Tea 101: Weight Loss Miracle? Myths about Oolong Teas

By Jennifer Jackson on February 24, 2015   /   195 autumn sunset caffeine caribbean breeze chinese detoxing digestion formosa green jade jasmine garden oolong ooling steep taiwan tea tea 101 weight loss wellness    /   0 Comments

Tea 101: Oolong Teas - Easy, Breezy Weight Loss?

I love Oolong teas!  They are literally my favorite teas because they are a delicious hybrid of the best parts of green and black teas.  

Oolong teas are made through centuries-old, complex techniques and produce an exotic and exciting elixir. Oolong teas are the most difficult of the artisan teas to produce. In some cases, the process can exceed 2 days preparation with constant monitoring of aroma, feel and look. As with any artisan tea, it is the expertise of the tea master which will ultimately determine the quality and desirability of the final product.

There are two types of Oolongs:

Jade Oolong - Light, airy like an earthy sweet robust green tea

This legendary oolong is a cup of pure romance. It produces a beautiful jade colored infusion. The flavor has a natural sweetness, with lingering notes of Spring greens. The Iron Goddess is a Tie Guan Yin oolong from Fujian Province, China. Hand harvested and produced through a traditional process whereby the large tea leaves are very tightly rolled. This is the one of the most revered Chinese oolongs.

We are introducing a new Organic Jade Oolong into our tea line at the Somerset, NJ Sugarloaf Festival in March called Organic Slimming Jade Oolong.  

Formosa or Taiwanese Oolong - Dark and Robust 

Formosa Oolongs have had longer oxidation exposure then the Chinese oolongs; this accounts for their darker appearance. Often referred to for their weight loss characteristics, oolong teas are used in many diet and health plans.

 We carry 3 different Formosa oolongs at Not Just Tea - Caribbean Breeze, Jasmine Garden Oolong and Autumn Sunset.


Proper Steeping Instructions:
Oolong teas support multiple infusions;  they can be infused 6-7 times. With each steeping, oolong teas leaves unfurl more and impart differing flavors making it one of the most interesting teas as well. 

 - Use 2 tsp per 6-8 oz cup

 - Heat water to 195 degrees and pour over the leaves then dump the steep out after 20 seconds. T

 - The Chinese say you have “awakened the Dragon"!

 - For the next steep, use same temperature water and allow to steep 2 minute

 - The more steeps you have, the longer the steeping time up to 3-4 minutes

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Tea 101: Caffeine-Free Teas: The "Tisanes" That Just Keep On Giving

By Jennifer Jackson on February 18, 2015   /   anxiety caffeine depression fruit iced tea tea tea 101 tisane wellness    /   0 Comments

 

Tea 101: Caffeine-Free Herbal Teas - The 'Tisane' That Just Keeps On Giving

Herbal teas are both the most requested and least understood of all teas.  First, the term 'herbal tea' is just all wrong. To be considered “tea” a beverage must contain leaves and or stems of the Camellia Sinensis tree (think white, green, oolong and black tea leaves); otherwise it is considered an herbal infusion or fruit tisane.

Therefore, peppermint or chamomile teas are actually tisanes and not teas.

Next, there are just SO many herbal tisanes and infusions with so many healthy benefits.  But some common benefits across all tisanes include anti-anxiety and anti-depression.  At Not Just Tea, we love them and are expanding our line this year with 4 new herbal infusions.

 

Health Benefits:

  • Believed to reduce stress and calm anxiety
  • May aid in fighting sleeping disorders
  • Has been shown to quiet symptoms of indigestion and nausea
  • Has antibacterial properties that may help relieve symptoms from the common cold

 

 At Not Just Tea, our customers love herbal tisanes.  Our first tea was a herbal tea, Sassy Strawberry, which was a delicious blend of strawberries, mango and papaya.  We have since expanded to 5 different teas.  We are so excited to offer 4 new teas to our herbal infusion line. 

Visit us at Sugarloaf Craft Festival in March to taste our new teas:

  • Lemony Goodness - Delicious blend of tangy lemons, strawberries, South African Rooibos and peaches.
  • Very Berry Berry - Bold and tart blend of raspberries, blueberries and blackberries
  • Apricot Supreme - Lovely, sweet of apricots stone fruit blended with green South African Rooibos
  • Peachy Keen - Delightfully innocent blend of peaches, marigolds and green South African Rooibos  

 

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Tea 101 : Magical Black Teas? Fact or Fiction

By Jennifer Jackson on February 12, 2015   /   antioxidants black tea caffeine cholesterol hair growth healthy heart disease recipes tea tea 101 wellness    /   0 Comments

Tea 101: Black Tea: The Full-Bodies Beauties of The Tea World

Black tea is the most popular tea in North America.  Black tea is normally the first tea consumed as children.  Who does remember the Lipton tea bag and little piece of lemon that you received at the local restaurant or diner.  My first tea experience was black tea.  My parent's lived in Flushing, Queens near Chinatown.  There was a little Chinese restaurant that they frequented often.  Even though I was only 5 or 6, I still remember the piping hot sweet black tea that arrived at the table as soon as sat down.  Who would have thought that a few decades after I would create Not Just Tea whose mission it is to create that wonderful feeling that I still remember from my first tea experience.

 

Top 5 : Healthy Benefits of Black Tea

 - Excellent source of antioxidants

 - Lowers risk of heart disease and heart attacks

 - Reduces cholesterol

 - Higher caffeine level gives a boost in the morning without jitters

 - Stimulates hair growth

What Makes Black Tea So Wonderful?

All true tea types come from the Camellia Sinensis plant; what makes the difference is how the tea is processed.  All teas have varying flavors and colors but are processed in basically the same way.  Black teas are special because unlike white, green, or oolong teas, the tea leaves are fully oxidized (think of an apple that has been cut and has browned).  Leaves are picked either by hand (this is rare and expensive) or by plucking machines. After picked the leaves are laid out to wither and dry.  The dried leaves are then rolled between two disks that accelerates that oxidation process.  Black teas are fully oxidized which gives them their deep, robust taste and black coloring.

The best way to prepare black teas:

2 TSP of Black Tea

Water Temperature: 195 F

Steeping Time: 3-5 minutes

 

 

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Peppermint Mocha Iced Tea Recipe Plus 10% Off

By Jennifer Jackson on July 09, 2014   /   chocolate healthy mocha new peppermint recipes summer tea tea 101 website wellness    /   0 Comments

Peppermint Mocha Iced Tea Recipe

 In NYC, it is SO hot!  I swear that I could fry an egg on the pavement.  The only good thing about NYC summers is that the streets are mostly empty because the 'Hamptons set' have left for their summer homes and left wild NYC streets to us locals! 

 This summer my new obsession is our Peppermint Mocha Iced Tea.  We make this cool drink using our deliciously decadent Chocolate Guilt black tea.  This refreshing drink is loaded with rich black tea, sweet peppermint, chocolatey goodness and creamy sweet cream (I totally use sweetened condensed milk).  I loved it so much that I'm sharing the recipe with you!

Also - Enjoy 10% off Chocolate Guilt for the month of July!

 Yield: Serves 4-6  Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

Chocolate Guilt Mix Ingredients:

Peppermint Mocha Assembly:

  • Pre-made Chocolate Guilt tea mix (see below)
  • half and half (some folks also use coconut milk, whole milk, sweetened condensed milk)
  • ice

Directions:

Chocolate Guilt Mix Directions

  1. Bring water to boil and add Chocolate Guilt. Add sugar and gently stir to completely dissolve sugar. Gently boil tea for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Allow tea to steep for at least 30 minutes and allow it to cool. The more concentrated the tea flavor, the better the tea tastes.
  3. Strain the tea leaves. Set finished tea aside to cool.
  4. You can make this ahead of time and have the chocolate guilt tea chilling in the fridge.

Assembly Directions

  1. Fill glasses with ice.
  2. Fill glass with about 3/4 full of the Chocolate Guilt tea mix. Then top off remainder of glass with half and half.
  3. Stir and enjoy.

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Tea 101: Best Teas For Detoxing and Wellness

By Jennifer Jackson on June 19, 2014   /   detoxing healthy tea 101 wellness white tea    /   1 Comment

 

Today, we are going to talk about the best teas for detoxing!  We all need a little spring 'cleaning' of our bodies and minds. The warm weather is here so goodbye arm camouflaging cardigans....hello sheer sleeveless dresses!  

 

White Teas - Best Teas For Detoxing and Wellness!

 

White tea is green tea's healthier little sister!  White tea is named after the tiny white and silver hairs at tip of each plant shoot.  White teas can be found in China,  Japan, the Himalyas and as far away as Kenya!

 

These lightly processed teas are made from the unopened tea bud.  Once plucked, these brand new baby tea buds are carefully gathered, lightly steamed (or not at all), shaped by hand and dried.

 

White teas have such minimal processing, they retain most of their beneficial antioxidants.  They are the HEALTHIEST and MOST DETOXIFYING teas of all types of tea.  Here are some additional white tea healthy benefits:

  • High in antioxidants that boost the immune system
  • Improves brain function
  • Prevents diseases like cancer and heart disease
  • Very little caffeine

When brewed, they give a light, very pale, champagne-colored liquor that has a very light, soft, sweet and velvety flavor.  I think they taste like a delicious dream or like the clouds.  

 

Looking for a healthy tea for increased wellness?  Try one of our 3 delicious hand-blended white teas:

White Cherry Rose - Young tea leaves blended with cherry blossoms and rose petals.

Sweet Nothing - Baby tea leaves with a hint of lemony sweetness.

Apricot White - A delicate white tea with sweet peaches and rich apricot pieces.

You won't be disappointed and your body will thank you!

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