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How To Get A Good Cup Of Take Away Tea

 

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What do I need to do in order to get a good cup of take away tea?

Speed is one of the most important factor to consider when you wanted to venture into take away tea.

The question now is how you can get a good cup of tea speedily?

Find out your options and choose which one is better!

In the above video: This week’s question is from Crystal, she asked, “I sell a lot of tea but there are a lot of people who want take away tea…

What do I need to do in order to get a good cup of take away tea?

I know that the people offering take away is looking to optimise things with speed.

The question now is how you can get a good cup of tea speedily?

We will answer this with 2 options.

1. Spoon tea into tea bags.
2. Brew the tea finished first.

Let’s start with option #1, spoon tea into tea bags.

For example, we’ve got these self-close tea bags, where on one side there is a flap and is looking like a pillow case.

You can spoon in your tea leaves into this self-close tea bag, 1 teaspoon per cup is the standard but some of the take away cups are pretty big so just do what you think is best, experiment!

Once the tea leaves are in the self-close tea bags, just flip the bag over.
You will notice that the tea bag is pretty big but if you are operating in speed, the extra room is really an advantage and comfortable.

You can do it really quickly.

More importantly, brewing leaf tea needs a bit more room.

The next thing you need to do is to put the self-close tea bag in the take away cup.

If you are using the self-close tea bag, you don’t need to worry about securing the top of the tea bag because the flap will take care of it.

But if you’re using a tea bag that is open on the top, what you can do is fold the teabag around the rim of the cup, the put the lid on to secure the teabag.

However, the disadvantage of this option, though it is quite fast, is that the customers will take the tea away and the tea will be continuously steeped.

You will have no control in terms of the quality of the brew.

Some of your customers might say that your tea taste really bitter because they don’t take the tea bag out in time.

Now, let’s go to option #2, brew the tea leaves finished and pour it in a take away cup.

What you need to do is, of course first is to brew the tea either, pop an infuser into your take away cup, or brew it in a jug or teapot, and when the tea is ready just pour it in, put the lid on and it’s good to go.

There are a lot of places in Asia that do this, for milk tea or lemon tea.

They are actually made the tea finished and there is no continuous steeping as the customer takes the tea away.

A lot of people love this option.

Like if you are serving lemon tea with honey or sugar, make everything ready for your customers so you will have control with the brew and the taste, so you don’t have to worry about serving crappy tea.

You don’t want your effort in building your brand just go to waste when one of your customers overbrew it and ruin the taste of the tea.

The blame will be on you and not on that customer who have no idea on how to brew the tea correctly.

So, there you have it, a bit about how to create your take away tea.

Thank you Crystal for sending us this question, you are going to get a special tea pack. 🙂

So, if you have any question, mind-boggling or not, we will be happy to answer there for you!

You can send your question using the contact us form at Teas.com.au or you can use the link on this page.

If your question is featured on our Q&A session videos, you will get a special tea pack from Teas.com.au! 🙂

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What flavours do you use in your tea?

 

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As a tea seller, you would hear the question of “tea flavouring” frequently.

In the world of tea manufacturing, natural and nature identical flavours are used most often.

While organic flavours are harder and expensive to source, they are available for SOME flavours.

In the above video: This week are going to do a little bit different, we are going to do a Q&A session.

We have a question from Amy about what flavours we put in to our tea.

This is quite a frequently asked question, so let’s tackle it!

imageIf you are thinking about fruit teas, like the Strawberry Patch, you might be thinking that these are just a bunch of fruits, dried up and put together.
Well, that perception is incorrect.

There is actually flavour added to it because just the dried fruit themselves will not give you that punchy flavour after you have diluted it many times with water.

If you have 1 teaspoon full of tea mixture, put it in to your tea pot or tea cup and then pour in 200ml of hot water, so you’re actually diluting it many times.

In order to give you a decent taste, flavour needs to be added to it.

Also, when it comes to tea flavour, we do get a lot of inquiry regarding whether it is artificial or not.

We have talked to different tea manufacturers as well as fruit flavouring companies – they said that artificial flavours are not allowed to put in to food.

What are left are 2 categories of flavour that is being put into tea and they are usually in liquid form.

You either spray it or pour it in and mix it.

These 2 categories are; natural flavour or nature identical flavour.

Natural flavour is like an apple juice where you condensed it to a concentrated form.

13CNA-Cinnamon_AppleHowever, most flavours are not intense enough, so what happens is there is this man made substance added on and that becomes your nature identical flavour.

Going back to the apple example above, apple flavour on its own is really light so often they add enhancer to it to pump the flavour up.

Moreover, there are a lot of misconceptions that because there is an added substance to it, it is not healthy.

I understand that there is some alcohol-based flavour that doesn’t taste good and usually after you drink it, you will have a funny flavour left in your mouth.

However, there are some other flavours, like the one that we have sourced, we found that they actually taste natural and we are trying to source as many natural flavours as possible.

The biggest challenge is that some fruit flavour, like that of the apple, is not available on its natural form, something has to help to actually enhance it.

Most of the fruit flavours are nature identical, and then you have a smaller percentage of them that is natural.

Natural flavours tend to be a lot more expensive.

Even a smaller percentage of them are organic.

Organic flavours are expensive and rare.

So, when you go and pick up a box of organic lemon tea, for example, chances are they are actually using natural flavour and not organic flavour. That is totally legal.

That’s the crazy world we are living in! 🙂

I personally find that is somewhat deceptive because if you pick up a box of organic lemon tea, you will naturally think that the whole 100% of it is organic, not 95% is and the other 5% (the flavour) is not.

There is a vested interest in the food industry to keep up this “deception”.

When we talk to tea supplier, they said that it’s legally allowed; you can put 5% of natural flavour in organic tea.

We just think that’s pretty crazy, it’s not really the common sense approach to it.

So, what we did is that to deliberately go and source organic flavours.

Everyone is saying, “Golly, that is going to be super expensive”. Indeed it is! They are not cheap at all.

We are doing this because we feel that this is the sensible way to go.

If you see something on our website that says organic hazelnut cream or organic black chai, we have actually source organic flavour.

Overall, you can certainly make use of dried fruit like lemon peel or orange peel, but with most peel they can certainly add bitterness to your tea and it is not a good idea to put a lot in.

53BCM-Berries_n_Cream1With berry, some of them got enough punch to it, like the whole berry.

Blueberry and coconut does not really work. With coconut, it adds this oily film on top of your liquid.

What I am trying to say is that, not every fruit can actually be dried up and use in your tea.

If these nature identical products bother you, then don’t use them.

What we do here in Teas.com.au is that in our product page you will find our ingredient list and if you find in our lists that says flavour, chances are it is nature identical.

The reason why we put it that way is simply because some of the teas that we bring in are already flavoured; they tell us that have passed FDA and other regulations, but the suppliers cannot really define it for us if it is really natural or nature identical.

That is why we are taking a safe bet and just call it nature identical or we just simply say flavour.

If we say that it is natural flavour then it is natural flavour because we bring it in ourselves and we are confident that it is indeed natural flavour.

There you have it – hopefully this video clarifies some confusion that you might have regarding tea flavours.

If you have any questions, feel free to drop us a line.

We are having a Q&A session every week.

Send as many questions as you like and we will be happy to answer them.

If your question is answered on the video, a surprise tea pack is coming your way!

So ask your questions now 🙂