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Coffee Infographics That Coffee Snobs Approve

Here at Kitchables, we strive to fulfill the needs of coffee enthusiasts the world over. So we made a series of infographics that are fun to learn for people of all ages. In this series of infographics you’ll learn what to do and what not to do in a coffee shop, the healthy benefits of coffee, top cities to travel for coffee lovers, coffee versus wine, and awesome coffee drinks you need to try.

Coffee Shop Etiquette 101

Do you know what makes baristas cringe or what makes them appreciate you more as a customer? Take a look at these do’s and don’ts.

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The Health Benefits of Coffee

This is a no-fuss guide on the holistic benefits of drinking coffee. In other words – more reasons to drink coffee and all the answers you need to say when someone asks you about your coffee habit.

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Top Cities to Visit for a Great Cup of Coffee

Here are some travel recommendations from our insiders who have been there and done that! Where would you like to drink your next cup of coffee?

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Cold Brew vs. Iced Coffee

As a coffee lover, it’s about time that you know the difference between the two. There are main differences in brewing method and flavor profile, and each type of coffee drink caters to different taste buds.

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Coffee vs. Wine

From this infographic you’ll learn that it’s okay to have both – as long as you drink in moderation.

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5 Awesome Brew Recipes

We recommend that you try these recipes out. You can make your own version of these drinks or check these popular recipes online.

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Thanksgiving Drinks and Dessert Recipes that Spark Joy

It’s that time of the year again when everything smells like pumpkin spice. This is just the beginning of the festive season (Christmas and New Year coming soon!), and that much awaited Thanksgiving Dinner is the start of how we will end the year with grace and gratitude.

We did some digging around and looked for the best recipes you could easily make for Thanksgiving. The following are highly recommended cocktail, coffee, and dessert recipes which will fill you with joy over Thanksgiving weekend.

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Thanksgiving Cocktails and Drinks

THANKSGIVING PARTY COCKTAILS

Pumpkin Spice Martini – You’ll love how fun and delicious this holiday cocktail is. It’s easy to make and leaves a great impression to your guests.

Holiday Punch II – Looking for a delicious non-alcoholic drink? All it takes to make this punch is cranberry juice, unsweetened pineapple juice, ginger ale, and some sweetness.

Apple Pie Shot – Nothing celebrates Thanksgiving better than a cocktail version of an apple pie. Get some vodka, apple cider, whipped cream, and cinnamon to concoct this superb cocktail.

Cranberry Champagne Cocktail – This classy drink tops off any Thanksgiving dinner with flair. All you need are four ingredients that add up to a flavorful mix.

Thanksgiving’s a Breeze Seabreezes – The name of this drink seems promising, but this is definitely a great reward for all your hard work in preparing a Thanksgiving dinner. You just need three ingredients to make this one, plus some mint sprigs for garnish.

Cranberry Sangria – This Spanish summertime favorite is also perfect for the fall and winter months. Use seasonal fruits with red or white wine. This complex mix makes Thanksgiving more special.

THANKSGIVING COFFEE RECIPES

Coffee Liqueur – This is a no-fuss coffee liqueur recipe which you can use for food and drinks that require a flavored liqueur. We love how it mixes well with milk or vodka.

Easy Cinnamon Dolce Latte – This can easily be your favorite alternative to the usual Starbucks drink. The recipe requires a love for cinnamon and some strong brewed coffee.

Salted Caramel Mocha – This lush mocha recipe does justice to the mix of coffee, cocoa, milk and caramel sauce. You can’t go wrong with a little kosher salt, sugar, whipped cream, and caramel on top.

Coffee S’more Milkshake, Pumpkin Pie Frappuccino, and Easy Peppermint Syrup – Mr. Coffee made a list of top 3 coffee recipes to serve after thanksgiving dinner, which we definitely agree as awesome nightcap recipes. We recommend the Pumpkin Pie Frappuccino for those who can’t get enough of this season’s favorite.

If you’re looking for the perfect cups to serve your coffee and cocktails this Thanksgiving, check out our shop for great deals this season.

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Thanksgiving Party!

THANKSGIVING PARTY DESSERTS

No Bake Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes – This is the perfect dessert for fall, no baking required. You’ll need gingersnap cookies, Greek yogurt, cream cheese, pumpkin puree, vanilla extract – plus some sugar, spice and everything nice.

Pumpkin Pie in a Jar – We love this idea as take-home party favors for guests. You’ll need some graham crackers and whip up some pumpkin mousse.

Salted Caramel Apple Parfaits – This gluten-free, nut free, and dairy free dessert is perfect for any health buff who still wants to enjoy something delicious for Thanksgiving. You’ll definitely enjoy the delectable layers of apple filling, coconut salted caramel, and coconut crumble.

Caramel Apple Trifles – We love desserts in shot glasses (but you can serve them on espresso cups too).  You’ll be preparing some caramel mousse, caramel sauce, and apple crumble. But these ingredients go a long way as you serve them in small portions.

Butterscotch Pudding Shooters – This is another shot glass dessert that packs a flavorful punch. The layers of butterscotch pudding, gingersnap crumb crust, and cinnamon spiced whipped cream are quite lush. We recommend these trendy glass cups for the perfect dessert servings.

PARTY FAVORS, ANYONE?

Looking for the perfect tools to stock your coffee, tea or dessert station this Thanksgiving? How about party favors to give as gifts to your guests? Check out these highly recommended Kitchables products that bring a modern touch to any home!

                

 

 

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Kitchables Coffee 101 Series: Choosing Your Brewing Tools To Make the Best Coffee

Here at Kitchables, we want to help you choose the best kitchen and dining essentials that will enrich your lifestyle. In this series of infographics, we want to put the fun in learning more about coffee brewing tools and methods. These tools that you’ll incorporate in your lifestyle should be easy to use, extremely reliable, and bring out the best results.

This set of coffee infographics feature:

  1. How to Choose the Right Coffee Maker For Your Needs
  2. Coffee Gear (Coffee Brewing Tools) Essentials
  3. The Best Brew: How to Make the Best Brewed Coffee

Part 1: How to Choose the Right Coffee Maker For Your Needs

This is a crash course on the main coffee makers out there, and the pros and cons of each. Here at Kitchables, we offer Pour Over Coffee Makers (2-cup, 5-cup and 7-cup) and a clever Pour Over Coffee Dripper that bring out the best flavor out of coffee beans.

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Part 2: Coffee Gear Essentials

Still confused on what coffee tools to buy without breaking your wallet? These are the main tools you need with whatever coffee maker you want to use as stated below.

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Need help in choosing the perfect tools for brewing coffee? You’ll find these great essentials here:

Part 3: The Best Brew: How to Make the Best Brewed Coffee

To make brewing coffee a lot easier, you just need to remember three things – brewing factors, grind size, and brewing tools.

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There are more coffee and tea essentials in our online shop and Amazon collection that are loved by many people, and bring more fun to your coffee and tea rituals everyday.

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How to Make a Simple Tea Garden at Home

To make a simple tea garden at home is surprisingly easy. It’s easy in a way that you don’t need fancy materials and equipment. There are certain factors to consider though such as the regular climate in your area, the type of soil, and your patience. Even if you don’t have a garden, you can still plant tea or herbs on patios, windowsills, and planters in your balcony.

Growing Camellia sinensis a.k.a Real Tea Plant

At the minimum, tea plant is “hardy to zone 8” while other resources say anywhere between zone 7-9 as weather and climate changes can vary largely in different places. Zone 8 has a typical temperate climate with mild winters. The average temperatures range from 10 degrees Fahrenheit (-12.2 degrees Celsius) to 20 degrees Fahrenheit (-6.7 degrees Celsius). If you live in zone 8, summers are generally warm but nights are cooler. This zone is usually ideal for gardening. Find more about zones here.

The tea plant grows to about 1-2 meters in height but may be taller when not pruned. When you are ready to plant, you have to choose well-drained and sandy acidic soil. Note that it takes around three years before you can finally harvest your tea leaves. This is where patience comes in.

When it’s time to harvest, you still have to process the leaves based on your desired type of tea. During the fall season, small white flowers also appear, and you can harvest and dry them to add more flavor to your tea. The processing can make a huge difference because it determines when a tea plant becomes black, green, or oolong tea.

For black tea

1. Pluck the youngest leaves and buds
2. Roll the leaves; crush them until they become dark and red.
3. Spread the leaves on a tray. Leave the tray in a cool place for 2-3 days.
4. Dry the leaves in the oven at 250 F. Wait for 20 minutes.
5. Store in an air-tight container.
6. Enjoy your tea!

For green tea

1. Pluck the youngest leaves and buds.
2. Steam the leaves on your stove for about 1-2 minutes and run cold water immediately to stop the heating process. You can also try roasting them in a skillet for 2 minutes to achieve a different flavor.
3. Roll the leaves into tubes using your hands.
4. Spread the leaves in a dish then place in an oven preheated to 212-230 F for 10-12 minutes (or heat them at 250 F for 20 minutes).
5. When the leaves are dry and crispy, store in an air-tight container.
6. Enjoy!

For oolong tea

1. Pluck the youngest leaves and buds.
2. Spread the leaves on a towel and let them wilt under the sun for 45 minutes.
3. Once done, let the leaves sit at room temperature for a few hours.
4. Stir the leaves up every hour.
5. Spread the leaves on a baking sheet.
6. Dry the leaves in the oven at 250 F for 20 minutes.
7. Store in air-tight container.
8. Enjoy!

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If you can’t get hold of real tea plant seedlings, you can also try growing herbal teas or tisanes such as chamomile, lavender, and peppermint. This is also great if you want to harvest tea faster or no longer want to wait for three years anymore. Come to think of it, when you buy from the store, you don’t exactly know how long the dried leaves have been there. But when you plant and harvest your own, you know you have something fresh that will create a stronger brew.

Take a look at this cool infographic from Fix.com.


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Ready to make your own tea garden? Good luck and enjoy it!

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How to Get the Most out of Your Coffee’s Health Benefits

Coffee is one of the healthiest beverages in the planet. There’s a bunch of benefits that made coffee the drink of choice for a lot of people. It is known to help with mental health, weight loss, heart and liver diseases, diabetes, and even some types of cancer. Aside from coffee’s health benefits, many people also love coffee because of its ability to keep them awake and alert.

Nowadays, there are already so many variations of coffee coming out in stores. A lot of these varieties have also gone the do-it-yourself or DIY route, and have been published in so many blogs or websites. Although you are definitely free to experiment whatever you want to do with your coffee, it’s best always to remember the fundamentals if you’re going to reap the potential health benefits of coffee.

There are ways to avoid (or even stop) ruining your coffee’s health benefits. Here are the most common things to consider. They’re actually very basic but are still often overlooked.

1. Go for coffee with natural sweeteners.

Not a lot of people are willing to drink their coffee black. Some might find it too strong for their taste, while others really just have sweet tooth. As a result, so many stores have come up with sweet coffee variants which have a boatload of sugar. A little sweetness won’t hurt, but make sure to stay within your recommended sugar intake.

Even if you put just a teaspoon of sugar to your cup, but then you drink coffee at least five times a day, all those sugars can definitely add up. If you don’t want to drink pure black coffee, consider adding natural sweeteners instead. Some examples are cinnamon, coconut creamer, honey, and cardamom (for a more exotic flavor).

As with everything, even natural sweeteners should be taken in moderation. For more information, you can read our previous post about five extras you shouldn’t add to your coffee.

2. Drink coffee in moderation.

Since we’re talking about moderation, you have to realize that it applies to coffee too. There’s always this misconception to drink lots and lots of coffee to stay alert. But drinking way too much coffee doesn’t help anymore because it just makes you queasy and likely sick. According to a nutritionist and author of Eating in Color, Frances Largeman-Roth, RDN, coffee’s health benefits are generally capped off at five to six 8-ounce cups which are basically 400 mg of caffeine. Source: RodalesOrganicLife

Like what people always say, everything should be done in moderation, and coffee is no exception.

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3. Drink coffee during appropriate times of the day.

In an article published in Forbes, it cited a study related to the best time to drink coffee according to science. And guess what? It’s not right after you wake up. That’s right. The human body works with a hormone called cortisol that’s responsible for making people feel alert and awake.

According to the study, the peak production of cortisol is between 8-9 AM, 12-1 PM, and 5:30-6:30 PM in ideal circumstances. When you wake up, your body is also naturally caffeinating so having additional levels of caffeine in the form of coffee will no longer be effective. It’s just like taking caffeine when your body doesn’t need it yet. When you keep doing this, you will have a faster tolerance to caffeine, and it will likely reduce the good effect it has on your body.

To sum up, the ideal appropriate coffee break times are 9:30-11:30 AM and 1:30-5 PM. These are the usual dips of cortisol levels for most people. As you may have noticed, these are usually the times when you’ve entered a state of tiredness. Unfortunately, it’s all throughout the day when most people are working! No wonder why people love coffee so much.

As for people who wake up a lot earlier than 8 AM or those who totally have different work and sleep schedules, the key point to remember is that you don’t need to consume caffeine or drink coffee right after you wake up. Late mornings and early afternoons are a good enough basis.

4. Get whole coffee beans.

If you are serious about your coffee-drinking, definitely invest in quality coffee beans. Look for a quality coffee roaster in your area. Although you need to spend a little more time with grinding, it’s all worth it because you know that you have it freshly ground, and freshly ground coffee right before brewing is just the best.

Getting whole coffee beans and grinding them at home will produce greater-tasting coffee with a very delicious aroma. If you want to learn some tips in grinding your coffee beans, you can read our previous post – Tips in Grinding Coffee Beans.

5. Store your coffee beans properly.

This is probably one of the most common coffee crimes. True enough because it becomes a waste if you’ve invested in proper coffee beans and coffee accessories only to store your precious beans inappropriately.

Knowing how to store your coffee beans properly will yield better coffee, which in turn gives you more out of it such as its antioxidants that help fight free radicals. To know more about proper coffee storage, read our post about it from this link: How to Store Coffee Beans Properly.

So are you ready to get the best potential health benefits of your coffee? Come to think of it; it’s not rocket science. You just need to invest a little more, but it’s going to be worth it.

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5 Ways Tea Can Help You Stay Beautiful

The many health benefits of tea are undeniable. If you’re an avid tea drinker, you have probably already witnessed firsthand the goodness of tea. From white, green, black, and oolong tea to different types of herbal teas or tisanes, there’s never a shortage of advantages to you. There’s even a tea for different moods!

Tea has even more to offer, and one of the most exciting is its beauty benefits or uses. Oftentimes, you surround yourself with beauty products to achieve what you need in the beauty department (and there’s nothing wrong with that). But sometimes, when you just want to keep things simple, and not spend too much, you can hit two birds with one stone by getting to drink your favorite beverage and achieve some of the beauty fixes you need.

Here we will outline 5 ways tea can help you stay beautiful so that you too can enjoy your cup of tea more than you usually would.

1. Tea improves skin complexion.

Green tea has long been known to improve skin complexion and elasticity. With its high content of anti-oxidants, enzymes, and amino acids, it helps remove toxins and impurities from your skin which then helps heal blemishes and scars, as well as reduce inflammation. You can either use green tea for your face mask, or drink a cup with honey or lemon daily.

For face mask, you just need used green tea bags, raw honey, and lemon. Mix the green tea contents in 1-2 teaspoon of raw honey. Add some lemon juice, and then apply the mixture to your face. After 5-10 minutes, rinse your face with lukewarm water. Let it help you achieve a clearer skin and enhanced complexion. Use the green tea mask once or twice a week.

2. Tea helps with hair growth.

Green tea helps promote hair growth. Aside from that, it can also prevent usual problems like dandruff and dry scalp. It also adds shine and color to dull hair. The catechins contained in green tea help block the key causes of hair loss making it ideal for those who are concerned about hair growth.

You can enjoy two options:
1) After washing your hair, rinse it with freshly brewed cool green tea. Leave it on for 10 minutes, and then rinse with cool water. Best to do this twice or thrice a week.
2) Drink 2-3 cups of green tea every day.

Enjoy your strong and beautiful hair!

3. Tea helps reduce puffy eyes and dark circles.

If you struggle with puffy eyes and dark circles, then worry no more because the antioxidants and tannins in green tea help shrink the blood vessels underneath the skin around the eyes, thus reducing the swelling and puffiness. The vitamins contained in green tea also help to lighten dark circles around the eyes.

To achieve healthy under eyes:
1) Refrigerate 2 used green tea bags for 30 minutes.
2) Position the cold tea bags on your closed eyelids.
3) Let it stay for 15 minutes.
Do the process twice a day until you see progress and desired results.

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4. Tea helps treat acne and pimples.

Green tea extracts have good antibacterial agents. There have been a good number of researches showing that tea, most especially green tea, helps with fighting the causes of acne and pimples such as inflammation, hormones, or insulin resistance.

It is important to note that there has been no solid evidence that green tea indeed treats acne, but there are studies that showed it improves the condition. This means that the researches may show that green tea can help treat acne; however, it may not be true for everyone who drinks green tea.

Still, it doesn’t hurt to try as green tea truly has positive effects on your skin and body. Drinking 3-6 cups of fresh green tea daily is definitely a good start.

5. Tea fights skin aging.

A lot of changes can happen to your body and skin especially when you are not getting any younger. Everybody wants to age gracefully, and one of the ways to do just that is to look your best still. Signs of aging are mostly evident in your skin, so taking care of it is necessary to help you navigate the years ahead.

Green tea’s antioxidants are powerful in fighting the signs of skin aging. The catechins in green tea are also known to reactivate drying skin cells. They also help fight other signs of damage such as age spots and wrinkles.

Along with a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle, there’s no doubt you can kick-start your beauty routine with your daily consumption of tea. Remember that tea is not a miracle cure or a magic ingredient that will just immediately fix your beauty concerns. You also need to work hard in taking care of your skin and your overall well-being to stay beautiful.

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Proper Tea Storage: Keep It Fresh!

A lot of you tea enthusiasts are probably already investing in different kinds of tea. Whether you constantly keep fresh and quality tea leaves or hoard a variety of packed herbal teas, it’s imperative that you learn the proper tea storage. It is not rocket science, but there are times it is overlooked.

Storing your tea properly is tantamount to keeping your stash fresh every time. Tea is delicious, and you can only fully appreciate that if you consume it fresh. Nobody wants a stale tea because it alters the natural flavors and it is not enjoyable to drink at all.

To keep things simple, remember that the main culprits are air, humidity, temperature, sunlight/heat, and odors. Here are the most important things you should consider. Keep your tea away from the following.

1. Oxygen

With exposure to oxygen, tea leaves become oxidized more and more. This affects the flavor profile and freshness of the tea, especially for green tea and white tea where oxidation is deliberately stopped during production. The most common piece of advice is to store your tea in air-tight containers. However, this doesn’t mean that the containers are air-free.

Even though you store your tea in air-tight containers, some air is still circulating between the leaves, and between the leaves and the top of the container. Manufacturers have different ways of addressing that concern. Some of them have nitrogen-flushing techniques when they seal the tea with a vacuum. This prevents tea from getting exposed to oxygen during storage.

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Now for you in your household who don’t have access to advanced methods, the best thing to do is to invest in quality air-tight containers or re-sealable zipper pouches that keep oxygen or air away from your tea as much as possible. It also helps to be mindful of when you open the container.

Sometimes, there’s the habit of opening and closing the container even though you’re actually not going to drink tea. As a best practice, only open the container when you are already going to brew your tea, or when it’s really necessary.

2. Direct sunlight

Exposing tea to light is a sure-fire way to degrade its flavor and appearance. You don’t want your tea to taste metallic. So aside from storing tea leaves in air-tight containers, make sure the containers are not transparent. If you don’t have any non-transparent containers or jars, then at least ensure that they are kept away from light.

3. Heat

Near the gas burner or oven is not the right place to store your tea. Yup, you got that right! Any proximity to heat will significantly affect the appearance and flavor of the tea. In short, store your tea in a cool, dark place.

Some green and white teas are best stored in the freezer or refrigerator because of their delicate nature. Keeping them in really cool storage areas will slow down oxidation reactions, but this should be done with utmost care. If this is what you want to do, it’s best to pack the tea in small carefully-sealed packets that you will only be using throughout the week. This keeps your overall supply fresh.

Remember to clear out or squeeze out as much air as you can from the special tea packets to prevent moisture from developing on the leaf surface. The most important step is for you to open the packet only at room temperature. When you first remove the packet from the freezer or refrigerator, obviously it will still be cold and moist. Let it sit for a few hours before use until it reaches room temperature.

If you feel that the packets cannot be sealed enough, then you don’t have to store your tea leaves in the refrigerator. Just get yourself an opaque, airtight container.

4. Moisture

About storing your tea in a cool, dry place, it is also advisable to keep your tea away from humidity or moisture. Moisture is the worst culprit in tea storage. Since tea leaves are dry, they can absorb moisture quickly and easily. This results in unpleasant odor and taste, as well as molding and caking.

Some sources of moisture are boiling water, above a dishwasher vent, near the sink, or inside the refrigerator – which is why as explained in the previous item (heat), use carefully-sealed packets and only open them at room temperature if ever you decide to keep delicate teas in the freezer or refrigerator.

5. Strong Odor

Tea absorbs moisture as much as it absorbs strong odor. This means that you should carefully choose where you put your tea. It should be away from spices, cheese, soap, or anything that has a strong odor. It’s not just the smell or scent that will put you off but also the flavor. Your tea will develop an unpleasant taste when in contact with a strong odor that often, it tastes like the item with that odor. You don’t want a tea that tastes like soap, so keep your container in a safe spot.

With this being said, it’s also essential that you choose a container that’s already free from impurities. Remember to wash and dry it very well before storing your tea leaves inside. The recommended types of containers are those that are made of non-reactive metals, glazed ceramics, and plastic containers that do not absorb smells or flavors.

Need to know!
• Green and white teas (less oxidized) deteriorate more quickly than black and oolong teas (more oxidized).

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What Are Herbal Teas or Tisanes?

Did you know? The herbal tea you’ve been drinking is not really tea. It’s called a tisane (pronounced ti-zahn). Herbal teas or tisanes do not come from Camellia sinensis or tea plant. “Real teas” or those that come from the tea plant are white, black, green, and oolong tea. Tisanes, on the other hand, are infusions from leaves, barks, roots, flowers, seeds, fruits, and spices.

There are many different types of tisanes which are usually derived from the parts of the plant they come from. Some of the few examples are the following.

• Leaves – lemongrass, peppermint, rooibos
• Roots – ginger, turmeric, echinacea
• Fruits – peach, apples, berries
• Seeds/spices – anise, cardamom, fennel
• Flowers – hibiscus, chamomile, rose, lavender
• Barks – cinnamon, black cherry

At this point, it’s already established that a tisane is not tea, although you’ll most likely hear everyone call it a tea. Don’t worry, that doesn’t make tisane any less worthy because it actually tastes good when steeped properly. A lot of tisanes are known to have amazing health benefits too! There’s probably a herbal tea for every ailment. Just be sure to check with your doctor if you are taking any medications that might react negatively with the tisanes.

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Here are some benefits of tisanes.

Peppermint – decongestant, anti-inflammatory, helps suppress appetite

Dried Ginger – has antihistamine properties, anti-inflammatory, eases motion sickness, flavor booster

Lemon balm – has calming effects, alleviates digestive problems, helps ease common colds, helps treat headaches and toothaches

Chamomile – helps treat sleep and stomach troubles, antibacterial

Hibiscus – helps lower blood pressure, high in vitamins, diuretic

Cinnamon – lowers cholesterol, fights viruses, increases antioxidants,

Rooibos – helps with skin irritations, contains cancer-fighting properties

Fennel – relieves indigestion, soothes stomach

Lavender – promotes calmness

Echinacea – improves cold, flu, and sinusitis symptoms

Lemongrass – relieves indigestion, bloating, flatulence, headaches, nervous exhaustion

There are also significant differences between tea and tisane. For one, all teas have caffeine while tisanes don’t. The preparations are also something to take note of. The steeping time for tea is generally shorter than that of tisane.

How to Prepare Tisanes

Infusion

For lightweight plant materials like leaves, flowers, and fruits, infusion is usually done. The preparation can be done in a variety of tools such as using a French press, ceramic or glass teapot, stainless steel pot, or bamboo infuser. Using an aluminum pot is never recommended because aluminum is a reactive metal. It can react with some types of plants, and may produce toxins in your drink.

To start the infusion, bring water to a boil then pour it into the herbs or tisanes. Let it sit covered for twenty minutes. Strain the herb, and choose to drink tea immediately or let it cool to room temperature or refrigerate. It’s pretty much the same with how you steep tea but with tisanes, it will take longer.

Decoction

For thick or hard plant materials such as barks and roots, decoction is the process. In this case, the tisanes are simmered (not steeped) in longer periods of time. The method is to place the plant materials in boiling water for 15-20 minutes to release more essential oils and flavors. Sometimes the barks and roots are smashed into pieces first to make it quicker and easier to simmer.

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After infusion or decoction, you can still do the process again given that the plant materials still give off strong tasting tea. The brewing times and proportion vary because plants have different surfaces and densities. A general rule of thumb is: 1 teaspoon of dried, cut, and sifted herb, or 2 tablespoons of fresh herb per 8 ounces of water. If you’re keen in using the weight method, you can have .5-5 grams of dried herb, or herbal combination for every 1 cup of water.

Source: Preparing Medicinal Teas | Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine

Tisanes have several variety and types that the choices can be overwhelming. If you don’t know where to start, you can look at the most common types listed above. If you decide to purchase, most manufacturers include instructions for infusion or decoction.

A word of caution – Although there are so many claims about the health benefits of herbal teas, be proactive in doing your own research and asking the experts especially if you are trying to treat an ailment. It’s best to avoid teas with artificial flavorings. Organic ones are still better.

15 Delicious Ways You Can Use Matcha

There’s a bunch of super creative uses for matcha green tea. Yup, we hear matcha lovers rejoice! The popular powdered green tea has entered the mainstream for all good reasons. It’s been loved by many because of its earthy sweet taste, as well as the good things it does for the body.

Unsweetened matcha green tea drink is best because there’s no added sugar. Some people are put off by its grassy taste though, so if you want something sweeter, you can opt to use natural sweeteners and add moderate amounts only. That’s if you really want to reap the potential benefits of green tea.

Now if you are feeling a little more experimental or if you want to try something new, not to mention score an extra dose of anti-oxidants, there are several food recipes that make good use of matcha! You already know about matcha latte or smoothie. Take a look at these ideas. For sure, you will love at least one or two of these.

1. Seasoning for side dishes – If you are fond of side dishes, sprinkle matcha powder instead of salt, pepper, or other spices. You can also experiment and mix it with other spices and see if it comes out tasty for you.

2. Miso soup – This traditional Japanese soup can be prepared in many ways depending on the chef. Usually, there are vegetables and meat. The soup can be salty. Try adding matcha powder to counter the saltiness.

3. Chicken tenders – Mix matcha powder with panko (in Japanese cooking) or breadcrumbs that have light and flaky texture. Just do the usual routine of drenching the chicken tender in seasoned flour, then egg, then the matcha + panko mixture. Delicious when baked!

4. Chicken or pork curry – Easy! Just add matcha powder to your spices, and cook as usual.

5. Matcha Granola Bars – If you want a new kind of boost before doing your daily activities, start preparing your matcha granola bars. These will be a runner’s delight for sure.

6. Matcha Oatmeal – We mean yes! Matcha might have a strange taste for some, and you might not like it at all in your oatmeal but just try and see how it goes out. Add a sweetener if you must!

7. Matcha Chia Seeds Pudding – This one’s famous. No need for fancy equipment; just a little patience to wait it out while it’s sitting in the fridge to achieve its creamy and thick texture. This is perfect for breakfast or snacks.

8. Homemade Ice Cream & Ice Pops – This one’s even more famous! You will see matcha-flavored ice cream and ice pops in most stores nowadays. When you chance upon really good ones, you’re in for a never-ending adventure. You’d want to recreate and make your own for daily consumption. LOL

matcha ice cream

9. Sandwich Spread – So have you heard of this? This certainly exists! Think matcha milk jam, matcha milk peanut spread, and matcha cream cheese spread. Go ahead and google those!

10. Guacamole – Two very trendy foods today: matcha and avocado. What more can you ask for? Yup, quick and easy. Best for dips and salads. Holy guacamole!

11. Matcha Rice – Are you a rice person? This might interest you! It’s pretty much like adding matcha flavor to your rice. Go try it!

12. Matcha Jello – Perfect snacks for kids and kids at heart. Matcha Jello or jell-o makes a good dessert in your home.

13. Matcha Popcorn – Love popcorn? Now you can have a healthier version of your movie marathon snack. Add matcha powder instead of cheese for a change.

14. Ice cubes – Yes to matcha ice cubes! You’re probably familiar of coffee ice cubes, milk, or whatnot. Add matcha to the list. It’s a perfect addition to your cocktail drinks, lemonades, or juices.

15. Sweet treats & baked goods – There are a ton of these that you can make. Thanks to the ever versatile matcha. If you’re tired of your usual ingredients, spice up your baking life by having matcha as your new staple. Here are some ideas.

Pancakes

Donuts

Cupcakes

Cookies

Brownies

Cheesecake bars

Muffins

Pretzels

Butter cups

Souffle

Waffles

Croissants

Cream puffs

Macarons

Ice cream sandwich

Yey, are you ready to make your own matcha-infused recipe? Now go and enjoy!