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Some Tea Suggestions For When You Get A Cold

 It happens to all of us. We get sick one way or another. Of course, some diseases are far more serious than others. With a cold, well, you know the deal: runny nose, lethargy, coughing. No good. Here are some tea recommendations that you drink when you get sick.

A thick brew of fermented tea can taste and feel quite nice when you are sick. At Den’s Tea, we actually carry a Japanese fermented tea, something that I think is quite rare in the Japanese tea scene. It is called our Organic Mori-machi Dark Tea. It is purposely fermented, resulting in an earth, dark cup that is slightly sour. The craft of fermenting tea has probably been around for as long as people have been cultivating the tea plant. While shou/shu pu’er is quite popluar, other tea cultures around the world have been fermenting tea and Japan is no exception.

Shou/Shu Pu’er, a fermented tea from Yunnan, China.
Our Mori-machi Dark Tea, made in Mori-machi, Shizuoka.

The Mori-machi is fermented not only with water but with kuro koji bacteria. This is the same bacteria used to make sake. Note: this tea does not contain alcohol. It does, however, brew a Fall-colored cup and delivers a light scent of yeasty bread.

Another good option for a tea to drink when you are sick is any one of our fukamushi senchas.

Behold, the Fukamushi-sencha Chiran.

Fukamushi sencha is interesting. It, as the name fukamushi suggests, undergoes a longer steaming which makes the resulting leaves more coarse. When you make a cup of FS, you end up with something that is a bit cloudier and milder than an asamushi or “lightly steamed” sencha, the style of sencha that most are probably familiar with. Also, because you are ingesting more leaf material you consume catechins and vitamins from the tea plant which might help you recover faster. All this being said, you might want to consult your health care professional before consuming tea as it does contain caffeine.

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