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12 More Facts Every Tea Drinker Should Know

This is the second part of this fun tea fact series - you can read Part 1 HERE>

Adding milk to your cup can help keep your teeth white?! That and more - read on!

Tea is a staple for many, whether starting or ending the day (or both!), and for good reason—it's comforting, delicious, and pairs well with a variety of foods. This centuries-old beverage offers a caffeinated alternative to coffee and boasts numerous health benefits according to various studies. With thousands of varieties, there's truly a tea for everyone!

Mastering the art of steeping tea at home is a game changer and it's a pleasure when we convert new customers from bagged tea to loose tea. By considering factors such as temperature, water quality, and serving size, you can craft the perfect cup in your own kitchen. Each type of tea leaf has its own ideal steeping time, so read on to learn more. We've also included fun facts about tea's rich history and alternative uses for tea bags.

From tips on selecting the perfect tea for your taste to exploring the vast array of flavors (including a tea that closely resembles coffee!), there's always more to discover and love about the world's most widely consumed beverage—second only to water. So, grab a warm mug of your favorite blend (we're partial to calming herbal teas this time of year), cozy up, and enjoy these fascinating tea facts.

1. Adding milk to tea helps keep your teeth white

It's strange but true! There may be a simple way to keep your pearly whites from tea stains. One study showed that adding a splash of milk was surprisingly effective in preventing stained teeth - in fact, better than teeth whitening toothpastes could!*1

2. You should add milk first, then your tea

While this is a traditionally hotly contested topic, it turns out factually that pouring the milk in your cup first may have scientific benefits. According to a study adding the milk to your cup after the tea heats it unevenly and takes away the flavor.*2 We've found this to be true as well. Another benefit we've found is that adding milk first allows the warmer cup to raise the milk temperature so it's not such a shock to the tea when added to your cup.

3. How  you store your tea impacts how your tea tastes

The enemies of fresh tea are primarily light, air and moisture. We keep all of our teas away from these - long term storage in an air tight container that is opaque is best.

4. Green teas have numerous health benefits

Medical studies show that green tea may help kill oral cancer cells,*3 improve brain scans in cancer patients,*4 and reduce prostate cancer in high risk men.*5 We've also shared how green tea can help your hair as well as 10 Health Benefits of Green Tea

5. Not all green teas taste the same

Japanese green tea like our Organic Kabusecha is generally steamed, leading to a softer and brighter taste. Chinese green tea like our Imperial Gunpowder, on the other hand, is usually pan fired, and offers a more charred and nutty flavor.

6. There are many tea alternatives for coffee lovers

For instance, Lapsang Souchong has a dark and smokey flavor, while Genmaicha resembles more nut-based coffees. Mate Joe has actual broken coffee beans.

7. Keeping your tea as natural as possible is ideal

Tea alone is more than enough flavor, so if you're putting in the work to steep the perfect cup, let yourself enjoy the authentic taste especially if you're using quality loose leaf teas. Instead of a heaping mound of sugar, try a drizzle of honey for a touch of sweetness or Belgian Beets Rock Sugar.

8. Drinking a cup of tea can increase your focus

Tea contains a special amino acid called L-theanine which, research suggests, may help you focus*6 and relax your mind without making you feel drowsy.*7

9. Tea is pretty much calorie free😍

Tea contains only a few calories per cup,*8 which is a great place to start! It's everything that's added afterwards, such as sugar, that's less healthy. This is why fast food sweet teas or canned teas aren't the best for you especially when compared to loose leaf tea.

10. Earl Grey was named after an actual person

Born in 1764, Lord Charles Gray 2nd Earl Grey, who ultimately became Prime Minster of the UK for 4 years, "reputedly received a gift of tea that was flavored with bergamot oil. It became so popular that he asked British tea merchants to recreate it."*9 And the tea world has never been the same!

11. Tea plants can grow up to 15 feet in height*10

Of course, tea plants that are meant to be harvested can easily be trimmed down to 4 or 6 feet or shaped as a hedge. Can you imagine harvesting 15 ft plants?!

12. Tea bags were invented in the 1900s

In 1901, two women filed the patent for a "tea-leaf holder".*11 Then, in 1908 an American importer began selling silk pouches containing samples of his latest teas.*12 While he didn't intend for it to happen, customers started dunking them straight into the water.

We have dozens more facts every tea drinker should know - stay tuned for part 3!

*1 Source International Journal of Dental Hygiene and University of Alberta
*2 Source The Guardian
*3 Source Medical Daily
*4 Source Science Daily
*5 Source Science Daily
*6 Source National Library of Medicine
*7 Source National Library of Medicine
*8 Source WebMD
*9 Source Gov.UK
*10 Source Missouri Botanical Garden
*11 Source Google Patents
*12 Source Time

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