If you are one of the few who are not coffee drinkers, you know the joy of a steaming cup of lovely hot tea. For me, tea is my comfort. I love trying new teas and having friends over to sample tea.
In fact, I am probably one of the few Americans who say, let’s meet for a cup of tea!
I love my several cups of daily tea.
So I was excited when I got introduced to The Art of Tea. They are a company specializing in everything about tea.
DID YOU KNOW THIS ABOUT TEAS?
The term herbal tea is actually a misnomer. Teas have leaves from Camellia Sinensis. If the drink does not have that composition of leaves it is called a tisane.
So tisanes are the fruity and herbal drinks. They are not categorized as tea. So all this time I have been drinking herbal concoctions thinking they are indeed tea!
But I will take tisane. I like the sound of it! So will you join me for a cup of tea or tisane?
THE DIFFERENCE OF CAFFEINE BETWEEN COFFEE AND TEA
So tea starts out as higher in caffeine. But dried tea uses less than dried coffee. Tea actually has half the amount of caffeine. And of course, the longer the tea is steeped, the higher the caffeine level becomes. Tea leaves contain an amino acid called theanine.
This creates a sensation with the caffeine of tea that is different from caffeine of coffee in that it does not stimulate than allow crashing. Rather, Instead it is a more slow releasing stimulant that is a balanced effect. You don’t get the rush of a caffeine high. It stays with you longer and less of a rush.
That way it feels more balanced and gradual. It gives a more calming stimulating effect.
The Art of Tea has many options for gifts. For instance, gift certificates, gift packs, and also sending tea once a month! It is really perfect for tea lovers. And a gift that will bring great smiles.
Or better yet try one option for yourself. Go on, you deserve it!
THE BEST WAY TO PREPARE TEA
For each cup of tea, add one teaspoon of dried tea. Do not over heap the teaspoon or it might become bitter. Always use boiled water.
After you have steeped the perfect cup of tea, take off your shoes, sink into your favorite chair, and just savor the moment and the flavor! Tea is amazing in its range of comfort.
I wish you great moments of quiet and sharing!