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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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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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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.

 

To donate or learn more, click here.