Does tea equal happiness?

Tea seems to have its leaves in more than one pot: problem solving, relaxation, mood enhancement and fancy high tea parties with delectable sweet treats just to name a few.

Either way, it has a calming effect and a host of health benefits.

So spend some time with tea at least once a day.

 

Rooibos tea

We have to start with our proudly SA Rooibos tea, even though it isn’t really a tea at all. It’s actually a tea infusion, made from stubby little rooibos plants. High in antioxidants and completely caffeine free, this tea is something we should all be sipping on. The longer you steep it, the more the rich and slightly sweet flavour comes through. If you just can’t wait, order a red cappuccino from KAUAI.

Other infusions are made by adding herbs, leaves, flowers, stems, etc. to real tea leaves, and here it’s all about getting different flavours like lemongrass, berry and apple, or cashing in on health benefits from plants like ginger and cinnamon.

 

Green tea
With subtle flavours that change depending on the make, this tea is lighter in colour than black tea and also has less caffeine content. Prepare it using boiled water cooled to about 75 degrees and to appreciate the mild taste, skip the milk.

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Black tea

This dark tea which contains quite a bit of caffeine is made from leaves which have been allowed to ferment and has a distinct flavour. Use water that has cooled just a little bit and steep for about 2 minutes – any more than this and the tea may start tasting bitter. With black tea, a little milk added to your cup usually makes the flavour less overpowering.


 

Oolong tea

These tea leaves are also fermented, but for a slightly shorter time. Weaker in flavour and with less caffeine than black tea, you’ll have to steep it for a little longer to get the full taste coming through.

There are so very many types and flavours to choose from, so get your kettles boiling!

 

 

 

 

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