Tea first became popular as a beverage more than 1300 years ago during the Tang Dynasty in China. Today, it’s the most-consumed manufactured drink in the world: annual consumption amounts to more than coffee, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages combined!
Tea is popular for good reasons. It’s versatile and can be served hot or cold, sweetened or plain. A strong breakfast tea can pick you up, while a caffeine-free herbal tisane can relax you. Tea delivers unique gifts in the form of health-giving antioxidants and may help with weight loss, boost the immune system, and aid heart health.
For the best-tasting tea, water should be brought to 175-212 degrees, depending on the type of tea being used. For brewing tea, tests by The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute rated this electric tea kettle best because of its precise temperature controls, rapid heating ability, and overall ease of use. It retains heat efficiently, leaving you time for a second cup.
If you’re from the South, you may prefer your tea sweet and iced. This iced tea brewing machine makes up to two quarts of authentic Southern sweet tea that’s ready to drink in 10 minutes. As simple to use as a coffee maker, this automatic brewer lets you adjust the strength of the brewed tea with the turn of a dial and accommodates any kind of loose or bagged tea.
Want to take your tea to go? After comparison tests by the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute, we proved this to be The Best Commuter Cup for the fifth consecutive year because it’s easy to drink from and doesn’t leak, even when inverted. In tests, it allowed hot water to decrease in temperature by only 18 degrees after two hours, unlike lesser models that lost up to 71 degrees. It’s an ideal unique gift for tea and coffee lovers alike.
No matter what the season, it’s a great time to enjoy the unique gifts of tea. From black tea to green tea, jasmine to hibiscus to chamomile, there’s a tasty tea type that will delight just about anyone.