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Welcome to August Moon Tea

August Moon Tea aims to bring the fresh air and sunshine from the tea field to our tea ceremony and create a peaceful and exquisite ambience for all of you.

Tea not only brings people closer, but also helps us to reconnect with oursleves. It's a natural elixir for our souls.

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Estelle Talks about Tea and Tea Ceremony

August Moon Tea hosts tea ceremonies as a team building and distress activity for businesses and organizations. Tea has the power to bring people closer and help people to relax and enjoy the present.

We are passionate about bringing the peacefulness of Chinese tea ceremonies into the western world. I believe a lot of employees and employers are facing the same problem: how to create a supportive and healthy environment for the whole team.

We are all very stressed in our daily life. Stress is a reaction to events or experiences in someone’s home life, work life or a combination of both. Work-related stress and mental health problems often go together. Work-related stress can make an existing mental health problem more difficult to control. If work-related stress reaches a point where it has triggered an existing mental health problem, it becomes hard to separate one from the other.

So as a responsible employer, we need solutions. The employees want to feel the companies they work for are understanding and caring. They want to have a sense of belonging to the companies. They also want to get respect and support from their colleagues.

As far as we know, there are various options, yoga, massage, wine tasting, meditation, gym subscription, healthy breakfast and refreshments etc. Some of these activities can bring the team together, some of them can help the employees to relax. But if you can have an option that brings the team together and help them to relax at the same time, why not? Let alone the health benefits of tea.

This is what we are offering. We are offering you a new and unique cultural experience that has been practised for over a thousand years. A tea ceremony requires a good balance of movement and stillness, simpleness and comprehension, Yin and Yang. It represents our ancient wisdom from Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism.

When everyone sits down around the tea table, everything slows down and gets quiet. You will notice the rumbling of the kettle, the changes of each pot of tea, the wind that wants to kiss your face. You will be sipping tea mindfully, chatting or staying in your own thoughts. You will show respect to the people with you and be open and honest with them as you are getting more and more relaxed with the rhythm of the ceremony.  

A guided or unguided meditation is a good start that helps everyone to settle down and get prepared for the silent tea ceremony where everyone will be meditating on the cup of tea they are holding. After a short break, everyone will be invited to sit down again for a social tea ceremony where we’ll be chatting as friends. We also share a lot of knowledge of tea and Chinese culture because people are always interested.

A quick question: what is the most important thing in a beautiful garden? Trees? Flowers? Birds? Buildings? It’s the space. We all need the space in our own garden in our mind that allows us to look at life from a distance. Once we have that space, we’ll have a new start again. We’ll be more productive, more passionate, more creative which all will help the company to succeed. In return, the employees will be more content with their employers.

You don’t want to lose any employees when they are well trained by you. You want them to be loyal and enjoy working in the company with other colleagues.

Imagine this when the kettle is on, tea is served in a mindful and polite way. The clicking of cups sounds like birds singing. You sip the tea with everyone from your team. You finally find your inner peace at this moment, the team becomes oneness and well connected. How beautiful that is! That is probably what we all need right now.


The Most Important Thing in a Garden

What is the best this thing in a beautiful garden?

Nowadays, we all have a lot of work to do. We have a lot of places to go. We have to fulfil our duties and our responsibilities. We are always there for someone.
But what about ourselves? Have you thought about yourself? Have you thought about having a spa for yourself? Have you thought about listening to some music by yourself? Have you thought about enjoying some silence?

We hardly have any space now which is why I asked the question at the beginning.

We all need a little bit of time and space for ourselves. We also want to enjoy life itself. If everyone’s heart is a garden, we have trees, flowers, buildings, streams, birds which all belong to the garden. However, without space, we wouldn’t be able to see any of these beautiful things. So we need this space and the time.

A tea ceremony creates this space you need in your garden that helps us to appreciate what we have in the garden. You sit down with the teawares that tell you different stories, the tea you select just for yourself, and the music and incense that take you to an inner world. Everything, at this very moment, becomes so clear and tranquil.

It doesn’t mean being selfish when you have a moment for yourself. It’s actually the opposite. We feel relieved, renewed and relaxed.

So what is the most important thing in the garden?

A Cup of Tea Slows the World Down

We never see anyone who rushes with a cup of hot tea.

A cup of tea allows you to pause for a moment.
When you want to enjoy some tea, not for your thirsty throat, you won’t have a huge bottle, walking and drinking. You will firstly slow down, sit around the table and let your body quiet down and breathe. Tea appreciation starts from the peacefulness of your body and mind.
If someone says to another: come for some tea, this is a type of a generous greeting.

A cup of tea creates a beautiful space for your heart.
There is a type of tea called Japanese samurai tea. When opponents meet, they garden and go into the tearoom through a garden without their Knives. They sit down face-to-face with a cup of tea between them. The whole world is getting quiet. The noises from the battlefield are fading away. What only exists in the whole world is the desire for the cup of tea. In Japan, the tea rooms are normally quite small. The samurais enter and sit down, the distance between the bodies is, the interval between several cups of tea. The environment forces them to almost touch their knees. The static body being so close to each other is very meaningful. People think that the soul will be in the heart of this close distance, and everyone’s beautiful realm of others can be achieved in drinking tea.

A cup of tea plants lotus flowers in your heart
Enjoying tea at this very moment is so important. Without sitting down together, no one would be able to understand the beauty of this. Buddha is enlightened in the lotus flower. Our hearts get peaceful with a cup of tea.
We all need to pause for a moment to review the peacefulness, kindness. Once we sit down with tea, the worries, anxiety and negativity will be cut off. Let alone that the secret of tea appreciation is to slow down.

We all are living in this noisy world where our lives are way too fast. When you are trying to find a way to relax and distress, please remember that a cup of tea that is patiently and respectfully prepared is all you need. Let’s sit still, adjust our breathing, relax our body and regain the joy and curiosity on our journey.

What is time? What is happiness? What is life? We can all find the answers from a cup of tea we are holding at this moment. We need it to take our time, pause, and look at this world, then look at ourselves. Maybe the world is better when you take time.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


When To Drink Your Tea

Nowadays wellbeing also has been mentioned a lot. There are countless ways to maintain wellbeing. For Chinese people, drinking tea is a tradition that has been passed down for thousands of years. We have learned that tea is beneficial to our human body. It is important to understand when to drink different tea.

After a day and night of metabolism, the body consumes a lot of water. The blood concentration is high at this time. Drinking a cup of light tea cannot only replenish moisture but also dilute the blood and lower blood pressure. Avoid strong tea. Light tea can prevent damage to the weaker gastric mucosa in the morning. Avoid drinking tea with an empty stomach. Because tea contains caffeine. Your intestines might absorb too much caffeine when your stomach is empty, which can result in adverse reactions such as palpitation and frequent urination. Over time, it will also affect the absorption of vitamin B.
After a night of sleep, the body tends to be in a relatively static state. Drinking black tea can promote blood circulation. Meanwhile, it can eliminate the coldness of the night so that the blood supply to the brain is sufficient. Black tea is warm and can be brewed after getting up every morning.

It is the most important time to drink tea during a day. It has a certain conditioning effect on the human body to enhance the body’s resistance and even prevent colds.
Under normal circumstances, there is a strong fire in your liver at noon. Green tea or lightly oxidized oolong tea can alleviate this. Lightly oxidized oolong tea is sweet and cool, enters the liver, can clear liver and gallbladder heat, resolve liver toxins. It’s rich in vitamin E, can resist ageing; green tea enters the kidney, diuresis and turbidity, making urination smooth. In addition, the content of tea polyphenols in green tea is extremely high, and the anti-oxidation and anti-inflammatory effects are good.

Having tea during the night has been misunderstood by many people. They think it can affect sleep. In fact, during this period of time, the immune system is at the most active moment. If you can brew a good cup of tea, your body can easily repair and restore the immune system and rebuild cells.
After three meals, the body will accumulate a certain amount of fatty substances in the digestive system. If you can drink a cup of black tea, such as Puerh tea or Tibetan tea, after dinner, it will help to break down excess fat, which will warm the stomach and help digestion. Black tea is milder and purer and does not affect sleep especially fermented Puerh tea. White tea is also good, such as Shoumei which is calming and soothing.

What Are The Substances Determining The Taste of Black Tea?

Black tea, in Chinese, is called red tea (红茶). During the processing of black tea, the chemical reaction causes tea polyphenols’ enzymatic oxidation. The chemical composition of fresh leaves changes greatly, with the tea polyphenols being decreased by more than 90%, resulting in new components such as theaflavins and thearubigins.

In the fermentation process of black tea, there are three kinds of substances that determine the taste of black tea, theaflavins, thearubigins, and theaflavins.Theaflavin is a golden yellow pigment found in yellow tea and black tea, which is the result of tea fermentation.
In biochemistry, theaflavins are a class of polyphenolic hydroxyl with a structure of a tea phenolic ketone. It was firstly discovered by RobertsEAH. It refers to the substance in black tea which is soluble in ethyl acetate and is orange-yellow. It is oxidatively condensed from polyphenols and their derivatives. The content of theaflavins in black tea is generally 0.3%~1.5%, playing a decisive role in the colour and flavour of black tea.

Thearubigin is an orange-brown pigment found in black tea. It is the product of tea fermentation. Biochemically, it is a heterogeneous red or maroon phenolic substance with extremely different molecular weights. The orange-brown compound accounts for 6% to 8% by weight of dry tea. The thearubigin plays a certain role in the taste and colour of the tea soup. The thearubigin pigment accounts for about 35% of the total colour and plays an important role in the brown colour of the finished tea.

The polyphenols in tea are important active substances and are the general term of various phenolic compounds. They are the main components of the fresh tea leaves, among which catechins are the main components. With the total amount of 60% to 80%, catechins are closely related to the colour of the soup, taste and aroma of tea.
From the colour of tea, theaflavin is an important component to brighten up the tea soup. However, during the processing of tea, theaflavin is greatly reduced due to oxidative polymerization. As the main substance that is related to the concentration of tea soup, thearubigin creates the “red” colour and the taste of black tea soup. Tea brown pigment makes the tea soup dark. When the content of tea brown pigment reaches 6% to 8%, the colour of the soup can be red and brown. When the content of the tea brown pigment is less than 5%, it means that the fermentation is insufficient, and the soup colour is characterized by red-orange and bright.

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