Tea and Other Brews

September 14th, 2018

The Steep Ascent of Tea

We’re talking about tea today, because we have this amazing infuser in our store, and we can’t get enough of it. When you’re ready to ditch the tea bag, upgrade as we did. Either way, keep reading!

There are so many types of tea! Earl Grey, oolong, Darjeeling, and several with the word “dragon” in the title. Black tea, green tea, herbal tea, white tea, match tea, Chai, etc. etc. etc. (By the way, “chai” or “çay” is the word for “tea” in several languages, so when you order a “chai tea,” some baristas say “tee hee hee, they just ordered a tea tea.”)

No matter what type of tea you’re drinking, you’re steeping it. Tea plus water left alone for a time will cause the flavorful and aromatic oils from the tea to combine with the water. We call this “steeping.” Once you remove the tea, the stained and oily water is now your beverage! It’s delicious and as varied as the colors of a good sunset. Most of the time, we’re all using hot water to steep our tea, but Cold Brew Tea is more and more popular all the time.

Basic practices

In general, a cup of tea is ready to go in 3-5 minutes. Err toward the 3-minute side of your tea that includes something spicy like ginger or the 5 minute side if your tea is full of subtle flavors like rose hips. Also, in general, black teas and herbal teas can be steeped in 212 degree water. Green teas should be steeped in cooler water. Try 175 degrees or 190 degrees. But really, you should drink your tea the way you like it best. I like mine with honey. Milk tea is very popular. Most people serve a little nibble of food with tea. Crumpets, biscuits, cookies, or toast should all be on standby, in my opinion, every minute of the day.

woman taking a sip of her coffee