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How to make tea?
Whether you’re whipping up a comforting cuppa of black, white or green tea, a fruit or floral tisane, perhaps a cup of chai or even a healthy matcha, there are ideal brewing times and temperatures by which to make the many different types of tea.
If you prefer to pop our pyramid tea bags into your tea cups the brewing conditions will be similar but here’s a tip: you’ll find it easier and less messy with a T2 teabag squeezer!
And if you’re making matcha that’s another skill you can add to your tea-making repertoire! Matcha is a powdered tea so it’s best to consult our handy guidelines when making a healthalicious cup of gorgeous green matcha.
See our helpful brewing guide where we share a few secrets on how to perfect your tea making skills.
Is tea good for you?
What do we do when there’s a crisis? We pop the kettle on! A heart-warming cup of tea brings a wealth of goodness to our bodies, our minds and our souls.
Having been brewed and consumed since ancient times, a lot has been discovered about the benefits of tea to our physical health and wellbeing. Teas are naturally high in nutrients such as antioxidants, polyphenols and catechins with bucket-loads of health benefits including anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown that tea-drinkers have a lower risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and high blood pressure, just to name a few. No wonder this humble, anytime brew makes us feel good!
Every tea in the exciting T2 range introduces all kinds of naturally healthy stuff to our tea cups. Each T2 tea is brimming with goodness, from our herbal, floral and fruit tisanes like hibiscus and raspberry leaf to teas that are soothing and gut-friendly such as peppermint, chamomile and matcha.
What are the benefits of green tea?
While we know that green tea benefits are many and varied, the flavour isn’t always everyone’s cup of tea. But T2 green teas are seriously delicious! A daily cup of Gorgeous Geisha boosts your health with all the goodness of sencha green tea blended with luscious strawberry and cream flavours – perfectly refreshing hot or cold!
Jade Mountain, Buddha’s Tears, Green Rose and Japanese Sencha are also teas boasting supersized fan clubs – not just because they taste so scrumptious but because of all the fabulous things they do for our health.
How much caffeine is in tea?
Some teas contain no caffeine and others have varying degrees. Black teas offer the highest caffeine hit, along with Oolong and Green teas. The amount of caffeine in tea depends not only on the tea but the strength of the cup and the brewing time. As tea is more diluted than coffee, you can be sure that you’ll get more perkies from your skinny capuccino than your cup of English Breakfast.
If caffeine-free is how you like to travel, most of our herbal, floral and fruit tisanes are caffeine free, as are healthful red teas such as African Rooibos and Honeybush.
Does green tea contain caffeine?
Yes, you can get a bit of a pick-me-up from your delicious cup of green tea. Green tea blends contain less caffeine than pure green tea and green tea doesn’t have as much caffeine as black tea or coffee of course.
What is matcha?
Some people call matcha a green tea. We call it a powerhouse superfood which, when its powdered form is whisked with hot water, becomes a deliciously herbaceous healthy hot beverage!
Bursting with goodness from natural antioxidants and amino acids, organic matcha can be brewed a number of ways. Whisk up a warming brew and enjoy an immuni-tea boost straight from your tea cup. You can add a little honey to sweeten and whisk in some warm almond milk for a delicious matcha latte or you can pour its green goodness straight over ice and mix with soda water and lemon for a refreshing beverage on a scorching summer day!
But the magical properties of magnificent matcha don’t have to stop there. Why not add a dash of its green goodness to your breakfast smoothie? Roll up, roll up and watch matcha be the star of the show as you add matcha to your yummy protein balls and turn them green with envy! Did someone say smoothie bowl? Matcha’s green complexion is the perfect complement to refreshing red berries, golden mango and coconut flakes!
Matcha is one of those teas with multiple uses and benefits, definitely one to try.
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