We generally ship via US Postal Service first class or priority mail This service can be a quick as overnight and up to 3 days in the lower 48. They even deliver on Saturdays. For 9 ounces and up the postage is $4.99 - a great value considering the price of gas and your valuable time. Since most teas are $3.50 an ounce, 10 ounces of tea will get you free shipping.
Please contact us for other locations. We can quote you shipping.
1 teaspoon per 8 oz of water. Fluffy leaves like some Oolongs, use 2 teaspoons. For stronger tea use more tea.
There is no hard and fast rules on steeping except over steeping may make tea bitter. If you are unsure, try cooler water and shorter steeping times.
Below are general steeping instructions. For best results, follow the steeping instructions that came with your tea.
To estimate water temperature use a thermometer or wait a 2-3 minutes after the water stops boiling. Then the water temperature should be about 165- 185 F. You can gauge water temperature by looking at the bubbles forming at the bottom of the tea kettle. When pin size bubbles form, the water temperature is about 185F. To take the guess work out of water temperatures, try our electric tea kettle.
|Tea Type||Steeping Temperature||Steeping Time|
|White Tea||170-185 F||1-3 minutes|
|Green Tea||170-185 F||2-3 minutes|
|Oolong Tea||170-190 F||2-3 minutes|
|Black Tea||200-212 F||3-5 minutes|
|Tisanes||212 F||4-7 minutes|
Fruit and herbal teas are also referred to as tisanes.
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A teapot that is as functional as it is beautiful. Lets face it. Some teapots are just plain ugly or just silly. But not this one. The elegant shape echoes the classic aesthetics of Chinese tea pots yet with a thoroughly modern design. The handle gracefully compliments the curvaceous shape and is comfortable and secure when pouring.
This beauty holds 24 ounces of tea and has a very large deep rigid stainless steel infuser that sits deep in the teapot. The over sized infuser allows maximum contact with hot water without crowding your precious tea leaves together and yields a great pot of tea every time.
This teapot has 3 parts - lid, infuser and pot. Gently remove the lid by turning it on its side, This exposes the inside of the infuser and notice the generous interior space for the loose tea leaves to expand. Also note the thousands of tiny holes which trap your tea leaves inside to make a clear cup of tea. Unlike mesh basket infusers, this rigid infuser will not bend and leak tea leaves. The micro holes are created using laser technology. Unlike less expensive infusers, this one will not rust because of its high quality food grade stainless steel construction.
Now, following your tea's instructions, measure out your loose tea into the tea infuser basket (make sure its in the teapot) and then add hot water up to one inch of the top of the tea pot. Do not overfill, because it will spill out the spout. OUCH. Replace the lid and steep for the appropriate time. Remember longer steeping will not make stronger tea.
After steeping, gently remove the lid. It helps to hold down the infuser handle because the silicone ring makes a snug fit. Now carefully lift the infuser basket and set it on a drip-catch dish. (we sell special matching dishes for this purpose). Replace the lid and you are ready to serve. When you put the lid back on, you will notice that the fit is nice and tight because of the silicone ring. By creating a tight seal, less heat from escapes keeping your tea warmer than tea pots with loose fitting lids.
This teapot comes in a variety of vivid colors reminiscent of vintage fiesta ware created in 1936 and still going strong today. The glazing gives the teapots a very deep and intense color only found in the highest quality ceramics. The great colors are sure to compliment your existing mugs and cups. If your looking for perfectly matching teacups, Click here.
Before you infuse your loose leaf tea. Preheat the teapot with boiling water for 2 minutes. Simply boil water and pour into the teapot. Let it stand for 2 minutes, also pour some hot water into your teacups and warm them as well. Pour out water and then prepare your tea. By doing this way, your tea will steep at the correct temperature and the brewed tea will stay hot longer.
Loose tea needs to be brewed at the correct temperature. Follow the instructions provided with your tea for best results. Longer brewing may cause some teas to become bitter. If unsure, its best to use cooler water and shorter steeping times. If the tea needs to be stronger, re-infuse. Happy Sipping