How is Tea Harvested?

Cynthia Burrows

Have you ever wondered how those tea leaves you enjoy are picked? Tea leaves are harvested several times throughout the year and all tea except herbal teas, come from the Camellia sinensis plant. These plants grow like a bush and will produce new shoots from 1 to 4 times a year, depending on where they are grown. Most Tea grows generally in subtropical regions and the main producers like Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Kenya, India, China in hills and mountains from sea level to 7000 feet in altitude. Harvesting and Processing Tea Much tea is harvested by hand picking, it is...

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Signs You Are Drinking Too Much Coffee

Cynthia Burrows

Caffeine is a stimulant found in various foods and drinks. It is used commonly by many to wake us up, keep us awake and alert. Many popular beverages like coffee, tea and soda contain various amounts of caffeine. Us coffee drinkers should know when we have had enough. I guess if you love it you just get carried away, not realizing the damage you may be causing to your body drinking all that caffeine. According to the Mayo Clinic, drinking 400 mgs of caffeine, about 4 cups of brewed coffee daily, appears to be safe for most adults.   Some...

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Health Benefits for Chocolate Lovers

Cynthia Burrows

Chocolate or cacao, Theobroma cacao, is 3000 years old and brimming with antioxidants and polyphenols. Cacao fruit or pods carry the beans that are processed into chocolate. Chocolate is more than a 4-billion-dollar industry in the USA alone. History of Chocolate For 90 percent of chocolates long history, it was strictly a beverage and sugar had nothing to do with it. Possibly dating back to 1400 BC to Mesoamerica, during the periods of Olmec, Aztec and Mayan civilizations. Cacao is name of the plant or its beans before it is processed. Cocoa is the chocolate produced after processing, in liquid...

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What’s the Difference? Light, Medium or Dark Roast Coffee

Cynthia Burrows

Many coffee drinkers have a favorite roast and have certain reasons why they like the taste or flavor. For many years, Dark or French roast was the “King” of favorites, people felt it was the best quality and higher caffeine. Now, this thought is changing from the dark black coffees to the lighter roasted coffee.  Why are Lighter Roasts now Preferred Versus Darker Roast? First, it turns out the lighter roast now has better taste due to the better quality of coffee beans. Farmers, after many years, have learned and developed different techniques for growing beans and how to process...

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The Best Sweeteners for Your Drinks

Cynthia Burrows

It is confusing out there to decide what you can add to your tea or coffee to get a little sweet flavor, and keep it healthy. There are so many choices its confusing. So, which is better for me, you might ask? Some may be better if you are diabetic, or if you are on a low calorie or no sugar diet. Most of us just want too lower our total sugar and stay healthier. Many of these suggestions come from real plants, trees, fruit or insects like bees. Be careful of the word ‘natural’, there are no FDA standards...

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Coffee Culture

Cynthia Burrows

In this article I want to enlarge the thoughts about coffee in different cultures around the world. This makes interesting topics for discussion and knowledge about how, why and when cultures saw and used coffee. The Boston Tea Party resulted in America switching from tea to coffee as an expression of their freedom. Beethoven was such an ardent lover of coffee he counted 60 beans for each cup before he would brew the coffee. Coffee was declared illegal 3 times! In Mecca in 1511, then Charles II in Europe to quell a rebellion, and the third was Frederick the Great...

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