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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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Why my Tea so Bitter and Astringent? How to Avoid Bitterness?

Why my Tea so Bitter and Astringent? How to Avoid Bitterness?

by TopicTea Team 3 min read

Many people have the impression that tea tastes bitter, thus not suitable for consumption. But that is not the case with tea enthusiasts from different parts of the world. This begs the question of why your tea tastes bitter even after brewing it for a while. 

Most of the people who feel that their tea is not up to the required standards are most likely newcomers. These individuals have no idea about the rich taste of tea or how it is prepared to taste better. Brewing a cup of tea that’s astringent and not bitter is an effortless activity that anyone can perform without difficulties. 

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Da Hong Pao Tea: Everything You Need to Know

Da Hong Pao Tea: Everything You Need to Know

by TopicTea Team 7 min read

Da Hong Pao Tea is famous among Chinese oolong teas due to its royal reputation and long history. It originates from the Wu Yi Mountains found in the province of Fujian, where the highest quality tea is grown in China. The landscape of the mountain offers unique geographical and climatic conditions for this special tea with unique characteristics.
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Does Loose Leaf Tea Expire

Does Loose Leaf Tea Expire

by TopicTea Team 7 min read

Does loose leaf tea expire? This is a question many tea enthusiasts often ask. To simply answer it, we can say that tea, just like any other food/drink, has a best before date or use by date. However, this is not necessarily an expiry date.

Unless it goes bad, tea rarely expires. What is termed as best before date is the time it will begin to lose its flavor when packaged and stored right. This means that the time tea will remain in a good state largely depends on the type of tea and how well it is stored.

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8 Health Benefits of Burdock Tea You Should Know

8 Health Benefits of Burdock Tea You Should Know

by TopicTea Team 8 min read

Burdock is a wonderful vegetable and herb due to its numerous health benefits. Although all parts of this plant are edible, the root is the most beneficial hence the name burdock root. Drinking tea from this herb helps detoxify the liver, cleanse the blood, and balance hormones, among other benefits. The plant is similar to dandelion and lotus tea.

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7 Amazing Benefits of Catnip Tea

7 Amazing Benefits of Catnip Tea

by TopicTea Team 6 min read

Catnip belongs to the mint family and is famous for its effects on felines. You might be surprised to know that the herb also benefits people in many ways. Tea enthusiasts may brew tea for health or recreational purposes. It is known to help relieve conditions such as stress, insomnia, fever, and cold.

This herb is native to Europe, although it has become common in other parts of the world for its benefits to humans and cats. Before we discuss the many catnip tea health benefits, let’s first look at the history of its usage.

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Corn Silk Tea: Preparation, Health Benefits and Possible Side Effects

Corn Silk Tea: Preparation, Health Benefits and Possible Side Effects

by TopicTea Team 8 min read

Corn, which is believed to be first grown by Aztecs and Mayans, can be prepared as a meal. But did you know that the thin thread-like strands that are pulled off from the husk of the corn can make a healthy tea?

In most cases, many people throw corn silk away because they do not know they can use it to make tea. Corn silk tea is not popular to many, and its benefits are also not well known to many.

However, this tea has been used by Native Americans since 5000 B.C as an herbal remedy for various diseases.

Modern research has shown that the Native Americans who used corn silk tea as an herbal remedy were right since this tea is rich in antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals.

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Everything About Cinnamon Tea: Types, Health Benefits and Side Effects

Everything About Cinnamon Tea: Types, Health Benefits and Side Effects

by TopicTea Team 7 min read

When you get home from work, tired and exhausted, which drink do you grab first? Many people opt to take water, wine, energy drink, or even coffee. While all these are beneficial and healthy, well, except for most energy drinks, there are other healthier choices one can opt for. One of them is cinnamon tea.

Cinnamon, a renowned fragrant and a spice used in cookies, cakes, and oatmeal, can also be brewed as a tea. It has many amazing health benefits, including providing the body with antioxidants, protecting heart health, promoting weight loss, boosting immunity, among many others. It is obtained from the bark of several trees in Cinnamomum genus and ground to form a powder.

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How to Make Dandelion Tea - Recipes and Benefits

How to Make Dandelion Tea - Recipes and Benefits

by TopicTea Team 8 min read

When people hear about dandelion, they think about the pesky weed. However, did you know that the plant you label as ‘weed’ is an herbal medicine that has been used for many centuries?

You can drink a tea of the plant's roasted roots or leaves. This plant belongs to the daisy family and has a rosette of leaves as well as bright yellow flowers.

To make tea from it, you have to dry its leaves or roast its root first.  And the best thing is that dandelion tea has many health benefits.

In this guide, we will talk more about dandelion tea benefits and how to make dandelion tea.

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How to Make Iced Tea with Tea Bags: Step-by-Step Guide

How to Make Iced Tea with Tea Bags: Step-by-Step Guide

by TopicTea Team 7 min read

When it gets warm, many of us turn to cold beverages to cool our bodies. One of the most popular and healthy cold beverage among many of us is iced tea. However, with the bottle-iced teas sold in tea spots, you find artificial sugars and preservatives added to them. This has made a beverage that was once seen as a healthy option slowly turning to be more of soft drinks.

If you read labels of the so-called ‘iced teas’ in popular tea joints, you will notice that the only ingredient you recognize in the tea are tea leaves. From preservatives to artificial powdered sugar and flavors, these teas have them all, and the dangers of drinking such beverages outweigh the health benefits of tea in them.

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