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2 Reasons coffee gives you bad breath and 1 solution

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1.Coffee can cause xerostomia, more commonly known as “dry mouth.” That’s because coffee contains caffeine — up to 200 milligrams in a single 8-ounce or 237-milliliter cup — one of the chief culprits of decreased saliva and, in turn, a dry mouth.

Plus, a lack of saliva can make it difficult to wash away and digest particles of food clinging to the tongue or teeth, and it can even promote tooth decay

2.The other cause behind coffee breath isn’t actually your coffee. It’s what you put in it. Loading up a cup of coffee with cream, milk or even artificially flavored non-dairy creamer fuels the overgrowth of bacteria in your mouth. Stirring in sugar, an ingredient on which bacteria thrive, will put bacteria into overdrive. To make matters worse, coffee is highly acidic, yet another condition that causes bacteria to reproduce with alarming efficiency.

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One solution to help combat coffee breath is to drink a watered-down cup of coffee without added cream or sugar. As unappealing as this may sound, it could mean the difference between stinky or manageable breath. Another idea is to switch to tea. Still hot and caffeinated (up 70 milligrams per serving), tea is far less acidic than coffee and won’t cause the same bad-mouth odors. If you just can’t manage to give up your cup of joe, chase it with a glass of water to encourage saliva production and, if possible, try slipping away to use a minty mouthwash!

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Top 5 reasons to drink TEA

 

 

1. Variety is the spice of life!

It is simply mind blowing that tea has so many categorisations! But don’t get confused, it is like any other subject and can seem kind of tricky only at first!

Types of teas distinguished by:

Color – White, Green, Black, Yellow, Red
Taste – Herbal, Flavored, Spicy, Fruity, Grassy, Musky, Floral, Nutty, Smokey, Sweet
Origin – India, Japan, China, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Nepal
Season – First Flush, Second Flush a.k.a Spring, Summer, Autumn

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2. If you like to stay healthy

Have you ever have someone offer you a cup of coffee or a glass of wine or soda when you were ill? It’s always been tea! But that doesn’t mean that tea is only to be had when you are unwell. Prevention is better than cure! Tea is also known to boost your immunity apart from a numerous health benefits. White Tea is thrice as healthier as Green Tea and is richest in anti-oxidants.

 

3. If you want to cut down on coffee
Coffee seems inevitable when you want to get all charged up or let your creative juices flow or simply to keep you awake. What if you could get all of this along with some added health benefits?

 

images4. If you like being fancy. Or not.
Did you know that a cup of tea can cost anywhere from 50 cents and go up to 150$?!
Manufacturing tea is also an art – crafted by both nature and man. The right amount of rainfall, sunshine or shade, steep of the hills, plucking good quality, rolling and withering of leaves and finally storing it correctly add up to a good batch of tea. Some teas are hand rolled and are considered to be precious. Since they are rare, they cannot be found easily at big chains or big cafes. You have got to know the right kind of place to get it!

 

5. It’s a pretty good company

If you are alone, you will cherish the soothing effect it has on you. If you have company, it will turn it into a tea party! That’s the versatility tea possesses and it is simply amazing. You need to try it to believe it.

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TEABAGS ARE GREAT**

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In China, during the Tang Dynasty (618–907), paper was folded and sewn into square bags to preserve the flavor of tea. The first tea bags were hand-sewn fabric bags; tea bag patents date as early as 1903. First appearing commercially around 1904, tea bags were successfully marketed by the tea and coffee shop merchant Thomas Sullivan from New York, who shipped his tea bags around the world. The loose tea was intended to be removed from the sample bags by customers, but they found it easier to brew the tea with the tea still enclosed in the porous bags.

 

At one point of time, I also used to worship teabgas. Many of us do. No fuss no work, just dip that little bag in hot water and you’re good to go! What a relief from all the hard work right?

But when I entered the tea business, I got a reality check. Most of the teabags( unless they are the big nylon ones) usually consist of smaller pieces of tea leaves or tea fannings (also referred to as dusts) which may give a quicker brew, but lack the subtlety and full flavor of the larger loose leaf teas.  In fact, some loose leaf teas, like White Tea, can even be re-steeped yielding multiple cups of flavorful and healthy tea.  Tea bags can also release more tannins than loose teas giving a harsher flavor to the tea.

Tea bags often contain a mishmash of teas, rather than a pure tea that can be consistently enjoyed every time. Because of which we are left scratching our heads, wondering that perhaps the water isn’t so fine this time or maybe we brewed it too long!

When I met some serious tea buyers, I was amazed to see the prejudices they had. Some even frowned as soon as the word teabag was mentioned. However, I later managed to calm them down when I showed them our hand-made superior quality leaf teabags.

 

Signs of a good teabag:

–        The leaf inside is long

–        The material of the bag is porous enough (paper teabags are truly obsolete!)

–        Snap some of the leaves to check the moisture content. If it isn’t crispy, the moisture content is high and the tea is stale

–        A good teabag shouldn’t have staple pins

–        Should have an airtight envelope

 

Teabags are a great invention. They have definitely made life simpler in this fast paced world. Like almost every other thing, they have continued to evolve. They are truly worth it given that they are manufactured in the spirit of enhancing our beloved tea time.


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WE HEART TEA, TEA HURTS US?

My father once told me “Sometimes it’s up to us to bring out the best in people”.  You may call my statement a derivative of that dialogue – “Sometimes it’s up to us to bring out the best in our tea”. We Indians love our tea. Be it huge MNCs, or ubiquitous small chai vendors on the roadside, you’ll always see all kinds of people enjoying a warm cuppa. Some even have a “biological alarm” and they have to have their tea as soon as it rings, come what may. This legacy has been going on since decades now. But is it a healthy one?  Convict: MILK.  

Scientists and research studies say that as little as one drop of milk can completely negate the benefits of tea. But it doesn’t make it bad for health either, as long as the quantity and frequency are not in excess.  

If you find your milk tea soothing and refreshing, then in a way, it is good for you.  If you find solace in a nice hot cup of chai after a good fight with your better half or after yet another stressful encounter with your demanding boss, then it’s definitely worth it!

Soya Milk to the rescue: If you drink tea with milk, try using soya milk. Soya milk contains lecithin that is unlikely to bind to tea the way the regular milk does. Just like a supportive, non-interfering spouse! Sounds good right? Happy Tea time! Chai-eers!

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Tea Love vs Peer Pressure

Suffice to say that Tea is the most consumed beverage in India, the Indian Tea culture is unique and tea is just inevitable! I hate the era when coffee suddenly took over and became the ‘it’ thing amongst us youngsters! Sigh..

What is really surprising is the peer pressure involved! Oh yes.. sounds funny but its true! Even though coffee is preferred amongst youngsters, I have seen several of boys and girls who secretly like tea better but they’ll always have coffee in public! I like tea because it gives me a feeling of no pretensions .. I can have it my way. I can have it with a piece of bread or namkeen or biscuits! But earlier even I would prefer coffee when I’m with a group of friends who think tea is for uncles and aunties (older people). Ahem..shameful truth. Its not my fault, I was once made fun of by a funny looking boy (who himself looks like atleast 35 years old) on ordering a cup of tea. I couldn’t help but wonder.. will drinking coffee make you look cooler? Is it ok to judge a 20 something boy or girl if he or she  likes tea better?

Just when we started to get over the cafe culture hype created by Barista and Cafe Coffee Day and we were almost out of the well, BAM! there it was.. Starbucks taking over Delhi all of a sudden! It was so big a hype that people got into long queues for hours the day they opened their first outlet in Delhi! Having a coffee at Starbucks WILL NOT make you look cool. Its not like I’m against coffee but the hypocrisy that is involved nowadays.

Many of them would be having java coffee without even having a clue about it.

Not only them, let’s look at the other age segment now. Chai is the first thing that will be forced down your throat even if you don’t want to have it as soon as you enter a relative’s home. On the other hand, when you feel like having a cup of tea and your host politely offers you some, you are supposed to say no at first, atleast once, then finally accept it with a timid smile, feeling a little shy and embarrassed. This is what the society demands of us..the peer pressure is just exhausting! Just the other day, one of my aunts came over after dinner to invite us to her daughter’s wedding. Yes you guessed it right, she was forced to have a big cup of tea  at 10 pm since my mother didn’t want to seem stingy. The poor lady must be feeling bloated after that..!

Peer pressure really is something. But I have decided to let go of it. I have decided to love both tea and coffee, to explore all the intricate flavors that are there, to be and to have everything my little heart desires, to drink tea without any apprehensions even when I’m with my friends, to have coffee at home while my mother is having tea simply because I want to!

We should never stop exploring and experimenting! Let go of the peer pressure! Let go of all your pre conceived notions! You will definitely feel liberated. Cheers!

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One of the first tea stores in New Delhi,India

Started by Lt. Shri B.D Mittal, Mittal Stores was established in 1954 as an all needs store. After about two decades it was converted into a tea store, making it one of the first shops to sell leaf tea in Delhi. 
His son Mr.Vikram Mittal joined the family business after completing his engineering from IIT Delhi . He is a professional tea taster and lecturer. He loves to interact with people and recommend them teas that will be most appreciated.  His focus is to spread health and happiness.

 

MITTAL STORES– A small yet precious tea shop in the elite market of Sunder Nagar, Mittal Stores is known not only for a wide variety of teas but the overall experience and knowledge you can gain on every visit.
MITTAL TEAS– Headed by Mr. P.C Garg, our other branch is on Barakhamba Road. Ms. Nikita Mittal has unintentionally followed her father’s footsteps. She is also an engineer who got interested in being a part of the company. She is looking after technical upgradations and automation.
MITTAL OVERSEAS– Our factory is located in Sahibabad Industrial Area where tea is stored, processed ad packed.

 

All the teas are personally chosen by Mr.Vikram Mittal from a wide variety after tasting hundreds of samples.
Mittal Teas has played a pioneering role in supporting Indian handicraft industries by using finecraft for packaging of teas.
We offer exotic Indian teas from Darjeeling, Assam, Nilgiri, Flavoured, Herbal Teas and infusions. We also have teas from China, Japan, Sri Lanka and South Africa.
To complement the experience, these exotic teas are available in beautiful handcrafted papier mache, wood, brass and silver containers which make unique gifts. Our company’s forte is the ability to customize giftboxes from scratch for bulk orders.

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