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.
Toasted, summery, but green through and through, it's no surprise that Genmaicha is a current word-of-mouth favorite among Japanese professionals. But it wasn't always ...As the tale goes, the plain, hearty “Bancha” leaves that form this tea's base have long been a regular countryside tradition. Its use was widespread among rural Japanese families who saw tea as a way to celebrate the contemplative nature of change. Thus Bancha represented summer and the thoughts that came with the warm, wet season.
In times of scarcity, even Bancha became hard to obtain. Thus, to make the tea last longer, it was mixed with popped rice. The resulting flavor was so unique that Genmaicha continues to be blended today.
And so Genmaicha was born, a meeting of the two great sustaining sources of the Japanese table; representing the balance of luxury and survival in a toasted, vegetal, gardener's tea. Suitable for most occasions and adaptable to further blending, this tea is a true country-side-to-high-society transformation story. One who's appeal has no doubt not seen the end of its expansion.
Base leaf: Green tea
Health properties: Antioxidant qualities known.
Flavor strength: Moderate, toasted, vegetal. Primary collection is grass, summer. Fine notes of countryside citrus, unique “popped rice” toasted finish.