All tea drinkers raise your hand! I thought so! So many people love the delicious, soothing flavor and tradition of drinking tea. Well, you are in for a treat today! Even if you are not an avid tea drinker this post could make you one! I bet most of you have never had a cup of “whole leaf” tea before. Most teas Americans drink is a far cry from the complex flavor of real hand picked whole leaf tea! Today I’m sharing tips for making the perfect cup of tea and a little tea “history” and amazing tea images as well as a very special GIVEAWAY!
A big thank you to Ken and Sam for introducing me to TERRACE BLOOM. Their amazing tea is grown and hand harvested in mountains of China’s Yunnan province. These two young men are the founders of TERRACE BLOOM and work directly with 22 Chinese village in the best place in the world for growing tea to bring hand-crafted, whole leaf teas to you and good jobs and a sustainable way of life for the Chinese villagers!
My son and daugher-in-law are very good friends with Ken and his wife. They are the loveliest, kind, fun couple. I had the great privilege of having Ken and Sam at my home to sip tea and hear their story.
I am so so pleased to bring this post to you and connect you with a superb tea and two of the finest young men I’ve had the pleasure to meet! They are dedicated to creating the best teas and helping the people that grow the tea in the Yunnan province in China create sustainable jobs and businesses.
You can read about their incredible story HERE. I am so pleased to tell you about this premium tea!
Here are a few tips that will help you make the very best tea… hot or cold!
MAKE SURE TO CHOOSE NATURALLY CULTIVATED COMPLETELY HAND PICKED TEAS
Tea leaves that have been naturally cultivated and completely hand picked are not damaged or broken. They retain their flavors and give the drinker a true tea flavor experience! Don’t settle for mass production teas or tea “dust”! Drink hand picked, whole leaf tea! Good tea leaves make a good cup of tea! Buy the best leaves you can find!
The image below shows what whole tea leaves look like.
CHOOSE A PYRAMID TEA BAG OR LOOSE TEA
Pyramid tea bags have a big advantage over the standard tea bag. Pyramid tea bags have more room for the tea to infuse the water and make a better cup of tea.
Terrace Bloom has beautiful pyramid tea bags. And because they use whole tea leaves the tea bags can be used several times producing a great quality tea! Look for loose Terrace Bloom teas coming soon!
HEAT TEA WATER ON THE STOVE TO THE RIGHT TEMPERATURE
This beautiful tea set was a gift from Sam’s family. I am so honored to make tea in it! So unique and exquisitely detailed!!!!
Not all teas brew at the same temperature! Make sure you know the perfect temperature for your tea!
Green tea water should be heated to just before it boils. If you pour boiling water over green tea leaves the leaves will be damaged. When you start to see bubbles forming on the sides of a pan of water it’s time to pour it over green tea. The proper temperature is 170°.
Black tea water should be boiled. 212° is the perfect water temperature for black tea.
Do not microwave tea! It ruins the flavor and damages the tea leaves!
The beautiful face of a tea worker.
STEEP TEA PROPERLY
I cringe every time I see people drinking tea with the tea bag in it! Growing up in Scotland and England I know that a good cup of tea needs proper steeping time and then the loose tea or bag removed!
Steep tea in a cup for 2-4 minutes and in a pot 3-5 minutes. Heat your cup or tea pot by adding hot water into it and letting it sit for a couple of minutes. The water should be spilled out before adding tea and water for tea.
How long you steep tea, in the end, is a matter of taste. Experiment with your tea to find the perfect steeping time for you!
MAKE TEA DRINKING A DAILY GOOD HABIT
Tea is extremely good for us! It helps fight free radicals, is an antioxidant and studies have shown that tea drinking is connected to lowering the risk of heart disease, cancers and degenerative diseases! Great news for tea drinkers! Drink it hot or cold… but make sure you drink it!
Terrace Bloom would make a great Christmas gift for the tea lover in your life!
Now you know how to make the perfect cup of tea! So let’s have a…
Ken and Sam (pictured below on the left and right with their Chinese partners in the center) have put together a beautiful TEA DRINKER’S GIVEAWAY exclusively for StoneGable readers!
The GIVEAWAY includes…
TERRACE BLOOM Whole Leaf Blooming Jasmine Tea, Whole Leaf Yunnan Gold Black Tea and Whole Leaf Pearl Green Tea.
A beautiful handmade paper box of assorted teas. Let guest choose their teas from this organic, handmade box!
A beautiful hand made tea box made from handmade papers made by a local from the Yunnan Province.
And a beautiful and unique Chinese tea set.
This is such a special and near and dear to my heart giveaway. Thanks so much Ken and Sam!
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