All types of tea (such as green tea, black tea, oolong tea and also white tea) are made from the leaves of the tea plant Camellia Sinensis. The difference between these teas lies in the degree of oxidation of the teas:
- Unoxidized green tea
- Black tea is completely oxidized
- Oolong tea is partially oxidized (it is between green and black tea)
- White tea is only picked and dried. Most of the time, the degree of oxidation is only 1-4%
In short: yes, you can infuse most of our teas several times! Whether and how often you can infuse a tea several times depends on the type of tea and the quality of the tea.
Out of green teas several infusions can always be prepared. Most varieties can be infused up to three times, especially high-quality teas like our Gyokuro even up to five times!
Oolong has the most endurance of all teas. You can infuse most oolong teas four to five times. Our Shan Lin Xi can even go through 8 infusions!
Black tea can usually only be infused once.
In order for the aroma of the tea to unfold in the best possible way, you should choose a method when preparing your tea that gives your tea as much space as possible. This is the best way for the tea leaves to unfold and give off their delicious taste to the water.
Large sieves and permanent filters, which are simply hung in a pot or cup, are well suited. We advise against a tea egg. These are usually too small or narrow to properly pour tea.
Alternatively, you can also infuse your tea using the traditional Chinese method of preparation. Since the topic is a bit more complex, we wrote a great article on our blog for you. click here!
Depending on the type of tea, a certain water temperature is recommended:
Green tea: 60-80 Grad
Black tea: 100 Grad
Oolong Tee: 85-95 Grad
Rooibos Tea: 100 Grad
For green tea and oolong tea, it is advisable to measure the temperature with a thermostat. Alternatively, a kettle with an adjustable temperature is suitable. If this is not possible, there is a rough rule of thumb for determining the water temperature: After boiling, the water loses 10 degrees of temperature every 5 minutes.
In general, it can be said that 10 to 12 grams of tea leaves are required for the preparation per liter of tea. This weight corresponds to about 2 tablespoons for most types of tea. Particularly voluminous types of tea should be dosed with 3 tablespoons per liter. For compact varieties, like our oolong teas, one tablespoon is enough.
However, the quantity can be varied as desired. Feel free to experiment with your tea! We have precise preparation recommendations for each of our varieties on our blog for you. click here!
We source all of our teas directly from the tea gardens. Our teas come from the following regions:
- Japan, Uji in Kyoto Prefecture
-Taiwan, highland regions like Shan Lin Xi or Nantou
- Indonesia, Java Island
- India, Darjeeling and AssamNepal, Dhankuta District
- South Africa, Cederberg
In order to create even more transparency, we have recently included the origin of the teas on our labels. The exact origin of each tea can be seen on a small map!
Yes! All our teas are checked for residues and meet the EU requirements for tea by far. We also make sure that all our teas are produced sustainably and in harmony with nature. Buying tea is a matter of trust and we want to give our customers a secure feeling when enjoying their tea. On request we will be happy to send you laboratory results for our teas!
Tea lovers with a lactose intolerance should visit our Organic Milky Oolong watch after. The tea was steamed with milk and therefore contains lactose!
Certification according to the EC organic regulation does not necessarily mean that the product in question is sustainable. In our opinion, the organic seal is too incomplete to be a reliable indicator of the sustainability of a product. Certainly there are many products that carry an organic seal and are grown in an environmentally conscious manner. Nevertheless, the seal is often still a marketing tool with the sole intention of persuading customers with a high level of environmental awareness to make a purchase.
We have written an entire article on this topic and our corporate philosophy. You can read the article here find!
About friends of tea
We have one goal: sustainability and excellent quality at a fair price. We achieve this goal by buying directly from the tea gardens in countries such as Japan, Taiwan, China, India and Indonesia. We do without any intermediaries and thus save massively on costs. We pass these price savings on to our customers.
We are also actively committed to fair working conditions and fair wages. We regularly visit all our partners on site and make sure that the employees there are doing well and that everyone is fairly rewarded for their work. Our maxim: only happy people make good tea!
The Friends of Tea consist of a young and motivated team from the Cologne region and the surrounding area. Friends of Tea was founded by two tea lovers, Martin and Eric. In 2019, tea specialist Leonard was welcomed as the third member of the team. Dear Justus has been supporting us in logistics since 2021!
In addition to the highest quality, sustainability is our top priority. We are not perfect, but we strive to become more and more sustainable and environmentally friendly. With all our teas, we make sure that they are only purchased from tea gardens that work sustainably and do not use synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. With our packaging, we make sure to avoid plastic completely and use materials that are either biodegradable or easily recyclable.
We are also working to enable low-emission delivery options in the future and to make the shipping of our products environmentally friendly.
For all orders under 29.90 euros you will receive the package via DHL shipping with insurance and tracking for 4.95 euros. From a goods value of 29.90 euros we will send your order free of charge as a DHL package!
Of course we also deliver abroad. Depending on the country, the shipping costs can vary.
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