Join us for a delightful tasting of the different varieties of tea. An experience that is sure to get you ‘hooked on tea’. The Tea House has a variety of teas including black, oolong, green, white, rooibos, and herbal. If you are looking for something that has a rich, robust flavor we would suggest trying one of our nine black teas. We also have three different oolong teas which help with body-slimming and digestive function. If you want something lighter and milder in flavor one of our seven green teas would be your choice. Green tea retains higher levels of the plant’s natural healthy properties. White tea also contains high levels of antioxidants and has anti-cancer potential. We have seven different varieties of white teas. Rooibos also contains unique health properties and has a wonderful natural sweetness. Another name for rooibos tea is red tea and we have six of them for you to try. Last but not least are our herbal teas also known as the fruit teas.
Our Tea Menu
Health Benefits of Tea
Black, oolong, green, white and herbal …Studies have shown drinking tea is beneficial and promotes good health.
Black Teas: Black tea contains antioxidants, which can help fight against cancer and pollutants in your body Black tea contains fluoride and tannins which help to provide healthy teeth and gums Black tea sharpens concentration & lowers cholesterol
Oolong Teas: Lowers cholesterol Boosts metabolism Aids in weight-loss
Green & White Teas: Green & White teas are high in antioxidants, which can help fight against cancers and pollutants in your body Drinking Green tea has been proven to boost your metabolism and help to lose weight. Green teas contain fluoride and tannins which help to provide healthy teeth and gums. White tea also suppresses bacterial growth in the mouth. Drinking tea can prevent carcinomas in the skin and wearing Green tea, found in cosmetic products, can help protect against sun damage. Drinking Green & White tea has proven to lower risk of heart disease, stroke and high cholesterol
Rooibos Teas: High in antioxidants, which help fight off disease Prescribed for: nervous tension, allergies, digestive problems, insomnia, stomach cramps, colic in infants, blood sugar stabilizer, alleviating the symptoms of psoriases and aids in treatment of acne and aging if used topically. Replenishes iron, potassium, calcium, copper, zinc, manganese and sodium (low in tannins which can inhibit the absorption of protein and iron.) Naturally sweet, calorie free, caffeine free
How to Make a Perfect Cup of Tea
- All tea can be enjoyed as a hot or iced tea.
- Water quality makes a difference. Try to use filtered or distilled water sources.
- For loose leaf tea use 1 teaspoon of tea per cup as a rule of thumb, white tea and some herbals require a little more because the leaves are larger than a black or green tea.
- For black tea, pour boiling water over leaves, steep for 3-5 minutes
- For green tea, pour almost boiling water over leaves, steep for 1-3 minutes. Be careful not to get the water too hot or leave the leaves to steep for too long. Steep to taste.
- For white tea, pour almost boiling water over leaves, steep for 4-6 minutes. Be careful not to get the water too hot. Steep to taste.
- For Rooibos (Red) tea, Herbals and Tisanes pour boiling water over leaves, steep for 6-10 minutes. May be steeped up to 15 min. for deeper flavors. Remember these are caffeine-free teas.
Taking Tea to a Friend
Do something different and special for a dear friend or relative over the holiday season.
1) What to Take:
- Use picnic basket or Tupperware to transport
- Table set up- table cloth, cups, saucers, spoons, centerpiece, sugar or cream (if desired)
- Tea ware- tea pot, hot water or kettle, tea bags or filter basket, measuring spoon
- Tea: 2-3 types to choose from
- Sweet or savory treat to share
- Inspirational story, poem, etc.
2) Tea Experience:
- Choose tea to brew
- Read poem or story while tea is brewing or during your tea time
- Enjoy a warm cup of tea and conversation
- If you like, leave a sample of tea or something special to remember your tea time together
Decaffeinated Teas: How does it work?
Water Decaffeinating—Tea leaves are soaked in warm water or tea for long period of time to extract the caffeine from the tea leaves. This is the best and most natural way to decaffeinate tea.
Carbon Dioxide Decaffeinating—Tea leaves are placed in water and “pressure cooked” by the carbon dioxide gases to extract the caffeine from the tea leaves.
“Natural” Decaffeinating—Tea leaves are soaked in Ethyl
Acetate to extract the caffeine form the tea leaves. It is called “natural” because Ethyl Acetate is found naturally in many fruits.
Chemical Decaffeinating—Tea leaves are soaked in the chemical Methyl Chloride to extract the caffeine from the tea leaves.
To decaffeinate tea, pour boiling water over leaves for 30 seconds, pour off that infusion. Pour boiling water over leaves again for a second steeping of 3-5 minutes, and enjoy a decaffeinated version of any tea.
How to Brew Iced Teas
A Guide for Making Loose Leaf Iced Tea
1 heaping Tablespoon of tea = 1 quart
2 heaping Tablespoons of tea = half gallon
4 heaping Tablespoons of tea = gallon
To Make a Gallon of Iced Tea
Brewed Tea: Bring 1 quart cold water to a boil and pour over bagged tea in 1 gallon glass container. Steep 10-15 minutes for black, 20-30 minutes for herbals & tisanes. Remove & squeeze bag gently. Add 3 quarts of water and refrigerate until cold.
Sun Tea: Pour cold water over bagged tea in a one gallon glass sun tea container. Steep in direct sun 4-6 hours or to taste. Remove and squeeze bag gently. Refrigerate until cold.
Green Tea: Pour cold water over bagged tea in a 1-gallon glass container. Steep 3-5 hours in refrigerator to taste. Remove & squeeze bag gently.