A traditional black tea that calls for sugar and milk.
A tea whose name speaks volumes. Every tea is forever tied to its place of origin: that's the sublimely adaptable fact of the ancient beverage. But some show their character in spite of what one might expect based on their home. East Frisian is not one such tea. It's visceral mimicry of the grim, layered part of the world from which it hails is as clear as this black tea's.
On the North Eastern coast of Germany, Frisia is the sort of place that one might expect something stronger than tea is occasionally needed to make the gray days pass. But from tough land comes tough people, and oftentimes the best sense of humor is found where men and women must work for their leisure time, if any is to be had. Thus, meet East Frisian tea: a full, almost steeled flavor that locals enrich even more with cream and rock sugar, but never stirred. A long day's companion or a chilly night's warmth; this tea brings up an unassuming warm presence, a leafy, plain but full flavor, and an overall coastal suitability that its drinkers appreciate.
So grab the town storyteller and find a place to sit with a friend or two and hear a tale or two from when he was your age. Keep the Eastern Frisia coming: hot and creamy if you prefer, or plain and seaside sharp, filling up your lungs like a good story fills the room on a cold night.
Frisians tea culture emerged mostly from the Dutch and English and currently hold the record for per capita tea consumption at 300 liters per person. You could say tea runs in their blood.
Base leaf: Black tea
Health properties: Antioxidant qualities known.
Flavor strength: Strong, grain-true. Primary collection is mellow/mild. Coastal brewhouse flavors, Full bodied. Takes cream and sugar well.
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.
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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.