tea-pileTea’s wonderful health benefits
adapted from one of my favorite magazines: from Woman’s World Magazine 3/31/14


 “Tea lowers body fat 20% – A study of 1,000 people found that those who drank as little as two cups of black, green or oolong tea weekly for 10 years had 20% lower body fat compared with those who didn’t drink tea.” You don’t have to wait 10 years for results. The caffeine in tea is believed to increase metabolism, according to Lauren Slayton, R.D.


Black tea helps to reduce stress. Drinking it daily can lower cortisol levels in your body, according to psychologists at University College, London. “Tea contains a relaxation-inducing amino acid called l-theanine, explains Slayton.” Research shows that just putting the kettle on and making a warm cup of tea can be calming.


Black and green tea shield against Alzheimer’s. Regularly drinking either black or green tea reduces the risk of age-related brain disorders, such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, suggest studies done at Canada’s Douglas Hospital Research Centre. “Green Tea is loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that may reduce inflammation in the brain, as well as throughout the body, says nutritionist Jonny Bowden, PhD.

There are so many satisfying teas to drink, black, green, oolong or herbal, they are all wonderful. Let yourself relax with a cup of tea. – elaine


Visit some of our favorite tea producers:

Mariage Freres has a great steeping chart. It includes amount of tea, amount of water, temperature, and steeping time!

Stand by your kettle.
Recently our long time Russell Hobbs kettle started working inconsistently. Sometimes it wouldn’t work, sometimes it would stay on… A small piece of plastic had broken off of the end of the power cord that plugs directly into the kettle. Not sure if this was the cause of the heating problems we started looking for a new kettle as well as a new cord.

And so the quest for a new kettle began. Trying to avoid plastic and considering upgrading to a model that has multiple temperature settings seemed like good ideas… We looked and looked. Russell Hobbs has been shuttering operations, and these kettles are hard to find.

We found a quick heating kettle by Breville. It has very little plastic and multiple temperature settings. Unfortunately it did not maintain the temperatures that it was set to. Paying an extra $50 for this feature did not make sense as it did not work. Kettle returned.

Now we talked to some tea people we know, among them, Peter at Song Tea. They use a Bona Vita gooseneck kettle with multiple temperature settings. All stainless steel kettle and a small base with multiple temperature presets, and a 1 hour keep hot feature. This is a great kettle, or so it sounds. We took the plunge and picked one up.

Right about now, I decided that ordering a replacement cord for the trusty old Russell Hobbs would be a good idea. I toyed with the idea of heading into a local shop, but ultimately went the Russell Hobbs website and ordered a new replacement cord for $19.

We were settling into the new features of the Bona Vita kettle now, really nice features. Unfortunately right about now is when this kettle started showing some discoloration. It seems to be rust, mostly around the vent holes on the top. Sorry, but rust after less than a month of use? For a stainless steel kettle… something’s not right. This kettle is going back. and now.

Now the new cord on the Russell Hobbs kettle is working great, and the kettle is working better than it has in a long time. If you have one of these, buy an extra cord before its too late. We are not missing the extra features of those other kettles we tried at all.