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Water is the Soul of Tea

Being a tea businesses person, and especially because of personally being there at our tea house in Sunder Nagar or Barakhamba Road, we get first hand feedback from tea lovers from different cultures, countries and most importantly with a subjective palette. We strive day and night to hand pick tea batches that are nothing but the best, but when you get a not so good feedback, it is definitely not a “Friday feeling”.

To our surprise, 8 out of 10 of those feedbacks came from people who were using water UNFIT for tea! Yes, I agree, in this day and age, we assume that the water in our home and workplace is just fine. But you are about to discover something new just now.

Here are the different types of water and how they impact our teas:

  1. Tap Water: The hardness depends on the ground water and thus varies from region to region. This water is rich in the ENEMY of tea, namely Chlorine. This chlorine is bound to alter the authentic aroma of the tea.
  2. Filtered Water: This is definitely better than Tap Water. Although it is not nearly perfect. Filtered water will again take the help of charcoal to trap the chlorine and calcium. Although the aroma will not be too affected, the taste in this case, might vary. Consider heating this water (do not boil) and letting it cool. If it still tastes like some minerals, you need to abandon this water brewing tea.
  3. Mineral or Bottled Water: Here there 2 types – one that is rich in minerals and one that is not. Choose the latter. Reason being simple – the minerals will again meddle with the tea constituents in terms of the flavor or aroma.

Common myths:

a. Boiling the water will solve all miseries: As the water starts to boil, turn off the kettle. As much as you boil it, the more oxygen will be lost. Oxygen is very important for any type of tasting as it enables the aroma compounds to reach our nasal passage.

b. Adding more lead = more taste: the amount of tanning must be in balance, failing which, the might become bitter or astringent. The standard 2g per cup i.e 150mL.

c. Longer brew time = bitter disappointment: Most people are clueless about how long to brew a certain type of tea. But most people also have a tendency to extract the most out of the tea leaves by leaving them in water longer. This is almost like overcooking your meal.

Hope this article was helpful in understanding the impact and importance of water used for teas. As it is commonly said, “God is in the detail” as well as “Devil is in the detail”, meaning – a very small detail like this, can either make your tea terrible or make it heavenly.

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This place is a giver!

It’s the year 2018 and everyone is hustling to make it big. In big cities and tourist cities, tourists would often get fleeced and sometimes, even locals! In times like this, this place stands out as it is offering a Professional Tea Tasting experience for free, no strings attached since over 2 decades!

Do you like tea? Did you know that India is 2nd largest producer of teas? Would you like to take tea as a souvenir for your friends back home? If you said YES to any of the above, then Mittal Teas is the place to go. A quaint little shop in Sunder Nagar Market, almost as small as Harry Potter’s room under the staircase, this place is big on tea! The best part – you can try as many teas as you like and get to learn all about them for absolutely free! Mittal Teas is more than half a century old and their teas have been to Hollywood parties, Mr.Obama’s delegation, most of the luxury hotels in India and even some of the royal families. The staff is super friendly and the store is always full of expats from all over the world.

They have 2 more branches: Barakhamba Road and Global Foyer Mall. If you are a group of more than 5, the it’s better to opt one these 2 branches which are relatively much more spacious.

From premium Darjeeling teas to exotic floral tea blends, they have it all. Some other products worth mentioning: Assam Black Gold, Jasmine Green Tea, Apple Cinnamon Green Tea, Darjeeling Royal Muscatel, Mango Tea and Hand Rolled Green Tea.

 

Best Tea in Gurgaon | Cafe cum Tea House

Stacked to the shelves, complex sweet aroma, tiny but big enough – some of the traits of our quaint little shop in Sunder Nagar can now be seen on Golf Course Road. Best of Darjeeling, Masala Tea Mango Tea, Sencha, Chinese Jasmine Tea, Oolong, Ice teas and many more!

Moreover, it has a cafe right next to it where we serve the best of our teas and Waffles!

Global Foyer Mall, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon – Our newest little addition is very close to our heart just like you all.

Here’ why you should drop by:

  • Free wifi in the cafe – coming soon!
  • Mittal’s Tea packets – perfect for gifting
  • If you moved to Gurgaon and miss us sometimes

We are looking forward to see you there!

White Tea – An Amazingly Refreshing, Healthy drink

White tea is the queen of teas. The least processed and rarest of all teas. It contains a high amount of anti-oxidants and least quantity of caffeine.Due to its amazing taste, a wide variety of flavours and numerous health benefits, it is slowly becoming a hot favourite.It is made from young tea buds that are picked and dried in the sun without being fired or rolled.

Some of the popular varieties of white tea are listed below:-

Mint White Tea –Mint is the flavour of the season. It consists of select White Peony tea and peppermint leaves. This tea with superlicious taste, prepared by evenly mixing fresh cut mint leaves is a must try. It has a calming effect on the muscles and stomach. Also, these are natural and effective decongestant that can aid in treating a sore throat. Thus, making it a remarkably healthy option.

Silver  Needle White tea – Another variant of white tea is the finest one made up of silvery white buds. It is a  truly delightful drink. It offers a delicate, light, and slightly sweet flavour that sets your mood for the day.Silver Needle white tea can only be harvested in early spring before the tea buds have turned into leaves.

Jasmine White tea – One of the most fragrant teas made of high-quality white tea leaves. It is blended several times with freshly picked jasmine blossoms. The remarkable and pure fragrance in is purely from natural jasmine blossom. Jasmine tea is powerful antimicrobial and bacteria fighter, kills E. coli and other harmful agents in the digestive tract, prohibits dental cavities.

Cinnamon and Cardamom  White tea– This truly revitalizing white tea is another magical flavour. For the spice lovers, the smooth, pleasant tea base mixed with a number of spices offers a perfect taste. The well-balanced flavour composition is a treat to the soul.

Chamomile tea– It is derived from chamomile flower,  golden in color and has an appetizing, fruity flavour. This delightful herbal remedy simplifies various health-related concerns such as intestinal and stomach disorders, anxiety, insomnia, mouth ulcers etc.

Ginger Lemongrass tea– Ginger with the flavour of lemongrass is a hit in this chilling season.This is soothing and has a yummy citrus flavour. Ginger and lemongrass tea have the potential to lower risk of chronic diseases, including cancer, helps in weight loss and reduces inflammation.Thus, an excellent beverage choice this winter to remain healthy.