Tea lovers celebrated World Tea Day on Friday the 21st of May. But we love tea so much we say every day is World Tea Day, and the rest of the world tends to agree. After water, tea is the most popular and most frequently consumed drink worldwide. The versatility of tea can be incorporated in everyday things like cooking and baking, and or simply enjoyed as a warm pick-me-up throughout the day. If you love tea and want to explore the world of brewing even further, then you will love this list we’ve compiled of interesting and delicious tea trends that tea enthusiasts are sure to enjoy.
These exciting trends demonstrate how versatile and innovative tea continues to be. Interestingly, a recent trends feature by World Tea News, highlights how more consumers are seeking functional teas that do more for the mind and body. Consumers are also interested in experimenting with teas that have natural botanical blends that include antioxidant superfoods like Matcha and Rooibos.
When it comes to tea, the Libstar family has a diverse offering of unique products that cater to these tea-drinking trends. For example, Libstar’s Khoisan Gourmet, a proudly South African leading Rooibos producer, has grown its indigenous herbal tea exports for nearly 20 years and is much loved worldwide.
Try one of these four tea trends to take your love of tea to new heights:
Tea it up in the kitchen
If you’re only drinking your tea, then you’re missing out on a world of delicious culinary opportunities, from risotto to soup; from smoothies to even ice cream toppings! Tea is classified as a superfood that is finding its way into kitchens for purposes other than drinking — people are enjoying cooking with it too. Swapping water with tea when boiling foods such as pasta, rice, risotto, oats, quinoa, grains or legumes, is an exciting way to experiment with various tea flavour profiles to suit the dish.
Cheers to tea cocktails
From sweet teas to tea martinis restaurants and bars are using teas to create speciality cocktails and culinary delights. Teas not only create unique food flavours but also offer health benefits. The Khoisan Gourmet Organic Honeybush from the Organic Classic Tea Range has a natural aromatic herbal infusion with fynbos floral notes and hints of honey-sweet, for a tasty cocktail option to explore.
Rooibos Herbal infusions as a form of therapy
These days tea brands are infusing ingredients that are essential to their differentiation: flower buds and petals, spices, herbs, fruit leaves and peel, scents, extracts, and oil essences can infuse with tea to create products for healing and self-care purposes. Take the Libstar Rooibos Herbal Infusion Range for example.
“We recently launched the Rooibos Herbal Infusion Range, which boasts aromatic herbal infusions, crafted with a selection of handpicked and carefully sourced exotic ingredients to create flavours such as Rooibos Herbal: Chamomile & Lavender; Dandelion Root, Ginger, Turmeric & Mint; Lemongrass & Ginseng; Hibiscus, Elderberry & Echinacea,” explains Andrew Bulwer, spokesperson for Khoisan Gourmet.
According to tea experts, this year’s tea trend will see tea lovers opting for a cold cup of tea, over the traditional hot drink with milk and honey or sugar. Cold brew tea is made by infusion only and can be garnished with mint leaves and fresh cuts of fruits such as lemons and pomegranates. Cold brews are easier on the stomach and have a cleaner and less bitter flavour. Among the teas Libstar produces for Woolworths, is the cold brew fruit infusion range that includes delicious flavours such as blood orange and watermelon.
For more information visit the Libstar website here.