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
There was a time in my life when tea was just a beverage, and chocolate was, well, chocolate. I liked them both, independently and together, at just about any time of the day.
But the idea of tea and chocolate pairing—consciously matching a tea with a specific chocolate in an attempt to light the fuse for a flavor explosion beyond the firepower of each individual component—well that was a different world altogether. Continue Reading
The day begins with the kettle swiftly set to boil over a bright azure flame. The sense of time is urgent as the day begins and people have to get ready to be on their way. The welcome whistle of the kettle awakens our subconscious as preparations are overridden by the dire need for tea. A minute is set aside to stumble about and make the final measurements for the heavenly healthy cup of tea. Continue Reading
Lemongrass is a herb which is part of the Cymbopogan Citratus family. It has a unique citrus flavour and is widely used in Asian cuisines. It is common in varieties of soups, teas and hot curries. It provides a fresh green vibrant colour to the cuisine and enriches it with its medicinal and anti-microbial properties. So, let’s have a look at the nutritional and health benefits of lemongrass. Continue Reading
Camellia Sinensis contains substances that can produce bitterness in the brewed cup. If your tea is coming out bitter, it is usually due to any of three different reasons. 1) The water is too hot; 2) The tea has been steeped too long; or, 3) You are using too much tea. Continue Reading
Every tea drinker likes their tea brewed a certain way – something that they have mastered or mostly, what is convenient to them. But to enjoy a great tea, or to increase the pleasure of tea time, it can be fun to experiment with different brewing methods. Basic requirements for this experiment – good quality loose leaf tea, tea cups, and fresh water. Guide to the perfect cup of tea.