Are you switching from coffee to tea, or are you trying tea for the first time because you heard about all the health benefits? No matter what your reasons for starting to drink tea may be, the tea world can be hard to navigate alone. There are many different tea and teaware options, so you may not know what exactly you need or where to start. This beginner's guide to the tea world will help you better understand tea and figure out where to start when getting into loose leaf tea.
Many people who say they are tea drinkers usually just pick up tea bags from a local grocery store. While this is a convenient option, tea bags can sit on a grocery shelf for months at a time and can go stale and lose their flavor. When choosing loose leaf tea, you are ensuring the best flavor and quality of tea. With loose leaf tea, you get whole tea leaves without the ground bits and fillers that often go into bagged tea. On top of great taste and quality, loose tea is also environmentally friendly. Since there is less packaging for loose tea leaves, you are reducing your carbon footprint.
You have decided to ditch the coffee and the commercial tea. You are ready to start brewing premium and loose leaf tea. However, starting to brew premium tea may seem overwhelming. There are many teaware products out there that promise to make brewing easier, better, and more fun. From teacup infusers to blender balls, there are many options. If you are just starting to brew tea, here are some suggestions on what teaware is necessary, useful, or just fun to have.
What You Need
When starting out with tea brewing, you want to know what you need to brew a good cup of tea. The first thing you want to consider is a tea infuser. While you can just add the tea leaves to a hot cup of water, this is not practical. Adding the tea directly to a mug of water leaves you to filter out the tea leaves, and if you drink your tea too slowly, your tea can turn bitter. Using an infuser allows the tea leaves to be filtered out and you have more control over how long the leaves steep. Tea infusers come in all shapes and sizes, depending on whether you are brewing a single cup or a whole pot. They even come in fun designs!
What is Useful
When you start your tea brewing journey, you will realize that there is teaware that is very useful. The first thing that proves to be useful is a tea measuring spoon. A tea measuring spoon allows you to conveniently measure out the correct amount of tea you want. Like infusers, measuring spoons come in different sizes based on whether you're brewing a cup or pot of tea. People often underestimate the importance of the tea to water ratio, but this is one of the major factors that affect how your tea will taste.
Another useful item to have as a drinker of loose-leaf teas is a reusable tea bag. We can't always enjoy our tea leisurely in our own home. A reusable tea bag is a great way for you to enjoy your favorite premium tea even on the go.
What is Fun to Have
Just like anything else, tea brewing has accessories that aren't necessary but are fun to have. The first teaware item that is more fun than necessary is a tea bag string holder. These hold your tea bag string in place and keep it from falling into your mug. The best part is they come in fun shapes and sizes like King Kong. Another item that isn't necessary but is fun is sugar cube tongs. If you take your tea with sugar, a set of cute tongs are a great way to add a little fun to the brewing process.
Start Brewing TodayNow that you have a better understanding of what you need, what is useful, and what is fun to have when it comes to brewing tea, it's time to start buying. If you are looking for the perfect teaware to start your new brewing adventure, then you should check out Culinary Teas. We have all the tea and teaware you need plus fun accessories. Click here to see our full teaware collection.
In addition to the Blueberry Matcha introduced earlier this year we now are excited to introduce our new gourmet matcha...Rooibos Matcha.
It may be the world's Healthiest Beverage!....New at Culinary Teas. Organic Rooibos Matcha
Smooth with bitter chocolate notes. Finishes cleanly.
Luxury Ingredients: Rooibos* *Organic
Small Batch Blended and Packed in: Canada
Tea(s) From: South Africa
Antioxidant Level: Low
Caffeine Content: None - Caffeine Free Herb
1/2 tsp with 8oz hot water and stir vigorously or 1/2 tsp in 2 oz of water stir until a paste like consistency, add 6oz hot milk, sweeten to taste...ENJOY! I enjoy it with a little honey along with the hot milk.