I remember the first time I made tea for my wife. 14 years ago, we were dating then and I didn’t know much more about tea than the next guy, But I knew enough about her to make tea the way I knew she would like it. She said ‘I don’t like tea!’ and I kindly told her that she needed some green tea to help fight her cold and that she’d have some whether she ‘liked’ it or not because it was good for her. She didn’t like tea because she said- ‘it’s bitter,’ and ‘it has a funny taste and texture.’ I found out, she was judging tea by it’s third string.
Third string players rarely play – but they suit up the same as anyone else. They look just like the guys on the first string, in all reality they are players on the team, but nobody judges a team by the quality of the guys on the bench. A team is judged by its finest player and their ability to work well with the coach and each other. I find tea to be the same way. Many people THINK they don’t like tea, many people also THINK they like coffee – but truthfully it’s all in how we coach our tea, or coffee that makes us like or dislike it.
most people think they don’t like tea because they have only ever had bad experiences with bad tea.
Super market tea, is not representative of what tea is on the whole – that would be the third string! Third string players are low cost and rarely as good as the franchises most valued and expensive players. Pre-packaged economy teas don’t come close to being fresh quality tea, so don’t judge all teas by the third string.
The tea at Royal Tea in LeClaire Iowa is of top shelf quality! It’s for this reason that all of our teas are sealed in airtight tins to block harmful UV rays and seal in the aromatics of fresh tea.
Good tea; when prepared correctly, will produce a quality representation of what tea is supposed to be. However; Good tea, improperly brewed, will still yield less that satisfying results. This is why the teas at Royal Tea in LeClaire are packaged with brewing instructions.
Here are a few tips to counter tea making mistakes:
If your tea is bitter or has a ‘dry’ texture: Most likely your tea was either steeped for too long, or at too high a temperature or BOTH. Black and herbal teas are good with water 30 seconds off a rolling boil – but only for 3 – 5 minutes of steep time. After that you start to cook the bitter oils out of the tea and into your cup. GREEN teas should NEVER be made at that hot of a temperature, but at 180-185 degrees. Likewise they only should be steeped for 3 minutes, or they too will get bitter and filmy.
If your tea isn’t strong enough: Most likely you are not using enough tea or high quality tea. Low quality tea is less balanced, one dimensional, and weak compared to quality teas. avoid the mistake of thinking your tea is ‘stronger’ with a long steep time, it will be stronger in the direction of a stronger ‘bitter’ and throw the balance of your cup off. Use MORE tea and follow the same temperature and time preferences for the tea. The volume of tea ought to determine the teas strength, not the time of steep.
If your tea still doesn’t taste good: Try a different tea! Currently we have 47 varieties of tea from several different categories. Black tea, green tea, herbal tea, white tea, rooibos tea, and dessert teas can all be found at Royal Tea in LeClaire Iowa. You can also order online from https://royaltea.org/store/
Finally, if you still struggle to get the right quality tea and you’ve considered the methods and corrected them; it’s time to check your equipment. It is possible to get a ‘gritty’ cup of tea from a cheap tea infuser. Get a good tea steeper and try filtering your water. Have dedicated equipment for tea only and use it and maintain it correctly. Quality teas, good methods, and proper equipment are a formula for top quality pleasing tea for anyone. There is always a tea to please any individual, our hope is to help you all find the perfect tea or teas for you.
Welcome to the first string!