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American Tea Room Teacup & Tea Sale

American Tea Room Teacup & Tea SaleEaster (April 24) is just around the corner and Mother's Day (May 8 ) is not far behind that. If you are looking for the perfect gift, then American Tea Room just may be able to help you out. They have offering 10% off on all teas and teacups today through Saturday (4/9/2011).

How about this pretty infuser mug for Mom?

 


Red and Pink Floral Tea Cup with Infuser

Or this set of 4 mugs inscribed with poems in black kanji and hiragana calligraphy:

 


Poem Tea Cup Set

Use code TEA10 when checking out in order to receive 10% off. Hurry because this offer is only good for the next few days.

Exclusive American Tea Room Coupon Code

American Tea Room Coupon CodeBeen wanting to try some loose tea from American Tea Room or need to refill your tea cabinet? Check out this exclusive American Tea Room coupon code good for 10% all loose tea.

Crisp cold mornings, frost, and yes some hail and snow have already made it my way in Michigan. Which means that is it perfect hot tea weather!

I love that they offer tea in a number of sizes including sample sizes all the way up to 14 oz. Plus they come in resealable storage bags, ensuring that your loose tea stays fresh.

When checking out enter code TEACABINET10 into the Coupon/Promotional Code box to receive the discount. It is good through 11/25/2010. Happy Shopping! Don't forget to stock up for Holiday gifts and parties.

Brewing Loose Iced Tea Video

Brewing Loose Iced TeaRecently I wrote about making a fast glass of loose iced tea. It is such a great method to cool off, during this record heat summer we are having. I'm going through iced tea so very quickly, that a pitcher doesn't last very long in my home.

Anyway I found a video that shows how to make a quick glass of iced tea. This Brewing Loose Iced Tea video is just over a minute long, so won't take long to watch. He uses what appears to be the Teavana Perfect Tea Maker, which is a great option for steeping both hot and iced tea.

You can find some great loose teas from Teavana along with tea making accessories. They are also offering free shipping with a $50 order right now, a great savings to your order.

What is your favorite tea from Teavana? I am a big fan of their herbal and rooibos blends.

Spotted: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker

Breville One Touch Tea MakerThe hottest new item in the tea world is the Breville One-Touch Tea Maker. I must admit, when I first heard about it, I instantly wanted one. And it looks like so does everyone else. It is a hard item to come by, with many stores sold out or down to their last few instock ones.

While out and about this weekend I got to see one in person and it is pretty nice. The tea kettle part is pretty hefty and is a combo of glass, plastic, and stainless steel.

If you are looking for the best way to brew loose tea this is it. You can set it for Black, White, Green, Herbal, Oolong and a custom setting. It would be absolutely perfect for getting ready in the evening before bed and then walking up to a perfect cup of tea.

It works by heating the water in the bottom to the right temperature, then drops the steeping basket into the water. The basket is then lifted back out out of the water after a specific time. You can set it to keep the tea warm for up to 60 minutes after brewing.

The only drawback I can see to this tea kettle is the cleaning. You can not immerse the kettle itself, so you must wash the interior carefully. The steeping basket comes completely out though. The dropping mechanism appears to work with a magnet, so it pops right out.

I love the details on this. The kettle has a second guard over the pour spout to catch any loose tea that may have escaped the steeping basket. The stores that may have this in stock include Amazon and the American Tea Room. Definitely check out the Breville One-Touch Tea Maker. Super cool tea kettle!

Perfect Water Temperatures for Brewing Tea

One of the most important components of brewing tea is water.  It is important to use a good source of water, preferably filtered. Equally important is the temperature of the water.  Different types of teas require different temperatures to get the best cup of tea.  Here is a guide to the perfect water temperatures for brewing tea.

  • Black Tea - You want to bring the water to a full rolling boil for black tea.  You want to steep black tea for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Green Tea - This is the most delicate tea to brew.  You will get the best cup of tea if you bring the water to 160 degrees and steep for 2 to 4 minutes.
  • White Tea - A prized tea, it is a bit more robust than green tea.  You will get a great cup of tea if you bring the water to 180 degrees and steep for 4 to 6 minutes.
  • Oolong Tea - Bring the water to a 190 degrees and steep this tea for 5 to 8 minutes.
  • Rooibos Tea - This tea is very similar to black tea in that you want to bring the water to a full rolling boil and steep for 3 to 5 minutes.

Keep this guide handy by bookmarking this page.  That way it will always be available when you are brewing tea.  It is also a good idea to invest in a good tea thermometer to help out.

Loose Tea to Go Cup

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I usually brew a cup of loose tea to go in the morning.  Since then a few people have asked me to suggest the perfect loose tea to go cup and here are a few that I have found.

This Chocolate Tea Thermos is perfect for making loose tea on the go.  It has a built in tea infuser that can be removed when the tea is done steeping.  It is double walled to help keep your tea hot or cold, whichever you prefer.  It is sized to fit in most car cup holders, making it perfect for taking with you on errands or your morning commute.

There is also a great travel Tea Press too.  You lift the plunger, place your loose tea inside, along with hot water and let it steep.  Once it is done, you just push the plunger down, which contains all of the tea leaves on the bottom.  This is great for traveling because you don't need to worry about finding a place to put a tea infuser with the used leaves when the steeping is done.

If you want to go for pure beauty along with functionality, there is also this wonderful tea to go cup.  It holds 16 ounces of tea and comes with a built in tea strainer.  It is also a great mug to steep flowering teas in too.  Just place the tea in the bottom, add hot water, and watch it unfold.

Please let us know if you are looking for something specific.  We are happy to help you find the perfect loose tea to go cup or anything else related to tea.  Just use the contact form or leave a comment below.

Christmas Teas

I've had a couple of people ask me recently what would be a perfect Christmas tea.  With the Holidays fast approaching, now is the time to be thinking of this.  Just think of those long, cold winter nights, the gifts to wrap and cards that you need to address.  Plus Christmas dinner!  Lots of occasions to have a hot pot of tea to sip. Here are some of my suggestions.

Art of Tea Holiday Berry Green TeaFirst up is Art of Tea's Holiday Berry Green Tea.  It has a base of organic Sencha & pan fired tea leaves and it is paired with strawberries, raspberries, cornflowers, rosehips, pink peppercorn, and safflower.  Most of the ingredients are organic.  This is a very colorful tea.  It is described to have a sweet and slightly spicy finish.

Toasted Nut Brulee OolongTeavana has a whole selection of teas that they recommend for Christmas and the Holidays.  I love their Toasted Nut Brulee Oolong tea.  This blend contains oolong and rooibos tea with apple, pineapple, papaya, cinnamon, chicory root, ginger, coconut, hazelnut, almonds, and cardamom.  Toasting nuts in the oven is such a Christmas tradition, so this tea is the perfect complement.

Masala Chai NoirThe American Tea Room does not list anything as a Christmas tea but you can not go wrong with a classic chai.  A blend of black tea and spices is the perfect pairing to Christmas dinner.  Their Masala Tea Noir is a wonderful blend of black tea leaves with ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, and green cardamom.

All of these teas come in either sample sizes or 2 to 4 ounce increments.  Which is a great way to try out any of these Christmas teas.  What is your favorite tea for drinking during the Holidays? Share in the comments below.

Top 5 Tea Essentials

If you are just starting out or are a long time tea drinker, it is always a great idea to have all of the right tools for brewing the perfect pot of tea.  Here is our list of the Top 5 Tea Essentials that you should have in your kitchen.

  1. Tea KettleTea Kettle.  You need hot water when making and having an appliance that is devoted to this task makes it very easy.  We currently use this Chef's Choice Tea Kettle.  I like that it is stainless steel, shuts off automatically, and will not operate if there is no water in it.  It holds 1 3/4 quarts of water, which is perfect for making a pot of tea.  It boils water in minutes and is much faster than trying to do so on the stove top and safer than using the microwave.   Someday I would love to have the Breville Variable Temperature Kettle, as it brings water to 5 different temperatures no thermometer required. This is a great feature for tea making as different types of teas need different temperatures of water for the perfect steep.  For now the Chef's Choice is a great tea kettle though.
  2. Teapot.  When brewing loose leaf tea, it is necessary to have place for the tea to brew.  Tea leaves that have a chance to open, infuse the water with more flavor than your standard teabag tea.  There are many different ones to choose from, made from a variety of materials.  The standard teapot is ceramic, but there are also glass, stainless steel, and cast iron ones.
  3. Infuser/Strainer.  Many people that brew loose leaf tea prefer to steep their tea inside of an infuser basket. These generally sit within the lip of the teapot and then can be pulled out when the tea is done steeping.  We prefer brewing the tea loose inside of the pot and then pouring the tea through a stainer into a tea cup.  We are currently using the Rösle Tea Strainer and absolutely love it.  It is a very fine mesh, so even the smallest of tea leaves do not get through.
  4. Tea cups.  It is always nice to have an assortment of teacup to choose from.  Sometimes you want a large cup of tea and other times it is nice to have some smaller cups to share a pot of tea with friends.  It is all up to you to have all matching cups or an oddball assortment of cups to choose from. Our tea cabinet has a collection of tea cups and mugs that we have gathered over the years.
  5. Tea.  This is definitely the most important component of all to making a great cup of tea.  All teas are definitely not created equal.  Personal preference is also a very important part of deciding just what kind of tea you are going to keep in your tea cabinet.  Some of our favorite teas come from Teavana and the American Tea Room.  We will be giving reviews of them in future posts.

We hope that gives you a little peak into what we keep in our tea cabinet.  These are definitely the tea essentials that you need in order to brew a great cup of tea.