How do I make loose leaf tea in a cup?

If you want to explore the joys of drinking loose leaf tea but feel a little apprehensive on HOW to make a good cuppa, don’t fear, this is what you need to do:
Simply:
  1. Scoop one teaspoon of dry tea leaves, per standard (250ml) cup, into an infuser*.
  2. Place the infuser into the cup
  3. Pour in freshly boiled hot water (for black tea and herbals) or (ideally) 80-90oC  for green tea,
  4. Allow to brew for  3 – 5 minutes to get a full flavour (adjust the time according to your preferred strength)
  5. Lift out the infuser from the cup
  6. Enjoy your freshly brewed tea!

Tips:

If you use a large cup or mug, adjust the “1 teaspoon per 250ml” guide accordingly.  A bigger infuser is better for larger mugs or travel cups.

Try not to overfill the infuser, as the water needs to be able to circulate around the leaves and most leaves will swell.

If you choose to add milk, or mylk, to your black tea – we suggest you add it in after the tea has been brewed, to ensure you only add as much milk as you like. Cups these days are robust enough not to need to add milk first to stop the china cracking from the heat of the water.

 

Our favourite infuser is the style that fits over most cups and mugs and has a lid to keep the tea warm whilst brewing and a drip saucer to sit in between making cuppas. It’s often fine to reuse leaves – especially good quality tea like from the Art of Tea!

*Our best-selling infuser is: Mug Infuser Stainless Steel with lid/saucer 

 

Tasmanian Grown Tea

People ask us all the time – Does tea grow in Tasmania? The answer is Yes!

The Camellia sinensis is an evergreen shrub that grows slowly but surely in our Tasmanian climate.

Where does tea grow in Tasmania? At 43 degrees latitude, the most southerly tea plantation in the world is 25km southwest of Hobart, the capital of Tasmania.

This small commercial plantation, at Allen’s Rivulet, is at an altitude of 200m above sea level and receives an annual rainfall of about 1350mm. The half-hectare crop can be harvested up to 4 times a year, between November and February. The plantation was established in the mid 1990’s as a trial to see if and where the tea plants would grow in Tasmania, lucky for us they do, and locally, even if it is only a small yield per year.

Tasmania does not have a warm and humid climate, better known in the Northern hemisphere tea growing regions, and we also get our fair share of winter frosts, hence the lower yield, but the Camellia sinensis does grow successfully on our island State. These slow-growing plants are hardy like most Camellias. In fact, Camellias are one of the most popular flowering plants grown in people’s gardens in our State, so it makes sense that the tea variety “Camellia sinensis” will also grow. But if you live in the State and want your own tea crop dont expect a big bounty from your own tea plants, nor quickly.

Fortunately, the art of tea stocks the Tasmanian grown tea. We have the straight green tea and black tea, plus two blends made from the green tea – one with Tasmanian grown raspberries and the other with Tasmanian grown lavender.

These locally grown teas from the only commercial tea plantation in Tasmania are enjoyed by people who prefer a lighter brew.

Try the Tasmanian Grown teas here:

https://www.artoftea.com.au/product-category/tasmanian-grown/

Read about the growers here:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-03/tasmanian-tea-farm-viable-rival-wine-industry/7216322?nw=0

 

Can tea help weight loss?

Tea is well known, researched and documented regarding its range of health benefits. But can it help with weight loss? With our “COVID Curves” and “COVID Kilos” on our lips, or should I say hips, we are looking now to shed the extra weight gained in the last 6 months.

The art of tea has always had a range of green teas, including the latest limited release Spring Sencha, blended with your health and enjoyment in the forefront of our minds. https://www.artoftea.com.au/product/green-tea/spring-sencha/

We also have, now 100% organic Slimming Aid that includes a blend of oolong, dandelion root, alfalfa, lemon balm, nettle and Australian Lemon Myrtle. https://www.artoftea.com.au/product/herbal/slimming-aid/

But does any of these ingredients help weight loss? We checked out some articles for you to read to outline why oolong, green tea and these  herbs can help you :

Can oolong help with weight loss: https://rb.gy/njg4wx

Oolong versus green tea in weight loss? https://rb.gy/9mkkqr

Green Tea and Weight loss: https://rb.gy/ypvcba

How dandelion, ginger, licorice, ginger also help weight loss! https://rb.gy/r3saai

These ingredients are in our Organic Licorice and Peppermint, Organic Lemongrass and Ginger, Energy Boost and Dandelion Chai blends, to name a few!

Tea – the way to boost your health and weight goals.

What is Tea?

Tea is a drink made by infusing leaves of the tea plant Camellia sinensis or Thea sinensis in hot water.

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