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Tea Newsletter #6 – Green Tea vs Covid 19

Green Tea v Covid

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Happy 2021 Tea Lovers

Tea always seems to be in the news, especially in the first part of the year.  After all, January is National Hot Tea Month, so we have been…drinking a lot of hot tea.  How about you?  What’s in your cuppa?

Green Tea v Covid

Also, in the news, Green Tea fights Covid?  Really??  A research study from North Carolina State University says maybe.   While you are waiting for your vaccination, why not put some green tea in a teapot?  For an added boost, matcha!  We wrote about the many benefits of Matcha powdered green tea here, and Glynis shared a recipe for Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream here.  What tea is good for a sore throat?

Places

Chef Tony at the grill in the Suncoast Cafe at the Venice Airport in a tea blog post from Local Tea Company.This is not news, but if you are ever near the Venice Airport, be sure to visit the SunCoast Cafe in the terminal.  Chef Tony braises his pork for 13 hours and then compiles the best Cuban sandwich in my world.  They serve our teas, but you really have to go for the Cuban with rice and beans.

The cafe is busy and always has reggae music playing in the open kitchen.  There is a Bob Marley quote on the grill hood, and people really do fly in from all over for lunch at the SunCoast Cafe.  You should too.

Tea Quotes

At the end of Dr. Doolittle, I found this quote and thought it was of special ‘tea’ interest.  The last line in the book reads…

“You know, there’s always something rather attractive in the bad weather in England-
when you’ve got a kitchen-fire to look forward to…
Four o’clock!
Come along-we’ll just in nice time for tea.”

Hugh Lofting

Books

While we are on quotes, I loved ‘Steal Like an Artist’ by Austin Kleon, filled with quotes and inspirations.  Here is one I liked from Salvatore Dali, and if you are ever near Tampa, be sure to visit The Dali Museum.

“Those who do not imitate anything produce nothing.”
Salvator Dali

Next on my list for 2021 is the Queen’s Gambit novella by Walter Tevis.
Tea Pairing – I suggest Roasted Mate; all of our yerba mates bring out the cleverness in me and gives me a boost in the afternoon.

Sip Locally Tea Blog

Green Tea Fights Covid? – Green Tea v Covid 19.  What tea is good for a sore throat?

Cremesh Coffee & Bakery – New Serving Partner in Bradenton

Green will Make you Happier (Guest Post by Tim Agnew)

Lights in Bloom at Selby Gardens 

Watching 

I did NOT know there was a remake of ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ when I mentioned James Herriot’s book in my last Newsletter.  And, yes, I am enjoying the show very much!  The accent reminds me of another Yorkshire lass:):)  I’ll let Glynis pair a tea in the next newsletter.

Listening – Podcast

The podcast LBJ‘s War is a bit dry but a welcome escape.  The last trip I took before the Pandemic was to Austin, Texas.  An unexpected connection to Austin Kleon, who also lives in Austin!  Anyway, we visited the LBJ Presidential Library, my only visit to any Presidential library.  Very cool.
Tea Pairing – Something sweet, probably Sweet Sin Rooibos (also ideal for Valentine’s Day!) and probably iced tea or ice tea.

Listening – Music

I found Lloyd Cole on Twitter and have been listening to his Spotify Channel.  A blast from the past, I hadn’t really thought about him or The Commotions in many years. East Lansing’s most important musical duo, Kwi-J, introduced me to Lloyd Cole’s music in the ’80s.  Cole is now a golfer and maybe the next subscriber to GolfToons?  He sells his handwritten lyrics. I think?
Tea Pairing – I’m going with Pioneer Tea, a blend of citrus, eucalyptus, lemongrass, and sweetened with beetroot and carrot flakes.  Very unique, and so, also, a nod to Dali.

As always, your comments are welcomed, and thanks for your support.

Your Local Tea Team

Yerba Mate – The Drink of the Gods

Yerba Mate – The Drink of the Gods

Yerba Mate (Ilex paraguariensis) is a small tree native to the subtropical Atlantic forests of Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. This evergreen member of the holly family was introduced to modern civilizations by the indigenous Guarani.  For instance, the mate drink is brewed from the dried leaves and stems.  Yerba Mate is consumed by millions of South Americans as a healthful alternative to coffee.

Taste

What does this drink taste like?  Well yerba mate lives up to its name ‘cup herb’.  The flavor is very herby or vegetal/grassy but can be very agreeable if made correctly!  Water must NOT be boiling as this can cause bitterness.  Steaming hot is quite sufficient.  This is what Michael drank most Saturday mornings at the Local Tea Company tent at the Sarasota Farmer’s Market.

Yerba Mate tea Tree
Yerba Mate Tree

How to drink Yerba Mate?

The traditional way to drink the infusion is from a hollowed out gourd through a straw called a ‘bombilla’, a reusable straw!  A yerba mate tea set.  The ritual is a common social practice shared with friends and carrying a set of rules.  Usually one person, the host will prepare yerba mate and refill the cup. The gourd is passed around in a clockwise circle and then re-brewed many times. You will say ‘gracias’ and return the gourd to your host only when you have had sufficient!  I talk to many visitors who have enjoyed this experience when traveling in South America.

Yerba Mate tea in Gourd with Bombilla
Yerba Mate in Gourd with Bombilla

I am a fan of our Organic Green Mate, pure clean.  And I have tried to persuade others at the Selby Gardens Welcome center to join me, but my work continues.

Another option is our Roasted Mate.  The leaves are toasted which imparts a slight roasted taste.  The leaf is dark and tastes almost coffee-like, and is a good choice if you are trying to ‘kick’ the coffee habit!

Michael prefers our Sweet Orange Mate, a blend of green and roasted mate along with some citrus and licorice which tends to soften the ‘herbi-ness’ a little. As a reult, you will receive a surge of energy and mental clarity which really gets you on the right track and sets you up for the day!

Health Benefits

Above all, this drink plays a role in many legendary tales.  First discovered centuries ago by the indigenous people in South America, Yerba Mate has become revered as the ‘drink of the gods.’  People survived drought and famine drinking this tea.  Yerba Mate can enhance health, vitality, and longevity and is now becoming an alternative to coffee in many other areas of the world.   This well balanced stimulant has 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids and is high in antioxidants.

Mate has some amazing qualities which make it a whole body tonic. The stimulation comes to us via 3 components called Xanthine Alkaloids: – Caffeine, Theophylline and Theobromine (found in chocolate!).  This mighty combination along with minerals to support the nervous system and B vitamins to relax the muscles produce a balanced and long lasting physical and mental stimulation!

You may find comments about Yerba Mate having ‘more anti oxidants than green tea.’  Let’s just say Mate contains ‘abundant anti oxidants’ and is low in tannins,  You can brew this tea very strong without any bitterness which also makes it easier on the stomach.  Along with a massive burst of energy, Mate will curb your appetite, raise your metabolism and burn calories i.e. loose weight.  Sounds easy if all you have to do is drink Yerba Mate.

As with all teas you can change the experience to suit you.  People always ask how to make yerba mate without a gourd?  Brew your yerba mate drink your favorite way, whether in your favorite tea pot or a Travel Mug or a Tea Maker or a T sac.  Give it a try and let us know what you experience.

Gracias.,

Tea Team