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My Favourites

We’re asked all the time what our favourite teas are – the difficulty in answering that question is directly related to exactly why we love tea so much.  I can pick a tea to suit the weather, the time of day or even my mood.  I grew up with black teas – so starting my day with anything other than a pure black tea just seems wrong – even though on rainy mornings I have found myself waking up to a pot of Lapsang Souchong with a little bit of honey.  I tend to make a cup of green – usually flavoured – mid-morning – my cup when I get to work (yes I have the luxury of starting my day on what most people refer to as mid-morining).  I don’t know when this habit started, but I look forward to my cup of Red Ginseng Sencha or Green Tea Kombucha Lime.  Now keep in mind that this cup sits on my desk – so I tend to drink it not particularly warm – love it anyway.  The afternoons beg for something light – a Sunshine Mate to pick up the energy for the last few hours – or a delicious Dung Ti Oolong – just because.  What do I drink in the evening?  Well – I could lie and make up something now – but lets face it – evenings call for cocktails or wine – everything must have its time and place.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITES??

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FACEBOOK GROUP

Alrighty – we have joined the world of Facebook and invite you to join our group http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=64786713840&ref=nf.

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Japan

Well – we just returned from our trip to Asia.  It was fantastic.  Such a different world than the one that surrounds us.  We were fortunate enough to be a part of the spring harvest pick in Japan.  The smells in the factory were beautiful – a sweet gorgeous smell that can only come from the freshest young leaves.  It was an amazing experience.  From Tokyo we went on to Vietnam – a whole other world again.  Friendly and welcoming – what a beautful place – and I can’t forget the chaos.  Fascinating – as we were coming from the order and precision of Japan – but the chaos seems to work somehow.  We weren’t as impressed with the tea – but the industry is young – so I’m sure that it will develop.

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Another Location

Wow – it’s been a while since we’ve been in here – life sometimes takes over however.  We told you about our new location in the Hazelton Lanes – but it appears we didn’t post about our fifth location in The Beach – or The Beaches – depending on who you talk to – don’t get me started on that argument.  Anyway – the store is cute – and we love the neighbourhood – can’t wait for the warm months in this area!

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New Opening

We are so happy to be able to tell you about our newest store opening.  It has been three years since our last opening – and the truth is – we had the itch – the itch for change – the itch to open something new – and the excitement as well as fun of sharing great tea with a whole new group of customers.  The new location is in Hazelton Lanes – in the heart of Yorkville.  There are so many exciting changes in this neighbourhood – and we’re thrilled to be a part of it.  We’re aiming to open this fall – early fall – but will let you know of the opening date as soon as we have one.

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Health Claims Approved

Here is some exciting news from the tea industry to share – below is the media release by the Tea Association.  We have obviously known and been able to prove for years the health claims associated with tea – my goodness – the Chinese have been drinking tea for health purposes for over 5000 years!!  It has taken some time however for Health Canada to officially allow the health claims to be printed on any packaging – so a big step for the industry – as well as further verification that tea is good for you.

Press Release – May 2007:
 

Health Canada’s Natural Health Products Directorate (NHPD) has deemed tea to be a natural health product and has officially recognized tea for its role in maintaining good health. After a period of extensive review, the NHPD has approved three health claims for tea. All types of tea infusions (black, green and oolong) are recognized as a source of antioxidants for the maintenance of good health. Tea is approved for increasing alertness. And tea is further accredited as helping to maintain and/or support cardiovascular health.  Green Tea extract is approved as a source of antioxidants for the maintenance of good health. It is also approved for use as an adjunct treatment in a weight management program in combination with a healthy diet and regular exercise.  “This is great news for tea and the millions of Canadians who enjoy tea,” says Louise Roberge, President of the Tea Association of Canada. “The approved health claims will help educate consumers about the health benefits of drinking tea.” The NHPD’s ruling will enable tea manufactures to include the approved health claims on product packaging and will set stage for allowing the use of the accepted health claims in marketing tea. “Canadians are concerned about maintaining their health and are looking for products that genuinely will benefit them,” says Roberge. “Now with these accepted health claims, Canadian consumers will know that tea is officially a healthy beverage choice.” The scientific evidence about the numerous health benefits of tea has been mounting for nearly two decades. Hundreds of research studies have found many potential health attributes associated with tea including protection from cardiovascular disease and cancer.  Tea is second only to water as the healthiest beverage choice according to guidelines for healthy beverage consumption that were developed by a panel of American nutrition experts and published in the March 2006 issue of the Journal of American Clinical Nutrition. “Tea is rich in naturally occurring flavonoids which act as antioxidants” says Dr. Carol Greenwood, Professor of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto. “In fact, tea is one of the highest sources of antioxidants in the diet.”   Antioxidants are compounds that neutralize the body’s naturally occurring but cell-damaging free radical molecules. Damage by free radicals over time is believed to contribute to the development of many chronic disease including cancer and cardiovascular disease, explains Greenwood.    Part of the Health Products and Food Branch of Health Canada, the NHPD is the regulating authority for natural health products sold in Canada. It ensures that Canadians have ready access to natural health products that are safe, effective and of high quality.  Natural health products include herbal remedies, homeopathic medicines, vitamins, minerals, traditional medicines, probiotics, amino acids and essential fatty acids.

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Why loose leaf?

Well – if you have to ask – then you’ve probably never had loose leaf tea.  Here is an article that was just printed in Scotland’s Daily Record that made us snicker.  There are many problems with commercial teabags – quality and flavour being the most important.  The leaves used are ground down into fine particles – fannings and dust in the tea world.  Firstly, you would never do that to a leaf of high quality.  Second – the smaller the cut of leaf – the greater the surface area of leaf to water – this results in instant colour when steeping but no flavour.  Unfortunately,  the line between flavour and bitter is crossed so quickly that is almost impossible to brew a good cup of tea using this quality product.

I must admit that I do not order tea in a restaurant – nor do ask for it as someone’s home – unless I know it’s of loose leaf quality.  I know that sounds terrible – but there is nothing worse than a bad cup of tea.

What’s been your worst cup of tea?

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Welcome

Welcome to our first blog.  Why a blog?  Well we love tea – and we know a lot of you love tea – and have a lot of questions – so we thought this would be the perfect way for all of us to share our stories about tea, our questions and queeries – as well as anything else you want to chat about.  We’ll keep you up to date with what is happening with us – and let’s see where this blog takes us.  ENJOY!  Don’t forget to visit our site at www.theteaemporium.com