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Ceylon Tea

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COLOMBO, SRI LANKA Ceylon Tea  Colombo Sri Lanka.  When I first visited in 2011, I fell in love with this tiny teardrop-shaped island off the southeastern coast of India.  And I knew I would always  go back. This time, we arrived to the early morning life, as the sun was rising over this  exotic island.  This is Ceylon, an ancient…

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Pairing Teas and Chocolates

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The pairing of gourmet chocolates and specialty teas can create a wonderful taste experience. While ultimately taste is subjective, following are some suggestions that can enhance the experience. To begin with, chocolate comes from the cacao bean. The pods grow on cacao trees and are now cultivated around the world. The four varieties of cacao are Criollo, Forastero (which provides…

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Useful Tea Terms

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White Tea – The least processed of teas. After careful plucking the leaves are withered and laid out to dry. White tea is delicate and fluffy and requires more room to steep. The infusion is a pale champagne or light straw color. Yellow Tea – A rare type of tea that falls between white and green teas. Yellow tea unfortunately…

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Guayusa

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NAPO REGION, ECUADOR Amazonian Guayusa Hi everybody, this is Ian, Riley, and Christina from Napoleona Tea Company. We’d like to introduce you to guayusa, an herbal from an Amazonian holly tree that has been consumed by the indigenous Kichwa tribes for centuries. Read on for more details about our trip to the Amazon to learn about guayusa and Runa Organization’s efforts…

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What is Tea

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Tea is the processed leaves, leaf buds, and stems of the Camilla sinensis plant, and the beverage produced from its infusion. By contrast, tisanes or herbal infusions are infusions that contain fruit and/ or herbs without any tea. True tea is made from several species of the Camellia sinensis plant. The method of processing the leaf is what gives us…

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