TAKA TURMERIC LOOSE GOLDEN TEA
Softly spiced and wonderfully aromatic, Taka Turmeric Loose Golden Tea is an invigorating, caffeine-free alternative to your usual daytime brew. Rather than relying on caffeine to get you through a busy day, this Ayurvedic tea blends turmeric, coconut, cinnamon and other stimulating spices in a subtle fusion of exotic flavours. Like all Taka drinks and supplements, this loose tea blend has a generous helping of 100% organic turmeric and black pepper.
This gorgeous golden tea comes packed full of freshness in a resealable bag. For a traditional brew in a small teapot, you can stir a teaspoon of Golden Tea into about 200ml of freshly boiled water. After 4 or 5 minutes, serve the tea through a strainer. To finish with a flourish, add a slice of juicy lemon and a dab of honey!
A French press (cafetière) or other plunger style pot is equally good for brewing this mildly spiced blend.
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From Pina Colada cocktails to exotic deserts and chocolate bars, most of us are familiar with the tropical fragrance of the fruit of Cocos nucifera – the coconut palm.
Coconut flesh has a sweet, creamy flavour and a flaky texture. It’s an irresistible combination that makes coconut a popular ingredient in curries as well as cakes.
Our organic desiccated coconut is a convenient, dried form of coconut flesh that we use in all of our Taka tea recipes. As well as giving our teas a hint of tropical fragrance, desiccated coconut also adds notes of creamy sweetness.
In our Taka Turmeric tea recipes, we use 100% organic Ceylon cinnamon. This sustainably grown spice is made from rolled quills of Cinnamomum verum bark. Cultivated mainly in Indonesia, this true form of cinnamon is famous for its delectable aroma and flavour.
Cinnamon is a deliciously fragrant, woody spice that’s often associated with festive treats like Christmas cakes and mulled wine. In India, cinnamon is an Ayurvedic spice that forms one of the main ingredients of Garam Masala.
Ceylon cinnamon adds subtle warmth and complexity to many of our spiced tea recipes.
The ginger plant, Zingiber officinale, is a close relative of turmeric. In both plants, it’s the roots that are used to make the delicious organic spices that flavour our Taka teas, drinks and supplements.
Ginger is a spice with long history – it plays a particularly important role in traditional Ayurvedic healing. Although ginger is recorded as being widely used in ancient India and the Far East, the spice was introduced to Europe by the Romans in the first century AD.
Ginger has a hot, stimulating flavour. When paired with a little lemon, ginger makes a deliciously comforting tea that lifts the spirits. Our Golden Ginger blend is a particularly tasty example!
Apart from being one of the foundation spices of Indian cooking, cardamom is an essential spice in almost all masala chai (spiced tea) recipes.
The flavour of cardamom is almost indescribable – certainly potent, with notes of spicy citrus. Cardamom works best when blended with other spices. In India, a prepared spice mix called garam masala gives curries their incredibly addictive flavour. To create garam masala, cardamom is blended with cloves, cinnamon, mace, cumin and other aromatic spices.
Try a cup of our delicately spiced Golden Chai to experience the flavour sensation of expertly blended organic cardamom.
If ‘fenugreek’ sounds a little unusual, how about ‘Trigonella foenum-graecum’ – the Latin name for this distant relative of the pea? Indian food lovers may know this spice as methi-leaves.
When used to make curries, Indian cooks often add fenugreek seeds early in the cooking process. Fenugreek is a sweet, binding spice that helps with flavour infusion. Methi leaves are often added towards the end of cooking, where they freshen the sauce before serving.
In our Taka tea recipes, we use organic fenugreek for its spicy sweetness and its flavour infusing qualities.
There are various types of pepper which can be used to add warming flavours to foodstuffs and drinks. In our Taka tea recipes, we use the crushed, dried corns of Piper nigrum.
The hot, spicy flavour of black pepper comes from a natural compound called piperine. As well as making our spiced teas deliciously moreish and stimulating, piperine also has a special digestive synergy with turmeric.
Along with turmeric, our signature ingredient, you’ll find a warming pinch of black pepper in all of our Taka spiced tea recipes.
Cayenne pepper takes its name from the capital city of French Guiana in South America. Cayenne is a coastal city, built where the Cayenne river joins the Atlantic Ocean. Just like its country of origin, cayenne pepper has a dependable, consistent heat.
Individual cayenne peppers are the finger-shaped fruits of Capsicum annuum. As well as being widely available as a raw ingredient, cayenne pepper is also easy to find as a flaked or powdered spice.
Its consistent heat and rich depth of flavour makes cayenne pepper an incredibly popular ingredient for creating hot, spicy dishes. To add a little zing to our drinks and teas, we’ve added a tiny pinch of organic cayenne pepper to several of our Taka recipes!