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Ambessa Tea Stories: How to Tipsy Your Tea

By Ashley Beck | April 25, 2013

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From facial remedies to cooking, tea has become an integral part of adding value to a product. Whether it be for health, fragrance, or flavor, and cocktails are no exception. All across the U.S. restaurants, bars and their mixologists are finding tea as a way of expanding their drink making capabilities. Stella Rossa Pizza Bar in Santa Monica, California is making their version of a Pisco sour with white tea-infused egg foam. And in Chicago, Mercadito is revving up their margaritas with blanco tequila infused with black tea, mezcal, pear purée, fresh lime juice and agave nectar.  And with tea blends like Marcus’ Ambessa tea line, the possibilities are endless. Read More

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Ambessa Tea Stories: Tis the Season To Cold Brew

By Ashley Beck | April 18, 2013

photo by: El Villano

Photo: El Villano

If your go-to drink is a refreshing ice tea, a cold-brew tea is for you. And if it’s not, a cold-brew might just change that. Cold brewing tea is typically an 8-10 hour process that slowly and delicately extracts the flavor of the tea leaving you with a light, less tannic finish. Because cold water is used instead of hot, the tea molecules aren’t altered as much from their original state, and therefore the taste, if anything, is more true to the tea itself. Read More

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Ambessa Tea Stories: 8 Ways to Pair Tea With Your Meal

By Ashley Beck | April 16, 2013

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photo by: pmagalhaes

photo by: pmagalhaes

Just like wine, tea is a great way to accentuate the flavors in a meal. Also like wine, certain teas pair best with certain foods depending on the aroma, texture and taste of the tea. The aroma, for example, can range from floral to fruity to vegetal, from earthy to toasty to spicy, and just like its vinified friend, the list goes on. The lighter end of the spectrum like fruity goes best with fish and delicate fruits, floral often goes great with spicy foods, and deeper scents compliment heavier dishes like meats, buttery sauces, and rich chocolate. When it comes to texture, the tannins in black teas are most apparent, and best taken with creamy, buttery dishes so the astringency has something to cut into. Last, but not in the least, is taste, this is where tea blends can really shine; a perfectly paired dish can compliment the unique flavors that were designed to be tasted in the tea. Read More

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Ambessa Tea Stories: How to Drink Tea the Irish Way

By Ashley Beck | March 14, 2013

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There is a certain hospitality associated with tea. I experienced this kindness on my trip to England; you won’t go to visit anyone without being offered a cup of tea or the host putting the kettle on within moments of entering their home. This tradition is quite true in Ireland as well, and although there are a few differences in preferences and tea strength, the warmth and generosity is no less apparent. Read More

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The EYE: Norm Kettle Teapot

By Christopher Stewart | February 26, 2013

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Coffee is getting some hot competition and tea drinkers are rejoicing. Tea, is now the thing to sip and with 1.42 million people consuming tea every morning, why not sip your tea in the most stylish tea pot? The Menu A/S Norm Kettle teapot has Asian tendencies with modern Scandinavian architecture and influence to highlight the brightness of the tea thats brewing. The tempered glass, stainless steel egg shaped brewer, and the silicone pull string is designed to catch the eye as you await for the perfect cup of Ambessa Earl of Harlem or Lingonberry green tea. Read More

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It’s Tea Time Somewhere: A Look Into Tea Cultures

By Emma Laperruque | July 5, 2012

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According to Chinese legend, Emperor Chen-nung invented tea in 2374 BC–by accident. One summer day, he decided to relax beneath a shrub tree and place a bowl of boiling water beside him. Soon after, a soft breeze blew a few shrub leaves into the bowl, where they began to steep. After smelling the delicate aroma, Emperor Chen-nung tasted the infusion, and thus, tea was born.

Though the story remains up for debate, no one argues that the shrub Emperor Chen-nung sat under (the Camellia sinensis, or tea, tree) hails from China, nor that the country was the first to brew the drink. The popular modern method of infusion developed gradually, becoming prevalent by the Ming dynasty when drinking tea started to take on symbolic qualities. It began to signify more than a beverage, but a ritual, too, representing discipline and beauty. Read More

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The Ultimate Guide to Perfect Iced Tea, Part I

By admin | April 26, 2012

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Photo: drp

By: Cyndi Amaya

With the warm weather approaching, many of us flock to our all-time favorite cold beverage- iced tea! But with all the sugar-laden powders and bottled iced teas out there, the iced tea we all know and love has turned into the latest unhealthy soft drink. If you read the label of these so-called “teas”, you may notice everything but actual tea leaves in it. From artificial sugars and preservatives to “fruit and tea essences,” the dangers of drinking these can actually outweigh the benefits.

When brewed properly, tea is actually one of the healthiest beverages you can drink since its rich in antioxidants called flavonoids. These are most potent when tea is freshly brewed and can ward off against the aging effects of pollution and help prevent cancer in the body. Those are only a couple benefits, even more include reducing your risk of health disease, building stronger bones and teeth, boosting your immunity and your metabolism to help you maintain a healthy weight. Plus, tea has less caffeine than coffee but can still help to keep you awake.

All that info is great, but you might be asking, how do I make my own iced tea? Making your own perfect iced tea is not as complicated as it may seem, yet not as simple as dipping a tea bag into a cup of iced water. The key to a perfectly brewed cup of tea is in the extraction. Read More

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Tips For Spring Cleaning Your Body and Home

By admin | April 3, 2012

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Photo: Jason Rowe

By: Melaina Gasbarrino

Spring has certainly sprung, and with the spring comes new life whether it be in our community gardens, flowerbeds, homes and most importantly ourselves. As we believe in recreating your life throughout the seasons, spring is the perfect time to cleanse the soul.

For a moment let’s take it back a couple of months. Remember those New Year’s Resolutions you made? Well props to you if you have stuck through them during the cold winter months. And if you’re one of the hundreds of people who make resolutions but don’t have the time or energy to stick to them, we’ve creatively crafted a plan to assist you with your spring-cleaning, inside and out. With these couple tips, you’ll be able to do a little spring cleaning to cleanse your body and home. Read More

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Chai Makes Way For Coffee: India Embraces Starbucks

By admin | February 2, 2012

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By: Saira Malhotra

Delhi, India: brutally hot in the summer and brutally cold in the winter. A city where meal, snack and dessert options adjust to reflect changes in a climatic backdrop, yet there remained one consistency- chai.  An integral part of the day, chai represents not just the hot beverage steeped with tea leaves and spices, but also a homely setting with company allowing for moments to regroup and share happiness and sorrow.

Today, the fundamental elements of getting recharged and exchanging notes continue to be a required part of the day. However, the beverage and venue have changed. In just under a couple of decades, India has witnessed the rise of coffee houses, a trend off set by coffee lounge company ‘Cafe Coffee Day’. There are now thousands of inviting coffee shops all over the country with their own signature look and feel, offering Western snacks of biscotti and donuts as well as traditional Indian high tea snacks of pakoras and samosas. Read More

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