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Loose Leaf Tea vs. Tea Bags
In order for tea to reach its maximum flavor, the tea leaves need room to expand.
Tea bags are too small to allow the leaves to unfurl and release flavor. This means they are generally filled with tea-dust, the tiny leaf particles that break off during the processing of tea leaves. They add color, but very little flavor.
For the intoxicating aroma and brilliant flavor of full-leaf gourmet tea, add the correct amount of tea directly to your teapot, add water, steep and pour through a strainer into your cup. (See chart below)
“Herbal teas are actually dried flowers.”
Types of Tea
Tisane (tih-ZANN) is a French word for herbal infusion. These “teas” include herbal, fruit, Rooibos and Yerba Mate. Typically, they are dried flowers, herbs and fruits steeped in boiling water. No tea required. We will touch more on this in future blog posts, so please check back often.
Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world (water is number one) and below is a sampling of tea types that tea lovers in the U.S. enjoy from around the world.
- White Tea
- Green Tea
- Oolong Tea
- Black Tea
- Pu’erh Tea
A flavored tea begin with a base of white, green or black tea and then fruits, berries, nuts, flowers, herbs or other ingredients are added. Flavors are combined to both enhance and complement. For instance, coconut and lemon, toffee and caramel, or dried lavender buds, Earl Grey bergamot oil and the essence of sweet cream. To the delight of tea lovers around the world, flavor combinations are endless.
How to brew the perfect cup of tea
- Warm your teapot by filling it with very hot tap water.
- Fill your teakettle with fresh, cold water and place on high heat.
- When your water reaches the correct temperature (see below), pour the warm water out of the teapot and add the tea leaves.
- Add the hot water and let steep amount of minutes for tea type (see below)
- Pour through a strainer into your tea-cup or use a tea filter in the pot.
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