Red Bean Tea (Adzuki Bean Tea)

These days, it seems like you can make a tea out of anything. Dandelions, fruit and now red beans. However, I guarantee it isn’t a new product. Red beans have been used for centuries in various desserts, snacks and dishes, especially in Asia.

A cup of red bean tea

This little red bean is also known as an adzuki bean. It’s not to be confused with kidney beans, which also goes by the same name as “red bean”. Perhaps I have been ignorant about it’s existence, but my friend introduced me to this non-caffeinated tea. It’s supposed to help make your skin beautiful and who doesn’t want that? I’m also always on the search for non-caffeinated teas and this just so happens to fit the criteria. 🙂

Red bean tea

Taking a sip of this lightly flavoured tea, it tasted very much like drinking the liquid form of an unsweetened red bean. It had this roasted, deep aromatic red bean flavour and a golden-brown hue. It’s definitely not your typical orange pekoe or herbal tea!

Sipping for hours

It’s an interesting tea to have, though I’m sure it’s an acquired taste. I found with this particular brand, it takes a while for all the flavours to come out so I just kept refilling the cup with hot water. However, you can also steep the bag in a thermos too and drink to your heart’s content. There’s also the option of making it into a cold drink with the simple help of a few ice cubes. 

What interesting tea flavours have you had recently? 🙂

 

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. New to me and very interesting! 🙂

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    1. Rini says:

      Cool…(dare I say it?)…beans. Thanks Ronit! 🙂

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  2. See – I always learn something. Had absolutely no idea they made tea out of red beans. Now I’m very intrigued to try. Thanks, Rini!

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    1. Rini says:

      Thank you and thanks for stopping by Tracey. 🙂

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  3. annika says:

    What?! I would have never imagined! I know this bean very well.. I sprout it and then cook it. Is the tea simply the bean (crushed up I imagine) or has it been processed in some way?

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    1. Rini says:

      The beans are cracked so that they are smaller, but not crushed into a powder. Apparently these ones are organic and it is the only ingredient in the package, which is what makes it special. And the fact it’s contained in a tea bag. 🙂 I’m sure this is an easy thing to make on your own.

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      1. annika says:

        Sounds easy enough to try without getting the bags… at least for starters.

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      2. Rini says:

        A cheese cloth would probably work too. And you can reuse it. 🙂

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  4. Shreya says:

    Sounds interesting Rini

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    1. Rini says:

      Thanks Shreya!

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  5. Rose says:

    Wow, this is so cool. I’ve never seen this before. Yeah, I bet it would be an acquired taste. I wonder if I would like it… Guess I would have to try one to know for sure. 🙂

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    1. Rini says:

      Thanks Rose! If you like red bean, you should like this. I’d add a bit of sugar to mimic the red bean dessert, but plain is good too. 🙂

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