At Innofarmer Tea we take great pride in our excellent quality, very tasty and wonderfully aromatic tea that we offer customers worldwide. We have had the absolute pleasure of sharing our tea with folks in Taiwan, Canada, the USA and countries throughout Europe. One very important characteristic of our company is that we focus on our knowledge and thorough understanding of each and every type of tea that we offer our customers.
While we don't offer a great number of teas like some other large-scale stores and boutiques, we take great pride in the fact that the teas on offer are studied and researched thoroughly. It would bring us great pain and anguish if a potential or current customer asked us a detailed question in which we either didn't have an answer to or, at best, a partial answer without the greatest of confidence.
So let's take you on a tour of the teas that we offer either through our online site or our growing list of marketplace shops throughout Toronto and beyond.
Oolong Tea (or Wulong Tea)
Our Oolong Teas, like most of our offerings, come from a small village in Taiwan called Ming Jian Village, Nantou. While this area is not considered to be "High Mountain", the quality and flavour of the tea is breathtaking.
Oolong Tea can offer a light, fresh taste - Chin Shin Oolong Tea - and a strong, roasted flavour - Dong Ding Oolong Tea. Dig a little deeper and you will discover a very beautiful Oolong that goes by the name of Red Beauty which has a distinct flavour similar to the Lychee fruit - sweet with a hint of sour notes.
Oolong Teas makes a wonderful addition to most light flavour meals and can also be enjoyed as a midday treat or a compliment to any dessert. Rolled tightly during the processing stage, when mixed with hot water and left to sit for a minute or two the leaves unfurl to release the very distinct Oolong Tea flavour. Online Store
The Black Tea leaf compliments most desserts and can also be enjoyed throughout the day. Add a dash of brown sugar or honey and you have a tea that stands above the rest. Our Black Tea is dried into long, flavourful leaves that open up emitting a wonderful smell that pulls you closer to the cup with each and every sip. Let the tea linger in your mouth an extra second or two to allow the full flavour - delicately sweet - to make it's presence felt.
Compliment this tea with a fresh salad or dark chocolate dessert and you will discover a very unique Black Tea very different from many found in China, India and even Taiwan. Online Store
Ginger & Brown Sugar Cider
Our Signature drink, Ginger & Brown Sugar Cider, has been a very big hit in Toronto and through other parts of North America. As the cool Fall months turn to the frigid Winter months, there are very few drinks that compare in taste, warmth and prevention than this gem of a cider.
Proven to prevent illness and sooth the worst of colds and flu, this delicious Cider offers a wonderfully spicy kick with fresh and plentiful ginger alongside the sweet flavour of brown sugar. Add a spoonful or two of milk/cream and you've got the perfect winter comforter.
PS. From November ~ February, I have at least one cup of G & BS Cider to help keep my body warm and to prevent any potential colds and other illnesses that try to make their way into my daily life. Online Store
Starting today (Friday), Innofarmer Tea is Welcomes a Guest Writer to our Blog. Look for interesting, thought-provoking articles related to "tea and life". We hope that you will enjoy this new addition to our growing collection of articles and informative pieces. Most importantly, we want you (the reader) to take away something valuable after reading each and every article.
Have yourself a fantastic weekend and stay warm (if you're in the northern hemisphere)!
How Tea Makes You More Productive
by Alina Vrabie
Imagine sipping a cup of tea on a cold winter day. Feel how it warms up your cold hands, how it breathes relaxation into your tense body. These are the feel-good reasons to enjoy a cup of tea, but there are lots of science-backed reasons to drink tea too. It can fight against free radicals that contribute to cancer and heart disease, and it can help improve vision. But the biggest secret hidden in your cup of tea is that it will make you more productive.
The positive effects of tea are mainly due to two ingredients, theanine and epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). EGCG is the most powerful antioxidant found in tea, and it lowers the risk of heart disease and cancer because it protects against cell damage caused by oxidation. Theanine is an amino acid found almost exclusively in tea. It’s what gives you the feeling of relaxation, because it stimulates the production of alpha brain waves. As if this wasn’t enough, studies have shown that tea has many more benefits. Here’s how tea can help you work smarter.
Improves concentration The theanine in green tea is not only calming, but helps with focus and concentration. Theanine is an amino acid that increases alpha brain wave activity, which in turn promotes relaxation. In combination with caffeine, theanine induces a feeling of concentration that lasts longer than the one produced by caffeine alone. That is because theanine decreases the seratonin levels that are artificially increased by caffeine, resulting in better speed perception, concentration and decreased anxiety.
Keeps You Hydrated Hydration is essential to health, and health is essential to being productive. Every cell in your body needs to be hydrated to function properly. Even though it’s a caffeinated drink, tea still contributes to our daily fluid needs. In fact, it has the same hydrating effects of water, with the added benefits of antioxidants, according to a study sponsored by the Tea Council.
In high doses, caffeine does dehydrate, but it is very unlikely to brew a cup of tea so strong that it dehydrates you – that cup of tea just wouldn’t be palatable. However, if the caffeine still has you concerned, you can steer clear of any possible risk by keeping your tea intake under 8 cups per day.
Regulates Your Body Temperature Your body temperature fluctuates during the day as you go through your natural circadian cycle. It drops significantly at night, but you also experience a slight drop in temperature in the early to mid-afternoon, which seems to explain why we see a natural dip in our energy level between 1 and 3 pm. To increase alertness and reduce sleepiness, a cup of tea may just be what you need, as it will slightly increase your body temperature.
Has Just Enough Caffeine Before the end of my first year in university, I had realized that coffee gave me the jitters. But I still needed a caffeine kick to get me through the day. That’s when I realized that tea would be my salvation, especially in the afternoon when our bodies naturally experience a drop in energy levels.
Some say that caffeine from tea is better than caffeine from coffee because it is released more slowly in the body, but in fact tea just has less caffeine than coffee. Coffee has two to three times more caffeine than tea. For many people, the 135 mg of caffeine in an 8 oz. cup of coffee can result in headaches, indigestion or the jitters, and it can interfere with sleep. That’s when you turn to tea, which only contains 30-40 mg of caffeine in the same 8 oz. cup.
Reduces Stress Levels Sip on this: drinking black tea four times a day for 6 weeks can result in lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol after a stressful event. What’s more, people who drink tea are able to de-stress more quickly, according to a University College London study.
Makes You Look Younger White tea has a high count of the antioxidant polyphenol, which seems to be where the fountain of youth is hidden. One study showed that the antioxidants in white tea strengthen collagen and elastin – two factors in the development of lines and wrinkles. And according to a 2011 study, tea can keep your joints younger too. Isn’t looking and feeling young a productivity boost in itself?
Gives You the Time to Reflect If all of the above reasons seem don’t seem important enough to you, then let this point be your only takeaway. I can’t overemphasize the importance of taking time aside to reflect on your day, your week, your month, your year, your life.
Pausing is not a waste of time. It’s like sharpening your tools before you start cutting down trees. It allows you to take in your successes, to learn from your mistakes and to consider your future direction. It’s easy to overwork ourselves when we still look at the word “workaholic” as a compliment. But you can’t be always charging forward, almost blindly, without taking the time to reflect. In the words of Thich Nhat Hanh, “drink your tea slowly and reverently.”
Whether you like loose tea or tea bags; green, white or black tea; whether you drink it hot or drink it cold, tea is simply great. Not only does it have proven health benefits – it can also make you more productive in a smart way. I think that’s something we can all get behind.
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