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My Tea Break gift guide 2013

Christmas is just around the corner so we decided to put together a Tea inspired gift guide.

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1. Taste of China Tea Hamper (£30) from CantonTea

2. Nomu Teapot (£36) from ENO Studio available on Fab.eu

3. Retro Tea Print ($24.99) from visualphilosophy available on Etsy

4. Silver Needle White Tea (£13.50) from Jing

5. Christmas Cup (£8) from Make International available on Fab.eu

6. White Lotus & Green Tea Shower Foam (£8.50) from Rituals

7. Cape Colony Rooibos (£7) from The East India Company

8. Miso & Walnut Biscuits (£5.50) from William Curley

9. Yakushima Sencha Green Tea (£9.95) from Postcard Teas

We hope this guide will help you find some inspiration for friends, family and yourself.

For more ideas check some of our pinterest boards: http://www.pinterest.com/myteabreak/

Happy Tea Break!

Tania & Mariana


Afternoon Tea with Jimmy Choo at Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

This is probably the most fashionable Afternoon Tea set I’ve ever seen.

The Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong partnered with Jimmy Choo to offer an afternoon Tea set at their MO bar inspired by Jimmy Choo’s Spring Summer 2013 collection.

The afternoon Tea set offered Foie Gras high heels, white chocolate bags, milk chocolate shoes filled with lemon and chocolate biscuits, macaroons and sone ginger and raisin scones.

 

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The experience was priced at HKD 260($33 USD) per person from Mondays to Fridays, including the three-tier tea set, a delectable cake buffet and a choice of JING Tea; and HKD 280($36 USD) per person on Saturdays and Sundays, topped with a weekend dessert buffet. All guests will receive a special gift set from Jimmy Choo with the Tea set.

This is a great idea from Mandarin Oriental…

Happy Tea Break.

 


Royal Albert London Tea Tour

 

This is a great idea! Royal Albert, the purveyors of floral tableware and Tea sets, are doing a Tea tour around London with a vintage-theme van serving Tea, macaroons, ice-cream and other afternoon Tea treats. Today there were in Spitafields market so I went there to check it out!

 

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If there are spaces, you get offered a seat at a table, and you can get a 3 tier cake stand filled with tiny cupcakes and macaroons and obviously a Cup of Tea in their lovely tea sets. Royal Albert has been established since 1986 and focus on floral designed tableware,Tea sets and other accessories.

 

 

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Join the Royal Albert Tea Tour for Tea, Cake, Fun & Frivolity.

Happy Tea Break.

 


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Infusion de Cacao by Pierre Marcolini

I was recently in Brussels and visited a Pierre Marcolini shop. Pierre Marcolini opened his first store in Brussels in 1995, the same year he was named the World Champion of Pastry. The flagship store in Grand Sablon in Brussels, is similarly chic and minimal. Pierre Marcolini is like a designer of chocolate as he travels all over the world to select cocoa beans and make his own cocoa butter.

My plan was to buy some really good chocolates but when I entered the shop, I was surprised by a a limited edition of a new product – Infuso de Cacao. This is not Tea neither hot chocolate. The infusion is composed by shells of roasted cocoa beans.

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You have 3 options: the natural infusion, the cinnamon infusion and the jasmine infusion. These infusions contain polyphenols, antioxydants, and are a stimulating drink (contain theobromine+caffeine) but also low fat.

I couldn’t resist and bought the jasmine infusion which is delicious. The delicious smell leads us to expect a chocolaty taste, but the infusion has an intense, rounded and pleasant flavour. Perfect for a winter treat!

Happy Tea Break.


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The 10 Famous Chinese Teas

In China there is the legendary list of the 10 Famous Chinese Teas but this list seems to vary from source to source. The lists varies considerable depending on the area where it was compiled and the current trends of Tea consumption.

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However, there are some Teas that appear in every list and that should be a good sign. We’ve created a list of those:

  1. Dragon Well (Long Jing), Green Tea –  Hanghzou, Zhejiang Province
  2. Green Snail Spring (Bi Luo Chun), Green Tea – Suzhou, Jiangsu Province
  3. Iron Goddess (Tieguanyin), Oolong Tea – Anxi,  Fujian Province
  4. Yellow Mountain Fur Peak (Huangshan Mao Feng), Green Tea –  Huangshan, Anhui Province
  5. Jun Mountain Silver Needle (Junshan Yinzhen), A type of rare Yellow Tea – Yueyang,Hunan Province
  6. Qi Men Red (Qimen Hong), Black Tea – Qimen County, Anhui Province
  7. Big Red Robe (Da Hong Pao), Oolong Tea – Wuyi Mountain, Fujian Province
  8.  Liu An Melon Seed (Liu An Gua Pian), Green Tea – Jinzhai, Anhui Province
  9. Xin Yang Hairy Tip (Xin Yang Mao Jian), Green Tea – Xinyang, Henan Province
  10. Monkey King Tea (Tai Ping Hou Kui), Green Tea – Taipin,  Anhui Province

For more information about Chinese Provinces check our previous post – Chinese Tea Provinces.

Happy Tea Break.

Tania


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Victoria Wood’s Nice Cup of Tea

Comedy legend Victoria Wood travels the globe to explore Britain’s love affair with Tea in a two-part special on the little plant that changed the world.

From the back streets of Kolkata to the mega city of Shanghai, Victoria reveals how the cozy cuppa united east and west, triggered wars and helped us win them. Along the way she peeks into a fascinating world of chai wallahs, opium smokers, Assam Tea pickers and grumpy elephants. She asks: how did this strange exotic leaf become such an important part of British life?

What is it about Tea we love so much, and how did we all end up hooked?

Put on the kettle for a nice cup of Tea and check out Episode 1 here:

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Happy Tea Break.

Tania


Teapod: A small Tea shop in London Bridge

Teapod is a modern but cozy Teashop in Shad Thames near London Bridge. It has a very warm atmosphere with a wide range of Teas and Teapots in display. It sells and serves loose leaf Tea along with breakfast, lunch, and delicious cakes throughout the day.

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The Tea is served with a timer and a card explaining your chosen Tea and the ideal time for infusion so that you can control it yourself. I really liked this as it educates people about the different types of Tea and infusion times. Prices are also quite reasonable starting at £2.20 for a pot for one person.

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They have a range of 20 loose leaf Teas but you can also go for their hot speciality drinks: Matcha latte, Rooibos latte or the Spicy Chai Masala.

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I’ve tried the Jasmine Dragon Pearls with the 70% dark chocolate brownie and it was a great combination. :)

For more information about Teapod please visit: http://teapodtea.co.uk/

Happy Tea Break.

Tania


Tea KLip – a new way to brew your Tea

I am big fan of Kickstarter. Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. There are thousands of interesting projects that you can invest. I’ve invested in a few projects from music, games, videos and even the latest Seth Godin’s book – the Icarus deception  – but today I found a special Tea project,  The KLiP.

The KLip provides an easy way to brew your Tea in a cup and ditch the saucer. The project still has the patent pending, but the integrated saucer design, allows you to simply brew the Tea and go. They had a goal of $8,000 but the project already pledged $13,469 from 313 backers.

From just $25 you can pre-order your own KLiP. :)

Check Joel’s video explaining the project:

For more information about this project visit their Kickstarter page: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/670524671/klip-ditch-that-saucer-and-sip-as-you-brew

Happy Tea break.

Tania


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Dinner at Roka

I recently had dinner at Roka, one of my favourite restaurants in London. Roka focus on contemporary Japanese robatayaki (open-charcoal grill) cuisine. At the centre of the restaurant there is a robata grill where you can see the chefs preparing your food.

I’ve been a few times and I always leave happy with the quality and consistency of the food and service. The service is great, the ambience nice and relaxed and the food among the best I have tasted.

Since I visited the Green T. House restaurant in Beijing , I am always looking for dishes and drinks that bring the culinary use of Tea into life and Roka is a great place for that. We started the meal with some sushi and Tea inspired cocktails. I had a Green Tea & Pear Bellini which is composed by dried green Tea, mashed pears and prosecco. The sparkling from prosecco together with the sweet pear flavour is a delicious combination. Luis went for a non-alcoholic version and had a Jasmine Tea with almond, mint and peach which was also delicious…

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As a main we chose some of their Robata signature dishes such as the Black Cod marinated in Yusu Miso which is unbelievable.

I didn’t want to go for a desert but one could not resist the Chocolate to Matcha Pudding Yo-nashi Ausi - a dark chocolate and matcha green Tea pudding with crunchy jivara and pear ice-cream. Sooooooo good!

If you’re looking for a special dining experience in London I highly recommend Roka.

Happy Tea Break.

Tania


Happy International Women’s Day

Today is the International Women’s Day so time to celebrate it with a nice cup of Tea!

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

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Happy Tea Break.

 


Tea Wishlist @ My Sea Story Blog

My friend Joana has an amazing blog about her life at Turks and Caicos – My Sea Story – and she also loves Tea. She kindly invited me to guest blog on her blog with a wishlist of Teas. It’s very difficult for me to choose 5 favourite Teas as I get into Tea phases where I drink more green Tea or more Oolong Tea.

Here are my Tea choices for this month (as you can see I am currently going through a Green Tea phase):

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1. Rare Tea Company Whole Leaf Tea – An exquisite Chinese Green Tea that is meticulously hand-crafted. It has a refreshing and light smoky flavour which is the antithesis of bitter, mass produced Green Tea.

2. My Tea Break White Peony – A delicious introduction to Chinese White Tea. This Tea has a creamy and soft taste with a refreshing and sweet aftertaste. You can drink it at any time of the day.

3. Tea Pigs Jasmine Pearls – Little pearls of hand rolled green Tea tips which have been delicately infused with pure jasmine flowers. An amazing refreshing and floral taste.

4. Argo Tea Moroccon Mist – This moroccon mist Tea, a natural gunpowder green Tea from China blended with a refreshing burst of mint, always brings me great memories of travelling with Joana in Morocco.

5. Lahloo Tea Puerh Shou Vintage – Produced by the Mannong Project, a fair trade cooperative, in the heart of a 1500-year-old ancient forest in Yunnan, China. Not everyone’s cup of Tea, but such a special deep, dark, sweet and smooth Tea.

6. Harney & Sons Caribe Blend – This exotic blend of green and black teas enhanced by tropical flavours, such as hibiscus, guava, coconuts and strawberry, marigolds and cornflowers. Perfect if you live in an island like Joana.

Thanks Joana for the invitation!

Happy Tea Break.

Tania

 


Aged Tie Guan Yin (Iron Buddha)

This week I tried an aged Tie Guan Yin as part of the Canton Tea Club. Tie Guan Yin is an Oolong Tea also known as Iron Buddha.

This aged Tea was harvested in Spring 2007 and is handmade on a traditional Anxi Farm in the Fujian Province in China.It is heavily roasted and then stored for 4 years away from heat, light and humidity to let the deep, toasty flavours develop.

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The initial rich sweet cocoa flavour develops into a long, lingering, dark fruit taste, with hints of toasted oats and cinnamon along the way.

For more information about Oolong Tea please check our previous post that explains all about this Tea: blog.myteabreak.com/2011/03/11/oolong/

Happy Tea Break.

 

 


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Darjeeling White Tea

This week I had the privilege to try a Darjeeling White Tea –  The Arya Pearl first flush –  from the Arya Estate in Darjeeling, as part of the Canton Tea Club.

The Arya Tea Estate is located the Darjeeling district of West Bengal in India.  The Darjeeling region is widely known for its Black Tea so Darjeeling White Teas are extremely rare and difficult to find.  It is only produced in small quantities and by a few artisan Tea producers such as Arya Tea Estate. This estate sits at an average altitude of 1500 meters and covers 125 hectares, with just over 300 acres  under Tea plantation.

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This White Tea is processed in the same way as Chinese White Tea but the location and climate of Darjeeling give it a unique flavour.

The dry leaves have a mixture of white and green olive colour with a fresh aroma. The infusion is bright clear with a delicate smooth flavour and a sweet aftertaste.

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The first time I tried this Tea I was just focused on enjoying. It is soooo special…. but the second time I sat down with the list of tasting notes provided by Canton and could definitely recognize the sweet flavour with a hint of vanilla and nutmeg.

This is an incredible Tea…

Happy Tea Break.


Health Research: Tea may lower the risk against prostate cancer

U.S News reported recently that Tea  may lower the risk against prostate cancer due to its high concentration of flavanoids.

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This  preliminary research involved 1,900 patients newly diagnosed with prostate cancer. It was found that those whose diets included the highest amount of flavonoids were 25 % less likely to have been diagnosed with the fastest-moving and harshest form of the disease compared to those who had been taking in the fewest flavonoids.

Susan Steck, associate professor at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health and author of this study says that this study was aimed at comparing men with low agressive disease to high agressive and the impact of flavonoids on reducing the risk of aggressive prostate cancer. The authors identified Green and Black Tea, as well as orange and grapefruit juice, as the prime sources of flavonoids consumed by study participants. Strawberries, onions, cooked greens, kale and broccoli also were popular flavonoid-rich foods.”They may not affect your risk for getting the cancer, but it may mitigate against the kind of cancer you would get” she added.

Susan Steck and her colleagues will discuss their findings at the annual cancer prevention meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, in Anaheim, Calif.

There are also other health studies that show that these particular antioxidants may help reduce cancer risk by fighting inflammation, oxidation, cell death and tumor cell growth.

Happy Tea Break.


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Ginger infused whiskey

I am a big fan of ginger infusion. I always have fresh ginger root at my house and make a big pot of ginger and lemon infusion in the morning.

Ginger is loaded with antioxidants and vital minerals and has a wide range of health benefits: aids digestion; decreases arthritic swelling; destroys bacteria and viruses; lowers blood pressure; aids circulation, relieves stress.

But what happens if you infuse ginger with whisky? You get a ginger whisky on the rocks!

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Check out this amazing recipe by Kelly Diamond from the Eat Me blog:

Ingredients:

  • 295ml of whisky (Jack Daniels works well)
  • 4 spoons of brown sugar
  • one tablespoon of honey
  • piece of ginger root (around 7cm)
  • 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar
  • powdered vanilla flavour
  • A jar with lid

1. In a small saucepan, heat the whisky but don’t let it boil.

2. Once it’s warm, add the honey and keep stirring.

3. Add the brown sugar and continue to stir until melted (for about 5 minutes).

4. Take this off the heat and let it cool down.

5. Peel the ginger and slice into small slices.

6. Put the ginger in your jar and add the granulated sugar,  vanilla powder and the cool whisky mixture.

7. Close the jar and give it a shake.

8. Let sit for two nights, shaking occasionally.

9. Strain out the ginger pieces and enjoy your ginger whisky on the rocks!

Happy Tea Break


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The Tea Cup by Jackson Pollock

I’ve always been a fan of Jackson Pollock, a major influencer in the Abstract Expressionism movement and famous for his unique style of drip painting.

The Tea Cup was painted by Jackson Pollock in 1946 before the “drip period” between 1947 and 1950. This painting  possesses a balance and serenity that is not common in Pollock’s work. Apparently after the wedding with Lee Kresner, they moved to a new house in Long Island where he experienced long walks along the sea shore and was more in contact with nature which translated into a feeling of tranquility in his paintings.

This painting is at the Museum Frieder Burda in Germany.

Happy Tea Break.

Tania


Sencha Green Tea

Sencha is one of the most popular varieties of Japanese green Teas and definitely one of my favourite Teas. Sen meaning green and cha meaning tea, sencha translates literally as green Tea.

The process by which Sencha  is created differs from Chinese green Teas, which are initially pan-fired. This Tea is gently steamed to fix the leaves and preserve their original green colour before being rolled and dried into a flat needle shape.

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Sencha is the most common Tea in Japan, accounting for three quarters of all Tea drunk in the country.  When you drink Tea in a Japanese restaurant  it is likely to be Sencha.  

This Tea  is grown in almost all the Tea producing areas of Japan so the quality can vary a lot depending on the harvesting season and area.

I’ve recently tried a sencha from the Uji area which was delicious. The leaves had a deep green colour with an aroma of fresh grass and perfectly balanced flavour. It had a refreshing and sweet aftertaste with a subtle astringency.

If you’re a sushi fan I encourage you to order Sencha Tea on your next sushi meal! It’s delicious…

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Happy Tea Break.

Tania


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Yogi Tea

Yogi Tea started as part of the practice of Ayurveda, or traditional Indian medicine. The select spices in the brew were intended to be healing ingredients. Typically prepared as a mixture of cardamom seed, ginger, black pepper and cinnamon, this invigorating tonic aids digestion, helps bone strength, soothes tired muscles and purifies the blood.

Although the heavily spiced Ayurvedic yogi Tea has been around for centuries, particularly in India’s northern state of Punjab, it came to America with Yogi Bhajan in the late 1960s. Yogi Bhajan habitually served the aromatic Tea to his students after yoga practice and it became known as “yogi tea”.

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It’s very simple to make this Tea at home and it fills your house with its wonderful aroma.

Recipe:

  • 8 cups water
  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 Tbs cardamom seed
  • 2 Tbs whole cloves
  • 2 inches fresh ginger root (sliced)

Put all spices into a pot with water.

Simmer on medium heat for 20 minutes.

Remove from heat and add honey and milk (ideally almond milk) to taste.

Serve hot or cold.

Health benefits:

  • Cinnamon: anti-microbial, anti-clotting, controls blood sugar, boosts brain function, helps warm the body in the onset of cold or flu.
  • Cardamom:antioxidant, aids digestion, improves circulation, stimulates appetite, good source of potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron and manganese.
  • Clove: anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, high phytonutrient content including manganese, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin K, dietary fiber, vitamin C, calcium and magnesium
  •  Ginger: aids digestion; decreases arthritic swelling; destroys bacteria and viruses; lowers blood pressure; aids circulation. anti-microbial, anti-clotting, controls blood sugar, boosts brain function, helps warm the body in the onset of cold or flu.

Whether you drink this Tea to end your yoga practice, or just to warm up on a chilly day, yogi Tea offers a host of healthy benefits for your body.

Happy Yogi  Tea Break

Tania


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Sakura Tea – the cherry blossom infusion

Sakurayu, also known as cherry blossom Tea,  is a traditional Japanese infusion made with cherry blossoms petals. It is a very popular drink in Japanese weddings or other special celebrations because “Sakura” represents “beginning”.

This Tea is made with fresh cherry blossom petals which are pickled in salt and plum vinegar and then dried . As fresh cherry blossoms can be harvested only once a year, Japanese started pickling them in salt and plum vinegar in order to be able to enjoy the Sakura flavour throughout the whole year.

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There are two ways to prepare Sakura Tea:

Take one or two flowers for each cup of Tea and remove as much salt of the flower as you like before using them. Pour hot water over it and you get a light colored tea. It has a light scent of sakura flowers and an intense flavor of cherry blossoms. Although edible the flowers remaining in the Tea usually are not eaten.

If you want to further remove the salt, it is better to first soak the blossoms for 5 minutes in warm water. You then put one or two flowers in a tea cup and pour hot water on it. Adjust the flavor and saltiness by adding some of the salty water with a spoon.

A common variation is to add a flower or two to green Tea when pouring hot water over the leaves. The result is a naturally flavored green Tea.

Sakura Tea has a subtle flowery scent and flavour with an unusual saltiness. The flavor of these sakura cherry blossoms, being the blossoms and not the fruit, is quite different from the cherry fruit flavor which is common in Japanese cherry green Teas which have cherry fruit flavoring).

If you’ve never had sakura Tea before, be prepared for a wonderfully unique experience!!

Happy Tea Break.

 


Ravann Tea shop @ Vevey, Suisse

Hey,

I am back in Lausanne and have been discovering new Tea shops. The one on the pictures is at Vevey.

It is called Ravann thé & accessoires @ Rue du Théâtre 5, 1800 Vevey.

They have all kinds of teas and accessories. It is really worth it, in case you decide to come to Suisse!

Hope you enjoy it!

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Happy Tea Break,

Mariana


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Bai Hao Oolong Tea

Bai Hao Oolong is a famous Oolong Tea from Taiwan. The name Bai Hao refers to the appearance of the Tea leaves which are mostly dark in color but ends with a silvery tip. This Tea is also known as Dong Fang Mei Ren or Oriental Beauty, a name given by Queen Elizabeth II when she tasted this Tea for the first time.

This Tea is known by its sweet fruity flavour but the processing of this Tea is even more interesting. This Tea is made not only by man but also by insects. Yes… Insects…  The farmers wait that some tiny green flies attack the Tea leaves before harvest. The Tea leaves that were bitten by the green flies will change into a yellow colour and the Tea leaves produce an antibody which gives its characteristic fruity flavour. Only the damaged leaves can be selected which makes it an incredibly labour intensive process from start to finish.

There are many stories about the origin of Bai Hao Tea. According to one Taiwanese Tea book, a Tea farmer in Beipu (Taiwan) noticed that small green insects resembling grasshoppers had damaged the leaves of his newly picked spring crop. Rather than destroying his crop, he decided to process the leaves and was very surprised by its strong sweet fruity flavour.

A truly Oriental Beauty…. 

Happy Tea Break.

Tania


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DIY Vintage Teacup Candle

Have you thought of making a candle in a vintage teacup? This is a great DYI gift for this holiday season…

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All you need is:

  • A selection of porcelain teacups
  • Wax (we recommend soy wax because it burns without smoke, but you can also use paraffin or beeswax). This is also a great opportunity to use up old candle stubs.
  • Wax wicks
  • Wooden skewers
  • Candle-making dyes and scents/essential oils (optional)
  • Cooking thermometer (if using scent)
  • Masking tape
  • Double-boiler (or a can/smaller pot inside a large pot with water in it)
  • Oven mitts

Click here for the detailed tutorial on how to make these.

Happy Tea Break.


Tea Break with St. John Madeleines

I first fell in love with fresh out of the oven madeleines when I was at the St John’s bar and restaurant in Spitafields.

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As soon as I got home I started looking for the recipe online.

Ingredients:

70g unsalted butter
1 tablespoon of runny honey
1 large egg
55g caster sugar
1 tablespoon of soft brown sugar
70g self raising flour

Method:

Melt the  butter with the runny honey and then simmer until the sugars caramelise.

Whisk together the egg with caster sugar and soft brown sugar until a trail can be left on the surface of the mixture (around 8 minutes on a kitchenaid mixer on speed 6). Sift in the flour then fold in along with the butter/honey mixture. Leave in the fridge for a couple of hours.

Grease the Madeleine moulds with butter and flour, tip out any excess then pop a spoonful of the mixture into each one.

Bake at 200 degrees C for about 10 minutes.

Best eaten straight from the oven…with a nice cup of Tea.

Happy Tea Break.


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Tea & Cookies Photo Competition Results

We are happy to announce the results of the Tea & Cookies Photo Competition. Thanks for everyone who participated!

Congratulations to Maria Cristina Feio for winning the competition. Your photo had the biggest number of votes from the jury (My Tea Break & You Can Bake Staff).

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Thanks for inspiring us! :)


Swimming in Tea

It is so cold today… I just want to be in a warm Tea cup! Just like them!

Happy Tea Break


Caffeine in White Tea?

I’ve been getting many questions on the caffeine level of White Tea.

White Tea has a considerably lower amount of caffeine when compared with Green Tea or Black Tea which makes it a great anytime Tea including a nice night time warm beverage.

White tea has only about 15 milligrams of caffeine per cup  (the same as Starbucks decaf coffee) while Green Tea has about 20 mg of caffeine, Oolong Tea has about 30mg of caffeine and Black Tea has an average of 40 mg of caffeine.

White Tea also also has more antioxidants than any other Tea so this is definitely a healthy and delicious option and a great Xmas present. :)

If you’re looking for a high quality White Tea you should try our  White Peony – available on http://myteabreak.com.

Happy Tea Break.


Thanksgiving Tea Recipe

Here is a great recipe of Hot Cranberry and Apple Tea as an inspiration for Thanksgiving:

  • 3 cups of cranberry and apple juice
  • 2 tsps honey
  • stick of cinnamon
  • 1 dash ground ginger
  • Black Tea
  • slices apple

 

- Brew your favourite Black Tea.

- In a saucepan, heat the first four ingredients. Add the Tea.

- Cover and let it stand for 5 min.

- Pour into mugs and serve hot with apple slices and cinnamon sticks.

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Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!


Lapsang Souchong

Lapsang Souchong, often called Smoked Tea, never had much popularity in China. It began as an export product about one and a half century ago. This Tea is known for its distinctive smoky aroma and flavour.

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To achieve this flavour, the Tea leaves are first withered over fires of pine or cypress wood. After panfrying and rolling, they are pressed into wooden barrels and covered with cloth to ferment until they give off a pleasant fragrance. The leaves are fried again and rolled into taut strips. Then they are placed in bamboo baskets and hung on wooden racks over smoking pine fires to dry and absorb the smoke flavor.

Most say it was invented when soldiers took over a tea factory in Xingun (Star Village) during the Qing dynasty in China. When they finally left, the workers had to dry their tea in record time to sell it at the market. In desperation they lit open fires of pine to speed the process, and wood-smoked Lapsang Souchong was born.

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In terms of health benefits, it is considered that Lapsang Souchong stimulates digestion, strengthens your immune system, lowers the bad cholesterol  and helps fighting fat cells.

This is definitely not everyone’s cup of Tea but we would love to hear your opinion on this Tea.

This Tea is often used in Tea cooking as well so stay tuned as we’ll be sharing some recipes soon.

Happy Tea Break.


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Canton Tea Club – 52 Teas in 52 Weeks

Hey Tea Addicts!

 I have the perfect way for you to learn more about Tea – Canton Tea Co has recently started a Tea Club!!! They already started, but you can join them at any time. With a subscription of £5 per week for UK Customers or £8 per week for international customers, You get to try a Tea per week – 52 high quality Teas in a year! Amazing right?!

Many of the teas are fiercely expensive so signing up for at least 2 weeks will always deliver value for money.

Please check their website for more information: cantonteaclub

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Happy Tea Break!


Get Steeped With Fairmont

This November Fairmont Hotels & Resorts will once again pay tribute to the grand tradition of “taking tea” with its Get Steeped with Fairmont program.

Expanded from a one-day celebration to a full month of festivi‘teas’, the 2012 program is sure to impress with traditional afternoon tea services, sommelier-led tastings, fancy hat competitions, tea-infused cocktails, and even a new, special tea blend.

Get Steeped with Fairmont celebrations has started on Saturday, November 3, 2012 with official kick-off events at Fairmont locations around the globe.

From specialty treats like Fairmont Le Château Frontenac’s Maple Tea Cocktail made with Sortilège liquor (maple Whisky) and frosted with maple sugar to exclusive events like Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv’s kids’ tea parties and master classes, special activities and promotions will continue throughout the month.

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 A full schedule of Get Steeped happenings is available at fairmont.com/getsteeped. In the hotels and online, guests will also be able to purchase Eclipse, the first in a new series of Fairmont select tea blends which will be offered annually. Available for a limited time, this unique-to-Fairmont black tea is flavorful and full-bodied, offering up a citrusy zest with hints of oak cask and caramel sweetness.

This is a great initiative and looks delicious! Make sure you attend!

Happy Tea Break!


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My Tea Break Charity:Water Project

Dear Tea friends,

You may remember that last March we’ve fundraised a Charity:Water project to help communities in need of clean water. Click here to see our campaign.

We are happy to share that our donation is now underway in Ethiopia and Nepal.

Of the nearly 31 million people in Nepal, 11% lack access to clean drinking water and 69% lack access to sanitation. With My Tea Break  help, Charity:Water’s local partner – Nepal Water for Health (NEWAH), is building 40 large-scale gravity fed water systems and 62 rehabilitated hand-dug wells in the Sinduhili and Chitwan districts.

Mora than 86 million people live in Ethiopia, and 56% lack access to clean drinking water. Charity:Water’s local partner – A Glimmer of Hope (AGOH), is building 60 new and  rehabilitated hand-dug wells, 79 new and rehabilitated drilled wells, and 11 new and rehabilitated spring protections.

Charity:water is a non-profit organization that brings clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. 100% of your donation will directly fund water project costs like pump heads, cement, pipes and local staff.

As soon as the work is complete they will send a report a details of each project that you helped, including GPS coordinates, photos and the final costs so you can see the real impact you made.

Can you believe that with only $20 you can help one person get fresh clean water!

Thanks for everyone who got involved and it’s never too late to get involved with this amazing charity.

Mariana & Tania


Heath Ceramics

Edith Heath (1911–2005), a talented ceramicist,  founded Heath Ceramics in 1948.  Edith had a strong point of view on the product that her company would make — simple, good things for good people.

Edith’s passion for ceramics led to advances in clay and glaze development, which secured Heath its unique place in ceramics history. Her pieces were designed to enjoy a single kiln firing, at a lower than normal temperature, thus saving energy, while remarkably producing a durable and non-porous product. This Great Depression mentality motivated her to design and produce long-lasting products with integrity, in a responsible manner.

Today, Heath Ceramics is considered among the most enduring examples of mid-century design. Found in restaurants, homes and museums worldwide, Heath Ceramics is synonymous with simple, functional and thoughtfully designed tableware and tile.

It’s worth taking a look at their cups and mugs:

For more information about Heath Ceramics visit http://www.heathceramics.com/

Happy Tea Break.

Tania


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Sing Tehus in Copenhagen

I just arrived from two days in Copenhagen and I obviously had to visit one of the local Tea shops. I decided to try Sing Tehus, a Danish /Japanese Tea House in the centre of Copenhagen.

The Tea menu is in Danish but you have a good variety of Tea choices from Hvid Te (White Tea); Grøn Te (Green Tea); Oolong Te; Sort Te (Black Tea); Te Med Aroma (Tea with Aroma) and Urte Tea (Herbal Tea).

The environment is very pleasant and calm with only a few tables available. You can also see how they brew the Tea which is always nice.

I chose a Lapsang Souchong from Formosa and my boyfriend chose a Green Oolong from Vietname. We both really enjoyed our Teas. The Oolong from Vietname was soft and refreshing with a delicate flowery aftertaste.   The Lapsang Suchong was robust, with its unique smoky flavour, but with a great balance. It was delicious…  We also chose the lemon and almond cake which was incredible with a very smooth texture.

 

The shop is amazing as well with the same great variety of Teas but also a wide rage of Tea accessories.

For more information about Sing Tehus you can visit them at Skindergate 25, 1159 Copenhagen , DK or go to their website http://singtehus.dk/

If you’re in Copenhagen this is definitely a nice place to enjoy your Tea Break.

Tania


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Genmaicha – Brown Rice Tea

Genmaicha, often called “Popcorn Tea”  or “Brown Rice Tea” is a traditional Japanese blend with Green Tea and roasted brown rice. 

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Although there are several versions about the origins of Genmaicha, it seems that it was invented about 90 years ago by a small Tea shop in Kyoto, Japan. The original motivation was to create a more affordable Tea for mass consumption. The reputation of being a cheap tea has stuck with Genmaicha until very recently. It was mostly made with low grade tea leaves from the late harvest (bancha) and the rice was used to mask any off-flavours. Nowadays,  you can find Genmaicha with much higher quality sencha or the addition of matcha and is now consumed by all social classes in Japan and abroad.

Genmaicha has a natural nutty and toasty flavour and aroma and can be served either as a hot or cold drink. It is delicious either way…

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To brew this Tea you should use spring water (as always!), temperature should be between 70°C and 80°C and infuse between 2-3 min. The Tea leaves do not have to be removed after the first steeping, simply add more hot water after the first cup is enjoyed.

Happy Tea Break.

Tania

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