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For the rational tea drinker:

A fully referenced, anti-pseudoscience exploration into the glorious world of tea science. We publish 2-3 times per month, with posts ranging from cool tea science to delicious recipes to how to have fun with tea!

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5 Best Tea + Song Combos to Lower Stress and Boost Your Mood

Posted by Lauren Leese on

Music inspires emotion, but wouldn't it be even better if we could taste the music? Try our 5 pairings of teas + songs to help improve your mood and energy. If you're wondering how to feel relaxed, energetic, focused, confident or simply happy, these music and tea choices are here for you!

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5 Best Tea + Song Combos to Lower Stress and Boost Your Mood

Posted by Lauren Leese on

Music inspires emotion, but wouldn't it be even better if we could taste the music? Try our 5 pairings of teas + songs to help improve your mood and energy. If you're wondering how to feel relaxed, energetic, focused, confident or simply happy, these music and tea choices are here for you!

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Antioxidants in Rooibos, Honeybush & Chamomile: What Do They Actually Do? Part 5

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

What antioxidants are found in Honeybush, Rooibos, and Chamomile, and what are their studied health benefits? I look one by one at the key antioxidants and explain how they affect the body. We've all heard that this tea or that is a 'superfood', meaning full of antioxidants, but what do they actually do?! Find out!

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What antioxidants are found in Honeybush, Rooibos, and Chamomile, and what are their studied health benefits? I look one by one at the key antioxidants and explain how they affect the body. We've all heard that this tea or that is a 'superfood', meaning full of antioxidants, but what do they actually do?! Find out!

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Ultimate Guide to Brewing Tea and Tisanes

Posted by Elizabeth Taeed on

The difference between a great cup of tea and something that is best for watering plants is down to three key factors: time, temperature and quantity. Always make sure your tea doesn't over- or under-brew, that your water is the right temperature (some teas taste best in boiling water, whereas others will burn), and that you have used enough tea (to your taste!). Each tea and tisane is slightly different, so follow the below instructions carefully and you will have a gorgeous brew every time.

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Ultimate Guide to Brewing Tea and Tisanes

Posted by Elizabeth Taeed on

The difference between a great cup of tea and something that is best for watering plants is down to three key factors: time, temperature and quantity. Always make sure your tea doesn't over- or under-brew, that your water is the right temperature (some teas taste best in boiling water, whereas others will burn), and that you have used enough tea (to your taste!). Each tea and tisane is slightly different, so follow the below instructions carefully and you will have a gorgeous brew every time.

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The Dark Truth About Matcha Tea

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Matcha green tea powder has exploded in Western markets over the past decade, as its superfood reputation spreads. However, is it all it's cracked up to be? Is it truly king of the healthy drinks when consumers are going to Starbucks and drinking matcha lattes that are 50% sugar? It's also fiercely expensive, at up to $3 for a mug, at home! Is it the high antioxidant claims that have led to the title of king? The nutrient profile? There are MANY herbs that beat matcha by a long shot. Consider Moringa: this plant is also a preparation of ground leaves that are whisked into water and enjoyed similarly to matcha. Let’s also compare Rooibos and Honeybush, who are also strong contenders.

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The Dark Truth About Matcha Tea

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Matcha green tea powder has exploded in Western markets over the past decade, as its superfood reputation spreads. However, is it all it's cracked up to be? Is it truly king of the healthy drinks when consumers are going to Starbucks and drinking matcha lattes that are 50% sugar? It's also fiercely expensive, at up to $3 for a mug, at home! Is it the high antioxidant claims that have led to the title of king? The nutrient profile? There are MANY herbs that beat matcha by a long shot. Consider Moringa: this plant is also a preparation of ground leaves that are whisked into water and enjoyed similarly to matcha. Let’s also compare Rooibos and Honeybush, who are also strong contenders.

Read more


Why You Actually Like Tea (Even Though You Think You Don't)

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Saying “I don’t like tea” is like saying “I don’t like food.” What if this whole time, you’ve just been preparing it wrong and something delicious is in store for you? Here is the definitive list of all the reasons you've been drinking your tea wrong, and what you can do about it.

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Why You Actually Like Tea (Even Though You Think You Don't)

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Saying “I don’t like tea” is like saying “I don’t like food.” What if this whole time, you’ve just been preparing it wrong and something delicious is in store for you? Here is the definitive list of all the reasons you've been drinking your tea wrong, and what you can do about it.

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