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“Jasmine” is one of our most popular teas. Everyone seems to like the distinctive floral aroma, but many people still aren’t exactly clear on what it is. A common mistake is that people think it consists of brewing jasmine flowers (like, say, chamomile). Actually, jasmine tea is simply regular tea that has been scented with fragrant jasmine blossoms that bloom in the spring. Traditionally, the flowers are blended with green tea. It works like this: Tea is very absorbent. (This is why you should always store it tightly, away from strong-smelling open foods, like in a refrigerator.) Tea’s absorbency makes...

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Tea makes a great gift for the holidays. But picking the perfect arrangement takes some effort. So we’re making it easy with this year’s Rakkasan Tea holiday gift guide. Below, you’ll not only find great ideas for the tea lover in your life, but you’ll know you’re helping to promote peace and development in post-conflict countries — as that’s where all our hard-to-find tea comes from. #1. Carved oak Rakkasan Tea display/gift box Let’s start with presentation. You’re buying fine tea, so why not give it in something nicer than usual? We originally had these carved, oak boxes made for...

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A question we get asked a lot concerns how much caffeine there is in tea—especially relative to coffee. While all tea (Camellia sinensis) has caffeine, the amount you consume varies widely depending on growing conditions, how it’s processed and how it’s prepared for drinking. For example, with loose tea, finely-ground tea will deliver more caffeine than whole, unbroken leaves. Higher water temperature and longer steeping times also draw out more caffeine from the leaves—which is why black tea is typically the most caffeinated. Generally speaking, however, tea has less caffeine than coffee. Here’s a handy chart to help understand the...

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