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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.

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Should You Squeeze Tea Bags? – The Debate Is Over

Should You Squeeze Tea Bags? – The Debate Is Over

One of the most common questions that we hear at Finest English Tea is: “Should you squeeze your tea bags before you drink?” And while there are many pools of thought in regards to this question, most tea aficionados would agree that you shouldn’t squeeze your tea bags after it has steeped.

Contrary to popular belief, The logic behind the reasoning of not squeezing your tea bags is actually much more scientific than it simply being a matter of preference.

Why You Shouldn’t Squeeze Tea Bags

Tea leaves contains a chemical known as polyphenols, a micronutrient found in a many fruits, vegetables and plants. Because of the high levels of tannic acid in tea, the levels of polyphenols associated with tea are very high. And while the benefits of the micronutrients in polyphenols include it being an anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic, there is one major negative associated with these elevated levels of tannins:

Bitterness.

The liquid that remains trapped inside the tea bag has even higher instances of tannic acid than what is able to steep out of the bag on it’s own. By squeezing the tea bag, you inadvertently release these tannic acids into your tea and in turn create a far more bitter, sour and acidic cup of tea.

In addition to this, when you squeeze your tea bag, you run the risk of it splitting the bag and letting some of the loose leaves into your tea. Overall this makes for a more cloudy tea and of course a much less enjoyable cup of tea.

So the next time you think about squeezing your tea bag, remember the ill effects associated with doing so and leave it be. You will in turn have a much more balanced tea and overall a more enjoyable experience drinking it.

English tea in a small cup

How To Make English Tea

How To Make English Tea

While there are many ways to enjoy a cup of tea around the world, perhaps none is more famous than a proper cup of English tea. It’s no secret that the British love their tea and throughout both history and in recent years, tea has played a large role in the British culture as well as their everyday life.

Despite their reputation as tea drinkers, the way in which you make English tea is far from common knowledge for the average tea drinker. At Finest English Tea, we respect the tradition of English tea and have outlined the steps for how to make a proper “cuppa” English Tea for yourself at home.

1. Choose Your English Tea 

The first and arguably most important step in making English tea is to choose the right type of tea to brew. In general, British tea is typically made from black tea leaves which is often simply referred to as “black tea.”

Keep in mind that English tea is far stronger than most American varieties containing more bitterness and caffeine. Some of the more classic varieties include Earl Grey and Breakfast Tea. You will also need to determine whether you will use loose leaf or tea bags as this will also determine the teaware required to make English tea.

Some of the teas we recommend are:

Earl Grey

Breakfast Blend

Traditional 100’s

2. Boil Water

Be sure to always use fresh water in your kettle for each individual tea steeping. The quality of water you use will have an impact on the overall taste of your tea so you don’t want to use tea that was simply left in the kettle.

Boil the water to at least 200 degrees F in your electric kettle, stovetop kettle, pot or microwave if you’re in a pinch.

3. Prepare Your Tea and Teaware

While you wait for your water to come to a boil, it’s time to begin preparing your tea and your teaware.

If you’re using loose leaf tea, the rule of thumb is 1 teaspoon of tea per cup in addition to one extra teaspoon for the pot itself. So if you have a 3 cup teapot, you would use 4 teaspoons of high quality tea in your brew. Loose leaf tea is also often steeped from within a diffuser to maintain quality.

More commonly however, teabags and mugs are used when making everyday English tea rather than cups and saucers like many would assume. In this instance, you would use one teabag per mug.

Or, if you’re hosting a larger group, a teapot is the preferred method in which the tea ratio would be 1 teabag per person.

4. Pour The Water

Once your water has reached the boiling point, remove the water from the heat and prepare to pour it into your receptacle. It is imperative that your water is boiling in order to fully release the flavors of the tea.

Slowly pour the water and when you teaware is nearly full, give the tea a good stir to infuse all of the tea leaves in the boiling water.

5. Wait

A good cup of tea requires time for the flavor to fully develop. Typically a minute or two is all it takes for a cup of tea, while a pot requires at least 3-5 minutes for the steeping process to finish. 

6. Remove The Teabag

Next remove the teabag from your cup or teapot and throw it away. Used tea is also a great addition to your compost bin. Remember to never squeeze the tea bag as this can release added bitterness and cause unwanted flavors to enter your tea.

7. Add Milk or Sugar

Because of the strength and bitterness of English Tea, milk or sugar are commonly used to dilute and enhance the tea’s overall flavor.

The key to adding the right amount of milk to your tea is hidden in the color. The perfect cup will have a dark brown-orange hue not dissimilar to that of an American coffee. Once stirred, the tea should be nearing the perfect temperature to drink.

8. Optional Step: Grab a Biscuit or Cake

Another staple of English tea has nothing to do with tea at all. Biscuits, cakes, crumpets and other pastries are often served alongside tea in England especially when enjoying the tea with the company of friends or family.

9. Enjoy

At this point there is only one step left to complete your lesson in the perfect cup of English tea — Sip and Enjoy!

If you have any other questions about how to make English Tea, don’t hesitate to contact us!

health benefits of tea

The Health Benefits of Tea

The Health Benefits of Tea

No matter what the season, tea is always be a tasty choice of beverage. But its benefits go beyond taste and refreshment. The rich taste and fullness of each cup of tea is high in nutrients, antioxidants, and offers a number of additional health benefits.

Here are the top health benefits of tea presented by Finest English Tea:

1. Antioxidants

Almost every tea contains natural antioxidants found in the plants. While black tea is lower in catechins and polyphenols, it’s naturally high in antioxidants. Antioxidants can help protect your body from kidney and liver damage, digestive health problems, and environment toxins. Antioxidants can also keep you feeling young and healthy.

2. Lower Risk of Heart Attacks

Because of tea’s high antioxidant levels, scientists discovered that tea can also lower the risk of heart attacks. When black tea is consumed and part of a normal diet, your health and wellness can improve. Drinking green tea is also associated with lower total cholesterol, LDL, and triglycerides, and higher HDL (“good” cholesterol levels).

3. Tea and Caffeine

The caffeine content of tea is significantly lower than coffee and healthier for you. Although the caffeine content varies widely, typical tea levels are less than half that of coffee, ranging from 20 to 90 milligrams per 8 fluid ounces (compared to 50 to 120 milligrams in coffee).

4. Increase Wellbeing

Studies have shown that black and green tea’s caffeine content may provide increased stimulation, hydration, and mental perk when consumed in small amounts. Green tea, for instance, can increase your energy levels while providing you more beneficial properties than vitamins C and E.

5. Tea is Calorie-Free

A cup of tea contains zero to very few calories. Processed, artificially-sweetened tea beverages are loaded with extra calories and unnecessary sugars. Adding lemon or honey to tea is fine, however, the addition of cream, sugar, whipped cream, and other flavorings can turn tea from a healthful beverage to a not-so-healthful one.

6. Boost Immune System

Herbal teas, in particular, can help boost your immune system and sooth your digestive system. Hot tea can help ease sore throats and kill bad bacteria when sick. Ginger teas can help cure nausea or stomach pain, as well. Peppermint tea, in particular, is loaded with antioxidants and can decrease your chances of experiencing cold symptoms and the flu. The health benefits of tea are endless!

At Finest English Tea, we have a variety of teas available for you. Experience the many health benefits of tea with one of our unique tea varieties in our shop.

Tea Production

U.S. Demand for Quality Tea Skyrocketing

U.S. Demand for Quality Tea Skyrocketing

 

While tea has always been the preferred beverage of choice amongst many nations across the globe, it has always taken the backseat to the likes of coffee, soda and many other beverages in the U.S.

 

However, a recent study seems to contradict the idea that Americans do not enjoy drinking tea and, on the contrary, it suggests that they are actually developing quite a taste for the beverage. According to the U.S. Tea Association, the U.S. market for tea has skyrocketed from under two billion dollars to approximately ten billion dollars between the years 1990 and 2013.

 

During this same time period, the market for coffee, arguably the tea market’s greatest competitor, has remained relatively stable in its growth.

 

American consumers aren’t the only ones picking up on the tea trend, as many corporations are looking to cash in by acquiring smaller tea companies. Most notably, Starbucks purchased the tea retailer Teavana for over a half of a billion dollars in 2012 in order to keep up with the recent surge in the demand for tea.

 

Though the demand for tea has increased, the type of tea Americans are drinking is surprisingly different than what the rest of the world prefers.  Black tea and iced tea have been long-time American favorites, with fruit and herbal varieties following suit. However, the fastest growing teas in the United States are artisanal and green tea. In fact, green tea has seen nearly a 40% increase in consumption since 2000.

 

While tea has long been praised for its medicinal properties across the world, the U.S. seems to be only recently catching on to the trend and much of the demand for tea is now being attributed to the medicinal benefits that tea provides.

 

The increase in U.S. demand for tea is great for the industry; however, global tea producers are struggling to keep up with the uptick in worldwide demand. Tea imports in the United States have risen by 40% in just the last decade. And the majority of this supply is coming from China, where tea was first discovered thousands of years ago.

 

Stricter guidelines and regulations for tea production has dramatically changed in recent years, which makes producing drinkable tea much more difficult for suppliers. However, more rules for tea results in a healthier product, something that we now know drives the demand in the U.S.

 

Though consumers may not feel the effects of these regulations directly, the increase in demand will certainly put a strain on tea producers around the globe. Couple this with the increased demand for tea in the massive U.S. market and it is looking like tea production will do anything but slow down in years to come.

 

Sugar in you tea

The Relationship Between Sugar and Caffeine in Tea

The Relationship Between Sugar and Caffeine in Tea

 

People are drawn to tea for a variety of reasons. The taste, the social element and of course the caffeine. However, caffeine is well known for, at times, leaving somewhat of a bitter taste in your mouth.

 

The higher the concentration of caffeine in your tea, the more pronounced the bitterness becomes. Tea drinkers know that the best way to supplement the bitterness in their cup is with a healthy spoonful of sugar.

 

Up until recently, most people thought that the bitterness in tea was curbed by sugar due to the fact that our taste buds are reacting more strongly to the sugars taste. However, a group of scientists may have found out a scientifically backed reason as to why this actually occurs.

 

A recent discovery by chemists at the York Structural Biology Laboratory at the University of York, England found that sugar can greatly reduce bitterness in tea on a molecular level by forcing caffeine molecules into clusters.

 

In his most recent research paper in the journal of Food and Function, Dr. Seishi Shimizu found that the bond between sugar and water molecules traps caffeine, thus masking the bitterness it gives off.

 

This is contrary to what was the previous rule of thought in which sugar masked bitterness by altering the taste experience itself within your taste buds. Very little food studies like this one have been conducted on a molecular level. However, this finding sheds light on the fact that even the smallest details of life, like sugar in your tea, can be better explained and then ultimately improved upon.

 

Dr. Shimizu said of the findings, “It is delightful indeed that food and drink questions can be solved using theory, with equipment no more complex than a pen and paper. Encouraged by this discovery, and our recent success on how to make jelly firmer, we are working hard to reveal more about the molecular basis of food and cooking,”

 

So go ahead and channel your inner chemist and add that spoonful of sugar to your favorite tea.