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The First Chai Try

The first time I tried chai was in the kitchen of my parent’s house, and served by my younger sister.  “You have to taste this—” she insisted, pushing a mug across the countertop to me.  She refused to elaborate on its contents.  The flavors, she said, would speak for themselves.

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Considering Water

Water quality is essential for brewing good tea. Photo by Damien A WeidnerThe quality of water affects the taste of your tea; this is beyond dispute.  The relative quantities of mineral salts, oxygen and trace elements determine the relative "liveliness" or "flatness" of a particular cup. To that simple substance we add the basic flavor of the leaf itself or an herbal substitute.

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Comfort and Refreshment

Comfort and Refreshment from tea. Photo by by ChicagoSageComfort is a complex idea; it evokes childhood memories, a feeling of safely and warmth. Anyone who started drinking tea when they were young, or anyone who lives in a cold climate, knows the soothing warmth of a hot beverage.

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Black Tea: Mango

A ripe mango on a tree during harvest.Drinking this tea is a bit like drinking Autumn sunshine. Subtle. Warming. Hints of tantalizing flavors around the edges. Smooth as a golden drop of honey.

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Herbal Tea: Infusion no.9

Love Potion Number 9 has become a tea infusion!The perfect tea for studying! And a wonderful coffee alternative for those sensitive to caffeine.

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Maya in the News!

Check your daily paper, Maya Tea is in the news! We've gotten some good press lately... Check out this article!

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Sipping for Senior Moments

Improve memory and brain function with this herbal tea.Angie is the oldest employee of Maya Tea, in both years of employment and years of life.  She has recently begun to exhibit some of those moments of forgetfulness and dissociation that we credit to seniors.  This morning, after one of her "senior moments", I thought to myself: maybe Angie could avoid these moments if she drank a cup of our Brain Elixir tea instead of coffee in the morning.

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Mmmmm… Maya Tea Mead

Make mead at home using tea and our recipe.Mead is made from honey, fermented like wine, but is usually much stronger. One of our employees brought a bottle along to a holiday party last year, and all of us passed it around and commented on its slight, delicious peach flavor.  What I didn’t realize at the time, however, was that the flavor came from tea.

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What is the best tea?

Blue ribbon for the best tea“Highest quality” is a myth. People like all grades of tea, taken all kinds of ways, for all kinds of reasons. There is no hierarchy of perfect tea...thank heaven. 

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I think I'm Cheating

Cheating on Tea with Hot ChocolateOn Tea. With Hot Chocolate. Almost every day for the past month I find myself making hot chocolate, and I feel guilty! I’ve taken breaks from tea before, switching suddenly to water or juice until I go back, refreshed and ready for more. But I’ve never before turned to hot chocolate as a regular thing, and its making me wonder why I’m doing it.

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Matching Tea With Food

Pairing Tea with FoodJust the other day I matched a clean Japanese green tea with a very flavourful couscous salad. With muffins or cookies, a nice Earl Grey balances the sweetness. For breakfast, an oolong is a mellow accompaniment to oatmeal or toast.

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Rediscovering Your Favorite Blends

Try many tea varieties, and revisit your favorite tea.As your tastes change, and your mood changes, and you become more selective in what you do or do not wish to try, periodically go back to your old favorites and evaluate them from your new vantage point. You might discover some interesting things.

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Tea or Cactus?: Tea for the Apocalypse

Researchers have developed a drought-resistant tea.Scientists are predicting a rise in global temperatures, unpredictable weather patterns, and long, uninterrupted seasons of drought.  If these predictions are realized, our beloved tea plants could be in very real danger.  But not if Dr. T S Barman can help it.

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The Agony of Tea Leaves

Loose Tea Leaves in CupThere is something mesmerizing about watching loose leaf tea in a glass cup. The dry leaves writhe and uncurl, they float, they sink, they dance.

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Green Tea: Casablanca Earl Grey

Casablanca Earl Gray Green TeaThere's a lovely smooth buttery base , and lively citrus notes on top. The mint contributes to the overall freshness of the tea.

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Green Tea: Sweet Orange

Sweet Orange Green TeaNot at all what I expected from a green tea; it's quite light, only needs a short steep, and has beautifully creamy top notes. It would be excellent in a holiday cocktail with a twist or iced with a bit of lemon.

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Herbal Tea: Island Berry

Strawberries and mangoes make a great fruit-flavored herbal tea.This tea strongly (and pleasantly) reminds me of hot lemon and water, except for the bright, garnet red color. It's the hibiscus and rose hips, of course, in all their tart red glory.

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Gift Suggestions for Tea Lovers

Gifts for Tea LoversThe holidays are upon us, and the tea lover on your list should be the easiest one to buy for! Keep these tips in mind while you shop, and you can quickly and easily find a gift to thrill any tea lover.

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Herbal Tea: African Rose

Rose flavored tea with rooibos and honeybush.Easily the most fragrant tea I've ever laid my hands on, one tiny packet of this tea has perfumed my whole cupboard!

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Herbal Tea: Organic Honeybush

Honeybush flowers on a plant in South Africa.Oh, I do enjoy a plain, unadorned Honeybush tea. It's so good I almost finished my cup before I remembered I was supposed to be reviewing it!

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Good News for People Who Love Fish

Green tea may lower mercury levels obtained from fish.Sushi is more than a meal.  It is an experience.  It is not complete without the chopsticks, soy sauce, wasabi and ginger, edamame, and a steaming cup of green tea.

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3 Ways to Jazz Up Tea for the Holidays

Make fancy tea cocktails for the holiday season.Everything gets a little fancy at this time of year; people are more adventurous in their drink choices, and every host is trying to be different. Try these ideas and you just might find a new favorite.

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Oooh, Panda Poo.

Panda poop used to fertilize soil for tea.Poop is gross.  Anyone who has ever changed a diaper knows this. You wouldn’t want to eat it, and I certainly wouldn’t put any in my cup of tea.  But that’s not what they’re doing with this panda poo—they are using it to fertilize the soil.

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Halloween and Kombucha Tea

Kombucha tea brewing in a jar at home.“What’s kombucha?” said the Joker, his face stunned under his thick white makeup. He didn’t know what he was getting himself into. I launched into a spirited diatribe about the health benefits of the fermented tea, its unique flavor, and its careful preparation. I pulled a chilled bottle from my fridge, opened it, and insisted that he try a sip.

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