Novelist Tom Holt said ‘American-style iced tea is the perfect drink for a hot, sunny day. It’s never really caught on in the UK, probably because the last time we had a hot, sunny day was back in 1957’
He might be right about the sunny days, especially this year, but we love an iced tea all the same!
Are you part of the Tea Renaissance?
Even though we are confronted with coffee shops at every turn, new surveys have revealed that we are still a traditional nation of tea drinkers with 78 million mugs drunk every single day! And this tradition is just as true in the workplace. The long-established tea break is still alive and kicking throughout British offices, with the majority of us enjoying our cuppas at 10am and 3pm.
And this delightful tradition doesn’t stop at tea. A quarter of us bring in cakes and biscuits to share with our work buddies to encourage team bonding. Great news for the third of us who like to dunk a bicky in our teas.
Whilst we love drinking tea, a third of us hate making it for colleagues, and one in ten actually make the teas badly on purpose so no one will ask them to do the tea run again. Very sneaky!
Here at Kenyan Tea, we can’t say we are shocked by these findings. Tea always creates the perfect moment for sharing, friendship and relaxation. And on that note…anyone for tea?
Keep cool with Kenyan Tea!
Mix up a delicious jug of peach Kenyan iced tea in a matter of minutes to keep you feeling refreshed in the summer heat. Both Kenyan tea and peaches are great sources of antioxidants and vitamins, and the peaches add natural sweetness, so you won’t even need to add sugar! Good news when the beach is in sight!
All you’ll need is 8 Kenyan tea bags, 4 peaches, and water
- Brew your Kenyan teabags in 4 cups of boiling water for 5 minutes.
- Remove the teabags and let the tea cool.
- Peel the peaches, remove the stone and puree in a blender, or if you don’t have a blender just use a sieve!
- Combine the peach puree and Kenyan tea and add 2 cups of cold water. Place in the fridge until chilled and serve over crushed ice.
And why not hold on to those 8 used tea bags. Kenyan teabags can help to soothe sunburnt skin and take away that sunburn sting. Simply place the cooled teabags on sore spots, lie back and let Kenyan tea work its magic!
Enhance your natural glow with a Kenyan green tea face mask, to keep you looking radiant and blemish free!
This face mask will have you looking luminous in minutes, and it couldn’t be easier to make, just follow these five simple steps:
- Kenyan green tea is full of antioxidants and polyphenol, which help remove toxins in the skin, moisturise and rejuvenate tired skin. Brew a pot of loose leaf Kenyan green tea and leave to cool. If you want to speed up the cooling, pop the pot in the fridge.
- Mix 3 tablespoons of tea with 3-4 tablespoons of rice flower. Rice flower has been used to treat skin for decades and helps to reduce the appearance of blemishes and smooth out wrinkles. The mixture should be spreadable but not watery, so just add a little more rice flour to get the desired thickness.
- If you want to, add some fruit into the mix. Different fruits have fantastic properties to promote healthy skin. Why not try banana, which will leave your skin perfectly moisturised, or naturally cleansing lemon.
- Apply the mask to clean skin.
- Leave on for 10-15 minutes, rinse with lots of water, and enjoy your new glow!
Tea leaf reading (Tassology) – What do your left over leaves mean?
The first records of Western Tassology go all the way back to medieval times, when fortune tellers looked for different meanings in molten wax. A couple of centuries later merchants brought tea into Europe and tassology developed into tea-leaf reading. People believe that the patterns created by your left over tea leaves reveal exciting clues into your future!
How to have a go:
- Relax and enjoy a large cup of loose leaf Kenyan tea.
- Leaving a few drops, shake your cup well and then drain the tea so you can see the leaves clearly.
- Now the fun can begin - allow your imagination to see the shapes made by the leaves.
- A diviner can read the leaves using their intuition, but for the rest of us there’s a useful dictionary revealing the meaning behind every symbol imaginable! Check it out here http://www.tea.co.uk/astro-tea-symbols
Our British tea-drinking habits have been found to help lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes - but only if you drink four or more cups a day. A recent study in Germany of European populations found that countries that drank four cups a day - the British average - had a 20% lower risk of developing the illness. Time to put the kettle on!
It’s another scorching day, so we’re going to be cooling down with an iced tea! Here are our top tips if you’ve never made it before:
1. Use filtered water for the best taste – and that applies to your ice cubes too!
2. Use a proportional amount of water and tea. Use one level teaspoon of loose leaf tea for every half pint of cold, filtered water. Let the tea sit for 45 minutes at room temperature before chilling it, as abrupt changes can alter the flavour.
3. Try using tea or fruit juice ice cubes so you don’t dilute the flavour – fruit juice will give a lovely flavour to your tea
5. Use loose leaf Kenyan black tea for optimal flavor. Broken tea is hand-plucked and hand-processed directly from the grower and has a greater surface area to ensure a high quality, robust brew.
6. Add sugar, honey or fruit to taste. Enjoy!
We like out tea hot, cold, in a mug, or in a teacup - and also in a cocktail!
Try a green tea infused gin and tonic for a twist on this classic combination - just infuse one 35ml measure of gin with a teaspoon of Kenyan green tea for six minutes, then strain and top with your favourite tonic water. Serve with a wedge of lime and plenty of ice in a tall glass. Enjoy!