Tea

Exploring Tea

 

Tea is something that comforts, nourishes and gathers people, much like food does. It's tied to ritual, storytelling, relaxation, industry and so many other things that are worth exploring. It's also really good for you -- green tea contains antioxidants, and is a more mellow source of caffiene (8-36mg) than coffee. Black tea is higher in caffeiene (23-110mg), but still less than coffee. Herbal teas are full of nutrients. Here's a cool infographic with some more information.

 

What's the difference between white, green, oolong and black tea? All tea comes from the plant camellia sinensis, and the difference lies in the fermentation and processing of its tea leaves. Check out this handy chart that compares each process, plus provides brewing temperature and times for every kind of tea.

Favourite tip: tea is sensitive and can become bitter if brewed incorrectly. For a stronger flavour, add more tea, not time. 

 

Blending Tea

 

  • For easy experimentation, we recommend starting with herbal teas, along with spices, herbs and dried flowers

  • To get the most flavor out of your fresh herbs and spices, cut them up or crush them before brewing

  • Fresh herbs are great for tasting but not storing, so replace them with their dried form if you want some for later

  • Combine forces by hosting a tea swapping & tasting party and get people to bring something from their tea or spice cupboard! These homemade blends would also make great gifts

  • Check out our ideas below -- for more blending ideas, click here

  • If you have a favourite blend, tell us here!

 

Flavour suggestions: 

 

Cardamom, ginger, vanilla pod, orange or lemon peel, cinnamon, black peppercorn, nutmeg, anise

Mint, rosemary, lemon balm, rooibos, chamomile, dried rosehips, dandelion, calendula & lavender

Romance Tea

 

dried chocolate mint leaves

dried orange peel

dried vanilla pods, chopped

 

Brew 8-10 minutes.

No caffiene.

Cuppa Mint

 

lots of fresh mint, crushed

looseleaf white tea

 

Brew 4-5 minutes.

Very mild caffiene.

Royal Garden 

 

looseleaf Earl grey tea

dried lavender

dried vanilla pods, chopped

 

Brew 1-2 minutes.

Lots of caffiene.

Chai Rooibos

 

chai spices (cardamom, peppercorn, clove, star anise, ginger, coriander, fennel seed)

looseleaf cinnamon rooibos

 

Brew 8-10 minutes. No caffiene.

For a caffiene boost, take out rooibos and swap in black tea

Ginger Soother

 

fresh or powdered ginger

lemon or fresh lemon balm

raw honey

 

Brew 8-10 minutes.

No caffiene.

Genmai

 

toasted brown rice (try at home!)

green tea leaves (ex. Sencha)

 

Brew 1 minute.

Some Caffiene.

Where to find tea in Vancouver: 

 

Cultivate Tea (Main St)

La Petite Cuillere (Kingsway & Broadway)

Unity Yoga (organic herbal teas blended in-house)

Bayswater Tea (Kitsilano)

Treasure Green (Chinese teas in Chinatown)

Celtic Treasure Chest (for Irish teas)

Steam Tea (at Donald's Market)

Granville Island Tea Company

Vancouver Tea Society (organization)