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Tea Bag Myth Busted

by Lori Way, MS, RD

I’m sure you’ve heard that tea bags are made from the sweepings of tea factory floors.  Now I’ve always figured that was not true, but at the 2011 Tea Expo, Nigel Melican gave a scientific argument explaining why it can’t possibly be true.  Get a load of this:

In the …continue reading

A Matter of Feel

by Lori Way, MS, RD

Ahh, the fiery sting of hot peppers, the refreshing cool of peppermint, the sinus-clearing jolt of horseradish. Without these kinds of sensations, a lot of foods would be pretty dull.  For this third part of my posts about tasting, I’d like to focus on mouth-feel, also known as chemesthesis, which …continue reading

A Matter of Aroma

by Lori Way, MS, RD

Can anything be more disappointing than not being able to enjoy your favorite food when you’re clogged up with a cold?  In this second part of my series about taste, I’d like to talk about the importance of our sense of smell as it relates to perceiving taste.  (Here is …continue reading

A Matter of Taste

by Lori Way, MS, RD

Have you ever tasted a tea that a friend recommended and absolutely hated it? Or you’re reading tea reviews online and see your favorite tea bashed. You can’t understand how someone could not enjoy your favorite, nor how anyone on earth could like the one you just threw down the …continue reading

Tea and Trends

By John Rice, General Manager

In the ten plus years The Tea Table has been in business, tea has been steadily becoming more popular. The positive side is that there are more and more teas available. One of the down sides is that the quality of teas can, in general, steadily decline. While we are …continue reading

Iced Tea Brewing Tip

by Lori Way, MS, RD

A good friend recently asked me a question about making iced tea, and it occurred to me that others may have the same question. She usually makes her iced tea with our Cinnamon Orange Spice tea, but the other day made it with Yorkshire Gold. She used the same method …continue reading

Catechin Content of Green Tea

by Lori Bricker, MS, RD

A customer recently asked me this question: “One of my primary intentions in drinking green tea is the healthy benefits of EGCG/catechins. To that end, have the various teas been tested and what green teas that you carry are highest in catechins?”

Here is my answer:

We have not had …continue reading

Happy Anniversary to The Tea Table!

By Lori Bricker, MS, RD

This fall marks the 10th anniversary of The Tea Table, and I find myself reminiscing about our beginnings and the changes we’ve been through.

The Tea Table started as a pretty little shop in the historic “Old Town” district of Fort Collins, Colorado.  My mom and a handful of friends …continue reading

Nevermind the health claims – buy produce!

By Lori Bricker, MS, RD

Since the whole thing with Lipton and the FDA, I’ve been thinking and reading a lot about tea and health and labeling—more than usual.  In case you missed it, Lipton got in trouble over its talk about antioxidants, among other things (read my post about it).  And now the …continue reading

FDA’s Health Claims – A Primer

By Lori Bricker, MS, RD

In conjunction with my post about the FDA's warnings against the makers of Lipton and Canada Dry Sparkling Green Tea Ginger Ale, I  wanted to provide some further information about how FDA food claims work.  The FDA also has a page the describes all this in more detail, and I …continue reading