by Emeric Harney June 13, 2019 3 min read 11 Comments
Ready to get the most out of your love of tea? Here are some suggestions for habits you can incorporate into your life that will enhance and enrich your tea time.
Hard water. It’s not just unkind to your skin and your shower doors, it can affect your tea as well. If you live in a hard-water area, you should definitely use filtered water. If neither of those is an option, then use fresh water every time you make a cup or pot of tea instead of reusing the water that’s been sitting in your kettle.
Why? Every time you boil water again, you’re condensing the minerals naturally found in water. When the minerals cool down, they rise to the surface and leave a film on the top. So… only use the amount of fresh water you need to keep the lime scale in your kettle to a minimum, and enjoyment of your cup of tea at a maximum.
People who properly steep their tea get the most out of their tea-drinking experience. Not all steeps are created equal, however, so make sure you’re steeping each tea the correct length of time and with water at the correct temperature. Pouring hot or boiling water over your tea for the recommended time at proper temps will allow your tea to be all it can be!
White Teas: 175° F / 3 minutes
Green Teas: 175° F / 1-3 minutes
Oolong Teas: 180°-212° F / 1-5 minutes
Black Teas: 212° F / 5 minutes
Herbals: 212° F / 5 minutes
First Flush Darjeelings: 175° F / 3 minutes
Next time you make tea with a teabag and you’re tempted to squeeze the bag against the side of the cup, don’t. While you might think you’re just squeezing out excess goodness, what you’re actually doing is releasing more tannins, which leave a bitter taste.
Developing habits like over brewing and squeezing excess tannins into our teas have led many people to get used to teas that taste strong or bitter, losing their true natural flavor. If you like a stronger tea, choose one that is brewed to taste that way. Our Tea Rating System can help you choose the perfect tea for you.
We know, you love your Earl Grey. It has been your steadfast companion for years, seeing you through celebrations, hard times and long winter nights. You and Earl go way back.
But with so many teas out there, we’d like to encourage you to try something new every now and then. You don’t have to break up with Earl (nor, like in the Dixie Chicks song, does Earl have to die)… just give a new tea a chance to earn a place in your heart as well.
So, if it’s been too long since you had Oolong or a few years since you gotcha a matcha, make a habit out of trying out a new tea or two. Harney offers sampler collections if you don’t know where to start. Or invite all the tea drinkers you work or hang with to bring in everyone’s favorite and do a tea swap. It’s time to brew up a new batch of fun!
The health benefits of drinking tea have been documented in many studies over the years. While there isn’t always sufficient evidence to make a direct correlation between drinking tea and all of these conditions, it’s been said that tea may help protect against Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, stress and more. It’s also said to be hydrating, helpful with stomach bacteria, good for the immune system, skin and joints. (We think it helps you be a cooler person, but we may be slightly biased.)
Even if tea doesn’t quite have all those superpowers, studies have shown that tea definitely carries some health benefits. Drinking three to five cups a day has been suggested as a good habit to have to give at least some of those health benefits a fighting chance of improving your health and well-being.
Interested in learning more about how to make the most out of your tea habit? Check out these pieces of wisdom:
April 21, 2021
Tower of London is my favorite
September 17, 2020
Love your teas – and the intelligence of your blog. What a great way to float peacefully through a pandemic!! Thank you, Harney family.
September 06, 2019
I have loved tea for my entire life. Trying different teas brings new joy! There’s a tea for every mood and dietary need. It’s a comfort drink!
September 06, 2019
I love the taste of the blend of these two teas…..English Breakfast and Earl Grey. Does anyone else blend tea to achieve a new flavor?
July 08, 2019
I bought some of your teas for my sister for her birthday. Since then she had gotten some for her son. Her first comment was how could I have not known about them. She has become a huge fan as am I.
June 28, 2019
I travel constantly and it’s been hard to find any selection of tea in any domestic airport until today. I can’t believe when asked what kind of tea she poured she said “you should try this new Vanilla Grapefruit tea. I said to myself “I don’t really like vanilla and I’m sure I hate grapefruit since I was 6 years old”. But the look on my face must have expressed distrust because she said you will Loooooove it. So I tried it and now I’m on your site buying bags of it !!! Thank You to the Harney family and to that airport Waitress .
June 26, 2019
Nice reminders on how to make and enjoy my teas. I just tried a new black tea, Golden Monkey and it is great. It is now added to my black tea collection. Thanks for encouraging us tea drinkers to step out of our comfort zone and try new teas!
June 19, 2019
I have been drinking Harney & Sons Tea for several years and occasionally throw a tea party for family and friends. I love to try new teas that I think will compliment the fare I am serving. Some of my favorites are Royal Wedding, Hot Cinnamon Spice (also very soothing for a sore throat), Peaches and Ginger, Earl Grey Supreme, Bangkok, Paris, (to name a few)… so many choices! Thank you, Harney & Sons, for the wonderful variety you provide!!!
June 19, 2019
My husband Mike and I have been long time Harney family fans, long before you could get an iconic tin in speciality stores or restaurant menu… Our first visit to the quaint Salisbury cottage… Mrs Harney poured and steeped our tea choice to perfection! Who knew… since that day we were hooked. Thank you continuing in the tradition and educating us mere mortals.
June 17, 2019
I’m a senior – who adores her coffee. However, while shopping today at World Market, a lovely Indian lady reached for your PARIS TEA. We began talking and her description was so lovely that I purchased a tin. Tonight was my first cup, then my second cup. Why did I not know about this lovely tea sooner. The flavor is so mild and the aroma so lovely, I feel that I’ve been transported to the hills of France once more. Thank You.
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September 07, 2021
Paris makes me swoon! <3