Here at the tea enthusiasts, we take climate change seriously. We firmly believe that mankind is having a detrimental effect on the planet and each individual, each company and each government has a duty to do what they can to neutralise the impact they have on the world. So today we want to take you through what we as a company do to try and ease our impact on the planet.
Environmental issues are complicated and there is no quick fix and no magic solution so we try to make sure that the planet is considered in each decision we make. Some of these solutions may seem like they only make a tiny difference and we recognise that we are one small family run company but we know that one of the biggest threats to the planet is everyone thinking someone else will save it, and one of the biggest mistakes is thinking if you can only do a little then it is not valuable so you should do nothing.
5 steps to better loose leaf tea: by that, we mean a better cup of tea for you. Everyone likes their tea slightly different and one of the joys of loose leaf tea is that there are endless possibilities! Often people think loose leaf tea is complicated but so long as you follow a few simple guidelines you can’t go far wrong.
Let’s face it, your tea is flavoured water. If you don’t start with good water, you won’t get good tea! Use freshly drawn or filtered tap water where possible. Some may say that spring water is ideal but these days we have to consider the environmental impact of our daily cuppa. Mineral water is too hard and will leave a metallic taste in your brew. Distilled water is too soft and will leave your tea flat. You are looking for a PH of 7. If you need to filter your water it is best to use freshly filtered water that has not been standing around. Do not use water that you have reboiled. Please do not microwave your water, this removes all the oxygen from the water and will leave you a very flat-tasting brew.
Different teas require different temperature water. If you are new to drinking loose leaf tea, or just new to that type of tea, a good place to start is the instructions on the packet. We include a simple amount/temp/time infographic on all of our teas. You can then experiment until you get it right for you! If in doubt, use cooler water, many teas can be damaged by water that is too hot, but few are hurt by the water being a few degrees too cold (I can feel my grandmother staring at me).
Boiling water and letting it cool will dramatically reduce the amount of oxygen in the water and affect the taste of the tea. Where possible take the water temperature up to, not down to. We have temperature adjustable kettles here, which can be bought cheaply from Amazon. Why is this so important? If you put boiling water on sencha it will taste bitter and horrible, no matter how good the tea was.Continue reading 5 Steps to Better Loose Leaf Tea:
So who are we and what are we doing here? Well, my name is Liza Johnson and I am the founder of The Tea Enthusiasts. I have forever enjoyed great tea and having the good fortune to be related to a tea merchant I was always at the receiving end of high-quality samples that I could share with my friends. Almost all of my friends could tell you their favourite loose black or green tea blends, their children could tell you about the fruit infusions they enjoyed. When a new blend arrived I would take the opportunity to share it with friends by inviting them over, sharing the learning journey. So this business concept is rooted in rolling out that experience to all. By using the latest website technology we offer this personalised service via e-commerce to our customer. It’s that simple, come and join us!
Mission Statement: The Tea Enthusiasts provide a wide range of excellent quality tea and accessories. We do this with fantastic service, knowledgeable staff and a real relationship with our customer.
Of course for that to work, we need to hear from you. when you get in touch we promise we will do our best to answer you as fast and as completely as possible. We are happy to hear about your good and bad tea stories as well as chatting about your tea journeys. Yes, we would love to see your Instagram of our tea! We may even feature it on our page! If we can help you find your next perfect cuppa we will consider it a job well done. We have tried to make this as easy as possible and will add more options for getting in touch as time goes by.