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Can caffeine be rinsed from tea?

by Niraj Lama March 31, 2015 0 Comments

Turns out a quick rinse only makes a negligible difference in reducing caffeine from tea.

A quick rinse of the tea leaf once before making a cup can reduce the caffeine content of the tea. True or false?

If you are a caffeine-sensitive person who loves tea, you might often have been offered this work-around -  rinse the leaves for a quick 30 seconds, and only then use the leaf to make your cup.

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Health benefits of Darjeeling tea

by Niraj Lama February 24, 2015 0 Comments

Darjeeling tea, like all other teas, possess beneficial catechins and flavonoids that make up the antioxidants in tea.  Black, oolong, green and white teas all possess powerful antioxidants which offer protective and curative properties.

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Gong Fu Cha and using Yixing Zisha Tea Pot

by Niraj Lama July 20, 2014 0 Comments

I've put this video together mainly for our customers who have seen me serve tea using our Yixing tea pots and bought the pots to try at home. I have tried to keep it simple - just showing you the basic steps for multiple steeping of tea, a style known as Gong Fu cha in China and Taiwan. The term "Gong Fu" - same as Kung Fu, which many of us are familiar with - means anything that is coducted with great effort or skill. "Cha" is tea in Chinese.
Oolongs and puerh teas are best brewed in this method. However, we have also tried Darjeeling with fairly pleasing results. Actually,  if you have the patience you might be able to brew any kind of tea using this method! Remember this is a matter of "great effort".

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The benefits of L-theanine in tea

by Niraj Lama July 18, 2014 0 Comments

What is it in tea that wakes us up, yet calms us down at the same time? Have you considered how special is that effect of tea? A nation might "run" on coffee, but wouldn't it be better to run on clarity or tranquility?

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Say Dar-gee-ling

by Niraj Lama April 11, 2014 0 Comments

People sometimes have trouble pronouncing the word Darjeeling. Indeed there are a lot of teas whose names can sound a tad too exotic for its own good! We do not want you to not ask or try a tea just because you cannot say it. Because I originally come from Darjeeling, let me help you.
(The video should also help you with my name. :)

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What is oolong? Part II - The oolong hall of fame

by Niraj Lama February 03, 2014 0 Comments

Meet some of the famous oolongs from China and Taiwan. These are oolongs that every serious tea enthusiast must aspire to have one day in his/her cup. We hope one day soon we will be able to offer all these precious jewels to our customers!  

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What is oolong? Part 1 - manufacturing

by Niraj Lama January 28, 2014 0 Comments

Oolong comes from the Chinese word “wulong,” meaning literally, black dragon. This is because the leaves of some oolongs appear like dragons in flight. Dragons are a symbol of “nobility and strength” and these characters are implied in the nature this tea.  

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Selecting good tea

by Niraj Lama December 10, 2013 0 Comments

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Getting nosy with tea

by Niraj Lama June 13, 2013 0 Comments

When I first began seriously pursuing tea, one thing odd that I had to learn was to stick my nose into the infused leaves. I had grown up amidst tea gardens of Darjeeling, and drank tea all my life, but until I entered the tasting room of a tea garden professionally 10 years ago, I never had thought of participating in the ritual of tea physically with my nose.

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History of Darjeeling tea

by Niraj Lama May 17, 2013 0 Comments

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Darjeeling manufacturing

by Niraj Lama May 17, 2013 0 Comments

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Darjeeling grading

by Niraj Lama May 17, 2013 0 Comments

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Darjeeling flushes

by Niraj Lama May 17, 2013 0 Comments

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Making a perfect cup/pot of Darjeeling

by Niraj Lama May 17, 2013 0 Comments

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Tasting water

by Niraj Lama February 03, 2013 0 Comments

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