INTRODUCING THE WORLD'S FAVORITE DRINK
Tea is the world’s most consumed beverage right after water. The story of tea is no less than the story of a humble plant that has changed the world. Discovered some 50 centuries ago in China when, as legend has it, a single tea leaf fluttered into the sleeping Emperor Shen Nung’s cup of water and upon awaking and taking a drink, he felt vitalized and alert beyond measure. From there on in and throughout the ages, tea spread across countries, continents and civilizations. Revolutions have been triggered, wars fought, and peace treaties made over tea. Tea has been used in spiritual practice in many cultures, and is the beverage of choice for artists and intellectuals alike. Moreover, it has been a source of energy, comfort and stamina to those who drink it and a way to meaningfully connect with others.
THE WAY OF TEA
To those who have had the opportunity to taste and appreciate quality tea, it ranks with wine as a refined beverage with a fascinating variety of types and a vast spectrum of tastes and aromas. In fact, with regard to the many ways in which tea can be enjoyed - hot or cold on its own, paired with food, or as a food ingredient in itself - tea is quite likely to be the most versatile beverage ever created by mankind.
At P & T we make it our daily mission to promote the role of good tea for a healthy, creative and fulfilling lifestyle. And we hope you will join us to learn more about this fascinating beverage.
GOOD TEA IS EASY TO MAKE
If you understand a few basic principles:
- Choose a quality tea. Quality tea not only tastes much better, you will also notice and benefit from its active ingredients much more readily – such as caffeine, amino acids, vitamins and minerals.
- “Not too hot and not too long.” Don’t overbrew your tea. When in doubt slightly less hot water is better, so bring the temperature below the boiling point. Green and White Teas tend to brew at temperatures below 80C, Oolongs and Black Teas at 80C-90C. Depending on your personal preference, brewing times of 2-4 minutes are good timeframes. With a good tea, this will also allow you to do a repeat-brewing. Basically, by not overbrewing you are preventing the tea from releasing so-called catechins, which is what causes certain teas to turn bitter.
- Two teaspoons per cup. Again a matter of personal preference, but as a general rule of thumb use roughly two tea spoons per cup (200ml) of tea you want to make
- Water. For more delicate, floral teas, it can make sense to use filtered tap water or a soft mineral water with lower magnesium and calcium content.
All of P & T’s teas come with simple recommended brewing instructions.
Begin your journey into the fascinating world of fine tea. There is so much to discover and we are convinced that you will come to appreciate what is The Gift of Tea - for its taste, its physical health properties, its incredible variety, and just how good tea makes us feel.
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