How to Make Tea from Loose Leaves

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how to make tea from loose leaves

TEACROI hand blends and custom crafts the world’s finest teas. We also offer True Teas, herbs, and spices. The all-natural and organic ingredients provide the maximum nutritional value. While our passion for expanding people’s knowledge of tea is what drives us. Therefore, with the help of TEACROI you have the knowlege of how to make tea from loose leaves.

Do you know how to make tea from loose leaves?

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What is black true tea?

ice tea   Sweet tea, iced tea, Earl Grey… these popular drinks I’m sure you’re familiar with are all made with black tea. When tea originated and became popular in Eastern society, as tea culture spread it was discovered that the more oxidized black tea retained its freshness and flavor better over long journeys than its cousin the green tea. During the production process, the tea leaves are allowed to fully oxidize before they are heat-processed and dried. During oxidation, oxygen interacts with tea plant cell walls turning leaves a rich dark brown/black color and alters the flavor profile to a malty, fruity and/or smoky note depending on variety.

     Like any beverage brewed from a caffeinated plant, there are a lot of factors that can determine caffeine levels in your cup of black tea, including how the plant was processed and how the beverage was brewed. Some generally accepted guidelines for caffeine content are: 14-61 mg of caffeine.

     Many black teas can last up to one to two years if stored properly in a cool, dark place and in an opaque, airtight container away from light, moisture and pantry items like coffee and spices that can leach flavor into the tea leaves.

How to Brew Black Tea

  1. Use fresh, pure, cold filtered water. Spring water is the best.
  2. Heat water between 200 and 212 degrees.
  3. If you don’t have an electric kettle with temperature control, bring water to boil and then remove immediately.
  4. Use 2 grams of loose leaf tea per 8 oz. cup of water
  5. Steep for 3 to 5 minutes, cover your tea while it steeps to keep all the heat in the steeping cup.
  6. Don’t oversteep! The longer your tea steeps, the more it will release any bitterness and astringency. Taste your tea after the recommended steeping time and then steep a longer if desired
  7. Most high-quality loose leaf black teas can be steeped multiple times.

What is Green true tea?

Green tea originates from Camellia sinensis tea plant, how the leaves are processed defines how it becomes green tea. Once harvested they are then quickly heated—by pan firing or steaming—and dried to prevent too much oxidation from occurring that would turn the green leaves brown and alter their fresh-picked flavor. A brewed green tea is typically green, yellow or light brown in color, and its flavor profile can range from grass-like and toasted to sweet and seaweed-like. Green tea is known to have lower caffeine content than black tea and coffee. Some generally accepted guidelines for caffeine content are: 24-40 mg of caffeine.

How to Brew Black Tea

  1. Use fresh, pure, cold filtered water. Spring water is the best.
  2. Heat water between 180 and 200 degrees.
  3. If you don’t have an electric kettle with temperature control, bring water to a simmer and then remove.
  4. Use 2 grams of loose leaf tea per 8 oz. cup of water
  5. Steep for 1 to 3 minutes, cover your tea while it steeps to keep all the heat in the steeping cup.
  6. Don’t oversteep! The longer your tea steeps, oolongs are designed to taste best with multiple short infusions. Taste your tea after the recommended steeping time and then brew longer if desired
  7. Most high-quality loose leaf oolong teas can be infused 3 to 5 times.

 

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What is oolong true tea?

     To begin, all tea—black, green and oolong—starts out from the same Camellia sinensis tea plant. The difference in what ends up becoming oolong tea depends on many factors, including the characteristics of the geography, climate, and how the tea leaves are processed after they are picked.

     Oolong tea oxidation levels vary from 8% to 80% depending on the production style of the tea master. Which is why the flavor profile of some oolongs may lean more toward a fresh green tea and others toward a malty black tea. Oolong teas are traditionally rolled, twisted or curled into tight balls or thin strands. These shaping techniques depend on the traditions of the tea master. Rolling is an important aspect of oolong processing because it is the act that alters the appearance, color and aroma of the final tea leaves.

     Store properly in a cool dark place, in an opaque airtight container, away from light and moisture, and far from pantry items like coffee and spices that can leach flavor into the tea leaves. Oolong teas can last anywhere from six months to two years before they should replaced.

How to Brew Black Tea

  1. Use fresh, pure, cold filtered water. Spring water is the best.
  2. Heat water between 180 and 200 degrees.
  3. If you don’t have an electric kettle with temperature control, bring water to a simmer and then remove.
  4. Use 2 grams of loose leaf tea per 8 oz. cup of water
  5. Steep for 1 to 3 minutes, cover your tea while it steeps to keep all the heat in the steeping cup.
  6. Don’t oversteep! The longer your tea steeps, oolongs are designed to taste best with multiple short infusions. Taste your tea after the recommended steeping time and then brew longer if desired
  7. Most high-quality loose leaf oolong teas can be infused 3 to 5 times.

What is herbal tea?

Herbal tea is an infusion or blend of various leaves, fruits, bark, roots, or flowers belonging to almost any edible, non-tea plant. Also, commonly known as tisanes. Because they can be created from almost any combination of natural ingredients, there are a vast number of herbal tea varieties Each with their own flavor qualities and health benefits. Herbal teas are most commonly consumed hot, but they can also be chilled and served over ice, depending on your preferences. Most varieties of herbal tea – such as chamomile, peppermint, rooibos, and hibiscus – are naturally caffeine-free. The health benefits of herbal teas are as numerous and varied as the herbs themselves.

How to Brew Herbal Tea

  1. Use fresh, pure, cold filtered water. Spring water is the best.herbal tea
  2. Heat water between 180 and 200 degrees.
  3. If you don’t have an electric kettle with temperature control, bring water to a simmer and then remove.
  4. Use 2 grams of loose leaf herb tea per 8 oz. cup of water
  5. Steep for 5 to 7 minutes, cover your tea while it steeps to keep all the heat in the steeping cup.
  6. Taste your tea after the recommended steeping time and then brew longer if desired
  7. Most high-quality herbal teas can be infused 3 to 5 times.

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