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4 Things That Sets Kashmiri Kahwa Apart

Sep 2nd 2015 at 3:04 AM


While most of us are ardent fans of tea and regularly use it for rejuvenation, the variety of tea that we use sets us all apart. From regular milk tea to green tea, honeydew lemon tea or kashmiri kahwa tea, we all have our own individual choices and reasons for choosing them.


But what really distinguishes a variant of tea from its competition? Could it be the fragrance, the blend or the taste? Well, all of this and much more! Tea should avail to the senses- the mind, body as well as the heart. The kahwa is one such kind that serves all purposes in one mesmerizing blend.


Traditionally, locals sip this tea as a method of staying warm owing to its rich texture and all that goes into making it.  Let’s look at what the  advantages of kashmiri kahwa apart:


The Taste- The kahwa is a sweet kind of tea. Conventionally, teas are sweetened according to the individual’s palate. Honey is what gives the tea it’s sweetness and even when you choose to forego the sweetener, the tea has undertones of a sweet taste as well as a rich texture.


The texture of the blend is composed of the bigger tea leaves used in combination with dried fruits such as almonds or raisins. The saffron also adds just a hint of complexity to the taste.


The Fragrance- Like any other tea, even kashmiri kahwa has to have a fragrance that becomes its signature. It does, the aroma of all the constituents including cardamom, saffron, cloves, almonds etc prevents the tea from just being a regular tea variant.

Brewing all these together creates an absolutely unique fragrance that can create the perfect ambiance.


The Culture and Heritage- Being a traditional tea in Kashmir, it is not just consumed to beat the cold but also as a symbol of the decadent heritage. Kahwa is generally served after the traditional feast called wazwan at weddings etc or served as the customary beginning to each day.

The tea which is popular in the Indian part of Kashmir also holds its own in Pakistan and even Afghan samovars. The culture of the tea which links it to Persian ancestors lends the tea its uniqueness.  So, both for cultural as well as historical reasons, kashmiri kahwa tea is gaining popularity in parts of South Asia and has started to spread to the rest of the world.


Advantages for Health- Unlike other teas, kahwa does not contain caffeine which makes it a very effective digestive. Along with the warmth it provides,  kahwa is also known for its stress-busting skills as well as a great variety blend to fight calories.

Also, what it does is because of the spices included, it considerably boosts an individual’s immunity.




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