Drinks and Beverages · Random Thoughts

First Flush Green Tea and How to make it.. #superbloggerchallenge # instacuppa

First flush green tea
( Image courtesy Google)


Tea as a drink has a constant presence in my life from as far back as I can remember. In my family there was never any negative connotation attached to tea drinking even though there are some dangers of caffeine addiction associated with excessive caffeine consumption.

I am extremely against addiction of any type. I can remember very clearly that in my curated teen years list of “Things that I want in a partner” the no drinking or smoking clause featured near the top. By God’s grace I was able to stick to this clause of mine and my partner is an even bigger stickler for the no-addiction rule.
But somehow in case of tea I never ever had this feeling and always feel a surge of positivity and happiness at the thought of my next cup of tea. Wherever I have gone I have changed people around me from non-tea drinkers to big tea fans. This is because of the plethora of health benefits that tea has to offer.

Young Green Tea leaves
(Image courtesy Google)


I am no big tea connoisseur but like to stay updated. So every time I go to the tea shop or explore for new varieties of tea I am amazed by the wide varieties of tea available. I will share with you a few nuggets of knowledge that I have acquired in my quest for the perfect cup of mood elevating flavourful tea.
In many of the tea varieties you will see the words ‘first flush’, ‘second flush’ followed by some name or the other. Flush refers to the harvesting or picking season of the tea leaves.
First flush tea is actually the first new tea leaves that grow on the tea plant after the cold winter month when spring knocks at the door. Throughout the winter season the tea plant seems to be dormant but is actually busy assimilating nutrients and yummy flavour enhancing components from the soil.

First Flush Darjeeling green tea
(Image courtesy Google )

When the warmer spring months set in, the bright green young and energetic tea leaves that pop out from the now awaken tea plants are full of flavour and nutritional benefits that all tea lovers crave. These young, flavourful and tasty leaves are called first flush and are usually unfermented and less oxidised and hence are served as green tea. This green tea has a very mild and light flavour unlike fermented/oxidised black teas and maintain the delicateness of their taste.


Second Flush teas are those leaves which are harvested after the monsoon when the tea leaves have matured and they result in a darker and richer tea liquor.
There is a specific way in which the first flush green teas have to be prepared.
Many people complain that their green tea is bitter and drinking it is like gulping down a bitter medicine. I will share my method of green tea making for the perfect cuppa!
The best way to make green tea for the health conscious is to use this awesome green tea detox bottle from Instacuppa.

Green tea detox bottle with steel infuser
https://instacuppastore.com/products/instacuppa-green-tea-detox-bottle-glass-with-steel-infuser


The trick lies in the just right temperature of water. Green tea leaves or tea bags should never be added to boiling hot water. If too hot water is used, it brings out the tannins in the tea lives which results in a very bitter and unpalatable cuppa. After the water has boiled, turn off the heat and add the first flush green tea leaves in the steel diffuser unit. When the bubbles of the boiling water have subsided, it is the right time to add the water into the Instacuppa glass bottle.
Alternatively you can use this french press coffee filter from Instacuppa also know an ‘Uphetta’ which is great for loose leaf green tea steeping.

Uphetta or French Press Coffee maker
https://instacuppastore.com/collections/french-press-coffee-makers/products/instacuppa-french-press-coffee-maker-600-ml-4-part-superior-filtration-system-heat-resistant-borosilicate-carafe-with-measurement-markings


Now comes the tricky part. The perfect timing for which you have to wait to bring out the mild and delicate flavour of the first flush tea leaves can be determined with the help of this cute as a button tea-timer.

Perfect Tea Timer

We came across this during one of our mandatory tea dates at a nearby tea shop and absolutely loved it. It is perfect for knowing how long the tea leaves have to be stepped to bring out their flavour. For first flush teas 2 to 3 minutes is the ideal time. Then you can remove the steel infuser if you are using detox bottle or you can press down the handle of the uphetta and you are good to go. The health conscious person inside you is happy and so is the tea connoisseur.

This article is written as a part of SuperBloggerChallenge conducted by Healthwealthbridge.com https://healthwealthbridge.com/health/ ,  Allaboutthewoman.com https://allaboutthewoman.com/woman-health/and powered by Instacuppa https://instacuppastore.com and should not be repurposed, republished or used otherwise. The content herein is owned by the blogger. SuperBloggerChallenge is not responsible for any infringement caused.”

Drinks and Beverages · Random Thoughts

First Flush Green Tea and How to make it.. #superbloggerchallenge # instacuppa

First flush green tea
( Image courtesy Google)


Tea as a drink has a constant presence in my life from as far back as I can remember. In my family there was never any negative connotation attached to tea drinking even though there are some dangers of caffeine addiction associated with excessive caffeine consumption.

I am extremely against addiction of any type. I can remember very clearly that in my curated teen years list of “Things that I want in a partner” the no drinking or smoking clause featured near the top. By God’s grace I was able to stick to this clause of mine and my partner is an even bigger stickler for the no-addiction rule.
But somehow in case of tea I never ever had this feeling and always feel a surge of positivity and happiness at the thought of my next cup of tea. Wherever I have gone I have changed people around me from non-tea drinkers to big tea fans. This is because of the plethora of health benefits that tea has to offer.

Young Green Tea leaves
(Image courtesy Google)


I am no big tea connoisseur but like to stay updated. So every time I go to the tea shop or explore for new varieties of tea I am amazed by the wide varieties of tea available. I will share with you a few nuggets of knowledge that I have acquired in my quest for the perfect cup of mood elevating flavourful tea.
In many of the tea varieties you will see the words ‘first flush’, ‘second flush’ followed by some name or the other. Flush refers to the harvesting or picking season of the tea leaves.
First flush tea is actually the first new tea leaves that grow on the tea plant after the cold winter month when spring knocks at the door. Throughout the winter season the tea plant seems to be dormant but is actually busy assimilating nutrients and yummy flavour enhancing components from the soil.

First Flush Darjeeling green tea
(Image courtesy Google )

When the warmer spring months set in, the bright green young and energetic tea leaves that pop out from the now awaken tea plants are full of flavour and nutritional benefits that all tea lovers crave. These young, flavourful and tasty leaves are called first flush and are usually unfermented and less oxidised and hence are served as green tea. This green tea has a very mild and light flavour unlike fermented/oxidised black teas and maintain the delicateness of their taste.


Second Flush teas are those leaves which are harvested after the monsoon when the tea leaves have matured and they result in a darker and richer tea liquor.
There is a specific way in which the first flush green teas have to be prepared.
Many people complain that their green tea is bitter and drinking it is like gulping down a bitter medicine. I will share my method of green tea making for the perfect cuppa!
The best way to make green tea for the health conscious is to use this awesome green tea detox bottle from Instacuppa.

Green tea detox bottle with steel infuser
https://instacuppastore.com/products/instacuppa-green-tea-detox-bottle-glass-with-steel-infuser

https://amzn.to/2HT4BTU


The trick lies in the just right temperature of water. Green tea leaves or tea bags should never be added to boiling hot water. If too hot water is used, it brings out the tannins in the tea lives which results in a very bitter and unpalatable cuppa. After the water has boiled, turn off the heat and add the first flush green tea leaves in the steel diffuser unit. When the bubbles of the boiling water have subsided, it is the right time to add the water into the Instacuppa glass bottle.
Alternatively you can use this french press coffee filter from Instacuppa also know an ‘Uphetta’ which is great for loose leaf green tea steeping.

Uphetta or French Press Coffee maker
https://instacuppastore.com/collections/french-press-coffee-makers/products/instacuppa-french-press-coffee-maker-600-ml-4-part-superior-filtration-system-heat-resistant-borosilicate-carafe-with-measurement-markings


Now comes the tricky part. The perfect timing for which you have to wait to bring out the mild and delicate flavour of the first flush tea leaves can be determined with the help of this cute as a button tea-timer.

Perfect Tea Timer

We came across this during one of our mandatory tea dates at a nearby tea shop and absolutely loved it. It is perfect for knowing how long the tea leaves have to be stepped to bring out their flavour. For first flush teas 2 to 3 minutes is the ideal time. Then you can remove the steel infuser if you are using detox bottle or you can press down the handle of the uphetta and you are good to go. The health conscious person inside you is happy and so is the tea connoisseur.

This article is written as a part of SuperBloggerChallenge conducted by Healthwealthbridge.com https://healthwealthbridge.com/health/ ,  Allaboutthewoman.com https://allaboutthewoman.com/woman-health/and powered by Instacuppa https://instacuppastore.com and should not be repurposed, republished or used otherwise. The content herein is owned by the blogger. SuperBloggerChallenge is not responsible for any infringement caused.”

Drinks and Beverages · Random Thoughts

Green Tea and Me… #SuperBloggerChallenge #Instacuppa

We are a hot beverage loving family. In one of our favourite comedy shows The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon used to be very prompt with a steaming cup of hot beverage when any of his friends were upset. He was very very particular about it. He was so right about the feel good effect of a nice warm cup of steaming green tea with honey brought to you if you are feeling a bit under the weather.
As far back I can remember we have had tea twice daily in our home. Every Bengali household have their favourite Darjeeling Leaf tea which has to be soaked for the perfect golden brown liquor and can be enjoyed with or without a spoon of warm milk.


It was in my teen years when I came across the word green tea. My mother had bought a pack of loose leaf green tea from our neighbourhood tea store “Sweet Valley Tea Co.” from where we still buy our tea. We experimented with the right temperature and proper method of making green tea as unlike now information or recipes were not so easily available. That was the beginning of a very sweet and long relationship with Green Tea. Many people like it and many don’t but our relationship is still going strong.


Do you know how green tea is made? Green tea, black tea, white tea all are harvested from a single tea plant! The only difference is in the level of oxidation (i.e how long the freshly plucked tea leaves are exposed to air before drying) of the leaves which give the tea its name. Me and my hubby have started a new game called “Tea Trivia of the Day” in which either of us share any new fun facts about tea, one of our favourite beverage. We have umpteen number of tea and coffee dates throughout the day (we are co-workers), so we just like to make things fun and convert the mundane to exciting and survive the daily drudgeries.
The plethora of green tea benefits are known to everybody. I will not get into that. But rather I love the fact that it is super healthy as well as tasty. It is a hot favourite amongst all the ladies who have embarked upon a journey towards a healthier life as green tea is known to have magical weight loss properties. It is touted to be a zero calorie drink if it is consumed without any sweetener or milk. How much more magic do we need?

Organic green tea


Now many people do not know the proper method of making this tea. Do you know how to make the perfect cup of green tea? I can help you with the easiest green tea recipe. The trick lies in the just right temperature of water. You should never add green tea leaves or tea bags in boiling hot water. After your water has boiled just wait for 40 seconds to a minute after turning off the heat. When the bubbles of the boiling water have subsided, then is the right time to add your tea leaves and let it steep for 3 minutes for light liquor, 4 minutes for medium liquor and 5 minutes for a strong liquor


A vacuum insulated thermos with an in built green tea diffuser is a great idea for carrying your favourite cuppa on the go. It can keep the sudden tea urges at bay and also help to keep things healthy.


It is important to remember that like all other tea, green tea also has caffeine content and too much of anything can never be good for you. For me the most common green tea side effect if I have too many cups in the evening is caffeine related. So it is best to not over do the number of cups of green tea you consume in a day and stick to your tolerated quantity.
For me tea time is more of a ritual rather than a habit. We cherish the time that we spend sipping our mugs of warm and enriching green tea. While working at my desk, whenever I feel a bit peckish or mildly drowsy a mug of steaming hot green tea is a saviour. I hope my relationship with tea will continue to be as sweet and as comforting in the future.

Afternoon herbal tea break at my desk. The tea setup in my office is stark but gets the work done. Herbal and digestive green teas help to get over the post lunch daze….

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