The Orchid Tea Room

TEA                                                 

Water     

Amount of tea

   Temperature (F)

    Steep
    Time

White & Green

8oz

1 teaspoon

160 - 175

1-3  minutes

Yellow

8oz

1 teaspoon

160 - 180

1-3  minutes

Partially Oxidized Oolong

8oz

1 teaspoon                     

180 – 195

3-6  minutes

Fully Oxidized Black & Pu-er

8oz

1 teaspoon                      

195 – 210

3-6  minutes

Herbals & Roots

8oz

1 teaspoon

200+

5-10 minutes

Rooibos

8oz

1 teaspoon

200+

5-10 minutes

 

 

 

 

 


     If you are not starting with good to high quality tea, you won’t get the results that  are only possible with quality teas like those we recommend. The benefits in taste and in performance of the quality teas we recommend will speak for themselves as you experience them. 
    
     Your water should be free of added chemicals. If you drink spring, filtered or well water straight from your tap, and your water has been tested and approved, you should be able to use your water for making your tea with excellent results. If however your water is “city” water, or includes any chemical additives, we suggest you use bottled spring water. 

     Temperature is not just important, but critical, especially with the white and the green tea.  To protect the beneficial polyphenols in the tea, care must be taken to use water that has been heated properly.  This infusion guide will insure that your tea is being infused at researched proven temperature ranges.

Brewing Japanese Green Teas are always a matter of time, temperature and the amount of tea, as well as element of  personal taste. These brewing guidelines are averaged from recommendations of several Japanese tea producers:


TEA                                   

  Water

Amount of tea     

Temperature (F)

Steep Time
 

Gyokuro                             

2 - 4 oz                 

2 teaspoons

140-160

1.5 - 2.5 minutes

Sencha

4 - 6 oz

1 - 1.5 teaspoons

160 - 180

45 – 90 seconds

Fukamushi Sencha

6 oz

1 teaspoon

160 - 180

30 seconds

Tamaryokucha

6 oz

1 teaspoon

180

45 seconds

Bancha

6 oz

1 teaspoon

200+

30 seconds

Hojicha

6 oz

1 teaspoon

200+

15 - 30 seconds

Genmaicha

6 oz

1 teaspoon

200+

30 seconds

Kukicha 
Matcha                            
 

6 oz

2oz               

1 teaspoon

1/2 teaspoon

180

176

60 seconds

Whisk until blended

 

                                          INTRODUCTION TO ROOIBOS

 

At the turn of the 19th century, the indigenous people of the Cederberg region in the Cape of Africa discovered that the fine needle-like leaves of the Aspalathus linearis plant make an aromatic and flavorful tea.

 

Medical science is only beginning to discover the many physical benefits of Rooibos.  So far the discoveries indicate that it is a broad spectrum antidote to the daily stress in our lives. Not only is it a natural product, free of caffeine, additives, preservatives and colorants, but it also provides a wealth of added benefits to improve one’s quality of life.

 

·    Rooibos is naturally caffeine  & calorie free*

·    Three grams of rooibos in 8 oz. of water contain: 1.09 of calcium, .022 mg of  flouride, 0.07 mg of iron,   1.67 mg  of manganese, 7.12 mg of potassium, 6.16    mg of sodium and 0.04 mg of zinc.

·     Rooibos promotes healthy skin, teeth and bones

·        Rooibos has been found to proved marked relief from insomnia

·        Rooibos reduces the effects of allergies such as hay fever & asthma

·        Rooibos contains powerful antioxidants that fight free radicals

·        Rooibos has anti-spasmodic properties, and can used to relieve stomach cramps and colic in infants.

·      Rooibos contains little tannin and therefore does not have a negative effect on the absorption of iron or calcium.

 

 Rooibos is easy to prepare as an ordinary cup of tea and can be enjoyed hot or cold. In addition, it’s mineral and polyphenol content contributes to the maintenance of healthy skin, teeth, bones and metabolic processes. 

 

As Rooibos has a soothing effect on the central nervous system, it is highly recommended for individuals suffering from nervous tension, mild depression, hypertension, headaches or disturbed sleep patterns.  It also contains no oxalic acid and may be drunk freely by individuals suffering from kidney stones.

Brew Rooibos & Honeybush as you would any Herbal.

 *No sugar, honey or sweetener added.  (Ref: Rooibos LTD)
TIP:  Any hot tea may be made into Iced Tea. Simply double the amount of tea used. Ex: If you are brewing one cup of tea then use 2 teaspoons of tea. DO NOT INCREASE INFUSION TIMES!