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CULTURE

A world of teas

Numerous names, many forms and countless benefits. Tea is the world’s most popular beverage. With each culture having its own unique tea tradition, the world of tea is vast and varying.

WHAT’S IN A NAME - TRUE TEAS OR TISANES?

True teas
Black, green, white and oolong teas
Tisanes
Chamomile, peppermint, basil, rooibos

A DRINK THAT LAUNCHED A THOUSAND SHIPS

The history of tea is steeped in a blend of folklore and facts. While some legends attribute the discovery of tea to Chinese emperor Shen Nung, some others credit Buddhist monks for its discovery, cultivation, and popularization.
From Turkish nomads to Portuguese royalty. Every major civilization, empire, and race has tried to establish its monopoly over tea consumption. Tea’s history is riddled with tales of conflict, kinship and political conspiracies.

CEREMONY

The world is united in its love for tea. Not so much when it comes to tea’s service and consumption.

FOOD PAIRINGS

Pairings can be arrived upon by means of simple experiments. If one thinks that the combination of products tastes good and works well together then that is a pairing. We are constantly creating pairings on our own.

Most of us are aware that wine and cheese work well together and so do beer and fried foods. Pizza pairs with beer and wine both. These pairings are timeless and even the thought of these experiences are enough to make us salivate.

Pairings work on the principle of contrasts. Sweet does not bode well with sweet. Neither does spicy with spicy. However sweet and spicy work very well together. Likewise, bitter and sweet also make for excellent bedfellows.

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WELL-BEING

Popularity of tea consumption has a lot to do with the health benefits they offer. Since ancient times, herbs have been used in healing rituals for their curative properties. From Chinese to Roman, every culture believed that the body’s healing begins from within. Hence, the best way to harness a herb’s healing powers was to brew it into a tea and consume it. Addition of boiling water and steeping breaks the cell’s walls, which releases soluble organic compounds and essences into the water and as steam.

However, the health-related information here is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice, suggestions, diagnosis, counselling, or treatment of any kind. Do consult your doctor for any medical advice.

TEA STORAGE

Heat, strong aromas and moisture are tea’s worst enemies. An excess of any of these variables will cause your tea to degrade and lose aroma, eventually rendering it damp or flat or both.

Ideally, you should buy as little as possible and as frequently as possible from a purveyor or curator you trust completely. As with all things, there is a lot of misinformation out there, especially on the internet, regarding the storage and consumption of tea.

Having been in the tea business for many decades, we are here to tell you ideal storage solutions for your tea.

Our packet is ideal for storage of tea for short periods provided one takes care and the necessary precautions in storing it. You should seal the zip lock carefully and press lightly to check the seal. Keep the packet away from heat, aromas and moisture in a cool, dark place. When opening the seal to take tea out from the packet for brewing, ensure that you seal it back as quickly as possible and that the packet is not left open as this will lead to loss of aromas.

ARTEASTIC

- Kakuzō Okakura, The Book of Tea

From painters to authors to musicians. As long as tea has been around, artists have sought creative inspiration at the bottom of a cup. A freshly brewed cup of tea has been known to awaken one's senses and stir the imagination.

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