Mate: A social phenomenon

By Epiphany Acevedo

When Rafa Royett moved to Argentina in 2011, mate was not his cup of tea. A native of Colombia, one of the world's top 5 coffee-producing nations, he spent his first year in Argentina maintaining a safe distance from the slightly pungent herbal drink. He might politely take a sip if offered, but was far from adopting the typical Argentine breakfast of mate and cookies.

Even though he did not develop a taste for it early on, mate was everywhere. In grocery stores people strolled the aisles with a mate gourd in one hand and a thermos of hot water under their arms; movie theaters offered snack... Read more >

Tea for Non-Drinkers

By Natasha Nesic

You're at a party, and it's 5 o'clock somewhere. Joe Bro offers you a cold one.

Here it comes.

You brace yourself, collecting the series of responses geared to mitigate the impending situation: personal preference, health, history, religion, etc. For Joe Bro, "No thanks, I don't drink" isn't enough without explanations that sound legit.

Then you look down at the cup in your hand.

Oh, wait.

You don't have to go through that anymore. You have tea.

Whether aged fruits and grains, or aged Camellia sinensis leaves--it's all plant matter. Both have been oxidized or fermented,... Read more >

The Shogun Tradition of Art and Arms

By Diana Rosen

According to numerous tea industry experts, the Japanese powdered green tea, matcha, is poised for even greater popularity. Known for its part in the Japanese tea ceremony, chanoyu, matcha is made from Japan's finest gyokuro green tea leaves known for intense vegetal taste and deep green color derived after the tea bushes are covered to enhance the chlorophyll quantity in the leaves. It is steamed to become tencha, then instead of its leaves being shaped, it is then dried completely and pulverized into a very fine powder.

It did not, however, originate in Japan, but in China. Powdered green... Read more >

EGCG Prevents Plaque Buildup in Brain

By Diana Rosen

Alzheimer's disease, an umbrella of brain dementia illnesses, and the sixth most frequent cause of death in the U.S., may soon become much less common.

For many years, scientists have recognized that plaques formed in the brain cause the malfunctions typical of dementia. Fighting plaque buildup, breaking down existing plaque and building new neurons for healthier brains have been the goals of scientific research.

One of the most vital discoveries in this research has been that flavonoids in green tea, particularly EGCG or epigallocatechin-3-gallate, can bind to beta-amyloid proteins... Read more >

Give the Unexpected This Holiday Season

By Diana Rosen

Gifts for family, friends, colleagues and those who make our lives easier all year long are part of the delight of this holiday season. Naturally, we think Adagio teas are the ideal gift, so we invite you to explore all our wonderful gift items, tea ware and teas. Here are some packaging ideas that are as unique as you are, with a definitive nod to the world of tea.

Reusing other packaging for today's gifts is not only smart recycling it's creative and fun. Clean, clear jars make great containers for home-made lemon curd or jam or sugar infused with a long elegant... Read more >