Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Green Tea Toothpaste

For more on the connection between tea and dental health, check out this article about TEAth Floss.

Here's the blurb from the manufacturer's Web site:

"Developed by a dentist to aid in the prevention of periodontal disease. TEAth FLOSS™ is made from the finest quality dental floss and infused with natural tea flavors. This floss is tantalizing to the taste buds."

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I've been trying to think of consumer products that don't contain green tea and the list gets smaller every day. I have yet to see green tea butter or margarine, green tea breakfast cereal or green tea motor oil and I'm really surprised that nobody's dreamed up a green tea hair loss tonic yet.

But green tea toothpaste? No problem. Check out Dr. Ken's Web site, where you'll find it, along with green tea chewing gum (more on that here), mouthwash, dental floss and breath strips.

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Yerba Mate Espresso & Beer

Yerba mate company Guayaki announced recently that they've introduced "the first espresso yerba mate designed for preparation in a coffee maker." Here's the link to the product at the Guayaki site and here's an excerpt from the press release:

"Gaucho Fuerte allows people that prefer the convenience of automatic coffee makers over traditional South American gourds and French Presses to enjoy the full potency of yerba mate like the gauchos enjoy it. Simply brew 1-2 tablespoons of Gaucho’s Fuerte per cup of water. This new product is available in a 1-pound bag for $12.00 and a 5-pound economy size bag for $52.50. The improved form of brewing and extraction provided by Gaucho’s Fuerte increases the yield per pound and is a cost-saver for customers."

According to a recent piece in the Beer Advocate, Brazil's Dado Bier Ilex is the first beer in Brazil to be made from yerba-maté. The article also asserts that it's "the first beer with yerba-maté," though that distinction should probably go to Mateveza, which we've reported on here.

Speaking of Mateveza, here's a link to a Mateveza ringtone.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

New Tea Magazine - The Leaf

The Leaf recently rolled out the first issue of a Web-only magazine about tea and it's certainly worth a look. Here are some of the articles:

Lu Yu; Soul Man by James Norwood Pratt
Romancing the Leaf by Aaron Fisher
Puerh Allows Us to Go the Long Haul by Chen Chih Tung
China’s Legendary Green Teas by Mary Lou Heiss
Recreating Legends with Zhou Yu
Gong Fu Tea Tips with Master Ling Ping Xiang
The Conscientious Tea Consumer by Thomas Leons

The magazine is free of charge. Check it out here.

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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Teapots & Teazer Tea Tumbler

Here are a few more interesting bits about tea - actually they're mostly about teaware and accessories - that I've run across lately. As noted in my last entry, TGS is on something like a brief hiatus while I wrap up a tea-related project.

Here's some information about teapot design from the Appalachian Center for Craft at Tennessee Technological University. It appears that they give a course in teapot design, but I'm not completely sure about that.

Speaking of teapots, here's an article from the International Herald Tribune called The Tale of a Teapot and Its Creator.

If you've ever struggled with the problem of how to have a decent cup of tea while traveling, the Teazer Tea Tumbler might be worth investigating. Here's a review of this nifty little gadget.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Missing In Action

Tea Fans,

If you visit this site regularly you may have noticed that it hasn't been real active for the last week or two. TGS is not going anywhere, but I've been wrapped up in working on another tea-related project. It will be finished soon and then things should start to get back to normal around these parts.

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Sunday, January 06, 2008

Tazo Profiled & Top Tea Stops

Tea has been covered in some high-profile news outlets lately. Here are a few tidbits to ponder on your Sunday afternoon - while you have a cup of tea, of course.

The Seattle Times recently did a profile of Tazo Tea. You can find their wares in most supermarkets, but if the name sounds familiar its probably because Tazo is the tea of choice at all 2.4 million Starbucks outlets.

Whittling down the top places to have tea in the United States to a list of ten is probably a thankless task. But USA Today takes a crack at it, with the help of Jennifer Sauer, author of The Way to Tea: Your Adventure Guide to San Francisco Tea Culture. I'm sorry to say that I haven't had the chance to try any of these establishments.

If we may try an exercise in audience participation, where's your favorite place to go for tea?

Image: Ching Ching Cha

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