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Tea Story: The Origins of Tea

Have you ever wondered about the origins of that tea that you are sipping? Have you ever wondered how it is grown and processed? Have you ever though ...

 

Have you ever wondered about the origins of that tea that you are sipping? Have you ever wondered how it is grown and processed? Have you ever though about the different kinds of tea? Well, avid tea drinkers will certainly ask this questions especially those who made tea drinker a regular part of their day. Tea is indeed the better alternative to coffee. One is due to the fact that it has more healht benefits and two is that it contains only the right amount of caffeine that will keep you stimulated and awake through out the day. Tea has been around for thousands of years but the people in the west have just discovered it just recently. But how is tea made? Well that is the question the tea story is aiming to answer.

The tea story is actually the story of the origins of tea. However, since there are different types of type it is safe to say the their origins may differ. Tea in general do come from one plant an that is the tea shrub. Green tea, white tea, black tea are simply types of tea, the term is usually  based on the color that is produced once the tea leaves are immersed in hot water. The tea story also includes tales on how tea was traditionally brewed which is unlike the present wherein tea leaves are already placed in tea bags and are ready to drink. The tea story also mentions that the tea originally came from China.

The famous Lipton Tea Company also has its own tea story to tell. Believe it or not the Lipton Tea Company was originally a convenience store. It only began selling tea when the owner bought five tea plantations. When the product was first introduced it was warmly welcomed by the people and they become fond of it since then the Lipton Tea

Company has never stopped making tea. Up to the present the Lipton Tea is a household name and people believed that there is no better tea than Lipton Tea. The tea story of this company is rather simple and humble. In fact it is even safe to say that the the intial plan of the owner didn’t include producing tea not until he was able to buy those plantations. Whatever his plan was he surely gave the world the healthiest drink one can ever drink.

Each tea company have its own tea story. The Lipton Tea Company is just one of the many tea companies that produce tea. However, hearing a tea story can certainly help us gain a better understanding on how and where the tea we are sipping came from. In addition to that the tea story can also help us appreciate more the benefits we can get from drinking tea everyday.

Bubble Tea: A Fun Iced Tea Recipe

 

Not a lot of people know about bubble tea. Originating in Taiwan, this is a relatively recent innovation in iced tea recipes. It has gained some popularity in the west in the past twenty years. This iced tea recipe is not easy to make, which is probably why it hasn’t quickly become popular over the world. However, this may also be attributed to the fact that bubble tea is well-loved in the Orient and its production has been carefully guarded with the aim for the recipe to remain a secret.


What Is Bubble Tea?

Bubble tea also called pearl tea. It is a specially frothy type of drink with chewy “pearls” or tapioca-like balls in it. The original pearl tea was hot Taiwanese black with condensed milk, honey and tapioca balls resting on the bottom of the cup. The name is derived from the layer of froth produced on the top that looks like bubbles. It is a sweet, rich drink that could be a dessert in itself. Many variations have come out since, using different kinds of teas, spices, flavorings and different types of “pearls”.

The tiny pearls on bubble teas average about 6 mm in diameter and are originally made of tapioca starch, but also now are made of egg pudding, aloe pieces, coconut jelly, coffee jelly, lychee jelly or konjac jelly. A popular variant of the tapioca starch being mixed with green tea, gives the pearls a green color and a much more chewy texture. Tapioca is a product from the South American cassava plant. When cassava was introduced to the Orient in the 1800’s, it became a big hit. Today, you can find cassava in almost any store and outdoor market in the Orient from Turkey to Taipei.


The Drink Is Half The Fun

You cannot call a bubble tea a real bubble tea unless it is served exactly the way it should be served. Bubble teas need to be served in paper or plastic cups with over sized plastic dome lids and over sized plastic straws so you can suck up the pearls which usually settle at the bottom of the cup. The enjoyment of the drink can only be compared by how many people in the United States feel about Slurpees: you can only truly enjoy in the Slurpee experience if you use a plastic spoon-straw.

This iced tea recipe has spawned all kinds of bubble drink variations – bubble coffee, bubble fruit juices and bubble slushies. It has stopped becoming necessary to have tea anymore in order to enjoy a bubble drink. You do need machinery to help in the making of bubble tea as in the making of latté drinks and cappuccinos. You need either a cocktail shaker or a good blender. The straw can be acquired at any supermarket. While it may take a couple of hours to bake the tapioca dough pearls into bubble tea pearls, this is certainly easier than flying off to Taiwan just to enjoy this drink.