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Many of you will have met William, the youngest member of Team Twist. At the effervescent age of 7, William is the life, soul and energy at Twist HQ.


On Remembrance Day, we pay special tribute to his Great Grandad William who was awarded with the Arctic Star. The Arctic Star is awarded to members of the British Armed Forces and Merchant Navy for services in World War II. Young William will proudly tell anyone, who has a minute, about the brave and selfless endeavours of those who served on Arctic convoys north of the Arctic circle, and of the severity of the conditions they faced. Thank you to all the brave men and women from near and far who sacrificed so much for our freedom.

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News

A big thank you to our generous Twist Teas customers for supporting the Royal British Legion poppy appeal through their purchase of our Remembrance caddies. With poppy collectors unable to sell poppies locally and many fundraising events cancelled, the Royal British Legion relied on local businesses and the public for donations, because every poppy counts.


Rosemary Crofts, Poppy Appeal Organiser, and her team at the Harpenden Royal British Legion office, spent this week counting donations and were pleased to receive the cheque for £100 from Twist Teas. Co-Founder Claire Ayres said that like so many things this year, the Poppy Appeal has had to adapt to the lockdown and it was wonderful to see all the innovative ideas the people had come up with to make a difference to the Armed Forces Community.

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News, Trade

Our website is always open for business.  We will continue to fulfil all your tea related needs while working within the strictest safety standards. Whether you’re enjoying your Twist Tea alone or in your bubble there’ll be no charge for delivery on any order before the end of the Lockdown on 2 December 2020.


Like everyone else we’re trying our best to give back with our Brew For A Hero caddies.  All profits going to the relevant charity including The Royal British Legion, the NHS and Children In Need. And remember, every time you order Twist Teas you’re supporting an independent, British tea brand. You should feel great about that!  Thank you for your support.

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Health & Nutrition, News

If you haven’t already heard about Matcha you will do soon!  It’s the new super tea creating waves in the health and fitness industry:  it has skyrocketed in popularity due to its unique nutrient profile, with consumers drinking shots, lattes, and tea, all made from Premium Grade Matcha with the promise of health benefits, ranging from enhancing weight loss to decreasing the risk of heart disease.  And to top all that, Twist Teas’ Pure Matcha Great Taste Award winning blend tastes delicious too!

 

 

What is it?

 

Matcha green tea powder is a refreshing alternative to traditional tea, a bright green elixir that’s packed with antioxidants that enhances your mood, health and energy level.

 

You’re probably already familiar with green tea.  Matcha comes from the same plant as green tea, but it’s made from the entire leaf, it packs in a more concentrated number of antioxidants and beneficial plant compounds.  Farmers grow matcha by covering their tea plants for between twenty and thirty days before harvest to avoid direct sunlight.  This increases chlorophyll production, boosts the amino acid content, and gives the plant a darker green hue.  Once the tea leaves are harvested, the stems and veins are removed, and the leaves are ground up into a fine powder known as matcha.  Due to its multistage process, it is much pricier than your regular teas, and for good reason!

 

What are its benefits?

 

The increased levels of Chlorophyll in matcha can reduce inflammation within the body, which can be great for aches and pains, and things such as acne and swelling.  Peculiarly, it’s also a natural deodorant, so for people like me who like to get a sweat on, it stops my partner, and mum, keeping their distance from me when I’m back from the gym!

 

Matcha is also generally high in antioxidants, stabilise harmful free radicals.  (For more about this read my blog tea for fitness and health ).  Other benefits of matcha include:

  • weight loss as it has the potential to increase fat burn during exercise,
  • heart health development as it can reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol allowing easier transport of blood flow, and
  • improved brain function due to the high levels of L-theanine present in the leaves.

 

Best of all, the tea is simple to prepare, so you can incorporate it effortlessly into your diet and give your day a burst of extra flavour.  



Serving Suggestions

  • As a tea, you would use one tsp of the Pure Matcha powder, add a slight amount of water to it mixing it in creating a paste. Once the paste is made add the rest of your hot water and there you have it, your green super brew!

 

  • Due to the way it boosts brain function, having a quick shot of it before a workout would be an excellent way to boost your concentration! To do so, make a small paste like you would making the tea, then add around 100-200ml of cold water, mix it together and there you have it, a healthy pre workout drink without abundances of caffeine and other unwanted additives!

 

  • Another quick way to get that Matcha boost is to simply sprinkle it onto some of your porridge or oats in the morning. That way you’re ready for the day ahead! I like to have our Twist Pure Matcha as it gives it a nice chocolatey taste which definitely satisfies my sweet tooth.

 

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Recipes
Recommended Twist Tea: Lemongrass & Coconut
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Lemongrass And Coconut Jelly
This delicious dessert will wow your guests, with a delicious tropical flavour and a colour they won't be used to seeing on the dinner table.  Why not add to the summertime vibe by serving with some fresh mango, pineapple or passionfruit? Refreshing, fragrant and attractive, these jellies will surprise your guests and add a touch of class to an old favourite
Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
people
Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
people
Instructions
  1. Place the teabag (tag removed) and sugar in the boiling water, and simmer until it has dissolved.
  2. Remove the teabag, squeezing it against the side of the pan to release as much flavour as possible.
  3. Remove the gelatine leaves from the water and add them to the pan, stirring until dissolved.
  4. Add the sparkling water and lemon juice, pour in to four jelly molds, glasses or bowls.
  5. Leave to set for a couple of hours.
  6. Turn out of the molds and serve on its own or with ice cream.
Recipe Notes

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Recipes
Recommended Twist Tea: Refresher Green
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Refresher Greenita
A refreshing, zingy granita harnessing the citrusy flavour of our 'Refresher Green' tea.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Place the teabags in the boiling water and leave to brew for 10 minute.
  2. Remove the teabags, add the lemon juice and sugar, and stir until dissolved.
  3. Place in a shallow freezer-proof dish and freeze.
  4. After an hour or so, remove the partially frozen granita and scrape it with a fork.
  5. Return to the freezer until required. It's that easy!
Recipe Notes

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Recipes
Recommended Twist Tea: Ginger Snap
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Ginger And Lime Posset
A mouth-watering, no-cook dessert with a feisty kick.
Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
people
Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
people
Instructions
  1. Brew the teabags in 50ml of boiling water for at least five minutes. The longer you leave it, the stronger the flavour.
  2. Crush the ginger biscuits and distribute evenly across the bottom of 4 glass jars. (We've used little Kilner Jars as we had them to hand, but you don't have to!)
  3. Whip the cream, then add the vanilla essence, tea (remove the bags first!), and the lime zest and juice and mix thoroughly.
  4. Spoon the mixture on top of the crushed biscuits, and leave to set in the fridge for an hour or so.
  5. To serve, add a pretty curl of lime zest, or a dusting of crushed ginger biscuit.
Recipe Notes

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Recipes
Recommended Twist Tea: Earl Great
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Earl Great Shortbread Biscuits
A butter-smooth teatime treat, grown up by a delicate floral fragrance.
Earl Grey tea
Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Cook Time 12 mins
Servings
biscuits
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Cook Time 12 mins
Servings
biscuits
Ingredients
Earl Grey tea
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 190C (170C fan)
  2. Place all the ingredients into a food mixer and whizz until you have a nice dough.
  3. Put the dough on a big strip of clingfilm and roll it in to a sausage about 5cm in diameter.
  4. Tighten both ends of the clingfilm sausage and leave to chill in the fridge for half an hour or so.
  5. Take it out of the fridge and slice it in to 1cm rounds, putting them about 5 cm apart on a baking sheet. (You’ll probably need two baking sheets).
  6. Give them 12 mins, or until the edges start to turn brown.
  7. Leave to cool on a wire wrack, then serve with a lovely cup of tea. (Twist, of course.).
Recipe Notes

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