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Vegan Chocolate Coffee Pudding

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Here is a quick and simple, protein packed recipe worthy of sharing with a friend – or four! This vegan chocolate coffee pudding is mildly sweet, with subtle dark and rich notes of Humani-T’s very own Organic Fair Trade Coffee.

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 – 14 oz. organic extra firm tofu
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup, or more to taste
  • 3 Tablespoons brewed Humani-T Organic Fair Trade Coffee, chilled
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • (Optional) 2 Tablespoons vegan whipped cream

Instructions

  1. Brew Humani-T Organic Fair Trade Coffee according to instruction, and allow to completely cool before use.
  2. Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth and of semi-thick consistency.
  3. Refrigerate pudding to allow cooling until ready to serve.
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Dark Cherry Mocha

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Cherries are one of the best fruits of early and late summer. Packed with antioxidants and sweet natural sugars to the pit, these juicy treats are perfect when paired with coffee’s rich flavor.  The recipe today is a great complement to cherry’s divine flavor. It’s the perfect beverage/dessert to tickle your fancy with whipped cream and a cherry on top.

Dark Cherry Mocha

Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. brewed Humani-T Organic Fair Trade ground coffee
  • 1½ Tablespoons cane sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon unsweetened dark cocoa powder
  • ¼ PLUS 1/8-teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/8 to ¼ teaspoon cherry extract
  • Whipping or heavy cream
  • Chocolate sauce (optional garnish)
  • Cherries (optional garnish)

Instructions

  1. Brew your Humani-T Organic Fair Trade ground coffee. Meanwhile reserve a large mug, along with whipping cream, chocolate sauce, and cherries to the side.
  2. Now, add sugar, cocoa powder, almond extract, and cherry extract, to a small container. Mix well.
  3. To bring this all together, add some chocolate sauce to the bottom of the mug. When coffee is ready, pour it over the top. Add the mixed container of ingredients in, and stir well.
  4. Finally, add whipping cream or heavy cream, garnish with cherries, and serve.
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Good Morning Iced Coffee

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This is seriously the perfect morning iced coffee! It is quick, simple, and tastes great. Why not save some money for lunch and make this iced coffee in the convenience of your home.

Good Morning Iced Coffee

Preparation: Over Night | Serves: 1

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Brew Humani-T Fair Trade ground cof according to instructions, and pour into a heat resistant glass mug.
  2. Add sugar, vanilla, milk or cream, and stir.
  3. Refrigerate overnight, and in the morning add ice and enjoy.
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Spiced Ginger Tea Cookies

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There is sugar, spice, and everything nice in these cookies! Check out these spiced ginger tea cookies, perfect right out of the oven. Enjoy them beside your favorite Humani-T Cafe tea for a midnight snack, or early morning indulgence!

Spiced Ginger Tea Cookies

Preparation Time: 15 minutes | Bake Time: 10 minutes |  Total Time: 25 minutes | Makes: 15-16 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1¼ teaspoons dry Humani-T ginger, ground
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • Pinch all spice
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated white sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ regular egg
  • 2 ½ Tablespoon molasses
  • 2 teaspoons brewed Humani-T ginger tea

 Instructions

  1. Brew some Humani-T ginger tea, and set to the side. We will use a little in a moment for the recipe. No worries, there will be some left for sipping 🙂
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius).
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl mix together: flour, dry ground Humani-T ginger tea, baking soda, ground cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and sea salt, and then set to the side.
  4. Next, in a second but large mixing bowl, beat an egg, then add in remaining ingredients and cream together.
  5. Once well incorporated, slowly add dry bowl of ingredients to the wet bowl of ingredients. Once mixed, begin forming cookies by rolling dough into uniform sized balls in the palms of your hands, placing the cookies 2 inches apart from one another on a non-stick cookie sheet. Press them down slightly on the tops.
  6. Bake cookies for about 10 minutes, and allow to cool before serving.
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Easy Caramel Latte Ice Cream

Easy Caramel Latte Ice Cream

Caffeine lovers, here is your perfect dessert fix as we reach the later part of the summer. How about a caramel latte in an ice cream form? That’s right, this delicious coffee and caramel cream based frozen treat is smooth, sweet, and simple to make. It is truly divine.

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1½ cup full fat coconut milk
  • ½ cup Humani-T coffee, brewed and chilled
  • ½ cup granulated sugar, or more to taste
  • ¼ cup caramel sauce, for drizzle or add in
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch sea salt

Instructions

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the cream and sugar, and whisk until sugar dissolves.
  2. Next, add in the coconut milk, vanilla, pinch of salt, and brewed/chilled coffee. Whisk well.
  3. Now cover this mixture and refrigerate for an hour, or so until chilled.
  4. Add ice cream mixture to ice cream maker and churn according to instructions. Add in caramel sauce at the midway point of churning, or drizzle over the top.
  5. Serve once finished churning, or store in a freezer safe container until ready to serve.
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Chocolate Banana Coffee Smoothie

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Coffee and smoothies are both huge staples around the world – especially in the morning! We suppose it is safe to say that both of these kick starters are sticking around for the foreseeable future – and for good reason! Smoothies are an awesome way to feel full without compromise, and coffee is a good way to put on that energized morning smile without forcing it! Whether you are a self-proclaimed coffee addict or a smoothie fan, in this recipe we have created a fair compromise with a hybrid – a coffee smoothie! Yes, the two have become one, and they are bound together inseparably by everyone’s favorite flavor… chocolate! Cheers!

Chocolate Banana Coffee Smoothie

Preparation Time: 10 minutes  | Total Time: 10 minutes  |  Serves: Approx. 1

  • ½ cup prepared Humani-T Organic Fair Trade Coffee, cooled
  • ½ cup dairy or non-dairy milk
  • 1 small ripe banana, peeled
  • 1 Tablespoon dried coconut flakes
  • ½ Tablespoon cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup crushed ice
  • A hint of sweetener of choice (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Serve chilled.

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The best brewing methods for too-lazy-to-brew and other moods

There is a time in every tea lover’s life, when no matter how much he /she likes tea, he/she just feels too lazy to spend time on a proper brewing and wants that cup of tea right now. Sure, there are teabag options out there, thousands and thousands of them, but if you have strongly decided to use only loose leaf, that option is out of the questions. So what can you do to satisfy your tea need when you are in a rush or just feel you are in a too-lazy-to-brew mood?

Here are the best options for black, green and oolong teas.

Sun Brewing

Sun brewing is perfect for black teas and hot sunny days. All you need is a glass teapot and black tea of your choice. Darjeeling, Nuwara Eliya or Dimbula will give amazing pure results. Put around one big spoon of leaves into a glass teapot or a jar, add one liter of water and let is brew in sun for 3-4 hours. Temperature above 30 degrees are not only good for tanning, but for getting just the right amount of tannins out of the leaves. You can drink it warm or add ice.

Sun brewing

Fridge Brewing

Fridge brewing is another great way to prepare tea in summer. Fridge brewing is similar to sun brewing, but instead placing your teapot outside, you place it in the fridge for 4-5 hours. You can leave it overnight if you wish and drink fresh cold tea during your morning workout. Best choices for fridge brewing are green teas – both unflavored and flavored, preferably the ones like Kyoto Cherry or Sencha, or Royal Ceylon Green. Use fresh spring water or tap water if it’s safe and good to drink.

Cup Brewing

Cup brewing is the easiest way to brew tea with hot water for all those who like semiball-rolled style oolong teas. Place 3-4 grams of leaves into your favorite cup (200-400 ml) and just add hot water (around 85-95 degrees would be perfect). You don’t need to remove the leaves, they will unfurl slowly and stay in the cup. Just add more hot water for a second brew. Orchid oolong or Goji Bubblegum oolong are an excellent choice for this type of brewing and just-want-to-relax-with-a-cup-of-hot-tea mood.

Glass Brewing

Very similar to cup brewing, except it is used for mostly green Chinese teas. Why? Because you can easily enjoy the beauty of unfurling leaves. Most well-loved choices are jasmine teas and pan-fired light green teas. Warm the glass first, add freshly boiled water and then add 1-3 grams of leaves. Be careful about the temperature, 80 degrees top. Just pour more water over the same leaves if you want another cup. This is the perfect way of brewing when you are in a too-tired-to-brew mood and want an instant energy from green tea.

Glass brewing

Pretty Brewing

Pretty brewing is our name for brewing flowering tea. Flowering teas are meant to be brewed in a glass cup as they unfurl to form beautiful shapes made of leaves and flowers. These artisan teas were hand-crafted with special attention placed on every single leaf. Use one flower ball on 150-200 ml of water, 90 degrees Celsius and let it steep for at least 3-5 minutes. Perfect for feeling-low-and-need-beauty-in-life mood.

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Creating pudding flavors with tea

Chocolate, gellato, pudding, who doesn’t like an occasional treat. Treating yourself doesn’t need to be complicated. If you are an avid tea drinker, enjoying flavors your find irresistible can be done in numerous creative ways.

Vanilla pudding is the perfect base for playing with flavors. It’s easy to make (yes, you can use the instant powder), it doesn’t contain loads of sugar (you add it by your taste) and it welcomes the amazing flavors of black tea.

Which tea to use?
Apple Crunch black tea is our favorite choice for mixing with apple chunks. Our second best choice would be Earl Grey (you can replace apples and cinnamon with raisins). Black and pu’er teas will give the best results. Do not use white or green teas.

What will you be needing?
0.5 litre of milk, 10 grams of loose leaf black tea, 1 bag of instant vanilla pudding, 1 spoon of vanilla sugar, 1 spoon of brown sugar, 1 apple, a bit of powdered cinnamon

Creating pudding flavors with tea
How to do it?
Peel the apple and cut it into small chunks. Place apples, 1 spoon of sugar, cinnamon and water in a pan and let it boil for 20 minutes.
Put 470 ml of milk and tea leaves in another pan and place over  fire for 5-10 minutes. DO not let it boil. Mix the remaining 30 ml of cold milk with instant powder and mix it well until fully dissolved. Strain the leaves from the milk and place it over fire again until boiled. Remove from fire and slowly add the pudding mixture. Stir well to prevent lumps and add boiled apple chunks. Let it simmer for few minutes. Let it cool down.  

When to make it?
Whenever you feel adventurous and want to have kitchen fun times with your favorite black tea.

Creating pudding flavors with tea
What to be careful about?
Remove the tea leaves after 5-10 minutes (depending on a type) or you could get a bitter pudding. Choose tea types that can handle high temperature (for example, Darjeeling should generally be avoided).

What are our suggested combinations?
Chocolate Orange black tea with orange sugar
Berry Berry Pu’er tea with blueberries
Canadian Maple Cream black tea with 1/2 tea spoon of maple syrup at the bottom

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Homemade fluffy lattes

Somewhere in between coffee and tea, latte is a true delight for anyone searching for a dose of energy with a fluffy milky texture. Some people cannot live without milk, and some cannot live without tea. If you belong to both categories, you might want to explore the interesting and huge world of lattes. A lot of teas can be made as a latte – black, matcha, oolong, rooibos, even some herbal ones as well. If you are new to the skill of turning your tea into a delicious slow relaxation drink, start with three suggested types.

Homemade fluffy lattes matcha

Matcha latte

Matcha latte is the simplest of all recipes for enjoying matcha every day. It’s perfect as a coffee substitute, it will give you a bit of energy and a dose of antioxidants all mixed up with rice, soy or cow milk.

Ingredients:

1-2 grams of matcha tea powder
200 ml of milk (rice, soy or cow)
50 ml of hot water cooled down to 80 degrees Celsius
Honey, maple or caramel syrup
Croquant flakes

 

You will need one bowl suitable for making matcha, matcha whisk, pan, milk frother, sifter and your favorite latte tea cup. Bring water to boil and let it cool down to 80 degrees Celsius. Sift matcha powder in the same way you would do for preparing it the regular way. Heat milk over fire without letting it boil and use whisk to make froth. Pour brewed matcha into a tea cup and pour hot milk over it. Add honey or maple syrup and mix well. You can add croquant flakes and sprinkle a bit of matcha powder on the top. Enjoy while hot.

 

Flavored black tea latte

Almost any black tea can be used for making latte. We do recommend using black teas with strong flavor, broken leaves. You can adjust the quantity to suit your taste. More flavor will be extracted from broken smaller leaves.

Ingredients:

200 ml of milk (rice, soy or cow)
100 ml of water
5 grams of loose leaf tea
Honey, maple or caramel syrup

Our suggestions are Canadian Maple Leaf, Chocolate OrangePumpkin Spice or regular Earl Grey. You will also be needing a milk frother, pan and a sifter to sift the leaves from milk. Put milk and water into a pan over low to medium fire. Do not let it boil. Add tea leaves and let it simmer for 3-5 minutes. Again, do not let it boil. Use frother to make your latte fluffy and light. Remove from fire and let it cool down for a minute or two, then use the strainer while pouring into a cup. Add honey, maple syrup or caramel. If you are using regular unflavored black tea, you can easily add a flavor – vanilla, rum, almond…

 

Spiced up Chai

Homemade fluffy lattes chai

Chai is one of those legendary Indian teas that are impossible not to be liked. Very sweet, very aromatic, and very delicious. If your Chai tasting experience never got further from instant tea bags, it’s time you get that pan on fire. The best Chai will require a bit of time, not only pouring your tea leaves with hot water and adding milk. You can use pre-made blends or mix your own.

Ingredients:

10 grams of lack tea leaves (we recommend Nuwara Eliya black tea)
Around 10 cardamom seeds
Few black peppercorns
Few anise seed1 Cinnamon stick (Ceylon type)
500 ml of milk
800 ml of water
4-6 tablespoons of sugar (or maple syrup)

Crush the spices a bit to allowed them to release more flavor. You do not need to torture them, slightly crushing will be enough. You can play with spices and add or remove those that you like or don’t like. Nutmeg, cloves, ginger, all taste great in Chai. Put water and spices in a pan and bring it to boil. Lower the heat and let it simmer for 15 minutes. Add tea leaves and let it simmer on a very low fire for around 2 minutes, then add milk and sugar and let it simmer for additional 5 minutes while stirring. Use strainer when pouring Chai into tea cups.

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Make the most out of sencha leaves

Sencha is one of those teas that you just have to have in your tea cupboard so why not make the most out of sencha leaves? Sencha is the most popular Japanese tea in the world. Around 70% of all green teas produced in Japan are sencha types, which makes it even more popular than matcha. While matcha is considered ceremonial and culinary tea, sencha is an essential part of every day life in Japan. There are special tea ceremonies that include sencha and you can buy it already prepared in supermarkets or vending machines. Sencha is very easy to brew, saves your teeth from decaying, has just the right amount of caffeine, has a positive influence on immune system and much more catechin in loose leaf form than matcha. Besides, sencha can be used in many different ways. Even after you think your tea leaves are all used up, you can still recycle them in numerous ways. Read our guide and try it yourself.

Make the Most Out of Sencha Leaves

Drink it first

Sencha is very easy to brew is you follow some basic recommendations. Always use freshly boiled water and let it cool down to 73-75 degrees Celsius. Put 1 gram of leaves on every 50-100 ml of water. Steep for a minute. Next steeping should last only for a few seconds, and third one can be longer. Sencha has a delicate fresh and lightly astringent flavor followed by sweet aftertaste. Drink it hot.

Make the Most Out of Sencha Leaves

Use the last brew to soak your oats or rice

If you are an oats lover, you can soak your oats overnight in sencha tea. Prepare it the same way as you would for drinking. If you are using left-over leaves, you can use higer temperature. The famous Japanese dish ochazuke is made with sencha leaves. Sencha tea is poured over cooked rice with (usually) salmon on top and few traditional toppings.

Make eye patches

Use paper tea filters and fill them with left-over sencha tea leaves. You don’t need to use a lot, 2-3 grams per tea will be an adequate amount. Make sure they are still warm but not hot, just pleasantly warm on the skin. Lie down, close your eyes and place them on dark circles under your eyes for 15 minutes.

Use tea sachets for bathing

Try collecting used dried sencha leaves in a tin can. When your sencha pouch is empty and you made your last cup, you can reward yourself with one more enjoyment – sencha bath. Fill a few tea paper filters with sencha leaves and close them with a stapler to make sure none of the leaves will find their way out. Fill the bathtub with hot water and add 10 home-made sencha tea sachets. Used tea leaves will still have enough scent and benefits to make your skin feel great. You can use new tea leaves as well, but you might want to reduce the number of sachets.

Make the Most Out of Sencha Leaves

Feed plants with left-over leaves

And finally, if you tried all our suggestions and still have some left-over used tea leaves, you can give your house plants a nice surprise. You can use them as a fertilizer. If you forgot about your brewed cup of sencha for a couple of hours, you don’t need to pour it out the drain. Instead, water your plants with it. Always be sure that you are not using hot water for watering (teaing) plants. In no time they will reward you with beautiful healthy appearance.

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Why moths don’t like lavender

Have you ever asked yourself why moths don’t like lavender? The answer to this question is very simple – because they would fall asleep easily and would not be able to eat expensive coats and shirts anymore. This is exactly why you will absolutely love it. While lavender is mostly used as a moth distracting weapon, it deserves to be a part of life of any herbal and natural lifestyle lover. Lavender is such a pleasure to drink that you will want to fall asleep only to drink it more the next day. Not only it tastes wonderful, it has soothing and relaxing properties that will be more than beneficial after a long day. There are numerous ways to use dried lavender flowers and to fully enjoy all it can offer.

Why moths don't like lavender

Use it in desserts

You can add dried lavender flowers to many different cookies and pastries. Although lavender still has a long way to go until fully respected as a culinary treat, you can start right now. Lavender can be added to cakes, creams, puddings, and all sorts of sweet desserts. We recommend making regular tea cookies and serving them with a cup of lavender tea after a stressful day.

Why moths don't like lavender

Make your own blend

You can easily make your own blend of lavender tea and enjoy benefits and flavors of two teas at the same time. Last week we introduced the king of teas – pu’erh. Add a new dimension to Berry Berry Pu’erh with Nova Scotia Berries by mixing in few lavender flowers before brewing. Stronger and darker loose leaf black teas are a perfect choice for blending with lavender. Earl Grey is another tea that tastes amazing with few lavender flowers. Do not add an excessive amounts of lavender, just a few flowers will be enough.

Drink it as tea

Lavender tea is a great choice before. With no caffeine and with soothing and relaxing properties this tea can easily become your addiction. Use freshly boiled water and steep for 5 minutes if you want to enjoy the taste and 10 minutes is you want to maximize the health benefits. 1 teaspoon of dried lavender flowers is enough for 200 ml of water. You can add sugar, honey and even milk. Don’t let the tea cool down as the flavor will change significantly.

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Make your own relaxation sachets

You can use lavender to make relaxation sachets. Place them under the pillow or make a lavender bath. Lavender is a great remedy for relieving headache and helping you fall asleep. You can use tea paper filters or light cloth sachets and fill them with dried flowers.
Make your own natural hair rinse
Lavender hair rinse is great for hair, smells heavenly and is really easy to make at home. All you need is 1 liter of freshly boiled water, 3 spoons of dried lavender, 3 spoons of apple vinegar and few drops of lavender essential oil. Pour freshly boiled water over lavender flowers and let it cool down for a couple of hours. Add vinegar and essential oil. Use it to rinse hair after shampooing.

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The tea king of health

A few years ago the most powerful of all dark teas embarked on a journey to western hearts. This tea king of health already has a long tradition of undertaking long and exquisite journeys. It managed  to be much appreciated and loved by many for countless reasons. From its character to health benefits, this tea is the most unique of all Chinese teas.

With distinct flavor, rich history, and unbeatable health benefits, Pu’erh deserves a throne in the tea kingdom. While every single tea has a special purpose, pu’erh benefits could be seen immediately after drinking. We know that you keep reading about all those tea benefits almost on a daily basis, but the truth is, tea really is good for you. While there still might be a need for extensive research on different tea types and their benefits, if you start incorporating tea into your daily life, you will be surprised by the outcome.

The Tea King of Health

What is Pu’erh

Pu’erh is a special tea type from Chinese province Yunnan. It belongs to a category of dark fermented teas. Pu’erh can be found in both loose leaf form and compressed into different shapes – from bricks to cakes. Pu’erh is made from sun-dried leaves, piled on the ground and left to ferment with the help of special bacteria. Pu’erh can be raw or ripe, with the first one being very astringent if prepared inappropriately. Ripe pu’erh, on the other hand is mellow and perfect for all tea beginners. Both have many benefits, but need to be drunk differently.

A key to healthy weight loss

While you may have heard about tea being able to melt fat, the truth is somewhere in between. You still need to take care of your diet, exercise often and drink tea on a daily basis. Pu’erh is completely different when it comes to seeing and feeling its benefits. The key feature of pu’erh is the ability to speed up metabolism and lower bad cholesterol. If your stomach hurts after eating too much, pu’erh will prove more than valuable. Drinking a cup of ripe pu’erh after a heavy meal could remove that heavy feeling in your stomach right away. Never add additional sugar, honey or any other sweetener into pu’erh. Pu’erh should be drank without milk. If you want to see the effects on your body, replace all sugared drinks with pure tea. Raw pu’erh can cause a feeling similar to drunkenness or stomach pain if drank in excessive amounts, therefore we recommend starting with ripe type.

Pu'er tea

Recommended usage

Pu’erh is the type of tea that is extremely easy to brew, almost impossible to ruin and that can be re-steeped numerous times – much more than green or black tea. Always use freshly boiled water, 3-5 grams of tea leaves and 150-200 ml of water. You can brew it for several minutes or follow the traditional style of multiple brewing starting from 20 seconds. Increase time by 15-20 seconds for each additional cup. Drink it while hot, and preferably after the meal.

Flavor and tea

More important than just counting the benefits, is to truly enjoy your tea. Pu’erh taste might be difficult to handle for most tea beginners. Berry Berry Pu’erh is a delicious pu’erh and berry blend with Nova Scotia berries for a perfectly balanced flavor that will be loved by both fruit tea and pu’erh tea lovers. While most Chinese teas are usually drunk unblended, pu’erh is commonly an exception. It can be mixed with all sorts of different flowers and flavors to create unique combinations. Pu’erh is not bitter, but it does have a peculiar brick-like earthy rich flavor that might require some time for you to adjust.

If you still didn’t have a chance to taste ripe pu’erh, give it a try. It could become your new favorite after-meal tea.

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Generosi-TEA program: New partnership with QEII Foundation

We are so thrilled to announce a new partnership between Humani-T and the QEII Foundation. Now when you donate to the QEII Health Sciences Center Foundation; the QEII will send tea to your loved ones from Humani-T!

From the QEII website:

 

 

Created in partnership with our neighbours at Humani-T Café, Generosi-TEA was inspired by the generosity of our community. Every day, donors contribute to life-changing care for Atlantic Canadians who visit the QEII Health Sciences Centre.

Your gift will help fund Comfort and Care grants at the QEII. These grants impact the health care journey by providing items such as: blanket warmers, therapy lamps and environmental control units for patients like Sarah.

With your heartfelt gift, we’ll send a cup of tea to your loved one. Share the warmth with the people you love. Be a champion for the patients and families who need it most – those receiving care at the QEII.

 

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The ultimate spring renewal with tea

With spring knocking at the door, it’s time for the ultimate spring renewal with tea. Start cleaning your body – from the inside and outside. Tea has been around for thousands of years. First considered a medicine, then food, later as the drink of social importance that cherishes simplicity and beauty of life, tea is the most important beverage in the world. While Eastern countries know the importance and benefits of loose leaf teas, western people are still at the beginning of this amazing journey. Fast forward your journey with simple ways to include tea in your everyday life and start your spring renewal with green tea today.

Our tea journey guide will show you how to feel great both physically and mentally, by incorporating tea into your daily rituals.

Ultimate Spring Renewal with Tea
Tea and health from the inside

Green tea is great for health, but some green teas are better than the others. Not all green teas have the same amount of EGCG, the most important antioxidant that makes green tea so healthy and desirable. EGCG is contained in tea leaf and is released at high temperatures. This is why matcha is considered healthier than many other green teas – it has at least double the amount of ECGC in a brewed cup than other green teas – because you are consuming the whole leaf. Next choice would be sencha. If you are into macrobiotics, kukicha is the best tea for spring renewal. With almost zero caffeine and the ability to alkalize the body, kukicha is the perfect choice for any time of the day.

Tea and beauty from the outside

Ultimate Spring Renewal with Tea
Powdered green tea like matcha is perfect for making facial masks. It will help reduce dullness and dark circles under the eyes, clear your complexion and bright up the skin. Home-made matcha mask is a perfect natural skin care before the first intense rays of sun hit your face.  Bath sachets made of sencha green tea are so easy to make that you will want to soak in tea all the time. What matcha will do in a facial mask, sencha in the bath will do for your whole body. Green tea has antibacterial properties, invigorates the skin and makes you more relaxed. And it smells heavenly fresh and green.

Tea and inner peace

After the complete skin care routine, you will already feel very relaxed. Now that you have taken care of your health, you are in a perfect state of mind to completely enjoy a cup of tea. Jasmine Dragon is an excellent choice. Delicate jasmine scent mixed with tea leaves to create a perfect visual and tasting experience will help you relax even more. Even in the old China people needed to be in a calm, peaceful, simple state of mind to be able to enjoy tea completely. Create a habit of having your own evening tea ritual. Try to keep it for at least a month. Make tea drinking experience all about peacefulness, serenity, enjoyment and relaxation. Dedicate time to yourself and your tea.

Tea and social gatherings

When tea is enjoyed by one person it can bring serenity and wisdom, but when it is shared by two or three people, it brings enjoyment and bonding. Even the notes in historical writings said that more than three is too much. Invite a friend or two and throw them an inspiring tea party. Kyoto Cherry would be a perfect choice for an early spring outside tea party under the cherry tree. Your own little hanami (cherry blossom watching) can include home-made pastries and drinking tea from delicate tea ware. Is there a better way to welcome spring?

Try all these steps for the ultimate spring renewal with tea and tell us how you feel. Before you know it, you will become addicted to a healthier and greener way of life, and welcome spring with newly found joy.