Luxury Ingredients: Decaf black tea
Country of Origin: Sri Lanka
Region: Nuwara Eliya
Shipping Port: Colombo
Grade: FP (Flowery Pekoe)
Altitude: 5000 feet above sea level
Manufacture Type: Orthodox
Cup Characteristics: Courtlodge is one of the top Ceylon estates. The FP leaf style retains its quality during the decaffeination process.
Infusion: Tending bright and coppery notes.
We thoroughly scrutinize our decaffeinated teas to ensure that they stand up to Canadian Quality specifications. All of our decaffs are processed using the Co2 Process. The advantage of this decaffeination process is that no chemical solvents are used to remove the caffeine. Also, using the naturally occurring Co2 in a circulation process, which carefully uses high pressure and temperature to extract the caffeine, the origin distinct character of the tea is retained in the cup. There is a slight change in the character of the tea due to the process but the end result is an uncompromising cup of tea with no chemical overtones.
We used Courtlodge estate for this estate decaf for several reasons: Courtlodge gives us the character we are looking for - a flavory and satisfying tea; Courtlodge is one of the top Ceylon tea estates for quality; we have visited Courtlodge and confirmed that they undertake proper manufacturing techniques, keep plucking standards high, and reinvest in the estate and its personnel; but most importantly we have found that Courtlodge estate tea retains it's character under Co2 decaffeination processes much better than other teas we have tested.
Typically, the quality of tea is judged by hundreds of the tea tasters around the world. On a weekly basis raucous lively auctions are held in various producing countries where world prices are set. Tasters are looking for similar characteristics, so in the matter of a few seconds the value of the tea is established according to supply and demand functions and quality gradients.
Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon of teafor each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea). Pour into your cup and add milk and sugar to taste.
Iced tea brewing method (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water.]