A Guide to Steeping Loose Leaf Tea

Over the years, we've heard just about every comment about steeping loose leaf Tea:

  • I hate Green tea - it's just too bitter!
  • Mine never comes out like yours!
  • When I make it at home, it's always too watery.
  • I can't taste anything!
  • I just stick to English Breakfast - it comes out perfect!
  • What am I doing wrong?!

    Yes, we understand your frustration. So let me share the 3 secrets to making the perfect cup every...


     17 Dec, 2016  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

    Tasting Tips

    A while ago, a group of professional tasters asked to taste Teas at our Tea Room. We were intrigued. Apparently, all large food companies have professional tasters and multiple tastings are conducted before any item is approved, let alone put on a shelf.  We selected 4 teas for tasting:

    Loose Leaf Tea Samples

    Their taste...


     24 Oct, 2016  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

    December Trends

    We love to analyze what our customers buy.  It validates anecdotal evidence and sometimes we're surprised at what we find.  This being December, it is always the heaviest month for Tea-of-the-Month subscriptions since it makes such a great gift so it's no surprise that it made it on to the chart.  And of course we represent the renowned Makaibari Tea Estates in the U.S. so it deserves its own bar.  But what we did not expect was the very significant amount of Tea sales that were straight Black, Green & Oolong and the move away from Flavored or Herbal blends.  And no matter the rising popularity in all kinds of teas, Black Tea is still, by far, the runaway favorite - a whopping 33%.  If we included the Makaibari Black teas, that percentage would rise even further. You can judge for yourself:



     20 Dec, 2015  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

    Customers loving 2015 Makaibari

    CIMG0130We have some die-hard fans of Makaibari.  They check our website daily to see if the new harvest is in.  They write us e-mails asking when the air freight is arriving.  They pre-order.  This year it seems we are receiving even more praise for Makaibari than in years past.  Here are two comments:
    Hello Anupa, the flavor is so exquisite and unique this year on the first flush, that it reminds me of the very first one I had up in the Himalayas at Makaibari on my trip.  Is it just the lot you sent or is it the whole crop this year that is so exceptional? I received my tea order this morning and cupped it.  I have to say the quality of this year's Makaibari Estate 2nd flush is exquisite.  I opened the bag and...


     25 Jul, 2015  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

    A customer visits Makaibari

    One of our good friends recently visited Makaibari and sent us these beautiful pictures.  He went with a videographer and they availed of the Homestay programme at Makaibari which allows visitors to stay with a worker's family and see how life is lived at the grass roots level at a tea estate.

    Fresh 1st Flush Leaf

     They follow their routines, work on the plantation with them and share their meals.  It is an authentic experience.


     20 Jun, 2015  |  Written by Anupa Mueller


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