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Exploring the world of tea

2013-05-30T02:45:00Z Exploring the world of tea nwitimes.com
May 30, 2013 2:45 am

The love of tea dates back thousands of years to the Chinese. Today, the passion for tea is experiencing a renaissance, and Coffee Beanery in The Galleria Building at 425 U.S. 30 in Dyer is responding with the introduction of 47 loose leaf teas to its extensive menu.

“We offer five different types of tea – black, white, red, oolong and herbal tea,” says General Manager Ann Kozrowski. “People are more health conscious and there are a lot of health benefits with teas. For example, antioxidants are an important benefit of drinking tea.”

Available by the cup, the loose leaf teas can be served hot or cold for sipping at Coffee Beanery.

“We take the loose leaf tea and put it in a tea bag and steep it for the customer. We also carry tea strainers that are wonderful for use with loose tea,” Ann says.

For those who would like to experience the joy of tea at home, Coffee Beanery staff will place the tea or teas of choice in 4-ounce bags, which make 24 cups, she says.

“We have pamphlets on all our teas and invite people to read about the 47 different teas,” says Ann, adding that each tea has its unique flavor and benefits.

White tea, for example, is very mild and rarer than other types of tea, Ann says. “White tea is only picked two weeks out of the year.

Red tea originates from a red bush in Africa and contains no caffeine. It’s also perfect to infuse with other types of teas to create unique flavors. Black tea is the most common and mixes well with fruit, she says.

Oolong is a fermented tea with Formosa being the most popular. Green tea is a great source of antioxidants and is among customers’ favorites. Among the seven different herbal teas offered by Coffee Beanery are chamomile, lavender, peppermint and Angel Falls Mist, a wildly exotic blend of fruit flavors.

For more information or to order, call (219) 865-2240.

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