Tea: So Many Teas, So Many Reasons to Drink It!

Refreshing Iced Tea!

In honor of tea and the first day of a new month, we’ll give you one more reason to stock up! Take $5 off our already low prices on Numi and Tazo tea when your purchase minimum is $25. Use code “Welcome August” in the checkout cart. Coupon expires Weds August 7th, 2013.

Tea is here to stay and there is a lot to be said about tea both in the past and present…

“If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty.” – Chinese Proverb

“The spirit of the tea beverage is one of peace, comfort and refinement.” – Arthur Gray

“If you are cold, tea will warm you. If you are too heated, it will cool you. If you are depressed, it will cheer you. If you are excited, it will calm you.” – William E. Gladstone

Is it all true? Well, read here to find out some fun historical facts as well, the undeniable health benefits and decide for yourself!

Tea is nearly 5,000 years old. It was discovered in 2737 BC by Chinese Emperor Shen-Nung, known as the “Divine Healer,” when as legend goes, some tea leaves accidentally blew into the Emperor’s pot of boiling water.*

Iced Tea originated in 1904 at the St. Louis, MO at the World Fair when a vendor was giving out free samples of hot tea.  It was very warm that day, so he added ice to the tea.  Today iced tea makes up at least 85% of the United States tea market.

Anna, Duchess of Bedford, is credited with creating Afternoon Tea in 1840, when she began taking tea with a light snack around 4:00 p.m. to ward off “that sinking feeling”.

Tea is naturally low in caffeine. A cup of Black Tea, for example, contains about 40 milligrams of caffeine while the same amount of coffee contains 65-175 mg depending on the strength. Not only is it lower in caffeine, it’s also lower in cost. Tea continues to remain one of the most economical beverages available.

Here’s the best part! All tea contain tannin, trace of vitamins, minerals, polyphenols and more:

Flavonoids and Flavonols - these antioxidants not only helps prevent or delay oxidative damage (oxidative damage to the body, cells and tissues may contribute to diseases like cancer and heart disease) but also include rutin, quescetin and kaempherol – all proven to contribute to health benefits.

Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) - Found in Green and Black Teas.  EGCG is a strong antioxidant and has been shown to reduce formation of lung, esophageal and skin tumors in animal models of human cancer.

Phytochemicals - Many phytochemicals are thought to play a role in decreasing the risk of cancer and heart disease and may boost the immune system.

Theanine - An amino acid commonly found in tea that has psychoactive properties. It may reduce mental and physical stress, and may produce feelings of relaxation by increasing levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), serotonin, dopamine, and alpha wave activity.

Click the image to see how Captain Jean Luc-Picard ordered earl grey tea on Star Trek: Enterprise.

*Facts provided by The Tea Association of the USA Specialty Tea Institute Tea Council USA

The industry anticipates strong, continuous growth. This growth will come from all segments driven by convenience, interest in the healthy properties of tea, and by the continued discovery of Specialty Tea.

Cora offers a variety of tea from some of the world’s top suppliers like Two Leaves, Numi and Tazo.

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