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Everything you need to know from A to Tea MONTREAL | TUESDAY DECEMBER 8, 2009
Everything you need to know from A to Tea
Everything you need to know from A to Tea
Everything you need to know from A to Tea MONTREAL | TUESDAY DECEMBER 8, 2009 |

MONTREAL

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TUESDAY DECEMBER 8, 2009

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VOLUME I

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NUMBER I

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teatime.ca

FUNDRAISER

TEA

FESTIVAL

For anyone interested in drinking, learning and engaging in new teas, be sure to check out the 4th Annual Victoria Tea Festi- val on February 13th and 14th 2010. The festival raises money for Camosun College Child Care Services.

BOOK TO HIT SHELVES

Three Cups Of Tea Young Readers Edi-

tion was released just

in time for Christmas.

The adapted version

of the adult bestseller

includes new photos and illustrations, and a special interview by author Greg Morten- son’s daughter, Ami- ra, who has traveled with her father as an advocate for a peace.

MAN POISONS TEA

A man who poisoned

tea he prepared for his estranged wife in an alleged effort to ‘win her attention’ escapes jail time. After lac- ing his wife’s cups with mercury she ex- perienced forgetful- ness, indigestion and headaches but had no long-term effects.

indigestion and headaches but had no long-term effects. A ncient remedy from the other side of

Ancient remedy from the other side of the world hAs come to heAl AmericA

Tea boosts health

Drinking green tea regularly said to improve the health of teeth and gums

DAN HOGAN

ScienceDaily Magazine

With origins dating

back over 4,000 years, green tea has long been

a popular beverage in

Asian culture, and is

increasingly gaining popularity in the United States. And while an- cient Chinese and Japa- nese medicine believed green tea consumption

could cure disease and heal wounds, recent

scientific studies are be- ginning to establish the potential health benefits of drinking green tea, es- pecially in weight loss, heart health, and cancer prevention. A study recently pub-

lished in the Journal of Periodontology, uncov- ered yet another benefit of green tea consump- tion. Researchers found that routine intake of green tea may also help promote healthy teeth and gums. The study

“Periodontists believe that main- taining healthy gums is absolutely critical to maintaining a healthy body”

analyzed the periodon- tal health of nearly one thousand men, and found that those who regularly drank green tea had better dental health than those who consumed less green tea. “It has been long speculated that green tea possesses a host of health benefits,” said study author Dr. Yoshihiro Shimazaki of see TEA page 3

Spilling the leaves on tea etiquette

DOROTHEA JOHNSON

Etiquette Expert

There is a lot more to tea etiquette than the lifting of a pinky while drink- ing a cup of tea. Whether at home with guests or out in the company of others, there are certain rules to follow when

it

comes to this hot beverage. In the scenario, where a pot of tea

is

placed on the table but is not served

by the waiter, it is up to the person nearest to the pot to offer. This indi-

vidual must make sure to fill up his or her own cup last. Though, it is impor- tant to note that if placed between a woman and man, the man should offer to “do the honours” of serving every- one their cup of tea. When at home with guests, the pouring is generally done by the host but can also be done by close friends. No one should be left pouring tea for over twenty minutes so whether you are the host or friend, offer to take over when it seems necessary.

host or friend, offer to take over when it seems necessary. INDEX The magic of tea

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New take on the millenium old

leaf

Green is the new

black?

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Alice makes tea magical

As a result my childhood tea parties never lived up

There are many things I miss about my pre-teen years like school uniform, camp and art class but none of these things can compare to the amount I miss those make-believe tea parties. I remember being six years old and taking out my tea set in- viting my stuffed animals and babysitter to join me. I would soak the Orange Pekoe in the hottest water the tap would allow and pour the barely brewed tea into tiny porce- lain cups. I would then add all the milk and sugar that the cup could hold and progress to drink what I thought was a magical liquid. This misconception was probably due to Lewis Car- roll’s and Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland. I remember relating to Alice, except for the blonde hair, big bow and blue dress, and was fascinated by the world she entered. Alice

Alice in wonderlAnd is story thAt AppeAls to mAny generAtions.
Alice in wonderlAnd is story thAt AppeAls to mAny generAtions.

first attends a tea party with Mad Hatter, March Hare and Dormouse. The table is spread full of colourful dishes and treats, a scene I often tried to replicate in the basement of my home, though never to much success. This lack of suc-

cess was probably due to the fact the movie was a fantasy often said to be as a result of Alice ingesting hallucinates. I was devastated finding out my favorite childhood Disney movie was laced with drug references. However, this loss

of innocence was not restricted to movies. Before I knew it all the make-believe worlds I had created became juvenile and rather than

tea parties, I had coffee dates and rather than art class I had a part-time job, maybe it is not the tea parties I miss so much but rather the innocence of child- hood. With my twenty- first birthday

it may seem

approaching,

inappropriate to plan my next birthday as a tea party, but how better to celebrate my legality across the world than with an Alice in Wonderland style tea party. Magic liquid anyone?

an Alice in Wonderland style tea party. Magic liquid anyone? cino weighing in at about 85-90

cino weighing in at about 85-90 mg of caffeine. This

compared to their Tazo Chai Tea Latte which has about 50mg. This means, as a general rule, coffee has more caffeine than tea but owner David Ng of the Montreal teashop Cha Guan claims that even though coffee has more caffeine, the way we digest the caffeine in tea makes the en- ergy boost last longer. Though there is very little scientific evidence proving his claim.

more at brewbattle.ca

Battle of the brews: caffeine edition

Ounce for ounce, tea leaves contain many times more caffeine than do coffee beans. How- ever, whereas 1 oz. of coffee won’t yield much more than 2 cups of cof- fee, an ounce of tea will yield as many as 20 to 30 cups, and that’s as- suming you don’t go back for a second infu- sion. For that reason, a cup of tea almost always has less caffeine than a cup of coffee. By breaking it down by the milligrams, one

can better see the caf- feine discrep- ancy. A 5ounce cup of coffee

c o n t a i n s

80mg

caffeine,

which is

d o u b l e

that of its rival black tea that has only 40mg. The amount of caffeine gets progres- sively less in tea with Green tea containing 20mg and White tea with 15mg.

tea with Green tea containing 20mg and White tea with 15mg. of In terms of your

of

In

terms

of

your favorite brews from Starbucks, brewed coffee leads with about 180mg of caffeine with their blended frappuc-

Everything you need to know from A to Tea Publisher: Emily White Contributors: Dan Hogan,
Everything you need to know from A to Tea
Publisher:
Emily White
Contributors: Dan
Hogan, Dorothea John-
son, Emily White
Online: teatime.ca
Contact: emily-
white@teatime.ca
Address: 7141
Sherbrooke St. West,
Montreal, Quebec,
Canada H4B 1R6
Montreal teashop redefines tea EMILY WHITE The Concordian Many of us know are in it

Montreal

teashop redefines tea

EMILY WHITE

The Concordian

Many of us know

are in it and look like it too,” says David Segal, founder and owner of the

employees help costum- ers choose from over 120 blends. “Tea re-

quires ser- vice and I think that is what we’ve

brought to the

market that the custom- er’s embrac- ing,” says Se- gal. “There’s s o m e b o d y here to show

you how to make it, to explain the different blends, to tell you what the benefits are and where the tea comes from. It’s a full fledge tea experience.” Each store is easily

“For win- ter we have flavours like Toasted

Walnut and Santa’s Secret, flavours that compliment the holiday season.”

tea in only one form;

nationwide

a

prepackaged mass-

teashop, Da-

produced tea bag found

vid’s Tea.

in

boxes adorning the

“People are

shelves of grocery stores or as a cheap cof-

fee alternative that sits

on the counter at spe-

cialty coffee shops. The ingredients within the bag are unidentifiable having been crushed up into tasteless dust that often requires an added teaspoon of sugar to make up for the lack of flavour. “Tea is not meant to

be served as dust, tea

blends should smell like the ingredients that

p r o b a b l y

d e s p e r a t e to learn that there is more to the world of tea than what is found in their cup-

boards.” The store sells premium loose leaf tea at $2.50 a cup with per gram purchases varying depending on the tea’s rarity. Guid- ance from the store’s very knowledgeable

rarity. Guid- ance from the store’s very knowledgeable l oose leAf teA sold from cAnisters preserves

loose leAf teA sold from cAnisters preserves ingredients

distinguishable with its hardwood floors, rows of tea-filled metal cyl- inders and the signa- ture blue coloring. With stores in Quebec, Ontar- io and British Colum- bia, Segal says he stays on top of his competitor Ontario-based Teaopia by treating tea like one would treat fashion. “Each season we

have a new collection,” says Segal. “For winter we have flavours like Toasted Walnut and Santa’s Secret, flavours that compliment the holiday season.” Each store offers customers a place to sit and relax while tasting the tea of the day, one of the season’s blends. davidstea.com

tea of the day, one of the season’s blends. davidstea.com TEA continued from page 1 Kyushu
tea of the day, one of the season’s blends. davidstea.com TEA continued from page 1 Kyushu
tea of the day, one of the season’s blends. davidstea.com TEA continued from page 1 Kyushu
tea of the day, one of the season’s blends. davidstea.com TEA continued from page 1 Kyushu

TEA

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Kyushu University “And since many of us enjoy green tea on a regular basis, my colleagues and I were eager to investigate the impact of green tea consumption on periodontal health, especially considering the escalating emphasis on the connection between periodontal health and overall health.” Participants were examined on three indicators of periodon- tal disease: periodontal pocket depth, clinical attachment loss of gum tissue, and bleeding on probing of the gum tissue. Re- searchers found that for every one cup of green tea consumed per day, there was a decrease in all three indicators. Green tea’s ability to help reduce symptoms of periodon- tal disease may be due to the presence of the antioxidant catechin. Previous research has demonstrated antioxidants’ abil- ity to reduce inflammation in the body, suggest the existence

of an inflammatory response to periodontal bacteria in the mouth. By interfering with the body’s inflammatory response to periodontal bacteria, green tea may actually help promote periodontal health, and ward off further disease. Periodontal dis- ease is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth, and has been associated with the progression of other diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. “Periodontists believe that maintaining healthy gums is ab- solutely critical to maintaining a healthy body,” says Dr. David Cochran, DDS, PhD, President of the AAP and Chair of the Department of Periodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. “That is why it is so important to find simple ways to boost peri- odontal health, such as regularly drinking green tea – something already known to possess cer- tain health-related benefits.”

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Black Tea:
Green Tea:
White Tea:
Earl Grey
Japanese Sencha
Silver Needke
Helps with regulating digestion and
increasing energy.
This anti-aging tea helps prevent can-
cer and heart disease.
The rarest of all teas relieves anxiety,
and strengthens the immune system.
Oolong Tea:
Pu-erh Tea:
Herbal Tisane
Emerald Oolong
Golden Pu-erh
Exotica
The most expensive tea eliminates
body fat by regulating digestion.
This twice-fermented black tea helps
prevent diabetes and increases energy.
An infusion made from ingredients
other than tea leaves.
This plant is known as the Camellia Sinensis, whose leaves are used to produce every
This plant is known as
the Camellia Sinensis,
whose leaves are used
to produce every blend
of tea.