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    Tea for Two!

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    Hey Guys,
    I have een in the hospitality industry for a while now and whil there has been a huge jump in the coffee service side of things(equiptment, training, bean roasting quality and knowledge) in the last 10 years as communities like coffee snobs surface more and more information globally on the art and sciencew of making a coffee, havent noticed the same progression with Tea.

    I am now serving a very high quality tea out of the cafe I am managing and was wondering if anyone could shed some light on the finer points of tea drinking and service as I am only now starting to learn that you can burn tea in the same way that you can burn coffee. Any help, links or Info that any one has would hep as I am finding that this lack of knowledge is a common problem.

    Thanks.
    Liam

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    Re: Tea for Two!

    Gday MrK,

    What you mean by "burning" tea i presume is if you add boiling hot water to it.

    Im not an expert in tea, only knowing that approx ideal steeping temperature is 90 deg celcius for approx 3 minutes.
    Brew longer than that you start getting bitter compounds, and a bit more caffeine.

    Am sure there are a lot of forums that has topics on tea.
    Perhaps look at British and Chinese websites.

    Gary at G

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    Re: Tea for Two!

    Thanks for the hint Gary.

    As far as I am learning, Different teas have different times and temperatures depending on the brew but have recieved different answers from different forums and websites and am having trouble dissemenating the good information from the bad.

    Liam

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    Re: Tea for Two!

    Hi Liam

    High quality tea is the way to go ^^ Im a teasnob and the only time I have tea outside of home is in a specialty tea house (:
    Depending on the grade and type, brewing temperature varies between 60C (for high grade Japanese green tea) to just off the boil for black tea (Assam, Ceylon tea) Steeping times also varies across the different types for maximum flavour and to avoid bitterness (especially green teas)

    Have a chat with your tea supplier. They should have a wealth of knowledge you can tap into and if they dont, you should sack em ;) Educate and share the knowledge with your customers. Im sure they will be willing to let you take them on a tea journey! ^^

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    Re: Tea for Two!

    Quote Originally Posted by 737F637D7973767C657676100 link=1313369836/3#3 date=1314693506
    Have a chat with your tea supplier. They should have a wealth of knowledge you can tap into and if they dont, you should sack em

    Totally agree, my wife works in the tea industry and she knows all the answers to your questions and through osmosis so do I, but your tea supplier should be the one offering you support here. It is after all their product and they should want you to get the best from it.



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