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Day 16: Calming Floral Tisanes

I probably should start this post with a disclaimer: Few, if any, of the following statements have been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and this post is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease. These… Continue Reading →

Day 15: An Indian Tea Snack: Masala Chai, Pakoras, Vadas

But First, Tea There’s nothing like the spicy warmth of masala chai. While some premade masalas aren’t great, you can easily create your own fresh masala mix with a handful of spices. There are several tried-and-true methods of making stellar chai…. Continue Reading →

Day 14: Masala Chai and Other Flavours

Yesterday, I latte-fied Numi Organic Tea’s Rooibos Masala Chai. Today I want to talk more about what “masala chai” means and tell you a bit about some of the masala and other blended chais that I have tried recently. Masala… Continue Reading →

Day 13: How to Latte-fy Anything

Ah, the comforting mystery of the creamy, foamy latte. Some folks find the prospect of making one at home intimidating, but you don’t need a fancy cappuccino maker to make a lovely latte. All you need is milk, strongly-brewed coffee, tea,… Continue Reading →

Day 12: Matcha Oreos!

Years ago my brother received a package of goodies from family in Japan, and among the treats were Green Tea KitKats. They were so good that I’m pretty sure we ate the whole bag that same day. Since then they’ve… Continue Reading →

Day 11: Green Tea

Green Tea Besides chamomile and peppermint, which I now know to actually be tisanes, green tea was my first introduction to tea long ago. It has been my go-to when I’ve been sick, along with some lemon juice and honey…. Continue Reading →

Day 10: White Tea

Remember that when we talk about white, green, or black tea we’re talking about the same plant–Camellia sinensis–and that whether it’s one or the other depends on how long it as allowed to oxidize. White tea is considered the mildest iteration of… Continue Reading →

Day 9: Rooibos Part 2–Green and…Chocolate!

Green Rooibos If you do any research on the topic, an assertion you’ll see floating around the internet a lot is that “red rooibos is fermented while green rooibos is not.” While it’s true that the red rooibos undergoes processing… Continue Reading →

Day 8: Rooibos

To Tea, or Not to Tea: That Is the Question. I had a carefully-considered schedule planned for these 21 days. We’d start by exploring the possibilities that black teas have to offer, move on to green and white, and then we’d… Continue Reading →

Day 7: Irish Breakfast

I was really surprised when I learned that the Irish drink more tea per capita than almost any other country, coming in second only to Turkey at 2.19 kg, or 4.83 lbs, per person a year. Another black tea, what… Continue Reading →

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