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What are tea grades and why are they important? Be Tea-Smart !

We come across tins and tea pouches at the tea shop or supermarkets, that are labelled with BOP, OP, TGFOP letters and we wonder what's that? Let's be tea-smart and get to know how important they are when you are buying good quality teas. BOP, OP, TGFOP, GFOP, SFTGFOP... These confusing array of letters are the tea grades, which defines the quality of tea leaves. Grading is based on the 'size' of the individual leaves and flushes. The size and wholeness of the leaves is likely to have a big influence on the taste, clarity, and brewing time of the tea. The higher grades are the ones which are closest in wholeness and size to a perfect leaf.  There's no one universal...

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Turmeric and its Golden Benefits

Turmeric, A golden coloured powder ground from the root of the turmeric plant. It is related to ginger family and a very common ingredient in curries. It has been used in India for centuries, but now its popular worldwide for its medicinal properties. Curcumin is a key ingredient in turmeric, which has powerful biological properties.           Ayurvedic medicine, a traditional Indian system of treatment and Chinese medicine, recommends turmeric to treat a range of ailments affecting the blood, liver, chronic pain, inflammation, arthritis and treats bursitis. Turmeric is often used as a digestive aid and aid to strengthen the immune system in India.  Not only is it thought to provide pain relief, it's touted as a potential cure...

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Tulsi (Holy Basil) "Queen of Herbs" and its Health Benefits

Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum or Ocimum sanctum) popularly known as ”Queen of herbs” commonly known as holy basil. “Holy” because of its history of religious and spiritual significance.  It’s a sacred herb of India. It comes in three varieties, Krishna, Rama and Vana. Krishna Tulsi: It has the spicy aroma of cloves and sharp crisp flavors of pepper. These purple leaves and blossoms are widely grown in India at homes, as it’s a sacred herb. Rama Tulsi:It is known for its clove-like aroma. It has a more cooling and mellow flavor than purple leaf tulsi. Vana Tulsi:This one is rarely found. It has light green leaves and has more of a refreshing citrus aroma and flavor than its spicy sisters ;) Our tea...

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What is Chai, Cha or Chai Latte? Do you know?

What Is Chai? Where does it come from? These questions comes in our mind so many times, when we see Chai, Masala Chai or Chai latte in the café menu these days. Also, we have been asked about origin of chai, how to brew and what is it?  during our tea pop-ups, so we thought of taking everyone, to the chai journey :) Chai or Cha is a word used for tea in India, chai is sweet milky tea brewed with black tea leaves and when it’s brewed with spices like cardamom, cloves, pepper then its known as Masala Chai or Spiced tea. Chai is centuries old and the most loved beverage of India.  But in ancient India, Chai was not...

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