Recent Specialty Tea Institute (STI) Certification Leads Mother/Daughter Entrepreneurs to Establish Internet-Based Tea Company - ShopTwoForTea.com

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The entrepreneurs are anxious to share what they learned at the Specialty Tea Institute; not only can tea drinking be relaxing and pleasurable, but healthy as well. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported adding green tea to your diet speeds the metabolism and oxidation of fat without having the negative feeling of a racing heart rate. A researcher at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston found that tea boosts the body's defenses against infection and contains a substance that might be turned into a drug to protect against disease by attacking invading bacteria, viruses and fungi.

More and more varieties and blends of tea are appearing on supermarket shelves and in coffee cafes. Among them are many variations on the Green, Black, White and Red teas originating in Europe and the Mid and Far East. "Taking tea" is no longer considered an activity for the proper and affluent. Realizing the growing demand for tea, mother and daughter team Ernestine Jackson and Dara Jackson Wiggins recently completed a Specialty Tea Institute (STI) certification course at the Specialty Tea Institute (STI) - a division of the Tea Association of the USA, Inc. - then went on to establish their own Internet-based tea business - Two for Tea. Attaining STI certification represents major learning and achievement in the study of specialty teas and the tea industry.

From http://www.shoptwofortea.com, tea enthusiasts and folks who entertain may purchase tea preparation and serving accessories, gift baskets, a variety of teas derived from some of the best grade tea leaves, and other "tea things."

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that one research study shows that adding green tea to your diet speeds the metabolism and oxidation of fat without having the negative feeling of a racing heart rate.

A 2003 study performed by Dr. Jack F. Bukowski, a researcher at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and Harvard Medical School found that tea boosts the body's defenses against infection and contains a substance that might be turned into a drug to protect against disease by attacking invading bacteria, viruses and fungi.

Aside from its health benefits, hot teas are simply delicious alternatives to coffee, and refreshing iced teas are frequently preferred over soft drinks.

The tea industry is a lucrative one as evidenced by the major corporations that have introduced new brands or purchased existing ones in order to capture a share of the billion-dollar tea market. Snapple®, Pepsi's Lipton® and Sobe® brands, Coca-Cola's Nestea® and Enviga™ brands are among the many prepared iced tea products that are available in bottles, cans and cartons.

Two for Tea invites you to take a break from the mass-produced supermarket-shelved teas, and enjoy the beverage as it is meant to be - steeped fresh for maximum enjoyment. Order your favorite variety today. shoptwofortea.com offers the following distinctive tea varieties and flavors, along with other "tea things:"

  • GREEN TEA: Jasmine, Sencha and Dragon Well
  • BLACK TEA: Earl Grey, Earl Grey de la Crème, Five O'clock, Organic Darjeeling, and Winter Blend
  • RED TEA: African Savannah and Rooibos (organic)
  • FRUIT TEA: Sweet Cranberry

Jackson says, "Whether you are a novice or a connoisseur, we are certain you'll find something of interest [on our website]. We offer fabulous tea things from fine loose teas to books on entertaining and tea history." "Two for Tea will help you brew up everything you need for a cup of tea with a friend or to host a large tea party," stated Jackson Wiggins, the daughter half of the team. "Our goal is to help you create your own tradition and special memories involving tea."

"TAKING TEA" TRIVIA*
High Tea (time): High tea or "meat tea" is dinner. During the second half of the Victorian Period known as the Industrial Revolution, working class families would return home tired and exhausted. The table would be set with substantially heavy dinner foods. It was termed "high" tea because the meal was eaten at a "high" dining table.

Low Tea (time): Afternoon tea is also called "low tea" as it was usually taken in a sitting room or withdrawing room where low tables (like a coffee table) were placed near sofas or chairs. Since this wasn't a meal, but rather like a late afternoon snack meant to stave off hunger, finger foods were the common fare.

ABOUT "TWO FOR TEA:"
Two for Tea was started in 2005 by a mother and daughter team, Ernestine Jackson and Dara Jackson Wiggins. However, their respective love of tea dates much further back. Many years ago, they happened on the idea of having afternoon tea parties. For five years, they invited friends and acquaintances to their homes for afternoon tea. The teas were a hit and each year the guest list grew, as did the tea offerings and the excitement surrounding the annual event. When the tea parties grew too large for either of their homes, they decided they had the makings of a business dedicated to the fine art of "taking tea." http://www.shoptwofortea.com

*Source: http://www.seedsofknowledge.com

Snapple® is a registered trademark of Snapple Beverage Corporation
Lipton® and Sobe® are registered trademarks of PepsiCo, Inc.
Nestea® and Enviga™ are registered trademarks of The Coca-Cola Company

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