SCOBY stands for symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, meaning a colony of live bacteria and yeast. It is also called tea mushroom, Manchurian mushroom, tea fungus, Combucha and Tschambucco. SCOBY is used to make Kombucha which is a fermented tea beverage.
We have customers sent us emails that they received Tea Beyond teapots. It's beautiful by look, but they don't know to fully take advantage of the beautiful gift! This reminds me when I first time went to a coffee shop, I saw a big varieties of coffee pots, but couldn't figure out how to use it. And my question was exactly like this-how do you use these pots to brew coffee?? This blog is created to address concerns like this-how to use glass teapots to steep tea.
Chinese legend reads that the Emperor Shen Nong ("the god of farming") first discovered tea leaves when he observed that many of his people were dying of epidemic diseases and he decided to search for medicines. The legend says that Shen Nong (picture above) has a transparent skin which enables him to test the toxicity of an herb by observing the change inside of his body.
He discovered tea one day while testing a cure. On this day, Shen Nong tried too many different kinds of toxic herbs and he lost consciousness. As he lay there, a few drops of dew from a tea tree dropped on his lips and revived him. Fascinated by this miracle, he ate the leaf, and though it was very bitter, he was able to see the leaves moving through and removing the toxins from his body.
It is recorded in the first Chinese medicine book named after Shen Nong, 神农本草经 (Classic of Chinese Herbs by Shen Nong), that Shen Nong tried 72 toxic herbs a day and that each time, tea detoxified his body. This is the first known record in Chinese history that shows tea being used as a medicine.
News of these medicinal qualities spread fast and tea varieties were developed for a host of different ailments, many of which are being proved true by modern science. For example, numerous recent studies have found that green tea has more anti-oxidants than any other drink. Anti-oxidants are shown to help reduce the presence of free radicals in our body. Free radicals randomly destroy healthy cells and reduce wholeness. It's no wonder that after more than 5000 years, green tea remains one of the most popular teas of the world! In honor of this rich history, Tea Beyond uses only the highest quality green tea as a base for all our beautiful blooming teas
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It’s summer time!!! Who don’t drink iced tea? When I spoke to my customers, I’m very surprised most of them actually only steep whole leaf tea one time then threw them away. That’s completely WRONG! Guess what, there are multiple ways to re-use tea leaves after one steep!! This blog is dedicated to explain how to upcycle used tea leaves (tea bags, flowering tea, loose leaf tea) and save money. You will never dump your tea leaves again after just one steeping. Here is a list of things you can do with used tea leaves:
What is Black Tea? Black tea is the English translation while Chinese still call it Red Tea. So called black tea outside of China probably refers to its deep dark dry tea leaf color. Technically, black tea refers to the tea that is fully oxidized. It is defined by its manufacturing process, liquid color and the leaf color after brew.