International Tea Day!

International Tea Day!

Tea is one of the most popular drinks in the world!  Originating from China it was discovered over 4000 years ago by Emperor Nun Shen.  It was originally used for medicinal purpose but soon became a common drink.  In the 16th century Dutch traders brought Tea to Europe and soon the English East India Trading Company increased its distribution around the world and the rest is history!  Today tea is synonymous with the English  Tea production employs over 13 million people around the world and it became so popular in the colonies that they had a party in Boston where the dumped it all overboard.  As a result the English got mad and went to war resulting in them getting their buts kicked and an independent America.  Many loyalists (people who liked tea and supported England) fled to what is now Canada and of course it didn’t take long for the Americans to come knocking.

What is a Tea Infuser?

Typically made of either stainless steel or silicone, a tea infuser holds loose leaves of tea, keeping them from floating around the hot water in your mug or teapot while you brew. Dating back to the circa-760 A.D. Tang dynasty in China, tea infusers were first used to keep bugs out of Buddhist monks’ cups before 17th-century Dutch merchants began using them to keep leaves contained. The 19th century saw the most widespread adoption, especially in Europe, where tea balls were often made of silver.

Think of a tea infuser as having the same basic functionality as a standard tea bag, except that tea infusers are not discarded after use. A tea infuser also provides the leaves more room to expand than traditional tea bags, which can mean a stronger flavor. And since tea infusers are sized for single-person use, users can steep their cup to their individual preferences in a way that making a whole pot of tea for the group wouldn’t allow.

How Do You Use a Tea Infuser?

While exact instructions may vary by infuser and type of tea, most tea infusers are used in the same way. Fill the infuser with 1 to 2 teaspoons of the dry tea leaves and place it in the mug. Pour hot water (exact temperature depends on the type of tea) over the infuser and let the leaves steep for the designated amount of time, typically 3 to 5 minutes, before removing.

Some tea infusers benefit by a bit of dipping or swirling while you wait for the tea to steep or before you remove it, to ensure that the tea is evenly distributed throughout the mug.

The more leaves you use and the longer you steep, the stronger the tea will taste. Half the fun of drinking tea is discovering your personal preferences so you can enjoy sipping something made just for you.

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Tea to My Heart Tea Infuser makes a great Valentine’s Day gift for the tea lover in your life.


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