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Tea leaves are much more sensitive to the scorching effects of hot water than coffee grounds, so to enjoy the delicate flavors of tea, keep an eye on the temperature. This month we bring you some of your favorite teas, add the temp controlled water of our Zojirushi water boiler, and brew these custom blended creations from our kitchen.
The absolutely best way to make iced tea, this Hawaiian blend uses pineapple to add the taste of the tropics. Way better than other fruity teas in our opinion, there's nothing like the tang of pineapple to add the bang to tea.
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The robust presence of oolong is mellowed out to just the right amount with the addition of smooth milk. You still get the deep flavor of this popular tea, while the milk evens out any bitter edges.
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This divine pairing of matcha and honey gives this hot tea cocktail a depth of flavor that needs to be sampled to be believed. It's the perfect tea to warm your system after a hard day at work.
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Even though coffee is the more popular drink in the U.S., it is well known that tea, on a global scale, is the most widely consumed. But that doesn't mean we don't love our tea as well.
  Tea can be found in almost 80% of U.S. households, and we consumed over 80 billion servings last year.
  Most of us drink Black Tea (85%), while Green Tea (14%) is also popular, with the rest being divided among Oolong, White and Dark Teas.
  Four out of five of us drink tea, with our Millennials (87%) being the most likely.
  On a regional basis, the Southern and Northeastern areas have the greatest concentration of tea drinkers.
  Americans love iced tea best (85% of tea consumed was iced).
  Tea bags accounted for most of tea sales with only a tiny percent for loose tea.
Iced Tea
Iced tea has been around in America since the early 1800s, which of course coincides with the development of refrigeration and the manufacture of commercial ice. Early teas centered around the southern states where the tea plant was first introduced, and cold teas used to be called "tea punch" because it was a mixture of tea and alcohol. The tea of choice was actually green tea, and the first southern iced Sweet Tea recipes used green tea leaves and an abundance of sugar. By the early 20th Century we started to prefer black tea for our iced drinks, and when almost all green tea imports were cut off during WWII, we came out of the war drinking virtually only black tea.
Today iced tea is found everywhere--almost any restaurant offers it, many households brew it at home, and pre-bottled or canned versions can be purchased in stores or from vending machines. Over the last ten years, the "ready-to-drink", pre-made tea industry has grown 15 times.
Millennials Love Their Tea
Make no mistake, younger Americans are gradually putting down their coffee mugs and picking up tea cups instead. Although we are still one of the dominant coffee drinking nations in the world, research suggests that the preference for coffee over tea starts to flip around as the age group gets younger. There could be different reasons for this new popularity--tea has been reported to have more anti-oxidants and is perceived to be a healthier alternative to soft drinks. It's also much cheaper to drink than most beverages, when a good cup of quality tea can probably be brewed for about 10¢ a cup at home.
Green tea is doing especially well, and in fact, matcha tea has entered the American mainstream. Fans love its lower acidity compared to coffee, so it tends to be easier on the stomach. Matcha flavor has gone beyond just ice cream and can now be found in gourmet drinks, candy, cookies, cakes, and more. Isn't it funny how today's hottest trend is close to 300 years old?
(Source: Tea Association of USA, PEW Research Center, Forbes Magazine )    
LINKS: Tea Association, PEW, Forbes    
Did you know that the temperature of the water plays a vital role when brewing tea? Each type of tea has its optimal brewing temperature for extracting various compounds that form its delicate taste. For example, the ideal temperature for brewing green tea is said to be 175°F. Green tea should not be brewed with boiling water, as brewing with high temperature water will increase its bitterness instead of bringing out its subtle aroma.
On the other hand, teas such as oolong and black tea should be brewed at a much higher temperature than green tea. The ideal temperature for oolong is said to be 195°F, while black tea is 208°F. High temperature brewing is ideal for extracting robust but balanced flavor in these type of teas.
Brewing a flavorful cup of tea is now faster with Zojirushi’s convenient Quick Temp Mode. When the mode is turned on, instead of boiling the water first and then cooling it to the selected Keep Warm temperature like all Zojirushi water boilers do, the boiler will simply heat to the selected temperature and maintain it, skipping the lengthy boiling and cooling process. This mode not only saves you the hassle of getting the water to the right temperature for your favorite tea quickly and accurately, but also saves energy and reduces the amount of steam emitted.
Quick Temp Mode is an optional setting on Zojirushi’s water boilers that saves both energy and time. The water will reach the selected Keep Warm temperature directly without reaching a boil, reducing steam and energy use at the same time. This setting is perfect for brewing teas that require specific temperatures.

Benefits of Quick Temp mode:
1. Saves Time
2. Saves Energy
3. Reduces Steam

There's more to boiling water than boiling water. With precise temperature
settings to suit any robust coffee or delicate tea, we've turned it into a science.
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