My friend Anya is way more into wine than tea, so it took some cajoling to get her to travel an hour and a half away from home to our small tasting room where we settled in for a three-hour tasting of teas from all over India. Continue Reading
Just when we thought that we were summer ready with a layer of sunblock and oversized sunglasses, the soaring heat got the better of us. With the days getting hotter, we at The Tea Shelf head office are shaking off the heat with some of the coolest drinks this summer. While classic iced black tea will always be a summer favorite, we suggest you beat the heat this season with a Tea Smoothie. Continue Reading
We at TheTeaShelf have been long saying “Winter Is Coming”, along with John Snow of course. And now that the air gets nippier, the days fold earlier, and the nights longer, warming yourselves with a hot cup of healthy tea is a great start to this winter!
Try some of these healthy tea favorites this season, and give that boring cup of coffee a miss. Continue Reading
Ah! For a cup of tea. A good refreshing cup of tea. Tea comes in different shades, flavors and tastes. A morning cuppa, mid-morning sip, afternoon cup, evening fresh brew and if possible a nightly brew too. What is this potion, which has stolen the heart of millions of drinkers?
We, at The Tea Shelf have always been quite intrigued by the benefits & possibilities that each of the varieties of tea has. Once a coffee drinking client had scoffed at our brew selection and had questioned – what good does tea do to anyone. It had made us go into a bit of research, which had yielded some facts that were truly amazing. Continue Reading
“Ah! That’s the flavor; I bet that’s a first flush.”
“No, it’s not. Look at the color of the brew, it’s a bit darkish. This has to be second flush.”
And then we both took our first sip. Both were trying to move the liquid around our tongue and trying to breathe in the oxygen, and then I felt it the odd muscatel flavor. It is definitely a second flush.
Well, the story goes like this. I love tea and so does he. It was a love at first brew! But I could practically never distinguish between the tastes and flavors, so it was he who told me about First Flush, Second Flush, Third Flush and mid flushes. Continue Reading
For thousands of years ginger has been used for medicinal purposed. It has powerful anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties and it is used in many ways while cooking. Ginger, in fact, rightfully serves its reputation, as a wonder spice and is a perfect addition to a cup of tea.
In India, ginger is commonly used when making chai tea. It provides heat and helps cure cold, coughs & tummy aches. The perfect cup of chai is made with various spices (cinnamon, cardamom, cloves) and ginger might just be one of the favourites. Learn to make the perfect cup of chai.
Nothing is considered as quintessentially English as tea. But they long ago adopted it as their national drink. And although the younger generation have become somewhat ‘Americanized’ and tend to drink coffee, in time of a crisis or mid-afternoon when one is feeling a bit peckish, nothing works better than a nice cup of tea.
But tea time in Britain means more than drinking a cup of tea. Teatime is an actual meal and depending upon where in the country you find yourself, this meal could be anything from a scone, to a few light sandwiches and cakes, to a full roast dinner. Continue Reading
Craft a truly special tea experience for your guests by taking insights and inspiration from these cherished tea rituals. Throughout history, tea has played a crucial role in daily life all around the world, but tea rituals naturally developed in very different ways across different cultures. Now these fascinating tea rituals are shared and celebrated all around the world. You can gain a better understanding of your customers’ expectations by exploring Tea Rituals around the world. Continue Reading
When the world is at odds,
And the mind is at sea,
Then cease the useless tedium,
And brew a cup of tea.
There is magic in it’s fragrance,
There is solace in it’s taste;
And the laden moments vanish,
Somehow into space.
And the world becomes a lovely thing!
There’s beauty as you see;
All because you briefly stopped,
To brew a cup of tea.
– Author unknown –