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TRANSCENDENT LOOSE-LEAF TEA // BLACK BREAKFAST TEA

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Regular price $13.00
TRANSCENDENT LOOSE-LEAF TEA // BLACK BREAKFAST TEA

WHY NOT ENJOY A BEAUTIFUL CUP OF TEA FOR A CHANGE? 

This lovely loose-leaf classic black tea blend is very full-bodied, hearty and deeply satisfying. This black tea is made from a blend of GFBOP black teas from India (Assam tea) and Sumatra. It was created with milk and sugar in mind, yet is so smooth it doesn't need them.

Tea-sacs (individual, do-it-yourself tea bags) are included with this tea. They work great! They are made of unbleached teabag paper. Just put the tea in them and then pull it out when the tea is done steeping. 

Preparing tea:
Use Good Water
Be sure you begin with good water, as it makes up over 90 % of the end product. Water quality and taste vary greatly between locales. If your water tastes really good out of the tap, chances are it will make good tea. If there is a noticeable unpleasant taste (metallic, chlorine, earthiness, etc.) it will come through in the tea. A simple, inexpensive solution is a store-bought water filter. Spring water also works well. We do not suggest using distilled water.

Heat the Pot 
Pour a small amount of hot water into the cup or pot to warm it before beginning to make your tea. For best results, always make tea with fresh water, not water that has been previously boiled or has been sitting around.

Measure the Tea
The standard guideline for tea is to use one rounded, measuring teaspoon (3 grams) of tea for each 8 ounce cup of water. 

Measure the Water Temp
Different teas require different water temperatures for steeping. Using water that is too hot results in bitter tea and is probably the most common error people make when preparing tea. You can use a thermometer or visual cues to gauge water temperature.

Here's a handy reference for various tea types:

Tea Category
Water Temperature
Visual Cues
Black
212 degrees
Full, rolling boil
Oolong
190-200 degrees
Steaming rapidly, little bubbles
Green
160-180 degrees
Gentle steam, no bubbles
White
155-165 degrees
Very light steam
Puerh
208-212 degrees
Just off the boil
Dark
195-205 degrees
Steaming rapidly, little bubbles
Herbal
212 degrees
Full, rolling boil
 *If your water boils and you need cooler water, just add a little cold water to the kettle to bring the temperature down quickly.

Time the Steep

Tea leaves are rarely in the water for longer than 2 minutes at a time, so start with a 2 minute steep and taste the tea every 30 seconds after. If tea steeps too long it often becomes bitter. Using a timer when steeping tea is highly recommended.

Stop the Steeping
Once the tea has steeped for the proper amount of time, separate the leaves from the liquid. This stops the steeping process so the tea does not over steep and become bitter. Using T-sacs or filters makes this an step easy. When the leaves are removed, the tea is ready to be served. 


Our source: TeaSource's mission is to offer some of the best values on fine teas from around the world. Along the way, many wise and experienced tea experts have shared their knowledge with TeaSource, and they try to take that same approach with others. They are huge believers in tea education and outreach. We appreciate this local business!

 

 

 

 

 

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