Miracle Teas in Taiwan

One of the things I really enjoy about living in Taiwan is the tea. Now, I know that probably sounds a little silly, but it’s true. I drink it almost every day and have quickly come to appreciate the many perks and benefits of drinking tea.

Before I go too much further here, I’d like to point out that I wrote this entry a few weeks ago with the intention of posting it on a lazy day when I didn’t feel like writing anything on my blog. Today is one of those days. I’ve got about twenty of these articles for this exact purpose as I like to add to my blog every day if I can.

Luckily for me, Mark over at Doubting to shuo started the ball rolling by writing a great article about the difference between Wulong and Oolong Tea and he also put me onto Tea From Taiwan, a great website that provides plenty of information about tea varieties and the benefits of drinking tea.

Most of us already know that the Chinese and Japanese have long believed in the health benefits of tea, but I had no idea exactly how healthy tea is for you until I saw this this BBC News Report a few weeks ago. The medicinal benefits of tea have been in use for over 4000 years and are used to treat a variety of bodily ailments. The Chinese believe that drinking tea helps relieve fatigue and boost energy levels. It’s also said to inhibit the increase of blood pressure and blood sugar and is reputed to be helpful in fighting carcinogenic bacteria, rheumatoid arthritis and cardiovascular disease. It’s even supposed to be good for dieters and helps fight tooth decay! Plus, green tea is an antioxidant, which helps prevent cancer and heart disease.

I was never much of a tea drinker in Canada, but since my move to Asia four years ago, I’ve become a devoted consumer of tea. In China, I particularly enjoyed Eight Treasures tea (Ba Bao Cha). The traditional type is a special blend of chrysanthemum, tropaeolum, honeysuckle, dried lemon peel, dried tangerine peel, haw, medlar and rock sugar. The second type has camellia, globe amaranth, chrysanthemum, chinese wolfberry, red jujube, haw and rock sugar. Both these teas are gorgeous to look at and even better to drink. I also enjoy drinking jasmine tea, rosebud tea, green tea and chrysanthemum tea.

Suffice to say, I’ve been to a lot of different tea houses and tea stations in Asia. I particularly like the tea stations in Taiwan, which can be found almost everywhere you look in Taipei. People here are passionate about their tea, as am I. In the hustle-bustle world of Taipei, I don’t always have time to go and enjoy a nice cup of tea in a quiet tea house.

That’s why I love the tea stations of Taiwan. There are loads of different companies to choose from and I’ve probably tried them all, but my absolute favorite ‘pay and go’ tea station is Ching Shin Fu Chuan Tea Station. I’m seriously addicted to their teas. I don’t even have to order anymore at the local tea shop here in Shu-lin. The girls there know me by name and I’m served within seconds. My favorite beverage is their iced oolong tea, but the girls have been known to spice it up with different types for a special treat. Lucky for me, and countless other customers, these tea stations are located throughout the city. It’s the best ‘fast’ tea around.


6 thoughts on “Miracle Teas in Taiwan

  1. Mark

    Yeah, tea is really good for you. Especially green tea. I’ve been interested in tea houses myself, but I usually only go when Franc drags me along. Most of the time I just by ??? at the convenience store, or go to one of those quick tea stations.

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  2. globetrotteri

    I’m going home to Canada for a visit next month and I know I’m going to miss it too. Perhaps this could be a future business venture for someone returning home to North America. If Americans are sold on deep- fried cola, why not sell them on the idea of tea stations too?

    I don’t usually buy my tea at the convienance store though. I’ll have to give it a try.

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  3. Mu

    Hey,

    First of all, thankyou for linking to Taoyuan Nights. =D

    Secondly, I found your post on tea quite interesting. I too am a huge fan of Ba Bao Cha, and in general I’m a fan of the tea stations too – expensive, compared to my local with it’s delightfully good $20 limon liu/hong cha, (and $25 sheenren cha) – but more tasty since they tend to use fresh fruits to flavour the tea at the tea stations.

    I’ll add a reciprocal link back here, next time I’m updating my site.

    Mu

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  4. globetrotteri

    My pleasure. Taoyuan Nights rocks!

    I’m glad to find another tea lover. Ching Shin Fu Chuan is pretty cheap too. $25 NT for a large iced oolong. I’m seriously addicted.

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  5. mitch

    My Several Worlds

    Beautiful tea story. Thank you. It sounds so nice just chillin at the tea stations for a change of pace. Really nice.

    I’m curious, is wulong tea touted for slimming benefits in Taiwan?

    Liked your tea pictures. The 8 treasures is beautiful.

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