SPICED APPLE TEA

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unsweetened apple juice
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick (3 inches)
  • 3 cups water
  • 5 tea bags
  • Additional cinnamon sticks (3 inches), optional

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, combine the apple juice, cloves and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Remove from the heat; add tea bags. Cover and steep for 5 minutes. Discard tea bags. Strain juice mixture, discarding cloves and cinnamon. Stir into tea. Serve warm, with additional cinnamon sticks if desired.
Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 47 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 3mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

GUNPOWDER TEA

There are many benefits to drinking gunpowder green tea, including preventing chronic disease, soothing arthritis, stimulating the metabolism, aiding in weight loss, preventing tooth decay, protecting the heart, lowering blood sugar and improving the appearance of the skin, among others.

In terms of side effects, drinking an excessive amount of green tea can increase your risk of developing kidney stones, and due to the rather high caffeine level, it can be damaging to the nervous system and may induce anxiety when consumed in large quantities.

What is Gunpowder Green Tea?

Gunpowder green tea is a particular variety of green tea from the Camellia sinensis plant that is prepared slightly differently and therefore has unique properties and health benefits. The leaves are rolled into tight, small pellets, resembling the old style of gunpowder pellets, which explains the name. This preparation allows the leaves to retain far more of their nutrients, including a slightly higher caffeine level than other green teas. Some high-quality gunpowder green teas can be stored for more than a decade without losing their potency or flavor. The color of this tea is slightly more yellow than other “green” teas, and the flavor is smoky, earthy or even metallic, at times. There are a number of varieties of gunpowder green tea, but most provide similar health benefits, due in large part to the polyphenolic compounds, catechins, and alkaloids in the leaves.

Health Benefits of Gunpowder Green Tea

You should drink gunpowder green tea if you suffer from obesity, diabetes, fatigue, chronic disease, indigestion, colds, flu, infection, coronary heart disease, and high cholesterol.

Digestive Issues

The catechins found in every variety of green tea can have a direct effect on inflammation, both in the gut and in other parts of the body. If you are suffering from Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), constipation, bloating, cramping or any other inflammatory condition in the stomach, a cup of gunpowder green tea will serve you well!

Chronic Disease

Being rich in antioxidants is what has made green tea such a revolution in the natural health world. Many of the active compounds in gunpowder green tea can help to neutralize free radicals and reduce oxidative stress, meaning that it may have the potential to prevent chronic diseases, such as heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and degenerative cognitive diseases.

Energy Boost

The caffeine content found in gunpowder green tea makes it an excellent energy booster, particularly for those who want to avoid the acidity of coffee. The preparation of this type of green tea gives it an even higher caffeine content than normal teas, albeit not as high as a standard cup of coffee.

Diabetes Management

While it was not shown to affect any significant HbA1C changes, green tea could help lowerfasting blood glucose levels. The polyphenolscould also protect against diabetic retinopathy and nephropathy.

Heart Health

Studies have shown that the antioxidants found in green tea are able to lower bad cholesterol that leads to plaque deposition, atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes. By rebalancing your cholesterol levels, you can relieve a lot of stress on your cardiovascular

system.

Immune System

The polyphenols and antioxidants in gunpowder green tea have a general impact on the immune system that revitalizes the body’s defenses and prevents infections, such as the common cold and flu, as well as more serious pathogens that we’re exposed to every day.

Weight Loss

A number of factors combine in gunpowder green tea to aid weight loss efforts, including caffeine, catechins, and theanine. These three work together to give the metabolism a boost, which increases the body’s ability to burn fat efficiently. There are also some appetite-suppressing qualities of caffeine that can help you avoid overeating and snacking between meals.

How to Make Gunpowder Green Tea?

You can easily prepare gunpowder green tea at home using nothing more than rolled up gunpowder tea leaves and hot water!

Making A Perfect Cup of Gunpowder Green Tea

Gunpowder tea leaves are processed and prepared in a specific area of China. Several good brands are available online, in Asian stores, as well as in specialty tea stores. 
Cook Time4 mins
Steeping time1 min
Total Time4 mins
Course: Tea
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Gunpowder Green Tea
Appliance: Saucepan, Tea Strainer

 

Servings: 1 cup

 

Author: Raksha Hegde

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp gunpowder green tea pellets
  • 8 ounces water filtered

Instructions

  • Bring the water up to a boil.
  • Remove the water from heat and allow it to cool for 2-3 minutes (target temperature = 165 degrees F).
  • Add the pellets to a ceramic teacup and then pour the water over the pellets. The pellets will quickly begin to unroll into longer tea leaves as soon as they come in contact with water.
  • Allow the mixture to steep for at least 60 seconds.
  • Strain the mixture, or leave the unrolled pellets in the water for an even stronger brew!
  • You can also brew the gunpowder green tea in a teapot. The longer the tea leaves brew, the stronger the tea. So make sure you either strain the tea before adding it to your teapot or have the tea as soon as possible. 

Gunpowder Green Tea Side Effects

The side effects of drinking gunpowder green tea include higher chances of anxiety, gastrointestinal troubles, and kidney stones, as well as insomnia. However, when green tea is consumed in moderation, most of these side effects can be avoided.

  • Anxiety: The caffeine content of gunpowder green tea is higher than all other green tea varieties, which means that it has more of a stimulant effect on the body. For people who are sensitive to stimulants, anxiety can be a side effect, particularly if more than 2 cups of this tea are consumed each day.
  • Sleep Issues: As with any caffeinatedbeverage, gunpowder green tea can prevent you from falling asleep, due to the stimulating nature of the chemical. If you struggle with insomnia or frequently disturbed sleep, or if you are sensitive to caffeine, avoid drinking this tea in the afternoon or evening.
  • Stomach Problems: There are limited reports of gastrointestinal distress following the consumption of gunpowder green tea, and much of this is likely due to the presence of caffeine, which can cause indigestion or discomfort, particularly when consumed on an empty stomach or in excess.
  • Kidney Stones: Research has shown that drinking too much green tea can increase your likelihood of developing kidney stones. However, limiting your intake of this tea to 1-2 glasses per day should protect you from this risk.

GINGER TEA

Did you know that Ginger Tea benefits are no longer a myth of herbalists but a fact of scientists? Indeed, we now have proof that this delicious, wholesome Herbal Tea can improve daily living in a variety of ways. Most famously, it aids digestion and supports the immune system. However, it can also offer so much more.

Some of the questions we will answer in this blog include:

  • How to Make Ginger Tea?
  • Does Ginger Tea Have Caffeine?
  • Is it Good for You?
  • Is Ginger Tea Good for Stomach Bacteria?
  • Is this tea Good for Acid Reflux?
  • Is it Good for the Heart?

If we haven’t answered your particular question, please ask us. You’re welcome to contact us via our website, on social media, or at our factory shop in Pluckley, Kent.

What is Ginger

What is Ginger?

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a member of the Zingiberaceae family. Its close relatives include cardamom and turmeric. One glaring difference between Ginger and its cousins, however, is the fact that it no longer grows in the wild. In fact, the survival of this beloved herb is mostly due to its widespread cultivation.

Today, India is the largest producer of ginger. Other areas where it grows in abundance include Africa and the Caribbean (most famously Jamaica). Yet no one knows for sure its origins. Most assume it began life in Southeast Asia, but it’s possible we’ll never know with any certainty.

The stem of the plant can reach heights of up to 1 metre, while its lanceolate leaves grow up to 30 centimetres long. But when it comes to Ginger Tea, the most critical component is nestled underground. This is the rhizome, which most people will know as the ginger root.

Workers unearth the root at around ten months old. They then wash, soak, boil and peel it. The finished product finds its way into numerous culinary dishes, as well as, of course, Herbal Tea. The best way to brew it is to cut the root into smaller pieces. Here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, we have already done this for you!

Despite the name “Tea” being associated with this herb, it does not come from the Camellia sinensis (Tea) plant. This means that it isn’t a “Tea” in the conventional sense. It also means that standalone Ginger Tea is an entirely caffeine-freeinfusion. The exception to this rule is when we blend it with Tea leaves. This includes our Ginger Black Tea or Green Tea with Ginger.

But when brewed as a Herbal Tea, ginger has bold peppery notes with zesty overtones. Indeed, there is nothing quite like it.

History of Ginger 
The History of Ginger

Most herbs and spices are relatively new to the West. Ginger, on the other hand, has been familiar to the likes of Europe for over 2,000 years. In what is modern-day China, meanwhile, this herb dates back some 5,000 years! Confucius (551-479 BCE), the renowned Chinese philosopher and teacher, was one of the first to recognise Ginger Tea benefits. He noted its ability to improve digestion, suggesting that it be present on the table for every meal. Even today, this makes a lot of sense!

Ginger first arrived in Europe through Ancient Rome. Here, similar to Asia, it became popular owing to its benefits. After the fall of the Roman Empire, however, this herb was all but forgotten for centuries. Its resurgence came about through the eventual Arab monopoly over the spice trade. During this period, prices rose dramatically. According to some records, 500 grams of ginger could cost as much as a live sheep!

By the 11th Century CE, prices began to balance out again. With this, its popularity in Europe against increased, particularly in England. King Henry VIII (1491-1547) reportedly recommended Ginger Tea  for treating plague. Years later, the reign of Queen Elizabeth I saw the plant’s transport to New World colonies in the Caribbean. According to legend, the Queen herself experimented with this ingredient, creating the Gingerbread Man!

Most famously, however, this spice has a close association with Ayurveda. This is a holistic approach to health and wellbeing originating from ancient India. It uses a variety of herbs and spices to balance one’s “doshas”, which are energies that make up every individual. The three doshas are the “Vata” dosha, the “Pitta” dosha and the “Kapha” dosha. Ginger Root Tea is a tridoshic, which means it can balance not one, not two, but all three doshas.

Ginger Herbal Tea

Ginger Tea Benefits

There are 115 known constituents in fresh, dried ginger. Many of these components complement a healthy and active lifestyle because of their well-documented Ginger Tea benefits. Some of the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants found in this Tea include calcium, fibre, magnesium and Vitamin C. This root is also antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic.

Studies suggest that Ginger Tea benefits can also combat free radicals in the body. These are unpaired (and unsafe) electrons, which in turn are the product of natural, though harmful, human oxidation. When left unchecked, unpaired electrons latch onto stable electrons, often causing untold damage to their makeup. This ultimately leads to many complications, including cardiovascular disease, type-2 diabetes and even cancer.

So what is Ginger Tea good for? By combating free radicals, thus slowing down the process of oxidation, this Herbal Tea can reduce the risks of many chronic conditions. Studies suggest this includes cardiovascular disease and diabetes. We await further research, however, before endorsing it for any type of cancer. But this isn’t all it can offer. Indeed, there is much, much more to say about Ginger Tea benefits.

Ginger Tea for Weight Loss

Weight Loss

Fake news has become a significant concern for many in 2019. We’re often bombarded by article titles such as “Lose 7 Pounds in One Week With These Steps!”. Inevitably, it’s all lies. But this isn’t the case with Ginger Tea benefits. Indeed, the concept of Ginger Tea weight loss comes with preliminary evidence that looks very promising.

A study published in The Journal of the Science and Food of Agriculture has the answers. It saw positive weight lose because of gingerol, a vital compound found in Ginger, over a 30-day supplementation period. There were also improvements in blood sugar and leptin levels. But why did this happen?

Some suggest that this marvellous root can boost the metabolism of fat cells. This enables the body to burn fat quicker and more efficiently.

Furthermore, ginger can act as an appetite suppressant, helping you to feel fuller after a meal. It’s worth noting, however, that even if this is true, Ginger Tea can’t do all of the work for you. One must lead a healthy and active lifestyle alongside this Tea. Indeed, that means morning jogs and salads!

Ginger Tea for Acid Reflux

Ginger Tea for Acid Reflux

Confucius was right to recommend Ginger Tea benefits for digestive health all those thousands of years ago. Most notably, it can reduce the production of stomach acid. This is because of its phenolic compounds which can relieve gastrointestinal irritation and lessen gastric contractions. For this reason, Ginger Tea for acid reflux is an excellent choice.

But that’s not all. Its anti-inflammatory properties likewise benefit the gastrointestinal tract. Its calmative properties, meanwhile, have a relaxing effect on this system.

Many choose to drink this Tea to reduce intestinal gas and flatulence. Some even note its ability to alleviate bloating. Ultimately, drinking Ginger Tea to settle the stomach has many benefits.

Ginger Tea for Cold

For Colds

There is never a good time to get unwell. Indeed, coming down with a nasty cold is a common occurrence; but it doesn’t have to be. Enter Ginger Root Tea, a beverage noted for its extraordinary ability to prevent colds and the flu before they even manifest.

How? This Herbal Tea contains high amounts of Vitamin C, which can boost the immune system.

But again, there is more to this beverage than just keeping colds at bay. Drink Ginger Tea for flu. Drink Ginger Tea for fever. Drink Ginger Tea for sinus infections.

Drink Ginger Tea for Sore Throats

Drink Ginger Tea for Sore Throats

The possibilities are nearly endless. And much of this is thanks to its antiviral properties. This time, it’s a study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology that explains why and how.

This research project noted that fresh ginger prevented the human respiratory syncytial virus, or HRSV, from attaching to and infecting upper respiratory tract cells. Doses of 300 micrograms per millilitre essentially stimulated the respiratory cells to secrete an antiviral protein called interferon-beta.

And if that wasn’t enough, it also inhibits mucous protection and helps clear up congestion. In other words, if you’re unlucky enough to already be unwell, drink Ginger Tea!

Ginger Tea when Pregnant

Pregnancy

Many doctors and health professionals advise pregnant women to act with caution when it comes to herbal remedies. For this reason, The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company will always recommend a medical consultation should one have any concerns.

However, some studies suggest that drinking Ginger Tea for morning sickness is a safe and can be beneficial. The reason for this is because of digestive-related Ginger Tea benefits. According to research, just 1 gram daily of ginger may reduce nausea and vomiting. On average, Ginger Root Tea contains 5 grams of ginger per 8 oz cup – so even better!

Furthermore, NHS Choices recommends that pregnant women do not exceed 200 mg of caffeine daily. This is the equivalent of 2 cups of Coffee. With Ginger Tea, however, one doesn’t have to worry about any caffeine at all!

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Our Selection of Ginger Teas and Blends

The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company stock a wide variety of Ginger products. Whether you want a standalone Herbal Tea, a Herbal blend or a ginger-infused Black or Green Tea, we have the brew for you. So what will it be?

Ginger Root Tea

Ginger Root Tea

This infusion is ginger at its finest. It has a sharp spicy flavour with sweet, peppery undertones. When it comes to Ginger Tea benefits, this Tea is arguably the best choice.

The reason for this is its sheer concentration of the herb. What could be better than great taste and equally great benefits from one cup of standalone Herbal Tea?

Detox Lemon and Ginger Tea
Lemon and Ginger Tea

In the world of Tea, there is no better love story than ‘when lemon met ginger’. This is one of the most famous Herbal blends available on the market today.

And with good reason, too. It boasts a distinct spicy-citrusy fusion of flavour like no other, why not try our Lemon and Ginger Tea.

Lemongrass and Ginger Tea
Lemongrass and Ginger Tea

This is an interesting twist on a popular classic. It has flavours similar to Lemon and Ginger Tea, but with extra herbaceous notes. Lemongrass and Ginger Tea also comes with its own Lemongrass Benefits. This, of course, is in addition to Ginger Tea benefits.

Turmeric and Ginger Tea
Turmeric and Ginger Tea

The health-conscious individual might be hard-pressed to find a more beneficial brew than our Turmeric and Ginger Tea.

In fact, such is the outstanding ability of turmeric to improve daily living, we’ve written a blog dedicated to it. When it comes to taste, this infusion has a bold kick of spiciness with every sip.

Ginger Green Tea
Ginger Green Tea

We use China and Ceylon Green Tea in the making of this beverage. To this we add ginger, which creates a unique spicy flavour with grassy undertones.

This infusion is again near the top of the list of choices for health-conscious individuals. The reason for this is the high level of Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), an antioxidant, found in the Green Tea. This type of tea has become very popular over recent years due to the well documented Green Tea Benefits.

If these choices aren’t for you, then we have many more waiting to be discovered. We pack all of our Teas fresh to order here at our Kent-based factory.

This is our way of guaranteeing not only quality but also consistency. So what are you waiting for? Explore the wld of Ginger Tea today with The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company!

GREEN TEA

Here are 10 health benefits of green tea that have been confirmed in human research studies.

 

1. Green Tea Contains Bioactive Compounds That Improve Health

 

Green tea is more than just green liquid.

Many of the bioactive compounds in the tea leaves do make it into the final drink, which contains

It is loaded with

These substances can reduce the formation of free radicals in the body, protecting cells and molecules from damage. These free radicals are known to play a role in aging and all sorts of diseases.

One of the more powerful compounds in green tea is the antioxidant

Green tea also has small amounts of minerals that are important for health.

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2. Compounds in Green Tea Can Improve Brain Function and Make You Smarter

 

Green tea does more than just keep you awake, it can also make you smarter.

The key active ingredient is caffeine, which is a known

It doesn’t contain as much as

What caffeine does in the brain is to block an inhibitory neurotransmitter called Adenosine. This way, it actually increases the firing of neurons and the concentration of neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine.

Caffeine has been intensively studied before and consistently leads to improvements in various aspects of brain function, including improved mood, vigilance, reaction time and memory.

However… green tea contains

Studies show that caffeine and L-theanine can have synergistic effects. The

Because of the L-theanine and the smaller dose of caffeine, green tea can give you a much milder and different kind of “buzz” than coffee.

Many people report having more stable energy and being much more productive when they drink green tea, compared to coffee.

 

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3. Green Tea Increases Fat Burning and Improves Physical Performance

 

If you look at the ingredients list for any fat burning supplement, chances are that green tea will be on there.

This is because green tea has been shown to increase fat burning and boost the metabolic rate, in human controlled trials.

In one study in 10 healthy men, green tea increased energy expenditure by 4%.

Another study showed that fat oxidation was

However, I’d like to point out that some studies on green tea don’t show any increase in metabolism, so the effects may depend on the individual.

Caffeine itself has also been shown to improve physical performance by mobilizing fatty acids from the fat tissues and making them available for use as energy.

In two separate review studies, caffeine has been shown to increase physical performance by 11-12%, on average.

 

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4. Antioxidants in Green Tea May Lower Your Risk of Various Types of Cancer

 

Cancer is caused by uncontrolled growth of cells. It is one of the world’s leading causes of death.

It is well known that oxidative damage contributes to the development of cancer and that antioxidants can have a protective effect.

Green tea is an

Breast cancer:

Prostate cancer:

Colorectal cancer:

Multiple other observational studies show that green tea drinkers are significantly less likely to get various types of cancer.

It is important to keep in mind that it may be a

 

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5. Green Tea May Protect Your Brain in Old Age, Lowering Your Risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

 

Not only can green tea improve brain function in the short term, it may also protect your brain in old age.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease in humans and a leading cause of dementia.

Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease and involves the death of dopamine producing neurons in the brain.

Multiple studies show that the catechin compounds in green tea can have various protective effects on neurons in test tubes and animal models, potentally lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

 

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6. Green Tea Can Kill Bacteria, Which Improves Dental Health and Lowers Your Risk of Infection

 

The

Some studies show that they can kill bacteria and inhibit viruses like the influenza virus, potentially lowering your risk of infections.

Streptococcus mutans

Studies show that the catechins in green tea can inhibit the growth of streptococcus mutans. Green tea consumption is associated with improved dental health and a lower risk of caries.

Another

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7. Green Tea May Lower Your Risk of Type II Diabetes

 

Type II

This disease involves having elevated blood sugar levels in the context of insulin resistance or an inability to produce insulin.

Studies show that green tea can improve insulin sensitivity and reduce blood sugar levels.

One study in Japanese individuals found that those who drank the most green tea had a

According to a review of 7 studies with a total of 286,701 individuals, green tea drinkers had an 18% lower risk of becoming diabetic.

 

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8. Green Tea May Reduce Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

 

Cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke, are the biggest causes of death in the world.

Studies show that green tea can improve some of the

This includes total

Green tea also dramatically increases the antioxidant capability of the blood, which protects the LDL cholesterol particles from oxidation, which is one part of the pathway towards heart disease.

Given the beneficial effects on risk factors, it is not surprising to see that green tea drinkers have up to a 31% lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

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9. Green Tea Can Help You Lose Weight and Lower Your Risk of Becoming Obese

 

Given that

Several studies show that green tea leads to decreases in body fat, especially in the abdominal area.

One of these studies was a randomized controlled trial in 240 men and women that went on for 12 weeks. In this study, the green tea group had significant decreases in body fat percentage, body weight, waist circumference and abdominal fat.

However, some studies don’t show a statistically significant increases in weight loss with green tea, so this needs to be taken with a grain of

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10. Green Tea May Decrease Your Risk of Dying and Help You Live Longer

Of course, we all have to die eventually. That is inevitable.

However, given that green tea drinkers are at a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer, it makes sense that it could help you live longer.

In a study of 40,530 Japanese adults, those who drank the most green tea (5 or more cups per day) were significantly less likely to die during an 11 year period:

Death of all causes:

Death from heart disease:

Death from stroke:

Another study in 14,001 elderly Japanese individuals aged 65-84 years found that those who drank the most green tea were 76% less likely to die during the 6 year study period.

LONG ISLAND ICED TEA

On paper, the Long Island Iced Tea is one hot mess of a drink. Four different—and disparate—spirits slugging it out in a single glass, along with triple sec, lemon juice and cola? The recipe reads more like a frat house hazing than one of the world’s most popular cocktails. And yet, somehow, it works. That’s because the Long Island Iced Tea succeeds where so many of today’s refined cocktails fall short: It’s boozy AF—more than four ounces of alcohol against less than half that amount in mixers. Unless you’re a sailor on shore leave, that’s a red-flag ratio rife with morning-after consequences. It’s also precisely what a person needs every now and then. Best then not to intellectualize the Long Island Iced Tea and simply love it for what it is: an easy-gulping, one-and-done stiffy. If you’re looking to tame your tea a bit, pull back the boozy parts from three-quarter ounce to half-ounce, and lean in on the cola. The good people of Long Island won’t be offended.

INGREDIENTS IN THE LONG ISLAND ICED TEA COCKTAIL

  • Garnish:  Lemon wedge
  • Glass: Collins

HOW TO MAKE THE LONG ISLAND ICED TEA COCKTAIL

  1. Add all ingredients except the cola into a Collins glass with ice.
  2. Top with a splash of the cola and stir briefly.
  3. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
  4. Serve with a straw.

OTHER INFORMATION:

We can’t liethe Long Island Iced Tea is one of our favorite guilty pleasures. Check out our eight favorite embarrassing drinks. (And if you’re brave enough, share your own.)

EARL GREY

Since our first days brewing from our Citroen-H van, people have asked if we serve Earl Grey. Our answer for a long while was no, not yet – we wanted to do it properly. Among the first of our flavoured teas, we wanted our Earl Grey to be something we could be proud of – a good and proper tea like the rest. Last spring, after many, many rounds of tastings, we finally landed on something wonderfully simple and launched it as our 29th tea.

Good & Proper Tea at Brockley Market

Where is Good & Proper Earl Grey tea from?

Earl Grey is a black tea which has been flavoured with bergamot oil, taken from the rind of this Sicilian citrus fruit. During the course of the development of our Earl Grey, we tried multiple different black tea bases in different blends and with different levels of oiling. In the end, we opted for something wonderfully simple – our Earl Grey loose leaf black tea is made up of a single-origin, Ceylon black tea base, from the remote Uva region in Sri Lanka (read more about this tea-growing region here), which is known for producing teas with natural citrus and pine notes, which naturally work well with the bergamot. The oil itself is extracted from the skin of the bergamot fruit, before being reduced to a concentrate and then tumbled through the tea and allowed to settle. During this process the majority of the liquid evaporates off the leaves, leaving the residual flavour behind. When brewed, both the tea and oil infuse into the water, giving the liquor that beautiful orange colour and distinct, aromatic flavour. The combination of the black tea and bergamot is the perfect balance of body and aroma – not overtly fragrant but with enough of the spicy hit of bergamot to make it a true earl grey. We also add blue cornflowers to our Earl Grey, but just because we love the way they look.

Earl Grey loose leaf

How to brew Earl Grey tea

As with all of our teas, we provide brewing instructions for how to make the most delicious cup. As Earl Grey has a Ceylon base, it is best brewed like other black teas – at a high temperature for a longer period of time than other tea types, such as greens, oolongs and whites. We recommend brewing 3.5g dried leaf (2 tsp), per 200ml teapot, in just before boiling 98C water for 3 minutes.

The result is a beautiful amber liquor and the perfect balance of body and fragrant aroma.

Earl Grey lifestyle shot

How best to drink Earl Grey

When it came to launching our Earl Grey in 2017, there was the much debated subject of how best to enjoy it. So we asked for your thoughts on the ultimate question – milk or no milk?

58% of you said that you prefer a splash of your milk with your Earl Grey, whilst 30% said that they enjoy it best, drunk with milk. 12% said that they like to take their Earl Grey with a slice of lemon. We think that our particular Earl Grey tastes delicious black, but we’d have to agree with the majority of you, that there is nothing better than a pot at tea time with a delicious cake and a good book – brewed with freshly drawn water, just off the boil, then poured over a dash of semi-skimmed milk.

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How much caffeine is there in Earl Grey?

Due to its black tea base, a cup of Earl Grey contains a reasonable amount of caffeine. You can read more about how much caffeine you can find in a cup of tea, in our article here. Whilst coffee and tea both contain levels of caffeine when drunk, tea also contains an amino acid called l-theanine which has calming properties that leave the drinker feeling refreshed, but without the jittery effect you might experience with coffee.

Earl Grey is also sometimes heralded for its proposed health benefits, such as reducing anxiety, and lowering cholesterol, thanks to the presence of bergamot.

Earl Grey web ready

Each of our teas are numbered, in the order that we added them to the G&P lineup. Earl Grey is #29, the most recent addition to our tea collection, and after launching it in spring 2017, we are delighted to know that our tea drinkers love it every bit as much as we do.

PERFECT BREW

It’s all about the details when it comes to making a perfect cup of tea.

Of course you can just boil some water and grab a tea bag but if you want to elevate the experience, there are a couple of extra steps you can take.

How do you make tea properly?
[1] Warm the tea pot and teacups.
[2] Use cold filtered water.
[3] Setting the correct water temperature for your tea.
[4] Using 1 heaping teaspoon of tea per cup.
[5] Steeping whole leaf tea or high quality tea.
[6] Setting the timer to steep the tea for the right amount of time.

And my reward? A perfect pot of tea each and every time.

For me, the joy of tea is in the ritual. The more I repeat the series of steps for brewing tea the proper way, the more I enjoy it.

There are many ways to make a cup of tea using different vessels but the easiest is in a teapot.

The other methods use country-specific steeping pots or cups like gaiwan (Chinese) or yixing teapot (Chinese), or kyusu (Japanese). There is a bit of technique and formality to using each of these vessels so it’s not as easy to use as a simple teapot.

Water for Tea

I like to use filtered water for tea. Use clean, cold water that won’t add any other taste to your tea.

Water Temperature

Water that has come to a gentle boil is best for black and oolong tea. For green and white tea, go for a lower temperature (simmered water).

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Amount of Tea to Steep

The general rule of thumb is to steep 1 heaping teaspoon of tea for every cup of water.

If you want to get fancy and use a scale, weigh out 3 grams of tea for each cup.

Best Tea to Steep

I rarely use tea bags since the tea is usually not as good as whole or loose leaf tea.

Tea in tea bags are the leftover broken bits, or “tea dust”, collected after whole tea has been processed. That doesn’t sound too appealing does it?

Good quality tea is a rolled whole tea leaf. As the tea steeps, it will unfurl in the hot water and you should be able to see the entire leaf. Whole, loose leaf tea is the best tea to steep.

Brew tea

Steeping Time

Oversteeping tea leads to a bitter cup. This is the time to use the timer on your phone.

Follow the steep time recommendations on the tea package, but roughly it is: black tea usually steeps for 4-5 minutes, green and oolong for 3 minutes, and white tea for 4 minutes.

Once the time is up, your tea is ready to drink. Don’t leave the tea leaves sitting in water since that just makes the tea way too strong and bitter.

If you’re making a big pot of tea, use a tea filter to take out the leaves after the steep time. You can add the filter back in the teapot if you want to steep the tea again in hot water.