Over the last few years, there has been an increase in popularity in tea for two main reasons; there are many flavors to choose from and there are numerous health benefits. The favorite flavor is no longer the classic breakfast tea with milk, now there are many new flavors and consumptions habits. You can choose from an abundance of herbal, caffeinated, sweet and unsweetened teas and drink it either hot or cold.
Before you can indulge in this delicious, healthy beverage you need to have the essentials. To boil your water quickly and with ease, use our ThinkKitchen Cordless Kettle. Next, to steep your tea, there are a few options depending on the occasion: if you are just making one to two cups, use the ThinkTea Tealish steeper as it allows for hands free infusion. If you are entertaining guests, use the ThinkTea glass teapot with removable infuser to steep to desired strength. Finally, if you’re on the go, the Tealish Tritan bottle travel mug is the perfect accessory to keep your tea warm throughout the day.
Matcha tea is long associated with the Japanese tea ceremony, but is a quickly growing trend due to its healthy properties and versatility. Matcha tea is a fine green powder that is filled with anti-oxidants that protect against many types of cancer, reduces cholesterol, and is a metabolism booster. This powder is not just limited to steeping in tea; it can also be used in many foods such as smoothies, salads, yogurts, popcorn and ice cream.
Adding flowers to your tea blend is a subtle enhancement that mixes well with the more delicate blends such as green or white tea. It is known as blooming tea; it entices your taste buds as well as your eyes. As you add the hot water it will bloom creating a beautiful display of bright colors, flowers and leaves.
Ready to Drink Tea:
A big tea-trend that is coming into full bloom is Ready to Drink (RTD) Teas. It is a cold brew of your favorite tea that is “ready to drink” and includes all the health benefits of tea. This is the perfect drink for those hot summer days when you are on the go. RTD comes in many flavors so you’ll be sure to find what you are looking for.
You can even make your own cold brew tea for the house with your favorite tea blend. Boil water, use twice the amount of tea and let steep, then add ice and cold water to cool it off. For added sweetness and tang add some orange and/ or lemon/ lime juice to the mix.