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29 January 2015
Tea is like coffee and wine - if only you were to dig beyond the mass production, you will find a whole new galaxy. Here are five stars we picked for you - teas with herbs, fruits and flowers, which at least for us are some kind of magic. You can make them yourself as long as you follow a few important rules.

Mate tea

A good substitute for coffee, made from the dried and grounded leaves of the Yerba mate tree. Folks in South America are crazy for it - they have it anytime and anywhere. Do not expect the same from us, but we also like the unusual woody flavor with hints of tobacco. Try it sweetened or with citruses. Pour hot, but not boiling water over 2-3 teaspoons of the herb.

Black tea with vanilla flavour
Baharat Store 

It sounds familiar, but something quite impressive happened behind the scenes. Before being mixed with the black tea, vanilla pieces were soaked in bourbon - and it all tastes amazing. Pour boiling water over a teaspoon of the tea and after 3-4 minutes it's ready to drink. Add milk and honey for extra smooth taste.

Energizing tea
From Veda House

Ayurvedic tea without caffeine that warms and energizes with the slightly hot combination of ginger, cardamom, coriander, turmeric, cloves and nutmeg. Strong spices work best with a little honey. Pour boiling water over 1-2 teaspoons and leave for 10 to 15 minutes.

Lapacho tea
From Momenti store

Lapacho has a mild, slightly sweet taste. Here it's combined with apple pieces and pink pepper, ginger and peach, calendula flower and cactus. Try it sweetened.

Gen Mai Bancha

Green tea with rice. It has amazing taste - try it in Sofia's teahouses. Boil some water and leave it for a few minutes to chill before you put the tea in, otherwise it becomes sligtly bitter.


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