As every year, new tea!

by Rob on


Autumn is here again and for me that means it is time to buy fresh tea again.
I always try to get a nice mixture of white tea, green tea and black tea. Of course some teas that aren’t really teas (real tea is made of the leaves of the tea-plant, Camellia sinensis).

For me there are several reasons to drink tea. First of all the many delicious flavours that tea can have. Tea is a good thirst quencher. It is useful when you are on a diet. And there are quite some positive effects on your health, a lot the depending on the ingredients of the tea.
Tea, just like water, is very easily absorbed by the body. The higher the quality of the tea, the more tea can contribute to our body, partly because this drink contains, as said. many nutrients.
But as many things, too much is not good. This goes for tea as well.

I buy all my tea at the same at the same webshop (and no, I won’t make any advertisement here on the weblog).
Well, there are two exceptions and that is as first my beloved the Greek Mountain tea (or Shepard tea, as it is also called). This is sent to us directly to us by Mel from Greece. And the second is that I have always fresh mint for tea in my refrigerator. But as said, both are not real teas.

I drink my tea always with honey, just a little because of the calories. But the honey I use is a real honey of a high quality. And of course again sent to us by Mel from Greece.

Every year I try to buy different teas, except the “Brandnetel thee”. That one I buy always. And I always try to buy a tea with ginger. I really love ginger.

These are the teas I bought for this year…

“Brandnetel” is the Dutch name for “stinging nettle”, a plant that is mostly considered as a weed. But stinging nettle is known for its cleansing effect. It works blood purifying and diuretic. It is also good for the digestion, lowers cholesterol levels in blood, helps against high blood pressure. Also suitable for a beautiful skin (not that important for me *SMILE* ) and as support for a diet or detox tea. There seems to be more beneficial effects of this tea, but those are scientific proven.

“Marrakech Mint Bio”
A cooling refreshing green gunpowder tea with sencha and peppermint. This honey-colored tea offers an intense aroma and taste reminiscent of traditional Moroccan tea. The surprising sensations of fresh mint and hot tea result in a natural revitalizing drink.

“White Wonder”
A white tea with raspberries, Goji berries, black berries, rose petals and an aroma. A nice and mild tea that is a little sweet of taste.
The combination of ingredients in this tea bring a lot of goods. Think of antioxidants and vitamins.

“Olive’s detox bio”
A fruity soothing green tea containing olive leaves, apple pieces, orange peel, banana chips (coconut oil, cane sugar and organic honey), kiwi, sunflower blossom and cornflowers.

Fragrant lavender from the Provence. Very suitable against stress, headache and flu.

“Energy Booster Bio”
Herbal blend with ginger is good for digestion and gives energy (ginger, lemon grass, rose petals).

“Earl Grey”
Powerful variant of the classic Earl Gray may with its refined, fresh mountain flavor. Very good for breakfast (at least that is what we think).

A mild-spicy spice mix with cinnamon, cardamom, clove and orange. Very nice for going home when it is cold outside.
This tea can be used a base for “Gluhwein”.

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TeaMany of us drink often tea, or something that we like to call tea, and have almost no knowledge about tea at all.

Tea is an aromatic drink prepared by pouring hot or boiling water over cured leaves of the tea plant. There are many teas around that we call tea but isn’t tea (because no tea leaves were used). Just like apple wine isn’t wine because it is not made of grapes or white chocolate isn’t chocolate because it doesn’t contain cacao.

Tea has its origin in South west China, where it was used as a medicinal drink. It became popular as a recreational drink during the Chinese Tang dynasty, and tea drinking spread to other East Asian countries. Portuguese priests and merchants brought it to Europe during the 16th century.

There are different kinds of tea.
Green tea is a type of tea that is made from Camellia sinensis leaves that have not undergone the same withering and oxidation process used to make oolong and black tea. Green tea originated in China, but its production has spread to many countries in Asia.
Black tea is a type of tea that is more oxidized than oolong, green and white teas. Black tea is generally stronger in flavour than the less oxidized teas. All four types are made from leaves of the shrub (or small tree) Camellia sinensis.
White tea may refer to one of several styles of tea which generally feature young or minimally processed leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant.
Oolong is a traditional Chinese tea (Camellia sinensis) produced through a unique process including withering the plant under strong sun and oxidation before curling and twisting. Most oolong teas, especially those of fine quality, involve unique tea plant cultivars that are exclusively used for particular varieties. The degree of oxidation can range from 8 to 85%, depending on the variety and production style. Oolong is especially popular with tea connoisseurs of south China and Chinese expatriates in Southeast Asia, as is the Fujian preparation process known as the Gongfu tea ceremony.
Rooibos (meaning “red bush”) is a broom-like member of the Fabaceae family of plants growing in South Africa’s fynbos. he leaves are used to make an herbal tea called rooibos or bush tea (especially in Southern Africa) or sometimes redbush tea (especially in Great Britain). The product has been popular in Southern Africa for generations and is now consumed in many countries. It is sometimes spelled rooibosch in accordance with the old Dutch etymology. So by definition it is not a real tea. As a fresh leaf, rooibos has a high content of vitamin C. Rooibos tea does not contain caffeine and has low tannin levels compared to black tea or green tea

Tea can be stored for a very long time without losing its quality (when stored in a right way: air-tight, dry and not in direct sunlight). Although some tea can be stored more than a year, replaces Rob once per 6 or 8 months the teas he has. And today he did that. The whole room is filled up with the wonderful scent of tea, herbs, spices and fruits.


So now we have the next teas here at Rob’s house:

“Greek Mountain Tea”, also known as Sideritis thee or Ironwort and comes from Florina (West Macedonia, main land of Greece). The tea is made from the dried leaves and flowers of the plant Sideritis. This plant with its velvety, greyish leaves and yellow flowers grows to about 45 centimetres high. The tea is rich on iron and antioxidants and it is said that the Greek mountain tea is good for digestion and is anti-inflammatory.
Mel is always kind enough to send us this tea (among other Greek products) directly from Greece.

The other teas are bought at a Dutch webshop and are a good collections of green, black and white teas, all with their own combination with herbs, spices, flowers and fruits.

Tea honey

We always drink our tea with honey and if you have tea of a very good quality, you also want honey of a high quality. We always use thyme honey. Greece is known for it very fine honey. And yes, thanks to Mel we are never without honey *SMILE* .
Honey contains antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agents. Besides honing contains many valuable nutrients-including vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Honey is used for centuries as treatment of a sore throat. And of course honey is already used for ages as Outside the product served honing earlier usefull as sweetener.


And oh, before I forget, the title of this article is taken from “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams, the book that Rob likes so very much.



(Credit photo’s: Marion)

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Maybe a weird combination… backup’s and tea. Well, not for me… at least not today. Let me explain. Today two packages were delivered to my house. The first package contained two external hard disks (see how fast they gather dust, they were not for more than 5 minutes on that desk)…

Backup’s of my computers at are very important to me (as it should be for everyone, I think). Many items that are important to me are stored on my main computer.
Main computers? Yes, I have two computers running. But second one is mostly only used for things as Skype, IRC and other chat-programs. Specially Skype is important to me, because Marion and I use that very often to talk when she is away for her work. But on that computer nothing important is stored. For important things that computer is connected through the network to my computer.

But, as already said, on the main computer many things are stored that I really don’t want to lose. Important documents as my tax forms. But maybe even more important to me are all my photographs are stored there. My “digital archive” (I scan all important correspondence) is on that computer and to that all other documents from many years back. And not less important is the e-mail over also many years. And there are more items that I don’t want to lose. So yes, backup’s are important to me.

My backup’s are managed like this: There is an 3.5 inch external 1Tb hard disk always connect to the main computer (of course encrypted… as all the hard disks, external and internal). When I store for instance new photographs on the computer, I can make directly a fast backup of to that external hard disk. I use DirSync Pro for that, a very handy and clever free utility.

Then there are two 2.5 inch external hard disks. Once per week a complete backup of all important files is written to one of those disks. The most recent backup is stored outside my house and those two hard disk are rotated all the time. And yes, these hard disks are also encrypted. And again I use DirSync Pro for this.

But recently the two 2.5 inch external hard disks I just started to give out of disk space errors (mostly caused by my photographs). When I saw these two 1Tb 2.5 external hard disk for a very reasonable price, my decision was fast made (specially because they small (2.5 inch), get power through USB and they are fast (USB 3.0). This will make it for some time possible again to make good backup. And that is very important to me.

The first disk is being encrypted now (connected to my second computer), a process that will take about 10 hours.

The other package that I received today was containing tea…

During the weekends Marion and I both hardly drink any coffee. Most likely that to compensate the coffee we drink during at work. instead of that we drink tea. And for some reason we both don’t really like tea from bags. The flavor of tea bags is somehow not that nice as loose tea. Add to that of loose tea there are so many more flavors and mixtures.

So I have always several loose teas at home. And once per year I replace all what is left over with new fresh teas. And that are the teas that arrived today. It was more than time to get fresh teas again.
I always try to buy some different kinds of tea like green, black, white rooibos or oolong teas. Also some herb teas as always very nice. For instance nettle tea is very delicious and healthy as well.

Maybe Marion and I like tea so much because, apart from the very nice tastes, we some time ago had a Japanese tea ceremony (we were guided throughout the ceremony by an experience person). I have to say that this made a very deep impression on both of us. There is so much respect for tradition and history in such a tea ceremony. One of the goals of the tea ceremony is to break away from every days affairs. It pleases the mind and helps to relax. To be free from what makes the normal way of life less pleasant.
Since then we have been to some workshops about the Japanese tea ceremony and with all we learn we have our own tea ceremonies at times. Very welcome relaxing moments in a very busy life….

And Marion and I both think that tea must come along with honey :-).

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