Ways to infuse loose tea:
We have listed some of the ways that you can enjoy your loose tea that perhaps you didnt know about. Whether you are new to loose tea or a connoisseur, we want you to be aware of the options out there for you. We know how convenient a tea bag is but we want you to be able to use our tea with the same ease but a greater taste. We therefore offer a range of products, whatever your preference:
Paper T-filters: Our version of a tea bag, except they are truly ingenious! They are totally biodegradable, chlorine free and specifically designed for your tea! They allow plenty of space for our loose tea to freely move around and infuse correctly to provide its outstanding taste. The simplistic method to seal the bag makes them so easy to use, they are avaliable for anyone. Simply fold the top corner over and they self-seal when hot water is poured over the top, acting then as a normal tea bag, without the environmental impact and the compromise of poor infusion and little flavour. They are small enough to take anywhere and can be used in mugs, flasks, teapots and just about anything to can put your tea in. Once you're done, they can be disposed of anywhere! They are completely compostable and therefore make a great addition to any composte heap for the budding gardener and do not leave blocked drains full of loose tea.
Glass teapots: These come in various sizes and shapes and are usually accompanied by a stainless steel infuser, in which to place your loose tea, that can be removed in order to create space for other versions of tea, such as flowering tea or for paper T-filters, for example. Those without one are usually for flowering teas. They also come complete with a strainer that sits in the spout of the teapot to catch any loose tea leaves that may have escaped through the infuser. Glass teapots are geneally great for impressing with as their transparency allows the delicate colours to be shown, infusing from the beautiful tea.
Mesh infusers: Stainless steel strainers are the most effective for quality and they come in many versions of shapes and sizes to suit whatever you are infusing your tea into. They are simple to use and only require you to place your preferred amount of tea spoons of loose tea into the strainer, close it, place it into your cup or flask, and pour over the boiling water. They act as a normal tea bag would and allow you to leave it in for however long you require and watch the tea delicately infuse. They allow plenty of space for the tea leaves to move around and have larger perforations to allow a better infuse. They are of course, environmentally friendly, easy to clean, reusable and cost effective.
The importance of water for your tea:
Water is, in fact, greatly responsible for how your tea tastes. Natural water and normal drinking water from your tap both contain dissolved gases and salts, which in turn, effects your water and its taste. Depending on which area you live in, your waters 'hardness' is altered. This is the presence of insoluble compounds such as limescale, that can be found in kettles, for instance. Some water can be affected through pipes and can end up containing traces of copper, lead and chlorine, which again effects how our water tastes. Some people prefer to use bottled water to make their tea with and others just filter, it is all down to preference.
We recommend using filtered water to boil for your tea as it reduces the presence of these substances and therefore produces the best quality flavour for your tea, so you can be satisfied everytime.
How to best store your tea:
Store in an airtight container that is away from light, moisture and any strong odours. Do not freeze. Small tea caddies can be a good option to reduce the effects of elements on the taste of your tea.
A small guide to tea types:
White tea: A delicate flavour, these are the youngest leaves, yet are thought to be the most prized tea type to drink. To ensure the correct care is taken, white tea is always handpicked to aid the natural process of drying and withering and make sure that these processes are the only ones that the tea is exposed to. It is picked before the bud is open and the fine, silver hairs on the new bud are what gives this tea its name.
Green tea: Originated from Asia, this is one of the least processed teas and it is always picked when the bud is fully open. It contains high levels of antioxidants, which gives it the ability to boost metabolism and burn fat. Match tea is a form of Japanese green tea that is pulverised into a fine powder and is also well known for its wonderful health benefits.
Rooibos tea: Sometimes classically called red-bush tea, this is a naturally caffeine-free, herbal tea. It is native to South Africa and is as common as breakfast tea in England. It is typically drank with milk in South Africa but works brilliantly without. Leaves are: cut, bruised, aired and watered, before being left to dry and oxidise, bringing out its rusty colour. It holds a unique robust flavour with honey-sweet with notes of dried cherries and vanilla, it brews a rich cup, commonly named a 'woody' taste. It is bursting with health benefits and good to include in cakes, biscuits and cocktails.
Oolong: This tea is semi-oxidised and is left to wither but stopped before the process is fully completed. The different types of production areas are what gives oolong its numerous names. Like green tea, it is well known for its multitude of health and wellness benefits.
Black tea: This is the most well known tea and drank all across the world in vast quantities, with the UK being a hub for its large presence. Its plucked leaves are fully oxidised in the process, unlike other teas.
Darjeeling: Known as 'the champagne of teas' this tea has a huge variety of types and is well known for its sweetness, benefiting from the heavy rainfall in its specific place of growth that gives it its name. It is also processed as black, white, green and oolong tea.
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