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Featured Tea: Chaga Tea

Featured Tea: Chaga Tea

This amazing mushroom is fast becoming one of our best-selling teas. Known for its impressive array of antioxidants, B vitamins, minerals and flavonoids, you’re certain to be satisfied. Enjoy a luxurious blend of earthiness and spice with a lingering sweetness, a perfect choice for the autumn season.

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Brewing The Perfect Cup Of Tea

A cup of tea is many things: complex, stimulating, and enriching. Yet with so many things to keep track of, from the water temperature to the steep time, tea brewing can appear intimidating to newcomers. Fortunately, brewing the perfect cup can actually be quite simple. Follow these simple steps, and you’ll quickly find yourself a master brewer.

Brewing The Perfect Cup of Tea

Though often overlooked, the quality of your water is just as important as that of your tea. Tap water can be heavy with minerals and chemicals, and will drastically alter the taste. Filtered water or spring water will provide a clearer, fresher taste, and really allows the quality of the tea to show through. Heat the water in a glass, ceramic or porcelain teapot for best results.

Allow the water to come to a boil, then turn off the burner and remove the pot from the stove. One tea bag will effectively brew 8 ounces of water. For a single cup, select your favorite mug, pour the water, then add the tea bag. Otherwise, add one tea bag per cup to the teapot.

Steeping time will depend on the type of tea: tea leaves usually take 2-4 minutes, while herbal teas may take 4-8 minutes for a proper steep. Feel free to adjust the steep time according to your taste. (Bear in mind that some herbal teas are naturally light in flavor, regardless of steep time.) Once steeping has finished, remove and dispose of the tea bags, then add any other ingredients you prefer. Honey, sugar, lemon, milk and cinnamon are all common additions to a delicious cup of tea. Experiment and find what works best for you!

More Helpful Teatime Tips

You can ensure that your tea lasts longer by keeping it in the right conditions. Keep the individual pouches sealed until use, and store them in a cool, dry place out of direct light. Fresh herbs and tea leaves, such as those used by Buddha Teas, give you the best chance for a flavorful and long-lasting tea.