Monthly Archives: December 2017

Reflection of 2017

Well, this should be my last post of 2017.  I hope you all have a lovely New Year.

On a personal note, I did have 2 friends who died suddenly this year.  I also had a great-aunt who died less than a week ago and will go to their funeral. Hopefully, next year will be a year free of people close to me dying.

I did teach a class at St Norbert’s College and that went well. Did about six tea tastings and 11 total events.  My website is up and running and blended a few teas.  Some of them were really well received.  All in all a decent year.

Hopefully, 2018 will be bigger and better.  Time will tell. I already have some prospects.

Wish you the best in the New Year!!

Teas and Herbals

When I was at my last event many people were calling herbal tisanes and herbal infusions tea.  I will preference this with the fact my great-grandmother (my dad’s grandmother) was an herbalist and I worked at many natural food places and sold herbal tisanes since the 1990s. I know many of the health benefits of them.  I respect people who are knowledgeable about herbs (some have been certified) and have not been as involved in that aspect of health like I use to be (my knowledge is a little rusty in that area).  I do not understand calling anything put in water now is considered a tea.  That is like when natural actually meant something and now means nothing at all.  Yes, there was a time natural actually meant healthy and less processed food from the earth. When you get apple juice are you getting 100% juice or are you getting water with sugar and 10% actual juice?  To me, the water, sugar and 10% juice is not juice. Cherry Kool-Aid is not cherry juice. There was a time when something was labeled a juice and it had no actual juice in it. Thank goodness this has changed.

I really believe that tea should be used for the camellia sinensis plant.  This does not mean rooibos, tulsi or dandelion root are not good drinks, it just means it is not tea, it is an herbal infusion or herbal tisane. I have had many people asking me questions that have nothing to do with tea and them thinking I know nothing. Well if you actually asked me about tea, then I would most likely be able to answer the question.

Where I am living right now there are a lot of people who listened to people who say they are experts because they saw it on the internet or want to look knowledgeable. If they were actually knowledgeable about tea they would not put tea in clear containers and they would not be spreading inaccuracies. People get annoyed when they ask which of my teas helps with a headache.  Well maybe you need to talk to an herbalist expert, you could get that answer, I am a tea expert.  I can answer some of those questions for the several decades of being in the industry, but as I said my knowledge is a little rusty and I am not selling many herbals, I am selling teas.

On a side note, I was talking with a nice lady yesterday and she used “High Tea” for Afternoon Tea or Tea Service.  I do not think she realized she was talking about a working-class supper meal.  There is nothing wrong with the working class or them eating supper, but she was using it as a fancy meal.  This happens a lot and this does not bug me as much because it has been muddled for a long time.  It is like how people misuse hoi polloi.  Hoi polloi means common people, the masses, and people think it means rich or exclusive people.  This is a really good analogy for Afternoon Tea.  Actually, if you said Low Tea you would be correct because afternoon tea was first eaten on coffee and end tables.  Afternoon tea is mainly a glorified fancy snack time with tea. It was originally a snack of sweets with tea to tied ladies over for actual supper meal.  Later bite-size sandwiches were added to Afternoon Tea.

 

 

Busy weekend with 2 events.

Well this weekend I had my vendor event that was the farthermost from where I live and the next day had an event the closest to where I live.  Meet some really great people at both events.  The last event got me thinking.  I had a lot of misinformation stated at my last event.  I see the need for more education so people can better understand what tea is and what it is not.  I also believe people have a misconception why I have stated what I have, so I have decided to explain why I state what I do about tea. This is not a negative on what is not tea. This is a very evasive post, but my Thursday post will help and start to clear up.  My intent is not to offend, just give the knowledge I have been given and to make things clearer, well except for this post.

Monday I am happy to have received my tea from Japan.  I got some matcha and some matcha tea scoops.  I will be adding this to the website soon.

 

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the tea is so delightful

Well yesterday we got some snow about 7 inches.  It is really starting to feel like Christmas.  I have my final two events this weekend for the year.  One in St Croix, WI near Minneapolis at the Dancing Dragonfly Winery hopefully it goes well. I also have one Sunday at the Swan Club in De Pere.  Hope my Jewish friends have a Happy

Hanukkah.  This is the perfect time of year to celebrate with family and friends and drink some warm and comforting tea.

 

Yerba Mate and Roasted Yerba Mate

The last couple vendor events I had yerba mate and yerba mate gourds and bombillas.  Friday a shipment of roasted yerba mate came, so my two events this weekend will have that herbal tisane also and my website already has them available.  Both of these tisanes are directly from Argentina.

Yerba mate is said to have the “strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea, and the euphoria of chocolate” all in one beverage.  Roasted yerba mate will have coffee like taste to it.

The yerba mate plant is grown and processed in South America, specifically in northern Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and southern Brazil. The flavor of brewed mate resembles an infusion of vegetables, herbs, grass and is reminiscent of some varieties of green tea.

For many yerba mate is an acquired taste. There are some people who enjoy it on their first try, but is not common at least in the United States.  If the first time you taste it you do not like it, try it again.  Also if it is too bitter for you, people in the United States tend to not like bitter food or drinks, do not boil the water or let the boiling water rest for a bit before brewing the yerba mate.  I would say 190- 200 F would still be hot enough to brew without the bitterness.

If you would like to know more feel free to message me or sign up for one of my classes. I do not have a class specifically on Yerba Mate yet, but if I get enough people interested I can easily have one.

 

 

Not All Powdered Green Tea is Matcha

Not All Powdered Green Tea is Matcha

This is a really great article and explains really well the differences of matcha and powdered green tea. If you ever tasted a ceremony grade matcha you would notice the difference right away, besides the obvious color difference.  Matcha is very tasty and healthy tea. Works great in the morning because you ingest the tea leaves, so you get more caffeine than steeping tea leaves.  It is still not to the level of coffee.

The image used is matcha tea and shortbread cookies with lemon curd inside at my old teahouse.

Christmas season is perfect for tea

Another weekend and another tea event.  This was also a very successful event.  I sold out of 5 teas.  It has been a mainly pleasant experience doing these different events. I have been doing one a week since Nov. 18th, have one this weekend, and two the week afterward.  No plans yet for anymore, but will see if I can get one a month or two.  December 2nd event was Christmas at the Rail Yard and originally was supposed to be a juried art show, but became a quality art and artisan crafted event.  It was nice to hear that the other vendors did well too.

I have more gift baskets online and some more teas soon.  So many new things happening lately.