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Should you rinse and discard before brewing your tea?

We are often told that when steeping loose leaf teas, it is correct to briefly rinse the leaves first and then discard the infusion. Only after this, should we move on to the first ‘real’ steep. We have heard quite a few arguments in favour of doing a rinse, however, in our opinion, some are more valid than others. Are there any arguments against doing a rinse? Some say it is just an unnecessary extra step. Or that you are throwing away a perfectly good bit of tea. Have a read and decide for yourself.

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Gongfu tea (Part I): Introduction

This article is part 1/3 of our gongfu tea series. Here we will give a brief overview of the history, regional variations, meaning of the term, and key brewing concept that defines gongfu tea.

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What is GABA tea?

This tea category was invented in Japan and subsequently perfected in Taiwan. Found naturally in mammals, GABA is the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system and believed to help regulate excitability, stress and anxiety, as well as lower blood pressure and aid sleep quality.

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