The Story of Pantyhose Tea: Hong Kong-Style milk tea

As a former British colony, Hong Kong has its own rich and unique cultural history when it comes to tea, and one of its well-known treasures, with over 900 million cups served every year, is Pantyhose Tea. Also known as Silk Stocking Tea, pantyhose Tea is a creamy, smooth but strong beverage combining black tea and milk, prepared in

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The Etymology of Tea

It is believed that the leaves of the tea plant (Camellia sinensis in Latin) were first used to make a beverage in China around 2700 BC. Over time the practice found its way to all corners of the world  through trade and travel. In accordance, the word ‘tea’ has it’s

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Tea: with or without milk?

Different cultures all over the world have different rituals and behaviors, especially when it comes to what we eat and drink. It is no surprise then that tea is consumed in a multitude of different ways depending on the traditions and tastes of a given culture. One such custom that

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‘Post-fermented tea can cost up to hundreds of euros’

Richard Schukkink is the CEO and founder of the International Tea Academy and travels the world searching for exquisite teas. We asked him to explain the six different types of tea. “All teas are made from the leaves of the same tree, called the Camellia sinensis. It’s the way that

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International Tea Day raises awareness

There is a good chance you haven’t heard about it before, unless you’re from a tea producing country like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka,Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Kenya, or Tanzania, but did you know that International Tea Day is celebrated every year on December 15? After being discussed at the World Social

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What is Kombucha tea?

In line with the growing awareness and focus on personal health in recent years, Kombucha tea, a fermented tea, has seen a strong rise in popularity for its proposed health benefits. Some of the benefits attributed to Kombucha include that it contains a substantial level of probiotics, antioxidants, and that

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What is white tea?

Currently there is no generally accepted definition of white tea. White tea may refer to one of several styles of tea which generally feature young or minimally processed leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. Most definitions agree that white tea is not rolled or oxidized, resulting in a flavor characterized

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