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Frequently asked questions

 

1. Where does the word "tea" come from?

The word "cha" in Chinese means "young leaf".  Depending on the region and dialect, the word is either pronounced "cha" or "te."  Today we find various derivatives of "cha" such as "chai", and "te" such as "tea" in many languages.

2. Is boiling water best for brewing tea?

What is meant by boiling water when brewing tea? At first glance, this question may seem obvious, since it is known that water boils at a temperature of 100 C.

However, boiling water is a complex process consisting of three stages clearly distinguishable from each other.

The first stage begins with small air bubbles rising from the bottom of the kettle, as well as the emergence of groups of bubbles on the surface and at the walls of the kettle. Gradually the number of bubbles raising to the surface increases.

The second stage is characterized by a massive rise of the bubbles, which cause a slight haze at first, and then even whitening of the water, resembling a fast-running water spring. This is so-called "crab eyes" - streams of bubbles and occurs at about 80 C / 175 F.

The second stage is very short and is soon replaced by the third stage of rolling boil and a steady stream of large bubbles at the surface.

For brewing tea, is necessary to take water during the second stage. Consequently, not all boiling water is suitable for tea.

But how does one keep track of this very short boiling stage?

Three different stages of water boiling correspond to three distinct sounds. In the first stage of boiling you will hear a thin, faint sound of a solo. In the second stage, the sound resembles the noise of a small swarm of bees. In the transition to the third stage of boiling, sounds are amplified dramatically, but their uniformity is broken as if they are racing each other.

Thus, by the sound as an indicator, you can know exactly when the water reaches the desired level of readiness. Precisely this property of boiling water was used as the basis for the invention of Samovar: Russian tea machine, as it was rightly called in Western Europe.

3. What is the best way to store tea?

Tea can be stored in porcelain or metal preferably sealed. Tea can not be stored next to substances that have a strong smell.

4. What invigorates better:  tea or coffee?

Generally, tea has a pronounced tonic effect, it contains caffeine or theine.
In contrast to the caffeine contained in coffee, it operates more smoothly and over a long time.
The caffeine in coffee provides a stimulating effect on the central nervous system and blood vessels of the brain within 10 minutes; its effects last for about 3 hours. Effects of tea caffeine are smoother and more prolonged.

5. Which is better - just tea or tea with milk?

A mixture of tea infusion with milk is highly nutritious, easily digestible by the human body , and has stimulating and restorative properties.

The milk softens the effects of caffeine and other alkaloids, while the tannin in tea makes the gastric mucosa less susceptible to the negative phenomena of fermentation of whole milk. So tea helps milk, and milk helps tea.

Tea and milk form a perfect blend of nutritious-restorative mix without sacrificing the specific aromatic flavor of tea. Of course, this goes for any properly brewed tea.

All types of tea can be consumed with milk, especially black and green:  pressed as well as  baikhovi. Tart green and black tea mixture is especially good with milk. The specific flavor of tea does not disappear from the mixture of tea with milk, but it becomes, so to speak, a different shade, as applied to the background flavor of milk.

Tea with milk is, therefore, almost independent beverage created from the tea. It is no accident, it is widely distributed among the peoples of the world.

Tea with milk is also a good preventive measure. It is especially beneficial for those with kidney disease, heart, and as a tonic dystrophy, depletion of central nervous system, and polyneuritis.

Nonetheless a strong, sweet tea with milk is an excellent drink for a completely healthy person, whether an athlete or a scholar, especially in the morning or after overexertion.

6. What are the curative effect of green tea?

  • · Lowers blood pressure,
  • · A beneficial effect on renal function and urinary tract
  • · Restores the function of the thyroid gland,
  • · Prevents the accumulation of cholesterol in the blood,
  • · Removes radionuclides from the body,
  • · Is a good way to prevent cancer,
  • · Improves vision,
  • · Promotes the secretion of gastric juice,
  • · Improve digestion,
  • · Impact on longevity,
  • · Strengthens the teeth and gums
  • · Has antibacterial and disinfectant properties.