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Tealosophy

Hello and welcome to The Steepery Tea Co’s blog Tealosophy. Exploring, learning and musing the world of tea whilst appreciating many steeps along the way.

Matcha, matcha, matcha!

By Kym Cooper. Posted | 2 comments

I have been singing an “I love matcha” song for many months now. For me, the bold and bittersweet flavour makes matcha the perfect replacement to coffee, particularly at home. This week I thought I would share 5 interesting facts about this mighty green tea and why I love it so. 1. A tea to be respected There is more to matcha than meets the eye. To respect this tea you really need to appreciate the effort and skill required to produce it. tea plants are shaded 2-4 weeks prior to harvest to increase the chlorophyll content, or the bright...

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Tea Mastery: A lifelong journey

By Kym Cooper. Posted

To cap off an extremely fulfilling and exciting year for me personally I was very honoured to receive this in the mail during the week. I have been a tea enthusiast for many years. Apart from drinking many a cup of tea, I love reading extensively on tea and my teaware collection is burgeoning to a point where dedicated cabinets have had to be purchased to house them. I have spent a good portion of my global travels as a tea tourist visiting tea estates and gardens, learning from tea masters, sitting with tea shop owners and soaking up the...

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Festive Iced Tea

By Kym Cooper. Posted

Here are some delicious and simple Iced Tea recipes to get you through a hot Australian Christmas and New Years. You can feel a little less naughty knowing that you are getting some health benefits from the tea and breaking up your month of overindulgence. These recipes are really easy you just need to be a little organised to cold brew your tea the day before. The method of cold brewing used in my recipes typically results in a sweeter infusion so I prefer not to add any extra sweetener. However, I have provided suggestions for sweetener below for those...

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Water temperature for tea: cooling your water down

By Kym Cooper. Posted

So you intended to watch the water come up to temperature, you were waiting to see those little crab eyes (see my previous post), and next thing you know, you have been distracted, and the water is bubbling away. So how do we get this water back to a desirable tea brewing temperature? There are a few different methods you could use to cool your boiling water down. It really depends on how desperate you are to make your cup if tea. Here are a few suggestions. Instant Gratification   Come to the rescue, thermodynamics. Thanks to a little bit...

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Water temperature for tea: avoiding the raging torrent

By Kym Cooper. Posted

There is no doubt that water temperature plays a critical role in the tea making process. Water temperature impacts the taste and aroma of what you experience in the cup. Water that is too hot results in an unpleasant, bitter tasting tea. Too cool and you end up with a listless, thin tea. Whilst every tea enthusiast will have an opinion about the correct temperature for brewing specific teas this post explores the practical side, how to get the water to the desired temperature for brewing tea. We use some ancient Chinese wisdom to avoid the endless raging torrent of boiling water that...

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