Goji Goddess – new super fruit goji berry tea from Mama Tea!


We have just launched the latest in our beauty well being teas – GOJI GODDESS. A delightful blend of apple pieces, goji berries, blackberries and strawberry pieces, this tea is packed full of super fruits and nutrients.

GOJI GODDESS - gojiberry fruit tea from Mama Tea Well Being Herbal Teas

Why is this tea so nutritious? The Goji Goddess will reveal all….

GOJI BERRIES

Goji berries have been used since ancient times as a method of increasing feelings of wellbeing.
One study from 2008 found that a daily drink of 120ml of goji berry juice for 14 days improved feelings of wellbeing, brain activity and digestion. The super fruit of choice amongst the A-listers, our goddess loves her red goji berries!

GOJI GODDESS - gojiberry fruit tea from Mama Tea Well Being Herbal Teas

BLACKBERRIES

Another super-duper super fruit is the humble blackberry. Rated as one of the top 10 for it’s strong antioxidant powers, they are specifically rich in polyphenols, the same family of antioxidants found in green tea, which may help prevent cardiovascular disease, cancers, and osteoporosis. Reason for every goddess to fill her cup with these little black jewels.

Goji Goddess - goji berry fruit tea

STRAWBERRIES

Scientists at the University of Warwick have been studying the beneficial effects of strawberries on our cardiovascular health, particularly around how they prevent the development of heart disease and diabetes.

Professor Paul Thornalley from Warwick Medical School heads the team that discovered extracts from strawberries positively activate a protein in our bodies called ‘Nrf2’ which is shown to increase antioxidant and other protective activities. This protein works to decrease blood lipids and cholesterol, the very things which can lead to cardiovascular problems.

Professor Thornalley explained: “We’ve discovered the science behind how strawberries work to increase our in-built defences to keep cells, organs and blood vessels healthy and which can reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular problems such as heart disease and diabetes.

WOW. Simply WOW!!

So, this beautiful goddess is off to make herself a cuppa and to get healthy at the same time!

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Loose Leaf vs Teabag- is there a taste difference?


Mama Tea loose tea

There are plenty that subscribe to the view that loose leaf makes the best cup of tea, is this really the case? Or can this debate be likened to the cork versus screw top debate in the wine world, where some traditionalists believe fervently that a wine bottle must have a cork for quality but research has shown a screw top preserves the wine just as well and has no effect on the quality of the glass of wine, the key thing is the quality of the wine to start with. So can the same argument be applied to tea? Is it the quality of the tea leaf that matters not how it is packed?

Until early in the twentieth century all tea that was drunk was loose leaf. In the 1900s a tea and coffee merchant from New York, Thomas Sullivan, as a way of cutting costs, started sending out samples of tea in hand sewn muslin bags. His intention was that the bag would be opened and the tea sampled but some clients didn’t do this and hence the idea of the teabag was born. Teabags started appearing commercially about 1904.

It was soon discovered that in order to maintain the quality of tea brewed from teabags, the loose tea needed to be cut finer and into smaller pieces. For tea leaves to fully infuse they need room to expand and as there is less room for leaves to expand in a teabag the leaves need to be smaller. Tea merchants also realised that as the tea is hidden in a bag the customer cannot see the tea and hence the quality of it, this combined with the need for a smaller leaf meant inferior quality tea crept into being used. Then over the rest of the twentieth century the teabag grew in popularity due to convenience and price (again kept low by the poorer quality tea being used), resulting in the image of loose leaf tea as the posh aunt to the inferior yet handy teabag.

mama tea teabag

In recent times there has been a concerted move to put the quality back into teabags and give the consumer quality and convenience. At Mama Tea we use the same quality of herbs in our teabags as we would in loose leaf tea, the only difference being that the herbs are cut to an exact size to allow the best expansion and infusion in the bags. Some companies are experimenting with newer styles of nylon bags and a larger cut of leaf in an attempt to align themselves with the quality associated with loose leaf tea. The tea leaves still need to be cut for these newer style of bags, just not as finely as for the “standard” teabag, and the resulting cup of tea will still be dependent on the quality of leaves used and the accuracy of cut-size relative to the bag size.

So in answer to the initial question, is loose leaf tea against teabags similar to the cork against screw top debate, the answer is yes, it is all to do with the quality of the raw ingredients. If you use the same quality of tea for loose as you do  for teabag, and cut it to the correct size, you will get the same quality cup of tea. Ironically what started as a cost cutting exercise for Thomas Sullivan, of putting loose tea in muslin bags instead of tins, has become more expensive to produce for those of us that use the same quality for loose and bag, as we need to cut the tea accurately and loose leaf no longer needs to come packaged in a tin!

Is Making a Pot of Tea a Dying Art?


As we lead busier and busier lives, are fewer and fewer of us taking time to make a pot of tea? According to the UK Tea Council, in the early 1960s teabags were 3% of the British tea market and by 2007 they accounted for 96% of the tea sales. Teabags were promoted in the 1950s as a convenient way to make a cup of tea, eradicating the messy business of tea leaves. Has this desire for convenience now led to a situation where most of the cups of tea drunk have been made by putting a teabag in a mug?

Leaving aside the taste discussion, as this is entirely personal preference, the increase in the use of teabags is not, on it’s own, evidence that we are no longer making tea in a pot but it does suggest that we are drawn to ways of making our lives simpler and the removal of the teapot from the tea making ceremony would indeed simplify the process.

The making of tea has always been ceremonial and ritualistic; from the Japanese Tea Ceremonies to elegant ladies’ tea parties in 17th century Britain, these events were about more than just the drinking of the tea itself. Have we now sacrificed ceremony for convenience therefore diminishing the role of the teapot?

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Maybe as we are busier and looking for convenience, the rituals and ceremonies in tea making will only occur when we bring the teapot out for a special occasion or on a Sunday morning when we’re less harried and can take our time to savour the ritual. However in this 24/7 world making more of an effort to get the teapot out would give us a chance to pause and slow down as we enjoy making our pot of tea, an art that cannot be rushed. Whatever happens the rituals surrounding the making of tea will evolve as they have done over the centuries and hopefully still remain special to many of us.

Mama Tea’s 11 Rules for Perfect Tea Making


George Orwell famously protested: “There are 11 rules for the perfect tea making, rules from which nobody should dare depart.” Orwell’s article for the Evening Standard in 1946 illustrates why we have an endless love for tea.

British people and tea have long been associated as a natural fusion. Well, we do drink on average 165 millions cups per day.  Tea making is part of our daily routine and a good cuppa is as important to us as tonic is to gin …OK, maybe not. But here at Mama Tea it certainly is.

Mama Tea’s 11 Rules (they’re not all scientific, but they keep us happy):

  1. Keep Calm and Drink Tea: According to the team at the University of Northumbria’s School of Life Sciences, being patient is the key to the perfect cuppa. Here at Mama Tea, we couldn’t agree more; making tea is a calming antidote for a busy day.
  2. Bring Back the Teapot: our mission is simple: we want to see teapots back in business. We adore pretty teapots that have been designed and painted with an artistic flair. Have a wee peek at our favourites on Pinterest: Teapots
  3. Be Inquisitive: send Mama Tea your questions! We love receiving questions and queries from our customers. We’d be more than happy to share our knowledge of all things tea-related with you.
  4. Tea to go, please! Entering the daily hustle and bustle of the commute to work can be a bit…soul-destroying. So, why not add a cuppa? Yes, please.
  5. This Mug Belongs to the Boss: your favourite mug. Just like Miranda Hobbes from Sex And The City liked to drink from her mug: ‘Harvard Law Class of 1990’, we all have a favourite mug too.
  6. Tea Storage: we like our teas to be full of flavour, so where we store our teas is vitally important for achieving the optimum taste. That’s why our teas can be found in small sachets to conceal the flavour and aroma. It’s OK; you don’t need to thank us.
  7. Perfect Preparation: boil your water and let it cool a little – this way the herbs won’t get burnt and will taste at their best. Leave to infuse for three minutes, then put your feet up!
  8. Serve Your Tea With Style: in Russia, it’s common practice to add raspberry jam to tea – a little sweet for your sweet, perhaps?
  9. Love a Lift: tea gives you a lift (in spirits). Our teas are caffeine free, so you can drink as much as you like!
  10. Share With a Friend: tea making has long been associated with the forming of friendships and sharing of secrets. Take inspiration from Alice in Wonderland and have a tea party with friends – why ever not?
  11. Have Some ‘Me’ Time: love your cup of tea.