Welcome to TeaMinded
Drinking tea is a wonderful pastime, but there’s so much more to the tea experience that can be explored. What we do at TeaMinded is pass along our knowledge of different types of tea and how to make tea, review teaware that makes brewing tea easy, and provide as much information as possible to help you along in your tea journey.
Heard the term ‘Builders Tea’? Considering rushing off to your local grocery store to grab some? Well, before you do, we have to point out that builder’s tea is not a specific tea brand or type. Builder’s tea refers to how the tea is made. As you can probably imagine, builders tea is a term … Read more
Matcha is delicious and can be enjoyed in so many ways, from drinking it pure ceremonial style, or as a latte, or culinary matcha in baked into cookies. You may be wanting to use that matcha powder you bought a while ago, but wondering if it’s still good to consume. Matcha tea powder will stay … Read more
The British have a long term love-affair with drinking tea. Many people across the United Kingdom drink tea on a daily basis, and some even drink many cups each day. You might be asking yourself, exactly what kind of tea do they drink in England? There are over 1,500 different types of tea in England … Read more
Given that afternoon tea is a 180-year-old tradition, its rules of etiquette are rooted in history and polite society manners. Below is our guide for today’s afternoon tea host and guest, with 7 simple teatime etiquette suggestions for each, to ensure a smooth, gentile afternoon tea experience for all. 7 Tea Etiquette Tips for Hosts … Read more
China is a vast country with varying cultures, cuisines, and traditions. One of those traditions is tea, and there’s a lot of them! Have you ever wondered what kind of tea is typically served at Chinese restaurants? While all Chinese restaurants will vary, a few tea staples in Chinese cuisine stand out above the rest. … Read more
Matcha tea is a green tea known for its abundance of health benefits that come from the plant leaves during the steeping process, making it healthier for you when mixing it in hot water. Perhaps you’re wondering if matcha is healthier served hot or cold? Although more flavor and components are released into your drink when … Read more
Learn More About the Different Types of Tea
“Loose Leaf Bookends”
There are so many beverages that we consume on a daily basis. And there many reasons why tea should be a part of your daily ritual, and in many cases can even be healthy alternative to coffee or sugary drinks. See this essay “Loose Leaf Bookends,” which first appeared in Kinfolk Magazine, by our founder Scott Anderson, which offers a glimpse into tea as a daily ritual.
Why Drink Tea?
Reaching back to the early Chinese emperors, the tea ceremony is a lasting reminder that the most simple things in life can be performed with respect. When every step in the tea making process is given meaning through ritual, internal thoughts can become simple background noise instead of distractions.
The act of making tea, from using loose leaf green tea or a bag of sleepy chamomile tea, involves multiple steps that eventually become meditative and help calm our minds and bodies.
Making tea does not have to be a complicated endeavor, but the right tools can make a difference in your enjoyment of the process and also the quality of the end product. We can show you how to make tea in different styles and with different teaware.
The most important part of tea other than the leaves will always be the tea kettle, so make sure to read our guide on which tea kettle to buy.
If you want to use the Eastern style gong fu method of tea brewing with a gaiwan or yixing teapot, we can help with the right teaware to purchase, as well as steeping times and ratios of tea leaves to water.
If a filtered Western style tea is more your style, we have recommendations on tea infusers, teapots with filters, and other ways of infusing to keep the tea leaves from ending up in your cup.
Whether it’s the meditative process of making tea or the pure enjoyment gained by lifting a cup of warm deliciousness to your mouth, most of us can agree that tea has a positive effect on our lives. Join us in our enjoyment of all things related to tea.