How much tea do you drink a day?

Have you ever calculated how much tea you will drink in your life? Well the people over at Philips have done it for you. After they surveyed UK tea drinkers, they figure that the average person will drink 88,088 cups throughout their lifetime. It breaks down to 1,452 cups a year, 121 a month, or 4 a day.

Why’d Philips want to figure this out? Well they have energy efficient kettles and want to show us just how much greener we can be if we use them. They also found that 10 % of tea drinkers always fill to the kettle to the top – wasting energy to heat all that extra water they don’t need.

I average 3 cups a day and only fill the kettle a quarter of the way if I’m just making tea for my husband and me. At work, the kettle gets filled all the way since other people will eventually come by and need the water. So I think I’m doing okay on the energy savings.

So how many cups a day do you drink – and do you fill the kettle to the top?

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Kettle Ship

Found this on Flickr – a kettle made to look like a British ship.

Kettle on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

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Do you think a bracelet can give you the benefits of green tea?

A company has come out with a new hemp-green tea bracelet that they claim will give you the benefits of green tea through your skin. The bracelets are designed as a zen bracelet, or “Zenlet”, made with green tea. They have three designs, Love, Peace, and Compassion, and are shipped with either a drink coaster or bookmark that is tied to that theme.

According to the company, the bracelets were Independently tested and use a patent pending technology that allows the green tea to absorb into your skin. They say that the bracelets should be worn for eight to twelve days before the green tea is completely absorbed. 

“Soaking hemp or cotton bracelets in green tea doesn’t allow optimal transdermal absorption”, explains David Jensen, CEO of SoutherLee, Inc. “So our design team developed a proprietary drying process using green tea grind and green tea powder to improve its absorption into the skin.” Jensen also adds, “The best way to get the health benefits from green tea is still to drink green tea, but our Zenlet Green Tea Bracelets are fun, attractive to wear and provide a continuous dose of green tea.”

Do you think they’re…

A) The next great way to get your daily dose of green tea
B) Just another product jumping on the green tea bandwagon
C) Cute – who cares if they have green tea or not

See Zenlet green tea bracelets

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Do you expect Darjeeling tea to come from India?

If you’re buying Darjeeling tea, do you think it comes from Darjeeling, India? I was surprised to find that you’re three times more likely to have a darjeeling tea that doesn’t come from Darjeeling. It’s been called the champagne of tea, and like champagne producers, the tea growers in India want you to think that a Darjeeling by any other name doesn’t taste as sweet. According to the The Economic Times:

India may become only the second non-European country to gain European Union brand-name protection for one of its most famous exports —Darjeeling tea.

The EU protects more than 800 regional foods to help protect producers in those regions, and some would argue expectations of consumers. So only companies producing the products in the relevant region can use the protected names. Foods and drink names like champagne, several thousand wines, Parma, Roquefort cheese and Madeira wine are protected. And India wants the same protection for its Darjeeling.

This isn’t anything new. The Indian Tea Board has been trying to protect it since 1983 when it created the Darjeeling tea logo. And they’ve been fighting world-wide to protect their brand.

What do you think? Should only teas from the Darjeeling region use its name?

Darjeeling tea may join EU ‘hall of fame’ list- ET Cetera-News By Industry-News-The Economic Times

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What tea should you have with pumpkin pie?

Today is Canadian Thanksgiving and we’re having pumpkin pie for dessert. But what kind of tea should be pair with it? The tea would have to stand up to the rather strong flavors of your typical pumpkin pie, but it should also complement them. Flavors that I think typically go with pumpkin pie are vanilla, maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and maybe even cranberry. So the tea should probably feature at least one of these. With that in mind, here are my picks for tea that could potentially go with pumpkin pie – what’s yours? Widgets

Did you know Einstein discovered the Tea Leaf Paradox?

Cup of Green Tea by iirraa.
Ever wondered why tea leaves gather at the bottom of your tea cup? Einstein did too, especially since they didn’t follow the laws of centrifugal force. has a nice article that explains it all.

According to Einstein, the leaves’ motion reveals the circulation of water in the cup. Stirring makes the water spin around a central axis, and spiral out from the center. But the water down below is slowed by friction with the cup’s bottom; its spin is weakened. The rotation difference creates a circulation system in the cup: Water at the top, strongly spun outward, travels down the wall and across the cup’s bottom, and then flows back up the central axis.

And this paradox has lead to a new blood test – to find out more follow the link:
HOW COME?: Loose tea leaves gather in a cup’s center —

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What’s the best travel tea kettle?

We’re coming up to travel season, and unless you’re in Britain or Ireland, that means trying to make your morning cup of tea in hotel coffee pots. Yuck! No matter how much you clean those plastic reservoirs, they always make the water taste like coffee. If hotels just used electric French presses, we tea drinker wouldn’t have to endure coffee-laced water. But until they do, our best bet is to bring a travel-sized electric kettle with us.

Here are a few that you can get. The one with the best reviews seems to be the Travel Water Heater by Design Go that can be used in both Europe and North America. And if you just care about portability and want to stick something into a mug a water to heat it up, the Nordic Water Heater is probably more your cup o’ tea. You’ll just have to keep an eye on it to make sure you don’t burn the hotel down. In between those extremes, you’ll find travel kettles that can plug into your car or take up minimal space in your suitcase.

Pumpkin spice teapot necklace by LycheeKiss – cute!

With Canadian Thanksgiving on Monday and Halloween right around the corner, this necklace is just in time for the Fall holidays. With an 18″ silver chain and pumpkin teapot and cup made of polymer clay, it’s a steak at $25. LycheeKiss also has some incredibly cute silver service necklaces that I wouldn’t mind getting for, oh say, a birthday. She doesn’t only make tea-themed necklaces, but they’re my favorite in her shop.

Etsy :: LycheeKiss :: PUMPKIN SPICE TEAPOT No. 082 silver necklace

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Alba Aloe & Green Tea Moisturizer – review

This probably one of my favorite moisturizers. It’s not too thick, but leaves my skin nice and soft. Maybe it’s an illusion but I swear that after I’ve been using it for several days in a row that my face looks thinner and more luminous. I like to think it’s the green tea that’s doing wonders for my skin. And it has a nice light, clean, floral fragrance.

According to their site:

This oil-free, daily moisturizer infuses the skin with rejuvenating aloe vera, one of the world’s most perfect substances for skin-repair, and Camellia sinensis green tea, a powerful antioxidant which protects from free radical damage, has anti-inflammatory properties and repairs and strengthens.

Certified organic aloe vera, green tea antioxidants and oil-free humectants absorb instantly to replenish essential nutrients and protect skin against dehydration for a soft, healthy, luminous complexion.

It’s nice for everyday wear, but it doesn’t contain an SPF. So I usually wear it at night and use something else during the day to keep me from getting sunburned.

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A cup for the champagne of teas

Darjeeling has been called the champagne of teas and puerh the wine of teas, so what better cup to serve them in than one that looks like a wine glass. I saw these for the first time last year at the gift shop in the Centre Georges Pompidou. I’m sure if you’re crafty and have the right tools you could make them yourself, but I’m a little wary of chopping a glass in half and soldering it onto the bottom of a tea cup. If you know of an easy way to recreate these without risking embedded glass shards, cuts and burns, let me know.

Hoch die Tassen – thorsten van elten