Category Archives: Tea Time

Green Tea Powders

We get a lot of request for Matcha Tea, most of who have not drunk Matcha Tea and often are not sure what they are looking for. They have just heard of its amazing health claims. One reason we do not carry it is its hefty price tag. The other is I am not convinced our customers would go through the ritual of making it. We do however, carry green tea powder which can be used in place of Matcha. Be careful however, customers tell me there is a big caffeine kick in consuming the whole plant. 
 
Matcha Tea – “Finely ground tea having a neon-green hue and prepared from the leaves of plants that are cultivated in shade is known as matcha. Especially, this tea is brewed for being served in customary Japanese tea ceremonies. In addition to using this for preparing tea, it is also used in cookies, ice-creams, smoothies, drinks and alcoholic beverages. As expected, matcha tea is costlier compared to other green teas. However, the price of this tea is subject to the manner in which it is produced and/ or the class of this tea powder.” http://www.herbs2000.com/h_menu/matcha.htm
Here is an easy slide show on how to make this forthed drink.
 http://www.bonappetit.com/drinks/non-alcoholic/slideshow/how-to-make-matcha#9
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Tea Steeping Guide

tea steeping chart

Keurig Single Cup Coffee Makers are a recent fad. Customers often ask me about making tea in their machine. I do not support their use in tea making. Teas require steeping. The chart below is a water temperature and time guide for tea steeping. This chart addresses true teas: white, green, oolong, etc., it does not include herbal teas. For herbal teas, light leafy herbs require more tea and less steep time, roots and seeds require less herb and more steep time. The chart also tells how many times you can infuse (reuse) the same tea. Note that when brewing a caffeinated tea you will get most of the caffeine from your tea in the first cup (up to 80%); each time you re-steep, you will have less and less caffeine.

This chart came from Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia; it is a great reference tool. This link will take you to their post on tea.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea

General Guidelines for Tea Making

Here are some general guidelines for tea making:

How much loose tea per cup? My recommendation is 1 tsp. per 8-10 ounce cup. For finely cut black, green and oolong teas a light teaspoon. For leafy herbal teas such as dandelion leaf or lemongrass a heavy teaspoon.

How long to steep a cup of tea? The general rule is 3 to 5 minutes. For black, green and oolong teas stay on the 3 minute side. The leafy herbal teas need to steep longer so go for the whole 5 minutes. Roots, seeds and barks need time to soften to release their flavor and health benefits, so again, 5 minutes or more.

Remember everyone likes their tea different. If you like your teas light then try adding less tea and/or steeping for less time. While some people believe steeping to long makes the drink bitter others like a good strong cup of tea, which might mean a little more tea and a little longer steep time.

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