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4 Ways to Use a Tea Thermos

4 Ways to Use a Tea Thermos

Thermoses designed for brewing tea are becoming more popular around the world, but the brewing techniques we use at home don’t always translate easily to these portable vessels. Practices like controlling steeping time and temperature or brewing multiple infusions may seem to rely on the availability of specialized teaware, but these four methods of using a travel thermos will show how easy it can be to adapt and make a great cup of tea - whether you’re on the go or at your desk.

Find an overview of all the ways you can brew looseleaf tea >>

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How Cold Brewing Changes Tea Chemistry

How Cold Brewing Changes Tea Chemistry

It’s no secret that cold brewing is by far our favorite method of making iced tea. A long steep of natural teas in cold water creates flavor that is consistently sweet and smooth, negating the need for added flavors or sweeteners. Though hot tea holds an obvious place in our hearts, cold brews are the perfect way to create a refreshing, ice cold beverage with the full-bodied, complex flavors of our favorite single origin tea leaves.

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The Ultimate Guide to Tea Infusers

The Ultimate Guide to Tea Infusers

Tea infusers, made to contain tea leaves while brewing, are an extremely popular tool for brewing loose leaf tea. A precursor to bagged teas, reusable infusers hold leaves captive while allowing water to flow freely through a filter of mesh or punched holes. They are particularly useful for brewing small leaf pieces, like those used for many Western-style black teas, because they prevent small bits from ending up in the brew. However, they’re also commonly used for other tea types, since they are easy to find, simple to use, and allow for leaves to be extracted to prevent over-brewing.

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8 Tips for Brewing Multiple Infusions

8 Tips for Brewing Multiple Infusions

For those new to the world of whole leaf, natural teas, the concept of re-steeping a single serving of tea leaves is often surprising. Unlike the powdered leaf pieces found in most tea bags, or even the finely ground beans use to make coffee, whole tea leaves offer less exposed surface area. The result is a slow unfurling of flavor, rather than immediate extraction, and the potential for several cups of flavorful tea from a single scoop of whole leaves.

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What is the Best Way to Boil Water for Tea?

What is the Best Way to Boil Water for Tea?

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If high quality tea leaves are the star of a show in a good cup of tea, then the right water is the entire supporting cast. We’ve written before about the importance of water quality, but the flavor of this all-important ingredient can also be influenced by the method and vessel used to heat it. Today we’ll break down all the different ways to boil water, and how each one can affect your cup of tea.

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How to Brew Tea Without An Infuser

How to Brew Tea Without An Infuser

Tea infusers come in many shapes and sizes, from filtering bags pre-filled with tea, to infuser baskets that fit in the top of a pot or cup, to teapots with filter holes pierced directly at the base of the spout. All of these specialized tools can simplify the brewing process by helping to remove the leaves from the water when the tea is ready to drink.

Check out our list of ALL the ways to brew loose leaf tea >>

It is absolutely possible, however, to brew loose tea leaves without any specialized equipment! Here are two different methods, using the simplest tools, to brew any type of loose leaf tea.

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5 Festive Teas to Pair with Holiday Dinners

5 Festive Teas to Pair with Holiday Dinners

For most of us, holiday festivities are all about the food, but those who love tea know that the right brew can enhance any flavor experience. Whether you need a dose of caffeine to power a long day of cooking, want to find the right pairing for rich flavors, or need something to help digest all those delicious delicacies, these five teas have you covered.

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Signs of Quality: Bagged Teas vs. Loose Leaves

Signs of Quality: Bagged Teas vs. Loose Leaves

For a large number of tea drinkers in the modern world, tea bags are the norm. In any regions where European influences have shaped the tea culture, bagged teas are readily available in grocery stores and cafes, while loose leaf teas are sold in specialty shops, associated with special brewing rituals, or generally considered “too fancy” for everyday consumption.

In fact, the difference between bagged and loose leaves is only that: packaging. Loose tea leaves are not always of better quality than those found in bags, and bagged teas are not always “easier” to brew. As with any aspect of tea, the manner in which the leaves are packaged is a choice that each tea drinker can make for themselves. In this blog post, we’ll break down what you can (and can’t) tell about a tea’s quality from the way it is packaged.

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7 Tips to Brew Better Tasting Tea

7 Tips to Brew Better Tasting Tea

For better or for worse, the flavor in a cup of tea is dependent on more than just the leaves. A brew may taste different in the store than when brewed at home, or at work, or on vacation. When a tea that doesn’t live up to expectations, it might be easy to write off the whole batch and toss a spoonful of sugar into each cup, or simply let it languish in the back of the cupboard. Before abandoning hope, try these tips to ensure you’re seeing the best side of your tea leaves.

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