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Golden Leaf Award Winners again!

We are proud to announce that The Silva Spoon has been awarded 3 Gold Medals in the 2017 Golden Leaf Awards!

This is the second success in the Golden Leaf Awards for The Silva Spoon, having also been voted Best Tea House in Queensland in 2015.

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Womans

When the time comes, and our wisdom calls us to the paths that renew, restore and rebalance, this Silva Spoon tisane understands hot flushes, headaches, tiredness and stress. A delicious organic herbal infusion of lemon balm, red clover flowers and sage. The perfect tea for the menopausal woman!
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Terroir

"Terroir" is the French word used to describe the characteristics of the plantation upon which the tea is grown, deriving from the late Latin term "terra", which means land.
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The origins of Tea

Tea is a plant that is cultivated extensively across the world. The use of its leaves in an infusion was wide spread long before it made its way to the West and long before it became the focus of scientific study, taking on significant political and economic importance for the countries involved in its trade. Prescribed by apothecaries and used in temples during sessions of meditation, it helped to inspire artists, poets and potters and travelled with the caravans to the most remote regions of Asia.
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What rooibos tea does for us

Rooibos tea, also called red bush tea, is a herbal tea derived from the leaves of the rooibos plant. Though consumption of the tea was once confined to the South African regions in which the plant grew, rooibos tea is becoming more popular in Western countries due to its robust taste and numerous health benefits.
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Herbal Teas

Herbal teas are not teas in the true sense. Instead, they are the leaves, stems, roots, flowers and peels of any of a variety of plants or fruits which are chosen for flavour, medicinal qualities and for appearance. They contain no tea leaves and no caffeine. All herbal teas have medicinal healing properties and are very refreshing!
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SPRING - A FRESH START

Spring is traditionally a sign of new birth, love, fertility and expansion. Teas which are outstanding for the season are detoxifying blends which rid the body of stagnation from winter. Green Teas reflect the grass and new beginnings. Lemony, citrusy blends are wonderful this time as they reflect the increasing light of the season. Recommendations: - Green Citron - Teatox - Marrakesh Express
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Tumeric Almond Latte

Tumeric, also known as Indian saffron, has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine to treat inflammatory, digestive and skin diseases, and to fight infections. In recent years, Tumeric has gained attention from Western science for its medicinal properties. Curcumin, a compound in Tumeric, helps prevent the growth of cancer cells, and helps prevent chronic diseases, such as diabetes and Alzheimers. The benefits of Tumeric and honey in tea are many! Pop into The Silva Spoon and experience our 'Golden Milk' - fresh Tumeric mixed with our very own spices, and frothed in the jug with Almond Milk and sweetened with a hint of honey.
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BLOOMING BUDDAH!

Blooming Buddah tea will deliver an explosion of spectacular shades of greens made from high-quality fresh green tea buds from the high mountains complimented with jasmine aroma. Variety includes Green Tea, Marigold, Glob Amaranth and Jasmine flavour...
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Green Tea- The Taste Debate

I found an interesting article about the taste of green tea. How does to taste to you? Many folks believe that green tea has a displeasing flavour that will be too vegetal to enjoy or get used to. Well, I won’t lie to you, some varieties do have a somewhat grassy taste, but the amazing thing is that your tongue will open up to it. It may take about 4 to 5 cups, but it happens, you adapt. And usually after that, you’ll WANT a tea with an awesome and strong vegetal taste now that the flavour has a certain “sweetness”. Just give it a chance.
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Oolong Tea And Its Health Benefits

I spend a fair bit of time on the internet trying to find the best information on the various teas for sale today. I came across some great information on a tea forum. This is all about Oolong Tea. Researchers from The Tokushima School of Medicine discovered that Oolong tea increased energy expenditure by 10%, compared to the 4% increase from green tea, making Oolong slimming tea 250% more effective at boosting the metabolism than green tea.
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Is Rooibos Tea Under Threat

There are numerous health benefits to drinking Rooibos Tea, but could this tea be under threat from climate change? The world has developed a taste for South Africa’s rooibos tea in recent years, mainly because of its perceived health benefits. Annual exports have quadrupled since 1999 to 8,000 tonnes, proving a rare lifeline for residents of the harsh Suid Bokkeveld region where it grows.
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Different Benefits of Peppermint Tea

As the name suggests, peppermint tea is an infusion of peppermint. Botanical name of this herb is Mentha piperita. Peppermint tea is also known by the name of mint tea, at times. The tea is caffeine-free naturally and has different health benefits. Peppermint tea is believed to have healing properties and cures different stomach illnesses like irritable bowel syndrome, vomiting, nausea, diarrhoea, and even headaches.
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Tea Ceremonies

The tea ceremony chado/sado is the ritualizes preparation and serving of "powdered green tea" in the presence of guests. A full-length formal tea ceremony involves a meal and two servings of tea and lasts approximately four hours, during which the host engages his whole being in the creation of an occasion designed to bring aesthetic, intellectual and physical enjoyment and peace of mind to the guests.
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A Brief History of Sencha Green Tea

Tea has a long and interesting history to it. In this article we look at the history of Sencha Green Tea Among the types of Japanese green tea prepared, “sencha” is distinguished from such specific types as gyokuro and bancha. It is the most popular tea in Japan, and represents about 80 percent of the tea produced in Japan. The flavour depends upon the season and place where it is produced, but it is considered that the most delicious sencha is that from the first flush of the year, the shincha “new tea.” The shincha season, depending upon the region of the plantation, is from early April to late May (around the 88th day after the spring equinox).
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History of Tea

According to Chinese legend, tea was discovered in remote antiquity when Shennong Shi, one of the Three Emperors and the first Chinese herbal doctor, was roaming in the countryside looking for medicinal herbs. It is said that Shennong Shi had a belly that was transparent like crystal. No matter what he ate, he could see it clearly in his belly.
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Why Tea

Whether its the act of kindness by performing the ancient art of preparing and enjoying a cup of tea by yourself or with a loved one or the many health benefits received through each sip, we can guaranTEA that a cup of your favourite brew will brighten each day.
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Cold Teas and their Preparations

Cold teas are more popularly known as iced tea in most places. They are served with ice and could be or could not be sweetened. Iced teas are also well-known packaged drinks. They can be combined with flavored syrup such as peach, lemon, lime, raspberry, cherry or passion fruit. Although most teas obtain their flavor from real tea leaves, other beverages obtained from herbs and sometimes served cols are still called as iced tea.
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Sencha Green Tea - Hot or Cold

Sencha green tea is known to have an unfastened leaf. It is a type of green tea that is blithely vapoured and bowled. The Japanese people use the sencha tea as an all-around tea in their households. This type of green tea is drunk warm during the winter season or whenever it is cold. Another way to drink this type of green tea is over ice whenever it is the summer or if the weather is warm.
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Changing Habits with Sencha Green Tea

Sencha Green Tea makes your metabolism faster, shield you from toxins and is able to let you have some quality time with your loved ones. For those who are afraid to stop smoking, the sencha green tea can help with your problem. Many are scared to stop smoking due to the anxiety of accumulating pounds. As an advantage for having lessened metabolism in the body of those who have stopped smoking, you can drink green tea. The green tea is able to get your metabolism faster and back to normal. Instead of smoking, you can just replace that habit to drinking green tea every now and then.
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Sencha Green Tea Overview

What is the hype about green tea all about? Green tea is one of the most ubiquitous teas on the market. Tasty, full of antioxidants, and recognizable to all tea drinkers, green tea is a favourite among many tea enthusiasts. In fact, it is precisely for these reasons that green tea is often taken for granted. As green tea is so familiar to us all, you may ask, “How much variety can green tea have?”
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Eating Sencha Green Tea

We are finding an ever increasing number of restaurants and chefs using tea to flavour food. With so many different types of tea, the choices are endless for flavours to add to your favourite dishes. Eat your tea On a bustling night in Andy''s bar at Fairmont Pittsburgh, Downtown, bar manager Arun Malik pulls out a flask of simple syrup flavoured with hotel-brand apple spice tea bags he’ll use to create a wintry take on an Old Fashioned.
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Discovering The History of Green Tea

The history of tea started when tea began as a kind of medicine and grew into being a popular drink. From the olden times up until today, a few people deem tea as a kind of art which requires a master to discover its best qualities. There’s good tea and bad tea, just like with paintings. There’s no one means to make the ideal tea. Each cup concocted with fresh leaves has its individual story to tell. Comparable to art, teas also has various schools of thought. These could be broken down into 3 main categories: whipped tea, boiled tea, and steeped tea. Modern individuals most often prefer to steep tea.
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Matcha Green Tea- the Good and the Bad

Is There A Bad Side To Matcha Green Tea? There is an upside and a downside to most things. So what are the benefits and precautions when it comes to something as healthy as Matcha Green Tea. Sipping on several cups of matcha green tea throughout the day can greatly reduce your chances of getting different types of cancers such as lung, skin, colon, stomach, breast, prostate, ovarian, brain and pancreatic!
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The Different Types of Rooibos Tea

Rooibos tea comes in many flavours and is quite versatile in that it goes well with fruit and fruit flavours. In the article we look at the different types of Rooibos. Because rooibos tea is rarer than black tea or green tea, there are fewer rooibos tea varieties available. But the incredible flavor of those select types of rooibos tea will never cease to impress you, and there is a perfect type for every tea lover. There are three main types of rooibos tea: rooibos tea, green rooibos tea, and flavored rooibos teas. Rooibostea.com offers a wide selection of all three rooibos tea varieties, and to help you make an educated decision, please read our guide to rooibos teas.
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Rooibos Tea- Ways to Keep You Cool

Most parents and teachers recognise that a child can’t learn on an empty stomach, but busy mothers packing lunchboxes don’t often give as much thought to hydration. Ensuring children get enough of the right kinds of liquids, particularly during the hot summer months, can be as important as making sure they’re properly fed. Mild or moderate dehydration can lead to sleepiness or tiredness and even headaches and dizziness, making it difficult to pay attention in class. In more severe cases delirium or even unconsciousness can occur.
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Health and Tea- Is Tea Safe During Pregnancy

There’s much confusion making rounds around this health and tea fact, and whether drinking tea is safe during pregnancy. Individuals who have the belief that if a pregnant woman takes tea during pregnancy, she might have a difficult time utilizing the Folate nutrients in her body. This only means that presence of tea extracts, in a substantial amount, might bring about an inability to use Folates by the body of a person who drinks tea.
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Indian Tea- A Short History Lesson

Some cite that the first recorded reference to tea in India was in the ancient epic of the Ramayana, which referenced the “Sanjeevani tea” plant when Hanuman was sent to the Himalayas to bring it for medicinal use. However, studies have shown that Sanjeevani plant was likely a plant unrelated to the tea plant (Camellia sinensis) and more likely refers to either Selaginella bryopteris or Desmotrichum fimbriatum. The cultivation and brewing of tea in India has a long history of applications in traditional systems of medicine and for consumption.
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How Useful are the Antioxidant Properties in Tea

Antioxidant Properties in Tea Antioxidant properties in teas come from their active ingredients. Examples of such active ingredients are flavonoids, polyphenols, theaflavins, catechins and several more others. One of most valuable antioxidant properties in tea is their function to fight against what are called free radicals.
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All About Chai Tea

Chai Tea has a long and varied history. It’s interesting to see how it has come to being called Chai Tea Plain chai By itself, chai or cha is merely the generic word for “tea” in many European and Asian languages. The widespread form chai comes from Persian ??? chay. This derives from Mandarin Chinese ch?, which passed across the Silk Road to Central Asia and Persia, where it picked up the Persian grammatical suffix -yi before passing on to Russian, Arabic, Urdu, Turkish, etc. However, for many English speakers who refer to ordinary tea as “tea”, the word “chai” has come to imply “masala chai”.
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What Are The Benefits of Green Tea Extract

Green Tea Extract We often here or read about the benefits of drinking green tea, in this article we have a look at the benefits of taking green tea extract. The Powerful antioxidant, polyphenols in green tea extract can help protect against cell damage and also a compound which could interface with the development of new blood vessels, which tumours need to grow.
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Cold Teas- Perfect Summer Refreshment

Cold teas are more popularly known as iced tea in most places. They are served with ice and could be or could not be sweetened. Iced teas are also well-known packaged drinks. They can be combined with flavored syrup such as peach, lemon, lime, raspberry, cherry or passion fruit. Although most teas obtain their flavor from real tea leaves, other beverages obtained from herbs and sometimes served cols are still called as iced tea. Unsweetened iced tea is sometimes done by steeping tea leaves for a particularly long period at a low temperature such as under the sun for an hour.
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The Antioxidant Powerhouse that is Matcha Green Tea

Match Green Tea – Why is it so good? Matcha, though, is not simply “powdered green tea” – as some would have you believe. It is an extremely high-grade product made painstakingly from the very finest of raw materials. Only the best quality leaves are harvested from plants specially grown in the shade. After they are harvested, they are then laid out flat to dry. Once dried, the leaves are laboriously deveined and finely milled. Producing a mere 30 grams of matcha green tea from this process can take as long as an hour.
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