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Afternoon tea in london

Afternoon Tea in London

The traditional British afternoon tea is alive and well and can be enjoyed at any of the elegant Caffe Concerto shops in London. An afternoon tea at Caffe Concerto is an experience not to be missed by anyone visiting or living in London. Afternoon tea is the perfect way to relax and revive you, and make you feel great in the height of luxury and comfort.

The afternoon tea we serve in our London shops begins with a selection of finger sandwiches filled with smoked salmon, cucumber and cream cheese and egg mayonnaise.

At the heart of the perfect traditional afternoon tea are, of course, freshly baked scones enjoyed with clotted cream and strawberry preserves. Completing afternoon tea dining experience is an assortment of strawberry and mixed fruits tarts with Concerto loaf cake. We serve a selection of freshly brewed coffee or a wide selection of fine teas to complement the delicious sandwiches, scones and tarts.

Our afternoon tea is served at all Caffe Concerto stores in London Piccadilly, Knightsbridge and Kensington.

Whenever you are looking for a place for afternoon tea in London, you may always count on the elegant setting, gracious hospitality and truly scrumptious choice at Caffe Concerto. Treat yourself to the Caffe Concerto traditional afternoon tea. You deserve it.

Black tea health benefits, black tea types

Black Tea Health Benefits, Black Tea Types

Well, did you know that green tea as well as black, white and oolong teas are all derived from the same plant – Camellia sinensis. The only difference is the way of processing. Green tea, as opposed to black and oolong, is the one that’s processed the least – the process of oxidation is skipped here. This is the reason why it retains its green color.

Although green tea is steadily gaining up on black tea in popularity, majority of tea aficionados, particularly in the west, still prefer black over green. One of the reasons is because black tea has a stronger taste and aroma than its green counterpart. Black tea is also known to have more caffeine and generally has a longer shelf life.

Black tea is one of the most popular teas in the world. The citizens of England just adore it and use it as a main ingredient in many of their breakfast teas. Black tea comes from the same plant that green tea, white, and oolong tea come from, but it has a distinctively strong flavor and characteristically dark color. Why does it exhibit these characteristics?

First, the leaves are withered. Then, they are rolled around to release the beneficial polyphenols present in the leaves. Next, the leaves are left out in the open and exposed to heat and humidity to start the fermentation process. After full oxidation or fermentation is done, the leaves are then dried and packed.

The Chinese call it hong cha because of the color of the infused liquid and the red edges of the oxidized leaves. At one time, it is said that China black tea was considered of lesser quality and not desired by the Chinese themselves, and was therefore exported. This is probably why, to this day, black tea is what everyone outside of China thinks of when talking about tea, whereas, tea in China is understood to mean green tea. Regardless, the black teas of today have come a long way from being considered as low quality tea.

The best known and most expanded type of tea is black tea. After picking leaves, the scatter a thin layer and allowed to Vein 12 to 18 hours. Thus, soft sheets wailing when it lives cell membrane are crumbling, and juices and essential oils out of them. In the process of fermentation, under the influence of enzymes, leaves lose primary acerbity and develop the characteristic color and flavor. At the time when the aroma and taste of tea, fully developed, further fermentation stops frying ballots in large furnaces. This fermented juices full of aromas drying on the surface of leaves and remain there until they do not plunge into the cup of boiling water.

There are several different kinds of black tea available in the market today. Often, the difference lies in the names, which are usually taken from the districts in the countries where they are grown. Hence, you may have heard of Assam (India), Ceylon (Sri Lanka), and Yunnan (China). Each of these black tea types possesses different characteristics, depending on the local conditions in the various regions where they are grown.

How hgh (human growth hormone) affects aging

How HGH (Human Growth Hormone) Affects Aging

As the body ages with time, HGH (human growth hormone) production from the pituitary gland begins to decline dramatically. This drop is what is responsible for a surprisingly large amount of the signs of aging, including the physical, mental and emotional signs. By increasing production of this natural hormone, HGH products can bring the amount of human growth hormone found in the body back up to levels previously found only in youth, which will effectively stop or even reverse the appearance of the signs of aging.

For people who are in reasonably good shape, one of the first signs of aging that they will notice is a drop in lean muscle mass accompanied by an increase in the percentage of fat found on the body. The fat burning power of muscles is greatly decreased as they break down, making the removal of fat deposits incredibly difficult. HGH (human growth hormone) encourages muscle development and growth, making workouts much more productive as well as encouraging faster and more efficient fat burning.

As we get older, workouts are not as easy, and the stimulating effects of HGH products have an answer there, as well. Quality ones, along with aiding in muscle development, also boost energy and stamina, providing for the continuation of exercise programs that would normally diminish with age.

The benefits are not all related to the physical, however. HGH controls more than just physical fitness. People using these products will also notice an improvement in skin texture, a decrease in stress, an increase in memory and concentration powers and slowing down or reversal of many of the other signs of aging.

Better health and flavour – reasons to buy loose leaf tea instead of tea bags

Better Health and Flavour – Reasons to Buy Loose Leaf Tea Instead of Tea Bags

Tea bags are essentially a 20th century invention, though they did not take off in a big way until Tetley, the UK tea company, popularised the paper tea bag in the 1950s. The tea bag gradually changed the way that teas was drunk in the UK, tea became an instant drink – put the bag in the cup, add boiling water, a couple of stirs, out with the bag, add the milk and about thirty seconds after the kettle boils – a nice cuppa.

Or is it? It’s refreshing enough but that’s about all it is, it’s simply a drink. Millions of people are blissfully unaware of the true potential of tea, a potential that is lost when using a commercial tea bag. For a start, the taste, then there is the aroma. Even Green tea from commercial tea bags have a neutral, bland even, taste and aroma. It is even suggested that the contents of commercial bags are the ‘fannings’ or waste material from the processing of high grade leaf teas. Compare the flavour and smell from green tea made using loose leaves and a tea bag – poles apart. The truth is that tea from commercial tea bags tastes pretty much the same, whatever it is, black, white, green …

The problem is that the tea in bags is powdered, or if not, it is ground up into very small fragments. It has to be. The tea bag is a restricted space so the water cannot circulate particularly well, so the flavours and aromas are not extracted efficiently. Whenever something is ground up very finely, it presents a large surface area to the air and so it oxidises more rapidly. Even the anti-oxidants oxidise! In other words, it is stale by the time you taste it! So you are onto a loser – the taste is poor and any goodness that the tea contains will be greatly reduced too. With loose leaf teas, the leaf is left whole, so the process of oxidation is much slower as the air does not reach the centre of the leaf. Thus leaf teas stay fresher, retaining their flavours and aroma for longer and also keeping their beneficial chemicals for longer.

So why do the majority of people drink this inferior tea? Habit? Convenience? Price? Cannot be bothered with the ‘faff’ of making tea from leaves? The answer is probably yes to all of those. It could also be that it fits in with the fast pace of modern life. We want things fast. In the east, the tea ceremonies take slow to extreme but they do at least acknowledge that drinking tea involves all of the senses. Watching the leaves unfurl in the bottom of the cup, smelling the aroma, then the much stronger and distinctive flavours, not to mention the well-documented health aspects.

If you don’t try loose tea, you certainly won’t miss it, the question is, can you open your mind (and taste buds and nose) to experience the world of real tea?

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