Soak up these last few weeks of hot tea season with all the best brew tools.
Here's how we like to make the perfect hot cuppa, for those chilly spring mornings.
PSST: Get the inside scoop on how we make our samples in the stores!
This infuser can make an 8 oz serving or a 64 oz serving depending on how many leaves you add! Since this infuser is more roomy, it allows the leaves to fully open up. This roominess allows the leaves to release more of their flavor and more of their nutritional value.
It has fine enough grating to prevent even the finest tea from leaking into your cup (not today rooibos). It is also incredibly durable and can be put in the dishwasher!
Second you need a teaspoon. Yes, this is the OG teaspoon.
All of our tea tins have labels that indicate the measurement of tea and the steep time. We always recommend using at least 1-2 teaspoons of tea per 8 oz of water. When we make the tea at the store, we always use at least 2 ROUNDED teaspoons of tea per 8 oz of water and steep for the maximum time indicated on the tea tin label (we like our tea strong). While 2 teaspoons makes an average brew, 3 1/2 teaspoons will make a stronger brew. It just depends on your preference!
PRO TIP: Setting a timer for your tea to steep is one of the key elements to get the perfect cup. Too much time, tea can become bitter, too little time, there won't be a lot of flavor!
Third, you need a kettle and an adorable teapot to steep your tea in.
In our stores we use electric kettles that can be heated to specific temperatures, as each type of tea requires a different water temperature. We don't sell electric kettles but you can find these online with a quick google search! Many customers report using hot water from a Keurig to make their tea, which is perfectly fine as well. Just make sure that water temp is right for the tea you are making.
If you don't have an electric kettle that can indicate the temperature of the water, simply gauge your temperature based on the water bubbles. A rolling boil is 212 degrees, very tiny bubbles are 185 degrees and just before the water starts to make any bubbles at all is when the water is most likely close to 175 degrees.
White Tea: 175 degrees
Green Tea: 185 degrees
Oolong: 185 degrees
Pu Erh: 212 degrees (boiling)
Black: 212 degrees (boiling)
Maté: 212 degrees (boiling)
Rooibos: 212 degrees (boiling)
Herbal: 212 degrees (boiling)
This glass teapot is perfect for brewing multiple servings of tea that you can share or sip on yourself throughout the day. We highly recommend using our Glass Teapot Warmer with this pot! The glass can withstand high and low temperatures.
We sweeten our sample teas at the store with a tiny bit of raw cane sugar and, for custom cups, we use our raw and unfiltered honey! We avoid over sweetening our teas, as the natural flavors can become overpowered. Instead we opt for just enough sweetness to highlight the flavors! We also love finding the most beautiful tea blend and honey pairing: this takes experimenting but is a fun process.
HERE OUR SOME OF OUR FAVORITE HONEY VARIETALS RIGHT NOW: