Too Steep?

The preparation of a fine cup of tea is a process that relies on a large number of variables. But you could safely narrow these down to the four most important. Paramount among these is the quality of the tea. If you start with bad or lackluster tea, you can hardly expect to wind up …

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Tea Brewing Techiques

I recently spoke to a tea merchant who asked me how I brew my teas for reviews. I explained that, depending on the size of my sample, I typically try to brew the tea several different ways in hopes of duplicating the kind of treatment that a tea might get from a customer. This usually …

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The Importance of Tea Tasting Techniques

The tea tasting techniques you use to try a new tea are very important. They can make the difference between “Yum!” and “Bleh!” Don’t worry, though, you don’t have to be a scientist or a certified tea taster to get more enjoyment from your tea. The steps are fairly simple and will assure that you …

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“I Hate Green Tea”

Have you ever heard someone declare “I hate green tea”? To some of us diehard tea drinkers, this is like saying “I hate air” or “I hate sunshine”. That’s because we know how intricate and rewarding the flavors of a properly steeped green tea can be. We also know that the person making this declaration …

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Doubling Your Tea Steep Output

When you pay a bundle for a couple of ounces of tea leaves or even a modest price for your fave breakfast blend, being able to get more than one steep from them is essential. However, sometimes the second steep is a bit weak. The solution I have found is simple and helps me get …

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The Value of Tea Company Steeping Instructions

Trying a new tea? Well, dive right in and get steeping! Just boil some water, pour it over the tea leaves and let it steep about 10 to 15 minutes. No, wait, that’s not right. The tea tastes really strong and bitter. Okay, let’s try this again. Heat the water just until it’s warm and …

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Tea Lessons — Practice Makes Perfect

Steeping tea is not exact science, even though there is a lot of science to it. There are so many different ways that tea leaves are processed, resulting in so many different kinds of teas, that it’s easy to do something wrong. Of course, I’m talking about “true tea” from the tea plant (Camellia Sinensis …

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Really Steep Tea

When it comes to tea, the word "steep" can have several meanings. The most common of these, of course, is as a verb - to steep your tea by soaking the leaves or a tea bag in hot water so that you can drink it. You could also use "steep" as an adjective, as in …

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How to Screw Up a Cup of Tea

It might be overstating the case a bit to say that brewing a great cup of tea is like alchemy, but it’s a statement that’s not all that far off the mark. Of course, if you’re looking to screw up a potentially great cup of tea, it’s not really that hard to do. It basically …

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The Big Steep

Often I am asked about the best way to steep tea. And what’s best depends on what type of tea you are drinking, what kind of equipment you own (or are willing to buy) and what fits most into your lifestyle. TEA BAGS: The easiest and most popular tea delivery method. Pros: Produces a clean …

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