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#5 Numi Organic Tea
Under their leadership, Numi seeks to ethically produce and source all their tea. They also ensure it’s all organic, fair-trade, and fair labour tea. Numi also is a Founding B-Certified Corporation, which focuses on benefiting the environment, employees, and the community. Numi is a great company to support, and we’re happy to have a large selection of Numi’s premium tea brands at Cupper’s.
Every Numi box has 18 bags of tea, each individually wrapped in a colourful sachet. The bags are of compostable, plastic-free mesh. Each bag is specially folded so there’s lots of room for the tea to spread out for better steeping.
#4 Metz Luxury Tea
Metz Tea’s stylish boxes are very attractive on the shelf, and you can’t beat the flavours of their amazing teas. Their tea bags are pyramidal, so the contents have room to expand during the steep for the best flavour. Knowing Metz Teas make a difference for people and the environment makes their tea taste even better.
Our Favourite Metz Tea: Lemon Mango Herb & Fruit Tisane
#3 Bisou Tea
Bisou Tea is Cupper’s Coffee & Tea’s newest line of tea. They have committed to sourcing high quality, ethically produced teas. They are also part of the Ethical Tea Partners network. Bisou’s loose teas come packaged in beautiful tins that are works of art. The tea inside is in compostable gussets to keep the tea fresh. All shipping materials they use are either recycled or compostable.
Our Favourite Bisou Tea: Oolong Fire Flower
#2 Wize Tea
Wize Tea is actually made from coffee leaves and packaged in biodegradable bags. The tea has a subtle caffeine content on par with a regular green tea. The coffee producers harvest coffee leaves in the off-season. This creates year-round jobs in the seasonal coffee market. Coffee leaf tea doesn’t contain the tannins that make traditional teas go bitter. Thus the bags can steep several times before they start to lose their flavour.
We love the rich, smooth, velvety mouth-feel in this premium tea brand. We found the longer the Wize Tea bags steep, the richer and silkier the tea became. They make awesome sun-teas and iced teas as well.
#1 Rishi Tea & Botanicals
Our Favourite Rishi Tea: Rishi Earl Grey
Rishi Earl Grey is a true British classic. Robust, fruity Thai black tea blended with mellow, caramel sweet Yunnan Dian Hong tea. That blend is then infused with Italian bergamot, a type of sour orange. The result? Simply the best Earl Grey ever. Enjoy!
How to Prepare Tea
Tea has many different methods to prepare it, each developed by their own region. The most common western method is steeping tea in hot water, then removing the tea leaves once the desired taste has developed. The quality of the tea leaves is clearly very important. However the water quality and temperature and length of steeping also have a strong effect on the end result.
Water Quality and Temperature
Start with clean, cold, filtered water for the best flavour outcome. The ideal end water temperature for most teas is just below the boiling point. This state is described as “string of pearls”, as there is a steady stream of small bubbles flowing in the water.
Water that is too hot scalds the tea, and results in poor quality of flavours. Exact water temperature is dependent on the type of tea that you are steeping, so make sure to check in advance.