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Saturday, 28 November 2015 00:00

The New Website Has Arrived (Finally!)

We are very glad to (finally) announce we have launched our new website.

This is only the first part of the exciting new changes coming over the next few months that we hope will make your visit pleasant:

  • - An all new cleaner look across the site
  • - Better mobile device usability
  • - Overall improvement in site loading times

We'd Love To Hear From You

Please contact us to let us know your thoughts on our new website, let us know what you like or what you don't. Please let us know if you cannot find something, if you have any suggestions or if you find something that's not working the way it should

Friday, 06 February 2015 00:00

Masala Chai

After decades of importing tea from China The British East India Company became concerned with Chinas control over Britain’s tea supply and in the early 1800’s began to establish tea gardens in the British colonies of India and Ceylon.

Despite producing more than half of Britain’s tea consumption within the Indian population was virtually unheard of. After introducing Indian workers to the British concept of ‘the tea break’ independent merchants started to brew their own tea drink using large quantities of traditional Indian spices and milk.

Despite the Indian Tea Association’s initial disapproval of this drink its popularity grew and eventually spread beyond India.

By its very nature every chai blend is unique; to create our special blend we have prepared a traditional Chai mix from Indian teas and spices that is perfect for everyone.

  • Assam and Nilgiri black teas boosts anti-oxidant levels and increases energy levels
  • Ginger to improve the immune system, relieve stress and aid in digestion
  • Cloves act as a general anti-viral and anti-bacterial
  • Cinnamon boosts anti-oxidant levels, lowers cholesterol and improves circulation
  • Cardamon detoxifies the body, eliminates bad breath and relieves general bodily pain.

Why not try our new Masala Chai today?

Darjeeling tealeaves being picked by hand

Darjeeling tea is an anomaly, a Chinese tea plant grown for hundreds of years in the ancient soils found at the base of the Himalayan Mountains in northern India. Darjeeling is affectionately referred to as the Champagne of the tea world due in part to its name being exclusively linked to the growing region (if it doesn’t grow in Darjeeling it can’t be called Darjeeling tea) and in part to the sweet but musky aroma reminiscent of a dessert wine.

The name Darjeeling means “Land of the Thunderbolt” and it is the weather in combination with the regions attitude, mountain soils and bright sunlight that give the tea it’s much deserved reputation amongst tea connoisseurs.

Red Leaf Tea is delighted to present our newest tea selection; a highly coveted second harvest Darjeeling from one of the regions oldest and most prized tea gardens. Second flush Darjeeling is iconic for its dark and complex richness when compared with the early harvest, which produces a greener and lighter drink.

The tea estate, just outside of the remote town of Kurseong in West Bengal, produces some of the finest tea leaves and of those leaves only around ten percent are given the grade FTGFOP1 (Fine Tippy golden Flowery Orange Pekoe Grade 1) the highest grade for tea and it is for this reason that we have given this tea the name Darjeeling Gold and we think you'll agree this is certainly a gold cup of tea.

Thursday, 04 December 2014 00:00

Yerba Mate from South America

traditional south america yerba goard and strawWe are very pleased to announce the availability of our newest herbal tea, Yerba, which is used to make a medicinal and cultural drink known as Maté (pronounced mah-tay) whose roots can be traced back to ancient South American tribes.
The tradition and ceremony of drinking Yerba Maté continues to this day across much of South America, unsurprisingly it is most popular in Argentina which is home to the majority of the Yerba plantations. Yerba is grown from seed here before being harvested; once fully grown the leaves and stems of the plant are blanched, dried and aged before finally being milled and packaged.

History

When yerba was first discovered by early South American tribes in Argentine they referred to it as the drink of the gods and when the Spanish conquistadors arrived during the 16th century they also became enamoured with the herbal tea infusion.
It wasn’t until the Jesuit missionaries arrived that yerba spread to other parts of South America and the secrets to the cultivating the yerba plant was discovered. The Jesuits observed that to successfully grow the yerba plant the seeds had to first pass through certain species of birds and it was this knowledge that eventually led to wide scale cultivation of yerba on tea plantations.

Tradition

The traditional method of drinking mate remains very popular today across much of South America. A hollow gourd is filled with a large quantity of dry, shredded yerba leaves and hot water to make a very strong herbal tea infusion. The tea is then drunk through a metal straw and passed amongst friends. In some parts of South America hot mater taps are scattered about towns allowing the locals to refill their gourd as they travel around.

Yerba tea doesn’t just taste great it’s also good for you!

Digestive Aid
By stimulating the bodies digestive systems to produce greater levels of acids yerba mate tea improves digestion, cleans the colon and reduces stomach bacteria that leads to bad breath.

Antioxidant Boost
With nearly twice the levels of antioxidants found in green tea, drinking yerba can boost the body’s immune system, aid in the prevention of several different forms of cancer as well as slow visible signs of aging.

Fat Blastingyerba plant leaves close up
The amino acids and antioxidants found in yerba improve the cardiovascular systems ability to move fat and cholesterol though the body so they don’t accumulate and harden in arteries and the stimulant effect of yerba naturally reduce appetite and burn more calories. Drinking yerba tea regularly helps in the long term prevention of blood clots that can lead to heart attacks or stroke.

Balance & Relaxation
The various vitamins, minerals, vitamins and polyphenols found in yerba tea have a calming and balancing effect on the body that purportedly increases mental energy and focus and despite containing caffeine reduces stress levels and help to prevent insomnia.

Energy Boost
Over time the nutrients in yerba affect the body’s metabolic processes leading to more efficient use of carbohydrates. In addition yerba can help stop acids collecting in the muscles which decreases the severity of soreness and aches after a vigorous workout.

Yerba Maté now available priced from $10

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 00:00

The Truth About Decaf

First things first, decaf doesn’t mean caffeine free it does have a much lower level of caffeine compared with non-decaffeinated tea however it is not entirely caffeine free. The family of plant responsible for producing all the black, green, oolong and white teas we enjoy, camellia sinensis, naturally contains caffeine and depending on how it’s grown and how it is processed that may be a small amount or a large amount of caffeine. When a tea is advertised as being decaffeinated it has undergone one of the two processes outlined below in order to remove the caffeine from the leaves.

  • Direct Extraction is a slow process that is more expensive and is generally only used on higher quality leaves. The leaves are steamed first in order to open them up and then rinsed repeatedly over a period of several hours with a synthetic acetate which draws the caffeine from the leaves.
  • Supercritical Fluid Extraction is typically used on low quality, mass produced the tea leaves by first soaking the leaves in water before placing them in a pressure sealed container and forcing liquid CO2 through. The CO2 draws out the caffeine from the leaves before being drained and returning to a gas for use again.

If you want to enjoy your tea without the then you might be interested to know that you can prepare your own decaffeinated tea at home without any of the chemical solvents used in commercial decaffeination processes.

  • Fill either an infuser basket or a long handled infuser with enough leaves.
  • Boil at least enough water for six cups, allow to cool slightly then pour the water through the leaves without capturing
  • Now you can make your cup of tea however only allow it too steep for two minutes

By following this guide you can reduce the caffeine level in most teas by at least three quarters and remember if you are drinking oolong then the leaves can be reused again which will mean even less caffeine.

If you don’t want to go to the fuss of making your own decaf but you still want to avoid caffeine then Rooibos may be the answer. Rooibos is a tea-alternative that is naturally caffeine free and less bitter than black tea.

Make Your Own Decaf Tea

Friday, 12 September 2014 00:00

Chamomile Tea Health Benefits

Chamomile Tea With FlowersChamomile is a member of the daisy family whose dried flowers have been used to brew a herbal tea for thousands of years, to treat a range of physical, mental and emotional health issues. Traditional medicine has long used chamomile tea as a simple and healthy way to relieve anxiety and recent scientific studies support this reputation for stress relief and as an effective way to reduce anxiety and mild depression. The essential oil, bisabolol is the active ingredient found in chamomile and has anti-microbial, anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory properties.

So why not sit back, make yourself a warm cup of chamomile tea and let’s explore its many benefits!

History

Chamomile comes from a Greek word Kamai-melon meaning ‘ground apple’ due to the similarities between the fragrance of chamomile and apple blossom. The history of chamomile dates back at least as far as the ancient Egyptians who used chamomile tea as a medicinal remedy for fevers and colds, for this reason it was valued by the Egyptians above all other herbs and linked with the sun god Ra. Later the Romans enjoyed chamomile tea and used it to treat headaches as well as using the blossom as incense. The Vikings used chamomile to make a hair treatment believing it added volume and lustre to their hair.

Better Sleep

The most well know benefit of chamomile relates to its use as a sleep aid and the good news is this isn’t a myth. Chamomile tea acts as a mild sedative providing a mild sedative effect and a natural cure for insomnia and other sleep disorders including restlessness and nightmares.

In addition problems sleeping often add to increased levels of stress and feelings of malaise however chamomile tea can ease these feelings as well.

Antioxidant Protection

An excess of free radicals can cause damage to the body’s cellular structure which can turn into chronic diseases including cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis and diabetes. Chamomile tea is an excellent source of antioxidants which slow down or prevents the creation of these dangerous free radicals in the body.

Taken regularly antioxidants can also slow or even reverse the visible signs of ageing including wrinkles and skin elasticity which is why chamomile is often used in skin moisturises and anti-aging creams.

Drawing of Chamomile Flower

Period Pain

If you suffer from period pain chamomile tea can provide a non-chemical, non-drug way to ease the discomfort of menstrual cramps when they occur.

Drinking chamomile tea increases amino acid glycine levels and higher levels act to ease menstrual pay by reducing the frequency and severity of the muscle spasms that case cramps and relaxing the uterus.

Immune System

Drinking chamomile tea regularly has been shown to help strengthen the body’s immune system and improve white blood cell production in a natural, healthy way. A stronger immune system helps to protect you from a range of health problems like the common cold and the flu.

Diabetes

Research has shown that drinking chamomile tea regularly with meals can greatly reduce glucose levels in blood as well as preventing or improving many of the accompanying side effects of the disease including problems with vision and kidney damage.

Chamomile tea also acts as a preventative treatment for those susceptible to the disease by stopping the progression of hyperglycemia, protecting against the cause of diabetes and encouraging healthy blood vessels and organ growth.

Blood Circulation

Chamomile has blood thinning capabilities, for this reason drinking chamomile tea regularly promotes healthier blood vessels leading to better blood circulation and protects against cardiovascular disease.

Skin Irritation

We’ve already shown that chamomile tea has all manner of health benefits when drunk but it can also be used topically on your skin to sooth wounds, sunburn, mosquito bites and bruises as well as skin irritations such as eczema, psoriasis acne and rashes. Research has shown that topical use of chamomile is a more effective treatment in relieving these skin irritations than dermatological creams not to mention vastly cheaper.

Field Of Wild Chamomile Flowers Dangers

Chamomile tea has been valued for thousands of years for its abilities to sooth and heals the body but as with all herbs it’s important to be informed of any potential risks.

If you are allergic to any members of the Asteracae family such as Echinacea, dandelion, chrysanthemum or calendula then you may also be allergic to chamomile. Allergic reactions can present as skin irritation, breathing difficulties or in severe cases anaphylactic shock.

Due to the blood thinning properties present in chamomile you should consult your doctor before any surgery to see if you should stop drinking chamomile.

Asthma sufferers should also speak with their doctor as chamomile tea can aggravate the symptoms.

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Thursday, 10 July 2014 00:00

Welcome Verdant Fields

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Summer is long gone and winter is now in full swing but one sip of our newest green tea blend, Verdant Fields, and you'll feel like Spring has come early and when Summer does finally roll around again this one will be perfect making delicious green iced tea.

Since we completed this blend everyone in the building has been enjoying it several times a day and we are sure that after one cup you'll be hooked aswell!

 

Thursday, 01 May 2014 00:00

New Café Tin Range

Red leaf Tea Cafe Tins

We are pleased to announce that we’ve added an all new tin size to our range; the Café Tin. The new tins are the perfect size for restaurants and cafés looking to sell quality loose leaf tea but more than that they are the ideal size for the serious tea lover to store their favourite Red Leaf Tea blends.

I've already grabbed a few of my favourites to take home so what are you waiting for?

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Wednesday, 26 March 2014 00:00

Assam Tea: The Coffee Replacement

Brahmaputra River Assam India

The strong tea of the Assam region was first grown wild in the jungles for hundreds of years before being commercially produced by the British East India Company in the early 1800’s with estates created throughout the low lying areas of the Assam valley in North Eastern India.

Our Single Origin Assam tea is sourced from the Harmutty Estate which has been producing Assam tea since the late 1800’s and is one of the finest estate’s in the region, located along the shore of the Brahmaputra River. Harmutty was first planted by Major Gibb and named for Queen Harmati, wife of King Arimatta who was ruler of a kingdom that encompassed the Assam region from 1366 to 1385.

Assam Harmutty tea has a rich, malt and honey flavour with a slightly bitter after taste which hides the extra strong caffeine brew that makes this tea the perfect replacement for your morning coffee. With an average 86mg of caffeine when brewed for the recommended time Harmutty has approximately the same level of caffeine as a standard latte or cappuccino.

If we haven’t won you over with the malted taste and strong brew there are additional benefits to Assam tea; it’s loaded with more antioxidants than any other black tea, improves memory, decreases the risk of stroke and finally tea from the Harmutty Estate has been certified fair trade so what are you waiting for? Order a box now.

Friday, 14 March 2014 00:00

How To Make Iced Tea

Summer Iced Tea Recipes

Summer is over and winter will soon be here but a hot Autumn means that there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy an iced tea.

Tea is the second most popular drink in the world after water and one of the most popular ways to drink tea is iced. We are frequently asked what the best way to prepare iced tea is however there is no hard and fast rule to this as it depends on the type of tea and the desired outcome so below we have listed a few of our favourite iced tea techniques.

First up is a very simple technique that works well with most types of teas.

  • Start by using twice the quantity of tea leaves you would use normally then pour over the boiled water. We like to use a strong fruit tea like Berry Sensation or Red Velvet rooibos tea however almost any flavoured tea will work.
  • Add a sweetening agent while the water is still hot; we use honey but sugar sticks work well too.
  • After your tea has brewed for the usual length of time remove the tealeaves and allow it to cool until it reaches room temperature or put it in the refrigerator for later.
  • Pour the tea into glasses at least two thirds filed with ice and garnish with a slice of any citrus fruit, strawberry or mint.

Next we’ll try a fruity black tea method that’s always a crowd pleaser.

  • Use a sweet floral black tea like French Earl Grey or Stockholm with double the normal quantity of tea leaves.
  • Allow the tea to brew for a few minutes longer than normal before removing the leaves and refrigerating the tea.
  • Once chilled stir through 1-2 tablespoons of honey and 1 tablespoon of lemon per glass.
  • Dice half a cup of mixed summer fruits per glass and add to the brew. We like to use fresh peach, pineapple, raspberries, apple and orange but feel free to experiment.
  • Serve in a glass at least half full of ice and top with a sprig of mint or basil.

The last tea we’re going to make is a vanilla green tea, this one is a little bit naughty so should be saved for special occasions.

  • Brew a double quantity of a green sencha tea like Jade Sencha or our personal favourite Marrakesh Mint.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice for each glass to the brewed tea.
  • Refrigerate until ready to drink.
  • Stir until blended, prepare each glass by half filling with ice, top with a scoop of premium French vanilla ice cream then pour the chilled green tea over the top.

Well that's all for now so why not give these recipes a go or why not try and invent your own and tell us all about it in the comments below.