September 11, 2013

.the perfect cup.





Even though my thermometer is saying it's 90+ degrees outside, I'm refusing to acknowledge it. I've begun packing away my shorts and tank tops; I've busted out the heavy Fall reading (Jane Eyre, I'm lookin' at you!); my knitting supplies are being rounded up and prepared for winter knitting projects; and, most importantly, I've begun drinking a whole bunch of hot tea. 



Since I'm not a big coffee fan, I tend to get a little crazy with the teas. I have bags and bags of different types and flavors. I love having a flavor for each mood. :) For a long time, however, I would just boil some tea, steep a scoopful of leaves until I thought it looked dark enough, and then I would call it good. 
Not until fairly recently did I realize there's a way to getting that ever elusive "perfect" cup of tea, every single time.



Yep...you heard right. No more wondering if your tea has steeped long enough, or if you've put in enough tea leaves. Wait...I'm the only one who ever wondered those things...? Please tell me there are others out there who have brewed a less than satisfactory cup of tea before??

Well, no more! Because I think ya'll are pretty awesome and because I think a good cup of tea beats just about anything, I made this free printable chart for ya'll. I hope it treats you well this Fall/Winter season. :)




My go-to teas, at the moment, are Monk's BlendJamaican Me Crazy, and French Vanilla. They're all black teas and they all have pretty subtle flavors. Enough to make each cup different, but not too over powering.

Some of my favorite, bolder teas are Madame Butterfly (a green tea that's really good iced, pictured above), Cranberry Orange, Holiday Spice (a delicious Christmasy tea), and Vanilla Rooibos (a red tea, pictured above)

I hope this helped you as much as it has helped me! Now go and brew yourself a nice cup o' tea! 




-join the discussion-

what's your favorite/least favorite tea? do you have any other "tea facts" i should know?


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9 comments on ".the perfect cup."

  1. snap!
    some of the teas listed on that "perfect cup" list i've not tried in a LONG time because i couldn't get the seeping time perfectly.
    THANK YOU for sharing.
    ps have you tried harney and sons teas? (they have them at target!) their hot cinnamon sunset (i think that's what it is called) IS HEAVEN.

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    1. You are very welcome! :) Glad I'm not the only one who had problems with it!

      I have not tried that brand, but now I'm definitely going to! I basically live at Target so I'll have to pick some up! Thanks for the recommendation. :)

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  2. Thank you for sharing this! I have a hard time brewing tea that I have almost given up. This chart, along with wanting cooler weather, is just the kick in the pants to get me to try it again. Thanks Julia!

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    1. Oh yay! Glad I could help you out, Jaclyn! Never give up on tea! haha :)

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  3. Help me out. The amount columns, I don't understand why the two are differnt. Is that just the "regular" and "strong" idea? I don't understand your cute little icons there. :(

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    1. Sorry it's so confusing! The column on the left side is if you are going to be brewing it hot and the column on the right is for iced tea. You'll want to add a little more tea if it's going to be iced because you'll want it a tad stronger since you'll be putting ice in it!

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  4. Wow. This is, like, wildly helpful!!!

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  5. THANK YOU. This is literally amazing!

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