Ten Interesting Tea Facts

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You are less likely to get a caffeine rush/crash from tea than from coffee or soda.  Your body absorbs the caffeine in tea more slowly and releases it more slowly than in coffee or soda.

To steep the perfect cup of tea, water temperature and timing are crucial.  Different teas, i.e., white, green, oolong, black, tisane; should be steeped at different water temperatures and for different lengths of time to achieve that perfect cup.

Just like wine, tea can be paired with food and used as a culinary ingredient. Pairing teas with food and using it as a culinary ingredient is a wonderful way to enjoy tea even more.

Never store your tea with spices or other aromatic items. Tea will absorb the aromas that are around it.  Always store your tea in an airtight container out of the light and at room temperature for the best freshness.

Tea is very healthy. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not just green tea that is good for you.  All teas contain, among other things, “flavonoids” and  “polyphenols”—antioxidants that repair cells and in doing so, may help our bodies fend off cardiovascular diseases, cancers, osteoporosis, diabetes mellitus and other maladies.

Iced tea was invented during one very hot summer at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904. A tea merchant named Richard Blechynden was trying in vain to get people to try his hot tea in the sweltering heat of a heat wave. In a final effort to tempt people into tasting his tea, Blechynden dumped a bucket of ice into his tea and iced tea was born and became popular in America.

Where the word tea comes from.  The word tea originates from the Chinese word ‘T’e’, which is the Amoy dialect word for the plant that tea comes from. In mandarin, the same plant is called ‘ch’a’, which is where the words chai and cha come from.

Tea can boost your brain power. There is an ingredient in tea, called L-theanine’, that has remarkable effects on the mind. It relaxes the brain, which is why drinking tea can be good for reducing stress, and it also sharpens the mind and boosts the memory, but it doesn’t make you sleepy. That’s why drinking tea when you are working late would be much better for you than drinking coffee.

A lot of effort goes into growing your tea. Tea does grow in the wild, but most of the tea that we drink is farmed. It takes around 2,000 individual tea leaves to make just a single pound of tea and each tea bush needs up to 3 years of growth before its leaves can be harvested.

According to legend, tea was discovered by the Chinese emperor Shen Nung in 2737BC.  Shen Nung was boiling water while sitting beneath a bush.  A few leaves from the bush drifted in to his water, he drank it and it was tea.