TEA IT YOURSELF FAQ
Where do your teas come from?
Our teas and ingredients come from all over the world: China (for our sencha green tea, white peony tea, Keemun tea, etc.), United States (lemon rind, burdock root, etc.), India (ginger root, Assam tea), etc.), and Bulgaria, Ecuador etc.
Are all your teas certified organic?
We strive to select the best teas and ingredients for you, focusing only on organic and natural selections.
All teas, herbal teas, infusions and Tea It Yourself ingredients are complaint with Canadian organic standards, USDA organic standards and European organic standards. So you can be sure that you are drinking 100% organic tea.
Do your teas contain gluten? And traces of dairy products?
All Tea It Yourself kits are gluten-free except for those containing chocolate - Chai Latte and Choco Mint. However, we cannot guarantee that certain ingredients have not been in contact with gluten or that there are traces of it.
In the same way, TIY kits contain no trace of dairy products except the two kits with chocolate mentioned above.
Do your teas contain added sugar?
All Tea It Yourself teas and ingredients do not contain added sugars. They also do not contain preservatives, artificial flavors, additives, and genetically modified organisms. Our teas are pure and healthy for you and for the environment!
Do your teas contain caffeine?
All our kits except our No Stress kit contain caffeine because caffeine is naturally present in tea plants (Camellia sinensis).
For how long and how can I keep my Tea It Yourself kits?
Each of our teas and ingredients is individually wrapped in an airtight tube and will stay fresh until 18 months after opening the tube. The teas must always be kept in a dark, cool and dry place, and tightly closed to preserve their freshness. In general, tea does not really expire, it just loses its flavor over time.
How to create the perfect tea blend?
The duration as well as the brewing temperature depends on each type of tea and ingredients. Here are our infusion temperature recommendations according to the tea chosen:
Black teas (assam tea, keemun, ceylon tea, and lapsang souchong) ...... 96ºC / 205ºF
Pu'erh teas ................................................................................................................... 96ºC / 205ºF
Herbal teas (such as chamomile, lemon balm, mint tea, and more!) ........ 90ºC / 194ºF
Green teas (such as Japanese sencha) ............................................................... 80ºC / 176ºF
White teas (Bai mu dan and others) ..................................................................... 80ºC / 176ºF
In addition to the temperature, we recommend, if possible, to use filtered water or spring water to prepare your infusions. Tap water sometimes gives off a slightly chlorinated odor that may influence the scent of your tea. If you do not have a kettle or thermometer, bring your water to a boil in a clean pan.
Let your boiling water rest for about 6 minutes before using. After 6 minutes of rest, you should have water at plus or minus 80 degrees Celsius, ideal for brewing green tea. For a black tea, let your water rest for 4 to 5 minutes.
You will find specific instructions on the product sheet of each kit as well as in the booklets supplied with each of our kits.
What is a Gaiwan and how can I use it?
The Gaiwan (literally "lid and bowl") is a traditional Chinese tea cup made of three parts: a lid, a bowl and a saucer. It became particularly popular during the Ming Dynasty when leaf teas became more popular. Now, Gaiwan is often the preferred container for tea lovers for its ability to raise the aromas and flavors of scented teas.
Here are some recommendations for using your Gaiwan appropriately:
Before brewing your tea, heat your Gaiwan with a little hot water to avoid sudden changes in temperature. Then measure each of your ingredients according to the desired recipe. If not, be sure not to put more than a teaspoon of your custom mix into your Gaiwan. Infuse your tea while controlling the temperature of your water in order to have the best possible infusion. There are many programmable kettles that allow you to get exactly the temperature you want. Change the temperature of your water according to the variety of tea used. The brewing time varies depending on the recipe or tea blend used. However, be sure to lengthen the rest time between the first and second infusions to always get a consistent flavor and rich aromas. Serve the tea! Hold the edge of the Gaiwan Bowl with your thumb and middle finger and use your index finger to hold the lid to create a small opening through which to pour the tea. Make sure you do not let tea leaves from your Gaiwan escape. Infuse again: add hot water to your Gaiwan to brew your tea two or three times.
Here are some indications as to the number of infusions that can be made according to the types of tea:
Black teas - 1 to 2 times.
Pu'erh Tea - Up to 5 or 6 times, depending on the variety.
Herbal teas - There are so many different varieties of herbal teas that you can not suggest a specific number of infusions. On the other hand, herbal teas with strong spices, such as ginger, can be infused several times. Light herbal teas, such as those with chamomile, lemon balm or lavender, can not be infused repeatedly.
Green teas - 2 times.
White teas - 1 to 2 times.
* The Gaiwan is only included in the following kits: No Stress, Wake Up and Detox.
Where can I find your recipes?
Each of our kits includes a complete and detailed instruction booklet with various easy-to-make recipes. You can also find multiple recipes on our eBook, our social media and our YouTube channel. But… Have fun! Explore the different flavors of your tea set! Nothing prevents you to slightly modify the recipes suggested to adapt them to your taste. Dare to adventure and create your own mix! Let your creativity guide you and develop a preparation ritual that suits you! Good tasting!