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Pairing Tea with Food

Pairing Tea and Food
Pairing tea with food is just as much of an art as pairing wine with a meal or using the right spices. Fortunately tea is so versatile you can pair it with a variety of dishes.

Here are a few examples to get you started:

White Tea
White tea is subtle so pair it with light tasting foods such as vegetables and white chocolate.
Green Tea
Green tea has a light vegetal/grassy taste so pair it with mild fish or chicken. Salads are also a good choice as is simple fruit like melon
Oolongs are more complex and cover a range from light (closer to green tea) to more oxidized (closer to black tea). Try a lighter oolong with seafood or cheese and crackers. Use a more oxidized oolong with grilled salmon or smoked meat
Black Tea
Black tea is more robust and can be paired with spicy foods. Flavored black teas also do well with a sweet dessert.

 Follow link to a great chart from the Tea Association of Canada with even more ideas on how you can pair teas with food! Enjoy.
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Cold Steeping, perfect for summer!

Too hot to boil water to make tea?  Here's a simple and easy way to make cold tea without hot water!
Energy efficient and simple, cold steeped teas have less  bitterness and less caffeine. Unlike "sun tea", where you leave your tea in the sun to brew, there are no food safety concerns with cold steeping. Cold brewing also brings you a cleaner, less astringent cup. Any type of tea can be used but green , white and oolong teas produce the best cups. Herbal fruit teas also do well. Experiment with your own favorite and let us know!

To make cold steeped tea simply add one teaspoon of loose leaf tea per cup of fresh cold water, place in a suitable container and leave in your fridge overnight (at least 8 hours). Strain out the leaves and enjoy!
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Tea Storage 101: Or how to make your quality loose leaf tea stay as fresh as possible for as long as possible!

Keeping your tea as fresh as the day you bought it is not complicated. Loose leaf tea should be protected from heat, light, air and moisture. An airtight container such as 3 Teas stainless steel tins are perfect.

Resist the temptation of storing your tea in a clear glass or plastic container, light will degrade your tea quickly.

Keep your tea in your pantry or cupboard and away from any heat source such as your stove or toaster. There is some evidence that storing tea in your refrigerator or freezer can extend the life of your tea, however, be sure to let the tea warm up to room temperature before opening as the cold leaves will attract moisture and degrade your tea. As with any other organic matter, tea, when wet, can create mold and ruin the taste of your cuppa!

Store your tea away from spices or other strong odors. Tea (especially green tea) will take on any odors that it is exposed to.

Keep these tips in mind when you store your tea and you will have the best tasting tea with ever cup!
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How to brew the perfect cup of tea

Have you ever wondered why your tea may not live up to expectation? Here are a few tips to ensure that you always make terrific tasting tea!

1. Start with one teaspoon (2 grams) of tea per cup (200ml). You may want to adjust the amount if you feel your tea is too weak or too strong.

2. Use only fresh cold water.3. Ensure that you steep your tea with the best temperature water (this is crucial!) for the type of tea you are brewing:

• White tea and green tea: 70-80C
• Oolong tea: 80-90C
• Black and Herbal tea: 90-95C

Don't have a thermometer? For white and green tea bring your water to a boil and wait 5 min before pouring over tea leaves. Boiling water may scorch the tea and give you a bitter astringent cup.

4. Steeping time is just as crucial as the temperature of the water! Here is a simple steeping guide:

     • White Tea 90 seconds - 2min
     • Green Tea 2-3 minutes
     • Oolong tea 90 secondes - 2 minutes
     • Black tea 3-5 minutes
     • Pu-erh tea 2- 5 minutes
     • Always cover your tea when steeping, it really does improve the taste!
     • Black teas should be steeped only once. All other teas can be steeped several times (makes your $ go further!).

5. If you still feel that you do not have the perfect cup of tea then vary the amount of tea you use and/or the amount of time you steep. Tea is a personal experience, there is no "wrong" way if you enjoy your cup!

Now sit back and enjoy the perfect cup of tea!

*Source: "The Story of Tea" by Mary Lou and Robert Heiss

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