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    Brew School

    Ti Kwan Yin Organic Oolong Tea

    Background: Legend has it that a goddess gifted this tea to a poor farmer for repairing her temple containing an iron statue. In her honor the farmer named the tea Ti Kwan Yin (Iron Goddess of Mercy). This tea is a premium variety of oolong originating in the southern part of the Fujian province. It is differentiated from other Oolong teas by a secretive processing methodology consisting of many steps of withering, rolling, oxidation, and high-heat fixation to maintain its distinctively complex floral aromas and nutty flavors.

    Ti Kwan Yin generally falls into two categories based on the level of roasting —named after the region each type originates from. Anxi Tieguanyin is reminiscent of Green tea with less oxidation and, therefore, a fresh, floral aroma and delicate flavor. The Anxi variety is what we are currently sourcing for our specialty tea program. Muzha Tieguanyin, on the other hand, is roasted and boasts a stronger, nuttier flavor and reddish-brown color.

    In the Cup: This organic Chinese Oolong tea is sweet and floral with notes of toasted chestnuts and dried apricots.

    Perfect Brew: Brew at 185-200°F for at least 3 minutes for a crisp, light flavor. The longer you steep, the nuttier and fruiter your brew will be. Typically, 4-5 minutes is ideal.

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    Masala Chai Organic Black Tea

    Background: Wild tea shrubs have covered the Assam region of India since antiquity, and so it is no surprise that Assam teas and blends made from them —like Masala Chai —are ubiquitous among the cultures of India and its neighbors. In commercial areas, there is a friendly tea-maker called a “Chai Walla” on every corner supplying local businesses and their clients with warm, fresh Masala tea. Even at home, people consume dozens of small glasses of the tea every day.

    And yes, the name “chai tea” is a redundancy as Masala Chai literally translates to mixed spice tea. In Ayurvedic terms, the drink is defined as a Black tea mixed with “warm” spices, such as cinnamon, green cardamom, and ginger, and is said to preserve health and increase peace. Indeed, several cultures consider the drink to aid in spiritual enlightenment.

    In the Cup: This organic Indian Black tea is malty and sweet with exotic, spicy notes like clove, cardamom, and allspice. Natural vanilla gives this Masala Chai an added depth that pairs very well with soy or regular milk.

    Perfect Brew: Brew with boiling water (212°F) for at least 4 minutes for a deep, complex flavor. The longer you steep, the spicier your brew will be. If you want to add milk but still hang onto the spice, steep for 5-7 minutes.

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    Background: We're constantly looking for better coffee, and after a long search, we're happy to offer this Organic Peru from CENFROCAFE. This coffee is sourced from family-owned farms organized around the Central Fronteriza del Norte de Cafetaleros (CENFROCAFE), a cooperative that provides training and financing aimed at improving coffee quality and yields to increase farmer earnings in the areas with which it works. 

    In the Cup:  Sweet and balanced, with notes of chocolate, red fruit, a buttery texture, and a hint of fennel, this coffee is incredibly drinkable and accessible, yet complex enough to satisfy even the most particular coffee drinker. 

    In The Cup:  dark chocolate, red fruit, fennel, and honey, with a buttery texture

    Region: San Ignacio, Cajamarca
    Altitude: 1250-1800 meters
    Harvest: April-September
    Variety: Bourbon, Catimor, Caturra, Mundo Novo, Pache, Typica
    Processing: Fully Washed, Sun Dried


    Sencha Organic Green Tea

    Learn how to brew Groundwork Coffee Co.'s Certified Organic Sencha Tea

    Background: The most popular tea in Japan for centuries, Sencha tea is rapidly becoming an acquired taste in the West where consumers are learning to appreciate its sweet, earthy notes.

    Sencha tea undergoes a unique processing in that it is first steamed for 15-20 seconds to prevent oxidation before it is oven-dried. This initial steaming produces a significant variance in the flavor profiles of different Green teas, with Japanese Greens like Sencha having a more vegetal, almost grassy or seaweedy flavor, as well as a greener, more vibrant color than Chinese Greens like Gunpowder.

    In the Cup: This organic Japanese Green tea is rich and full-bodied with subtle notes of fresh grass and sweet herbs.

    Perfect Brew: The flavor of brewed Sencha is highly dependent on water temperature and can be easily tailored to your taste. For a mellow, soothing cup, you should brew at 175-185°F; if you want more of a punch, try the 185-195°F range. In either case, avoid steeping for more than 2-3 minutes to prevent bitterness in your brew.

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    Hibiscus Organic Herbal Tea


    Background: This floral tisane is made from the crimson calyx (the part just below the petal) of the roselle species of hibiscus native to West Africa. The drink is sometimes called Roselle or Rosella (Australia), Sorrel or Red Sorrel (Caribbean), and Agua de Jamaica or simply Jamaica in the United States, Mexico, and Central America.

    High in vitamin C, Hibiscus tea has been used in traditional medicine around the world as a diuretic or to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure, but we enjoy it for its refreshing tartness and cranberry-like sweetness — hot or cold, morning or night.

    Because of its very strong flavor, hibiscus flowers are often mixed with other Herbal teas to create a balanced cup of tea. Traditional combinations include ginger, mint, lemon, and sugar, but we have developed our own signature blend which we've dubbed "Hibiscus Sunrise"  — comprised of hibiscus, chamomile, lemongrass, rosehips, cinnamon, and blood orange.

    In the Cup: This organic African floral infusion is citrusy and tart with notes of cranberries and grenadine.

    Perfect Brew: Brew at 200-212°F for 3-5 minutes for a bright, crisp cup. If the result is too acidic or dry, try mixing with Green or Yerba Mate teas to round out the flavor.

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