From John’s Desk
These days many people are concerned about the security of their credit cards. While the concern is valid, often the measures they take to keep their cards safe actually expose them to greater risk. The fact is, using a credit card to purchase online from a reputable, secure retailer is one of …continue reading
We invite you to participate in our blog and get the chance to win a Tea of the Month Club! To enter the contest, leave a comment to this post. You may talk about anything you want, as long as it relates to tea in some way that people might want to read about. Please, …continue reading
We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want. — Tao-Te Ching.
By John Rice, General Manager. When a customer is brewing loose tea for the first time, they sometimes comment that it came out tasting bitter. Unlike most bag teas, high quality loose teas require more care in brewing, and how to do this properly will vary with the particular tea being made. This is why …continue reading …continue reading
Tea will easily get stale if stored improperly, and can sometimes even spoil. For best flavor retention, tea needs to be kept in an air-tight, dark, and dry environment, ideally at a constant temperature and away from odors. Because tea leaves are dried, they are prone to absorbing moisture and aromas of nearby items. Light …continue reading
In general, freshly boiled water is appropriate for black and herbal teas, but steaming (sub-boiling) is best for green, oolong, and white teas. A lot of people use boiling water all the time and report their tea tastes fine. Ultimately, your taste preferences are all that matter, so feel free to experiment a bit with …continue reading
The best way to control the strength of your tea is the alter the amount of tea leaves you use rather than changing the brew time. People will often try to let their tea brew a long time to get a strong cup, only to find it tastes bitter. To get the best flavor, you …continue reading
This can vary significantly from tea to tea, but there are rules of thumb. In general, black tea needs to brew 3-5 minutes for best flavor. They will often get bitter if you let them brew more than 6 or 7 minutes (some much sooner). Green tea often needs only 1 minute, but 2-3 minutes …continue reading
A tea cup is considered to be 6 fluid ounces, like a coffee cup. So when we say to use 1 tsp. of leaves per cup, if your cup is 8 ounces, you may need to use a bit more leaves to get a full strength cup.