All posts filed under: Tea Culture


What’s in the cup of our Winter Olympians?

Our Australian Winter Olympians have arrived in Sochi Russia which I find is Russia’s main area for tea production. The vicinity of Sochi holds the world’s northernmost tea plantations. Believe it or not the traditional black tea of Russia includes the type known as Russian Caravan which was originally imported from China via camel caravans. The trip from China to Russia usually took 16 to 18 months and the tea gained its distinctive smoky flavour from the caravan’s campfires. By 1925 the caravans were no longer used for transportation as the tea could be transported faster by train. Nowdays the tea gets the smoky flavour after fermentation or is a keemun or a black or oolong from China with a hint of smoky Lapsang Souchong. Tea in Russia is not your usual Aussie brew, the tea in Russia is produced using a two step brewing process.  The tea concentrate is first prepared in a small teapot or Samovar where a quantity of dry tea enough for several people is brewed. Once the concentrate is prepared …


Blueberry Iced Tea

Quite often I take samples of our Turkish Apple tea to the markets I do so that people get a chance to try it. I take it cold and people really find it very refreshing. The other day I was looking for recipes for ice tea that I could try and came across one for blueberry iced tea I gave it a few tweaks and was really happy how it ended up and the kids liked it also. So if you would like to give it a go here’s what you will need: The small packet of frozen blueberries from the supermarket I think it’s about 250gms. The juice from 2 lemons. 4 iTea English Breakfast Pyramid Bags about 1/2 cup of sugar…that was to my taste. 4 cups of water. ice Put the blueberries and lemon juice into a small saucepan and bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 5 mins. Remove from heat and pour through a fine sieve and squeeze out as much as possible with the back of …


Adding Milk to Tea Destroys its Antioxidants

Next to water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world. Full of antioxidants, vitamins and other compounds, tea has been linked in a variety of studies to stronger immune function and reduced cell damage. We already know tea may prevent cavities, improve blood sugar levels and perhaps provide cardiovascular benefits. Australians like many other people of the world usually take their tea with milk. But lately researchers have been surprised to find that adding milk may strip tea of some of its beneficial effects. In a study published in The European Heart Journal, researchers had 16 healthy adults drink cups of freshly brewed black tea, black tea mixed with a small amount of skim milk, or boiled water. Then the scientists measured the effects on vascular function. The scientists repeated similar tests in mice and found the same results, which they speculated may be a result of proteins in milk binding to and neutralizing antioxidants. “Milk”, the researchers wrote, “counteracts the favourable health effects of tea on vascular function. A study published …


The Story Behind iTea’s Ceramic Ware.

Considered to be the ceramic ware capital of the world, Chaozhou China, was the place iTea went to find the very best teapots and cups for our customers. A renowned Chaozhou ceramic ware manufacturer has exclusively designed and manufactured our tea wares to iTea’s high standard. Our teapots are well balanced, will not dribble when poured, the lid will not fall off when tipped and they are sturdy enough for everyday use without being too heavy. The teapots have these elements due to the well positioned handle and spout which are very important when designing a teapot and most importantly our teapots all include an infuser so that our teas can be enjoyed without fuss. The large ceramic cups and saucers that have been added to iTea’s range are large, artsy and designed with style for everyday use. The cups are well balanced and the saucers large enough to hold that something extra we all enjoy with our ‘cuppa’. We have two shapes available a 500ml fine china, long slender teapot available in WHITE with an …


The craft of making our Artisan Blooming Teas.

“From the lush tea gardens of the Fujian Province to your teapot.” Blooming teas combine the features of colour, smell and flavour of both White Tea and various flowers. Our blooming teas start from the lush tea gardens of Fujian. The tender leaves are picked, processed carefully in our factory into white tea which is known the world over for its high levels of anti-oxidants. Once this process is finished the next step is to make the individual blooming teas, this is done by our team of artisan craft women. The process of making the Blooms. Blooming teas combine the flavour of flowers with the delicate flavour of white tea. The tea buds hug the flower in the middle to unfurl when brewed. These flowers can be different but at iTea we have chosen Jasmine, Lily, Amaranth & Marigold as the base flowers. After picking the fresh flowers, they are dehydrated (naturally and by machine) before the next step. The flower is picked at its peak to ensure the best quality blooming tea is produced. …


Rooibos Tea & Health

This is an interesting little video on Rooibos Tea. Rooibos is a tea is made from the leaves of the Aspalathus Linearis (or “red bush”) plant. This plant only grows in the small Cederberg region of South Africa. iTea Australia has a great range of herbal Rooibos Tea available on our website. Take a look and don’t forget to like us on Facebook to keep in touch with all our news and offers.