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The Shang Tea Blog is the educational arm of the Shang Tea company. We hope to use this space to share more information about tea, chinese tea culture, and industry news. Shang Tea Company was founded by owner Zehua Shang, and we specialize in white tea which we produce ourselves. In addition to white tea, Shang also produces green tea, jasmine tea, and red/black tea. We are excited to use this blog to engage with other tea drinkers and also to focus on the tea topics that you want to hear about, so please let us know if there is a specific question that you want us to answer!

Mythology on the Origin of Tea

by on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 12:00:00 PM

There are plenty of great myths about the origin of tea and about the many different aspects of tea culture. One of the most famous is the myth about how the tea plant was first discovered by man. Shen Nung, the Second Divine Emperor of China, was a man with great agricultural and herbal knowledge. One day while he was napping in the forest, a few leaves from a nearby plant blew into his pot of boiling water. When he woke, he drank the mixture and found it to be invigorating and tasty, so...

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Tea Research: Tea Can Help Prevent Sugar Spikes From Starches

by on Saturday, December 1, 2012 12:00:00 PM

A recent study by Dr. Joshua Lambert looked at the effect that tea had in preventing or slowing sugar spikes. The research team separated mice into several groups and were given either corn starch, maltose, or sucrose. Some mice were given EGCG, a powerful catechin found in tea, while the others were not. The team determined that green tea was most effective at preventing sugar spikes from starchy foods.Click here to read the whole article...

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Swing Into Fall: Enjoy Red Tea

by on Sunday, October 14, 2012 5:44:00 PM

As the leaves change color and fall to the earth, you may be looking for a tea to reflect this beautiful time of year. Red tea is a great choice for those crisp fall mornings where you want a full bodied tea with a beautiful color and a clean finish like you have come to expect from our teas.Red tea or "Hong Cha" as it is called in China is a fully oxidized tea. Not to be confused with Rooibos, red tea is known to the Western world as black tea and is called red tea in China because it produces...

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Tea Research: Neuroprotective Effects of Theanine

by on Monday, October 1, 2012 12:00:00 PM

Here is an interesting article that we recently found that talks about the protective effects of theanine on the brain and how it can, in combination with caffeine, help you improve cognitive performance and the ability to focus. Please note that high quality white tea contains the highest levels of theanine.Click here to read the article

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