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If you are dreaming about a hot and delicious cup of Kashmiri Kahwa tea to chase the summer blues away and let its gentle flavour revive your spirits, there’s more to it than just its flavour. This beautiful beverage is chock-full of goodness and health benefits that will ensure that you look and feel your best all year round.

The Kahwa, a traditional Kashmiri tea that contains spices like cardamom, cloves, dried red rose petals and cinnamon, is one of the most popular teas among tea lovers. This infusion of green tea, cardamom pods, cinnamon bark and cloves has a divine taste and today, scientific studies have shown that it has many health properties too. Here is a compilation of its many health properties that you can keep in mind…

Kahwa improves digestion

If you are facing problems like slow metabolism or other digestive issues, a cup of Kahwa will help you instantly. It is known to refresh the digestive system by de-toxifying it and speeding up the metabolism. It also helps if you have an upset stomach or a sluggish intestine. This tea is, in fact, served just after meals to help in the process of digestion and since it can help the gut so many ways, you should always stock this tea in your home.

Kahwa strengthens the immune system

The saffron that is used in making Kahwa tea is a very good source of vitamin B2 or Riboflavin. Vitamin B2 is essential for the body as it helps in strengthening immune system, energy production and production of red blood cells, all of which will keep your body at optimum health. Sipping a cup of Kahwa is the easiest way to fight lethargy. It is also known to combat minor flus, fight chest congestion and keep migraines at bay. The many antioxidants present in the tea can help keep your body free from any infection or ailment, especially during the colder months.

Kahwa keeps stress away

As Kahwa is rich in antioxidants, it neutralizes the toxins in the body. This tea helps you feel relaxed and reduces anxiety levels in the body. Tea lovers have found that a single cup of kahwa can improve their mood, ease stress and improve concentration. The drink can help you feel completely relaxed and energized. Try this mood elevator when you are feeling depressed, stressed or anxious.

Kahwa improves the skin

Almond has always been the great beautifier as it is used in many skin care products. Since kahwa contains plenty of almonds, pistachios, walnuts and spices, the antioxidants levels are very high in this beverage. It can help moisturize the skin, reduce the occurrence of acne and give the skin a healthy glow. The beverage also counteracts skin problems like acne.

Kahwa wards off colds

If you are constantly catching colds, kahwa would be the perfect home remedy to help you. Whether
it is a cold, sore throat or chest congestion, this tea helps to get rid of the phlegm that develops
during a bout of infection. Since it is medicinal and can help heal cold or cough symptoms, it is one
of the most sought-after teas in the world.

Kahwa keeps you at your optimum weight

What’s more, it is also known to melt away extra fat from the body. So, if you are trying to lose weight, it is the best beverage to consume every day as it also prevents cholesterol accumulation in the blood vessels, thereby preventing heart disease. As it is an energy booster, it keeps you active all day and this results in weight loss. This tea also prevents bloating and its natural cleansing properties, all of which, helps in keeping those extra pounds away.

With all these facts in mind, you should invest in Kashmiri Kahwa for many seasons of good health and well-being. The Sublime House of Tea has one of the best Kashmir Kahwa teas around, so make sure you take the time to find it. Who knew a beautiful tea could offer so much goodness in a single cup?

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It’s a season of hot days and sultry nights, but did you know that a cup of beautiful tea can refresh you like nothing else can? Choose a flavour that you love and it can make the end of your day just as good as when it began.

If you love the fragrance of cinnamon laced with a hint of cardamom in your tea, the Kashmiri Kahwa is the perfect brew to soothe your cares away. This tea, which is a blend of green tea leaves, saffron, cinnamon bark, cardamom pods, and Kashmiri rose, is much loved, both for its taste and for its many benefits. It is usually served with sugar or honey and crushed almonds or walnuts to add a richer texture to the brew.

What makes this tea so wonderful? Check out this compilation of facts of this special brew…

The Tea Route

Most people believe that the Kashmiris were the earliest addicts of the Kahwa. While most of India discovered their love for tea due to the British tea companies, Kashmiris used to get their special teas from China through Tibet. Many believe that Kahwa tea leaves came to Kashmir through the Spice Route, though some people say it originated in the Yarkand valley during the Khushan empire in the first and second century AD. Though its origins are still a matter of debate, today Kahwa is Kashmir’s trademark beverage and is often called the “magic tea”. This tea is also popular in countries like Bangladesh, Afghanistan and other regions of Central Asia. Even though the drink is Kashmiri, its name “kahwa” is a word of Arabic origin, which is why it is also called Arabic kahwa.

What is kahwa?

The gentle golden colour of this tea and its glorious fragrance make the kahwa a prince of teas. It is a brew that is an exotic mix of Kashmiri green leaves, whole spices, nuts and saffron. There are various varieties of kahwa, depending on what nuts and dry fruits are added to it. Some people add dried fruit like cherries, apples, raisins, pine nuts, pistachios, walnuts, almonds, cashewnuts, dried apricots and dates to this tea, giving it richer flavours and delicious overtones.

Many people in Kashmir begin their day with a cup of kahwa tea. Besides keeping you warm during bitter winters, Kahwa is also a health drink. So, it is perfect for every season as it contains fruit and nuts in a green tea base.

How to prepare kahwa

The preparation of Kashmiri Kahwa is an elaborate and almost ritualistic procedure that has been honed through perfection down the years. Traditionally, it is made by grinding tea powder, cardamoms and cinnamon to a fine powder. Water is brought to a boil and the ground tea mixture is added and stirred. As the tea simmers, saffron strands are added to the brew. It is left to simmer for at least 10 minutes over a low flame, and then strained before serving.

Today, however, tea bags are also available which make the process of making this tea much easier. When you use a tea bag, the process is simple: heat the water till it reaches 90 degrees centigrade. Put your teabag in a cup and pour the hot water into it. Let it steep for four minutes to get the right flavour of the tea. You can sweeten the tea with honey if you like your beverages sweeter.

In Kashmir, the kahwa tea is made in a special utensil called the ‘samovar’, which is a brass kettle which has a central cavity within which you are supposed to put live coals. A bit of space is left for the ingredients to warm up in the vessel and there is a nozzle to pour out the tea. Some people drink the tea in a bronze cup, while others prefer cups made of china clay. The Samovar is made of copper or brass.

Don’t miss the beauty and delicious flavour of the Kashmiri Kahwa. The next time you need a pickme-up, let this fragrant tea mesmerize your senses and transport you to the serenity and beauty of the valleys where they were cultivated and nurtured over time.

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What’s better than a tangy cup of cranberry tea?? Cranberry-Mango tea, of course!! With summer here, and our desperate need to stay healthy and toxin-free, consuming the ultimate antioxidant is essential. And what better flavours to do the trick than summer’s favourite fruit mango and vitamin-rich cranberry.

Traditionally, we make a hot cup of tea to revive our tired selves. However, enjoying the same jolly cup o’ tea in the summers can be a nightmare. That’s when it’s time to get out the ice cubes and cute straws to make yourself a refreshing glass of iced tea.

Here how you can make what will soon become your favourite summer drink:

What you’ll need:

  • 4 cups water
  • ½ cups sugar
  • 3 Cranberry-Mango Mania tea bags
  • 2 cups cranberry juice (sugarless)
  • Cut mango and mint juice or sprig (to garnish)
  • Lots of ice

 

How to make it:

  1. Bring the water and sugar to a boil, until the sugar is dissolved. Pour this mixture over the Cranberry-Mango Mania tea bags in a bowl, or any other container utensil at home, and let it stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Discard tea bags and stir in the unsweetened cranberry juice
  3. Add in just a dash of mint syrup, or the mint sprigs, and garnish with cut mango (let some of the juices in for extra flavour)
  4. Serve in a cocktail glass with a twisty straw and ice

 

Ah!!! Can’t you almost taste all of that goodness that’s in this iced tea? What you have here is not just an absolute saviour in these scorching summer days, but also a super healthy beverage, considering the health benefits of cranberries (It keeps urinary tract infections at bay). It’s a great way to keep yourself hydrated through the day and get your nutrients and antioxidants – two birds with one stone.

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The processing of Oolong tea is a form of art in itself. The tea has a reputation that is no less than that of fine wine, and even tasting oolong and truly enjoying it might take a trained tongue. How a tea master processes the leaves is what seals the fate of each leaf.

How is Oolong processed?

Tea lovers would know that whether it is black, green or oolong tea, all the leaves are from the Camellia Sinensis plant. The final product depends on the processing, and oolong has its very own, which give it its unique flavour and properties.

The process for oolong tea is an interesting one and goes like this:

Delicate, freshly plucked leaves are bruised, just a wee bit, by tossing them around. Sounds like fun, but it’s important to remember that this is the most important part, as it’s what initiates oxidisation, and brings about the true flavour of oolong. The leaves are then left to bathe in the sun and lose some moisture content. Once the leaves have withered enough to be flexible for rolling and shaping, they are left to cool down.

Soon, the leaves start to wilt and change shape, and are ready to be rolled. Rolling allows for further bruising of the leaves, letting out essentials oils and the like, which lend flavour to oolong tea. Here, each leaf will finally have a defined shape. The oxidisation process (we hope you remember how important this is) takes place again, with the chemical components of oolong being expose to oxygen. This determines the final appearance and colour of oolong tea. The flavour of what you take home depends on the level of oxidization, which could be anywhere in between 8% to 80%.

The leaves are then roasted in order to stop the oxidisation, adding an extra punch of flavour. This is followed by another round of rolling that will give oolong its unique shape. They are then dried yet again to ensure all the moisture content is removed, so they can be stored well.

Last, but not the least, the leaves are sorted based on their size, colour and shape before they are packed and bought by oolong lovers.

It seems like quite a tedious process, but how else would one achieve the rich and robust Oolong that has been so popular and precious among cultures in Asia. So, the next time you brew a cup, take a closer look at the shape of the leaves, and try understanding the aroma. It might actually help you connect with and enjoy your daily dose of oolong better.

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There’s a very small percentage of oolong tea made in the world, but the demand for this tea has increased with its popularity. The difference between oolong, in both taste and aroma, and other teas lies in how the leaves are processed, which lends these delicate, curled-in leaves their unique flavour. It also results in oolong being the perfect medicine for a range of health issues.

Oolong tea contains antioxidants called polyphenols, which are known for their ability to fight diseases such as cancer and heart diseases. For those who go out of their way to maintain good health, your routine is incomplete without at least one cup of Oolong every day.

Some of the most immediate and basic benefits of Oolong tea are listed below.

Skin

Skin care is crucial in your beauty regime. We always have a range of products to help keep our skin in good condition. However, what we take into our body plays a very crucial role in the appearance of our skin. Oolong tea is much higher in antioxidants than black or green tea. This would mean that consuming a cup of oolong a day will have amazing results on our overall health, which will eventually impact our skin. Introducing oolong to your daily diet will give you nothing less than beautiful, glowing skin.

Bones and Teeth

Oolong tea is high in minerals that help maintain bone and teeth health. People with osteoporosis would find this piece of news to be a big relief. Consuming oolong can help increase the mineral density in bones. The longer you consume the tea, the longer your bones remain healthy.
Stress and Alertness

Stress and Alertness

Oolong can have a positive effect on your mood, attention and overall brain function, which is a result of the caffeine and theanine content in the tea. Any working individual today would know the effects of long and tiring days. Staying alert and focused is a task, but you can take care of this issue with a cup of oolong. Its calming effect allows one to effectively rejuvenate and face long days.

Weight and Digestion

Drinking a cup of oolong a day can increase metabolism and, therefore, have very good results when it comes to losing weight. It also helps increase immunity and fights obesity. As it is partially oxidised, oolong successfully restores its antioxidant properties and is helpful in lowering lipid. It is not new that tea, specifically black and green tea, has its benefits and is a healthy addition to our diet. With oolong, we get a beverage that is more effective, making it a great drink for those who want an easy and good way to say fit and healthy.

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