There are varying levels of “loving tea.” There are those who love herbal teas and blends, those who love grabbing interesting teas from the grocery store, and then there are people like us. We love the nitty gritty of tea – the rare oolongs, the aged Pu’erh cakes, and the uber-grassy green teas imported straight from Japan. If you want to dive into the world of tea head first, there are a couple ways of doing so. You can give yourself a crash course in tea, or you can take your tea education slow. Both options are available through Art of Tea.
Loose Leaf Starter Kit
If you want to quickly get going on your tea knowledge, look no further than our Loose Leaf Starter Kit. Clear out some space on your pantry shelf and throw away all of your cheap tea bags. You know which ones we’re talking about – the pillow-shaped bags full of powder “tea” and sealed with a staple. Treat yourself to one of the world’s oldest luxuries and experience some of our favorite loose teas for the first time.
We’ve put together the best “starter” green tea, oolong, white tea, tisane, and black tea. These teas, combined with a box of Art of Tea filter bags, are all you need to start your lifelong education in teas. To start, pick one of the teas in the kit, scoop about a teaspoon to tablespoon of tea into the filter bags, and follow the steeping directions on the front of the bag. Often the biggest adjustment for tea drinkers is minding the steep time. With grocery store tea bags, you often leave the tea in. To take it out after a few minutes would result in weak or watery tea. That’s not the case for high quality, whole leaf teas. In fact, treating a loose leaf tea like grocery store tea will lead to an undrinkable bitter cup.
If you want to learn more about the tea type you’re enjoying, you can check out any of our Tea 101 videos on the Art of Tea YouTube channel.
Tea of the Month
For a longer lesson in tea, try the Tea of the Month club. This way, you’ll have a more focused and more drawn out approach to learning about tea. With Tea of the Month, you can choose how many teas you’re getting and what category of teas you’ll enjoy. This option is perfect for the tea enthusiast who doesn’t want caffeine or who’s looking to skip filter bags altogether.
With a 3, 6, and 12 month option, you’ll allow yourself time to really experience each tea we send. If you’re wanting to start off with the best teas available, we highly recommend trying the Single Origin Tea of the Month program. You’ll get rare, premium teas that really showcase the nuance and depth of tea’s flavors. Of course, you’ll want to follow the steeping instructions provided with these teas, too! There’s nothing worse than an over-steeped cup of green tea!
Making the switch from boxed grocery store tea to high quality tea doesn’t have to be intimidating. In fact, with the Loose Leaf Starter Kit and the Tea of the Month program, it can be an exciting adventure. Whichever option you choose, your taste buds will thank you!