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Some of the most common
questions we're asked about teas
While some of our teas will have the perception of being “sweet” this may come from certain ingredients like licorice root, stevia, etc. Our teas are generally free of calories and sugar.* Pure tea brewed on its own is essentially a calorie free beverage. This is also true for herbal infusions.
Caffeine is naturally occurring in all tea: white, green, oolong, black & fermented. Caffeine content in tea will vary from plant to plant and from season to season. Caffeine and its associated compounds are used as the tea plant’s natural defense against insects. Here are some factors that will
affect the amount of caffeine in your cup of tea:
– age of plant
– type of plant
– part of plant
– elevation or area where plant is grown
– water temp
– time in water
– tea to water ratio
– most importantly, caffeine affects everyone’s metabolism differently
Most of our teas have a shelf life of 2 years.
Dry tea leaves that are kept dry will not spoil or go bad but will simply lose flavor and aroma after
the best by date.
Most* tea leaves are best kept away from light, air, and moisture.
Exposure to light has been shown to decrease the intensity of aromatic compounds in stored tea.
Using a storage vessel that will not allow light in, such as ceramic or stainless steel, is preferred.
To keep tea fresh, store it in an airtight container to prevent further oxidation. Tea can also absorb
strong flavors from other things stored nearby, so be sure to store it away from coffee, spices,
The relative humidity of the environment where the tea is stored is also a key factor in determining
how long tea will stay fresh. If you live in a dry climate, your tea will likely hold up longer than it
would in a humid environment.
*A note on pu-erh storage: unlike most tea, pu-erh improves with age and may be enjoyed for years.
For best results, we recommend storing pu-erh in a cool, dry place that is temperature controlled.
Does what type of water matters in brewing my tea?
Surprisingly, water does matter. Aside from fresh mountain stream water and good-quality bottled
spring water, filtered tap water is generally the best option for brewing tea. Some neutral-tasting tap
water may not even need to be filtered. Hard water should always be filtered for the best-tasting tea.
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