For the Love of Tea

Health Benefits of Tea

Posted by ITO EN on Jul 22, 2015 4:40:37 PM

Tea not only tastes good, it's also good for you. Many health care professionals agree that all types of tea, white, green, oolong and black, provide an array of unique health benefits. Just as there are a wide range of flavors of tea, there are also a wide variety of benefits specific to each tea. We've summarized the benefits you can expect from each tea type below, and recommend you consume a variety of teas to be able to reap the unique health benefits of each.

Oolong Tea

Oolong Tea has a reputation for being the best tea for weight loss. This is because it is chock full of the antioxidants with catechins and tea polyphenols that help boost metabolism and help block fat-building enzymes to promote a healthy weight. 

 

Green Tea

Green tea, also filled with catechins, has several health benefits ranging from your heart to your bones. These antioxidants (such as epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG)) have been found to reduce chances of heart attack and certain types of cancer. Also, drinking green tea regularly can help lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and keep bones strong to prevent arthritis.

 

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Topics: Varieties of Tea, Health Benefits of Tea

How to Make a Matcha Bubble Tea

Posted by ITO EN on Jul 14, 2015 2:04:00 PM

Matcha is celebrated in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony (Chado), centered around the hospitality and preparation of serving this special tea. The flavorful bright green tea powder has taken the country by storm for its smooth, complex flavors of herbaceous grassiness and subtle sweetness. With a full palate and a silky finish, matcha provides the versatility to create exciting drinks, treats and desserts.

For a fun and easy matcha drink this summer, we have created this Matcha Bubble Tea recipe. To start off, you can use any type of milk or dairy substitute. Matcha LOVE®-Classic is our first choice, however for those who like their matcha a bolder taste, the Matcha LOVE®-Koicha would be perfect.

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Topics: How to Prepare Tea, Recipes with Tea

matcha LOVE® Green Tea Face Mask Recipe

Posted by ITO EN on Jul 7, 2015 12:16:04 PM

In the midst of pressing deadlines and our ever increasing responsibilities, we often forget to treat ourselves to the simple luxuries of life. In our hectic world, just five minutes of meditation, relaxation or even a facial can make all the difference. Here at ITO EN, we believe that treating yourself well is an essential component of maintaining a healthy mind, body, and spirit. To assist you on your journey, we’ve prepared a matcha LOVE® green tea mask that your face is sure to love.

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Topics: Recipes with Tea, Tea Beautiful

Tea 101: Which one is for me? Part 2

Posted by ITO EN on Jul 2, 2015 12:19:18 PM

PART II: For the Caffeine Lovers!

If caffeine doesn’t bother you as much ask yourself the next question.  Do you like a rich tasting tea or something lighter? 

Rich Teas

If you are looking for a really rich black tea we recommend the chocolatey notes of those from China like Yunnan Gold Tips and Keemun Superior or even something from the Assam region of India like our Mangalam Estate Assam.  A good visual cue is to choose those with lots of golden tips in them.  If dark and fruity is more your speed, we recommend trying a late harvest Darjeeling like our Makaibari Estate Second Flush Darjeeling or even the big soft taste of an Autumal Darjeeling.

         

Assertive Teas

Working our way towards the assertive side of things we find a happy medium with Ceylon black teas like our perennial favorite Vithanakanda Estate Ceylon.  Bold and biscuit-like but with a very nice balance of mouth-drying astringency this is a great choice to drink with or without a splash of milk.  If assertive teas with milk are your favorite way to start the day, you might like to try our Irish Breakfast blend.  To round off our assertive black teas, we come to the quintessential smoky black tea Lapsang Souchong.  While not for everyone, the heavy pine wood smoke gives this tea a characteristic aroma and full flavor not unlike a heavily peaty scotch.

      

Light Teas

Generally speaking if you want a more light tea drinking experience, the world of green teas is right for you.

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Topics: Varieties of Tea

TEA 101: Which one is for me?

Posted by ITO EN on Jul 1, 2015 9:43:00 AM

Are you new to tea and overwhelmed by the number of choices?  Luckily for you, we’ve put together a very simple roadmap to finding a tea we think you will love.

We’ll start with a simple question.  Are you ok with Caffeine?

PART I (No caffeine for me please!)

If you are looking for something to drink late at night, and don’t want any caffeine in your beverage, we recommend visiting our Tisane section.  Everything here, aside from Yerba Mate and Roasted Yerba Mate, is naturally caffeine free.  Rooibos and Chamomile are naturally sweet in taste.  If you want to spice things up a bit, try our fan favorite Ginger Tangerine Rooibos or the sweet anise-like taste of Fennel Seed.  With summer not even 2 weeks old, maybe something more refreshing to serve on ice is what you’re looking for.  Try Lemongrass or Peppermint for a great palate cleanser or brew up a pitcher full of hibiscus which is delightfully tart and refreshing like unsweetened cranberry juice.

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Topics: Varieties of Tea

Iced Matcha Soy Latte

Posted by ITO EN on Jun 23, 2015 11:52:00 AM

Matcha is so, so delicious. This finely milled green tea powder is known for its natural energy boost with plenty of Catechin antioxidants and Vitamin C. There's something so special about the way it can taste both sweet and savory at the same time. Admittedly, for the beginning tea drinker, it is quite an intimidating tea to prepare. Measuring, sifting, whisking, not to mention all the special tools required to make this brilliant tea, can all become a little daunting.

In all of this, however, there is some fantastic news for those wanting to try this delectable and celebrated tea from the Japanese culture. Matcha lattes have become popular all over the world, and especially so in the U.S. as of late. Mixing the matcha with milk takes away its bitterness, leaving behind only its characteristic leafy sweetness.  

Super easy to make, and refreshing to boot, this matcha latte is extremely versatile. We've used soy milk with this recipe, but you can feel free to use whatever milk or dairy substitute you prefer. They will all work wonderfully. As for the matcha, I recommend our Matcha LOVE®-Classic, but any variety of matcha that you have on hand will work just as well.

Iced Matcha Soy Latte
For 1 Serving

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Topics: Recipes with Tea

Welcome to the ITO EN Tea Blog

Posted by ITO EN on Jun 16, 2015 12:14:00 PM

If somebody asks:
    "What is the nature of tea?"
       Say,
          "It's like
            The sound of the wind
            in the pines
            in a painting."

To say that we love tea here at ITO EN would be a bit of an understatement. More than half of our workspaces are covered by teapots and infusers, canisters, bags, mugs, and trivets.  Stashes of loose leaf tea and tea bags clutter our desk drawers, and bottles of TEAS' TEA and Matcha Shots are nestled between monitors and phones.  Here in the loose

 leaf department, it feels like a birthday whenever a box of samples comes in.  It's like our own little club; a tea party every day of the week.

The best part about tea, however, is it's 

ability to not only be enjoyed in solitutde, but joyfully with others.  Sharing a cuppa and your love for it creates a wonderful sense of community.  You start by discussing what you're drinking, which reminds you of the time you did something or other, and soon you're sharing stories of life, travel, love, and wonder.

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All Things Tea

ITO EN, the world’s leading purveyor of green tea leaves and tea beverages invites you to learn about our world of tea. 

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