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30 Interesting Facts About Tea

30 Interesting Facts About Tea. #5 is Surprising!

by TopicTea Team 11 min read

Consumption of tea dates back to five millennia ago and people of all ages and backgrounds have been enjoying it since. As a matter of fact, tea is second to coffee when it comes to popularity. Discovered in China, this beverage has become part of our modern civilization. 

Sometimes it is taken on the go or other times it is prepared in special ways particularly in ceremonies. Many types of teas exist today with each boasting of rich history. That being said, let's look at the most interesting facts about this beverage.

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Tea Room Vs Tea House Vs Tea Shop - What's the difference?

Tea Room Vs Tea House Vs Tea Shop - What's the difference?

by TopicTea Team 6 min read

One sure thing about most nouns used to describe tea accessories, equipment and establishments is their confusing meaning. A specific name may mean different or the same thing depending on the place of origin, scope and location of use. For example, Starbucks is a renowned teahouse in the western world. In China, a room of the ilk only relates to a tearoom.
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What is Russian Caravan Tea? How to Make it?

What is Russian Caravan Tea? How to Make it?

by TopicTea Team 4 min read

Russian Caravan tea is a perfect tea choice for tea lovers and people working to shed some weight. Most people describe it as a full-bodied and aromatic tea with a very sweet malty taste. It is a blend of Keemun, oolong, and lapsang souchong teas, which come from the Camellia sinensis, a Chinese tea plant. Perhaps, you already know that Chinese tea produce is an excellent choice. The Russian Caravan tea came into being in the 1600s when camel caravans transported tea from China to Russia. The name arose from the transportation.  

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10 Traditional Tea Pets and Their Meanings

10 Traditional Tea Pets and Their Meanings

by TopicTea Team 5 min read

The other common name of tea pets is tea play. A tea pet is a ceramic figurine, mainly made of Zisha (Yixing purple clay). People nourish the pet by tea. In Chinese culture, the pet means auspicious, wealth, fortune, and people use it to beautify and decorate their tea tables. Lovers of Chinese tea believe that a meaningful and fun tea pet adds fun to their tea sessions and brings in fortune and luck. Pouring some tea on the tea pet nourishes it and washes away the hustles and bustles of the world. The process of raising tea pets is another method of self-cultivation.

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The 10 Best and Most Famous Tea Houses in Japan

The 10 Best and Most Famous Tea Houses in Japan

by TopicTea Team 6 min read

Japan has both traditional and contemporary tea houses that continue to practice tea-making ceremonies. Some ancient tea houses have been noted as cultural treasures for their architectural and historical importance. Their designs are linked to famous tea masters who relied on materials like bamboo, straw, vines, wood, and reed and skilled workers to build them. 

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Japanese Tea Ceremony Utensils and Equipment

Japanese Tea Ceremony Utensils and Equipment

by TopicTea Team 8 min read

A Japanese tea ceremony is one of the special occasions to showcase Japanese tea culture and what comes with it. The celebration is defined with specific tea types that are brewed using distinct methods stipulated in the Art of Tea and several other tea books.
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Vietnamese Wedding Tea Ceremony Guide

Vietnamese Wedding Tea Ceremony Guide

by TopicTea Team 6 min read

Weddings are popular cultural events in the Vietnamese calendar. In this country, so unique and systematic are the occasions making them be far apart from Chinese and Japanese tea wedding. A Vietnamese wedding is not only a euphoric day but also a day for both the two families to exhibit their social status. 

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Why Hot Tea Cools You Down on a Sweltering Summer Day

Why Hot Tea Cools You Down on a Sweltering Summer Day

by TopicTea Team 4 min read

You may have wondered why. Why do many Asians (and grandmothers) take hot tea on a hot day? Does the extra heat cool them down? If yes, how so?  

To answer this question sufficiently, it’s best to look at how the body works. Science supports hot tea being an excellent remedy in both hot and cold seasons, mainly because of how the body reacts to external and internal stimuli. With that said, here are several pointers to further explain this phenomenon: 

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Traditional Korean Tea Ceremony Guide

Traditional Korean Tea Ceremony Guide

by TopicTea Team 7 min read

People in Korea love drinking tea due to the associated benefits. They use the drink to meditate in Korean tea ceremonies as a way of reducing their stress levels and improving their overall health. The first step to starting an official tea ceremony involves heating cups, pots and the cooling bowl by rinsing them with hot water. After that, you will have to pour the tea leaves into the pot using a teaspoon or a scoop. Pour the hot water into the teapot and steep the leaves for a few minutes - around three times before dumping it out. What you will find in Korea tea ceremonies is green tea. So, we will focus on its preparation in the ceremonies. 
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Why Some Teas Are Darker than Others?

Why Some Teas Are Darker than Others?

by TopicTea Team 4 min read

Tea comes in six distinct colorations: green, brown, black, yellow, white and oolong. However, between the major colors, are the subcategories. Your domestically prepared black brew can come out light dark or bright red or even yellowish dark for some brands. 

Many varieties of tea plants come from the same bush, Camellia Sinensis. However, depending on the method employed during the crafting process, the ensuing brews may vary widely based on their colors. The primary cause of this difference lies in two factors - fermentation and oxidation.

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