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Tea has been consumed around the world for thousands of years, and is the most widely consumed beverage next to water. So, sip and enjoy!
If you are new to tea, let us help you select some delicious gourmet teas based on your taste and health preferences. You may be thinking, “why bother with loose leaf tea when tea bags are more convenient?” Pekoe teas are much higher quality than tea bags and have more flavor. Loose leaf tea can be very simple and quick to make with a few key items.
The first step is choosing a tea.
First, let’s choose a tea. There are certainly many varieties of tea from white and green tea to black and herbals. A tea blended with fruits, flowers and/or herbs is a good start. Find extra vitamins in dried fruits and herbs like strawberries and hibiscus. Flowers like jasmine, lavender, and chamomile can really enhance the experience of drinking tea by adding a full and fragrant aroma. Below are a few popular teas for beginners.
Teas for Beginners
You can also approach selecting teas by the type of tea. Consider loose leaf black teas if you regularly drink bagged tea. Familiar black teas like Earl Grey and English Breakfast are available in loose leaf format.
If you are looking for a different or softer taste, white teas have a much lighter and subtle flavor. Some gorgeous white teas include White Peony and Tangerine.
Please see our other recommendations to find a tea that’s right for you.
After you have selected some loose teas, you may be wondering how to brew the tea when at home. One of the simplest ways to make tea is with an infuser from Pekoe. Just add your loose tea and water, steep for the appropriate time, and strain from any cup or mug. It is important to note that the water temperature and steep time will affect how your tea will taste. So, warm your teapot or mug with some water before steeping. With white and green tea for example, boiling water is too hot and will make them taste bitter. Letting the tea leaves sit for too long in water can also make your tea taste bitter or harsh. You can view the recommended brew guidelines for any Pekoe tea by clicking on “Make Tea at Home” in the tea’s description.
Consider a variety of tea accessories from our collection to get started with brewing loose leaf tea at home.
After you have acquired a taste for loose teas, you may want to experiment with different flavor combinations and tea blends. Or, if you developed a preference for a particular type of tea, like green tea, you may want to try a straight, unflavored tea, such as our Gyokuro green tea. Soon you may find that brewing loose tea in a ceramic teapot or cast iron teapot can affect how your tea tastes. These are just a few of the many ways you can make drinking each cup of tea a unique experience.
Once you learn the basics, tea is as approachable as they come. A few simple things to be aware of are that the water temperature and steeping times will vary depending on what tea you are preparing. Our tearistas are happy to assist and to answer any questions you may have.