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Reasons you should put down that cup of coffee and pick up a cuppa tea

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In today’s world, coffee seems to be the drink of choice for most people and that trend seems to be on the rise. But there is an important factor that should not be overlooked and that is health. Below mentioned are a few reasons why you should swap that latte for a cup of green tea.

Improves focus and clears the mind

One key factor that plays an important role in improving focus is hydration. Unlike coffee, a cup of tea hydrates your body and will help you focus better. The reason for that is you don’t get that instant spike in energy due to the immediate release of caffeine, that comes along with drinking a cup of coffee which will more likely wear off before the clock hits meal time. But with tea, due to the presence of L-Theanine, the caffeine is released at a much slower rate which will result in you staying alert for a longer time. Also, a cup of tea is your best solution for a clogged mind. Its soothing nature coupled with a crisp aroma will help clear things off your mind and boost your mood.

Helps detox your body and promotes weight loss

We’ve all heard it by now, that tea is an antioxidant powerhouse. The anti-oxidants present in tea will boost your metabolism which will help you burn more calories throughout the day, even when you’re idle. In addition to that, the anti-oxidants present in tea will help in combating the toxins present in your body. Also, tea helps detox your skin from the inside making it clear on the outside. Unlike coffee, which can cause you to breakout and worsen your skin over time. Studies even show that green tea has the ability to protect you from ultra-violet rays to an extent.

Improves your health

Caffeine can come in really handy when you’re tired and have to get work done. However, excessive consumption of caffeine will do more harm than good. Tea is packed with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins in addition to caffeine which will replenish your body and leave you feeling good. These components in tea will help reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and prevent different types of cancer. On the other hand, with a cup of coffee, caffeine is all you get and drinking excessive amounts of coffee is correlated with an increased risk of various health issues including high blood pressure. The thing about tea is that there are a plethora of flavours available for everyone and it is easy to find the one you like. Check out our online store for the finest teas in the country, ranging from basic green teas to fancy floral teas.

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History of tea

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Tea has long been termed a healthy alternative to coffee, but there is so much more to it outside the health benefits. Sure, there are the benefits that come along with the higher antioxidant content, like the ability to promote weight loss and reduce the risk of heart disease, but its soothing nature, opulent taste and floral aroma are what makes its the perfect drink to kickstart most mornings for most people. Let us take a ride back in time to find the answer to one simple question - How long have we been consuming tea?.

Stories go back to a time in 2737 B.C when the legendary Emperor of China and the inventor of Chinese medicine, Shennong was boiling a pot of water and a few leaves from a nearby tree fell into it and changed the colour. The emperor was pleasantly surprised by the flavour it added to the water. While testing the same with other leaves, he found some of them to be poisonous and used tea as an antidote. Thus tea was discovered.

Many estimate a number between 1000 and 2000 years when answering the question how long humans have been consuming tea. But recently, Chinese archaeologists concluded a decade-long study stating that humans have been consuming tea for about 6000 years when they found defined roots of Camellia Sinensis that was dated to 3366 B.C (Neolithic period) on China’s eastern coast. It is also to be noted that tea leaves have been found inside the mausoleum of an emperor of the Han Dynasty with the presence of detectable levels of Theanine (an amino acid unique to the plant). This proves the claim that tea was being consumed as early as 140 B.C.

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How did tea spread across the globe?

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Japan has been the home to certain varieties of teas like Sencha, Matcha etc. Tea drinking is deeply rooted in the Japanese heritage. When the Japanese Buddhist scholars visited China during the Tang Dynasty, they took with them certain tea seeds back to Japan and flavours that were initially foreign to the land is now a part of it.

India is the largest grower and exporter of tea in the world today, but tea became a part of everyday lives of the people only in the 19th century, during the British rule. It all started when the British used the Indian lands and took advantage of the country’s climate to cultivate tea to supply the growing demand for tea in Britain.

Britain is known for their love for tea. Tea wasn’t a thing in Britain until Prince Charles II married Catherine, a Portuguese Princess who loved tea. Some even say that the consumption of tea in Britain grew exponentially only in the 19th century, during the British rule in India.

The rise of tea bags

A merchant in New York who goes by the name Thomas Sullivan used to send tea samples to his customers in silk bags. The customers not knowing what to do put the tea with the silk bag into the pot which surprisingly worked well and thus tea bags were born.
In ancient days, tea was not prepared the way we do now. It was mostly used for medicinal purposes and was eaten by itself or mixed with other spices and added to a soup.

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Summer in a cup.The Perfect Summer Chiller.

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With the summer season in full swing, what better way to delight your senses than to indulge in the mother of all fruits, mangoes? This impeccable mix of mangoes, strawberries and mint leaves is ideal to unwind with, and reap some extra pleasure on a hot summer’s afternoon and perfect for black tea apologists and green tea loyalists alike. With no further ado, let’s dive straight into the recipe.

Ingredients

  • 6 servings of Avataa Mango Black tea / Green tea
  • 2 cups of Pureed Mango
  • 1500 ml of cold water
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 thinly sliced mango
  • 2-3 sliced strawberries
  • 100 grams of ice (crushed or cubed)

Directions

  • Bring water to a boil. Place tea leaves in a teapot, and mango puree and mint leaves in a separate pot.
  • Pour ½ boiled water over tea leaves, steep for 4 minutes, strain, place in the fridge to cool completely and set aside.
  • Pour remaining boiling water over mango puree and mint leaves, stir and set aside to cool to room temperature.
  • Transfer the contents to a pitcher and stir well. Add the crushed ice or the ice cubes.
  • Shake contents till cold, for about 30 seconds. Garnish with mint leaves, thinly sliced mangoes and 2-3 strawberries.

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Are you a Devo –Tea?

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Tea is already one of the best things you can slurp on. Everything tastes better when it is flavourful. Avataa has cracked some winning flavour combinations to soothe your senses and cool your body this summer. Tea often blends with dried pieces of fruits, spices, nuts, flowers and herbs to give you the flavours. Avataa has created a blend, specifically to delight your palate and promote health benefits as well, leading to a perfect cup of Tea.

Avataa’s Rose Black Tea

Rose is best known for its cooling property which is much needed for the summer. It is a blend of nature at is best, rich in vitamin C, promotes skin health and helps you if you are on a weight loss journey. You can add honey to flavour it up and use spices like cardamom and cinnamon to make the tea more palatable.

Avataa’s Hibiscus Black Tea

Hibiscus supports body cooling mechanisms naturally, which makes it one of the best drinks for warm days especially. It aids in relaxation, after a long day at work. It is also believed that ancient rulers in Egypt guzzled this as their primary drink to stay young.

Avataa’s Orange Black Tea

A brew of Orange Black tea seasoned with fresh mint leaves and Cinnamon serves beautifully as an iced tea for the summer. This drink is a vitamin C booster. For a twist, you can also add soda water to the iced tea while serving.


Happy steeping and sipping

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5 myths about tea that everyone think is true.

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Tea is already one of the best things you can slurp on. Everything tastes better when it is flavourful. Avataa has cracked some winning flavour combinations to soothe your senses and cool your body this summer. Tea often blends with dried pieces of fruits, spices, nuts, flowers and herbs to give you the flavours. Avataa has created a blend, specifically to delight your palate and promote health benefits as well, leading to a perfect cup of Tea.

Herbal teas are real teas.

There’s this underlying myth among the common public that any dry leaf steeped in hot water is tea. The fact is, different teas like white, black, green and oolong are all obtained from the same plant (camellia sinesis) and herbal teas are made by brewing flowers, seeds, roots, barks or herbs of plants in hot water. Unless you are a tea connoisseur or an aficionado, there’s a good chance that you believed herbal teas are well, TEAS.

Green teas are free of caffeine.

The difference in the amount of caffeine present in coffee compared to tea is profound. But, teas aren’t completely free of caffeine. There is 35mgs of caffeine in a cup of green tea and considering you drink 4 cups a day, the caffeine can add up quite quickly. Decaffeinated teas still have some caffeine in them, 2 to 10mgs per cup varying from tea to tea. However, unlike other caffeinated drinks, tea is hydrating to the bod

Drinking tea burns fat.

Green tea contains a stimulant that will speed up your metabolism, but if you’re completely relying on tea to burn all your fat, it is not going to work so well. On the other hand, green tea coupled with healthy eating habits complementing a solid workout regime will help you shed those extra pounds.

Teas don’t go bad.

Teas are best consumed within 6 months of purchase, considering you are storing it right. If you have a pack of tea that is sitting on the shelf for years or even months for that matter, it’s time that you tossed it out. Teas go stale overtime and moisture robs it of its flavours. Make sure that you’re storing it in a dry place, packed in an air-tight container to increase its shelf life.

Hot tea is better than iced tea.

As long as you brew the tea yourself, iced tea can be made as healthy as hot tea. The problem with most iced teas that you buy from the stores is that they’re loaded with preservatives, artificial flavourings and added sugar, all of which Avataa teas are free from. If you have heard of any other tea myth that you think we missed, let us know in the comments.

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“Live a healthier life with your Tea “

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Whether you are just starting out with Tea or a seasoned Tea drinker, you will want to read it. If you think about tea when you hear the boiling water and the kettle sound, I bet you, the word “Chai” will turn you on. When you are stressed, you especially look for a cup of tea. Organic food and its health benefits have fallen under the most scrutiny. When it comes to chai, it becomes a prerequisite for you to look for the best, right?

We know that tea is delicious and is a great beverage. How about some health benefits too? If you structure your day with cups of tea, Avataa gives you a medley of Tea and you will want to try it. Just the tea will do for many. But if you are given flavoured teas, who says no? True to its name Avataa gives you freshness and cleansing attributes in every sip you take and will be the definition for your tea time .The best part is Avataa teas are single garden tea leaves which is super uncommon. Why should a lot just happen over coffee? They say warming the pot encourages friendship, pouring the tea gather love. Spread love as good as Avataa.

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