Choose your favourite cup. Handle, no handle, glass, ceramic… it’s totally up to you, just make sure it is your favourite cup… for this tea, this moment. This is oh so very important. It makes all the difference to the enjoyment of the tea inside. Have a number of favourite cups. We do and it’s awesome.
Be sure to use pure fresh water to prepare your tea. Spring or filtered water is the bomb.
For years we didn’t care much for green tea – found it bitter and astringent – until we learnt that we were burning the leaves! Wallys. Now we know how to brew it correctly, we can’t believe how beautiful it is. Water temperature is oh so very important and each variety of tea requires a different temperature so be sure to follow the temperature guide suggested on the packet. Generally, the darker the tea, the higher the brewing temperature. If you do not own a fandangle temperature control kettle and you need to brew your tea at a lower than boiling temperature, simply stop the kettle as it gently hits the rolling boil then allow it to cool for a few minutes before pouring the water over your leaves. Practise will make perfect. Avoid re-boiling water as the oxygen content is reduced.
Always warm the teapot. Pour boiling water into the pot and then pour it out before adding your leaves and hot water. This will heat it up and ensure a consistent water temperature.
It is best to brew your herbal/fruit tisanes, white and green teas in a different pot to your strong black based teas that can build up residual tanins. The leaves need room to dance so if using a tea pot with an infuser basket, make sure that the basket is large enough for the leaves to really 'break it down' in the water as this will give you the best quality cup.
HOW MUCH TEA?
As a general rule, 1 teaspoon of tea for each cup (250mls), but it all depends on how you like to take your tea as well as the density of the leaf. For dense black tea for example, 1 teaspoon is great but you may require 2 teaspoons of a large open-leafed tea or herbal blend.
Though it comes down to personal preference, generally lighter more delicate teas, white and green for example, only need to be brewed for a short amount of time. Darker teas for longer. If you prefer a strong tea, it is best to use more leaves and to brew for the recommended time than to brew your leaves for longer. The longer you brew, the more tannins are released which can lead to bitterness. Follow the brewing time on the packet as a guide. And this is oh so very important... always remove the leaves from the pot once the optimum brew time for your particular tea has been reached to ensure the most beautiful and smooth infusion.
STORING YOUR TEA
The best way to store your beautiful loose leaf is in an airtight tea canister, just like the gorgeous handmade Japanese tea canisters we sell our teas in (aren't they amazing!).
Tea does not like light, moisture, heat or odour so keep your tea in a cool, dry place away from light and away from other products with a strong scent. As tea can be quite absorbent, be sure to air your canisters before re-using them so as not to transfer scent from one blend to another. If stored correctly, your favourite teas will remain fresh and flavoursome for many months. Oh the joy.
Herbs are amazing and potent gifts from nature and can have side effects. Please seek professional medical advice if you are unsure if any of our products are right for you, especially if you have a health condition or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
PERFECTION IS FOR PUNKS
Our products are entirely organic and as a result natural imperfections may occur from time to time.
NICE NECK TRICKLE
This is not a ‘tip’ per se but more a curiousity of ours... When we take our first sip of a hot cup of tea, we get the most lovely relaxing trickle of warm niceness down the back of our necks. We are interested to know whether you get the nice neck trickle too? If you get a different trickle, we’d love to hear about it. We'll start a trickle register.
THANK THE TEA GODS
Oh my goodness, how good is tea! It is healthy, pure, restorative, solitary, communal, comforting, inspirational, celebratory, a pick me up, a relaxant, a confidant. A total life saver. Take a moment to think of the beautiful land, amazing farmers and pickers who deliver this gift to us all. Word.
Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves — slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future ~Thich Nat Hahn
(global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist)