First and foremost, HAPPY EASTER!!!! Here is a picture of some tea-dyed Easter eggs 🙂 Learn how to make them here!
Second, I want to thank everyone who came out for my Tea 101 – A Brief Introduction this past week! We had about 20 people total show up (a full house!) and I am in the works of planning other talks across New Jersey 🙂 Stay tuned!
I want to give a thank you to the librarians at the Hickory Corner Library for their delicious scones, wonderful tea pots and lovely set-up for the event, as well as the Friends of the Hickory Corner Library, who made it all possible. Make sure you keep your eye on their calendar of events for more fun talks on their website!
I also want to give a shout-out to my friends over at Tea Spot, who provided the tea that everyone was raving about! The owner always does a fantastic job and knows her tea well. If you ever find yourself in Cranford, New Jersey, pop your head in for a cuppa 🙂
While at the talk, there are two questions that I wanted to follow-up here and address:
Q – One person mentioned that her mother had the unfortunate diagnosis of kidney stones and was instructed that she would need to give up tea. Why tea?
A – Tea, it turns out, contains oxalates, which primarily makes up a kidney stone. These nasty-little buggers can be found in high concentrations in the plant, but low to moderate concentrations in the brew due to the small amount of leaves used for brewing. Teas do have different amounts of oxalates depending on the type, according to the Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition with black tea in tea bags and loose tea leaves measuring 4.68 and 5.11 mg/g tea, respectively, green teas and oolong tea ranging from 0.23 to 1.15 mg/g tea, and herbal teas ranged from not detected to 3.00 mg/g tea. If black tea is imbibed with some milk, then the calcium binds to some of the oxalates and cuts down on the amount that you are drinking. All the same, it’s best to keep away if that’s the doctor’s orders. If you REALLY cannot give up tea, make sure you mention this to your doctor to find out what the best plan is for you.
Q – How much caffeine is in a cup of tea?
A – While at the talk, I explained that depending on the tea, you’ll have different amounts of caffeine content. There’s no set, “Oh, each tea has this much caffeine.” However, the caffeine content of tea is typically much lower than coffee. Find a comprehensive list of caffeine content at The Mayo Clinic, in case you have a sensitivity to caffeine or you just want a tea that will not keep you up all night if you drink it at midnight.
Thank you, all, again! I’ll keep you posted for more tea talks soon 🙂