Home  •  Product Search  •  Site Map  •  Checkout  •  Track Your Order
Frequently Asked Questions
Search by Keyword

Search by Keyword

HOW MANY CUPS OF TEA DOES AN OUNCE OF TEA MAKE?

Your teas are sold in the following sizes.  All cups of tea are based on 6 oz cups:

  • One (1) ounce of Tea makes about 10 – 15 cups.
  • Two (2) ounces of tea makes about 20 – 30 cups.
  • Four (4) ounces of tea makes about 40 – 60 cups.
  • Eight (8) ounces of tea makes about 80 – 120 cups.
  • One (1) pound of tea makes about 160 – 240 cups.

Remember that the type of tea or the amount of tea you use may vary results.  For example, if you use an 8 oz. cup it will use more tea to make a cup or if you like your tea stronger you may use more tea and the reverse is true that if you like a weaker tea you may get more services.

HOW TO STEEP OR BREW TEA

Brewing or steeping tea is the act of placing tea leaves into water and allowing the tea to infuse.  In steeping tea it depends on the type of tea that you are steeping.  There are a couple of steps you need to follow to get the best tasting tea. 

  • All tea starts with water.  It is important to ensure that you use pure water.  If water is heavy with minerals this will change the taste of your tea.  We recommend that if you live in an area that has water with heavy minerals or is heavily chlorinated that you use filtered or bottled water for the best taste.
  • Steep quality tea. 
  • Cover and infuse for the required period of time. Each type of tea has a recommended water temperature and length of time to steep the tea.  Here is our recommendation to get the best flavor from our tea.
  • Black Tea:   Use rolling boiling water (about 212 degrees) and allow it to steep for 3 to 5 minutes. 
  • Chai Tea:  Use boiling water which is about 212 degrees and allow it to steep for 4 to 6 minutes.
  • Herbal Tea:   Use boiling water which is about 212 degrees and allow it to steep for 3 to 5 minutes. 
  • Red Tea:  Use rolling boiling water which is about 212 degrees and allow it to steep for 4 to 5 minutes. 
  • Oolong Tea:   Use hot water that is close to the boiling point but not boiling about 190 to 203 degrees.  Allow to steep for 2 to 5 minutes.
  • Cold Brewed Iced Tea:  Use cold water. Allow to steep for as long as you like, this will depend on how strong you like your tea.
  • For White or Green teas, begin by pouring hot water into the pot or cup to warm the surface, then discard the liquid.
    • Green Tea: Use hot water about 160 to 180 degrees, not boiling.  Allow to steep for 2 to 3 minutes.
    • White Tea:  Use hot water which is about 150 to 160 degrees slightly cooler than that used for Green tea.  This temperature is close to the time you see the first hint of steam from your kettle.  Allow to steep for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Once the tea has steeped the proper amount of time remove the tea leaves from the cup or pot this helps to preserve the tea and ensure it does not become too strong.

HOW TO PROPERLY STORE TEA

Once you have purchased your quality tea you must properly store it or it will go stale, like any other food product. In fact, finer lose leave teas often have fewer or no artificial preservatives and can breakdown quickly. Tea’s three worst enemies are air, light, and moisture.  But don’t worry keeping your tea stored properly can make it last as long as a year, and this is easy to do. 

The most popular ways to store tea is in Tea Tin, Tea Caddy and Tea Chest. You can find tea tins in hundreds of styles and Tea Chest and tea caddies come in many different materials.

Tea tins are the most popular way to store loose tea once opened from their air tight container.  A proper tin has an air tight seal and is light proof.  Tins are your best defense against the aging effects of air and light. You may ask why you should protect your tea from sunlight and indoor lighting.  The reason is that both sunlight and indoor lighting contain harmful Ultra Violet rays. Ultra Violet light can break down the molecules in tea, stripping color and flavor over time. Keeping your teas in the dark is preferred in order to preserve the flavor and appearance of the tea.

Air contains many things that can harm your tea like moisture, air pollutants, orders, and oxygen.  Air pollutants and odors can contaminate your tea with odors from food, or other harmful chemicals that are both natural and manmade that can cause chemical reactions.  Oxygen combines with a wide variety of organic molecules, altering them through oxidization which breaks down molecules in tea and changes the flavor.

Since tea leaves are dried, moisture in the air will cause your tea to become moist allowing odors to infuse into the tea.  Moisture will also enhance the effect of oxidation and will allow mold and other organisms to grow on your tea that can ruin it. This is why it is important to keep the interior of the tin or chest moisture free to retain the optimum flavor.   Do not store different types of teas in the same container.  It you store different types and flavors of teas in the same tin or chest you run the risk of contaminating the flavors.

Remember it does not matter if you use a tea tin, tea chest, or tea caddy.  The important thing to remember in picking your container is to ensure that it is air and light tight. You can use individual or multiple compartment containers as long as each compartment is air and light tight.

Do you have Wholesale and Resell/Drop Shipper Opportunities? 

Yes, we do.  If you are looking at becoming a reseller of Teatime Teas or our products we will work with you to make this happen please contact sales@teatimeteas.com or call us at 540-905-5889 for more information.

 Do you sell Tea in Bulk?

Yes, we do.  All tea sold in bulk is loose leaf tea.  If you are interested in any of these questions please contact sales@teatimeteas.com or call us at 540-905-5889 for more information.

 Do you drop shipping?

As for drop shipping we will be more than happy to drop ship for your company. We will do both blind drop shipping and straight drop shipping.  If you are interested please contact sales@teatimeteas.com  or call us at 540-905-5889 for more information.

Copyright © Teatime Teas LLC, Natural Bridge, VA
customer.service@teatimeteas.com