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Tea and Coffee, Potions and Blends

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Buckwheat Tea or Soba Cha (much like the word Chai which also means tea) buckwheat tea is one of those things only a minority of people outside Japan, where it comes from, seem to know much about. If you know kasha, then you are also acquainted with buckwheat grouts.
Although buckwheat is often thought of as a cereal, and the word wheat is in its name, buckwheat is related to sorrel, knotweed and rhubarb.

 Roasted, buckwheat it has a wonderful, full-bodied flavor. It’s often served as a pulse like chickpeas or as a starch side dish such as quinoa or rice, although it is more protein packed than it is a starch. Many crepe recipes are call for buckwheat flour.  You can find buckwheat tea at specialty tea suppliers, or Japanese stores, online or those in your neighbourhood, as well as health food stores (whose buckwheat is more likely to be organic).

This is a soothing, mellow drink, caffeine free (unlike green tea) and offers no limit of healthy benefits from aiding in digestion, lowering blood pressure, managing diabetes, weigh gain or helping with weight loss and is overall, a calming brew.

Because buckwheat tea is earthy and nutty, I ‘soothe’ it down with either a slice of orange or tangerine or alternatively, this way, with mint and Greek honey. It’s sublime.

If you find raw buckwheat, pan roast it (toss it in a non-stick pan over low heat until it roasts and turns a medium brown), otherwise just follow my recipe. The best buckwheat tea I’ve discovered so far is from

Spices such as cinnamon and cardamom are being touted as natural anti-inflammatories.
They also happen to taste sublime in a café au lait. Calcium (in the form of almond or regular milk), and the goodness of spices and hot coffee make this the beverage of the hour.

You cannot believe how good a strong black tea is when coupled with chocolate notes and a sweep of orange! This is dessert in a cup. An extravagant, outrageously, decadent cuppa tea. You could vary this by using white chocolate instead of the milk chocolate. This is a great tea to bring in a cannister or pretty cello bag and a colored tie as a gift or for serving to guests with spice cake, butter cookies, or a delicate pastry.

Is this a tea or a potion? Is this a beverage or an oasis? A local coffee and tea bistro serves up “Cream Earl Grey’. I experienced and the veritable elixir that it was transported me to an English Country garden reverie. It is Earl Grey, but subtly so and a hint of sweet dairy goodness that comes from a secret ingredient. A touch of vanilla makes this tea concoction heavenly. If you added steamed milk, it becomes a Cream Earl Grey Latte.   

This is Irish magic in a tea blend. It is loose tea, with some amazing touches that turn this into a beautiful gift or hostess tea (especially if you pack it with a soda bread). It starts with strong, pure Assam tea leaves and then…..The rest is a secret. If you can find longer or full leaf Assam (as opposed to the finer tea leaves), that is better.

I love the idea of a mellow detox tea – something palate cleaning and mild to go with my meditations and more mindful way of living. It’s easy to make something organic, earthy and gourmet at home. It’s also a help in weight loss (it seems!). But do start with filtered or spring water.

A zesty but mellow orange citrus tea blend for any season.

You can also add a touch of cinnamon, a tad of vanilla, or orange slices or toss in a cinnamon stick in a single serving. Choose a good strong tea, such as English Breakfast or hearty Assam from to make this. Tea leave brewed tea would be would be best but tea bags are convenient. Don't forget to use filtered or pure spring water for the best taste in this country-time exlixir.

Hong Kong Tea with Coffee or Yuangyang is also known as “pantyhose tea” or “silk stocking tea” because it is often brewed in a large tea sock that resembles pantyhose. It is a smooth, comforting concoction that is sweet and somehow manages to marry both coffee and tea into a riveting elixir. It’s most often served over ice, like an iced coffee but I prefer it warm. If you prefer, you can make this exclusively with condensed milk (sweeter) or evaporated milk (less sweet). If you like tea lattes or chai, you will adore this tonic.

Coffee chains are making hot smoothies this winter’s trend. If you love divine, velvety, warm, potions, this recipe is for you. Double up ingredients, as required to serve more takers. The marshmallows melt and cream a slight froth; if you have a mini-whipped, that would also create more volume.


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