Thursday, October 23, 2014

What is the Difference Between a Tea Kettle and a Teapot? 

When some people hear the words tea kettle and teapot, they don't think there is a difference between the two. This couldn't be further from the truth; a tea kettle and teapot each serve different purposes. There are, however, some similarities too. They both hold water, they look similar, and both are used in the loose leaf tea brewing process.

Now, let's take a look at the differences:


Tea Kettle: A tea kettle's main purpose in the tea brewing process is to heat the water, that will be used in the tea, to a boil. A kettle is designed in a way that allows it to be directly exposed to an open fire; this includes placing it on a stove top that is gas or electric, or an open fire. Once water comes to a boil, most tea kettles create a whistling noise when the steam comes out of the spout. 

Prior to the 20th century, tea kettles were an important small appliance in any kitchen. Before cooking pans came about, kettles were a means to heating water for dinners, soups, cleaning, making tea and coffee, and
much more. Once pans became more popular, a kettle's main use was for tea or coffee.
 
Most modern tea kettles are now made of metal; however, they can also be made of heavy stoneware. Although they can come in many different designs and colors, the basic structure of a tea kettle includes a lid, which can be removed to fill the kettle with water, a handle, and a spout for pouring the water out of the kettle.


Teapot: A teapot's main purpose is to steep the loose leaf tea and also to serve the tea. Organic loose tea leaves are placed in the bottom of the teapot and a strainer is usually placed over them. The water that was boiled in the tea kettle is poured into the teapot and then the loose leaf tea is steeped according to each individual tea's instructions.

Teapots date back to the 14th century, where they were used during the Ming Dynasty. The original teapots are thought to have been made from zisha, which is a purple clay found in Asia. Eventually, the tea craze spread through the rest of Asia and into Europe and teapots began to take on many different looks, but regardless of the look, they were all used to serve tea.

Teapots found in stores today have taken on a more modern design and can be found in plastic, ceramic, silver, porcelain, or stoneware; however, there are still so many teapots being used today that have a lot of history behind them. You might even have an old china set with a beautiful teapot that has been passed down for generations in your family.

Now that you know the difference between a tea kettle and teapot, you are ready to brew some gourmet loose leaf tea. You can buy some of the finest loose leaf tea online at LoveTea.com.


Friday, October 17, 2014


What Do I Need to Brew Loose Leaf Tea? 

When making the wise decision to switch to loose leaf tea, the brewing process is much different than brewing coffee or throwing a store-bought teabag into a tea cup of hot water. As well as learning a new brewing process, you will also need to learn the equipment that is needed for brewing loose leaf tea. With all of the right tools and instruction, brewing loose leaf gourmet tea is a cinch!

  • First of all, you will need a means to boil water for your tea. Using a microwave oven is not recommended and somewhat spoils the organic experience. A stove top tea kettle is best for heating water efficiently. Stove top tea kettles come in many styles, shapes and colors. Have fun choosing the design you like.

  • You will need a teaspoon to measure your tea. This can be just any ordinary measuring spoon found in the kitchen. A standard cup of tea is considered six ounces and one teaspoon of tea is used per six ounces of boiling water.

  • Something will be needed to strain the tea during the brewing process. There are a few different things that can be used, including a reusable tea
    filter, disposable tea sack, or a mesh ball. Of course, the instrument you use will depend on the amount of tea you are brewing--for instance, a mesh ball is probably only going to be big enough to hold enough tea for one cup. A helpful hint: Tea leaves need plenty of room to expand during the brewing process so be sure to allow for this.

  • A teapot will be needed for the final stage of the tea brewing process and for serving your tea. Tea pots are typically not made for withstanding heat from the stove or an open fire. Teapots range from very simple to very fancy and can come in ceramic, porcelain, glass, metal, stone, wood, and more. Some teapots will come with a tea strainer as an added bonus.


Once you have the necessary tools, you are ready to brew your first cup or pot of tea. Now all you have to do is choose a tea that strikes your fancy. At LoveTea.com, the varieties are endless. Choose from your favorite flavored loose leaf tea, a simple, yet satisfying green loose leaf tea, or any number of other combinations, including black, white, oolong, and rooibos loose leaf teas.  

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Fall into Good Tea Habits


Nice crisp air, the sound of the leaves rustling, the beautiful sight of red, yellow and orange, football games, the start of school--these are all the things we love about fall. There's always room to add one more thing to be in love with this fall…a good warm cup of loose leaf tea. It's the perfect season to add a little spice to your life.

When we think of fall and the flavors that come with it, we think spice, apple, cinnamon, ginger, cranberry and currant, among others. All of these favorite fall flavors can be found in a variety of the types of tea available online at LoveTea.com. If you have a favorite type of tea, have no fear, you can find a good fall mixture in any type of tea, including loose black tea, loose green tea, loose white tea, loose oolong tea, and loose rooibos tea.

The ways to enjoy fall tea are endless. You can try a spiced tea, such as a combination of cinnamon and cloves or cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, fennel and aniseed; or try a spiced tea with a blend of fruit to enhance the flavor, such as raspberries, apricots, tropical fruit, apple, orange or cranberry mixed with a variety of spices such as ginger, cloves, cardamom, and pepper or tropical fruit mixed with cinnamon, ginger, clove, fennel. If you would rather have something that will resemble hot chocolate for the cold nights at the football game or the crisp evening bonfires, try a Chocolate Mint Loose Leaf Rooibos Tea, Chocolate Cappuccino Loose Leaf Black Tea, or a Chai Loose Leaf Tea.  


You could even try livening up a spice cake with some fall flavored tea, try loose tea in place of or mixed with a hot apple cider, or make a special drink spiked with some spiced fall flavored tea for your Halloween party, Fall Festival, Thanksgiving, or a fall gathering with friends. You have a plethora of options to sample and experiment with. Share your favorites and your discoveries because LoveTea.com always loves to hear what's happening in the tea world.

Friday, September 5, 2014

How Much Tea Are Americans Drinking?

Although Americans haven't caught up to China, England, or India in their tea drinking habits, they are catching on. Americans are soon finding that tea, in particularly loose leaf tea, comes in a variety of types, flavors, and combinations. Throughout the world, tea is the most common consumed drink; let's see how Americans are contributing to this factor: 


  • According to the Tea Association of the USA, Inc., in 2012, over 79 billion servings of tea were consumed by Americans. To give you an even more astonishing number, that is the equivalent of 3.60 billion gallons of tea.
  • The most popular type of tea that Americans are drinking is black tea, which weighs in at 85% of all the tea consumed in the country. Green tea is second at 14% and white tea and oolong tea make up about 1% of all the tea consumed in the U.S.
  • Over half of the American population is drinking tea on a daily basis. People living in the South or Northeast of the U.S. seem to make up the greatest number of these drinkers.
  • American tea drinkers are consuming tea outside of the home at a growing rate of approximately 10% each year, which means caf├ęs, restaurants, and coffee shops are increasing their purchases of tea as well.
  • According to The Tea Drinker, World Tea Expo, over 3,000 million tons of tea is being produced worldwide each year. 

The tea industry anticipates that American tea consumption will continue growing each year. Not only is it a great tasting alternative to coffee or a soda, tea drinkers are reporting that various types of tea are improving their health. People claim that they are seeing weight loss, lower blood pressure, better sleep habits at night, along with many other benefits.

Although these numbers and statistics include all tea forms, such as store-bought tea bags,
iced tea and ready-to-drink tea, loose leaf tea is quickly becoming a favorite among Americans. With tropical, nut, fruit, and spicy blends; as well as, the choice of loose black tea, loose green tea, loose oolong tea, loose white tea and other loose teas, a tea drinker is bound to find something that will satisfy their taste buds.



LoveTea.com prides itself in bringing Americans hand-picked loose leaf blends from all over the world. In fact, they have some of the best loose leaf tea available online! 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

What Type of Tea is Best for Dessert?

Tea doesn't have to be just for breakfast, dinner, or bedtime; you can enjoy tea with your dessert as well. Dessert can include any number of sweets, such as pastries, fruit, cakes, pie, pudding, cookies, and more; therefore, there are several different types and flavors of tea that you might enjoy with various desserts. Or, for those that are skipping dessert because they are trying to shed a few pounds, there are several dessert teas that are likely to satisfy that sweet tooth rather than a pastry, cake or cookie. You don't have to deprive yourself of the guilty pleasures. 

Dessert teas might contain, but are not limited to the following ingredients: 
  • Chocolate or cocoa
  • Cinnamon or other spices, such as ginger, cardamom, cloves, and more
  • Vanilla or vanilla beans
  • Fruit including apples, mango, apricot, raspberry, pineapple, papaya, lemon, orange, cherry, and many more.
  • Nuts including almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts.
  • Caramel
  • Flowers, yes flowers! They not only add a lovely aroma, but a sweet taste as well. Some of the flowers included in dessert teas include safflower, rose, saffron and hibiscus.
  • Cream, milk, honey, and/or sugar can be added to sweeten the pot. 

You might be asking yourself how you would choose what type or flavor of tea to have with dessert. Let's see if we can help you with a few options: 
  • If having white cake or a dessert that isn't as sweet as some, you might want to accentuate with a fruit flavored or chocolate flavored dessert tea.
  • If you are having a fruit filled pastry or pie, you might want to match the tea to the flavor of the fruit you are eating; for instance, apple, mango, raspberry, cherry, and lemon are among the many fruit flavored teas you can choose from.
  • If you are eating a dessert that is overly sweet, you might offset it with something a little tangy, such as citrus.
  • If you are a chocolate lover and looking for something to accent that piece of chocolate candy, cake or cookie, you will find a few different suitable options with a chocolate or cocoa flavor.
  • Flowered teas can be good with any dessert for the finishing touch, with a welcoming sweet aroma and pleasant taste--it's like the icing on the cake! 

As you can see, the options are endless and we suggest that you experiment with several teas to find the one that is right for your dessert selection.


No matter what type of tea; whether it is loose black tea, loose green tea, chai tea, loose white tea, loose oolong tea, or loose rooibos tea; you are bound to find a great loose leaf dessert tea to buy online at LoveTea.com. Don't forget tell us what your favorite dessert and accompanying tea is! 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

What is the Big Deal about Steeping?

Steeping is the process that draws the flavor out of tea leaves and into the hot water. Various types of tea, such as black loose tea, green loose tea, white loose tea, and others have different steeping times. 

Steeping is a big deal when it comes to how you like your tea. You can control the flavor of your drink by the amount of time that you steep the loose leaf tea. If you prefer a stronger tea, you will steep your tea longer; and do just the opposite if you like your tea with a lighter flavor.

Although tea will come with a suggested steeping time, you will learn to make it according to your preferred taste.  As well as a difference in steeping times, there are also two different methods; the Western-style and Asian-style. The styles are described as follows:
  • Western-style steeping involves using a large teapot containing more water than tea; usually about 24-32 ounces of water. Depending on which type of tea is being brewed, steeping times will usually range from 2-5 minutes.
  • Asian-style steeping uses a small teapot, holding about 10 ounces of water or less, and a larger amount of tea as compared to the amount of water. Steeping is usually done for about 30 seconds to 1 minute and the tea will often be reused.

No matter what style of steeping you choose, the following are some tips to follow to make the most out of your loose leaf tea:
  • You should always use fresh, cold water when boiling for tea and it is best not to re-boil the left over water.
  • Be sure you are pouring your boiling water over the tea, rather than adding tea to a cup of boiling water.
  • Put a cover over the cup of tea as it steeps. Perhaps you can use your tea saucer.
  • Drink the tea while it is still warm to enjoy its full flavor and aroma.
  • Remove the loose leaves from the tea after steeping.

The following are estimated steeping times for various types of tea:
  • Black loose tea - Using 1 teaspoon of tea to 8 ounces of boiling water (212°F),
    steep for approximately 3-5 minutes.
  • Green loose tea - Using 1 teaspoon of tea to 8 ounces of boiling water (212°F), steep for approximately 2-3 minutes.
  • White loose tea - Using 1 teaspoon of tea to 8 ounces of boiling water (175°-180°F), steep for approximately 2-3 minutes.
  • Oolong loose tea - Using 1 teaspoon of tea to 8 ounces of boiling water (190°F), steep for approximately 3 minutes.


Now go make some tea! Have fun with it, experiment with what tastes best for you, and share your results with us. Don't forget to shop for the best loose leaf tea online at LoveTea.com.   

Monday, August 11, 2014

A Tea for Every Hour of the Day

We all have our favorite types of drinks that we enjoy at certain times of the day. Loose leaf tea is a drink that can suit any of these occasions. With the many types of tea, many flavors, and many benefits; you're sure to find a gourmet loose leaf tea to fit any time of the day. Take a look at some of these ideas and don't be afraid to share your favorites as well:

Morning - We all know that some mornings can be a little rough and we need a jump start to get us going. Try some of these teas to see if they will do the job:
  • English Breakfast Loose Leaf Tea - This combination of teas from Ceylon, Kenya, and Assam is a perfect flavorful blend and an aroma that will awaken the senses. This tea can be enjoyed plain, but is also great spruced up with a little milk and sugar. It's breakfast in a cup!
  • Organic Goodness Green Earl Grey Loose Leaf Tea - This tea will wake up your taste buds and pop those eyes open. The green organic loose tea is enough on its own, but for an added bonus, you will get the zing of Asian citrus fruit and the tang of oil of bergamot that Earl Grey is famous for.

Noon - Don't get stuck with those afternoon doldrums; make sure you're prepared with one of these energy packed afternoon delights:
  • English Afternoon Loose Leaf Tea - This afternoon pick-me-up is loaded with a combination of Ceylon and Assam black teas. The robust flavor and strong aroma is sure to be enough to get you through the day.
  • Tropical Spice Loose Leaf Rooibos Chai Tea - Looking to add a little spice to the afternoon? The aroma alone will be enough to give you a jolt and liven up the afternoon. This tasty rooibos tea



Night - After a long day of work, running to kid's activities, making dinner, and paying bills, it can be hard to wind down and get a good night's sleep. Why not give one of these teas a try? You might just get a good night's rest and wake up feeling like you're ready to tackle another day.
  • Good Night Loose Leaf Tea - This soothing combination of herbs, rosebuds, and lemon grass will provide a peaceful tasting tea. That along with the rose scented aroma is enough to relieve the tension so you can catch some good zzzz's.
  • Nighttime Treat Loose Leaf Tea - If you're looking to calm your mind and body before going to bed, look no further. The combination of valerian root, lemon balm leaves and passion flower herbs will get you to the right state of mind.



These and other premium loose leaf teas are available to buy online on LoveTea.com. Please feel free to share your thoughts after trying these or other teas.