We pride ourselves in our tea selection paying close attention to the two key elements, Plucking Styles and Processing Techniques, which control the flavor of the tea. John Weaver had the privilege of learning the expertise of tea tasting and blending from Alfred Peet. Having cupped and compared thousands of tea samples, John has experienced the myriad of choices from the world's tea gardens. Weaver's now offers his favorite tea selections and blends in loose-leaf form.
Teas come from a single plant - Camellia Sinensis. From this one seed, grows over 3,000 types of tea. Teas grow best in a humid tropical to subtropical climate with plenty of rain. Areas that have good drainage with a high-acidity soil with appropriate proportions of clay, silt, and sand produce the best teas. Higher elevations also yield better quality teas because the cooler evenings cause the leaves to grow slowly, concentrating their flavor. Although we source all over the world, the top five tea producing countries include Japan, China, Taiwan, India and Sri Lanka.
Sal Bonavita & John Weaver Tea Tasting
Tea Brewing Instructions
We pride ourselves in our tea selection paying close attention to the two key elements, Plucking Styles and Processing Techniques, which control the flavor of the tea. Raw leaf quality varies greatly by season, and while any given farm may produce dozens of lots of tea each year, only a handful may have great flavor. Our teas are meticulously selected then carefully processed.
Start with fresh, filtered or bottled water.
Measure 1 Tbsp. (5g) of loose tea per each 14 fl oz (414ml) of water.
Pre-warm your mug or pot with hot water and always be sure to add your water to the tea and never the other way around.
Each tea has its own unique temperature and brew time. As a general rule, to longer the steep time, the stronger the brew.
Add water just after boiling. 3 to 5 minute steep.
175°- 185° F. 2 to 4 minute steep.
195° to boiling. 4 to 5 minute steep.
175°- 190° F. 5 to 7 minute steep.
Add boiling water. 4 to 8 minute steep.
Once opened, store the tea in an airtight container and keep in a cool dry place.