Thursday, November 29, 2007

Tea Container Exhibit At DeWitt

Museum goers have just a few days left to view a rare exhibit of Tea Containers.
On view through Sunday at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum in Colonial Williamsburg, The Wallace Museum is accessed through the Public Hospital of 1773, Francis and Nassau streets, just south of Merchants Square. Call 757-220-7724 or log on to for more information.

Friday, November 23, 2007



Serves: 4

3 cups water

2 tea bags

4 (1-inch) pieces fresh ginger, peeled

1 cup sugar-free cranberry juice cocktail

2 to 3 tablespoons pourable sugar substitute (such as Splenda)

In a medium saucepan over high heat, bring the water to a boil.

Remove from heat, add tea bags and ginger and steep for 2 minutes.

Remove the tea bags. Let the ginger and tea stand for 20 minutes.

Pour the tea and ginger into a small pitcher, add the juice and sugar substitute and serve over ice.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Add Some Vitamin C To Your Tea

A new Purdue University study suggests adding citrus juices or vitamin C to green tea may raise its antioxidant goodness, a new study suggests. The antioxidants are called catechins, and they are believed to be responsible for some of green tea's reported health benefits, such as reducing the risk of cancer, heart attack and stroke.

Using a laboratory model that simulates digestion in the stomach and small intestine, green tea was tested with a number of additives, including juices and creamers. It was found that citrus juice increased absorbable catechin levels by more than five times, while vitamin C boosted recoverable levels of the two most abundant catechins by six and 13 times.

So add some citrus juices to your cup after brewing.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Black Tea Could Provide Protection Against Suns Rays

According to researchers black tea gel could provide double the protection against harmfull UV radiation by absorbing UV rays and repairing DNA damage inside the skin. Topical application of black tea gel significantly reduces skin redness after exposure to UV light.

Friday, November 16, 2007

World's First Tea Espresso

A South African company has started selling what is being called "the world's first tea espresso." The tea is produced by the Red Espresso Co., in Cape Town, South Africa. A special, patented grind of the tea leaves gives the tea "a rich espresso intensity."

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Is that Mold In My Tea?

A Michigan man got a nasty suprise in an unopened bottle of Gold Peak Sweetened Iced Tea. Shane Smith describes what he found as "slimy...with dark spots...a gooey gunk." The button seal on the bottle has never been disturbed and its expiration date is February 25, 2008. Smith called the 800 number on the bottle and talked to a Coca Cola spokesperson. The spokesperson said from what it sounds like the substance in the bottle is mold from heat exposure when the bottle was stored after shipping. He said the mold will not pose a health hazard but the product should not be consumed. They will offer Smith a replacement product.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Kenya Top Exporter

Kenya is the world’s largest exporter of tea this year, surpassing Sri Lanka and China.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Green Tea Could Be the Cure for Sepsis

Researchers at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have found that a component in green tea might help in the treatment of severe sepsis, which is an abnormal response of the immune system to a bacterial infection.

They discovered that there is an ingredient in green tea called EGCG, that can save mice from dying of sepsis. The laboratory results are so promising that they could lead to clinical trials in humans.

Sepsis a condition that kills 225,000 Americans each year, has puzzled researchers for years. No matter what techniques they used, half of those who contract sepsis die.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Tea For Troops.

Judah Sanders and Dave Dahl, co-founders of the California-based Dragon Pearl Tea Company, are against the war in Iraq but they feel compelled to support the men and women who are serving there. The tea company has shipped almost $10,000 worth of green tea to the U.S. troops on duty in Iraq.

Two hundred and fifty cases of Dragon Pearl Tea were shipped this fall to troops in Iraq through an all-volunteer group called U.S. Troop Care Package

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Second Annual Red Rose Tea Fair

The second annual Red Rose Tea Fair will be held on the weekend of Nov. 9-11 at the Hilton Garden Inn on Corporate Drive.

Companies exhibiting at the fair will include Redco Foods (the makers of Red Rose Tea), Wade Ceramics Ltd., C&S Collectibles, Wade New England, The Water Closet, the Tea House Times, Happy Wadeing, Curiosity Collectables and PaulaWalla Imports.

The weekend-long event will include a Welcome Dinner and Tea Cup Auction, Wade vendors from the U.S. and England, Swap-n-Sell tables for collectors, an Edwardian Tea Party, tea leaf readers, and Wade authors Ian Warner and Mike Posgay.

Fair hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. A shuttle will be available to transport visitors to various off-site events from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Sunday.
Admission to the fair is $5.

The Windsor Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee developed this event in conjunction with Windsor's Economic Development Director Jim Burke and Redco Foods.
For more scheduling and event information, visit the Web site