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The Origins of High Tea

Have you ever wondered about the origins of the indulgent High Tea? It was one of Queen Victoria’s closest friends, Duchess Anna who had a hand in creating the afternoon tea. Anna complained of having “that sinking feeling” one late afternoon. She wanted something small to satisfy her hunger until dinner time. And so the afternoon tea was born. When the rest of the high society women became aware of this new event, which was perfect for eliminating their afternoon ennui, they took it upon themselves to transform it into a serious affair. They would come to afternoon tea dressed in long gowns, gloves, hats, and have their tea served to them in opulent drawing rooms between the hours of four and five o’clock. When summer came around, the wealthy ladies took their afternoon tea outside to their beautifully manicured gardens. This piqued the interest of the lords and men of the house, where they quickly joined the ladies in this activity. Tea was a rare and expensive beverage at this time and was only …


Matcha Tea

Origins and the Traditional Landscape Green Matcha tea is taking the healthy living world by storm.  The green brew is making a big name outside its old traditional ritual setting and there’s a good health reason for that. But what is exactly Matcha tea and why is it becoming a bit of a present day urban legend in the Tea world? Matcha is made from the Tencha tea leaf, most popularly grown in the southern half of Japan, which is then de-stemmed, de-veined and stone-ground to a very fine dark green powder. To make a Matcha Green Tea, the powder is placed in bowls, mixed with warm water and whisked with a traditional bamboo whisk. Health Benefits of Matcha Tea Everyone in healthy lifestyle and conscious living circles is talking about the benefits of the tea. In recent years, normal green tea had already been recognised for its health properties, most popular being its anti-oxidising, cancer-fighting and weight-loss properties. What makes Matcha Tea so remarkable is the way it is harvested and processed Matcha Tea: …


The Benefits of Peppermint Tea

A herb prized for its medicinal benefits and distinctive flavour, peppermint is a naturally occurring hybrid of spearmint and water mint.. Unlike other mints, peppermint contains healing oils and powerful therapeutic ingredients such as menthol, as well as some 40 other compounds. As a native of the mediterranean peppermint leaves have been used in Ancient Rome and Greece to crown luminairies. We feel a better use is make a minty refreshing tea that can be enjoyed both hot and cold. As it is not a true tea but a tisane it is naturally caffeine free. Personally, I have used Peppermint for years to help with digestive problems. It can help with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, help ease nausea and vomitting and ….excuse me!…. help with flatulence. When dealing with our other end it can help with bad breath and reduce heartburn. Peppermint tea is good to have when fighting a cold as it clears congestion and reduces coughing. And if that’s not enough to convince you to have a cup of Peppermint Tea in this mad …


Green Tea

Green Tea for many years has been consumed and hailed for its health benefits. Although Tea is the most consumed beverage behind water most tea consumed is  black with less than a quarter of the world wide tea consumption being green. The level of oxidation of the leaves from the camellia sinensis bush determines the type of tea you have. Green tea is made from unoxidized leaves and behind white tea is the least processed of all teas and contains higher levels of the anti-oxidants and beneficial polyphenols that tea is known for. Green tea is used in both Chineses and Indian traditional medicine to control bleeding and heal wounds, regulate body temperature, help with digestion issues and improve heart and mental health. Who thought that having a cup of green tea could have so many health benefits. Studies have shown that green tea has a positive effect on anything from weight loss to liver disorders to type 2 diabetes. In recent studies it has been found that Green Tea can: Reduce your risk of …


Japanese Tea Ceremonies

In keeping with our new Japanese tea pots and washi canisters I thought I would look into tea in Japan, however before I do that it made me think of the Australian Tea Ceremony! What is the Australian tea ceremony you ask….it is taking a battered old billy can with a thin wire handle and lid, bringing it to the boil over an open fire, throwing a fistful of tea in for each person and one for the pot when it comes to the boil. Leave the billy can over the fire for a minute and then take you hat or some other insulating material and after taking the tin off the fire with a stick grab the handle with you hat and swing it around in a big circle about three times so that all the tea leaves will go to the bottom and you don’t have to strain them through your teeth as you try to drink them from your tin cup. Mmmm Japanese formality or fair dinkum Aussie billy tea. I think …


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 …


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.