Sparkling Moroccan Mint Tea


For Sparkling Moroccan Mint Tea, just add carbonated water (see below). I've made this with green, black, and flavored teas, and all are good. So pick your favorite tea as a base, then embellish from there. For stronger flavor, increase the loose tea to 3 tablespoons. Moroccan Mint Tea Syrup By Kate Heyhoe Makes about 1-1/3 cups 3/4 cup sugar (5.5 oz/157g) 1/4 cup turbinado sugar (2 oz/56g) 2 tablespoons loose green tea (.3 oz/9g) 2 tablespoons dried spearmint (.15 oz/3g) 1/2 … [Read more...]

Modern Rush: Ready-to-Drink Tea

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Cold, Instant, and On-the-Go: How We Like Our Tea  More Americans go inside convenience stores to buy caffeinated beverages than for any other reason. The tripod of modern living stands on three legs: Convenience, time-saving, and mobility. Just look at digital devices, fast food, and caffeine. Seattle became famous for its drive-through coffee spots. Coffee is a cash cow for McDonald's and Dunkin' Donuts. And now tea is beating out coffee and soda at some cash registers. Caffeinated … [Read more...]

Cool Trend of 1707: Teacups Get Handles


If Kickstarter had been around in the 1700s, teacups with handles would have been a hot, hip crowd-funded campaign. Chinese teacups don't have handles. In the early days of Europe's tea craze, fancy people kept burning their fingers on the cups. The Dutch and the Brits liked their tea hot enough to dissolve sugar and big enough to splash in some milk. But up until this time, most everyone lived on room-temperature ale, so scorched flesh wasn't an issue. From the get-go, tea was *the* … [Read more...]

Orange-Spiced Tea with Organic Lime-Maté Boost

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Orange-Spiced Tea with Organic Lime-Maté Boost  Makes 1 serving; about 120 mg caffeine by Kate Heyhoe If you prefer tea to coffee and savory to sweet, this is the bumped-up brew for you. One cup packs more than twice the caffeine of regular black tea, with a balanced citrusy taste that's neither bitter nor sweet. The sophisticated flavor is one that's good to sip on, and the brew surpasses coffee when it comes to the morning jolt. The Guayaki Yerba Mate Organic Energy Shot is a … [Read more...]

Tea = Code for Police in China


In China, an invitation to tea in used to be a benign event. Now it may be risky. Among Chinese dissidents – which typically includes journalists, artists, and free-thinkers – "to be invited for tea" has become a euphemism for being questioned by the police. According to the BBC News: The invitation comes from the authorities in the form of a phone call, and a knock on the door. Those being invited range from celebrities who have expressed strong views on a topical issue to … [Read more...]

2. Natural Caffeine: Coffee, Tea, Chocolate, and Other Plants


No one knows for sure when humans first consumed caffeine. Africa was the starting point for coffee, and probably fueled early man. Tea has its roots in Asia. Cacao, the source of chocolate, is native to Mesoamerica, while guarana and maté originated in South America. Kola nuts hail from Africa. Today, we get our caffeine from the same plants, though in different forms, with complex processes ranging from simple steeping to grinding, fermenting, and roasting. Before jumping  into energy … [Read more...]