Chai is one of the world's most beloved beverages, but in India, it's not just a beverage it's an emotion. Yet, at the same time, people have certain perceptions about tea, which are not 100% true.
When a boy asks out a girl for a date, he asks for a coffee date. Why? Because we consider coffee as sophisticated and classy. And consider tea as cheap and ordinary. Don’t you think there is nothing as satisfying and soothing as drinking a hot cup of tea?
Chai is mentally clarifying and energizing yet calming at the same time. So chai gives you a subtle "pick me up" without nervousness, jitters. And unlike traditional tea, chai tea has substantially more body and flavour, so it is an ideal coffee substitute. Also, unlike traditional teas, chai tea tends to be stronger and bolder, enhanced by the spices. So it is a natural coffee substitute.
Tea has been used in traditional medicine for centuries because of its healing properties. Furthermore, modern research suggests that the plant compounds found in tea may play a big role in reducing the risk of chronic conditions, such as cancer, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
Tea has been around for an incredibly long time (about 5,000 years!), so it's hardly surprising that lots of tea-related myths have started and been put to bed in that time. We're always hearing lots of different rumors about tea. Some of them are:
1. Loose Leaf Teas Take A Long Time:
Although the actual process of brewing loose leaf tea is slightly different from brewing a tea bag, it doesn't take much longer, if at all. That being said, with loose leaf specialty teas as opposed to bagged teas, you can expect a much more complex, exciting flavor.
2. Dried Tea Leaves Last Forever:
Sadly, everything has a shelf life, tea included. Generally, you can keep your tea leaves up to 3 years! To keep them fresh for as long as possible, make sure you keep your tea leaves in a cool, dark, and dry place away from strong odors.
3. Tea Contains The Same Amount of Caffeine As Coffee:
Yes, tea does contain caffeine! However, the caffeine content is far less than coffee - typically 30 mg per cup of tea to 120 mg per coffee cup. L-theanine and two other organic compounds (theophylline and theobromine found only in tea) act as muscle relaxants and help counterbalance caffeine's adverse effects.
4. All Tea Is Brewed In The Same Way:
So many people think that all tea can be treated the same when it comes to brewing. That is not true! A lot of teas can be brewed perfectly in between 1-2 minutes. However, other teas can take 10 minutes to brew, and some can take even longer! To make your life easier, we put our tea's brewing directions on the packet's back, so make sure you check before brewing.
5. Tea Bags Were Accidentally Invented!
Many people believe that tea bags were accidentally created by Thomas Sullivan when he used them to carry specific tea quantities for his customers to sample. His innovative customers then just added the bags to their teapots! However, Roberta Lawson and Mary McLaren submitted a patent for the 'modern tea bag' in 1901.
All in all, we can say that the love people shower on tea and the hype it has is absolutely worth it, and if you are a Chai lover like me, you must visit ChaiPot for an authentic and soothing cup of warmth.