For tea drinkers, tea is more than just herbs or tea bags set in hot water. With thousands of flavors, quality leaves, and shapes, there's no doubt that drinking tea can be a lot of fun. All the possibilities are really the reason why it's also scary to get into tea, especially if you're just starting out. If you feel that you cannot recognize the subtle tones of honey, or earthy flower test, and sweet hints of berries, there's no need to worry. It's about having the patience to explore as many types of tea as possible. The following topics can help you get started on your Loose Leaf Tea journey.
If you are starting with tea, preparing the perfect cup can sound very difficult. Some people try to overcomplicate loose leaf tea. This may make you feel, that going with tea bags is much faster and easier which it is, however you'll be sacrificing quality and taste from convenience.
To be honest, many enthusiastic tea drinkers take their first steps in tea by trying tea in teabags which makes it the most common entry into the world of tea. With loose leaf tea, we know that a cup of bitter tea can keep you away from tea forever. Some of them may contain powder from the leaves that seep into your cup which is also off putting to some beverage consumers.
Fear not! For loose leaf teas are the better route handled with care and with time will not be not difficult to prepare. While there are many tea aids to choose from, you don't need the most expensive or the most complicated. Choose either a simple teapot, strainer or a simple filter. At the very least you can use paper or cotton tea filters to make leafy tea. So if you plan to drink tea every day, invest in the right tea brewer or kettle!
Some teapots make tea easier, but not all. Gaiwan, for example, can look great and can be a very important brewing pot later on your tea journey. But in the beginning, a better solution may be a simple cooking mug or a small teapot with a removable stainless steel strainer, such as a Japanese-style teapot that's held on the side.
And of course, you need something to boil water. If you do not have an electric kettle and you are not ready to invest in it, you can boil water on the stove. However, it is very important to make sure your pot is clean for the leaves.
Next, choose the leaves that you want to brew! Not all teas are easy to drink. Each tea has a different temperature and brew time. For instance, you don't want to pour boiling water over green tea, otherwise, it will become bitter. Therefore hot water (not boiling) will bring out the flavors of most green teas. We try to make that simple by putting together a cheat sheet on how to brew tea.
While you may not know all the rules for making any tea, learning to make a basic but perfect cup of tea is essential. Always use fresh water, like spring water or filtered water is the first step. And then get to brewing. Black and herbal teas are the most easily brewed, followed by oolong and white tea. Green tea can be more demanding. Cool the boiling water for about 5 minutes before pouring over green tea leaves.
Try to experiment with teas and condiments that complement tea. Although many tea drinkers prefer to drink tea without any additions, its fine to add sweeteners and other herbs to your cup. In fact, in the beginning, if you don't find your perfect type of tea, adding flavors such as lemon juice or milk can reduce the bitterness of some teas and increase the flavor.
Maybe try a blend or herbal-flavored tea. If you're not used to the taste of pure tea, experimenting with flavored tea is a good way to start. Not only do they provide the same benefits as unsweetened tea, but they can be a good and healthy alternative to sugary drinks as flavored teas are sugar-free (outside of the ones that contain fruit, but still organic nonetheless).
Make sure you're brewing a high-quality tea, like from us! -->Leafy Tea Café :) While it may be tempting to buy the cheapest tea you can find, especially if you're not sure if you like it or not, it's rarely the best way to start your tea drinking journey. Tea brewing is an art and the difference between low and high-quality tea can be huge. That's why we here at Leafy Tea Café bring you the finest tea, directly from the tea gardens themselves at the lowest rate we can afford, in order to pass on the amazing tea we drink along with fair pricing for tea.
We also suggest trying Different Flavors, as not all teas taste the same, no two Green Teas are alike. Therefore, it is important to try different teas if you want to start drinking tea regularly. You should not drink tea that you absolutely do not like (of course). And with our Subscriptions for tea, once you find the best taste for your buds, you can find the best relief for your wallet.
In the end, it's up to you on which tea's you like, and how to get into them... well that's why you're here. Leafy Tea Café provides a wide variety of organic, fresh farmed loose leaf teas for your tasting pleasure.
So pick up a cup and let's brew some tea.