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In October, we honor Columbus Day and remember to be adventurous.
  When Columbus sailed the ocean blue, way back in 1492, he was looking to find a shorter route to Asia in the hopes that he could open new trade opportunities. Little did he know that he had discovered the present day Bahamas, not India as he had thought. Chris had severely underestimated the circumference of the earth; and the rest, as they say, is history.  
  Serendipity can sometimes lead to amazing discoveries. Legend has it that Tea was discovered by the Chinese emperor Shennong in 2737 B.C., when a dead leaf from a wild tea bush accidentally fell into his cup of hot water. The emperor liked to boil his water to sanitize it before he drank, and he did not notice how the water had turned a brownish color; although he found it unusually refreshing and the aroma quite invigorating when he drank it.

This month we take you on some new discoveries;
these aromatic, tea flavored bread recipes
will take your sensations of taste to some very exotic places!

Earl Grey
Afternoon Tea Bread
Orange Peel Tea Bread
(Powdered Green Tea)
Steamed Cake
This bread looks like a regular loaf, but the brewed earl grey tea used instead of water and the added tealeaves give it a wonderful aroma. Serve freshly baked with a side of sweetened whipped cream, or toast and top with honey. This bread has a hint of citrus from the orange peel and the bergamot aroma of the earl grey tea. Serve with the optional sweet orange glaze to turn it into a snack that is great for a relaxed afternoon spent with friends and family. These delicioius Matcha Steamed Cakes are great as snack or as an accompaniment to tea—any kind of tea. They're steamed, so they're oil-free too!

After 4700 years, we still brew our tea with hot water.

Would you believe that after water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world? Humanity drinks as much tea as all the other manufactured drinks combined, including coffee, chocolate, soft drinks and alcohol. After such a long history, it only seems natural that this would be true.
Over 3000 types of teas are cultivated today, but they are all derivatives from basically three main teas: black, green and oolong, which are made from a single species of plant. We still drink tea in virtually the same way that it was discovered, by steeping tea leaves in hot water; but we have found that different types of tea leaves require different temperatures of water in order to infuse properly. The more delicate green teas need to be brewed at lower temperatures, while the robust black teas require hotter water to extract the full flavor of the leaves.
In the spirit of our month of discoveries, take a tour through our
Water Boiler videos below and and enhance your tea drinking experience!

(To view videos, you will need Microsoft® Windows Media Player®)

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The all new Micom Water Boiler & Warmer accommodates various types of teas with three temperature settings; 140°F, 195°F and 208°F. It comes in two convenient sizes (74 oz. and 101 oz.) and two attractive designs.

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