Tea Blog

Green Tea Every Day - It's easier than you think!

January 11, 2021

While there is a visible light at the end of the Covid tunnel, by now we’re all a bit winded, which makes this the most precarious stretch yet.  Drinking green tea every day is a simple yet seriously effective ways to boost your immune system, as well as help keep you calm and focused through whatever you’re facing.  

As much as the act of properly brewing and drinking green tea allows you to slow down and take a conscious moment for yourself, the contradictory reality of daily life can make this difficult to do as often as you’d like.  Here are some tips on how to make it easier to incorporate green tea into your daily routine.

1. The Right Temperature

How often have you burned your mouth, sipping from your thermos filled with scalding hot tea?  It’s no wonder you end up giving up on it, bringing back a mostly full thermos at the end of the day.  The solution?  Fill your thermos with green tea that is already at a comfortable drinking temperature—not too hot.  A good thermos should keep your tea warm pretty well throughout the day.  Don’t have the time in the morning to brew your tea and then wait for it to cool to the perfect temperature?  Just make a slightly stronger brew with hot water as per usual, pour it into your thermos half or 2/3 of the way, and fill the rest with cooler water.  Life isn’t perfect.  Some green tea is better than none. 

2. The Right Thermos

If your thermos doesn’t retain temperature well, or is uncomfortable to use, you’ll likely end up neglecting to use it; and even when you do, you may not drink from it as often as you’d intended, especially if you get busy or are driving a lot.  Choose a thermos that retains temperature well, and is comfortable and easy to use.  We will have some available for you here soon!

3. Use Your Thermos at Home

Sometimes being at home all day makes it even easier to forget to have green tea, simply because we become too comfortable or distracted.  Try filling a thermos as you would when going out or to the office, and take it around with you in the house.  It’s much more efficient than going back and forth to the kitchen to pour yourself a mugful, leaving the mug on a shelf to cool, forgetting about it, and then finding it has gone cold when you go back to it, if you even remember to go back to it.  A thermos is just as convenient to use at home as it is on the go.

4. The Right Teapot

Just like having the right thermos, the right teapot will make it easier for you to brew green tea more regularly.  Uncomfortable objects make for less use of them.  We will have some nice teapots for you soon!

5. No time for brewing at all?

Throw some green tea leaves or green tea powder into your water bottle and go.  The tea will cold-brew over the next minutes and hours on its own, infusing your water with the extraordinary benefits.  If you get some green tea leaves in your mouth while sipping, just try eating them.  We do.  Studies show whole green tea leaves contain literally 100 times the beneficial components contained in the brewed water alone. 

Got more tips on how to make it easier to incorporate green into your daily routine?  Share them with us at info@wildorchard.com with "Daily GT Tips" as your subject.


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Green Tea Rose Latte

November 27, 2020
 
Wondering what to do with that old French press you still have from your coffee-drinking days? ;)  Here's a fun new way to make the most luscious Green Tea Rose Latte right in your own kitchen.  Our recipe features a gorgeous Organic Rose Honey from 123 Farm, but feel free to switch it up with any sweetener of your choice, or omit it all together.  However you want to do it, make this antioxidant-loaded, immune-boosting, virus-fighting green tea recipe part of your self-care routine and personal fight against Covid.

 Full Recipe:
1 heaping tsp Wild Orchard Late Spring Green Tea Powder
1 tsp + 1 heaping Tbsp 123 Farm Organic Rose Honey
1/4 cup cold non-fat milk (for the foam)
3/4 cup hot milk of choice (we used whole milk)

Directions:
1. Stir 1 tsp Rose Honey into about 3/4 cup hot milk (this step may also be done last)
2. Remove the strainer from the French press, and pour in 1/4 cup cold non-fat milk.
3. Place the strainer back into the French press, just above the milk.
4. Add 1 heaping tsp Green Tea Powder over the strainer,
5. then add 1 heaping Tbsp Rose Honey, again, over the strainer.
5. Start plunging the strainer, shallow at first,
6. then gradually all the way.
7. Continue plunging until a nice, thick froth as formed.
8. Now, pour the green tea foam over the prepared hot milk and serve.

Notes:

  • Although we used a slender glass in the video, you may prefer to use a wider vessel in order to get a nice ratio of milk and froth as you sip.
  • Because most French press strainers do not reach the very bottom, it's important to add the green tea powder and honey over the strainer in order to ensure they get incorporated with the milk froth.
  • This recipe works just as well as a cold latte.
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Weed, weed… Goose!

October 27, 2020

While our green tea trees grow wild among weeds, insects and various abundant wildlife, making them stronger and more robust, how did we manage to naturally ensure their growth during their birth and early years when they were yet delicate and in danger of being smothered by weeds?  That’s right: Geese!  

The farm’s organic geese had always enjoyed eating the various sprouting weeds throughout the property.  One day, when they happened to wander into the green tea field, the farmers noticed that while they continued grazing for weeds, they showed no interest in the young green tea plants.  They realized this was the perfect solution to getting rid of the weeds in the most natural way without any human interference, and certainly without chemical repellents.

Thus, the farm’s geese helped maintain our green tea fields for those first few years, even helping to fertilize the soil with their poop in the process of their duties, until the trees were big and strong enough to thrive alongside their natural weedy neighbors.