Interesting article on Green Tea in The New York Times today. As a vendor with well over 2 dozen selections of green tea, we get questions on Green Tea all the time – is it really as good for you as they say, which one should I have, why are they so bitter and on it goes. Here’s our summary:
- Tea is like any other agricultural product – it reflects the soil and environment in which it was grown.
- Find one you like – there is a wide variety; China Green tastes different from Japan or Ceylon or India.
- Loose leaf Green tea will always provide more benefits than teabags or bottled tea.
- Follow the directions when steeping. The most frequent errors made are using too much leaf and steeping too long.
- Choose Organic if you can.
- Buy from a reputable vendor.
We will maintain our regular hours over the long holiday weekend:
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Open 11 am to 6 pm.
Monday, Memorial Day, May 27: Open 11 am to 5 pm.
If the weather is good, look for some hot weather specials!
A company called Harmless Harvest has introduced a bottled tea made from Hawaiian-grown organic tea leaves that are quickly frozen after harvesting to retain much of their flavor. They are then pulverized and blended with water using a cold-brew process. As you know, all other tea is produced by drying the tea leaves. Harmless Harvest’s Raw Tea processes the leaves at the final step through a high-pressure food-processing machine that makes it safe to drink. This company also makes certified organic raw coconut water. Always something new and interesting in Tea!
We got new landscaping this week at our office/warehouse. We saw shrubs and trees ready for planting and wondered what the plan was and by the end of the day, we were pleasantly surprised to find these beautiful shrubs planted outside our door. What’s more, our picnic table was removed, re-painted and returned. Now this will be a good summer to enjoy.
Each year, we have some devoted fans who order the new vintage immediately upon arrival. This year was no exception. We’ve already received some feedback on the 2013 crop which, in our view, is one of the best we remember. Here’s an e-mail that arrived in this morning’s inbox:
I don’t need to go any further than my first cup of 2013 Makaibari Darjeeling first flush tea. In my mind, this is a high quality first flush tea. It has the typical floral brightness associated with a premium Darjeeling first flush tea. It reminds me of the Darjeeling first flush tea I was continually served when I visited the Makaibari Tea Estate during the first flush season in April, 2005. Sipping a cup of this tea puts me in a state of peace and reflection. Outstanding! My compliments to Rajah, Srirupa, and the extended Makaibari Estate family. Your friend in Tea, Mike.
I couldn’t agree more – thank you, Mike.