Tea is more than a beverage. In China, before tea became the beverage of choice and a way of life, tea was a medicinal staple. Tea was not only a treatment for individual illnesses, but was also a generic tonic, said to promote life and vitality.
- Studies have found that some teas may help with cancer, heart disease and diabetes; encourage weight loss and lower cholesterol; and bring about mental alertness. Tea also appears to have antimicrobial qualities.
- Premium hand–picked loose leaf teas can often be re–infused several times. Many high quality loose leaf teas can be infused 5 or 6 times, while some pu'erh or oolongs give up to 10–12 infusions from a single serving.
- A cup of tea contains between 10 mg and 50 mg of caffeine, depending on the tea type and how long you steep it. By contrast, a cup of coffee has between two to twelve times as much.
- As a general rule, 1 teaspoon of loose leaf tea should yield 1 (12 oz) cup of brewed tea.
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"Drinking a daily cup of tea will surely starve the apothecary." -Chinese Proverb