CAFFEINE, more than coffee
Brew in a coffee maker or in a teapot.
This delicious black tea comes from the Republic of Mauritius, an island nation in the Indian Ocean about 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) off the southeast coast of the African continent. Mauritius ranked second in an air quality index released by the World Health Organization in 2011. Because of its tropical coastal regions and forests in the mountainous areas, the land produces a tea unlike others.
Interesting Information about Mauritius Tea:
Tea Plantations covered an area of about 760 hectares.
Only private tea factories are in operation. These are Bois Cheri, Corson, La Flora and a new factory La Chartreuse that started in January 2000.
Tea is mainly manufactured for local consumption. Imports were affected only where the return was higher than the cost of providing the produce on the market concerned.
Tradition and Cultural Drinking of tea are well anchored in Mauritian tradition. The average consumption of tea on the island is one kilo per head. The average Mauritian drinks black tea. By supporting Zen’s Tea House you are helping to contribute to tea garden workers and their families. Enzymatic Oxidation is the name of the process, the delay of leaves being put in a high temperature, causing the loss of enzymes in the tea leaves.
“Thus Mauritian black teas and fresh tea leaves can be rich sources of polyphenolic compounds and antioxidants, which may be highly relevant to the maintenance of normal health and disease management…”
Luximon-Ramma, Amitabye, and Theeshan Bahorun, et al. “Characterization of the Antioxidant Functions of Flavonoids and Proanthocyanidins in Mauritian Black Teas.” in Food Research International. Vol 38, Issue 4, May 2005, 357-367. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodres.2004.10.005
Brewing your tea doesn’t have to be hard; follow these steps for the perfect cup of tea.