How to make the perfect cup of tea

Making the perfect cup of tea is pretty straight forward. The biggest parts are the ingredients. So water, tea, and a mug or bottles. Easy right?  But what ingredients are you putting in the mix.  They are not all created equal.
The water should be alkaline, if possible, or a good high quality water. All water is not the same. I like to use alkaline water because it has a wonderful softness to the feel and it super hydrates the body. If you can find a spring that is a great option.  So aim high with your water and your body will thank you.
Next is the tea. Bamboo Leaf Teas are made with fresh, organic ingredients. The bamboo is hand picked and processed right here in the USA to ensure the highest quality.  The nutrients of the soil the plants are grown in along with the time of harvest and the handling of the material all have a huge impact on the tea.  
Thirdly is the mug or glass container. Please don’t use plastic especially with hot water. A nice high quality mug for hot teas is perfect. When making larger quantities for ice tea it is best to use stainless steel pots to make the tea in and glass to store the tea in. 
To make 6 quarts of ice tea fill a stainless steel pot with water, measure 1/2 cup of loose leaf tea or 8-10 tea bags and add to the water. Bring the water to a rolling boil and then turn off the stove. Cover the pot and let it sit for several hours to cool. If you are making any of blended varieties bring the water to a boil, turn off the stove and let the water cool for a few minutes, then add the tea. Green and black teas should only be steeped for 3-5 minutes. Lemongrass, mint, ect. can steep longer even several hours. The bamboo opens up a bit more in the higher temperatures but when blended with other herbs it is best to let the water cool to just below 200 degrees F before adding the tea.  After the tea has steeped, and the water has cooled, add sweetener and pour into glass containers. I like to use 1/3 cup of Agave or honey for 6 quarts of tea. If you get some nice glass quart size bottles you will have a great to-go drink in the fridge ready to grab as you head out the door.
So start with high quality ingredients and you will notice the difference.
May the strength and flexibility in bamboo be pervasive in all aspects of you life.                       

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