Making Tea the Eclectic Way
Many people ask me how I make the tea at the shop. They say when they buy the tea and take it home, it doesn't taste as good as what I serve in the shop. I wish I could say there was some special magic to it, but fortunately for you it's much simpler than that.
When making flavorful herb tea, there are many things to consider. You may want a cup of tea or an entire pot. For a cup of tea, many people choose to use a tea ball. A tea ball is nothing more than a stainless steel tea bag that you can fill and re-use. (You can find tea balls for sale in the shop or on the website under TEA.) Fill half the tea ball with loose tea. You must allow room for the herbs to expand and water to pass through them. Put the tea ball in your tea cup. Bring water to near boiling and pour it into the cup, over the tea ball. Cover the cup with a saucer or something to keep the steam and heat in. Let the tea steep for at least 15 minutes. In the shop, I sometimes let the tea steep for anywhere from 30-60 minutes. Once the tea has reached the desired strength, remove the tea ball and add honey to taste.
You can also make your tea by the pot, which is the way I do it in the shop. I use an electric kettle, but you can use a pan on your stove top. I use 3 heaped tablespoons of tea per liter of water. Bring the water and herbs to a simmer, NOT a boil. Just before the water begins to boil, turn off the heat and cover. Let steep for at least 10-15 minutes and as long as an hour. Strain off herbs when pouring tea into your cup or teapot. Add honey to taste.
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