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The first Soba tea of ​​my life arrived in the mail a few weeks ago. I've never been a big tea drinker (not even that much of a water drinker), but I've always wanted to get my hands on something more valuable than fizzy drinks. Soba tea came, tasted and won! That is why I consider it absolutely important to introduce it to the readers of Rúzs és Más.

Anytime, for anyone

In fact, it is not even tea, as this Far Eastern drink with a thousand-year-old tradition and a pleasant taste is made from toasted buckwheat, boiled with water in a similar way to tea. However, it does not contain caffeine or invigorating theobromine, but it does contain all the valuable active ingredients of gluten-free buckwheat! Consequently, it can be consumed by all ages at any time of the day. After roasting, sweet, biscuity, caramel flavors are released, and thanks to its special aroma, it has a high enjoyment value even without sugar, both cold and warm. The tea from 24 Tea Soba, which I like, also completely blew me away with its nutty flavor notes. In addition to the basic flavor, a coconut version is also available, the aroma of which is made even more complex by natural coconut flakes.

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From Japan to Hungary

Soba tea has had a long journey to Hungary.  The drink originates from the northern, cooler regions of Japan, where the main source of livelihood was the cultivation of buckwheat. At a glance, we can tell that this is not exactly the same buckwheat from which the porridge is made, but a variety bred in East Asia, which spread mainly in China, Tibet, South Korea and Japan. Most recently, tartar buckwheat, grown in Korea's Gangwon Province, is a favorite because it has a nuttier flavor and contains more rutin (a plant compound found in certain fruits and vegetables known for its powerful antioxidant properties). The 24teashop. hu 's owners encountered buckwheat tea for the first time in Russia, a nation that also drinks tea, which is how Soba tea, marketed under the name 24 Tea, ended up.


Besides its pleasant taste, Soba tea has significant positive effects on our health. The small-sized, thin-shelled seeds of the tartar buckwheat, which provides the raw material, are much richer in various active ingredients, vitamins and minerals than the cereal we know. Soba tea preserves the valuable active ingredients of buckwheat and offers all the benefits of green tea, caffeine-free!

The following health effects are based on the experiences of regular tea consumers:

–          Helps relaxation

–          Helps concentration

–          Strengthens the immune system (due to its high antioxidant and vitamin content)

–          Stimulates digestion (phenolic acid content improves digestive functions, eliminates bloating and constipation)

–         reduces blood pressure and cholesterol

–          Helps in the treatment of diabetes (reduces the concentration of glucose in the body due to the content of D-chiro-inositol and rutin)

–          Promotes weight loss (with high protein content, low calorie content, stimulates metabolism, eliminates water retention)

–          Reduces edema (e.g. for swollen ankles)

–          Has an anti-inflammatory effect (due to its rutin component)

–          Helps fight fungal, bacterial and viral infections (thanks to its strong antioxidants)

Make it this way

Boil 1 teaspoon of Soba tea with 2 dl of water and steep for 3-5 minutes.
Tip: Make a larger quantity at once, up to one and a half litres. You can safely leave the water on the tea, it will not become bitter. Once the tea has been drunk, the seeds can be poured twice more, but for the second/third pouring, let them soak for a longer time!

Extra tip: you can also eat the seeds mixed into muesli, porridge, smoothie or granola!

24 Tea's high-quality Soba teas are available at 24teashop. hu in the webshop.


Lipstick & Other / 2021-07-20

Mónika Fodor Kassai