Ticety, A Bar Without A Hangover!

Recently launched, Ticety TEA bar, is the first organic TEA bar in Miami, Florida. It’s a sincere attempt to place tea in a contemporary and fashionable scenario. The ambience is a blend of modern, traditional and organic lifestyle, which takes you to a different realm.

Cheers to the founder, Damien Ceulemans, for contributing to the global tea movement.

Read more about Ticety Tea bar at The Emerald Journal.

TEA Trip One – Rishikesh, The Yoga Capital Of The World!

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The increasing worldwide interest in yoga has made Rishikesh a hot destination for all yoga lovers from around the world. People, who love yoga, also consider tea as a spiritual medium to heal and connect with their inner self. To explore the emerging tea culture in Rishikesh, the yoga capital of the world, ‘Love for Tea’ decided to hit the road and explore the city.

Rishikesh, a nature buff’s paradise, has a serene and calm ambience, that will completely absorb you. With both relaxed and reverent vibes- right on the bank of river ganga, with fresh mountain air, sunrise over the peaks, incessantly ringing temple bells and power packed yoga centers and devotees, the city is a must visit tea destination.

After checking into a beautiful room at Tapovan, on the hilltop, we started our day of adventure. We walked through the forest from our hotel and reached Swiss Garden Restaurant. It’s a beautiful bistro in the middle of forest- with huge variety of great tea, awesome food, calm ambience, trance music and yes, free wifi. This place is a magnet for tea lovers and I highly recommend it.

Some of the teas that I tried here over the next few days are Mint tea, Herbal tea, Ayurvedic tea, Honey ginger lemon and Nepali tea. Nepali chai, as called by the locals, is made with spices without any tea leaves. It’s delicious and a must have. I had to connect with the head chief and learnt the recipe first hand. The recipe for Nepali Chai lands on my blog pretty soon.

We spent our next three days hiking, trekking, visiting numerous temples and exploring tea at local restaurants & cafes. Most of them had interesting menus for all taste. Chilling by the shore of the Ganga and making new friends was our normal activity there.

One of the memorable places during my visit was the Third Eye Restaurant, where we spent an evening after a long day at the beach. Next to the Beatles café, ‘The Third Eye Restaurant’ is another beautiful place with a breath taking view. We spent crazy hours over many rounds of tea hereThe Tibetan Restaurant in Tapovan is another nice place to explore, with awesome variety of tea and multi-cultural cuisines. This place is packed with foreign travellers also because of a German bakery next door and Baba massage center right in front.

The organic and spiritual energy in Rishikesh reflects in the tea here, which besides being completely different in it’s presentation, is mostly made from fresh herbs, that offers a unique tea experience.

Best time to visit Rishikesh is during the winters. Tapovan is a must explore destination for all nature lovers. Thus we continued our Tea quest further towards the east of India, where the tea was already brewing for our arrival.

Top 10 Evidence Based Health Benefits Of Green TEA

There is not just one but many reasons why Green tea is taking over the world and is believed to be the healthiest beverage on the planet. It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body, such as improved brain function, a lower risk of cancer and many other incredible benefits. Here are top 10 evidence based health benefits of green tea that have been confirmed in human research studies. Hope it inspires you to a grab a cuppa right away. 

India’s Very First Tea Carnival – Chai Ho Jaye (Let’s Have Tea)

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Chai Ho Jaye (let’s have tea), India’s first ever tea carnival, organized by Indian Tea Association in collaboration with Tea Board of India, is a nice initiative to bring together all the tea lovers and introduce them to different kinds of tea. The purpose of the event, which is planned across many cities in India, is to connect the tea industry with tea lovers, connoisseurs and aspirants and bring awareness about different avatars of the most traditional indian drink. From tea inspired mocktails, tea tasting, flash mobs, games, competitions to loose leaf tea give-aways, the event brought in a whole new energy and awareness about tea.