Matcha for The Mind!

 

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  The start of a new school year can be hectic, overwhelming & exhausting to say the least! Summer is winding down, which means it’s time to re-focus and adapt to a new busy schedule.

Abandon your worries & let MATCHA help you through this stressful time!

*Did you know Matcha means powder tea in Japanese? It’s the entire green tea leaf ground into a fine powder!

WHY MATCHA WILL BECOME YOUR FAVORITE FALL DRINK:

  • Enhances Memory & Concentration – Matcha is high in L-theanine (an antioxidant rich amino acid), that increases the production of dopamine & serotonin. Both help improve your mood, enhance memory, & increase your ability to concentrate.
  • Calming Effects – L-theanine is a natural stress-relieving amino acid. It helps promote relaxation and increase overall calmness.

Start the new school year off right with MATCHA!

Visit The Green Teahouse online or in Blue Back Square to purchase MATCHA.

Choose from the following:

Organic Grade A Matcha

Blueberry Matcha

Raspberry Matcha

Matcha Peach Oolong

Matcha Genmaicha

Matcha Jade Green

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Visit The Green Teahouse in West Hartford to try Matcha!

DIY Cold Steeping

There’s no better way to cool down during a heat wave than with a refreshing cup of iced tea! Follow this step-by-step guide to make a perfect pitcher of iced tea. Make life easy & prepare it the night before your next picnic, BBQ or beach trip.

FEATURED TEA: Tropical Ginger – A fruity caffeine free blend of Tangerine Ginger & Shanghai Sunset…a Green Teahouse favorite!

 

1) MEASURE 16 TBS TEA FOR EVERY 16 OZ OF WATER

2) ADD TEA TO PITCHER

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FILL PITCHER WITH COLD WATER & STORE IN FRIDGE FOR AT LEAST 4 HRS

We recommend using 1 TBS of tea for every 16 oz of water. So if your iced tea pitcher is a gallon, then you will use 8 tablespoons of tea.

LIKE YOUR TEA SWEET?

  1. Fill pitcher half-way with cold water.
  2. Dissolve desired amount of honey in 1 cup of hot water & add to pitcher.
  3. Then fill pitcher with more cold water until full.

If you prefer a stronger flavor, add an extra tablespoon of tea or refrigerate overnight!

 

 

A Taste of Spring: First Flush Dragonwell

It’s the beginning of spring, and in the tea world that means one thing: first flush teas! The first harvest, or “first flush” of the year yields the highest quality teas, both in taste and health benefits. We’re delighted to offer you our 2016 First Flush Dragonwell, a superb example of one of China’s 10 Famous Teas.photo 2As the cold of winter melts into the warmth of spring, tea plants near Hangzhou, a city in China’s Zhejiang province, sprout tender, new shoots. The plants have been storing up nutrients all winter, and they’ve released huge quantities into these tiny buds, packing them full of antioxidants, vitamins, amino acids, catechins, flavonoids, and polyphenols. Just before the Qingming festival (April 4th), each new shoot is gently picked by hand to avoid bruising the delicate leaves. The buds are briefly oxidized, then pan-fired in large woks by master teamakers, stopping the oxidation and giving Dragonwell its signature flat-needle shape and fresh, nutty flavor.photo 2 (2)Making Dragonwell is truly a labor of love, as it’s entirely handcrafted. Every pound of tea contains thousands and thousands of buds, each one carefully selected for quality and consistency. An experienced tea picker may pick 4 ½ lbs of fresh tea buds in a 10-hour day, while the “trained hands” who pan-fire the leaves are each able to roast just half that amount.photo 5This year, the harvest was put in jeopardy by unusual weather. A March snowfall covered the new shoots before they were ready to be picked, freezing the leaves and damaging some of the top tea buds. Although much of the crop was saved, First Flush Dragonwell is even more rare and precious in 2016 than it was before.photo 5First Flush Dragonwell is one of the healthiest green teas available, with a 2004 British study naming it the “highest quality” out of nearly 200 teas tested. It contains particularly high levels of theanine, EGCG, ECG, caffeine, gallic acid, Vitamin C, and numerous other beneficial compounds.  Studies have shown the compounds in Dragonwell to be effective in burning fat, improving brain function, lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Type II Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and certain cancers, and in improving overall health.  photo 1For a limited time, we’re offering free samples of First Flush Dragonwell for tasting at our West Hartford store. Stop in today and try this exquisite tea!

First Flush Dragonwell is available for purchase in-store and online, at $25/oz.

Loose Leaf vs. Tea Bags: A Steep Dilemma

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Featured: Organic Jasmine Silver Needle White Tea

There are two types of tea lovers in the world, those that use tea bags & those that use loose leaf. Yes, stocking up on boxes of tea at the supermarket is quick and convenient, but using loose-leaf tea is not only better for the environment…IT’S BETTER FOR YOU!

6 REASONS TO DRINK LOOSE-LEAF TEA:

  1. Hand-picked whole tea leaves offer optimal flavor & health benefits
  2. Premium teas are made by artisan tea makers with generations of cultivating experience
  3. Enjoy complex flavors like: jasmine, cardamom, peach blossom, or shredded coconut
  4. Tea leaves can be re-steeped…1 TSP can yield multiple cups of tea
  5. High quality tea releases flavor slowly so each cup is subtly different
  6. Allows us to be mindful of our environment & appreciate the beauty in premium tea

6 REASONS TO AVOID TEA BAGS:

  1. Tea bags are filled with machine picked tea, then mulched into a powder
  2. Bitter leaves & twigs get mixed in with the tea
  3. Mass produced in industrial plants that generate waste
  4. All the flavor is released in 1 steeping…1 CUP of TEA / 1 TEA BAG
  5. Most tea bags are not biodegradable & can be made with toxic plastics
  6. Flavors are simple & can include artificial ingredients/flavors

Those that are new to loose-leaf tea worry it’s expensive, complicated & confusing. However, it is actually very simple, cost effective & environmentally friendly.

All you need is…

LOOSE LEAF TEA + STRAINER + HOT WATER = PERFECT CUP of TEA

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Still confused about how to brew your tea? FOLLOW OUR EASY STEEPING GUIDE!

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VISIT US IN-STORE OR ONLINE TO SHOP STRAINERS & LOOSE-LEAF TEA

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15 Reasons to Drink Ginger Tea

Spring is finally here, and it’s important to start detoxing after winter! Between the over-indulging over the holidays, and the stress that our immune system endures from fighting off colds & viruses…our bodies are in need is some natural TLC!

Ginger tea has been used in traditional herbal medicine for over 2,000 years to treat many types of illnesses such as, improving digestion, relieving aches & pains, improving blood circulation, warding off colds & much more!

Ginger tea to is great to incorporate into your daily life for those of you looking to detox & improve your overall health. It’s warm, spicy & soothing flavors will have you feeling healthier and renewed in no time!

15 REASONS TO DRINK GINGER TEA

  1. Increases metabolism
  2. Relieves migraines
  3. Lowers blood pressure
  4. Promotes detox
  5. Natural appetite suppressant
  6. Improves fat digestion & absorption
  7. Aids indigestion & heartburn
  8. Anti-Inflammatory
  9. Antioxidant rich
  10. Vitamin C rich
  11. Naturally anti-bacterial & antiseptic
  12. Clears complexion
  13. Relieves nausea
  14. Improves circulation
  15. Relieves menstrual discomfort

We offer a lovely selection of organic ginger teas at The Green Teahouse like:

  1. GINGER LIME  – South African green rooibos tea, ginger, lemongrass, licorice root, lime & tangerine oil
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Ginger Lime Rooibos

  1. GINGER PU-ERH  – Pu-erh tea, ginger root, orange peel, goji berries, lemongrass & lemon verbena
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Ginger Pu-erh

  1. TANGERINE GINGER  – Ginger, licorice root, orange peel, hibiscus, rosehips, schizandra berry, tangerine & orange oils
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Tangerine Ginger

If you’re looking to add some caffeine to these teas we recommend blending Ginger Lime with Matcha, Jade Green, or Starfruit Green. And Tangerine Ginger with Wuyi Oolong, Golden Mango, Peach Oolong or Coconut Spring  green tea.

Visit us in-stores or online http://www.thegreenteahouse.com/ to shop & enjoy a cup of ginger tea!