How to Make Sun Tea -- especially Oolong!

Sun Tea is a great way to celebrate the summer!   Any variety of Oolong tea will make a good glass of sun tea. Cool water slowly draws flavor from the leaves. This is the opposite of hot water infusion, which rapidly pushes flavor out of the leaves.

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How to Make Iced Tea Concentrate

"Iced tea is a year round beverage in Tucson. I brew enough tea concentrate to last several days.To make the concentrate, add 3/4 cup (not packed) tea 
leaves to an 8 cup teapot,

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How To Make Perfect Iced Green Tea

Tips and tricks for the perfect iced green tea.  Great refreshment for a hot day! 

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The most delicate Chinese teas

The most delicate Chinese teas are White teas. The tea leaves are  oxidized only about 5%  and have very little caffeine.

The harvest lasts only two weeks in early spring.

There are two types of White teas: the youngest downy tea buds and downy tea buds mixed with mature tea leaves. 

There  are only two stages in the processing: withering and sorting. 

Leopard Snow Buds tea is made of  youngest downy tea bud of great delicacy. The tea leaves are  picked between 3:30 and 7:00 am when the dew is heavy, then gently steamed.  

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Ti Kuan Yin Iron Goddess

The most well-known Oolong in our collection is Ti Kuan Yin Iron Goddess. There is a legend of a poor farmer who worshiped the iron statue of the Goddess of Mercy Kuan Yin. The iron statue was in a deteriorating temple, the village was poor, and there was not enough money to restore the temple. One night the Iron Goddess came to him in a dream and pointed to a place behind her temple where he could find a treasure. She asked him to nurture what he was going to find there. Next morning the farmer found a tea bush at the place where the Iron Goddess had pointed. He cultivated the tea bush and it grew.

The farmer shared it with his neighbors and friends in the village and the community became prosperous.
Inhale aroma of this tea before brewing. Ti Kuan Yin Goddess will share its fragrance, which is compared to the blossoms of many flowers. The brewed tea will show the dark color of the statue of the Iron Goddess.
Tea has a complex flavor that unfolds with each infusion. You can make three or four infusions. First, rinse the leaves with hot kettle water to open them up and release the fragrance. Pour off the water, refill, and steep the leaves for 30 seconds before drinking, increasing the time from one infusion to the next to extract all the remaining flavor. Each time the color and the flavor will be slightly different.
Whether you drink oolong by yourself or share with friends take the  journey and enjoy this exceptionally aromatic tea. 
February 05, 2014

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Genmaicha: Roasted rice and green tea ? ( aka Popcorn tea)

Pour some water in Genmaicha. Wait. . . and the room will smell like something is roasting. The combination seems strange to our Western notions of what tea should be. Roasted rice and green tea? It actually tastes surprisingly good and once tried you will never forget its nutty combination of roasted rice and fresh green tea.

“Gen” means dark, “mai”, rice and “cha”, tea.

Genmaicha: dark roasted rice tea. The color, which is slightly yellow and a little cloudy, comes from the rice. The flavor is incomparable to anything else, with an aftertaste of nuts and roasted rice.

Tea culture came to Japan from China. Many things such as tea developed a new form in Japanese culture and something unique was created. Perhaps one of the reasons for adding rice to tea was its cost. With rice added it was less expensive and more affordable for poor Japanese farmers.

Brewing time is 2 minutes. You may steep this tea two or three more times, each time increasing the brewing period.

Genmaicha is a gastronomic surprise for anyone who has not tried it. It is an evening drink; there is very little caffeine and only one calorie per cup. I ate rice grains after sipping this tea and was very pleased. It was like a complete meal!

If you like green tea you will love Sencha.

I love it because of its freshness, color, and the light energy
boost and uplift it gives me. You can drink Sencha any time of day—with food, desserts, or just by itself.
This Japanese-style tea is simple and uncomplicated to prepare: It can be brewed with over-boiled or hard water and you can put as much tea in the mesh as you wish. Experiment to find out what you like. However, there is one preparation rule that should be respected: brew time should not exceed
1 minute. A short infusion time allows this tea to open up and release its subtle aromas, create a beautiful light green color, deliver smooth taste, and incredible foam. The leaves can be brewed up to three times, but the best will be the first infusion. A long brew time will make the liquor cloudy and the taste bitter.
Sencha is best served in white porcelain or transparent glass cups.
The freshness of the leaves is assured by the special way they are prepared: steamed, not dried or heated. This is why its caffeine and tannin levels are quite low and its antioxidant properties high.
If you have leftover Sencha don’t throw it out. It can be incorporated in smoothies or added to rice water when cooking. It will add new aromas!