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The tea ladies' guide to Christmas gifts

Christmas, Christmas. What’s not to love about the season of pine trees, decorations, Santa Claus and gingerbread cookies? Here’s one downside to it: everyone has everything, and giving gifts to your loved one has never been harder!

The tea ladies and gentleman of A.Muse Projects are coming to the rescue with their smart advice on what to give to the important women (and men!) in your life, based on their lifestyle. Whether you’re a tea connoisseur or you can’t understand what’s all the fuss about green teas - we hope you’ll find useful advice to surprise your loved ones this season.


  1. The tea lover who is always buying tea

Signs: she loves travelling to countries based on their tea culture and can never get tired of tea houses. Gets excited at the sight of small packets with foreign characters on it (they probably contain green tea). Half her pantry is made up of tea in different shapes and forms. All of our team probably falls in this category!

She’ll love you when… you get her the limited edition tea advent calendar! Containing over 100 servings of tea of 12 different types wrapped in a matte black packaging, this is the ultimate gift that every tea lover wants to receive!

Get it here: https://amuseprojects.com/products/tea-advent-calendar-2018-limited-edition

  1. The woman on the run

Signs: she wears activewear 80% of the times you see her, and she’s always coming or going to a new, trendy type of workout. She’s incredibly fit, and she loves her healthy lifestyle.

She’ll love you when… you get her the durable tumbler! Perfect for making tea, fruit water or herbal tea and keeping it hot (or cold!) most of the day. It’s made of very resistant plastic and it’s the perfect companion to beach workouts, long walks and activity-packed days.

Get it here: https://amuseprojects.com/collections/tea-accessories/products/lightweight-durable-brew-tea-infuser-tumbler


  1. The fashion victim

Signs: she loves fashion and clothes, probably has a subscription to Style Theory and a couple thousand followers on Instagram more than you. She knows good style, and you’re terrified of what she might think of the “wrong” present.

She’ll love you when… you give her one of the Brew infuser bottles! Perfect for keeping drinks cold or hot, and very sleek with its double glass body with details in stainless steel and  bamboo. It’s an accessory that screams “stylish” while allowing you to sip your favourite tea anywhere.

Get it here: https://amuseprojects.com/products/tea-infuser-bottle-double-glass-wall-bottle


  1. The mom-to-be

Signs: her hair looks beautiful and her maternity pictures are giving you all the feels! You can’t wait to meet the new baby, and you want to give the mom-to-be a nice, thoughtful gift - even when you don’t have a clue of what that means for new moms!

They’ll love you when… you introduce them to Maternitea! The Australian-made herbal tea line has finally debuted in Singapore through our online store. All the recipes are created by professional Naturopaths and Physicians with health in mind.

Get it here: https://amuseprojects.com/maternitea

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Why is Gyokuro the most expensive Japanese tea?

Gyokuro also known as Jade Dew (玉露), is one of the most expensive Japanese green tea available in the market.
What’s so special about gyokuro that makes its so expensive? It requires a lot more work / labour to produce. The tea bushes are cultivated under shade for three weeks before harvest. The plantation is completely covered with special sheets to keep the bushes in the shade. Tea farmers would have to manually put up the sheets above the bushes. The sheet coverage is adjusted gradually up till before harvest period. Initially about 70% and closer to harvest period, the coverage is increased. A lot of manual work is involved when caring for the two bushes. Gyokuro it’s also known as shade-grown tea.
Tea plantation with netting over the bushes 
Why cover the tea bushes? The method of shading is said to increase the caffeine level contents while decreasing the catechin content, which affects level of astringency (bitter / tannic) taste of the tea. So hooray! A smoother and more caffeinated green tea! 
If you have heard that green teas can be brewed at a temperature as low as 40°C, yes, that’s right! You can brew Gyokuro at various temperatures! If you brewed up Gyokuro at 40°C, it will produce a very brothy and flavourful and savoury tea liquor. Many will use the term umami* to describe the flavour of the tea liquor. You can of course brew it at higher temperature - 65°C ~ 85°C producing cleaner tasting green tea versus brothy.
Brothy tea liquor
Enjoy experimenting and brewing up Gyokuro at different temperatures and steeping times! Share with us what’s your favourite brewing parameters!
Fun fact: Did you know you could also eat Gyokuro tea leaves as an appetiser?
How: Drain out liquid from steeped tea leaves, serve it with a dash of Japanese soy sauce and bonito flakes! Add a dash of lemon juice if you’d like it too! This way you actually consume both the tea liquor and tea leaves! Zero waste! 
Tea farmer making Gyokuro appetiser for us 
(Remember to take a photo and tag us if you created this appetiser dish after reading this!)
You can buy Gyokuro on our store - we get it fresh from the tea farmer every season.
Pick your packaging: Metallic tin packaging - Simple packaging
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Nib + Noble Recipe - Double Choc Chip Cookies

Look no further! You have just found the double choc chip cookie recipe you have been searching for! Sure to be a hit at home, work or dinner party.

WHEAT FREE | DAIRY FREE | REFINED SUGAR FREE

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oat flour*
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup dark choc chips
  • 1/3 cup Nib + Noble Sugar Free Drinking Chocolate
  • 1 large egg (or chia egg**)
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
* To make oat flour, simply blend rolled oats in a food processor until they resemble a flour.
** To make a 'chia egg' combine 1 tbsp of chia seeds with 2 tbsp water. Blend and allow a few minutes to gel.

       Method

      1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees and line a rectangular baking tray with paper.
      2. In a large bowl, beat melted (and cooled) coconut oil, egg, vanilla essence and almond milk.
      3. Using a wooden spoon, stir through oat flour, Nib + Noble Sugar Free Drinking Chocolate, baking powder, chia seeds, shredded coconut and salt.
      4. Once the mixture is combined, fold through dark chocolate chips. Allow dough to chill for approximately 30 minutes.
      5. Scoop mixture (easiest to use an ice-cream scooper) one spoonful at a time onto baking paper. Lightly press down to shape.
      6. Bake for approximately 10 minutes or until cooked through. Allow to cool before serving.
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      Nib + Noble Recipe - Chocolate Vegan and Gluten Free Banana Bread

      Warm your belly with this yummy healthy banana bread! 

      Now that's what you call comfort on a plate. Warmed slightly, it will be the night cap you have been searching for along side a nice warm cup of hot chocolate. 

      Ingredients

      • 1 Tbsp ground flax seed
      • 3 Tbsp water
      • 2 1/2 cups gluten free flour
      • 1/2 cups N+N Organic Drinking Chocolate (Original used but any variety works) 
      • 1 tsp baking powder
      • 1/2 tsp salt
      • 3 ripe (spotty) bananas 
      • 1/2 cup vegan butter or coconut oil, melted
      • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
      • 2 Tbsp rice malt syrup
      • 1 tsp vanilla extract
      • 1/3 cup soy milk (or preferred)
      Optional: 

           Method

            1. Pre-heat your oven to 190ºC.
            2. Mix the ground flax seeds and water together. Allow it sit for 15 minutes to thicken.
            3. Meanwhile in a large bowl, combine the flour, drinking chocolate, baking powder and salt. Stir mixture until well combined.
            4. In a separate bowl mash the ripe bananas until they form a purée. Then add the vanilla extract, melted vegan butter, soy milk, coconut sugar, rice malt syrup and the flax seed mixture. Mix until well combined.
            5. Add the wet mixture to dry ingredients and carefully fold together until just combined, do not over mix.
            6. Pour the mixture into an 8 x 4-inch greased bread pan. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon coconut sugar and place vegan chocolate chips 
            7. Bake the bread at 190ºC for approximately 50-55 mins. Stick a long skewer in the centre to check if it's done. It should come out relatively clean when the bread has cooked. Once removed from the oven, allow bread to cool out of the pan on a rack before cutting. 
            8. Drizzle chocolate sauce on top to serve (optional)
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          Are Tea Pods going to kill loose leaf tea brewing?

          With the launch of our latest product - Tea Pods, the last few weeks has been nothing short of exciting. We are extremely thrilled to see many are as excited as us about our Tea Pods and embracing them with wide open arms!

          At our most recent two public events, we couldn’t be happier to see and hear the ‘wowS’ our customers exclaim after having discovered our Tea Pods and some even exclaiming (excuse our language) ‘About bloody time!’. Having seen first hand the positive reactions and feedback from our customers and fellow tea geeks, we are extremely humbled!



          During the one and half year when we spent discussing, debating and experimenting, the biggest question which we had anticipated many might ask or have already asked us -

          Why brew tea in the form of a pod instead of loose tea?”

          our response is simple:

          We aren’t trying to change the way anyone brews tea or having people stop brewing loose tea. We are offering an alternative.

          Some enjoy brewing loose tea leaves in Gaiwans / enjoying brewing in tea pots as it brings some peace and it’s a form of a ritual. But there’s also another group who prefers the convenience of brewing up tea bags in a cup as it brings them the convenience of not having to clean up loose tea leaves in tea pots or infusers. Similarly, with our Tea Pods, we are offering tea in a different vessel form - pod. It brings convenience for anyone in a rush or lack of patience to clean up loose tea or wait 3-5mins for a cup of tea with a tea bag. We want to take that one step further to attempt getting hardcore coffee drinkers to try some teas with their machines too. Providing them an alternative beverage with their existing machine at home or office.

          We know, understand and appreciate the beauty of the tea leaves, the tea plant, the tea farms and the hard work put in by tea farmers to create and grow amazing teas. We love our loose teas as much as our tea bags and as much as our tea pods. We aren’t looking to change how people drink tea. We are simply offering and providing an alternative vessel for tea for us, for you and anyone. At the end of the day, enjoy and appreciate tea in any form possible at all! ❤️

          Tea Leaves

          Fresh tea leaves harvested by us.

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