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The Miracle of Matcha Tea

The Miracle of Matcha Tea

Another great article that the Specialty Tea Institute has sent its certified tea specialists. This one was written by a global company that does emphasize China. Interesting that they showcase matcha, even though matcha type tea started in China around the 6th century, people today really think of Japan for matcha tea. Japan also has the best matcha tea.

Some of the health benefits are anti-aging, eliminating toxins, cancer prevention, weight loss, increasing energy and stamina, calming effect, improving immune functioning, promoting gastric health, lowering cholesterol and blood sugar, and preventing gum disease and osteoporosis. The article goes into detail about each health benefit.

Foods to add to your diet to keep sunburns at bay

Foods to add to your diet to keep sunburns at bay

I love being outside in the summertime, ok also in Spring and Fall too. Most of the foods I gladly consume already. More green tea it is. The Specialty Tea Institute sends out a weekly email of top stories on tea. I am glad to have learned so much from this organization.  They saved me from the pitfalls of just looking it up on the internet I have seen from other people. I think this article is timely and made me look for a tea infused sunscreen lotion. I liked this recipe but will try loose leaf tea instead of the bagged tea.

 

 

 

De Pere business owner finds her cup of tea

De Pere business owner finds her cup of tea

Tina Dettman-Bielefeldt interviewed me last week for this article.   I really appreciate the time she took and I really think she got the heart of my business. Minor inaccuracies like the potential partnership with another friend in Madison was before I opened my teahouse in Milwaukee, but I see that as a minor thing. Things are picking up in my business and hopefully continue. We shall see. I do not want to seem too presumptuous.

My tea education

I am proud of the tea education I received from the Specialty Tea Insitute (STI) in New York City.  I became a certified tea specialist in 2009 and am the only one with this designation in Wisconsin. There have been a few minor changes, but what I am more amazed is how the foundation of my education is still relevant and even more relevant nowadays.

I have taught at least four Tea 101 classes or basic tea education classes. Most of the information in these classes were from my Foundation Level 1 class with maybe a little from the Foundation Level 2 class. I continued my education with the Professional Series and graduated from the Level 3, making me a certified tea specialist (not my designated, but STI’s designation). There are five classes with at least one class lasting two days to graduate with my designation. All the classes, even the Foundation 1 and 2 were 8-hour classes with the Professional Black Teas class being two 8-hour days. In each Professional class, we tried between 30-40 loose leaf teas with the Black Teas class at least double because of it being two days. The Professional Cupping class I do not remember how many teas we tried, but that class was specially taught to teach us proper cupping techniques and to develop our palate, so it was probably closer to the amount of our Black Tea class. All tea used during my education were loose leaf teas. I also took a Level 4 Class the Technology of Tea would love to take all of the Level 4 classes.

There is a lot of misinformation on the internet we all know this.  I am not saying that there is not good information too, but a lot of self-appointed “tea experts” base their qualifications because they read it on the internet. Not on years of experience and not on knowledge from the industry leaders teaching you. The reason I address this is I have noticed some people coming to my classes with misinformation they learned from “tea experts”. My question is without a solid foundation how can someone detect if an article is faulty? Especially someone who cannot even give correct information on the basics? How can they even consider themselves a tea expert? I do not consider myself an expert and I have been trained by the world’s best. I consider myself a certified tea specialist because STI has given me this designation and I earned it by taking classes for years. You cannot quick read a few articles on the internet and practice law or even be a librarian.  My sister is a librarian and you need your masters.