Here at the tea enthusiasts, we take climate change seriously. We firmly believe that mankind is having a detrimental effect on the planet and each individual, each company and each government has a duty to do what they can to neutralise the impact they have on the world. So today we want to take you through what we as a company do to try and ease our impact on the planet.
Environmental issues are complicated and there is no quick fix and no magic solution so we try to make sure that the planet is considered in each decision we make. Some of these solutions may seem like they only make a tiny difference and we recognise that we are one small family run company but we know that one of the biggest threats to the planet is everyone thinking someone else will save it, and one of the biggest mistakes is thinking if you can only do a little then it is not valuable so you should do nothing.
In short, yes. Children can enjoy tea, but we recommend reading these recommendations to make sure your child has a safe and happy experience (all advice is aimed at children over 6 months of age. Water and milk are the only recommended drinks for infants under 6 months).
You know that whole leaf tea is good for you, so if it’s such a healthy option for you then why not offer it to your child? After all, most drinks promoted to children are full of sugar and artificial flavours. With whole leaf tea you know they’re getting the natural product free of fat, salt, sugar, cholesterol and artificial colours and flavours.
Health benefits of tea for young people
Whole leaf tea is sugar-free, salt free, fat-free and free from artificial colours and flavours.
Tea contains catechins which help fight harmful bacteria in the mouth. This helps to keep breath fresh too. Tea also contains fluoride.
It’s immune-boosting! Those same catechins have anti-viral properties, which help to keep the immune system in tip top condition.
A Harvard Medical School study showed that green-tea drinkers were at a 31% lower risk of developing cardiovascular ailments. Further studies have shown that many of these ailments often start in childhood.
Approximately 80% of the world’s population consume caffeine on a regular basis, but what do we actually know about it?
We put the caffeine guidance on each of our tea listings, but why? Simple: it’s because it’s one of the things we get asked about most often. So we thought we would put answers to the most frequently asked questions in one place.
Before we start let’s establish what the guidelines for caffeine consumption are for a healthy adult. Both the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) consider a daily intake of 400 mg of caffeine as safe. This amounts to 2–4 cups of coffee per day. It is further recommended to limit the amount of caffeine you consume at one time to 200 mg per dose. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, pregnant women should limit their daily intake to 200 mg.
The Science bit: What is caffeine and what does it do?
Caffeine is a natural stimulant that is produced by plants to act as a deterrent to pests and bugs. In humans, it has a stimulating effect on the brain and central nervous system.Caffeine is water-soluble and is extracted into the brewed cup when preparing tea. When consumed it is quickly absorbed from the gut into the bloodstream. Caffeine’s main effect is on the brain where it stops you feeling tired by blocking the effects of adenosine, a neurotransmitter that relaxes the brain. Adenosine levels build up over the day, making you increasingly tired and encouraging you to want to go to sleep. Caffeine connects to adenosine receptors in the brain without activating them leading to reduced tiredness. Much of the research that has been conducted on caffeine and humans refer to coffee as it has higher consumable rates of caffeine per oz.
Does tea have more or less caffeine than coffee?
This is a frustrating question because there is no simple answer! When measuring coffee and tea in their dry forms then yes tea has more caffeine than coffee….but keep reading….when comparing brewed coffee and tea, coffee generally has more caffeine than tea! What?! How does that work? Well, I am glad you asked! Normally we use 2-5 grams of tea per 8 ounce cup, and 10 grams of coffee for the same quantity of water. A 2004 British study looked at 200 cups prepared by consumers going about their normal brewing routines. It found that the average caffeine level in the cups of tea (black English teabag style teas) was 40 mg vs 105mg in the average cup of drip coffee.
While the caffeine in tea and coffee are the same the experience is different. Tea contains an amino acid called L-theanine, which reduces stress and promotes relaxation. In tea, it works in harmony with caffeine to calm the body without reducing caffeine alertness. Tea also contains high levels of antioxidants which slow the absorption of caffeine. Together this produces a gentler increase of the caffeine in the system, a longer period of alertness with no crash at the end.
I was young when my love affair began, not even walking. I used to sit on my father’s lap and steal the dregs of his tea. At the time he drank a strong brew with 4 sugars that we used to affectionately call a “squaddie”. I am pretty sure in hindsight that my first experience of tea was, in fact, more sugar than tea. Luckily I have experienced a much wider education in tea since then.
Tea has always been there for me
After my first traumatic break up as a teen, I drank tea with my mom and confirmed that it was all definitely, absolutely his fault. When I got married I swigged tea while I had an existential crisis over my hair and makeup. Immediately after giving birth (sorry) to my children I demanded a cup of tea, I had to reinvigorate similar to David Tennant as The Doctor just after regeneration. On the day my mother and I realised my grandmother’s health was failing, did we panic? Did we suffer hysterics? No we had a cup of good old tea.
Tea is a drink that invokes family memories for me. When a person close to you has a problem, sort it over a cup of tea. Need to have a brag or a moan? Much friendlier to do it over a pot of tea. As Sheldon (Big Bang Theory) says, “When people are upset the cultural convention is to bring them a hot beverage.” No one so far as I know has been insulted by the offer of tea. Gluten-free, vegan, sugar-free, suitable for all religions and all dietary requirements. Tea transverses all age, culture and gender gaps. At the outbreak of war in England, the government took over the distribution of tea as it was considered essential to the moral of the country. It is the single greatest unifying force on the planet earth. There is a reason people refer to tea as a hug in a cup.Continue reading My Love Affair with Tea
Tea bags: Surely there is at least one in every kitchen? Years of routine and familiarity doesn’t necessarily make the humble tea bag the best option for your next brew.
Teabags: Bleach and Plastic
There are two fundamental types of teabag. Most tea bags are a bleached paper outer that is woven with 20% plastic. Inside this bag are tiny tea particles known as “fannings and dust” in the trade. When steeped, they release more tannins than whole leaf tea, resulting in bitter astringent brews. It is highly unlikely for the best teas to be used in these bags, which are generally produced by large corporations and found in every single supermarket and convenience store. There are also some companies out there who offer whole leaf teas in silk pyramids. We’ll talk about these a bit more at the end.
A seasonal, artisanal, foodie approach to tea
Teabags are designed for standardisation. People expect their supermarket teabag blend to taste the same year in year out regardless of the season. Our offering of loose leaf teas is the exact opposite. Flavour profiles, aroma, and appearance vary from year to year and season to season. Generally, estates, regions, processing styles and growing seasons are known for particular flavours and aromas, but weather patterns or geopolitical changes may affect any harvest. Our experts monitor world tea production and drink hundreds of samples (we don’t mind this part too much!) to bring the best flavours to you every season. We may bring you a blend from a single region or even a single portion of a single estate. Alternatively, we may also blend a Chinese tea with French herbs and African spices. This breadth and depth of tea profiles appeal to foodies and gourmets. You could drink several cups of tea a day for years and never have the same experience twice!
So who are we and what are we doing here? Well, my name is Liza Johnson and I am the founder of The Tea Enthusiasts. I have forever enjoyed great tea and having the good fortune to be related to a tea merchant I was always at the receiving end of high-quality samples that I could share with my friends. Almost all of my friends could tell you their favourite loose black or green tea blends, their children could tell you about the fruit infusions they enjoyed. When a new blend arrived I would take the opportunity to share it with friends by inviting them over, sharing the learning journey. So this business concept is rooted in rolling out that experience to all. By using the latest website technology we offer this personalised service via e-commerce to our customer. It’s that simple, come and join us!
Mission Statement: The Tea Enthusiasts provide a wide range of excellent quality tea and accessories. We do this with fantastic service, knowledgeable staff and a real relationship with our customer.
Of course for that to work, we need to hear from you. when you get in touch we promise we will do our best to answer you as fast and as completely as possible. We are happy to hear about your good and bad tea stories as well as chatting about your tea journeys. Yes, we would love to see your Instagram of our tea! We may even feature it on our page! If we can help you find your next perfect cuppa we will consider it a job well done. We have tried to make this as easy as possible and will add more options for getting in touch as time goes by.