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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.

 

How to correctly brew tea

Eight out of every ten people are brewing their tea wrong!

Our mission is transcend the quality of your much awaited tea breaks. Next time you’re making time for tea, make it count, and see yourself bounce back to life!

Water.

Start with cold, fresh, filtered water, make sure the kettle is not rusty. Water should be a little less than boiling.
Remember: tap water has too many chemicals which hampers the taste, microwaved water is not evenly heated, and reheated water loses its oxygen.

Timing

Timing is key.

White Teas, Floral Teas : 5 min
Mild Black and green teas, Oolong: 4 min
Assam, Flavoured, Spice teas, CTC: 2-3 min

Wish for a stronger cup? Add more leaves instead of brewing it longer.

Storage

Tea must be stored in an opaque & air tight caddy/container. Thumb rule – keep it away from light & moisture.

Gourmet Herbal Teas for Winters

A cosy blanket, sitting by the fireplace, staying a little longer in the quilt, the autumnal colour of the trees and a nice warm cup of your favourite tea – these are undoubtedly some of the best parts about Winters. Our recommendations to make your winters even more special:

Hibiscus and Honey
Energising in the winters, very rich in Vitamin C. Antidepressant, manages high BP, lowers cholesterol, Honey is very high in antioxidants, great for warding off a cough and cold.

Mandarin White Tea
Warm citrus feeling; White tea is the richest in Anti-Oxidants as compared to any other tea namely Green Tea, Black Tea or Oolong. Top of the ladder for overall wellness, zero caffeine, can be reused up to 2 times within 24 hours. Great for weight loss and immunity.

Spicy Rooibos – ginger, cinnamon, tulsi, cloves, Rooibos
No caffeine; vitamin C, great for weight loss and immunity. Spices provide numerous health benefits which help you fight infections, stay active and rejuvenated, Rooibos is South African tea and not many tea houses will have this hidden gem.
Ginger Assam
Great morning tea, can be had with a little bit of milk and sugar. Ginger fights infections and enhances immunity. Provides warmth and just the right invigoration to kickstart the day.
Vann Tulsi, Rose, Cardamom

Mild spa-like treatment through a cup; therapeutic, delicious, nourishing, good for hair and skin. Vann tulsi is very rare and it’s the purest form of Tulsi, excellent for overall health.

Masala Tea
A traditional Indian recipe combining choicest teas from Assam and exotic herbs from Kerala. The selection and proportion of herbs are based on ancient Indian Ayurvedic science. Apart from many health benefits, this tea is particularly beneficial in colds and mild fevers.
Kashmiri Kahwa
A traditional beverage evolved in the valley of Kashmir & accepted universally as a rare delicacy. It consists of Green tea, Green Cardamom Pods and Cinnamon Bark. A purely natural product, it has a wonderful aroma, light colour and delicious taste. People in Kashmir sip this healthy blend all day long for warmth and comfort.

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!

Tea and Indian Cinema

A Book-cum-Journal on some of the most heart warming fables of classic Indian movies and how tea played a vita role in them.

 

‘Tea Talkies’ is a tribute to the creators of Hindi cinema and their art which encompasses myriad aspects of literature, music and culture –an art akin to devotion.

It evokes vignettes from impactful Hindi films which engage, enthuse and enlighten. Cinema about the warmth of relationships, of mutual understanding, of caring conversations, of hope, courage and faith.

And tea as a leitmotif.

Perhaps, we can pause as we hold the cup and view beyond infinity. Perhaps we can reflect on the goodness within and the beauty without. Perhaps we can glimpse grace and courtesy in an interlude.

Cinema and chai – both aspire for eternity in a single moment.

 

 

 

Foreword by Imtiaz Ali

The two great loves of India are brought together to magical effect in Tea Talkies. This beautifully designed book warms your heart – it shows you that just as our lives are incomplete without either tea or cinema , the two are inseparable as well.
-Imtiaz Ali

Infused Waters

We all know how water is the elixir of life. But have you tried infusing your water bottle or the jug at home with some healthy fruits, herbs or spices? When water intertwines with these well wishing add ons, you are all set to transcend your health and wellness. Don’t take our word for it, try it for yourself for a week. Here are some of the creations from our book “Romancing Tea”:

Hibiscus

1 glass water
1 tsp hibiscus owers (dried)

Heat water to 400C. Pour it over the owers and infuse for 2 hours. Strain into a tall glass. Serve chilled.

 

Jasmine

1 glass water
1⁄2 jasmine string (6 to 8 owers)

Wash the owers and place them in a glass.

Pour water at room temperature.

Steep overnight in the refrigerator. Strain and serve chilled.

A second infusion is possible with jasmine owers.

 

 

Cardamom Green

1 glass water
4 green cardamoms

Heat water to 400C and pour over the cardamom placed in a glass pot. Infuse for 3 hours at room temperature or leave overnight in the refrigerator.
Serve cold without pouring out the cardamom.

Buddhism & Tea

It is easy for us to conclude that man discovered the virtues of tea early. But we cannot ignore the endorsement provided to this by the Buddhist Monks. The practice of meditation among the monks for a higher level of self realisation, gave them a higher intellect. They discovered that consumption of tea refreshed their minds and inspired thoughts of wisdom and peace.

Throughout history, we come across prominent individuals – poets, playwrights, thinkers who thought that tea provided a rare balance of being energising and calming; it soothed the nerves of a frayed mind and, at the same time provoked clever & thoughtful reasoning among the people of average intelligence.

The spread of Buddhism, certainly resulted in tea acquiring a higher pedestal among the commodities traded on the silk route. Its steady rise in demand in Russia, Iran, Turkey gave the Chinese growers a lot to cheer about.

But the big boost in trade happened when ships from europe anchored on the South East Chinese ports and vied with each other to get a larger share of the trade. Every time the ships grew bigger and faster, the chinese businessmen found innovative ways to exploit to the hilt, their position of monopolistic strength. Contrary to the role of Buddhism in the spread of tea, the other major religion of of asia, Hinduism, remained aloof and disconnected.

In fact when the english tea companies, tried to introduce tea to Indians in the late nineteenth century, it was opposed by the locals. For the majority of Indians, milk was all goodness – pure, nutritious, fit for the Gods. Whereas tea, they thought, induced physical weakness, produced a jittery sensation in the nerves, and was a mild addiction.