Wednesday, January 26, 2005

More tips on water temperature

As we are fond of reminding our customers, hot water for brewing green tea should be slightly cooler than boiling. We don’t like to encourage people to obsess about water temperature, so instead of using a thermometer, simply let a kettle of water reach a boil, then turn off the heat and wait a few minutes before pouring.

But if you’re brewing tea by the cupful, the water can be a little hotter when it’s poured. That’s because a small, uncovered cup of water will lose heat more quickly than will a large, covered pot of tea. In other words, if the water poured into a cup containing a teaball or other type of strainer isn’t hot enough, it will quickly cool below the temperature required for a good infusion.

This is probably why most "purists" consider that tea is best brewed by the potful: the pot keeps the water at the right temperature while the tea is brewing, and afterwards keeps the brewed tea warmer longer. But if you like the convenience of brewing by the cupful, you can still enjoy the same full flavor and aroma of Mellow Monk tea by experimenting to find the "Goldilocks" temperature--not too hot, not too cold.

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Friday, January 21, 2005

So, you’ve tried green tea before but didn’t like it?

Then it couldn’t have been Mellow Monk green tea. ;-)

Seriously, if you tried green tea in the past but weren’t crazy about it -- if you thought, “What’s all the fuss about?” -- then the problem was most likely the quality of the tea you tried. This has undoubtedly happened to a lot of people: You try green tea for the first time at, say, a Japanese restaurant. You like it, so you go to your local supermarket and buy a mass-market green tea (probably bagged tea). Full of expectation, you brew a cup of green tea yourself for the first time. You drink it, and it’s horrible. That sours you on the whole green tea experience. But the problem isn’t green tea in general; it’s the brand you tried. Try a high-quality green tea like Mellow Monk. The difference is like night and day -- like the difference between quality gourmet coffee and a cup of joe at the neighborhood greasy spoon. So don’t give up on green tea until you’ve tried a nice, quality tea like Mellow Monk tea.

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Thursday, January 13, 2005

Green tea and food

Green tea goes with just about any food, especially if you really like green tea! But to folks used to the taste and consistency of coffee, which is about as subtle as a sledgehammer, the aftertaste of some foods can mask the delicate flavor and aroma of green tea. So when trying green tea soon after eating, allow the first few sips to cleanse your pallet. Gradually, the delicate taste of your green tea will start to come through.

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Thursday, January 06, 2005

Cooler water for the 1st infusion, just-boiled water for the 2nd

One sign of a good tea like Mellow Monk green tea is that after brewing a cup or pot of tea, the same leaves can be used to brew another infusion of tea. For the first infusion, it’s better to use water that is a little cooler than just-boiled. We here at Mellow Monk don’t like to encourage obsessing about water temperature; all you need to do is wait a couple of minutes after the water boils before pouring it into your cup or teapot. But for the second infusion, it’s OK to use hotter or even just-boiled water as a way to “squeeze” out the last bit of flavor, aroma, and, most importantly, the catechins and other healthy things in the tea. Make the most of your Mellow Monk green tea!

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Monday, January 03, 2005

Green tea & weight loss Green tea & weight loss Green tea & dieting

One way that green tea can help you lose weight is simply by filling up your stomach when it’s empty. One Mellow Monk fan writes: “I found that between meals, drinking coffee actually made me hungrier. But when my tummy’s full of green tea, I feel more satisfied and less tempted to snack.” One reason may be that green tea is much less acidic than coffee. Drinking something acidic or that otherwise places a “burden” on the stomach (such as alcohol) may increase the appetite in a sort of defensive reaction to protect stomach. Green tea, however, is easy on the stomach and doesn’t trigger that reaction. Most folks also say that green tea is also a lot less likely to result in heartburn or an upset stomach.

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