A few weeks ago, Claire at Twist Teas contacted me via Twitter and asked if I’d like a sample of their tea. I said “yes please”, obviously, because I would never turn down the offer of free tea. A couple of days later I received a lovely box containing no fewer than twelve tea bags, … Read more Twist Teas Sample Box Review
Background This is the fourth update to an article I first posted in September 2019. In my first post about plastic in tea bags, made in July 2019, I shared my shock at finding out that most tea bags are more than just tea and paper: they contain plastic too. In that post, I listed the … Read more The best plastic-free tea bags update May 2020
Black tea is the most popular tea in the world. There is a huge variety of blends such Darjeeling and Earl Grey but this article will focus on your basic good strong black tea. Find out: What is black tea? Why drink black tea? Black tea and health Grades of black tea Tea bags or … Read more What is black tea?
Oolong tea is, like black tea and green tea, formed from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. “Oolong” is the Anglicized version of the Chinese name, which translates as “black dragon”. In this post: Origins and history Oolong tea vs. black tea Varieties of oolong tea Brewing or steeping oolong tea Choosing and buying … Read more What is oolong tea?
What is matcha tea? Matcha tea is a Japanese variety of green tea that undergoes less processing after harvesting than regular green tea. The plants are moved into the shade a few weeks before the leaves are harvested. This encourages the plant to produce more chlorophyll, leading to a brilliant green colour. The leaves are … Read more Easy recipes with matcha tea
Yerba mate or just mate? Yerba mate (pronounced mah-tay) refers to the plant used to make the beverage mate, which is a traditional Central and South American drink. In Portuguese and Spanish, mate is never spelled with an accent over the “e” but this is often added in English-speaking countries to distinguish it from the … Read more What is yerba mate?
Spring is almost here in the Northern hemisphere and the days are gradually getting a little longer. But, certainly here in the UK, we still have at least another month of cold, wet, windy and generally miserable weather to look forward to. So we’re still stuck indoors with the windows closed and the heating on … Read more The best teas for a cold or sore throat
With my apologies to Italy, this recipe makes no pretense at being an authentic dish, rather, it is essentially a combination of two recipes from the recipe book “Cooking on a Bootstrap” by the brilliant, inspirational Jack Monroe (follow her on twitter @BootstrapCook or on Instagram @JackMonroe). This is the best recipe book I’ve come across in a … Read more Mushroom and tea bolognese
In an earlier article, I delved into “what is green tea” and outlined the main different types of green tea. Like anything, there are different levels of quality and even more than with black tea, choosing a quality brand is really important to ensure not just the best flavour but also the best of its … Read more The five best green tea brands
What changes can we expect to see in the world of tea in 2020? In this article, I’m going to detail the main trends in tea that I can foresee in 2020. They range from the impact of the coronavirus on the Chinese workforce to the continued role of tea in the wellbeing trend. Read … Read more Tea Trends in 2020