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BEAUTIFUL ORGANIC TEA | ETHICALLY SOURCED
BEAUTIFUL ORGANIC TEA | ETHICALLY SOURCED
by Rebecca Domorev February 17, 2023 3 min read
Have you ever wondered if you can reuse your tea bag?
It's a question that may raise eyebrows, and even noses.
And the answer is, why yes, of course, you can!*
And if you've just noticed the * at the end of that sentence, it's because there are a few important things to keep in mind when dealing with used tea bags and raised eyebrows.
It all depends! One must consider the quality of the bag, the leaf inside, and the generosity of one's heart.
These aren't great for reusing. A second brew may look like tea, but will probably taste like dishwater.
Actually, if it's a regular tea bag, the first brew will probably taste like dishwater too.
Maybe try something better.
These often contain high-grade tea, are sometimes plastic-free, and can often be reused.
High-grade tea will take well to multiple-brews.
The thicker the leaf, the better the second brew. It sometimes takes a second brew for some hidden flavours to be released.
You'll typically get better results with green and white tea than with black tea.
Tielka pyramid tea bags are plastic-free and contain whole-leaf organic tea goodness. They are also the most awarded tea bags in Australia and stand up well to reuse, particularly Tielka's Jade Mist Green Tea.
You should never send your used tea bags to missionaries(1), even if it is Tielka tea. This is not an act of generosity from one's heart. They are God's children like you, and should only have the finest, freshest tea.
These tips are based on Gong Fu brewing, which is a traditional Chinese method of making tea. It allows you to get multiple brews from the same leaves. The flavours in each brew change and develop over time.
A smaller cup will give you a stronger brew, and you'll experience flavour notes with ease. Using a smaller cup will also make you feel oh-so-dainty.
Different flavour notes are released as the tea is brewing. When you decrease brewing time, you will experience the different flavour notes in each brew, rather than have them all at once.
If you wait too long to reuse your tea bag, it will develop a nasty metallic flavour, and may start to grow dangerous bacteria. You may even lose your love for tea and that is a very sad situation.
As soon as you finish your cup, add more hot water to your tea bag and enjoy. You can even start to rebrew your tea bag in another dainty cup the moment you remove it from the first cup.
And that, my friends, is why you have fifty different pretty tea cups and saucers in your tea cupboard. It's also why you need to buy more.
(1) It has been recounted on occasion in church communities, that missionaries have been sent used tea bags as "gifts" by their supporters back home. Such stories tell that supporters believe this eye-brow-raising gesture is an act of generosity that should be received with gratitude.
Tielka does not support this behaviour and won't just raise an eyebrow. Tielka will happily send a gift of beautiful organic tea to any missionary that has been traumatised by such behaviour.
by Rebecca Domorev March 23, 2023 2 min read
Does self-care sometimes feel a little one-dimensional to you?
Do you feel like the fun has become a little lost over the years?
We've been told that self-care is essential for our happiness, but the quintessential face-mask-cucumber-eyes/insert-self-care-activity-here solution often isn’t enough to get us invested.
It's not that self-care doesn’t work. We just may have misplaced an important piece of the self-care puzzle.
by Rebecca Domorev March 17, 2023 2 min read
Do you like your tea to be deliciously fresh?
Are you tired of stale, tasteless tea?
You may be damaging your beautiful tea without even realising it.
These simple changes will ensure you get the best brew from your leaves.
by Rebecca Domorev March 03, 2023 3 min read
Are you tired of feeling left out while all your friends indulge in all sorts of delicious eating and drinking while you're fasting?
Do you watch the clock fastidiously until your next feed, wishing the hours away?
Well, we've got good news for you!
Those feed-less hours full of hunger pangs need not be so painful.
Once again, tea is here to save the day!
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