I find instructions on making a good cup of tea hard to find.
How exactly do you boil your waters for tea?
Here’s a simplified version on how to make the perfect cup of tea.
1) If you’re using tap water, make sure to let the water run a little, then fill up your teapot. Using cold water makes a better cup, plain and simple.
2) If you have distilled water, use it from time to time to keep your kettle clean and to flush out your system as well.
3) If you have filtered water, well then you already know what to do.
However, the green teas are a bit more delicate and generally you should let the boiled water cool down a few notches before you put it over your greens.
Here’s how we ‘brew it,’ in order:
Oolong – if your water has boiled, wait few minutes before you steep it (87 degrees [celsius] vs. 100)
White – if your water has boiled, wait 3-4 minutes (80 degrees)
Green – wait 4-5 minutes after water has boiled to pour over your green teas (75-79 degrees)
Any delicate green teas, ceremonial teas, or other specialty teas should probably be brewed at 70 degrees celsius or so.
Meaning, unless you have a kettle that brews at the temperature of your choice, best wait 5-10 minutes before you pour it into your first flush or other teas.
For a more comprehensive look on how to brew teas, go to our tea brewing guide to learn more about steeping times & more.
If you want to get all Jamie Oliver about it, click here to get British-ed up.
Irradiated vs. Organic Teas: What’s the Difference & Why Should You Care?
The friendly-looking logo on our featured image is what irradiation looks like.
Irradiation is a word few of us are familiar with, yet it affects nearly all of us directly or indirectly. We eat irradiated food all the time and don’t even know it.
Irradiation is a process whereby Gamma rays are passed through foods to make them appear more colorful/vibrant and is called ‘ionizing radiation.’ Gamma irradiation was introduced to develop a new processing method for brighter-colored green tea leaves extract.
Although putting the equivalent of 30 million chest x-rays through our food may make it look more ‘pretty,’ it kills off all bacteria – the good and the bad – and changes the constitution of our foods while damages the nutrients within it.
It can also be an easy go-to for companies operating under less-than-ideal conditions to ‘sterilize’ their foods, no matter how appalling the conditions of their processing plants. It can cover up things like cancer in livestock and appalling hygienic conditions (i.e. concerning sprouts and nuts) that’s then being fed to us.
Here are some of your foods that are being irradiated:
-Whole wheat flower
Others food items are currently undergoing the approval process in Canada, like poultry, shrimp, fresh fruit (i.e. mangoes) and vegetables (lettuce & spinach).
What does this mean for us?
Understanding how our food is brought to us helps us not only understand but be motivated by whom and from where we get our foods. Why we must purchase decentralized, local (where possible) and organic foods.
This is why, here at teALCHEMY, we source our teas from the best suppliers, our products are organic and never irradiated. We mix our teas in-house, lovingly source our teas and are proudly Canadian.
So, if you ever want to blend it, sip it, rub it, bake it or shake it, teALCHEMY is here for all your fun and fulfilling tea and elixir needs.
Go to this link here to learn more about irradiated foods, keeping in mind it’s on the government website that authorizes irradiation in the first place.
It is possibility. Rebirth. Changing the elements.
Every single moment we are alive on this planet we are alchemists. My fingers touching this keyboard in exactly the right manner is what is making these words – previously merely just thoughts in my head – appear logical to you (I hope).
The breath I just took in is being filtered through my lungs to feed my blood and body. The coffee I drank this morning is making me a jittery mess, which makes me regret not starting with tea, considering I’m writing on a TEA BLOG, but I’m having a lovely pu-erh right now to boost my metabolism and help aid digestion.