Our herbal tea selections are made with dried seeds, flowers, leaves, twigs, nuts, berries, bark, or roots. Herbs from Breathing Meadows Farm on Vashon as well as other friends and local foragers make up many of these fragrant teas. Steep 1 teaspoon per 8oz. cup of hot water for 2-4 minutes or to your taste preference and strain. Be sure to add the mash to your compost. Herbal teas with harder components could benefit form a light crushing with a metate or similar method to expose more surface for better extraction. Add honey if you like!
Black tea are made from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant. Varying types of black teas are processed differently to bring forth their unique flavors. Black tea being more fermented or oxidized than green.
The leaves for some of these teas can be very large and should have plenty of room to unfurl. A strainer that fits on top of your cup works best. Use one teaspoon or to your preference for an 8oz. cup and steep 2 to 4 minutes at approx. 190˚ to 200˚ hot water. Try adding cream and a touch of honey to black teas to smooth out the astringency.
Green teas are made from young the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant and are not fully oxidized and is also, lower in tannins than black tea. The young shoots or buds used to make green tea are processed in many different ways to make this healthy tea- used traditionally for centuries. .
The leaves of some of these teas can be very large and should have plenty of room to unfurl. A strainer that fits on top of your cup is best. Add one teaspoon to 8oz. water and steep 1 to 3 minutes only at a bit lower temperature between 160˚to 175˚ Green tea becomes bitter at higher temps and with longer brewing times and you most likely will be able to get another infusion from the same leaves. Add the mash to your compost.
ROOIBOS – Rooibos – or Red Bush Aspalathus linearis is high in antioxidants, low in tannin and has no caffeine. South African communities have consumed rooibos tea for generations for health and connection. We offer this tea roasted as well a non roasted or green rooibos that is quite delicious.
Steep 1- to 4 minutes at 175˚to 200˚the longer you steep the stronger the flavor. Please note that Rooibos brews quickly – its best to adjust to your taste. Nice with honey or creme.