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Loose Leaf Tea with the Infuser Basket

Using a tea filter allows you to easily steep a single cup of tea, or an entire teapot. The filter allows you to control the infusion time to prevent the over extraction of tannins which result in a bitter cup.



Step By Step 



STEP 1

Pour fresh water into a kettle and heat to exact temperature.

Use fresh, cold water for optimum flavor. Peak water condition is: low mineral, low chemical, and filtered with reverse osmosis. Heavy mineral water will render tea and herbs “flat.” Fast-flowing, glacial melt from high in the mountains during spring run-off would be the very best water for your palate.

Heat the water, being careful not to over-boil which results in stale-tasting tea. If you over-boil water, you lower the dissolved oxygen gas. Water temperature also has a profound impact on infusion quality; for example, unfermented (green) teas can be easily bruised by overly hot water which extracts too many tannic acids, rendering a bitter palate.

Green & White – 180ºF/82ºC
Oolong – 200ºF/93ºC
Black – 210ºF/99ºC
Herbal & Rooibos – 212ºF/100ºC



STEP 2

Add tea into infuser.

Pick your favorite tea and place the infuser into the teacup, adding 1 tsp of tea per 1 cup of water directly into the infuser. Rooibos is a particularly good fit for the infuser basket, because the basket catches all small needle-like rooibos particles that would otherwise escape into your cup!

Use 1 tsp of tea leaves per 1 cup of water. Store tea and herbs in a cool, dark, and dry (low humidity) place. Proper storage of tea lowers the deterioration rate of the fragile essential oils – hot, humid conditions with exposure to UV destroys tea.



STEP 3

Steep precisely and remove infuser.

Pour the hot water over the leaves and steep as per the specific instructions for each varietal. Steeping times are the difference between a proper balance of flavors (as our blenders intend) and incorrect emphasis on certain flavor profiles of different ingredients.

White – 3 minutes
Green – 1 minute
Oolong – 3 minutes
Black – 2-3 minutes
Herbal & Rooibos – 5 minutes



STEP 4

Savor.

Before taking a sip, take a moment to appreciate the character and aroma and discover that peace can be found in a teacup!



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