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How to choose a specialty tea

How to choose a specialty tea
Do you want to introduce some beautiful-quality teas into your daily tea ritual? If you are looking to move away from the ubiquitous tea menu of English Breakfast, Earl Grey, generic green tea and herbal infusions, there is a diverse and flavourful tasting experience waiting for you. Here's how to get started in the world of specialty tea. 

How to make sparkling tea

How to make sparkling tea
Cold-brewed sparkling tea is the best way to steep tea this summer. When infused in sparkling water, the tea is lighter in body and flavour intensity than when it is hot-steeped, and any floral and fruity notes are accentuated. The result is a vibrant, playful, celebratory tea. 

5 facts you might not know about tea

5 facts you might not know about tea
Did you know drinking tea adds to your daily fluid intake? That it has an ultra-rare and clever amino acid that almost no other plant in the world has? Find out more fascinating science behind the humble tea leaf. 

Why herbal tea isn’t actually tea

Why herbal tea isn’t actually tea

One of the many fascinating things I learned during my first tea masterclass in London in 2010 was that 'herbal tea' wasn’t really tea. In this month’s blog we explore what defines tea, why we mistakenly call herbal infusions ‘tea’ and what you can call herbal tea instead.

Introducing Bali's first tea garden

Introducing Bali's first tea garden
Hidden within the mist-covered forest on the slopes of the Batukaru mountain range in Jatiluwah, central Bali, lies D’Wan Tea, Bali’s first tea garden. Tasting the teas at D'Wan Tea reminded me of why I love single origin tea so much – its incredibly exciting when you can taste a tea’s habitat in its flavour. 

How to make the perfect cup of tea

How to make the perfect cup of tea
A well brewed cup of tea is a relaxing, restorative experience; it awakens us and replenishes our body and mind. It gives us an opportunity to slow down and bring calmness and serenity to our day. But not all cups of tea are created equal. Follow these 6 steps and you’ll be steeping tea like a professional. 

How tea can help you stay sane on Christmas day

How tea can help you stay sane on Christmas day
I’ve always loved this time of year. Since I was a little kid, the lead up to Christmas has always felt like such a magical time. But now I am a working parent, I’m railing against the feeling that the magic is disappearing. So I have devised a little recipe for how tea can help us keep our minds and our bodies intact on Christmas day.

Why you should be drinking matcha

Why you should be drinking matcha
In this month’s blog I get to the bottom of matcha, covering the basics and telling you what you need to know if you want to include this nutrient powerhouse into your daily tea routine. 

What is oolong?

What is oolong?
Pick up a handful of oolong tea leaves, hold them to your nose and you might smell pannacotta and cashew; peaches, strawberries and cream; cinnamon and dried fruit; or even musk, spice, flowers and tobacco. In my experience, of all the six categories of tea – white, green, yellow, oolong, black and dark tea – oolong is the most likely to surprise and delight a tea drinker. In this month’s blog we take a closer to at oolong tea. 

How to cold-brew tea

How to cold-brew tea
We often think of tea as a warm, comforting drink that makes us feel nurtured and relaxed. But it can be just as enjoyable, and just as nourishing, when infused in cold water. While tea has been steeped in hot water for centuries, the technique of cold-brewing tea is a modern trend, one that creates a different flavour experience to traditional hot-steeping. 

Three ways tea can be good for your brain

Three ways tea can be good for your brain

You might already know that your daily cup of tea is good for your body, but what might surprise you is that it can also be good for your brain. This month we share how drinking tea can boost your brain function. 

The art of mindful tea drinking

The art of mindful tea drinking

Research has shown us that practising mindfulness can retrain your brain to be more calm, present, content, creative, focused, productive and less stressed. Tea is a very sensory experience that lends itself easily to mindfulness. Most tea drinkers have at least one cup of tea each day, making it the perfect way to integrate mindfulness into your daily routine. 

 

6 ways supermarket tea is different to artisan tea

6 ways supermarket tea is different to artisan tea
There are between 2000 and 3000 different types of tea produced across the world from the simple tea leaf. But we only see around 1% of this available at the supermarket. Here are six ways artisan tea is different to supermarket tea.

A beginner’s guide to food and tea pairing

A beginner’s guide to food and tea pairing

For the past few months we have been working with Clooney restaurant on tea pairing for their seven-course degustation menu. This has been a lot of fun so I thought I’d share the basics of food and tea pairing with you so you can experiment at home. 

Which has more caffeine: green tea, black tea or coffee?

Which has more caffeine: green tea, black tea or coffee?
In this month’s blog we explore caffeine’s role in tea and what it does to our body. We find out whether black tea really does have more caffeine than green tea and why an espresso from our local cafe can make us feel dramatically different to our daily cup of tea.

Six types of tea – which will be your favourite?

Six types of tea – which will be your favourite?

Did you know that there are six categories of tea: white, green, yellow, oolong, black and fermented; and they are all made from the same leaf? The only difference is the way they are processed after the leaf is plucked. Each has a unique flavour profile; find out which one suits your taste buds.

Four ways that tea is good for your health

Four ways that tea is good for your health
We all know that sitting down to drink a cup of tea is good for the soul, but what about tea’s health properties? While having a cup of tea isn’t a cure-all, there are a number of benefits to drinking tea which you may not know about. 

Who's behind The Tea Curator?

Who's behind The Tea Curator?
Find out about The Tea Curator's founder, Anna Kydd - when her love affair with tea began, what her favourite tea is, what she loves besides tea, her favourite travel experience, her philosophy on life and a few other curious and unexpected facts.

How to properly taste tea: a 5-step guide

How to properly taste tea: a 5-step guide
When tasting tea, it’s not just what you taste, but how you taste it. Just like drinking a glass of wine, taking time to properly taste a cup of tea can transform the flavours that dance over your tongue.