Our Steep History articles have often ranged in subject from much-loved teas to more obscure herbal curiosities, but today’s subject is literally one for the ages: saffron, the most prized spice in the world. Spanning thousands of years and numerous cultures, the history of saffron could easily fill a book. We may not be able
Many green teas carry intriguing and imaginative names, like “dragon well”, “matcha” and “gyokuro”. There is, however, one green tea that seems to break the mold: Gunpowder. How did this tea get its baffling name, and why does it seem to be popular in spite of that? Steep a cup for yourself and sit down with us as we unravel the mystery of gunpowder tea.
This sweet herbal tea has been getting increased attention in recent years, and is one South Africans are proud to produce. Pour yourself a cup of your own and find out how this humble bush plant gained such a following.
Welcome to another edition of our Steep History series! Today’s article takes us through a three-minute history of Assam tea, a tea that’s fun to say and even more fun to drink. Come take a closer look at one of India’s treasures, and see how it came to be.
This unique mushroom has gained much attention in recent years for its astonishing antioxidant levels and its various health benefits for digestion, skin, and cellular protection. However, chaga tea’s history with humankind goes back much, much farther. Get your tea bag steeping and have a quick read!
Our first Steep History article of the year explores a tea that deserves much more love than it gets in the Western world: Pu-erh, a rich, flavorful tea made of post-fermented tea leaves. Its obscurity is especially unfortunate, since this tea has a lot to offer in terms of taste and history. Come discover what makes pu-erh so special!
There’s no denying that many South American regions are known for their magnificent coffee varieties, but there is in fact another beverage tradition that is held even higher: yerba maté. If you’ve never heard of it before, then you’re in for a treat. Today’s Steep History article explores the story behind yerba maté and what makes it such a powerful cultural tradition.
Unless you are a tea connoisseur with many years’ experience, chances are you’ve never heard of oolong, or you know it as “the tea with the funny name”. Those who’ve experienced it, however, know that this tea offers a unique appeal that marks it as a respectable tea in its own right.We’re taking a few minutes to examine oolong’s remarkable qualities and how it came to be what it is today.
From medicines to fire retardant, licorice has found popularity thanks to its natural ability to support the respiratory support as well as digestion. For this session of our ongoing “Steep History” series, we delve into the past of this miraculous root.
This time, our focus is on the classic black tea known as Earl Grey. Crafted of rich black tea leaves and the citrusy delight of bergamot oil, this fanciful tea is a staple in the home of most tea enthusiasts. So where did it come from? Take a sip and step back in time with us to the lavish tea culture of 19th century England to find out.