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Coffee Break

Oatmeal_CoffeeThose talented cats over at Oatmeal have put together this fab graphic 15 (ish) Things Worth Knowing About Coffee.  So for a Friday treat, learn how the giddy world of coffee is related to dancing goats, bean belts, Islam, George Washington, American GIs and brain chemicals that wanna party.

Just in time for another cup of coffee!


(thanks _june for the tip-off)


White Jasmine Sparkling Tea – yummmmm…

white-jasmine-lrg_1_3I may have just found my new favourite drink. Irony being, it’s unlikely to ever pass my lips. New Zealand’s age-old problem with the tyranny of distance is taunting me with the internet waivering delectable treats in front of my eyes.

I’m a huge fan of tea – particularly white tea and especially jasmine-infused. I’m also extremely fond of bubbly alcoholic beverages. These forces combined should make the absolutely bestest Tiki drink! And Golden Star Tea’s White Jasmine Sparkling Tea seems to be it. And…. they have a pretty website! Perfect!

White tea is from the same plant Camellia sinensis as the more popular green or black tea. The very young leaves are picked before opening and have little silvery, downy hairs attached to them. White tea is lower in caffeine but particularly high in anti-oxidants and has a whole raft of health benefits. One study showed white tea to have more anti-viral and anti-bacterial qualities then the highly-publicised green tea.

It would be inconceivably extravagant of me to import a case of White Jasmine Sparkling Tea way over to NZ. So, if you are in the States, try a bottle and taunt me with just how good it is.

Read a whole lot about white tea at the White Tea Guide, and if you like what you see check out my favourite supplier at TLeaf.


Drink tea

I drink a lot of tea. It doesn’t seem so next to my British in-laws who seem to constantly sip sugary, milky gumboot tea. But nearly all my fluid intake consists of pots of aromatic gorgeous brews of green or white teas, florally-infused blacks or herbal concoctions. Plants all brewed in water, imparting nutrients, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants into my diet.

For years I’ve been assaulted with messages from the media about how I should be drinking far more pure water, and how drinking tea is bad for girls because it strips away iron from the body, or how tea is so dehydrating because of all the caffeine.

Researchers at Kings College London have thankfully said “poppycock!” to the aforementioned bologne. After reviewing numerous studies on the benefits of drinking tea, they’ve concluded that tea is a superior drink.

Dr Ruxton said: “Drinking tea is actually better for you than drinking water. Water is essentially replacing fluid. Tea replaces fluids and contains antioxidants so it’s got two things going for it.”

As for caffeine in teas being dehydrating, the research team says:

“Studies on caffeine have found very high doses dehydrate and everyone assumes that caffeine-containing beverages dehydrate. But even if you had a really, really strong cup of tea or coffee, which is quite hard to make, you would still have a net gain of fluid.”

I am starting to make my own blends but my favourite source of fine, fine tea is Wellington’s t Leaf T They’re delish!

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August 2020

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