"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me."
~ C.S. Lewis

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The "Teatox" Experiment with Your Tea's Tiny Tea

Teatox: A new term used to describe a "detox tea" system to help individuals lose weight.

I first learned about "teatox" through an account (will remain nameless) on Instagram. I was a bit annoyed that someone would advertised their "tea" as a fast and effective way to lose weight. What they didn't tell you was that there was a laxative effect which is not at all healthy for you! My first thought when I heard about a "teatox" was "couldn't that technically be all tea?" With all the health benefits from various types of teas how could someone just label one specific blend as a teatox? The difference with it is that it's sold that way. It comes with a schedule, eating plan and exercise tips. After extensive research, I decided I wanted to try one for my blog. I picked out Your Tea's 14 days Tiny Teatox as it was the most gentle one I found. No laxatives and derived from Traditional Chinese Medicine principles. 
 
Before I begin this review, let me start by explaining my intention for this teatox. I did not want to lose weight, instead my focus was on the tea itself. The taste is what mattered most to me and anything else I enjoyed that came with it would be just a bonus.

"My intricately balanced herbal blend will nourish and cleanse your digestive system, providing it the support it needs to replenish and restore back to its natural state. This cleanse will assist with reducing weight, easing bloating, increasing digestion functionality, improving skin clarity, increasing energy levels and alleviate issues associated with food intolerance. Formulated with Chinese medicine herbs and based upon Chinese medicinal principles, TinyTea is the only herbal cleanse on the market that does not produce a laxative effect. TinyTea has been created by qualified Chinese Medicine practitioners with considerable years of experience." 
Source: johannekohlmetz.dk
Ingredients: Oolong tea, Sicklepod Senna See, Loutus Leaf, Hawthron Berry

Steep Time: 7 minutes

Directions: Steep one tea bag in boiling water for 5-7 minutes and consume 30 minutes prior to a meal, three times a day.

Smell: As I opened the package that came to my door step I instantly could smell Your Tea's Tiny Teatox. It's a relaxing and soothing scent that kind of has a "bounce" to it. It is a very strong scent and that's what I love about it. For example, the box was sitting in my room for a couple of hours and now my room is like a Your Tea headquarters!

Taste: Hot or cold, I enjoyed the taste more than I expected. I don't sweeten it at all although Your Tea says you are able to use lemon or honey to adjust the taste and still get results.

Overall: I feel great but then again I feel great whenever I drink tea. I will also say that I did notice a clear up with my skin. To be honest, I didn't stick to the three times a day schedule. Simply because I often forgot about it or because there just wasn't enough time for me to actually make the tea, drink it 30 minutes before my meal and then eat. Whether or not it doesn't help you lose weight it's still a healthy beverage to consume. I think the experiences will differ from everyone that tries this as no two bodies are the same. Don't expect to purchase this tea or any other teatox and let it work it's "miracles". You still have to go out there and put the work in yourself. Take advantage of Your Tea's helpful eating plan. Eat healthy, exercise, and love yourself. Although I am in love with the packaging, I wish that one day Your Tea will move away from bagged tea and on to loose leaf. Show us your all! 

You can find out more about Your Tea and their tea products at their website here.
Find them on Instagram: @yourtea & @tinyteatox

Friday, July 11, 2014

How to Tea: Make your own latte at home!

There are various versions online of how to make your own tea latte at home. I have been playing around with this quite a bit lately and it's a lot of fun to test different methods out. The great part is that you don't need an expensive machine. Making your own latte at home is simple, cheaper, and it's just a great feeling when you're drinking a fancy beverage that you know you made yourself!

Today, I'm sharing with you three different methods I tried in order from least favourite to the best! The tea I used for this experiement was Seven Sisters Tea's Caramel Cherry Cheesecake. Bonus: for a limited time, The Cup of Life readers can get 20% off their entire online order with Seven Sisters Tea. Shop around on their website and be sure to enter the code: TEACUPOFLIFE at the check out! 


What You Need

  • your favourite mug/teacup
  • a kettle filled with fresh water
  • measuring cup
  • 1-2 teaspoons of the tea of your choice
  • milk (latte = milk in Italian!)
  • sweetener of your choice

Directions 

1. Begin by grabbing your favourite mug or teacup to drink out of. 
2. Boil water at the appropriate temperature for the tea you use and pour it over 1-2 teaspoons of tea leaves. Fill your mug or teacup about 3/4 of the way because you want to leave good enough room for the milk.
3. Let your tea steep for the amount of time needed and then add a the sweetener of your choice directly into the tea. 
4. Measure about half a cup of milk into a measuring cup. You can use any type of milk that you like too - skim, whole, almond...the possibilities are endless!

Now for the fun part.... 

Microwave Method

  • Heat the milk in the microwave for 1 minute. The microwave will warm up the milk and gently steam it. It may create a small froth like effect on the surface. This is my least favourite way to do it but if a microwave is all you have to use it's better than nothing! 

Stove Top Method

  • In a small sauce pan pour your milk and have it heat up on medium heat. It's important to not let your milk boil. Once you begin to see small bubbles form take it off the heat. I think this way is pretty decent, I especially like using it when I make tea infused hot chocolate as it creates a creamy consistency. 

Hand-Held Frother

  • I few years back I got a hand held frother from a store that was closing. I can't find the exact one I have but it's very similar to this one at Ikea for four bucks. I know you can get other ones like this else where but I've always found them to be a lot pricier. For four bucks you can't go wrong. Battery operated, you place the frother directly into the milk and press the button. The trick is to not do it for too long or the froth consistency will ruin. Once you notice a good froth you can stop. It took me a while to get the hang of it but now I'm always using it!
For all three of these methods, after you prepare the milk to your desire you can gently pour it directly into your mug of tea. Some liquid milk will go into the tea and you should have a froth at the surface. There's an old rule I heard once that if you place a spoon on top of the froth and it does not sink then that means you've done a great job. It wasn't possible for me to do the first few times though! If you like you can even add a sweetener to the milk before you froth it.
Experiment and enjoy! 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Tea Round App


I have shared a tea app a few posts back and I just came across another that differs from it. Have you ever wanted a cup of tea but didn't feel like making it? Tried to make someone else make the tea? Tea Round App is kind of silly, yet useful as it is all about settling who has to make the tea. It's only available for iPhone at the moment and I'm hoping it will make it's way to Android soon.

Easy to use, Tea Round App consists of four simple steps:

Step 1: To kick things off you need to choose, edit or add a new Tea Round. You can save as many as you want for home, office, friends and family.
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Step 2: Now you can remove the sick and work-shy.. and add those looking to sneak in on the round.. You know who you are.
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Step 3: Now for the magic. Shake, tap or spin and a brewer gets chosen at random. Remember, Tea Round’s decision is final and legally binding.

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Step 4: There is no step 4. What did you think it was going to be? Just sit back and wait for your cup ‘o’ gold. Or make the round if you lost. 

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If you're interested in any more information about Tea Round App, or just to download it for FREE you can do so from their website here.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Tea Review: The Persimmon Tree's Jasmine Pearls

Jasmine Pearls - The Persimmon Tree


Ingredients: Organic Jasmine-Scented Green Loose-Leaf Tea

Steep Time:
3 minutes

First Sip Thought: "Breathtaking!"

Smell:
Woo...very fragrant but that's to be expected with something as precious as Jasmine Pearls. Even though the Jasmine smell is quite strong, I feel like the floral scent relaxes me. The after steep colour was surprisingly very bright.

Taste:
Move over diamonds, this girl has a new best friend in town: Jasmine Pearls! Before trying them I was aware how beautiful it would be to watch the tight leaves unfurl. It's an added bonus! This tea would be ideal for tea meditation because it's hard to not focus on the steep process. These Jasmine Pearls have a smooth taste with sweet undertones. Drinking this tea is sort of like indulging in a cup of green tea outside near a bed of Jasmines. As mentioned in the "smell" section, the jasmines are made evident quite well. Some might think too much but I find that with the taste it isn't as strong as the smell made it seem. If you're a jasmine lover you should not have any problems with it.

 
Verdict: 3.5 out of 5 tea leaves
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

"Plain White TEA" Shirt Campaign

http://teespring.com/plainwhiteteashirt

Hi everyone,

We launched a “tea” shirt campaign today that lasts until July 21 – for the tea drinkers and the simple t-shirt lovers. If anyone would like to show their tea support by purchasing this exclusive custom tee you may do so here: http://teespring.com/plainwhiteteashirt

The way the campaign works is that we need to sell 20 shirts in order to have them printed. If we do not, then no shirts get printed. Don’t worry, you won’t be charged unless the goal is reached! Your shirt is printed on high quality material 100% made and printed in the U.S.A. Available for a limited time only, so buy yours now! 

Thanks in advance for any support,

The Cup of Life

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Genmaicha Rice Soup Recipe

Inspired by the #TEAityChat I co-hosted earlier this week, here's an alternative choice from your usual chicken noodle soup for when you need a pick me up. I found that most people were asking about using the liquid from tea in a dish opposed to just the leaves. We later discussed that you can in fact use BOTH. I can not stress enough how simple this recipe is using Genmaicha -- a delicate Japanese green tea layered with toasted and puffed rice. If it's your first time trying to incorporate tea into your dishes than this is for you!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 4 teaspoons of Genmaicha (I used this one from Seven Sisters Tea)
  • 2 cups cooked rice (brown or white..you decide!)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 (5-oz) package dried mushrooms
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup green onions, sliced
  • fresh basil leaves (optional)

Directions

1. Heat the water in a large pot at medium-high. 
2. Add the Genmaicha in before the water begins to boil and let it brew for three minutes. Remember, the leaves are very delicate so do not over steep or have the water temperature too hot as you can burn them and create a bitter taste.
3. Remove the leaves from the pot. You can use them to re-steep yourself a cuppa or find out many other ways to reuse your tea bags or tea leaves here.
4. Add the soy sauce and dried mushrooms. Remove from heat. 
5. Whisk the two eggs and while broth is still at a near-boil, drizzle them in.
6. Portion out the rice into two bowls and layer the Genmaicha broth all over. 
7. Garnish with green onions and the optional fresh basil leaves.
7. Sit back, relax & enjoy!
 
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