Tea News

Your genes make you tea or coffee lover

Are you a tea or coffee person? The answer may lie in your genetic predisposition towards bitter tastes, say researchers. It could be because bitterness acts as a natural warning system to protect us from harmful substances. The study, led by researchers from US-based Northwestern University, and QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Australia,

explored reactions to three bitter substances — caffeine, quinine and propylthiouracil (PROP) — to understand how they affect people’s preference for drinking tea, coffee and alcohol.

The findings showed that people who were more sensitive to caffeine and were drinking a lot of coffee consumed low amounts of tea. In other words, people who have a heightened ability to taste coffee’s bitterness — and particularly the distinct bitter flavour of caffeine — learn to associate “good things with it”.

Read the entire article on Indian Express News website.


Waste tea leaf extract offers hope of lung cancer treatment after ‘accidental’ discovery

Extract from waste tea leaves may be the key to a treatment for lung cancer, according to researchers from Swansea University and two Indian universities who were creating microscopic biomarkers called “quantum dots” to improve the detection and imaging of tumours.

According to The Independent, "In an effort to increase the luminosity of the quantum dots the team introduced tea leaf extract to the particles, but instead of increased fluorescence the team found the plant had unexpectedly reduced the size of the quantum dots considerably, and also that they destroyed 80 per cent of the lung cancer cells they were exposed to."

“It was very surprising for us,” researcher Dr Sudhagar Pitchaimuthu told The Independent. “We made a systematic laboratory-based analysis with lung cancer cells, and we got an impressive result. And when we increased the quantum dot concentration we saw a corresponding fall in cancer cells.”

Read the entire article on The Independent website.

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., June 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Lipton is bringing families together around the table this summer with two new iced herbal teas. With no added sweeteners, artificial flavors or caffeine, these teas feature a combination of fruity aromas and hibiscus flowers and are available in two delicious varieties:

  • Lipton Strawberry Watermelon Iced Herbal Tea: A burst of sweet strawberry and melon flavors blended with mild sweet chamomile and tart hibiscus.
  • Lipton Mango Iced Herbal Tea: Ripe Mango flavor with the sharpness of rosehips, sweet chamomile, licorice root and lemongrass and a touch of zesty orange peel.

Made with tea leaves picked at the peak of freshness, these new iced herbal teas are brewed for a naturally smooth taste that's sure to beat the heat at any summertime gathering. With no artificial flavors or colors, parents can feel good about sharing these varieties with their children throughout the warmer months ahead.

"We know families are looking for delicious alternatives to water that are healthy and families will enjoy," said George Hamilton, Tea Director at Unilever. "Our new Lipton Iced Herbal Teas are just as hydrating as water, but pack much more flavor. They're the perfect addition to any summertime family meal, from BBQs to picnics."


June 6, 2008 -- “The health benefits of green tea have been widely promoted and it has been known for some time that EGCG can alter the structures of amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease," said David Middleton, professor, Lancaster University. “Our results show that this intriguing compound might also be effective against the types of plaques which can cause heart attacks and strokes.”

The team is now working on ways to deliver an effective amount of EGCG without having to overdose on green tea.

Green tea molecule could prevent heart attacks

Green tea molecule

The 16th annual World Tea Expo, held in Las Vegas, Nev., is just days away, June 12-14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

"This year's World Tea Expo is better than ever," said Samantha Hammer Mitchell, World Tea Expo event director.

The expo will feature several educational opportunities as well as a Kambucha Pavillion, to highlight a fast growing segment of the tea industry. The World Tea Academy Live also is returning this year along with a two day tea processing workshop.

Last year's event brought 3,500 attendees and 260 exhibitors.

What better way to start a great day with friends, family or co-workers than with a cup of tea while sporting this nifty t-shirt, available from Amazon.

Winter, Summer, Spring or Fall, morning, noon or night ... Enjoy your cuppa wearing the It's About Tea Time  t-shirt available from Amazon.