visit to Southampton, New York, we discovered Plain-T and The T Loft, a
company dedicated to the art of exceptional tea, founded by Tathiana Teixeira and her husband Alessandro Teixeira. As avid tea drinkers, we always appreciate learning about nature's special bounty
and meeting with Tathiana Teixeira was like getting a PhD in tea! Passionate about her exceptional line of high-quality whole leaf tea products, she shared
her vast tea knowledge with us and told us about their diverse product line of
85 teas. There is a tea for every palate and Tathiana is a perfect tea
sommelier to find the right tea for you as we discovered during our tea
Alessandro and Tathiana Teixeira
During our by-appointment visit to
The T Loft where patrons, "Come for the product and stay for the experience,"
we learned many interesting facts about tea from owner Tathiana Teixeira. Family-founded
in 2010, Tathiana grew up in Brazil and was a professional ballerina. Surprisingly,
dancers are often not very healthy, they drink, they smoke, and she started to
have problems with her veins at an early age. Wanting a healthier lifestyle,
she became a self-taught connoisseur of tea when she tore her ACL. Alessandro also
grew up in Brazil and was a tennis player ranked at number 1 and 2 in Junior
Tennis, so both he and Tathiana know the importance of maintaining healthy
bodies. Both have business degrees and they started importing their special
teas 10 years ago. Working with a Tea Master and obtaining hand-selected teas from
prized gardens throughout the world, they bring the best of the tea world to
Selection of Teas
Interesting Tea Facts
Types of Tea: Did you know that
Black, Oolong, Green, White, and Pu-erh Tea all come from the same plant
species, the Camellia Sinensis? What makes them different is the oxidation
process. For Plain-T's high-quality teas they only use the uppermost leaves and
buds, the youngest and tenderest parts of the plant. For White Tea, only 2
leaves are picked from each plant and only at a special time of the year. Interesting
to note is that mass produced, and low-quality teas use all parts of the
Camellia Sinensis plant.
Caffeine in Coffee versus Tea:
A 6-8-ounce cup of coffee has 200 mg of caffeine whereas Black Tea has 100
mg, Oolong has 50 mg, Green has 30 mg, and White has 10 mg. White Tea has such
a low level of caffeine, it is a great tea for children. Sampling and learning
about diverse teas and about their healthful benefits was a delectably
Also, with Oolong, Green, and White
Tea you can steep 2-3 times and still receive health benefits with lower levels
of caffeine. Reduced caffeine with each
subsequent "steeping" of Green Tea makes it a perfect beverage to consume all
Tea Caffeine: Caffeine in
tea is healthy, it keeps your mind alert, without making you jittery as often
happens with other caffeinated beverages. Also, 3 cups of real tea per day (Green
or White) may help reduce certain forms of cancer, heart attacks, and strokes
by 50%. Tea can also help the digestive system, prevent cavities, and has
excellent antioxidant properties.
Stagg EKG Limited Edition Tea Kettle
Obtaining the Best Tea Results: The
best results begin with the water. Tathiana recommends using bottled spring or
filtered water. Another interesting fact that we learned is that each type of tea
has a proper water temperature and that not all teas should have boiling water (190
- 210 degrees Fahrenheit/88 - 99 degrees Celsius) poured over them. To maximize
the flavor and essence of individual teas, it is important to know proper
temperatures to heat the water.
For Black and Oolong Teas, bring
the water to a boil about 200 degrees Fahrenheit/93.3 degrees Fahrenheit. For Green
and White Teas, you should never pour boiling water over them as it burns their
leaves and destroys their delicate flavor. The proper temperature of the water
for Green and White Tea is around 180 degrees Fahrenheit/82.2 Celsius. For
Pu-erh Teas, bring the water to a full boil at 210 degrees Fahrenheit/98.9
degrees Celsius. To make the temperature process easy for tea drinkers, Plain-T
carries a special electric tea kettle with a temperature gauge on it, which we
think is rather clever.
Detox Hibiscus Tea
Tea to Water Ratio: The
amount of loose tea used to create the perfect cup also varies. For example,
for compact teas, the best ratio is 1-teaspoon of tea to 6-ounces of water,
whereas for voluminous teas, the ratio changes to 2-teaspoons of tea to 6-ounces
of water. Steeping time also varies by tea variety, and to ensure their
clientele receive maximum enjoyment from the tea, boiling and steeping time is
clearly listed on each product.
Plain-T prides itself on their
extensive collection of luxurious hand-selected teas including Black, Oolong,
Green, White, Pu-erh, Flavored & Scented Teas, Rooibos, Exclusive
Blends, Herbal Infusion, Wellness Tea, Grand-Cru Tea, Matcha Tea,
and Detox Tea, which was "conceived with mental and physical
health benefits in mind."
Enjoying Plain-T at Home
We love the
taste of lemon, ginger and mint, and the Plain-T Wellness Tea - Detox Lemon
Ginger Mint Tea, which is a loose-leaf tea blend, is absolutely
delicious. Caffeine-free, this tasty blend of Cistus Incanus, lemon, ginger,
and mint, also has excellent health attributes. The packaging states that, "Cistus
is found to have strong antiviral properties. It is believed that the multiple
antiviral components of Cistus Incanus prevent infections by targeting viral
envelope proteins and inhibiting its actions on a number of different types of
viruses. Cistus is also an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, detoxifier, immune
system booster, cardiovascular supporter, a natural tick repellent, and aid to
those with chronic Lyme disease. Studies show it helps eliminate candida and H.
pylori. Patting concentrated tea on your skin can help to improve dermatitis,
or simply improve your complexion."
White Hibiscus Tea
lots of cold Hibiscus water throughout the summer months and were delighted to
try Plain-T's Wellness Detox White Hibiscus Tea. White tea is considered
to be the healthiest of all teas and hibiscus is blessed with rich
antioxidants, and together the taste of this blend is as amazing as its health
benefits. Delicious served hot or cold based on the season and personal preference. This tea has a bright and gorgeous ruby color and is rich
in flavors that we enjoy drinking hot, as well as iced and served in a large
pitcher with lemon and orange slices. This tea blend will also be the
inspiration for our delicious cocktail creations.
commitment to the well-being of its customers begins with the founder's passion
and belief in the mental and physical health benefits that can be gained
through the consumption of whole leaf teas. PLAIN-T's functional line of Detox
teas and herbal infusions is designed to address the needs of supporting the
immune system, digestion functions, hydration & restoration. This line uses
two of the most powerful and highly consumed beverages in the world; Water
& Tea/Herbals Infusions."
Debra C. Argen and Tathiana Teixeira
While you may not be able to travel to Southampton to experience Plain-T and
The T Loft, you can purchase their products online as their teas make a lovely gift
for yourself or for your favorite tea lover. Plain-T ships their products
nestled in white boxes tied with their signature bright orange ribbon.
You can also participate in their "Virtual Pop Up's at the T
LOFT" where the focus is on Health - Wellness - Nutrition - Inspiration,
provided by invited special guests who cover a range of subjects to foster
learning and inspiration.
more about Plain-T, purchase their products, or arrange for a
tea experience at The T Loft, please visit their website: www.plain-t.com or
telephone them at: +1-631-251-6316.
The T Loft
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