Tea Brewing Basics
Want to know how to brew a GREAT cuppa?
Well, read on!
How much loose leaf tea should I use?
About 1 teaspoon per 8 oz of water. But play with it. Find what you like.
What should I put the loose leaf tea in to make tea?
This is probably the question I get asked the most often. And the good news is you have a lot of options.
You can get paper filters that you fill yourself, or metal tea balls and scissor-spoon things, or silicone or metal strainers that you set on the top of your cup. There are also fancy spoons with filters at the tip, ducks and flowers and yellow submarines that float in your hot water and have strainer baskets under them for the tea. Additionally, there are metal strainers that you submerge into your tea. I have a bunch (unsurprisingly), but my favourite is a metal strainer shaped like the TARDIS. Yes, science fiction and tea can coexist!
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What should I put the loose leaf tea in to store it?
An air tight container. You want to keep the air and moisture out of that dry loose leaf tea. Also, don't store it in direct sunlight.
How hot should the water be?
Just shy of boiling. Don't use boiling water on your tea. It damages the flavour.
How long should I steep my tea?
Black tea - about 4 minutes
Green tea - about 3.5 minutes
White tea - about 3 minutes
Herbal teas - about 3 minutes
Herbal teas with lots of roots (ginger, elecampane, licorice, dandelion, etc) - about 4 minutes
If you are making a second up of tea with the same serving of tea (called a second steeping), add about 30 seconds to each steeping time.
What will happen if I over or under steep my tea?
Over steeping can/will make your tea taste bitter
Under steeping will leave the tea lacking flavour and tasting like mildly leafy water
Can I get more than one steeping out of each serving of tea?
You should be able to get somewhere between 2 and 4 steepings from each serving of tea, assuming they have been steeped the correct amounts of time.
I'm done with my tea. What should I do with these used tea leaves?
Well, unless you read tea leaves (in which case, call me! I want to know more about this), you can toss your tea. You can put it in the trash can, or in the compost heap. Note, if you are composting and use your compost for vegetable gardening, be sure that you are using organic, GMO free tea. You are what you eat, after all!
If this page doesn't satisfy your curiosity, drop me an email! I'm happy to answer any question to the best of my ability!
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We're A Carbon Zero Business... Again!
Carbon Footprint and Greenhouse Gases
Most of us are familiar with what is called our "carbon footprint," which is the amount of greenhouse gas emissions caused by daily life, most often, or at least most noticeably from exhaust from the burning of fossil fuel. That means cars, motorcycles, planes, trains, heating for your house or business, and so on.
These greenhouse gasses build up in our atmosphere exacerbating global climate change and lowering air quality and rain water purity.
Making a Difference
Feeling the weight of my own responsibility for this beautiful planet, and wanting to make a real difference, I joined forces with the Carbon Zero Fuel Project, a program that partners with a United Nations sanctioned non-profit to creates sustainable farm forests in South America. The trees absorb the carbon dioxide, and release beautiful, clean oxygen for us to breathe.
CZFP (Carbon Zero Fuel Project) has a neat program in place for offsetting the carbon emissions of your car, truck, motorcycle, and (awesomely) they even have a special program for motocross racers! But I wanted to take it a step further.
A Step Further
My whole business, my whole life, is about healthy, environmentally friendly, loving, energetic, organic hippy-ness, so why not make my whole business carbon zero? I know, right? Amazing! But nothing was in place for businesses (yet). So I worked with Scott Keller, founder of the CZFP and together we created a way for businesses to become carbon zero, too!
The First CZFP Carbon Zero Business!
So in 2013, Natural Equilibrium (then Barefoot Herbs and Teas, LLC) became the first CZFP Carbon Zero business! I did the math (literally) and made a donation to the CZFP (in association with Reforest The Tropics) to plant enough trees to offset the carbon created by all my shipping for the entire year!
In 2014 and 2015 Natural Equilibrium worked with CZFP to offset the carbon emissions of not only my shipping, but all the driving I did to go see clients, teach classes, visit shops, etc. We are helping save the world, one tree at at time!
Bring on 2016 - it's sure to be our greenest year yet (every one so far has been)!
Want to know more about the Carbon Zero Fuel Project?
I encourage you to check out my friend Scott W. Keller on Facebook.