My Tea Break

Rediscovering Tea around the world

Tea Wishlist @ My Sea Story Blog

My friend Joana has an amazing blog about her life at Turks and Caicos – My Sea Story – and she also loves Tea. She kindly invited me to guest blog on her blog with a wishlist of Teas. It’s very difficult for me to choose 5 favourite Teas as I get into Tea phases where I drink more green Tea or more Oolong Tea.

Here are my Tea choices for this month (as you can see I am currently going through a Green Tea phase):



1. Rare Tea Company Whole Leaf Tea – An exquisite Chinese Green Tea that is meticulously hand-crafted. It has a refreshing and light smoky flavour which is the antithesis of bitter, mass produced Green Tea.

2. My Tea Break White Peony – A delicious introduction to Chinese White Tea. This Tea has a creamy and soft taste with a refreshing and sweet aftertaste. You can drink it at any time of the day.

3. Tea Pigs Jasmine Pearls – Little pearls of hand rolled green Tea tips which have been delicately infused with pure jasmine flowers. An amazing refreshing and floral taste.

4. Argo Tea Moroccon Mist – This moroccon mist Tea, a natural gunpowder green Tea from China blended with a refreshing burst of mint, always brings me great memories of travelling with Joana in Morocco.

5. Lahloo Tea Puerh Shou Vintage – Produced by the Mannong Project, a fair trade cooperative, in the heart of a 1500-year-old ancient forest in Yunnan, China. Not everyone’s cup of Tea, but such a special deep, dark, sweet and smooth Tea.

6. Harney & Sons Caribe Blend – This exotic blend of green and black teas enhanced by tropical flavours, such as hibiscus, guava, coconuts and strawberry, marigolds and cornflowers. Perfect if you live in an island like Joana.

Thanks Joana for the invitation!

Happy Tea Break.




Health Research: Tea may lower the risk against prostate cancer

U.S News reported recently that Tea  may lower the risk against prostate cancer due to its high concentration of flavanoids.

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This  preliminary research involved 1,900 patients newly diagnosed with prostate cancer. It was found that those whose diets included the highest amount of flavonoids were 25 % less likely to have been diagnosed with the fastest-moving and harshest form of the disease compared to those who had been taking in the fewest flavonoids.

Susan Steck, associate professor at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health and author of this study says that this study was aimed at comparing men with low agressive disease to high agressive and the impact of flavonoids on reducing the risk of aggressive prostate cancer. The authors identified Green and Black Tea, as well as orange and grapefruit juice, as the prime sources of flavonoids consumed by study participants. Strawberries, onions, cooked greens, kale and broccoli also were popular flavonoid-rich foods.”They may not affect your risk for getting the cancer, but it may mitigate against the kind of cancer you would get” she added.

Susan Steck and her colleagues will discuss their findings at the annual cancer prevention meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, in Anaheim, Calif.

There are also other health studies that show that these particular antioxidants may help reduce cancer risk by fighting inflammation, oxidation, cell death and tumor cell growth.

Happy Tea Break.

Sencha Green Tea

Sencha is one of the most popular varieties of Japanese green Teas and definitely one of my favourite Teas. Sen meaning green and cha meaning tea, sencha translates literally as green Tea.

The process by which Sencha  is created differs from Chinese green Teas, which are initially pan-fired. This Tea is gently steamed to fix the leaves and preserve their original green colour before being rolled and dried into a flat needle shape.

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Sencha is the most common Tea in Japan, accounting for three quarters of all Tea drunk in the country.  When you drink Tea in a Japanese restaurant  it is likely to be Sencha.  

This Tea  is grown in almost all the Tea producing areas of Japan so the quality can vary a lot depending on the harvesting season and area.

I’ve recently tried a sencha from the Uji area which was delicious. The leaves had a deep green colour with an aroma of fresh grass and perfectly balanced flavour. It had a refreshing and sweet aftertaste with a subtle astringency.

If you’re a sushi fan I encourage you to order Sencha Tea on your next sushi meal! It’s delicious…

Sushi and Tea

Happy Tea Break.


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Genmaicha – Brown Rice Tea

Genmaicha, often called “Popcorn Tea”  or “Brown Rice Tea” is a traditional Japanese blend with Green Tea and roasted brown rice. 

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Although there are several versions about the origins of Genmaicha, it seems that it was invented about 90 years ago by a small Tea shop in Kyoto, Japan. The original motivation was to create a more affordable Tea for mass consumption. The reputation of being a cheap tea has stuck with Genmaicha until very recently. It was mostly made with low grade tea leaves from the late harvest (bancha) and the rice was used to mask any off-flavours. Nowadays,  you can find Genmaicha with much higher quality sencha or the addition of matcha and is now consumed by all social classes in Japan and abroad.

Genmaicha has a natural nutty and toasty flavour and aroma and can be served either as a hot or cold drink. It is delicious either way…

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To brew this Tea you should use spring water (as always!), temperature should be between 70°C and 80°C and infuse between 2-3 min. The Tea leaves do not have to be removed after the first steeping, simply add more hot water after the first cup is enjoyed.

Happy Tea Break.


Matcha Smoothie

Today I tried this Matcha smoothie recipe. The recipe is very simple. You combine 1 cup of greek yogurt (you can also use 1 cup of milk or soy milk) , 1 teaspoon of matcha powder, and ice cubes in to a blender.

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One glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green Tea in terms of its nutritional value and antioxidant content. That’s because when you drink Matcha you’re drinking the whole leaf (finely ground and powdered).

The result is a delicious and healthy smoothie and a boost of energy to start the day!

Happy Tea Break.



Green Tea may help trim bad cholesterol

A recent U.S study* shows that green Tea may help trim bad cholesterol.

The research, published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, pooled the results of 20 clinical trials that involved a total of 1,415 adults and shows that green Tea trimmed 5 to 6 points more from people’s total cholesterol and “bad” LDL cholesterol levels than other treatments.

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The trials tested green Tea in a cup or capsules containing green Tea compounds. Green Tea in a cup was more consistently effective than capsules, though the benefits overall were fairly small, noted senior researcher Olivia Phung, an assistant professor of pharmacy at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California.

Olivia Phung also suggests that if someone is already taking medicine for their cholesterol they should stick with it but adding green Tea to the diet could further improve the cholesterol results.

There are other questions too, including what dose of green tea catechins is ideal, but the researchers were unable to test for a “dose-response” effect, which would have shown whether the cholesterol benefits increase as the catechin dose goes up.

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Despite the positive health benefits, Green Tea should always be taken in moderation as it contains caffeine.

Happy Tea Break.


 *(Source: Reporting from New York by Amy Norton at Reuters Health; editing by Elaine Lies and Idayu Suparto)