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GenYChron Ep. 0013 – Tea: The drink of the Millennials

Show summary

Let’s talk about tea… the drink of choice for our generation. This week, we discuss the growing demand for tea among Millennials, coffee substitutes, making tea from local plants and the health benefits of drinking various teas. We also share our opinions on some of the finer green and black teas, and we outline the different perspectives on tea in Canada and Germany.

Show notes

0:26 – Tea is more and more popular among our generation than previous generations (YouGov article)

2:34 – Tea shops like DAVIDsTEA in Canada, are catering to the growing demand for more sophisticated tea flavours and varieties

3:06 – Some teas are used as a substitute for coffee (Dandelion coffee and Rooibos tea)

4:00 – Tea perception in Canada vs. Germany (Black vs. herbal)

5:34 – Green, black and white teas all come from the same plant species (Wikipedia article about camellia sinensis and Britannica article about tea production)

6:27 – First flush vs. second flush teas (Article from Tea101)

6:45 – High quality green tea is hard to find in Western grocery stores

8:01 – $28,000 for 20 grams of Da Hong Pao tea (BBC article about Da Hong Pao tea)

8:31 – The best green tea we ever had was Longjing tea or Dragon Well tea… “For a tea drinker, it was a heavenly experience” (Wikipedia article about Longjing tea)

10:00Darjeeling is a town/region in India known for its famous tea

10:35 – Tea is for everyone; it’s generally cheap and you can even make your own with local plants (camomile and stinging nettle)

13:35 – Beechnut (Buchecker) is another coffee substitute (The Book of Edible Nuts, page 272)

15:08 – The health benefits of tea

15:38 – Camomile is excellent for treating sore throats

16:25 – Green tea is good for maintaining your oral health (eliminating bad breath and reducing plaque) (Colgate article about green tea being good for your teeth)

16:49 – Ginger tea is good for reducing nausea symptoms in some people who have sea sickness or morning sickness (MythBusters results)

17:40 – Tea is almost treated like a pharmaceutical product in Germany

19:18 – The famous East Frisian tea (Ostfriesentee) in Germany

19:37 – Our favourite teas

20:10 – We attended a Japanese tea ceremony in Hamburg’s Planten un Blomen park (Watch a traditional Japanese tea ceremony)

20:42La maison d’à côTHÉ in Gaspé, Quebec, Canada, offered an excellent forest tea containing sprigs of pine, spruce and fir

21:53 – The East Frisian tea ceremony (Watch how it’s done)

22:46 – Tea flowers (Watch a tea flower blossom)

25:27 – Our friend conducted a Chinese tea ceremony for us (Watch an example of a Chinese tea ceremony here)

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