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Tea Brewing Tips

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Start with a Good Beginning

WATER:
Clarity, color and taste are the most important tea and iced tea characteristics.  Clarity can be adversely affected by high mineral content in water.   Use the best water you can access, filtered, bottled or distilled are excellent choices.

Brewing Equipment:
For the highest quality hot or iced tea, use a dedicated brew basket and tea decanter for tea use only.

How to Brew Tea:
Bring fresh water (bottled or filtered recommended) to desired temperature.  Add your loose tea to your strainer, then place your strainer into your cup or pot.  Pour the heated water over the tea leaves.  Steep your tea for the desired amount of time (always remember to remove your strainer to avoid over steeping).  Add milk, sugar or honey if you desire and enjoy!  If you've ever tasted bitter tea, it is due to incorrect water tempereature (water too hot) and/or steeping the tea leaves for too long.

Australian Lemon Myrtle Tea
1-tsp to 8 oz of water  - temp 175 degrees
Steep 1-2 minutes
Caffeine Free
Australian Lemon Myrtle tea is very sensitive, be careful not to use boiling hot water or steep the leaves beyond the recommended steeping time.  A helpful hint: for your very first brew with the dry tea leaves, only steep tea for 30 seconds to one minute, then remove leaves and enjoy cup of tea.  Re-steep the same set of leaves again for 1 minute to 2 minutes, remove wet leaves and enjoy second up of tea. (tea leaves can be steeped up to 2 or 3 times before discarding). Australian Lemon Myrtle tea never has to taste bitter or burnt ... use the above method for the best lemon myrtle tea teaste experience.

IntimaCoconutBliss Tea
1-tsp to 8 oz of water  - temp 175 degrees
Steep 1-2 minutes
25-30 milligrams of caffeine
IntimaCoconutBliss tea is very sensitive, be careful not to use boiling hot water or steep the leaves beyond the recommended steeping time.  A helpful hint: for your very first brew with the dry tea leaves, only steep tea for 30 seconds to one minute, then remove leaves and enjoy cup of tea.  Re-steep the same set of leaves again for 1 minute to 2 minutes, remove wet leaves and enjoy second up of tea. (tea leaves can be steeped up to 2 or 3 times before discarding). IntimaCoconutBliss tea never has to taste bitter or burnt ... use the above method for the best oolong/green tea teaste experience.

White Tea
1-tsp to 8 oz of water  - temp 160 degrees
Steep 3-5 minutes
10-20 milligrams of caffeine

Green Tea
1-tsp to 8 oz of water  - temp 175 degrees
Steep 1-2 minutes
20-30 milligrams of caffeine
Green tea is very sensitive, be careful not to use boiling hot water or steep the leaves beyond the recommended steeping time.  A helpful hint: for your very first brew with the dry tea leaves, only steep tea for 30 seconds to one minute, then remove leaves and enjoy cup of tea.  Re-steep the same set of leaves again for 1 minute to 2 minutes, remove wet leaves and enjoy second up of tea. (tea leaves can be steeped up to 3 or 4 times before discarding). Green tea never has to taste bitter or burnt ... use the above method for the best green tea teaste experience.

Flavored Green Tea
1-tsp to 8 oz of water  - temp 175 degrees
Steep 1-2 minutes
20-30 milligrams of caffeine
Flavored Green tea is very sensitive, be careful not to use boiling hot water or steep the leaves beyond the recommended steeping time.  A helpful hint: for your very first brew with the dry tea leaves, only steep tea for 30 seconds to one minute, then remove leaves and enjoy cup of tea.  Re-steep the same set of leaves again for 1 minute to 2 minutes, remove wet leaves and enjoy second up of tea. (tea leaves can be steeped up to 3 or 4 times before discarding).  Flavored Green tea never has to taste bitter or burnt ... use the above method for the best green tea teaste experience.

Oolong Tea
1-tsp to 8 oz of water  - temp 195 degrees
Steep 3 minutes
25-30 milligrams of caffeine

Black Tea
1-tsp to 8 oz of water  - temp 195 degrees
Steep 3 minutes
40-50 milligrams of caffeine

Flavored Black Tea
1-tsp to 8 oz of water  - temp 195 degrees
Steep 3 minutes
40-50 milligrams of caffeine

Rooibos (Red Tea)
1-tsp to 8 oz of water  - temp 195 degrees
Steep 3 minutes
Naturally caffeine free
There is not much you can do to hurt Rooibos tea.  You can steep it for longer than recommended and it will still not taste bitter.

Herbal & Fruit Tea
1.5 tsp to 8 oz of water  - temp 208 degrees
Steep 5-6 minutes
40-50 milligrams of caffeine

Coffee has anywhere from 80-135 milligrams of caffeine per 8 oz cup.

 

Proper way to Store your Tea ...

How Do I Prevent My Tea from Absorbing Stray Flavors and Scents?
To keep your tea fresh and flavorsome, you need to store it properly. When looking for an ideal storage container, you must keep it airtight, dry and dark.

Keep Your Tea in an Airtight Container
By using an airtight container, you automatically prevent any outside elements from contaminating your tea. If nothing can penetrate the container, then nothing can be absorbed by the tea. Let’s assume you kept your tea in a spice drawer. As we both know, when you open your spice drawer it smells, obviously, like spices. Without an airtight container, all those smells would be absorbed by the tea changing its aroma and flavor.

Another enemy of tea is moisture. Since tea is almost always kept in some type of container, even a little bit of moisture can cause mold to grow on your tea. Mold loves to grow in moist enclosed areas. To prevent this you need to make sure your tea stays dry.

Make sure you don’t keep your tea in any damp area of your house, like the refrigerator.  Because the way refrigerators cool themselves, they keep cycling extremely cold air. This cycling can cause moisture to build up in your tea container, which then causes mold.

Direct sunlight can also degrade the taste of your tea.  UV rays in light will break down the polyphenols in tea, thus reducing the flavor. This is one theory that, in my opinion, is still debatable. But if you want to be safe, make sure your tea storage container is not clear. If you want to use a clear container make sure you keep it out of direct sunlight.

Is all of this really necessary?
Yes, but it is not as hard as it sounds. We've made it easy for you.  Just keep the tea stored in the resealable bags you purchased. After that, keep the tea in your pantry, a drawer, a cabinet or even your countertop as long as there is no direct sunlight. And no matter what you do, keep used leaves sealed airtight if storing them in the refrigerator.

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