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Why loose leaf tea?

We love loose leaf tea for several reasons. Some companies that utilize teabags often use "fannings" as a filler, which is the leftover dust-like tea particles of inferior quality. Consumers also tend to pay more for the extra packaging and get less of the actual tea. Finally, using a reusable tea strainer is more environment friendly! 

How long should I steep my tea?

Use 1 teaspoon (2g) of tea for every 6 ounces of water. For black, pu-erh, and oolong teas, the water should be at or slightly below the boiling point. For green and white teas, the water should be slightly below the boiling point. Infuse black, pu-erh, and oolong teas for 3-4 minutes. Green and white teas should be infused for 2-3 minutes. You can play around with your steeping times to see what you like best!


Why do green and white teas steep for less time than black teas?

Green and white teas are more delicate because their leaves are steamed or processed without oxidization, meaning that they require a shorter steeping time at a lower temperature. Black tea, on the other hand, is fully oxidized and must be steeped for 3-4 minutes in boiling water to enhance the best flavors. However, if steeped for longer, the black tea leaves will release tannins, a compound that gives the tea a bitter taste. Always take the leaves, teabag, or strainer out after a few minutes for the best cup of tea!

What are the health benefits of drinking tea?

Drinking tea can be a great way to help your body stay hydrated when you want to switch it up from plain water. Green and white teas are well known for the antioxidants they boast, and black teas are typically associated with their anti-inflammatory properties. Our favorite benefit of preparing and drinking tea is the tranquility the routine provides - a gentle reminder to pause and enjoy the little moments and calm the mind. If you want to learn more about the health benefits of tea, we encourage you to do the research!


Do some teas contain more or less caffeine than others?

Black tea technically contains the most caffeine, while white tea contains the least. Many people are not significantly impacted by this difference in caffeine content; but, if you find that you are sensitive to caffeine, opt for rooibos or herbal teas in the evenings. 

How long does tea last?

If kept dark and sealed, loose tea leaves will last a really long time. However, for the freshest tea possible, we recommend using your tea within two years of the date you purchase it! 

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