Travels in a Tea Cup

Why Fair Trade isn't Always the Answer

Why Fair Trade isn't Always the Answer

The Purpose of Fair Trade The Fair Trade system was born to try and bring some justice back into international trade. Many developing countries are still dependent on the production and export of agricultural products, but standard international trade rules often put them at a disadvantage. Finding a way to pay a fair and guaranteed minimum wage to the producers of these countries was of course a very good idea. Quickly, this is how it works. Fair Trade buyers undertake to pay a certain minimum amount for a product. The buyer must pay the market price if it is higher...

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Caffeine in Tea: Myths and Facts

Caffeine in Tea: Myths and Facts

There is always that moment, right? That moment when a tea lover has to explain whether they are gulping incredible amounts of caffeine with each cup... or not. Caffeine and tea is a very complex topic, it’s no surprise that it still causes so much confusion. In a previous post we talked at length about the chemistry of caffeine, because, well, it truly is fascinating. In this post, we are going to use all that knowledge to debunk a few myths about caffeine and bring a few facts to light. What does caffeine does to my body? Caffeine is a...

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The Clever Chemistry of Caffeine

The Clever Chemistry of Caffeine

What happens in our bodies to keep us alive and well is nothing short of miraculous. The molecules of our food interact with our own cells and give us energy to get on with our day, to think clearly, to improve our coordination… the list feels endless. Our course, when we say “tea”, we think “caffeine”. It is a common association now, and for good reasons. It is not the only one that is relevant to the way our body makes use of tea. But for now, that’s the one we will focus on. Caffeine is indeed an amazing molecule,...

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How to Make Your Own Cold Brew Tea

How to Make Your Own Cold Brew Tea

Summer is the best season to make your own iced tea, but let’s face it: any season can be a good iced tea season! As usual, it all depends on the tea you pick… What is cold brew tea There are two ways to make iced tea. You can either make tea as you normally do, and then put in the fridge to cool down. Another way is to use cold water, and more time. The iced tea you get from doing it this way has less risks to be bitter, and preparation time is reduced to a minimal amount....

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The Festival of Holi

The Festival of Holi

Holi is the Hindu festival of colours, one of the most joyful and exuberant festivals ever. It’s also one of the most famous non-European celebrations.

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