New to Tea?

New to tea?

Tea Service: KaiChanVong

Are you new to tea? Are you wondering what it’s all about? Are you looking for advice on what you need to make your own tea? Let’s get you started.

What tea do I want?

First:

Tea bags (supermarket) = lowest grade

Tea bags found at the supermarket are made from the lowest grade tea: fannings and dust. They stay on the shelf for a very long time, and lack the freshness and flavor of loose leaf teas. You’ll find that once you start drinking the real thing, you won’t be able to go back to tea bags from the grocery store.

Second:

What kind of flavor profile do you have? Here are some options. Choose the statement that fits you best:

“I don’t really know what I like. I just want to try something good.”

Our Customer Favorites sample cube is an excellent choice for those just getting into tea. It has a medley of our most popular flavored green, black, and herbal teas.

“I like something flavored (fruity/floral/spicy).”

Our Flavored Black Tea and Flavored Green Tea samplers offer a wide variety of flavors, from fruity, to floral, to minty, and desserty. Our Chai Tea Sampler offers a selection of spicy blends that go great with milk and sugar.

“I like a nice plain tea, something without any flavoring.”

Our Classic Green Tea Sampler and Breakfast Tea Sampler are nice unflavored teas. From robust and deep to grassy and smooth, our unflavored teas will stimulate your senses.

“I want something without caffeine.”

Our Decaf, Caffeine Free Sampler, Herbal & Fruit Tisane Sampler, and Rooibos Tea Sampler offer a wide variety of flavors without the caffeine kick.

“I am looking for health benefits.”

Our Wellness Tea Sampler is full of teas specially formulated for certain health benefits, such as detoxifying, fighting the flu, slimming, or rejuvenating. Our Weight Loss Tea Sampler is tailored to trim the fat.

Green tea, black tea, and oolong tea each have their own health benefits. Any of our samplers will be healthy choices. However, our white tea sampler is especially packed with antioxidants.

What do I need to brew tea?

Tea Set

Once you have your loose leaf tea, you’ll need a teapot or mug, an infuser, and something to boil water in. Here are some options.

*An infuser is like a strainer, meant to get all the tea leaves out when the tea has finished steeping. Without it, you’d have a whole bunch of loose tea leaves floating in your pot.

Tea on the cheap:

If you’re strapped for cash, or you just want to get started with as little investment as possible, head on over to our single serve tea ball section. Our tea balls are meant to be used inside a mug or cup. Any coffee mug you have lying around will do. Then all you need is a pot to boil water.

A personal pot

For an enjoyable personal tea experience, our 18oz stump pot with stainless steel infuser is our recommended solution.  

While you can boil water in a pot on a stove, we recommend the use of an electric kettle. An electric kettle boils water much faster and more efficiently. Our bodum electric kettle is an excellent choice. Our 3L hybrid water boiler is another option, and has four keep-warm temperature settings, perfect for preparing green, oolong, and white teas.

Tea for two

If you’re serving more than one person, you’ll want something larger than our 18oz stump pot. Our 46 oz Acorn Teapot with Infuser is great for two people. Another good choice is our Assam Tea Press Set with 2 insulated glass cups.

As mentioned in the personal pot section, we recommend the use of an electric kettle. An electric kettle boils water much faster and more efficiently than a stovetop kettle. Our bodum electric kettle is an excellent choice. Our 3L hybrid water boiler is another option, and has four keep-warm temperature settings, perfect for preparing green, oolong, and white teas.

How do I brew my tea?

All our teas come with instructions on how to steep them. Different types of teas require different water temperatures and different brewing times. It is important to follow the directions on the package. Tea prepared improperly can taste bitter or weak.

Step 1: Add tea to infuser

Each tea will tell you how many teaspoons to add per 6 oz cup. For most teas, it’s one heaped teaspoon per 6 oz cup. So for an 18oz stump pot, you’d add three heaped teaspoons in the infuser.

Step 2: Add infuser to pot or mug

Step 3: Pour water into pot or mug

Each tea will have instructions on the appropriate water temperature to use. Black and herbal teas generally require boiling water, whereas other teas generally require water under the boiling temperature. Simply pour the water over the infuser inside the pot or mug.

Step 4: Steep for the appropriate time

Steep the tea for the time recommended on the package. Too long and the tea becomes stewed, or bitter. Too short, and the tea will be too weak.

Step 5: Remove infuser and serve

When you remove the infuser, you may save certain type of tea leaves for a second or even third steeping. Green, white and oolong teas are examples of teas that can be resteeped.

Over time, you will find that you like your tea a little weaker or a little stronger. To improve the strength of a tea, it is not recommended to increase the water temperature, as this will cause the tea to become bitter. Instead, add more tea to the infuser or slightly increase the steeping time.

Final Thoughts

All the different types of teas and different brewing instructions can be overwhelming at first. If this is the case, start with our sample cubes and simply follow the brewing instruction on the bags. Before you know it, you’ll be a tea expert. All your friends and family will be asking you to make them a pot of your nice tea. And you’ll be happy to do so because tea is the beverage that brings people together.