Brewing at Home: Iced Tea

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Summer has officially arrived folks! In celebration of this hot season I would like to share some tea trade secrets. Ever wonder why our iced tea is so delicious? First, it’s cause we have only good tea here. Second, it’s our methods! In this blog I’m going to share some recipes and basic methods on […]

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Brewing Tea at Home: Tea Strainers

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At home I use the simple metal tea strainer depicted above because it allows me to drink loose leaf and control the length of my brew. It also allows the loose leaf tea to expand and gives me the option of multiple infusions. Look how beautiful the leaves are when they are hydrated. This little […]

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Brewing Tea at Home: Tea Trays

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There is more to brewing tea than mugs, thermoses, and tea bags. Please do not misunderstand me, I appreciate these conveniences, especially first thing in the morning on my way to work, or with my hands busy while I am working in the garden. But one of the most admirable things about the global diversity […]

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How do you pronounce Pu’er?

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Exploring the basics and some of the mysteries around fermented teas. The esteemed John Wetzel, creator and founder of Stone Leaf Teahouse, pronounces Pu’er 普洱 as something that sounds to me like pour. Though with an open and elongated “ou” and a soft shortened “r“. John is the most expert in our shop so I […]

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Tasting My Way Through Teaware

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This past weekend, I attended my coworker Casey’s workshop on teaware. Casey is a fount of knowledge about the science and history behind tea, partly thanks to a book she loves, The True History of Tea. Casey has worked at Stone Leaf for about three years and leads most of the workshops we hold. On […]

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