May 10, 2018

New to Tea? A Beginner's Guide to Navigating the World of Tea


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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.

Why Pick 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.

Different Types of Tea

There are many different types of tea. You're likely familiar with some of the more common types such as green tea, black tea, and herbal tea. But there are many other options to choose from. Here are just a few types you should be sure to try out as you begin your tea adventure
  • White Tea: light, mild flavor, and very little caffeine
  • Oolong Tea: full body, sweet, aids in weight loss, a natural pick me up
  • Rooibos Tea: caffeine free and sweet
  • Chai Tea: dark, full flavor, spicy, gives an energy kick

Brewing Loose Leaf Tea

You may feel overwhelmed when it comes to brewing loose leaf tea. While it may not be as simple as putting a tea bag in some hot water, the flavor is well worth the extra steps. Here's a simple, step-by-step guide to brewing a mug of loose leaf tea.
  • Step 1: Heat water on the stove to the proper temperature using a tea kettle
  • Step 2: Measure your tea (the more leaves, the stronger the tea). A good rule of thumb is 1 tsp per 6oz of water for most teas, 1.5 tsp for herbal teas.
  • Step 3: Put your tea in an infuser, make sure you have left room for the tea to expand, never completely fill an infuser.
  • Step 4: Put infuser in the mug, and pour in hot water
  • Step 5: Steep for the appropriate amount of time for the tea variety
  • Step 6: Remove infuser
  • Step 7: Enjoy!

Start Brewing Today!

Starting to brew loose leaf tea can seem overwhelming at first. However, after this beginner's guide, you should feel well prepared to start your tea brewing journey. The first step in brewing tea is buying the tea. If you are looking for the perfect loose leaf tea, you should check out Culinary Teas. We offer a wide variety of loose leaf tea and teaware. We can help you get started brewing today!
May 03, 2018

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Teaware - What's Necessary, Useful, and Just Fun to Have

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 Today

Now 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.

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Smooth with bitter chocolate notes. Finishes cleanly.

Luxury Ingredients: Rooibos* *Organic
Small Batch Blended and Packed in: Canada
Tea(s) From: South Africa
Region(s): Cederberg
Antioxidant Level: Low 
Caffeine Content: None - Caffeine Free Herb

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