It may sound counter productive to sip on a piping hot cup of tea, considering the heat wave Boulder has been experiencing, but that’s just what the Boulder Dushanbe Tea House plans to keep on doing.
On July 24th and 25th, The Boulder Dushanbe Tea House will be having its 11th annual Rocky Mountain Tea Festival. Throughout the weekend there will be various classes that attendees can take part in, such as cooking with tea, tea leaf reading, and multiple lectures on the healing and health promoting properties of tea; and if you decide to bring your little ones, special tea parties will be held for them so they too can experience the tranquility that taking a few sips of tea offers.
In order to listen and learn at the various lectures, you must call and register.
Regardless of whether or not you will be able to attend this festival, you can always take advantage of the health benefits of tea.
With so many different types of tea it is hard to figure out which contains the most health properties, but each has their own assets worthy of acclaim.
Green, black, white and oolong tea all derive from the same Camellia sinensis plant. Green and white teas contain the least processed leaves of this plant as they are only steamed quickly. Black and oolong tealeaves are partially dried and then crushed and fermented, or in other words, more processed than green and white varieties.
Despite the processing time, the leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant contain polyphenols, chemicals that mimic antioxidants and protect against free radical damage in the body. One specific polyphenol, a catechin named epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), has been strongly associated with cancer prevention and is widely abundant in green, black, white and oolong teas.
All of these teas also contain caffeine at about 40 milligrams per cup, but that is nowhere near the amount in a cup of coffee. This means that if you are sensitive to caffeine, yet would like a way to “wake up” in the morning, drinking any of these teas may help without adverse effects.
Herbal tea and Rooibos tea are beverages that do not contain caffeine and are not derived from the Camellia sinensis plant. In fact, herbal and Roobios tea are actually not tea at all. These “teas” are infusions made with flowers, roots, spices, herbs, or parts of other plants. Nevertheless, both herbal and Roobios infusions contain properties that aid health and wellness.
So despite some of the record breaking high temperatures Boulder has been experiencing lately, sipping on this hot beverage is well worth the sweat that may come with it. And lets not forget, you can always get these beverages on ice! So do yourself a favor this weekend and relax with a cup of tea at the Rocky Mountain Tea Festival or in the comfort of your own home.
Boulder Dushanbe Tea House
1770 13th Street