Saturday, November 27, 2004

Don't use too much tea -- Let it swirl!

A customer emailed to say that she found that putting too much tea in her tea strainer actually resulted in a weaker infusion, not a stronger one. That's because the tea was so tightly packed after absorbing water that the leaves couldn't swirl around in the hot water. So, when using an over-the-cup strainer, or a tea ball, be sure not to put in too much tea. Make sure the tea leaves have room to swirl around!

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Saturday, November 13, 2004

Lemon verbena in green tea

One Mellow Monk fan tells us she likes putting leaves from her lemon verbena bush into her green tea. A picture of the leaves is shown below.

We decided to try it ourselves. We got a few verbena leaves from an acquaintance who also had a verbena bush, gave the leaves a quick rinse under the faucet and plopped them into a pot of Mellow Monk tea. We liked it! It gives the tea a very subtle hint of lemon, but isn't too lemony at all. Of course, Mellow Monk tea has a full-bodied flavor that can stand on its own, but every once in a while, a change of pace is nice. Variety is the spice of life, after all.

If you have any suggestions about nice things to add to green tea, please drop us a line and let us know.

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Monday, November 08, 2004

A nice, brisk cup of green tea

Every once in a while, it's nice to brew a strong, dark cup of green tea to really wake up your taste buds and enjoy the full, hearty aroma. You can let the tea steep longer or use more tea leaves in the pot ... or both. The ability to produce a strong, deep infusion is also what separates quality teas like Mellow Monk from other teas. A strong cup of green tea is a nice change of pace, and a great way to start your morning (especially a Monday morning!).

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Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Article on green tea preventing Alzheimer's disease

Here is an article about a study conducted at a British university that showed that drinking green tea may help prevent Alzheimer's disease. Specifically, the tea may inhibit certain brain enzymes that are linked to the disease.

The study looked at the effects of black tea, green tea, and coffee on three chemicals known to play a role in Alzheimers. Coffee did not show any effects, and black tea worked against two of the chemicals, but only green tea was found to inhibit all three.

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Monday, November 01, 2004

Green tea with honey

One of our customers writes in to say she enjoys her Mellow Monk green tea with just a little bit of honey. There are many things you can add to your green tea for a change of pace--cinnamon, vanilla, even organge peel. If you have a special combination of goodies that you like to add to your green tea as a change of pace, please drop us a line and let us know.

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