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Jennifer Parr

Magnificent! I love their unique tea blends ( crazy about green tea) and their incredible honey! Now possible to buy it all online. Every cafe should have their stuff

Amanda Brayshaw

This is such a great place , the products are really good quality & the staff are so friendly . They will even make up blends of products specially for you

Rachel Lloyd Rowett

best tea & coffee. staff so friendly. me and mum just love coming when we visit leeds or on our way back from somewhere else

Malcolm Michaels

Great cakes, great staff! Excellent standards. My latte was amazing thank you!! My new local.

Aleasha Morgan

I can not live without this shop in my life and the new flavours are out of this world, i shall look forward to more ginger cake coffee Gregor and Bart and the other staff are the nicest people on this planet xxxx

Marta Semenowicz

Mega pyszna kawa ����

 

Andrew Sadler

Fantastic little place with a great variety of teas. I’m always ordering tea and its so good. Tried: Russian Caravan which has now become my daily tea. Its so good. Mystic which I enjoy on lazy days at home. Good Morning which at weekends sets me up for the day. Tie Guan Yin which I enjoy in the evening as it has delicate flavours. Not had a bad tea. Still got lots more to try which I’m looking forward to.

Lydia Rose Birch

Fab coffee and loose leaf teas with lovely staff 🙂

Katie Bowes

Love, love, love this place. I always visit to stock up on their amazing loose leaf teas and flavoursome coffees as well as their delicious honey! Stopped by again today to get a big bag of varied teas as well as a tea for the road and two of their delicious cakes

David Matyjas

The most dangerous place in Leeds, avoid by any means necessary. Unless you wish to be amazed by the most amazing blends, the most mesmerising scents and the most enthusiastic people in town, and never go anywhere else.

The greatest choice of some of the best tea and coffee I had a chance to ever be presented with- my favourite: royal Earl Grey tea and whisky coffee.

Helen Walstow

Been drinking my herbal tea today I must say I love it <3 amazing and it’s worth every penny so glad I found you

Imogen Elise Smith

Perfect coffee and tea shop.
Came looking for a decent new coffee to try for my little machine at home. I gave my preference, they recommend me 3 different ones and let me smell them to gage which one I would prefer. I bought a cup to give it a go first and may have found my new favourite!
“Abyssinian Inspiration”.
To top it off service is great and prices are minimal for what you get!

Would recommend to anyone looking for new a tea and/or coffee to try! They know their stuff!

Jay Spencer

My housemate introduced me to the shop (before the move to the food court) and I’ve been a devotee ever since! Great range of great tasting coffee, fantastic, friendly staff, what more could you ask for?

Helen Wall

Love the flavoured coffees. Brilliant service as well. Would recommend this place to everyone

Huw Parlor

I’ve been a customer of theirs for some while now and let me tell you…you won’t find a better tea company! All their blends are comprised of the finest, most delicate balance of flavours and never fail to impress. EXTREMELY good value for money. My personal favourites are the ‘Fresh’ Puerh Tea (No.452), the ‘Hot Nights’ Black Tea (No.151) and the Apple and Cinnamon Black Tea (No.164).

Jadie Olivia Faulkner

Monsoon Malabar is life. Lovely service every time.

Heather Stakes

Great selection of teas & knowledgable staff. Can’t wait for them to open their little cafe. Will definitely order some online or be back soon. I may have found my new favourite tea shop!

Sarah Lamb

The quality of tea is amazing for the prices. The staff are very friendly and are very knowledgeable about the products. I have tried around 6 different teas from here and they have all been great. I will now buy all my tea from here.

Elizabeth Buchanan

Friendly, helpful and quality! Love going to simply have a wonderful pot of tea and read a good book! Bonus that I can then take that experience home afterwards!

Gaynor Marie Backhouse

Love this little shop, we go for the flavoured coffee in the big bags, chocolate orange and vanilla are our favourites

Magdalena Ruzicka

Best teas and coffee I’ve ever tried! My fav is green tea ginseng & oranges – No. 265 and coffee Panama no. 04 yum 🙂 Never going back to simple tea bags or instant coffee again!

Jenny Redmond

I’m only here for a month but this is my 2nd visit to this fabulous little Tea/coffee shop. Fantastic service, happy to spend time with you showing you all the different teas and coffees. Nice little cakes. Great prices. Lovely coffee ….you choose your bean they make the coffee. Fab location. Wish they were in Birmingham. You can buy the teas and coffees. Extremely good value.

Rosalind Arden

Drinking your green tea, Emmanuel no 262, it’s the first truly enjoyable green tea I’ve tasted. Could be my regular tea now instead of earl grey. Thanks to Jenn Parr for posting me such a great gift! Can’t wait to visit on my next trip north.

Matcha Tea

Matcha Tea

Matcha powder is a pure form of green tea originated from China. However, we will mostly find it being served in Japanese restaurants. It’s very popular among Thai. We...

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Health benefits of drinking loose leaf tea

Health benefits of drinking loose leaf tea

1 cup of tea contains 7 Nutritional Contents as following: 1. Polyphenols: cause the taste of tea. These substances play the First important part of Antioxidants in the benefits...

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The facts about tea

The facts about tea

Did you know…                 The first cup of tea was made in 2737 B.C. by Emperor Shennong (Shen Nung) – the Father of tea in China. The first tea used...

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FAQ

Frequently asked questions from our customers, fans & blog readers about health benefits of green tea and other teas:

Q. What is the difference between green tea benefits vs black tea, and how so?
A. Green tea has more health benefits while black tea tastes better for most people. The most important antioxidants in tea are: #1 Polyphenols which are more in green tea; #2 Flavonoids which are more in black tea.
Q. What is Pu-Erh tea?
A. Pu’er (or Pu-erh) tea looks like black tea but tastes different. It’s different from any other tea. The older pu-erh is, the better. Some very old pu-erh’s, like red wine, are more expensive than gold. People in China that drink tea the most are Tibetan. They drink pu-erh tea every day to resist cold weather and digest the meat they eat every day.
Q. I have been putting green tea leaves in my smoothies so that I can benefit from all the antioxidants, polyphenols, etc. I’ve been told that as long as the green tea is not heated up (that it is taken raw/uncooked), then there will be no caffeine. It’s only when green tea is heated that it emits caffeine. Is this true?
A. Note: All research and studies done on tea are based on brewed loose tea (green, black & oolong tea) It’s likely that instant powdered tea, bottled tea, decaffeinated tea, herbal teas (unless it’s a blend of regular loose tea), regular tea bags, tea extracts or tea pills have fewer or non of the antioxidant properties of loose tea. Remember: “brewed” (heated up) and “Loose tea” are verified to have antioxidants (Polyphenols and Flavonoids) based on all research and studies so far. Others are not sure or fewer benefits.The caffeine is one of the components of tea. No matter if you make juice or make tea. It wouldn’t disappear. The caffeine would be released more by heating, of course. It would be released less by making juice (not heated up), but please remember, the antioxidants are also released more when heated up (brewed tea).
Q. I know that coffee and alcohol produce ADH (antidiuretic hormones) which dehydrate the body. Do any teas do this?
A. ADH is a hormone produced by your pituitary gland, NOT produced by coffee, alcohol or tea. Caffeine, alcohol or drinking a lot of water at once decrease ADH and then increase urine. For most normal people, it’s good to pass toxins. For a patient, it may cause dehydration. The caffeine and theophylline in tea may also decrease ADH like coffee and alcohol. But tea is much better than coffee and alcohol drinks because of less caffeine and more water in it, plus it has a lot of antioxidants. It is believed that the Polyphenols slow down the effective rate of Methylxanthines (Caffeine and Theophylline) absorption in tea. And remember: always drinking light not strong tea is suggested.
Q. How good is green tea for weight loss and is the green tea just as good from a supermarket as it is from a health store?
A. The loose green tea on our website is different from the tea bags you may get from supermarket. Our teas are different from neither regular tea bags. Loose leaf teas are better than Tea bags. Why? Note: Loose teas use the whole leaf while the tea bags use the cut, ground or “dust” tea leaf. This makes regular tea bags produce less Antioxidants and more Caffeine than Loose teas. Another important factor which you may consider is bleach residue, a chemical, which remains on the tea bags.
Q. Has green tea got tannin like other teas?
A. “Tannin” is an old term used before for plant materials causing blue or black color, or a group of chemicals with large molecules. Tannin is completely different from tannic acid which is used in leather industry. Tea contains no commercial tannins actually. Tea contains just flavonols which are the precursors of tannins. Please remember: flavonols are one of the antioxidants in tea. Green tea has less “precursors of tannins” than black tea since flavonols are in black tea mainly. We use more precise terms of “flavonols” and “polyphenols” for the old terms of “tannins” today.
Q. Does tea lose any antioxidants or anything when you microwave it? Can I mix milk with it and still get all the Polyphenols and Flavonoids benefits from tea? Is it better to boil it in a pot on the stove, than to microwave it, in order to keep the antioxidants? Are the antioxidants just lost in the heating process?
A. Microwave may destroy some antioxidants in tea. Milk may not decrease antioxidants in tea but influence your acceptation in stomach. Lower temperature will brew antioxidants out from tea leaf while high temperature will destroy it. The temperature of boiling water is 212 degrees Fahrenheit (F), or 100 degree Celsius (C). Microwave has much high temperature. Don’t boil tea on the stove either. That makes high temperature last too long. Just add boiling water into tea leaves. (please note, to get the best properties of different types of tea, read our brewing instructions). That’s the best way to make tea. Use an automatic boiling water pot – lower temperature boiling water (176-194F). That’s even better.
Q. Should I let it steep for 15 minutes to get the best antioxidant amount effect out of the tea? Would the antioxidants diminish if I did not drink the hot tea within a given amount of hours or served it cold later?
A. It’s better to drink FRESH tea all the time. The antioxidants would be diminished gradually. You don’t have to drink hot tea. The hot water is used to brew the tea contents out but there would be less and less antioxidants if you don’t drink it warm. And remember! Never drink tea infused over night!
Q. Does tea have expiration date? Do I need to drink fresh tea all the time?
A. Tea, not like medicine and fresh food, has no expiration date to use it. The fresh green and jasmine tea are more expensive and taste better while old pu’er tea, like red wine, is more expensive and tastes better. Some very old pu-erhs are more expensive than gold! For black or oolong tea, it depends. The date printed on the front of our loose leaf tea package is ”the best before” date – NOT the expiration date. It’s a quality guaranteed date, 24 months for green, jasmine, yellow, white tea, 36 months for black and pu-erh tea in room temperature.
Q. Chinese have the habit of drinking much of tea but as it is known to me from the papers, there are many people who suffer from high blood pressure (HBP) in China.
A. Chinese people do not suffer from HBP more than Western people. Here is one information source: www.holistic-online.com/Remedies/Heart/hypert_causes-and-risks.htm
From our opinion, one of the main reasons why Chinese people suffer from HBP is too much salt in their foods – not drinking tea. It’s possible that they may have more HBP if they don’t drink much of tea. For people suffering from HBP and heart diseases alread – of course, be careful Not to drink strong tea or too much tea due to the presence caffeine in it.

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