Here at Tea Blendz we want to make sure you are getting the best out of your tea! Whether you are decorating or brewing for consumption we wanted to share some of our tips to help you see the full effect of the beautiful Tea Blendz Blooming Teas.
Ideal Brewing Temperature: 100ºC/212ºF
It is important to use water that is hot. Boiling water is required for each tea ball to open up to its full potential. If the water used is not freshly boiled the flowering tea will not develop or open up properly. Please note - all Tea Blendz Blooming Teas are handmade and the weight per bloom can vary as much as 2 grams and the visual appearance from tea ball to tea ball will be slightly different.
Hot tea brewing method - For Consumption:
Place 1 Tea Blendz Artisan Blooming Tea ball into a 3-4 cup Glass teapot or 8 cups tea press. Pour boiling water into the teapot nearly to the rim. Allow the tea to brew for at least 5 minutes. Initially the tea ball will float but during the steeping process it will sink if you have used boiling water. Once the tea ball has unravelled to its full potential the tea can be consumed.
For a Table Decoration:
When using the bloom for this purpose, it is important to let the tea ball brew for 15 minutes or so. During this process much of the tea color that is in the tea will 'steep out'. Place 1 Tea Blendz tea bloom into a large cup or mug. Pour in the water and make sure that the freshly boiled water is nearly to the top of the rim. Allow the tea to brew for at least 15 minutes (you will see the tea bloom and the flowers appear). After the 15-20 minutes take a spoon and very gently lift the bloom out of the cup/mug (wait 10-20 seconds so the tea water can drain off) and transfer the limp looking bloom to a wine glass 7/8th's full of cold water. Voila - a flowering tea ball centerpiece. [It is important to use cold water in the wine glass as the tea will not continue to brew and discolor the visual appearance. The tea ball will last for the whole day - perhaps 2 days depending upon the conditions.
Iced tea brewing method:
Not generally consumed iced but if you do: Place 3 Tea Blendz tea blooms into a heat resistant pitcher. Using filtered or freshly drawn cold water, boil and pour 1¼ cups/315ml over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Place the tea into your serving pitcher straining the tea. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to increase the strength of hot tea by using more tea, since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water. (Note: Some luxury quality teas may turn cloudy when poured over ice. This is a sign of luxury quality and nothing to worry about.)
More antioxidants are extracted from tea (L. Camellia Sinesis), or rooibos (Asphalatus Linearis), the longer it is brewed….and the more tea, the greater the antioxidant benefit.