The most important thing tea drinkers should know

Premium whole leaf tea sets itself apart from bagged tea in 2 important ways.

If you cut open a paper tea bag, you will find dust. That’s what the industry calls the smallest particles in the sorting process. Dust is produced when pounds of whole leaf tea are processed. The damaged and dried pieces of leaves fall to the bottom of the netting or bag. This is scooped up and put into tea bags. Part of our evaluation of new teas is fresh looking leaves with a shine and a pleasant bouquet. This is indicative of a leaf that isn’t dried out, has much of its essential oils intact and will provide a great amount of flavor. That is usually absent in bagged tea.

Another benefit from whole leaf tea is re-steeping. Many teas such especially Oolong, Pu-erh and Jasmine Pearls are shaped in a way that offers flavors after several infusions. Utilizing a brewing basket will allow the leaves to expand and circulate in the hot water to get everything the leaves have to offer.

There’s no wrong way to enjoy tea and bagged tea does have its place especially regarding its convenience. If you want to experience the best possible cup, make sure your making it with whole leaf tea.

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What’s Brewing in July

Iced Tea for $1

We are celebrating summer with an awesome iced tea deal. Each day we will be selecting one of our premium teas to brew as iced tea and you get to try them at a great price. It’s a great way for you to cool off and try a variety of teas you might not normally try. 16 oz of Iced Tea for $1 until the end of August, enjoy.

French Speaking Night

A French Speaking group is getting together at Short and Stout on Friday July 11th at 6pm. This is an open group for anyone to join.

Short and Stout Mugs

Our much awaited for mugs are here. If you’re a proud Short and Stout Tea Drinker show your stripes. They go for $6.95.

Ideas to Refresh Your Tea Stash

Do you have a drawer full of teas that don’t inspire you to enjoy them? Try these few tips to spark new interest from an old tea.

  1. This time of year herbs are easy to find. Many herbs like mint grow like a weed and there is countless number of potential ingredients found in farmers markets. Go ahead and infuse them into your tea.
  2. Combine flavors already found in your tea drawer. Try combinations like Earl Grey and chamomile and mix two different hibiscus based tisanes together for fruit medley. If you’re using two teabags for one cup make sure to reduce your steeping time or it will be too strong.
  3. Try cold brewing your teas. Put a few teaspoons of tea into a pint of cold water and refrigerate. It’s ready after 6-8 hours, but if it steeped longer or is too strong, just simply dilute it with some water.

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