It’s fair to say that I’m a bit of a tea snob. I will only drink high
The Importance of Loose-Leaf Tea
Tea bags seem like such a necessary convenience until you begin to understand that the quality is almost always greatly compromised. To fit into that tiny tea bag, the herb must be finely shredded or powdered. The longer an herb sits after it has been shredded, the more oxygenation occurs and the less benefit and taste actually remains when you finally decide to drink it.
Leaf Tea Intimidation
So many people are intimidated by loose tea. They wonder how much should I use? Our new customers often ask if we sell a tea ball with our tea. We don’t, and I have a good reason why.
I don’t like tea balls. A good cup of herbal tea should use 2-3 teaspoons of herb. Have you ever noticed how little you can stuff into one of those things? To make a good
So why not just use a strainer that sits on top of the tea? Again, the tea isn't freely roaming through your mug. You’re just not going to get your best cup that way.
For me, nothing beats a simple mason jar for making loose
This only works for leaves, flowers and fruits. That type of tea is made as an infusion. An infusion is the typical method of tea making: Add hot water and soak. If you have found a tea that includes bark, roots or nuts you won’t be able to use the mason jar. This type of plant material requires a decoction, which is made by placing the herb in a saucepan, adding water and simmering for 20 minutes. The fancy equipment list still doesn’t apply. Instead of a mason jar you use a saucepan. After that first step, you still pour into your cup through the strainer of your choice.
If you have gone to the trouble of sourcing your tea from a high
In this year of true winter in most parts of our country, what could be better than a good cup of tea? I’m just off to enjoy one myself. What are you drinking?