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 $5.39 - a great value considering the price of gas and your valuable time. Since most teas are $3.50 an ounce, 12 ounces of tea will get you free shipping.
Please contact us for other countries. 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.
Although the English were not the first Europeans to bring tea from China, they certainly are credited to making it immensely popular. In the early days, tea was a super luxury item and only the very rich (royalty and nobility) could afford.
But whatever the "in crowd" liked the masses also wanted. As teas popularity increased, special fast sailing vessels called Clippers transported tea to the eager English tea drinkers. With the advent of steam ships, shipping became faster and less expensive. As the British empire expanded and tea was grown in India and Africa and as transportation costs decreased and tea production increased, tea became less expensive, its popularity increased and demand soared. The masses adored it and it soon became a very English habit.
Even though the English loved their tea, it is believed that the moniker English Breakfast Tea was first coined by an American merchant who was selling a blend of Chinese black teas. Perhaps associating his tea to the English, helped his sales as many American merchants adopted the name. However, it was Queen Victoria who popularized the name as she traveled to Scotland's Balmoral Castle and wanted to differentiate her special English tea blend which she enjoyed at breakfast.
Today, English Breakfast Teas, while not uniformly standard, are commonly a blend of Chinese, Indian and African black teas. As is ours. As you drink this tea in the morning, think back to the glorious Empire days as you steel yourself for the day ahead. Carpe Diem. Sieze the day with this tried and true morning starter.
Additionally, our tea is certified organic.Base leaf: Organic Black tea.