea flavor and will taste delicious!

Tea Smoking: A Unique Flavor Enhancer

To get started, follow these simple steps and immerse yourself in the art of tea smoking.

1. Gather these items:
-wok/pan
-tight-fitting lid/foil
-wire rack/steamer

2. Layer your wok
You will need 3-4 layers of foil to line your wok. The foil edges should overhang the sides of the wok.

3. Prepare the tea mixture
Combine loose tea leaves with uncooked rice in equal parts. Feel free to add seasonings, spices and herbs to the mix. Brown sugar can also be added to help speed up the smoking process.

4. Add the tea mixture to the wok/pan
Evenly spread the mixture over the base of the wok/pan. Heat it up until the tea leaves begin to smoke.

5. Start smoking
Position the wire rack/steamer around 5 cm above the tea mixture. Place your food on the rack and then cover it with the lid or foil until the food is thoroughly cooked.

Precooking your meat may be a good idea if it’s extra thick. Be careful not to let the tea leaves smoke too long or you may end up with the smoky flavor becoming too bitter.

Once you’ve perfected the art of tea smoking, you can start experimenting with the various tea types and add a new dimension of flavors to your food.