Cooling properties of tea

At yesterday’s Chinese tea appreciation class, there were questions about Japanese cold teas and cold-brewing techniques, to which the teacher responded that her personal view is that cold tea is not worth drinking! She’d rather drink orange juice! I have to say that I beg to differ (as you can tell from my many posts on cold teas.)

However the teacher did raise an important point: unfermented/green teas are inherently cooling in nature, so by drinking them cold, it makes them even more yin. For people with a yin constitution this is not very good. I suppose if you have a yang constitution the cooling tea should be beneficial?

Also I was surprised to find out that I’m not the only one who is so sensitive to tea. One classmate and the teacher herself mentioned stomach pain from too much tannin, and drinking tea on an empty stomach. Anyway, I was relieved to survive the class this week with no pain (salicylate intolerance improving? I ate a buttery waffle just before class? We made less rounds of tea?).

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3 Responses

  1. gyabo!

    how about barley water?

  2. Barley water is supposed to be cooling too – as our grandmothers have always told us. But I’m not sure how it compares to tea in terms of which one is more cooling.

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