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Here are some tea related articles which we have written or come upon that we hope you enjoy reading.

  • Camellia Sinensis - What The Science Says
    There has been extensive research into the full range of benefits associated with tea leaf (camellia sinensis). Read this article from the American Botanical Council outlining the supporting science around this.
    Posted: Friday 15 October 2021
  • Chamomile - What The Science Says
    You may have heard of Chamomile referred to as the Sleepy Tea (Tisane). Read this article from the American Botanical Council outlining the supporting science around this herb.
    Posted: Wednesday 13 October 2021
  • Can Drinking Tea At Meals Affect Iron Absorption?
    Tea, like fruit and vegetables is a natural source of polyphenols and flavonoids. With growing interest in plant based diets we consider how your cup of tea might interact with the level of iron you can absorb from food you are eating and simple changes you can make to alleviate any concerns.
    Posted: Tuesday 31 August 2021
  • It's All About the Water
    When bad things happen to good teas, it’s generally the water that’s the problem. Yes – the water!

    When brewing tea, many of us don’t give much thought to (1) what type of water to use, (2) how hot it should be, and (3) how long to steep tea before serving it.

    Truth is, these 3 factors have a substantial impact on the taste, aroma, and flavours of tea.

    Your choices here can make the difference between your brewed green tea being a smooth and fresh pleasure of flavours or not. Read more about how water impacts your tea experience in this article written by Peter Keen.
    Posted: Thursday 26 August 2021
  • Peter Keen - Tea Lover and Author
    Peter writes and researches on tea: its rich history, science and medicine, cultures and technology. He has kindly given Stir Tea his permission to share an extensive library of articles with you.
    Posted: Thursday 12 August 2021
  • Stir Tea Guide on Choosing the Perfect Tea
    Are you searching for tea for yourself or as a gift? Are you stuck on which tea or tisane to purchase? Let us walk you through the process we use to help customers choose the perfect tea along with recommendations from our range.
    Posted: Sunday 1 August 2021
  • Does Your Teacup Shape Influence Your Tea Drinking Experience?
    In part two of our series on teacups, we look into whether or not the shape, size and material of your teacup can have an influence on your tea drinking experience.
    Posted: Tuesday 1 September 2020
  • A cup of tea is a hot, wet, aromatic Swiss army knife.
    "I am not sure what I’d do without tea" - read this light hearted view of life with tea. Article originally posted on The Guardian, written by Hannah Jane Parkinson 1 May 2020.
    Posted: Thursday 4 June 2020
  • Does the Colour of your Cup Influence Your Tea Experience?
    In part one of a two part series, we take a look at the influence the colour of the cup we use can have on how we perceive the colour and taste of the tea we drink.
    Posted: Thursday 4 June 2020
  • What Makes Earl Grey Tea Unique?
    Earl Grey tea is a delightful tea with a difference: the inclusion of bergamot. We look at the history behind the creation of Earl Grey tea, with a special focus on the oh so aromatic bergamot.
    Posted: Wednesday 1 April 2020
  • Plant based diets are becoming very popular, especially with the change in season. We discuss what a plant based diet is, why many are choosing one and some tips on how you can start including more fruit and vegetables into your diet.
    Posted: Wednesday 1 January 2020
  • Tea Folklore and Superstitions We Just Have to Share!
    Whether or not you believe them, tea folklore and superstitions are a fun way of connecting with the past and having a laugh over the teacups. We share our favourite superstitions with you today!
    Posted: Tuesday 3 December 2019
  • Enjoy a cuppa and take a read of this delightful tea poem by Anita May Blanchett.
    Posted: Thursday 7 November 2019
  • Exploring the Delicacies of White Tea
    We take a look at the delicate flavour and aroma white tea gives us, comparing the differences between itself and green tea. We discuss how white tea got its name and look at some exciting research into the benefits white tea can provide.
    Posted: Monday 28 October 2019
  • Enjoying the Dance of the Tea Leaves (aka The Agony of the Leaf)
    When was the last time you paused and took a moment to enjoy the dance of the tea leaves? That moment when boiling or hot water is poured over the dried leaf to awaken it from its slumber, to stir it from its sleep. It’s something we love here at Stir Tea and today we’re going to explain more about this beautiful process and its benefits.
    Posted: Monday 30 September 2019
  • It’s 9am: Time for Aunt Daisy & a Cup of Tea!
    Listening to Aunt Daisy while drinking a cup of tea was one of life's most enjoyable moments for many of New Zealand's past generations. Come with us on a journey to learn about one of our most precious treasures, and grab some of her tea-themed tips along the way.
    Posted: Tuesday 23 July 2019
  • Taking an In-Depth Look at Rooibos (aka Red Bush)
    We explore the delightful Rooibos plant and how it has become one of our most popular caffeine free beverages. We'll take you to its indigenous home of South African and discuss the likely benefits of choosing rooibos as your daily beverage of choice.
    Posted: Tuesday 23 July 2019
  • Keep Updated With the Stir Team on Facebook
    We'd love for you to receive regular updates from the Stir Tea team. Changes to Facebook have meant that some of our customers are no longer seeing our posts in their feeds or receiving notifications. Learn how you can easily remedy this in four quick and easy steps.
    Posted: Tuesday 23 July 2019
  • Drinking Rooibos to Chase Away Colds
    Drinking Rooibos can enhance the body's natural defense system. Try it as part of your cold and flu fighting strategy as scientists have identified evidence that drinking Rooibos helps enhance your body's natural defense system.
    Posted: Tuesday 23 July 2019
  • What Plant Based Milk is a Good Alternative to Cow’s Milk in My Black Tea?
    Milk helps induce sleep, fortifies the nervous system and is rich in proteins and minerals.
    Increasingly tea drinkers who are trying to reduce or eliminate dairy from their diet are asking us for a plant based milk alternative. We decided the best way to answer this was to test it for ourselves. So, we set aside an afternoon to run a blind tasting with five non-dairy plant based milk alternatives.
    Posted: Friday 7 June 2019
  • Must You Brew Tea in a Teapot? If So, Which is the Best Type to Use: Ceramic, Glass, Metal or Porcelain?
    We’re often asked teapot questions - Do you have to brew Stir loose leaf tea in a teapot? What is the best type of teapot to use? Is it a traditional ceramic or stoneware teapot? Or maybe a more modern glass teapot is the answer? We share our teapot thoughts (and other options for brewing) with you so you can decide.
    Posted: Thursday 28 March 2019

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