Cup of Tea




Believe it or not, world-wide tea is more popular than coffee; water remains in first place.  My first awareness of this beverage was during childhood.  Any time there was sickness, a little bag of black tea was brewed and served with honey.  Years later,  my serious interest in tea was reignited following a trip to England . 

After lots of research and experimenting, I discovered there are numerous tea blends; you’re sure to find one that appeals to your taste buds.  Part of the discovery was learning that it is so much more than a little bag of black tea served with honey when you’re sick.  During the experiments, it became very apparent that various types of tea require different brewing techniques for optimum flavor.  Initially, this can be a challenge.   But when the goal of a perfect brew has been achieved, it creates a mood of celebration.




With so much variety in the available tea blends, it should come as no surprise that there are countless thoughts and ideas on the best brewing method.  There are four basic types of tea: black, green, oolong and white tea; there are over 2,000 different blends.  Each type is better when brewed using methods for that specific tea.  The most frequently purchased in America is black tea and this is one method that works:

1)      Start with cold filtered water and bring to a boil

2)      While the water is heating, preheat the teapot.  Fill the teapot with hot tap water,  wait a few minutes and drain

3)      Measure 1 tsp of loose tea for each cup of tea into the teapot

4)      Pour a small amount of hot water over tea leaves, allow leaves to open up and   drain immediately

5)      Fill teapot with boiling water, cover and brew 4 to 5 minutes

6)      Pour tea, serve and relax

If you need to keep it warm, transfer to an insulated pot.  If you are using good quality tea, it can be infused three to five times.  Simply add boiling water and let it steep; with each use, shorten the time it steeps.


Researchers have conducted numerous studies to evaluate the health benefits of tea.  Many of these studies have proven that the antioxidant poly phenols in tea may significantly reduce the risk of ovarian cancer as well as gastric, esophageal and skin cancers.  Other research has determined that poly phenols help in the prevention of blood clots and may help lower cholesterol levels.  All teas contain these beneficial poly phenols and this beverage actually ranks as high as or higher than many fruits and vegetables.  It has also been determined that the best results are obtained when brewing for three to five minutes.  When considering the health benefits, it is important to note that there has been no scientific evidence that bottled green tea drinks help with weight loss. 

But, one thing we know for sure: we can celebrate the proven health benefits.  We can relax and enjoy the aroma and taste of our favorite blend.  How about planning a High Tea for the tea drinkers’ ultimate pleasure?

This is one source of great tea blends:


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