UHT TREATMENT FOR TEA

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UHT (Ultra-high temperature processingultra-heat treatment, or ultra-pasteurization) is a processing technology that sterilizes liquid food/ drink by heating it above 135 °C (275 °F) – the temperature required to kill bacterial endospores – for 2 to 5 seconds. UHT is most commonly used in milk production, but the process is also used for fruit juices, cream, soy milk, yogurt, wine, soups, honey, stews, and tea.

The first system involving indirect heating with the continuous flow (125 °C [257 °F] for 6 min) was manufactured in 1893. In Sweden, Tetra Pak launched tetrahedral paperboard cartons in 1952. They made a commercial breakthrough in the 1960s, after technological advances, combining carton assembling and aseptic packaging technologies, followed by international expansion. In aseptic processing, the product and the package are sterilized separately and then combined and sealed in a sterile atmosphere, in contrast to canning, where product and package are first combined and then sterilized.

UHT processing is performed in complex production plants, which perform several stages of food processing and packaging automatically and in succession:

  • Flash heating
  • Flash cooling
  • Homogenization
  • Aseptic packaging

In the heating stage, the treated liquid is first pre-heated to a noncritical temperature and then quickly heated to the temperature required by the process. There are two types of heating technologies: direct, where the product is put in direct contact with the hot steam, and indirect, where the product and the heating medium remain separated by the equipment’s contact surfaces. The main goals of the design, both from product quality and from efficiency standpoints, are to maintain the high product temperature for the shortest period possible and to ensure that the temperature is evenly distributed throughout.

UHT milk tea packaged in a sterile box, if not opened, has a typical unrefrigerated shelf life of six to twelve months. The tea treated with UHT technology and aseptic packaging significantly cut the need for refrigeration, and thus benefit the environment by reducing greenhouse emissions while still preserve the most nutrition of materials.

Since 2018, Future Generation Co. Ltd has invested and developed UHT & Aseptic technology for our tea. Our products have been receiving a positive response from markets.

Cozy Milk Tea and Fruit Tea can be found in supermarkets, grocery stores and online shop throughout Vietnam.

Please contact us for bulk order or OEM for your own products.

– Gina –

Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultra-high-temperature_processing

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Teaching With Tea

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An oversize electric teapot rested on the windowsill when my eighth-grade students walked into the classroom one cheerless day. Plastic gallons of water and a large pitcher occupied the front table, along with two stacks of cups, a plastic canister filled with sugar, and a serving spoon.

“Clear your desks,” I told my class as I welcomed them at the doorway. “We are not going to fight the malaise today.”

No one, including me, was in the mood for the rigors essay writing brings. Our writing assignment could wait. The bleak weather had dampened our spirits long enough. Gray skies and sharp, bitter winds had continued day after day.

“Are we having a test?” one student asked as she made her way into the classroom. Young faces turned to me with expectation.

There wasn’t much ceremony as I filled the clear, plastic pitcher with boiling water and a few teabags. As I stirred with a serving spoon, the infusion deepened to lovely rust. All eyes were on me. I needed no motivational technique to hook my kids; they were all there—their faces filled with genuine wonder.

Each student thanked me as I served them a hot cup of tea with or sans sugar; some even told me they had never had hot tea before.

While the tea cooled, we talked about what we collectively knew of different tea ceremonies. Those who were initiated in the ways of tea chatted about their favorite kinds of teas. We shared family tea-drinking traditions. I told them that in my childhood, tea was the drink of choice for difficult family talks—always followed by a hug and a slice of cake or a cookie or two.

My students held their cups, fingers laced, careful not to spill. Some blew on the hot liquid; some closed their eyes as they swallowed. A few sighed. I observed their wave of rosy-cheeked contentment.

We also talked about what living in the moment really means. We were doing exactly that. Taking tea in class was not a waste of time. It was a way to revitalize our classroom mood and regroup our thoughts. When the students were ready to return to their writing that morning, one boy shared that he was going to change the direction of his piece. “Tea restoreth the soul” seemed like a better topic to explore.

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The art of Vietnamese tea

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Vietnamese tea ceremony for Japanese royal party

Having spent many years researching Vietnamese tea culture and introducing it to many countries around the world, I was honored to present a tea ceremony for the Emperor and Empress of Japan. On March 3, I brewed and offered tea for General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and the Japanese royal guests at a special welcome tea party.

I felt somewhat nervous about serving such high-profile visitors. I chose two famous specialty teas to prepare for the honored guests-high-class Tan Cuong tea from the most famous green tea area of Thai Nguyen province and Tay Ho lotus tea that I marinated in the traditional style.

The scent of the Vietnamese tea tantalized the taste buds of the Emperor and Empress as well as all the other guests. They drank tea with pure enjoyment and gave me endless compliments.

At the end of the tea ceremony, the Emperor and Empress of Japan approached my serving table, and said, “The tea is delicious!”

Their friendliness and warm smiles spread positive energy throughout the room. General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong cheerfully told me: “You are exactly like your name, Hoang Anh Suong.” Hoang Anh Suong means happiness. (nên cắt)

The opportunity to meet the heads of two countries brought me great joy and a sense of pride in what I do. Only tea can bring the Emperor from far away from Japan to a Vietnamese citizen like me in such a close and intimate way. The tea played a meaningful role, helping people of two countries meet and find friendship and peace. Tea is also a means of expressing hospitality and beauty in Vietnamese culture.

For me, the tea ceremony for the Japanese Emperor and Empress will always be a beautiful memory and as a tea artisan, I consider it a great honor.

Tea art in Vietnamese culture

Making artisan tea is a long journey, from selecting the right soil, topography, mountain air, levels of sunshine, rain, and watering, nursing the young leaves until harvest and finally drying the tea leaves to ensure a perfect flavor is achieved.

It is no accident that of all the beverages of this human realm, tea is considered the most sophisticated. With the same tea hill, tea grown to the east is always better than that grown to the west. As the tea plant facing east receives the sun rays early in the morning, the growth response is different from that of the tea in the west.

Moreover, within the same tea garden tea harvested in the four seasons spring, summer, autumn, and winter have different flavors.

The most excellent is the tea ‘Xuan 1’ or ‘Tien Minh’ (before Ancestor Day). When the cold winter passes and the first sunshine of spring arrives, the buds start sprouting on the tea scrags. If those buds are picked early, still covered in dew, and brought home to dry on an iron pan, they will possess a very unique and fresh fragrance like the aroma of a steaming sticky rice bowl. Our ancestors had a saying: “Drink a cup of tea, travel a thousand miles”. That kind of tea used to be offered to the King in ancient times.

Along with China, Japan, Sri Lanka and India, Vietnam is home to vast amounts of tea plants. The vestiges of fossil tea trees have been found on the land of Hung Vuong and Phu Tho. Many researchers believe that the tea plant appeared from the Stone Age Son Vi about ten thousand years ago.

Vietnam still has over 40,000 ancient tea plantations in Suoi Giang commune in Yen Bai province. These are considered a treasure and source of pride for Vietnamese tea culture.

The Vietnamese are thought to be one of the earliest tea drinking nations in the world. The Vietnamese way of drinking tea is also varied, from the sophisticated style of the ancient kings to the more relaxed styles popular today.

Tea is taken to a new level and considered a great art. Tea drinkers can enjoy in silence and sometimes silence is a way to communicate. Through enjoying tea, Vietnamese people can predict the attitude of their partners and also tell something about their personality and education level.

The tea drinking habits of Hanoians are a typical example of Vietnamese tea culture. If people of other areas like to drink tea “plain” (tea without embalming), many families in Hanoi enjoy tea flavored with lotus, jasmine or chrysanthemum. In particular, lotus tea is a precious tea that in the past was only offered to guests or as gifts.

Lotus tea made with Ha Giang black tea is flavored with between 1,000 and 2,000 lotus flowers per kilogram of tea. This must be a lotus planted in West Lake that has not yet bloomed to reach the highest level of scent. Special-priced lotus tea fluctuates at VND8-10 million per kilogram. Currently in Hanoi, only about six families make this kind of tea. (nên cắt)

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TENCHA

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Tencha (碾茶) is a shaded Japanese green tea that is mostly used to make Matcha before the leaves are ground into fine powder.  

This tea’s main characteristic is small, flat, dark green flakes. For high-quality Tencha, the very first, most tender leaves of spring seasons are used. Whether harvested by hand or machine, the tender Tencha tea leaves must be processed very quickly – within 24 hours.

The tea plants are shaded/ covered with black curtains for 3-4 weeks before harvest to block direct exposure to sunlight, resulting in leaves that are rich in theanine and less bitter tannin. This creates a smooth, mellow and sweet taste. The leaves are then steamed at 200°C to prevent oxidation and through other processing includes: Blowing (Cooling down) – > Drying – > Cutting – > De-stemming (and de-veining)…

The result of this processing is flat leaves that are rich in their vivid green color. Tencha leaves are rarely sold in shops as they are usually ground straight away to make Matcha. But it’s sometimes also used for cooking or drinking.

Tencha Brew Guide:

Tea: 7-8g Tencha

Water: 200ml water at 60º-80ºC

Time: 1.5 – 2 minute steep

Make Iced Tea: Tencha is also good for slow ice-steeping and cold brewing. 

(Tencha – Matcha processing line at Future Generation Co. Ltd factory)

Future Generation Co. Ltd. invested in Tencha – Matcha processing line to bring fresh taste from tea garden to our products.

Our Cozy tea can be found in supermarkets, grocery stores and online shop throughout Vietnam.

Please contact us for bulk order of Matcha or Tencha.

– Gina –

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Six Steps to Stylish Iced Tea

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What could be more refreshing on a hot summer day than an icy-cold glass of tea? That’s why June was chosen as the official month to celebrate America’s longtime love affair with the beverage. The American passion for cold tea, can be traced back nearly two centuries.

One of the most reported iced-tea stories came from the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair when Richard Blechynden, director of the East India pavilion, became frustrated as he tried to offer samples of hot tea under the simmering Missouri sun. In an attempt to boost consumption, he circulated and chilled the tea through a series of lead pipes immersed in ice. The resulting cool, refreshing beverage was a hit with fairgoers, and the iced drink became popular throughout the United States.

We are beginning to brush up on our iced tea–making skills as well. Here are a few suggestions that will leave your guests asking, “How did you make that great iced tea?”

  1. Think outside the tea-bag box. More than 40 percent of the tea imported into America each year comes from Argentina, where fields of tea bushes are mechanically harvested to make a bagged tea that is inexpensive, quick to steep, and light in color. Consider starting with a full-leaf tea you would normally serve hot in a cup. Your guests will taste the difference because Vietnamese, Indian, Chinese, Sri Lankan, Kenyan, or Japanese teas will infuse more tannins and deeper flavors into your brew.
  2. Go green. If a light iced tea is what you crave, then green might be your cup—or glass—of tea. Iced tea in the late 19th century was as likely to be made with green tea as it was with black tea. Green tea combines easily with fruits, such as strawberry, cherry, lemon, or lime. As is true for all green teas, don’t put boiling water on the leaves. Steep green tea in 74°C water for 5 minutes for optimum results.
  3. Turn off the heat. You don’t always need hot water to steep tea. Simply infuse tea leaves into a pitcher of filtered tap water, and place the pitcher in a refrigerator overnight. Remove the spent leaves, and pour your fresh tea over ice. I find that green teas, black teas, or herbals yield the best results when using this cold-brew method. And what about sun tea? The United States Tea Association began cautioning against using this method 20 years ago because of the possible growth of bacteria in longstanding lukewarm water.
  4. Steep it strong. I like to add an extra minute of steep time when making iced tea to make sure the beverage doesn’t weaken when added to an ice-filled glass.
  5. Sweeten with fruit. One of the reasons for tea’s current rise in popularity is that tea is considered an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Copious amounts of sugar can negate those healthful properties. The addition of citrus or frozen fruits can enhance the enjoyment of your iced tea without unending amounts of sugar. If you must use sugar, offer guests a small decanter of simple syrup to sweeten to their taste.
  6. Clear the clouds. What can you do if your black tea clouds after sitting for hours in a refrigerator? It can be salvaged. (Clouding occurs when the solids from the tea leaves are forced out of suspension.) Simply add a bit of boiling water to your tea, and watch the clouds disappear.

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TEA TREND IN 2020

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What changes can we expect to see in the world of tea in 2020, especially after Coronavirus outbreak?

Coronavirus has been a devastating global problem for months. How will it affect the tea industry? Though the virus will not affect tea plants directly, it is foreseeable to have a negative impact on the workforce. There is also a possibility that tea-producing regions might be quarantined or ports closed. Both demand and supply may decrease consequently.

Drinkers of orthodox black tea and green tea are getting older and consuming less. Tea drinking to address specific health concerns (like diet, stress, depression, blood pressure, etc.) will continue to grow in 2020. Many tea producers have been offering functional teas to catch up with this trend.

While Orthodox tea and coffee markets have fallen recently, we can scent the continued rise of fruit, herbal, and spice teas. Consumer taste has become sophisticated, people expect better flavor and quality with health benefits than in the past.

So-called fruit, herbal, and spice tea may be confused by many people. Many tea companies already developed various teas with fruit flavors, herbs, or spices in convenient tea bag types.

It can be a beverage made from a combination of fresh or dried fruits, herbs, and spices. This drink is entirely caffeine-free and can be self-made at home as well.

It can also refer to the combination of tea (made from the leaves of the tea plant Camellia Sinensis) with a fresh slices or dried pieces of fruits, herbs, and spices.

The great thing with fruit, herbal and spice tea is that they are not overly sweet, low caffeine and still have all the benefits which can be found in the raw form of the fruit, herb or spice used. Choosing a good tea to suit your taste can be a positive experience as you get to try and test out many types of teas and familiarize yourself with the taste and aroma of each. When searching for the perfect tea, it is important to consider not only taste but the health benefits you are looking for. And it is not only a drink, it can be used in many other ways, for example being added to cooking such as smoothies, desserts and ice cream.

Future Generation Co. Ltd have researched market trends and developed RTD tea with concentrate and extract of tea, fruits, herbs and spices packed in paper box with UHT technology. These products not only have smooth taste, good for health, environmentally friendly but also very convenient.

Our Cozy tea can be found in supermarkets, grocery stores and online shop throughout Vietnam.

– Gina –

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VARIETIES OF MILK TEA

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Milk Tea refers to several forms of beverage found in many countries, containing some combination of tea and milk. Beverages vary based on the amount of each of these key ingredients, the method of preparation, and the inclusion of other ingredients (varying from sugarhoneysalt, or cardamom).

Local variations include:

Nowadays, leading tea companies have been developing various mass-produced products of milk tea and make it even more convenient for consumers like Instant milk tea powder or RTD milk tea.

Cozy Matcha 3 in 1, Cozy Milk Tea, and more products of Future Generation Co. Ltd. can be found in supermarkets, grocery stores, and online shops throughout Vietnam.

– Gina  –

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milk_tea

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BENEFITS OF CHAMOMILE TEA

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Chamomile or Camomile is the common name for several daisy-like plants of the family Asteraceae.

(Chamomile flowers garden at Future Generation Co. Ltd. factory)

To make chamomile tea, the flowers are dried and then infused into hot water.

The tea is most commonly known for its calming effects and frequently used as a sleep aid. The potential benefits of chamomile tea, for which there is the most evidence, include the following:

1.   Reducing menstrual pain

Several studies have linked chamomile tea to reduced severity of menstrual cramps, less anxiety and distress associated with period pain.

2. Treating diabetes and lowering blood sugar

Again, some studies have found that chamomile tea can lower blood sugar in people with diabetes. Research does not show that chamomile is a viable substitute for diabetes medications, but it may be a helpful supplement to existing treatments.

3. Slowing or preventing osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is the progressive loss of bone density. This loss increases the risk of broken bones and stooped posture. A 2004 study found that chamomile tea might have anti-estrogenic effects.

4. Reducing inflammation

Inflammation is an immune system reaction to fight infection. Chamomile tea contains chemical compounds that may reduce inflammation.

5. Cancer treatment and prevention

Some studies suggest that chamomile tea may target cancer cells, or even prevent those cells from developing in the first place. However, research so far is inconclusive, and scientists say more work is needed to prove chamomile’s anti-cancer claims.

6. Helping with sleep and relaxation

Chamomile tea is widely thought to help people relax and fall asleep. In one review of the current evidence, 10 of 12 cardiovascular patients are quoted as having fallen asleep shortly after consuming chamomile tea. A handful of other studies looking at clinical models also suggest that chamomile tea may help people relax.

Some research suggests that chamomile binds to benzodiazepine receptors. Benzodiazepines are prescription drugs that can reduce anxiety and induce sleep.

7. Treating cold symptoms

Some studies suggest that inhaling steam with chamomile extract can relieve some of the symptoms of the common cold such as a runny nose and sore throat.

8. Treatment for mild skin conditions

1987 study found that applying chamomile extract directly to a wound assisted healing. Likewise, a few studies have found that chamomile ointments may help with eczema and mild inflammatory skin conditions, although they are not as effective as hydrocortisone cream.

People with a history of severe allergies, particularly to pollens or chamomile products, infants and very young children are recommend to avoid chamomile. But in general, people can try chamomile tea as a supplement for incremental health improvements. Cozy Chamomile Tea, a product of Future Generation Co. Ltd. can be found in supermarkets, grocery stores and online shop throughout Vietnam.

-Gina –

Source:

  1. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-herbal-teas
  2. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320031.php
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GINGER TEA BENEFITS

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Ginger is native to Asia and is the flowering plant of the Zingiberaceae family. With its high levels of Vitamin C, magnesium, and other minerals, ginger root is extremely beneficial for health.

Nothing beats cold in the winter like a hot cup of ginger tea. But this soothing beverage is also loved even in summer or in a hot area. Once made into tea, you can add sugar, honey, peppermint, or lemon to mask the taste and effect of ginger.

Here are some of the known benefits of ginger tea:

  1. Relieve nausea/ motion sickness
    Drinking a cup of ginger tea before traveling can help prevent nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness. You can also drink a cuppa at the first sign of nausea to relieve the symptom.
  2. Improve stomach performance
    Useful in improving digestion and increasing absorption of food, ginger tea can bloat after eating too much, increased the feelings of fullness, and reduced hunger.
  3. Reduce inflammation
    Ginger contains anti-inflammatory properties that make it an ideal home remedy for muscle and joint problems. In addition to drinking ginger tea, you can also use ginger to soak inflamed joints.
  4. Fight respiratory problems
    Ginger tea can help relieve congestion associated with the common cold. Try a cup of ginger-tea for the respiratory symptoms associated with environmental allergies.
  5. Improve blood circulation, protective against heart disease
    The vitamins, minerals, and amino acids in ginger can help restore and improve blood circulation that may help decrease the chance of cardiovascular problems. Ginger may prevent fat from depositing in the arteries helping to prevent heart attacks and stroke.
  6. Relieve menstrual discomfort
    Gingerols components in ginger can help relieve nausea caused by pregnancy, chemotherapy, or surgery. This one is also for all women suffering from menstrual cramps.
  7. Strengthen immunity
    Ginger tea can help strengthen your immunity due to the high levels of antioxidants in ginger.
  8. Relieve stress
    Ginger tea has calming properties that may help lower your stress and tension. This is thought to be due to a combination of the strong aroma and healing properties.

    Early recognize the benefits of ginger, Future Generation Company has been developing various types of ginger tea. Our Cozy Hot Ginger and Ginger Tea can be found in supermarkets, grocery stores and online shop throughout Vietnam.

    If you want to bring this healthy beverage to your markets, even under your own label or brand name, please feel free to contact us. 

    -Gina –

    Source:

    1. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/diet/8-health-benefits-of-ginger-tea/articleshow/27715978.cms
    2. https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/benefits-ginger-tea
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    FUTURE GENERATION CO. LTD ATTENDED VIETNAM LOCAL SPECIALITY FAIR 2019

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    Vietnam Local Specialities Fair is an annual event to boost local brands, introduce specialties – the pride of Vietnam’s high-quality goods – from 63 cities and provinces to citizens. The Fair also aims to facilitate local firms reaching out to international markets.

    This year, Vietnam Local Specialities Fair took place in Royal City, Hanoi from November 20th to 24th, 2019, gathered more than 200 booths with hundreds of selected products.

    Future Generation Co. Ltd. is honored to attend and contribute to the success of the event.

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