HOW TO PREPARE THE PERFECT CUP OF TEA

We’re delighted to offer you a variety of delicious artisan-crafted loose teas. All tea comes from the same plant, Camellia sinensis, but all tea should not be prepared the same. A few simple rules-of-thumb will greatly improve the enjoyment of and provide a richer experience. Kindly note that, depending on variety and/or blends, each tea has an optimal brewing approach and time for optimal flavor and enjoyment.

Hot-brew benefit – stronger flavor, better base for milk and additions (soy, coconut milk), higher caffeine content. Time 2-7 minutes.
Cold-brew benefit – clean, complex, crisp infusions that are low in caffeine and tannins. Time 10-40 minutes or overnight (12 hours) in the refrigerator. NOTE: we do not recommend sun tea

GREEN TEAS
Green teas benefit from short brewing times and lower water temperatures. Note that longer exposure to water can yield an increasingly bitter note. TIP A ¼ cup of cold water to 1.75 cups (16 oz.) of boiling water will cool the water sufficiently before steeping.
Hot-brew – Steep 2-3 minutes with steaming water (185° degrees)
Cold-brew – Steep 10-15 minutes with cold water. Add ice, sugar and garnishments* (citrus wedges, cucumber, fresh mint or basil) as desired.

BLACK TEAS
Black teas deliver strong, rich flavor with short brewing times and hold milk well.
Hot-brew – Steep 2-4 minutes with rapidly boiling water (212° degrees)
Cold-brew – Steep 15-40 minutes with cold water. Add ice, sugar and garnishments* as desired.

WHITE TEAS
White teas require slightly longer brewing times with lower water temperatures, to bring out the best flavor.
Hot-brew – Steep 5-7 minutes with steaming water (185° degrees)
Cold-brew – Steep up to 15-40 minutes with cold water. Add ice, sugar and garnishments* as desired.

HERBAL, ROOIBOS, & FRUIT-BLENDED TISANES
Dried fruits, citrus, and botanicals adds complexity and body to an infusion and contains no caffeine as these blends are tea free. These blend benefit from longer brew times and rapidly boiling water to bring out the blends full flavor.
Hot-brew - Steep 5-7 minutes with rapidly boiling water (212° degrees)

Cold-brew
Steep 15-40 minutes with cold water. Add ice, sugar and garnishments* as desired.

* Garnishment/additions ideas: sliced citrus wedges (lime, lemons, grapefruit), fruit slices (strawberries, blueberries), herbs (basil, mint, lemongrass, cucumbers), jam. Frozen tea ice cubes.