Choose high quality tea
The first step, is choosing a high quality organic loose leaf tea. Most conventional store bought brands of tea that come in tea bags are of the lowest grades of tea, containing merely the bits and dust of leaves left behind during processing. Higher grades of tea leaves contain much more flavor. Choosing an organic tea means that there are no chemical residues on the leaves, which aside from being toxic to you, greatly hinder the taste of the tea itself. We seek out only the highest quality and highest grades of tea from estates that use the most sustainable and natural means of growing their tea plants. For you, this means great flavor and peace of mind.

The right tea accessories
We like mesh tea infuser baskets the best, since it allows room for the tea leaves to expand while steeping, another important factor in getting the most flavorful cup of tea. These come as individual pieces that can fit into any mug, or as part of a tea pot. Many tea infusing accessories are available, just keep in mind that the leaves need enough room to open up while steeping. Be aware that some small sized 'tea balls' that are commonly found don't provide enough room for this. Unbleached disposable tea filters are also a great way to take your loose leaf tea with you when you're on-the-go.

The right amount of tea leaves
As a general rule of thumb, use 1 generous teaspoon per cup of water. Place the leaves into your tea infuser, and pour water over the leaves according to the guidelines below. You can add more leaves if you want a stronger taste.

Boiling your water and steeping the leaves
Next, and quite possibly the most important step, is boiling your water to the correct temperature. No matter how high quality of tea your have, if your water is not boiled properly, your tea may come out tasting off. Always use fresh filtered water or spring water. Never reboil water that's been sitting in your kettle; you want it to be well oxygenated, which you won't get from stale water. Filtered water removes any impurities such as chlorine from your tap, which can also affect the taste of your tea.

For Black teas: 
Bring water to a full boil, and immediately remove from heat. Do not over boil. Pour the freshly boiled water over the leaves. Steep for 3 to 5 minutes, then strain.

For Green and White teas:
Ideally you want to bring the water to a pre-boil. Watch for bubbles forming at the bottom of the kettle, and then remove from heat and pour directly over tea leaves. Alternatively if your water comes to a full boil, let the kettle sit for 2-3 minutes so that the water can cool down before pouring. Steep for anywhere from 1½ minutes to 4 minutes, then strain leaves.

For Oolong teas:
Bring water to a pre-boil, but a little bit hotter than that for green & white tea. Watch for bubbles starting to rise to the top, then remove from heat and pour over leaves. Let steep for 2 to 4 minutes.Do all these specifics really matter? Yes. Water that is too hot can make a green tea taste very bitter, completely masking the true flavors.Experiment with steeping times. It is somewhat a personal preference, but also depends of the specific type of tea. If your tea tastes too bitter, try steeping for less time. This applies especially to green tea. Green tea will quickly become bitter if left for too long. If you like a strong robust taste, then use longer steeping times, or better yet, use more tea leaves per cup.Also keep in mind that whole tea leaves may require longer steeping times than the conventional store bought brands of tea bags that you may be used to. This is because low quality tea generally contains tea dust, which takes less time to steep. Quicker steeping doesn't mean better quality; in fact the flavor profile of most of these teas would pale in comparison to their whole leaf counterparts. For example, a nice high grade whole leaf Assam black tea will definitely take longer to steep than your typical bag of store-bought 'orange pekoe'.

Milk or no milk? Sugar or honey?
That is a personal preference. However, generally speaking, milk goes well only with black teas. If you prefer no milk with your black tea, use a shorter steeping time to prevent the bitterness that milk nicely masks. Green and white teas are most flavorful in its pure unaltered form. If desired, opt for natural sweeteners such as honey, agave nectar or cane sugar. Artificial sweeteners have a chemical taste that is just blasphemous when added to tea. Our favorite is agave nectar, since it has a low glycemic index, making it a healthier choice for blood glucose health.

Re-steeping
Our teas can be steeped for a second and even third time. Just pour fresh hot water over the leaves, and steep for a little longer each time. Successive steepings bring out subtle variances in the flavor profile of the tea, which you may enjoy even more than the first cup.

Enjoy!
With all these specific details in mind, don't complicate things. Making tea is really quite simple, and doesn't require expertise. Just a few guidelines to keep in mind, the right tea and the right accessories, and you can enjoy the perfect cup of tea in just a few minutes.The final, and key step, is to take the time to really enjoy your tea. The aroma, the exquisite flavors, the warmth, the few moments of peace and tranquility that go along with sipping your favorite cup of tea, can soon become a daily ritual that can bring calmness and awareness into your everyday life. We believe that drinking tea should be relaxing, allowing you to forget about daily worries.

 

~Organic Lifestyles carries a variety of loose tea available for purchase. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact us, in person (appointment recommended), by email organiclifestyles@live.com or by phone (705)435-0404~

 

African Carnival

  • Origin: South Africa

  • 1.5g per cup

  • Temperature: 100*C

  • Steeping Time: 5mins

  • Caffeine Free

This herbal blend is an exciting combination of herbs and spices. It embodies the smells and flavours of the African festival season and piques all of your senses creating an experience that walks a fine line between excitement and relaxing escape.The carnival culture of Brazil and the Caribbean stems from African traditions, since Africans has an ancient tradition of parading and moving in circles through villages wearing masks and costumes. Festivals were believed to heal problems, chill out angry relatives who died and to bring good fortune.

Pomegranate Tulsi

  • Origin: India

  • 2.5g per cup

  • Temperature: 100*C

  • Steeping Time: 5mins

  • Caffeine Free

Tulsi is one of India's most sacred herbs, an aromatic shrub recognized for its spiritually uplifting and healing properties. This is one tasty blend!

Tulsi Indian Chai

  • Origin: India

  • 3g per cup

  • Temperature: 100*C

  • Steeping Time: 2-5mins

  • Caffeine Free

Tulsi is one of India's most sacred herbs, an aromatic shrub recognized for its spiritually uplifting and healing properties. The minty armoa and flavor of tulsi blends very naturally with chai spices in this remarkable herbal variation to traditional black masala chai.Tulsi or holy basil is an important symbol in the Hindu religious tradition and is worshiped in the morning and evening by Hindus at large. The holy basil is also a herbal remedy for a lot of common ailments. Holy Basil has been called the "Incomparable One", the "Queen of Herbs" and "The Elixir of Life.

Kapha

  • Origin: India

  • 2.8g per cup

  • Temperature: 100*C

  • Steeping Time: 5mins

  • Caffeine Free

An energizing and warming blend of rooibos, holy basil, fennel, ginger, cardamom, orange peel, sage, pepper, and licorice. A rich orange infusion which is spicy and robust. Great for combating fatigue and balancing Kapha.

Pitta

  • Origin: India

  • 1.5g per cup

  • Temperature: 100*C

  • Steeping Time: 5mins

  • Caffeine Free

A cooling blend of hibiscus, peppermint, lemongrass, rose petals, calendula and red clover. The infusion is a deep red with a minty, sweet and slightly tart flavor. Excellent for balancing out the Pitta constitution.

Vata

  • Origin: India

  • 2.2g per cup

  • Temperature: 100*C

  • Steeping Time: 5mins

  • Caffeine Free

A calming and warming blend of chamomile, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, holy basil, licorice, hops and fennel, to balance out the Vata constitution. Floral and sweet with a light spicy finish. Good for calming anxiety.

Smooth Transition

  • Origin: Various

  • 1.8g per cup

  • Temperature: 100*C

  • Steeping Time: 5mins

  • Caffeine Free

The herbs in this blend have long been used to help reduce symptoms associated with menopause, including hot flashes, insomnia, hormonal imbalance, mood changes, and more. Red clover, known to be rich in isoflavones, balances out estrogen levels and has been shown to reduce the frequency of hot flashes in research studies. Dong Quai, also known to be a source of phytoestrogens, has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine as a tonic for menopause. Wild yam, while not a source of hormones, does have a balancing effect of the reproductive system. The calming effect of lemonblam and tulsi, along with the nourishing effects of dandelion and nettles complete this blend, to help you achieve a smooth transition and balanced life.

Peppermint

  • Origin: USA

  • 1g per cup

  • Temperature: 100*C

  • Steeping Time: 5mins

  • Caffeine Free

Peppermint is an herbal tisane that is naturally caffeine free. It has a strong aroma, a sweet refreshing flavor with a cool aftertaste, and makes a relaxing aromatic drink. It can be enjoyed hot or iced. Hot peppermint tea makes a great after-meal drink, as it is known to help with digestion and soothe upset stomachs. Make sure to keep tea covered while steeping so that the health promoting essential oils don't evaporate.

Detox

  • Origin: Various

  • 2.7g per cup

  • Temperature: 100*C

  • Steeping Time 5mins

  • Caffeine Free

The herbs in this blend are known to help the body eliminate harmful toxins, by stimulating the liver's natural detoxification pathways, purifying the blood, promoting the kidneys natural elimination function and stimulating the digestive track. A proper detox would not be complete without following a dietary protocol, however this blend is the perfect complement for comprehensive detoxification program.Pregnancy: contraindicated

Strawberry White

  • Origin: China

  • 2.4g per cup

  • Temperature: 88*C

  • Steeping Time: 3mins

  • Caffeine: Light

A light and seductively sweet white tea blend, fragrant, tart, fruity and altogether irresistible.

Orange Creamsicle

  • Origin: Various

  • 2.8g per cup

  • Temperature: 100*C

  • Steeping Time: 4mins

  • Caffeine: naturally caffeine free

If you want a delicious tea to remind you of summer all year, this is it! Orange Creamsicle rooibos tea!

Green Rooibos

  • Origin: S. Africa

  • 2.5g per cup

  • Temperature: 100*C

  • Steeping Time: 5mins

  • Caffeine: caffeine free

The clean, light and green taste of unfermented rooibos is energizing in both cold and hot infusions.

Lemon Myrtle Leaf

  • Origin: Turkey

  • 1.5g per cup

  • Temperature: 100*C

  • Steeping Time: 5mins

  • Caffeine: caffeine free

Sweet citrus fragranced spice, native to coastal regions of Australia, used as a tea or flavouring agent.

Focus and Concentration

  • Origin: Various

  • 2.g per cup

  • Temperature: 100*C

  • Steeping Time: 5mins

  • Caffeine: caffeine free

A true liquid brain booster. Try it instead of coffee and you will appreciate the increase in focus and energy without the feeling of drowsy.

Very Berry

  • Origin: S. Africa

  • 3g per cup

  • Temperature: 100*C

  • Steeping Time: 5mins

  • Caffeine: caffeine free

Simply amazing iced tea! A very rich, tart berry flavor and sweet refreshing aroma with a clean, crisp taste.

 

~Please note that our available teas may change from time to time. For our current stock and selection, please enquire by phone, email organiclifestyles@live.com or in person~