Brewing Tea: It’s about time

Brewing tea is easy! Regardless of how you made it, if the taste suits you, you brewed it right! If you didn’t care for the taste, because it wasn’t strong enough or too bitter then this post might help you.

Each type of tea has a recommended water temperature and steeping time for optimal flavor. But if you aren’t too fussy or you are too busy to fuss, the water temperature is the number 1 thing to pay attention to. Green tea typically requires lower temperature water, which means you should stop applying heat before water comes to a boil or let the pot cool off for 3 minutes after a boil. Green tea requires the least amount of time for steeping. 3 Minutes. That’s it. Green tea will get very bitter if any longer than that. Black tea can go for a maximum of 5 minutes, but I actually prefer 4. White Tea and Oolong can go for a full 5 minutes because these teas don’t get bitter as quickly as Green or Black Teas.

Tea Brewing Chart

Above is a chart that serves as an overview of the brewing requirement for tea. It serves as a guideline and can be adjusted for personal tastes. If you typically require sugar with your cup of tea, you’ll be surprised by how little you’ll need if you reduce the amount of steeping time.

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Iced Tea Competition at Altamont Fair on Sunday 21st at 4pm

Do you have an iced tea recipe that your friends rave over. Here is your chance to distinguish yourself from the crowd. 

We are holding an Iced Tea Competition Sunday the 21st at 4pm. Show up anytime before 3pm at Gate 2 and anyone carrying 32oz of iced tea with a typed recipe can enter the gates for free. Judging will take place at the Blue Ribbon Center and will be on 50% Flavor, 25% Creativity and 25% Presentation. Good Luck!

 altamont fair Iced Tea

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3 Essential Things you need to known about Kombucha Tea

There seems to be two different types of people 1) Those who love kombucha and 2) Those that know nothing about it. In this short article I want to go over some basics.

  1. Kombucha is the drink that is derived from a sweet tea fermented by a Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast (SCOBY). A green, oolong or black tea is mixed with sugar and the Scoby also known as Mother is added to the mix for 2 to 4 weeks. The result is fizy slightly sweet and slightly sour drink.
  2. Kombucha is commonly found in many grocery stores but can be made at home. Dehydrated Scoby can be bought over the internet, however it is best to get an established Mother from a friend. When trying kombucha for the first time, it is wise to drink a little at a time for your body to get used to this most unusual drink.
  3. Most bottled kombuchas are flavored with fruit, herbs and hibiscus. Home made kombucha can be flavored after the scoby is removed from the tea mixture. This steeping of fruit should be done in the refrigerator to reduce the production of carbon dioxide.

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French Macarons are the perfect dessert for Spring

Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, but so many of your favorites feel too heavy in the warm weather? Macarons are a perfect solution. These light meringue biscuits filled with a light cream come in a variety of flavors. They are sweet and flavorful without being thick and heavy. We always have Pistachio, Almond, Caramel, Chocolate, Raspberry, Lychee Rose, Coconut, Espresso, Lemon and Earl Grey, plus a few extra flavors.

French Macaron Menu

French Macaron Menu

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Albany Tea Festival

We are proud to announce the 2nd Annual Albany Tea Festival at Overit Media located at 435 New Scotland Av on Friday, June 3rd from 5:30pm to 9:00pm.

Capital Region’s Tea Professionals will be all in one place for this unique event. Six speakers are scheduled to discuss a range of tea related topics including tea/herb basic, culture, world tea traveling and future trends of tea. Tea and tea related vendors will be offering their products.

If you are a tea lover, this is the place to be. Join us for this free event and stay up-to-date with the most consumed beverage after water!  Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/581272638713014/

 

Albany Tea Festival

Albany Tea Festival

Albany Tea Fest Speakers

Albany Tea Fest Speakers

 

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Introducing Cherry Allure CRAFTea to enjoy for a limited time

Cherry Allure White Tea SpritzerSpring has officially sprung here at Short and Stout! Bring on the blue skies, blooming flowers, and delicious iced teas. To celebrate the beauty and sanctity of our natural world, we have crafted a commemorative iced CRAFTea inspired by Earth Day (April 22nd).

Cherry Allure is a refreshing drink appealing to both the eyes and the taste buds. Using our Cherry Blossom white tea, we add lemon, cherries, and sparkling water spritz for pizzazz. The result is a sweet, tart, and fizzy treat perfect for savoring outdoors in the spring sunshine.

Why Cherry Blossom? Cherry blossoms are steeped in cultural history and symbolism. The Japanese have long associated this special flower with spring’s arrival and nature’s ephemerality. “Hanami” is a centuries-old springtime custom dedicated to appreciating what cherry blossoms represent—the beauty of impermanence—and many uphold the tradition by feasting and drinking under cherry blossom trees.

We recommend pairing Cherry Allure with an Orange Blossom or Lemon macaron.

Happy Earth Day from Short and Stout! Get outside and enjoy the beauty that is all around you.

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What’s Brewing at Short and Stout Tea in April

Nine Pin Cider Collaboration

Through collaborating with Nine Pin Cider, we are happy to announce another tea infused cider. Earl Grey Black Tea infused cider is currently pouring in their tap room at 929 Broadway, Albany. On Wednesday, April 27th at 6pm we will be sampling this cider and other tea infused cider with a discussion.

Guilderland Library Tea Talk

The culture of tea has evolved since its birth 5000 years ago. This tea talk discusses where tea is going from here on out. Will it be traditional, will it be organic? What is Bubble Tea anyway? Registration is free at http://guilpl.evanced.info/

Mother’s Day Breakfast Buffet

Again we are providing a special treat for Mother’s Day. We will be offering a brunch buffet on May 8th with seatings scheduled at 9:30 and 11:00. A large spread of eggs, meat, fruit and pastries as well as juices and a variety of tea will be available. RSVP at the lounge before May 1st, seating is limited and we did fill-up last year.

Teas with Benefits

With the change in weather for the better, now is the time that everyone wants to look and feel better. Green tea is known for its anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, but there are many other functional teas and tisanes.  Fit and Slim, Tulsi Detox, Sleep Tight and Tummy Soother that are designed to create a healthier you.

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What’s Brewing at Short and Stout Tea Lounge

Macaron Day Celebrated the weekend of the 19th

French Macaron

We can’t say enough about macarons. So we are offering them for FREE. For every $20 you spend at Short and Stout Tea Lounge on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th you can have a macaron on us. While supplies last.

Thailand Tea Tasting: Tuesday, March 22nd at 6pm

Our travels to Thailand earlier this year provided us with an opportunity to procure a variety of unique teas. We will be offering a tasting of oolong, USDA Certified Organic matcha and black tea. Traditional Thai food will be offered. Register at the lounge, Cost $10.

Easter Tea Selection Paired with Macarons

Easter Brunch might never be the same when you bring Short and Stout Tea and macrons. Our monthly tea selection is Golden Yunnan Black Tea, Blue Pomegranate Green Tea and Almond Crisp Fruit Tisane. Pair these with our delectable macrons and you have a new family tradition.

Capital District Garden & Flower Show at HVCC2014-Young-Best-of-Show-Bronze-Award

The Garden & Flower Show is a premier event occurring at the 18th through the 20th of March at HVCC in Troy. There are a variety of activities including 100 vendors, flower design competition, educational and lectures. Top of the line landscapers will transform the melted ice rink into a neighborhood of backyard patios outfitted with gazebos, fountains and flowers, lots of flowers. Matthew will be giving a talk on Herbal Teas from Your Garden on Sunday.

The Next Generation of Tea: Thursday, April 7th at 7pm at Guilderland Public Library

Can’t teach a 5000 year old dog new tricks? I beg to differ. The culture of tea has ever evolved and this tea talk will build on March’s session on tea history and discuss where tea is going. Will it be traditional, will it be organic? What is Bubble Tea anyway? Registration is Free at www.guilpl.org

 

 

 

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Spring Tea Talks with Matthew

Tea in History: Thursday, March 3rd at 7pm at Guilderland Public Library

Tea is the second most popular beverage in the world (only second to water), its origins date back five thousand years and encompasses the world; there has to be a good story or two in its history. This is a fun interactive session that will reveal “Who was Earl Grey, Anyway?”, “John Fortune’s Misfortunes” and “Name that Culture”. Registration is Free at www.guilpl.org

 

Tea and Cheese Pairing: Thursday, March 10th at 6pm at Honest Weight Food Co-op

Looking for more knowledge on tea, cheese or both? Short and Stout and the HWFC Cheese Department has came up with 5 pairings that will delight the senses and inform the curious mind. Learn what makes for a good pairing, preparation tea and effective garnishing. Registration is free at eventbrite.com

 

Thailand Tea Tasting: Tuesday, March 22nd at 6pm at Short and Stout Tea Lounge (Note Date Change)

Our travels to Thailand earlier this year provided us with an opportunity to procure a variety of unique teas. We will be offering a tasting with our USDA Organic Certified Matcha and several grades of oolong including one Frost Tea that is only picked during an overnight frost. Traditional Thai food will be offered. Register at the lounge, Cost $10.

 

The Next Generation of Tea: Thursday, April 7th at 7pm at Guilderland Public Library

Can’t teach a 5000 year old dog new tricks? I beg to differ. The culture of tea has ever evolved and this tea talk will build on March’s session on tea history and discuss where tea is going. Will it be traditional, will it be organic? What is Bubble Tea anyway? Registration is Free at www.guilpl.org


Herbal Teas from Your Garden: Thursday, May 5th at 7pm at Guilderland Public Library

Learn how to make and enjoy herbal teas grown from your garden. A discussion on health benefits and a tasting will be provided. Registration is Free at www.guilpl.org. This session will also be given March 20th during the Garden and Flower Show at Hudson Valley Community College, Troy.

 

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