Welcome to Tea Time with Liv!

Come in and savor the flavor. Begin your experience or enhance your knowledge of tea. Share a cup with a friend, have an impromptu tea party with your children, or just sit back and relax.

Brewing Tips

Not all teas require the same preparation techniques, so it is essential to know the exact method to use for the type of tea you are preparing in order for your tea to taste right.

Green Tea and White Tea:
Bring water to a rolling boil. Allow the water to cool 30 to 60 seconds before pouring it over the leaves otherwise you can "cook" the leaves and destroy the tea and its flavor, creating a bitter tasting tea. It's suggested that the water be approximately 160 degrees for green teas and 185 degrees for white teas. Steep Green Tea for 1 to 2 minutes only. White Tea steeps from 4 to 15 minutes. This is all based on your personal preference as to taste.

Black Tea (fermented):
Bring water to a rapid boil for about 1 minute to bring it to the proper temperature. Rinse the cup or pot out with the hot water, allowing enough time for the entire pot/cup to heat. Pour boiling water over the leaves and allow them to steep for approximately 3 to 5 minutes, depending on the taste you desire. Be sure not to over steep since that will cause bitterness.

Oolong (partially fermented):
Steep oolong tea for 30 to 60 seconds or for as long as 9 minutes to create a more full-bodied cup. You can remove the tea leaves and reuse them for multiple infusions. Steep green/jade oolong for 30 seconds or longer (you can make many infusions with this tea, too) and amber oolong from 1 to 9 minutes.

Herbal Tisanes or Infusions:
Herbal infusions are prepared similarly to black teas. You will need to boil fresh water and steep the herbs for approximately 5 minutes or more. The longer herbs steep, the more intense their flavor. You may remove the herbs when they reach your desired taste, or leave them in to strengthen the flavors (a stronger brew makes a better iced tea). Some chunky teas may be infused more than once for another great cup.

Is traditionally brewed tea/herbs, sweetener and milk. At steeping time you can add honey or maple syrup to sweeten. Steep herbal chai for approximately 9 minutes or overnight for iced herbal chai. Steep Mayan or vanilla chai in milk or water for 8 to 10 minutes. You will need to steep these teas a little longer if you are going to ice them. Pick a method that suits your taste. Let teas cool down before icing or refrigerating. Only make enough tea for 1 to 2 days and dispose of old teas.