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Brewing Loose Leaf Tea 

In a quest to make the perfect brew your source of water – obviously your main ingredient – should never be overlooked. Severe hard water from your kitchen tap or at the office can truly alter the flavor of your teas. So the first step is to use fresh, preferably carbon filtered or bottled water. (If you use bottled water, we do ask you to be good to the planet and recycle!)

Watch your storage
Make sure your tea has been properly stored in one of our airtight tins or re-sealable pouches at a constant temperature, away from light, moisture, and other odors. Your premium tea left open quickly loses flavor. Use our tins or pouches for storage and find a smaller container for daily tea use, so you don’t have to keep exposing your main stash.

Watch your Steeping
Steep your premium loose leaf tea inside one of our T-Balls or T-Filter. Steep about three minutes for white tea, three to four minutes for green tea and four to five minutes for oolong and black tea. Never over-pack your tea ball, filter or infuser — leave enough room to let the leaves unfurl completely.

Or prepare your tea old school like my grandmother: Simply boil the water in a pot on the stove let it cool for about a minute, and then add the loose leaves or tisanes directly into the hot water. Steep the teas with the same brewing guides mentioned above. After the proper time has elapsed, pour the brewed tea through a strainer or filter into your favorite cup or mug, hot or over ice.

So tea-lovers these three quick tips can aide you in the passionate quest to discover the perfectly brewed cup of tea.

 

A SIMPLE INTRO INTO THE WORLD OF TEA
There are many varieties of tea consumed around the world. Surprisingly, all true teas (infusions made from herbs, fruit, roots, spices or grasses are technically called tisanes) start from the fresh green leaves of the tea plant, camellia sinensis. What makes each tea look and taste different? The difference comes from the region the plant is grown, the time of year the leaves are harvested, and the method of processing. The main categories of tea are white, green, oolong, black, and rooibos (or red tea is a tisane).

WHITE TEA:
White tea, which is very rare, is the least processed of all teas. It's unfermented, made from the unopened silver buds and outer leaf tips, which are simply air-dried. It usually comes from two regions in China and has a very brief picking season. It's a fragrant, almost colorless brew with very little caffeine, and has a lighter, sweeter taste than green. White tea also contains the highest antioxidant properties and is known to help lower cholesterol levels.

How to brew:
Heat the water as you would for green tea, then steep one teaspoon per cup for 3 to 10 minutes.

GREEN TEA:
Green tea popular in Japan and China, and the tea most studied for its potential health benefits, this yellow-green brew has a light, earthy, sweet taste. It's unfermented. Leaves are heated to destroy the enzymes that cause oxidation. Green tea is also high in antioxidants and helps to detoxify and fight cancer. It is documented in helping to lower blood pressure, fight gingivitis and cavities, and helps regulate blood sugar levels.

How to brew:
To avoid bitterness, heat the water to just below the boil, or let it boil, then set it aside for 10 minutes. Steep one teaspoon or bag per cup for one to two minutes.

OOLONG TEA:
Oolong tea is a hybrid between black tea's strength and green tea's freshness. Oolong is medium-bodied, smoky, and a bit nutty. This tea is semi-fermented, which gives it approximately 15% of the caffeine in one cup of coffee. Oolong tea is known to promote weight loss by boosting the metabolism rate and aid in digestion by breaking down oils and fats.

How to brew:
To avoid bitterness, heat the water to just below boilling or let it boil, then set it aside for 10 minutes. Steep one teaspoon or bag per cup for one to two minutes.

BLACK TEA:
Accounting for 80% of all tea sold worldwide (90 percent in the United States), black tea is brisk and full-bodied It's fully fermented, meaning the leaves are dried long enough to oxidize fully, which produces the dark color and flavor.
Black tea is believed to help prevent the absorption of cholesterol into the blood stream, which helps to prevent heart disease. It is also good to prevent gingivitis, tooth decay, and it helps regular blood sugar level and blood pressure.

How to brew:
Bring the water to a rolling boil. Steep one teaspoon or bag per cup for three to five minutes.

ROOIBOS TEA:
Rooibos, or red tea, is a tisane made from a South African red bush. It is rich in vitamins, minerals, and protein and is high in antioxidants. Naturally caffeine free, Rooibos teas are known for aiding digestion, relieving allergies, and promoting healthy skin, teeth and bones.

HOW TO STORE TEA:
Tea needs to be kept away from heat, light, air, and moisture. Unlike coffee, tea shouldn’t be wrapped up and put it in the freezer. Store your teas at room temperature. Tea will lose its flavor and scent quickly if stored or kept near a heat source, such as a stove or next to the toaster in your kitchen. Resist the urge to store teas in glass containers for display. Use our re-sealable pouches and our airtight, slip-in lid tins for storage. 

 

 

 

 

Mint Tea Can Aid in Naturally
Healing the Body on the Inside and Out 

On the verge of giving into the urge to scratch that bad case of irritated, itchy skin — which can only make your condition worse? If you're searching for a natural remedy to help soothe the inflammation, try applying mint tea to the affected areas. 

Mint not only makes for a great tasting tea, it contains menthol, which has both anesthetic and anti-inflammatory properties — which means it can ease the soreness and reduce the inflammation.  Don’t stop at skin care, mint tea can also help with digestion, nausea, congestion and is known to relieve headaches.

Application:


It’s easy to try this home remedy.
For itchy skin: Simply boil 2 cups of water and steep one table spoon of dried mint leaves or use 2 teaspoons of our mint tea. Next, let the tea cool, and saturate a clean cloth to use as a compress on the itchy skin. 

For digestion, nausea and headaches: boil 2 cups of water and steep one table spoon of dried mint leaves or use 2 teaspoons of our mint tea, then drink the tea hot with a natural sweetener like our tupelo honey, or drink unsweetened with a hint of your choice of low-fat milk. 

 

 

 

Of course I love gourmet tea, and from time to time, I like to indulge in a fine spirit. But, why not enjoy the best of both worlds simultaneously.

Ingredients you’ll need:

2 tbsp of scotch ( I use CAOL ILA single malt, aged 12 years)

2.5 cups of filtered water

1 tbsp of Tupelo Honey

1 tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 slice of lemon for garnish

1 tsp of Darjeeling Estate

1.5 tsp of Demerara Cane sugar

1 T-Filter or 1 T-ball


Bring your filtered water to a boil. Then steep the Darjeeling black tea in one of our T-Filterz for 5 minutes. Remove and discard the tea-filled T-Filter. Add the honey and the cane sugar to the tea, and stir until both dissolves. Then add your 2 tablespoons of scotch. The last ingredient you add is the lemon juice; but before you add your lemon juice, wash the peel and cut a thick round slice for a fresh zesty garnish to add some extra citrus kick and color to your fine brew.

Drink and Enjoy!


  

Ingredients
8 large egg yolks
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
A pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup loose green tea
2 1/2 cups heavy cream

Directions
In a large bowl beat the egg yolks with the sugar and salt. Set aside.
In a heavy saucepan, scald the milk. Remove from the heat. Add the tea, cover and steep for 4 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a clean pot, pressing with a rubber spatula to extract as much liquid as possible. Add heavy cream and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Ladle 1/3 of the cream mixture into the eggs and whisk well to combine. Add all the egg mixture to the pot and cook over low heat, stirring, until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes.

Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a clean container and cool in the refrigerator, about 2 hours.

Pour into an ice cream maker and process according to the manufacturer's instructions. Transfer to a plastic container and keep in the freezer until ready to serve.

 

Hosting a tea party is a great way to catch up with your family and friends and enjoy soul-warming teas. To help you get started with planning your get-together we’ve decided to share a planning checklist for hosting a memorable tea party. 

1. Create a simple guest list.
For a large tea party, invite 5 to 10 more people than you can fit into your space, since typically only 1 out of 3 invitees attend.

2. Create invitations.

Mail, e-mail and even phone invites are all acceptable. Invitations should be sent out at least three weeks before the party. Be creative with the invitations, since they can be used to set the tone for what's to come. You can make invitations by hand, computer or buy several packs of fancy, pre-made ones. Specify the day, location and anything you would like your guests to bring. Include the date by which to respond as well as your home phone number and your e-mail address.

4. Create a tea menu.
Your menu should have traditional and unique tea offerings. Some traditional teas like our Earl Grey, English Breakfast and Green Jasmine teas are familiar favorites. Some unique teas like our Uptown, Suburban Dream and Metro Moon are great pairings to most standard tea party desserts. 

Don’t forget the sweeteners! Provide at least two types of honey, clover is the most common, but try our Tupelo Honey to provide an added unique flavor. Be creative. Don't just use your plain white granulated sugar. There are several types of sugars you can offer like, turbinado sugar, rock sugar or Demerara cane sugar. Each sugar adds a rich, distinctive taste to the tea. 

5. Plan your food menu.

Decide on serving hors d’oeuvres or just sweet and savory treats. 

6. Choose your décor or theme carefully.

One key move to making a tea party memorable is that all the details tie in together — coordinating invitations, table runners and favors. All these items are relatively inexpensive and easy to find.

7. Prepare your tea set and place settings.
Treat yourself to a nice new cast iron teapot or glass teapot for the special occasion. Have enough tea cups, silverware and napkins for each guest. If your centerpiece is made of flowers try to choose an arrangement whose scent won’t overpower the aroma of the teas. Continue to dazzle your guests by brushing up on your tea party etiquette. 

The goal of your tea party is to make sure that you warm the hearts of your guests by the taste and fragrance of your tea, the ambiance and unique charm of the afternoon.



I confess, at Tealyfe, we are proud of the feedback that we are getting from our customers about our new checkout experience. Our goal is to continue to add functionality to the Tealyfe website in order to better serve our faithful customers.

I truly think that small relevant changes over time is far better than a sweeping overhaul of a website —an overhaul that usually bloats a site with all the latest features. This bloat, most of the time, equates to clutter.

Anytime we make changes to the website or update the design of product packaging we follow this rule: simple but robust; powerful but elegant; innovative yet intuitive. This formula usually keeps me on track.

If you live by a great cup of tea, as I do, you'll love our personal blends, hand crafted from the best imported teas, herbs and spices from around the world.         

Our journey in learning how to create our own signature blends feels right. It feels right because it has been a seamless evolution. I don't know about how things work your daily lives, but pursuits that are seamless are few and far between, so when they present themselves you embrace them as long as you can and enjoy the ride!

It has taken some time to get to this point of launching these tea blends. Mainly because we wanted to get every element right. And like our mission says, we really do obsess over the smallest details — maybe too much at times. I do this because I truly want you to experience and enjoy our amazing brews.

I've personally conducted extensive testing to come up with some of the best tea blends you'll ever taste. I insisted upon getting the herb and spice to tea ratios right, so that I could capture the flavor profile I were going after for each blend. I took the time to make our blends consistent  and balanced so that your first cup will taste like your next.

Purchasing and having us ship our teas and other products directly to your home is the highest compliment, which is why we've developed a variety of blends for nearly every palate . We will be rolling out more of the new teas throughout the rest of this year and the beginning of next year. And I trust you'll find my teas delicious and memorable

Take a moment….sip, savor, enjoy!

KH