Begin with good tea – tea – even loose leaf quality – is the cheapest beverage in the world next to water – so there really is no excuse to be drinking poor quality tea.  Use freshly drawn water – we recommend filtered water – but if you are lucky enough to have access to fresh spring water – use it.  Measure 1 tsp per 6oz cup into an infusor.  Make sure your infusor is large enough to allow the ‘agony of the leaves’ to take place properly.  Allow your water to reach a boil when brewing black teas, pu-ehr, herbals – and longer oxidized oolongs.  For white, green and lightly oxidized oolongs – use water that has reached approximately 80C.  Allow your tea to steep – 3-5 minutes for white, 1-3 minutes for green, 2-4 minutes for oolongs, 3-5 minutes for black except for Darjeelings – which require only 2-4 minutes.  Sit back – and enjoy. 

In addition to the bi-weekly tea seminars we have been offering – we are now introducing The Tea Specialist Certificate.  This certificate is designed to provide a thorough understanding of tea – where it comes from, how it’s made – its history and social impact – its health benefits.  We will taste a large array of teas during the two day span of this seminar.  For more information, please follow this link:  Tea Specialist Certificate

Should you clean your teapot after every use or not?  There are those that believe – STRONGLY – that you should never clean out your teapot – that the tannin build up in the teapot adds to the flavours of the tea.  There are others that believe – STRONGLY – that by not cleaning your teapot, you will never have a clean and pure tasting cup of tea.  Our position on it is quite simple – it depends on whether you enjoy different types of tea or if you prefer drinking just one type.  If you do drink different types/categories of tea – white, green, oolong, etc – then we suggest either cleaning your teapot thoroughly, or keeping a different teapot for every different type of tea that you drink.  A white tea is far too smooth and delicate for example to be drinking out of a teapot with black tea tannin buildup.

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Welcome to our first blog.  Why a blog?  Well we love tea – and we know a lot of you love tea – and have a lot of questions – so we thought this would be the perfect way for all of us to share our stories about tea, our questions and queeries – as well as anything else you want to chat about.  We’ll keep you up to date with what is happening with us – and let’s see where this blog takes us.  ENJOY!  Don’t forget to visit our site at www.theteaemporium.com