Natela’s Gold Black Tea

Natela lives in Nagobilevi Village just to the west of Ozurgeti Town in the Georgian Province of Guria. Natela’s small patch of land is on a south facing slope just 10km from the Black Sea coast. She has lived there all her life and though it would be impolite to ask her age she admits to being a senior citizen, though she still works all day, growing citrus fruits, vegetables and tea, and during summer months hand making her tea. Natela is a great talker and has the twinkling eyes of one who laughs a lot; nothing please her more than to show visitors around her homestead and traditional wooden house and to sit them down with a pot of tea and home baked cake. You can talk with Natela for a long time without knowing a word of Georgian or her a word of English; she just embraces you with friendship.

Natela

During Soviet times Natela worked at the local State Tea Farm. When long ago she married a village boy her new mother-in-law taught her to pluck tea and, over the years she progressed tofield supervisor. Her sister was also a tea worker at the tea factory & was
sent to China as part of her training. All the tea produced in Georgia was
destined for the samovars of Soviet Russia so while surrounded by tea during
the day the factory workers had no tea to drink at home – and security at the
factory was strong. However, the fields were unguarded and, like many of their
fellow tea workers Natela and her sister would steal green leaf from the bushes
at the weekend and hand make tea at home. Just as now the green leaf would be
withered in the shade of a farmhouse veranda and when ready would be put into
the washing bowl for hand rolling. On to overnight oxidation covered with a
damp towel and then out into the strong Georgian summer sun to dry.

 Natela hand processing

Since Georgia’s independence in 1991 Natela has taught a whole new generation of her fellow villagers to hand make tea and many are now members of the Georgian Hand Made Tea Makers Association. Some use small locally made electric powered rolling tables to do the hard work of rolling but Natela still crafts her teas completely by hand. In a year she can produce about 220lbs all of which is purchased by Nothing But Tea Ltd. Natela’s granddaughter is now at university and, unlike it was in Soviet times, this is no longer free. With the proceeds of her tea sales Natela is paying her granddaughter’s university fees – when she graduates Natela thinks she may retire – but it’s difficult to believe.

Nothing But Tea is based in London and owned by Nigel Melican, one of the top tea consultants in the world who has helped Natela.

 

 

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TeAmail July

 

 JULY 2014

Dear Tea Lover, 

With this hot weather the iced teas and cold brew are extremely   popular. SO we are adding two new teas that are great iced. Lemon   Surprise,a flavored green, and Polynesian Splash, a caffeine free fruit   infusion. Details below and password for discounts.Four specials for Tea Lovers – buy two and get one free,   free tea with a dessert, teapots on sale and cold brew initial tea   “fill” with bottle or top.A good article explaining that tea may help reduce the risk   of breast cancer at the bottom of the tea mail. Happy Summer and drink lots of healthy iced tea, Rob

Magic Moon

 

Magic Moon – flavored black & green – exotic fruit flavor with papaya taste – great  iced

 

 

 

Buy 2 bags of TEA and get one FREE

To encourage you to try a NEW TEA we are offering a buy two   and get one FREE. Small   print: You have to buy   two different types of tea and the free one has to be of equal or lower value   and different to the other two (3 different types) My aim is to try and get   you to be adventurous with the FREE bag. This is valid until August   10th. Password is “ADVENTUROUS”

 

 

Lemon Surprise is a flavored green tea that has a very lemony taste with a touch of coconut, light & refreshing - great iced. Aroma is very full and the supplier has called it “Thunderstorm”, because it has the freshness of air after the heavy rain.

 

Polynesian Splash - flavors of pineapple, mango, orange with ginger and a caffeine free apple base. Very rich and smooth and full of flavor iced. Lovers of Mango & Friends will like this as it is sweet with the fruits being candied

 

Imperial Oolong is a classic greenish oolong, from Vietnam, that you can enjoy all day, especially at over half the price of our other two. I managed to get a special buy and passing on the savings. $14.25 for 4 oz (not 2 oz).

SPECIAL FOR JULY  & AUGUST- come in any weekday afternoon (closed Monday), between 2:30 & 5pm and get a FREE iced or hot tea when you buy a dessert (includes scones with jam and cream, but excludes English biscuits) the password is “DECADENT” – Expires August 31st

Salt Cake

Salted Caramel Crunch Cake – like 3 desserts in one – my favorite – Rob

Tea drinkers could have less of a risk of breast cancer, according to new research.

The aim of this latest analysis was to evaluate the links between tea consumption and alcohol drinking and physical activity and breast cancer risk among Chinese women.

Commenting on the new research, Women’s health specialist, Dr Catherine Hood from The Tea Advisory Panel (TAP) notes: “Thirty-nine studies involving 13,204 breast cancer cases and 87,248 controls were identified for the entire study. Among the total number of studies, 16 involved tea consumption with a total of 28,737 cases and 60,936 controls

“Compared with non-drinkers, regular tea drinkers had a 21 per cent decreased risk of breast cancer.  This beneficial finding is likely to be associated with the polyphenol content of tea.  Tea is rich in polyphenols, including catechins and gallocatchins, which have been reported to have antioxidant activity and potential anti-tumour effect.  As a result, this study provides further data on the health benefits of tea, which is the most popular beverage, after water, in the United Kingdom.”

SOS: More evidence that black tea improves vascular function

A new study has provided yet further evidence that black tea improves the function of the blood vessels, helping to explain why black tea is associated with reduced cardiovascular risk.

Looking at this research further, Dr Tim Bond from TAP says: “Several previous studies have found that black tea and its flavonoids have direct effects on the blood vessels improving vascular function.  The aim of this study was to see if tea improves vascular function by helping to prevent injury of the blood vessels in the face of ischaemia (restriction in blood supply) which is a frequent occurrence in cardiovascular disease.

“This was a randomised, crossover study in which 20 healthy subjects drank three cups of tea each day for 7 days. Tea consumption resulted in an immediate increase in flow-mediated dilation (FMD; a measure of blood vessel function) whilst no such change occurred after drinking of hot water. This finding helps to confirm previous research findings suggesting that improvement in blood vessel function is a key mechanism by which black tea reduces cardiovascular risk.

“The first study to show that black tea improves FMD was conducted in 19 healthy men and was published in 2009. In this study black tea was also evaluated for an influence on blood pressure and arterial stiffness and it provided benefits in both measures. A study published earlier this year also showed that three cups of tea daily can reduce arterial stiffness.

“Overall this latest study showed that the cardioprotective effect of black tea consumption relates to a direct effect of tea on the blood vessels and improved blood flow. It confirms earlier studies showing the same effect and provides further evidence for the heart health benefits of black tea in amounts of at least three cups daily.”

In summary, Dr Catherine Hood notes: “There is far more to the nation’s favourite drink than we realise. These latest studies highlight how tea packs a powerful punch with many health benefits particularly for the heart. And studies also show that tea works its health magic whether or not we choose to add milk. All in all, drinking four or more cups of tea each day is quite simply very good for us as is just as hydrating as water!”  by Taryn Davies for www.femalefirst.co.uk

 

 

 

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Tealeaves Newsletter: May 2013

May 2013


Mum Clip Art    

 

Mother’s Day

 

Bring your  Mum (or in Law) to Tealeaves for a Tea Party on the Sunday or when it is quieter the days before.

 

The Royal is the only party available on the Sunday, when your Mother will receive a special flower.

 

Check out our web site link below and call 720

851 6099 to make a reservation.

Party Information 

 

 

Georgian Old Lady

 

I am still including this link as I think it is so interesting for Tea Lovers to watch. I really encourage you to watch this video as it will give you a good understanding of how tea is processed at a basic level. If you don’t have time to watch all of the video, jump in to around the 7 minute mark and you will see the Old Lady. Fascinating!

 

GOL video

Dear Tea Lover,

Greetings from England – we are visiting Lynne’s 93 old Mum.

Our 1st Flush from Darjeeling is different this year, it is a White Darjeeling. I could not find a good 1st Flush like last year and was in despair until this fantastic white sample arrived. Full details below.

Still some vacancies for Tea parties on Mothers Day weekend and we have a large array of suitable gifts for Mum.
We have totally rearranged the back room area with two new extendable glass tables and improved lighting. The tables give us the ability to have a long table with chairs for 16 and different layouts using the 4 or 6 feet lengths. We also now have two small round tables and one in the corner has already become the cosy one!
Finally an article from the English Daily Mail on milk in tea. For those customers who know me they know my answer will be ”no milk at all”.

Rob

Darjeeling White – “Moonshine”
- Glenburn Estate India

Moonshine

This was harvested in the first few days of the new season, early March 2013, from a clonal bush (see at the bottom of the page if  you want to know more) and only the tender shoots are carefully picked by experienced pluckers. The leaves are handled very gently in small batches and the rolling is lighter with less pressure on the leaf with less juices being oxidized.

This results in a white tea with the character of a 1st Flush. The resulting tea has a lemon yellow infusion and a delicate, crisp, refined taste on the palate with a floral, slightly earthy and with citrus notes – my favorite tea at the moment and in my opinion better than last year’s Darjeeling. Try with a discount of 15% until May 19th with password of “Moonshine”

 Peach Mojito

 

This tea is from the supplier of the Mojito being discontinued and has a good peach enhancement that I believe will be far more popular. Lynne’s brother has just returned from Cuba (he lives in England!) and this was his drink of choice on the island that is forbidden for us Americans!

 

Ingredients: Black tea from China, pineapple, lemon and peach bits, spearmint, calendula and rose petals and flavoring.Try with  a discount of 25% until May 19th with password of “Cuba”

 Mothers Day Gifts

 

We have found some great cups & saucers and mugs in porcelain and at
the moment have 8 different designs of both at $38 for the cups &
saucers and $30 for mugs –  in gift boxes.

C$S plus mugs collage

 Another possibility is a set of 4 small cups & saucers with a teapot in your color choice for $24. This can be used as a practical child’s set, especially with Grandma!

 

Cheap tea set

Milk in TEA

So my advice is still the same – find a tea that you don’t have to put in milk and sugar and you won’t lose the health benefits. On the comments at the bottom it is very interesting to see that parents influenced current tea drinking by making children drink tea when they were ill, and in most cases it was herbal. - Rob

From the Daily Mail (an English tabloid)

So how do YOU like your cup of tea? Britain divided on how much milk to put in your cuppa

  • Nation typically brews up three-and-a-half times a day, charity poll reveals
  • Older people’s charity WRVS said 35% of people like tea to be mid-brown
  • Only 3% prefer tea milky 
  • 7% are so picky they won’t let anyone else make it

With coffee shops springing up across the country, it seemed Britain’s reputation as a nation of tea drinkers was under strain. But a study has revealed that our love affair with the cuppa is still as strong as ever.

We typically brew up three-and-a-half times a day, although one in four thirsty Britons will get through five cups or more.

 

Milk in TEA

Scots have the sweetest teeth, with 41 per cent taking sugar in their tea compared to just 26 per cent in Yorkshire.

Unsurprisingly, tea was seen as a comfort drink – 43 per cent of people claimed they feel better after a brew.

Almost a third said that if a friend received bad news they would offer to put the kettle on.

Comments on the article:

As a child I was only ever given tea when I was sick. As a result it doesn’t matter what you put in it, I can’t stand the stuff…even the smell makes me feel sick.

@finkelstein, what you say may well be true, but most people dont drink a brew because its ‘good’ for you, more a case of they drink a cuppa, in the way they prefer, because they enjoy it :) and the best tasting cup is the one of an evening, everythings done and dusted, and you can sink back and relaaaaaaaaax :D

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best way

good cuppa, by my standards, is strong and sweet; a splash of milk, if there’s any in the fridge, with two sugars minimum. My friend on the other hand will pour milk in until its almost white and thinks sugar in tea is blasphemy.love a cup of tea and I don’t care how much milk is in it as long as there’s a digestive :)

Don’t people know these days that milk should NEVER be added to tea or cocoa, or even drunk within one hour of a cup of tea? The milk totally ruins the antioxidant effects of tea and cocoa by causing chemical reactions with them. The main benefits of tea and cocoa come from their antioxidant effects. If you add milk, you may as well not bother drinking tea at all. I don’t drink milk or eat cheese or yoghurt within at least 1 hour of drinking tea or cocoa. I know the Milk Marketing Board will hate me for this, but I am compelled to speak the truth.

Never put milk in at all. That spoils a good cup of tea!

 

Darjeeling White Bushes.

 

From the Manager of the Glenburn plantation.

 The Darjeeling White uses an AV2 type of clonal tea bush that we have planted at Glenburn that produces very good flavor tea, even though it is not very good under drought conditions, and not very high yielding.  

The original tea bushes in Darjeeling were either Chinese or Assam in variety.  Nowadays we use “clones” for replanting the old bushes, which are basically vegetative leaf cuttings that come from a particular “Mother” bush that is known for certain characteristics like good taste, resistant to drought, high yielding etc.  

The AV2 bush produces some of our best Glenburn teas in terms of flavor, and so we use these fields to produce the very delicate flavor some teas like Moonshine and Sunshine Bloom.  However the word clone has nothing to do with genetic engineering.  It just means that all cuttings that come from a mother bush, that are planted in a new field will be identical (hence the word clones) as opposed to planting a tea bush using a tea seed which will produce a bush that could be different from its neighbor.

ENGLISH TEALEAVES 

18551 Mainstreet Parker CO 80134

 720 851 6099 

 www.englishtealeaves.com

 

Hours:

Monday

Closed

Tuesday to Friday

9:30 to 5:30

Saturday
9:30 to 5

Sunday

11 to 3:30


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Owners -

Rob & Lynne Ridge

Manager -

Robin Campbell

 

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TeaMail – April 2013

Mothers Day  

Mother’s Day

 Bring your  Mum (or in Law) to Tealeaves for a Tea Party on the Sunday or when it is quieter the days before.

The Royal  is the only party available on the Sunday, when the Mother will receive a special flower.

Check out our web site link below and call

720 851 6099 to make a reservation.

Party Information 

Elements logo  

SEE SPECIAL OFFER BELOW

Georgian Old Lady

I really encourage you to watch this video as it will give you a good understanding of how tea is processed at a basic level. If you don’t have time to watch all of the video, jump in to around the 7 minute mark and you will see the Old Lady. Fascinating!

GOL video

April 2013

Dear Tea Lover,

We had a great visit to the  Chicago Housewares Show and found several new suppliers – one has a unique stainless steel Travel Mug and  another some amazing boxed tea sets, cups & saucers and porcelain mugs, at very attractive prices. We also found a new Travel Electric Kettle and an Electric Brewing Set – see all these below. All of these will be available for Tea Lovers with a 15% discount from Friday April12th to Sunday April 14th – Password – “Thanks Mum”
We will be offering our Tea Parties for Mother’s Day and the days before. On the Sunday only the Royal Tea party will be available and the Mother(s) will receive a special flower. If you have an interest I suggest you book fairly soon.
See the comments I have on our next door neighbor Elements below and the very special offer.
Rob
TRAVEL MUG

The Aladdin travel Mug has been extremely popular BUT some people do not like plastic and they want the tea to stay warmer longer. This travel mug has been on the market for around 2 months. The infuser has a fine mesh with a press feature that pushes the tea to the bottom, that has no holes, and stops the brewing. Has a double wall for great heat retention and  leak proof flip top lid.

Costs $35 – available in the colors above as well as chrome and black. 15% off until the end of April – Password “Planet”.

GIFTS FOR MOTHERS DAY

Tea Sets
There are 6 cups & saucers, mainly gold & silver patterns, in a set with a gift box and we currently have 8 different designs.

These are priced at $38 which is amazing as the quality is extremely good. Great gifts for Mum.

Goldstar C&S

MUG SETS
The mugs sets are  also in 6′s, eight designs in porcelain, in a gift box at a cost of $30.

  Goldstar Mug
15 piece Tea Sets
We also have two different designs of a 15 piece tea set with a teapot, sugar & creamer and 6 cups and saucers. Incredible at this price level. Limited stock before Mothers Day.

!5 pc Tea Set

3 piece Brewing Set
This includes an attractive electric kettle, a glass teapot with a removable fine mesh infuser and a tray/hot plate. Sells for $72.

Goldstar Brewing set

Travel Electric Kettle

Travel Kettle

This is a 34 oz travel kettle that has the element molded into the bottom and heats up very fast having a 1000 watt heater – Selling at $28. Very popular with college students.

Elements logo

Rob’s experience at Elements Massage Therapists.

I have never been keen on “pampering” myself by going for a massage to help me relax and tone up my body.

I injured my back in 2012 and tried to restore it to normal by exercising and then going to the hospital for physiotherapy. This did not seem to help and the cost was unbelievable!

Craig, the owner of Elements, next door to Tealeaves, finally persuaded me to try a therapeutic massage to see if it helped. It was not an overnight success, but persevering, and trying different deep tissue therapists has convinced me of the advantages of massage. It takes a little time to find the right therapist for you, not just chemistry, but different styles. I now have my two favorites that can really give me a work over that has really helped me recover and they have also suggested some exercises.

SO if you have an injury or aches and pains, why not give Elements a try, even for a pampering! Take one of Craig’s cards with my signature from the notice board  and stop by to arrange a massage at a very special discounted price. Lowest I have seen at $39 for a 55 minute massage, for first time visitors only. Rob

ENGLISH TEALEAVES
18551 Mainstreet Parker CO 80134
720 851 6099
www.englishtealeaves.com

Hours:
Closed Monday
Tuesday to Friday 9:30 to 5:30
Saturday 9:30 to 5
Sunday 11 to 3:30

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 Owners – Rob & Lynne Ridge
Manager – Robin Campbell

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TeaMail – March 2013 Teas and Tea Updates

Heading with Club

March 2013

Dear Tea Lover,

The main “thrust” of the TeA-mail is Tea for Coffee Drinkers!

I appreciate that some of you drink both, I drank mainly coffee when we started Tealeaves 11 years ago! Help your friends convert?

Apart from some highly caffeinated teas we have a blend of Tea and Coffee that prevents drinkers from going cold turkey – see below for the types and health benefits.

Discount for the blends and the specified teas for coffee drinkers will be 25% off for the caddies and the trial size at $3 instead of $4.  Password – “Healthy” until March 24th.

Irish

St Patrick’s

We will be offering a GREEN Sandwich on 16th and 17th March.

This will consist of cucumber, lettuce, avocado and green pepper!

Special Price of $6.95 with choice of Salad or fruit.

Obviously we have many green teas!

 

 

Mother’s day

This year we will again have a special Tea Party for Mother’s Day.

Limited availability & will held on May 9th, 10th and the 11th. Full details next in the April issue and reservations will be taken now.

Cost of $35.

 

Georgian Old Lady

I really encourage you to watch this video as it will give you a good understanding how tea is processed at a basic level. If you don’t have time to watch all of the video, jump in to around the 7 minute mark and you will see the Old Lady. Fascinating!

 

Free Pot of TEA

Introduce your friend(s) to the Tealeaves experience with the coupon below. Cut out or smart phone! First time visitors only.

Join them and also get a free pot.

Free pot of tea
Free pot friend

 

Tea Parties

Book a party for five or more before the end of March, to be held by June 30th (excludes Mother’s Day Parties) and get one person FREE – link below

Password “FUN”

Party Types

 

On to the rest of the March Tea Mail!

We have found a new Taiwanese Oolong supplier – I met Thomas Shu at a conference and he imports high quality oolongs and is known in the industry as the “Ambassador for Taiwanese tea”. See below for information on the Pouchong, Milky Oolong and the Oriental Beauty.  There will be a discount of 20% on the Oolongs until March 24th. Password “THOMAS”

Lynne and I had a successful trip to the Housewares Show in Chicago and found several new products that will be announced in April. One is a recently launched stainless steel travel mug that has a stop brew feature – will arrive in the Cafe at the end of the week.

New Oolongs

Bao Zhong – Pouchong
This is an excellent oolong, similar to the High Mountain that ha been discontinued – grown at 1500 feet in the Wenshan district of Taiwan. Cultivar (type of plant) is Chinsing. Oxidized around 8 to 12%. The rolling produces a natural curly processed leaf. Natural floral flavor with a pure clear taste. Infuse 2 to 3 times and use more volume than usual as it is very “fluffy”.
Pouchong 2

Jin Suang – Milky Oolong

This is very smooth oolong that comes from the Yilan district of Taiwan – grown at around 1300 feet and from the Jin Suang cultivar. Oxidized 15 to 18% and rolled using a canvas wrap , producing a semi ball shape. It has a floral aroma with a slight milk flavor – this is the opposite to the Pouching as you don’t need the normal volume because of its density. Infuse 2 to 3 times.

Mikly Oolong 2

Oriental Beauty  - White Tip Oolong

This has become one of my favorite “blackish” oolongs with a unique flavor that reminds me of a 1st flush Darjeeling, but stronger, a little fruity and earthy. From the Miaoli district of Taiwan and grown at 900 to 1200 feet and oxidized around 60 to 65%. Cultivar is Chinsing Dahpang. I believe the unique intense & complex flavor partly comes from the “kiss” of the green leaf hoppers visiting the tea gardens. The first taste of this tea is really intriguing and then it really develops your interest. One of the true champagne teas from Taiwan.

 

Oriental Beauty 2

 

Tea for Coffee Drinkers 

Having been a coffee drinker for many years prior to starting Tealeaves eleven years ago, I have a little experience at switching and feeling healthier.

We are getting more and more customers who are keen to drink tea, some after having coffee at breakfast.Changing is not easy as you miss the caffeine level and the taste profile is not easy to find.

There are a few teas that have good caffeine levels that satisfy the taste buds such as:

Mayan Cocao (most popular), Caramel Nut and Tiramisu and Assam Leopards for the higher caffeine level.

ALSO to help the change over, we have developed four Tea to Coffee blends.  These come in a caddie as the coffee will separate to the bottom and needs to be shaken to get the equal blend. Available in the same tea flavors as above and now also available in a trial size (looks like a pill container?)

Tea Coffee both

 

Bumper/Window Car Decal

 

Show your love of tea and display a decal which we offer FREE!

Car decal Rev

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