Eight cups of tea a day good for heart, brain [via: Times of India]

Health experts in claim that drinking eight cups of tea daily can be good for you, claiming: “Caffeinated drinks have been unfairly demonised. Black tea, in particular, contains polyphenols, which are natural plant antioxidants. These have beneficial effects on many biochemical processes in the body because they protect cells against harmful free radicals. Flavonoids are thought to be especially useful, with a number of studies reporting a link between them and lower risk of heart attack.” This mostly applies to black tea, having more caffeine and thus — masala tea — which is a principle beverage in India. Read more:
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Kenyan Tea Prices at Record High

Reuters reported this week that Kenyan tea prices were at a record high, mostly from concerns that the next harvest will be bad due to foretasted bad weather. Read the full report here [http://af.reuters.com/article/investingNews/idAFJOE59I0R720091019].
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Young Raw Pu-erh Deserves More Recognition [via: Puerh Tea Community]

An interesting post came up today on the puerh tea community, and I wholeheartedly agree with what Linda Louie had to say: “Most attention about Pu-erh tea has been paid to the aged Pu-erh. There is a consensus in the Pu-erh community that Pu-erh tea is “the older it gets, the better it is.” Don’t get me wrong. I love aged Pu-erh because it possess qualities that no other teas can match. However, young raw Pu-erh should not be devalued either. Unlike the old days, many young raw Pu-erhs manufactured today are made of premium leaves and from a single
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How to Use Bamboo Charcoal

Bamboo charcoal, you’ve heard of it, you’ve heard of the great things it can do. But really, does it work? I think so. I’m not 100% sure, but I allowed several people to try my “bamboo water” and tea brewed with it alongside normal Chicago tap water and the results were positive. I have no scientific evidence, and I don’t need any – I like it, it tastes good, and I’m going to use it — and that’s enough for me (want technical? read this). If you are interested in making bamboo charcoal, Pyro Energen has put together this pretty
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Lochan Online Tea Tasting Event [via 39Steeps]

There has been a new trend in tea tasting events – online tea tastings. This may seem odd, but some of the best teas come from farmers with no access to tea-shops in the West, and that is where tea tastings are traditionally held. I think it is a great idea, I think it brings us all closer to the tea producers, cutting out the middle-men – thus giving us access to a wider variety of potentially better teas. In this way, we can all source tea, we don’t always have to let someone do the work for us –
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Jing Tea Teaware: Practical and Beautiful

I tend to think of Jing as a leader of the online tea shop world. I’ve had many wonderful one-of-a-kind teas from Jing. But I recently had the opportunity to try out some of Jing’s teaware. Jing’s 400ml Glass Tea-iere is a thing of beauty, it looks good, it feels good, and its completely practical. It fits right into my lifestyle: I used the tea-iere in conjunction with their glass cup and saucer. Not only do these items look great, but they function well. I don’t always have time for my Yixing Gongfu set, and this is the complete answer
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Mellow Monk's Genmaicha

I’ve always had a fascination with genmaicha which is– green tea mixed with roasted rice. The rice imparts a nutty, toasty flavor. I had a great experience with genmaicha in Thailand nonetheless and have not yet been able to reproduce it… until now. I’ve tried cheap supermarket genmaicha (right side of image), and found the taste to be very bland — without any real nutty flavor or even tea flavor for that matter. I decided I needed to try a higher grade genmaicha. Enter Mellow Monk teas. Mellow Monk’s Harmony Genmaicha tea (left side of image) has a greener leaf,
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