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We share tea and talk tea at assisted living homes, private homes and community centers. We play Teago Bingo with prizes for winners. We are also doing mystery tea events.

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Spend time being refreshed by God's Word with a cup of tea. Relax in a comfy chair that gets some afternoon sun. Reflect on the goodness of life.

Real joy comes not from ease or riches or
from the praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile. Wilfred T. Grenfell

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. Ps 100:4

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Blessings to you and your family. Have
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Monday, October 31, 2011

Green tea

Green tea is the most popular type of tea in Japan and in parts of China, and it is gaining popularity in the West due to its purported health benefits, which include high levels of antioxidants and vitamins.
Green tea is a type of tea that is harvested and then quickly preserved. Whereas black tealeaves are allowed to oxidize after they are picked, green tealeaves are immediately heated to prevent oxidation. (Oxidation is a natural process. It's the same thing that happens when you slice an apple and it begins to turn brown and taste sweeter as it is exposed to oxygen.)

People often tell me that they "don't like green tea" because they think it tastes bitter and grassy. For some people, this is a simple matter of taste. However, I often find that the reason most people in the West "don't like green tea" is because they are buying low quality green tea and then brewing it incorrectly! When I steep good green tea for people who "don't like green tea," they often find that they love the taste. It's not that they hate the taste of green tea -- they just hate the taste of bad green tea. (Hey, I can't blame them. So do I!)

Common descriptors for good quality green tea include: sweet, bittersweet, nutty, vegetal, buttery, floral, swampy, fruity and oceanic.

There are many types of green tea to pick from. While some green teas are available at your average grocery store, these tend to be low quality, heavily blended teas that are not very fresh. (Hint: If your current brand of green tea is simply called "Green Tea," it probably isn't very good quality!)

However, finding good quality green tea is only one of the factors involved in finding a green tea you will like (or even love). I recommend trying a range of types of green tea to figure out which kinds you prefer. You might find that you prefer only flavored green teas, steamed green teas or roasted green teas, or that you like a variety of types of green tea.
Many people who think they don't like green tea have simply never tried good green tea that has been prepared correctly. A common mistake in brewing green tea is using boiling water. While it's generally OK to use boiling water to make black tea, using boiling water for green tea can turn even the best leaves into a bitter, nasty mess. Most green teas are best when steeped at around 160 to 180 degrees Fahrenheit, which is only simmering.

It's also important to avoid steeping your green tea too long, as over-steeping will also make your green tea undrinkably bitter.

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