A Shapeshifting Beverage: Tea

Friday June 5, 2015 // By Landon Christensen

TeaTea is a shapeshifter of beverages, seriously, what CAN’T tea do? It can be served hot or cold, with caffeine or without, at virtually anytime of day. Let’s not forget about the readily-available range of flavors, varieties, and blends of tea that you can find. Moving into the summer months, iced tea is starting to become more and more popular. Whether you are making iced tea for yourself at home or own a shop and will be serving it to customers there are several different ways of preparing iced tea. I will quickly highlight the two methods that come to mind, each of which will yield equally refreshing drinks.

The first method is to make it by the cup. This method can be done using pre-filled sachets or loose leaf tea with brands such as Two Leaves and A Bud, Mighty Leaf, and Smith Tea. Simply steep the tea as normal, only you want to split the volume of water in half. For example, if you are making a 16 oz serving, steep the tea in only 8 oz of water for the recommended time before pouring that over 8 oz of ice. The ice will chill the tea and melt, making up for the water that was not used to steep the tea. This method is great because there is no waste, assuming the entire cup is consumed. Another way that is similar to this would be to use iced tea sachets. These often make one gallon of tea at a time and are prepared similar to a single serving in a sense that you steep it in hot water before pouring that over ice.

Another method would be to use a tea concentrate, these are an excellent choice because you can make it by the cup, or make it by the gallon. All you need to do is follow a ratio, typically established by the manufacturer and printed on the bottle. Concentrates can be had in traditional flavors such as black unsweetened or southern style sweet tea from Island Rose, but also in fruit tea flavors such as mango, raspberry, and lemon from Monin.

No matter what, just remember there is no right or wrong choice. It’s simply a matter of finding what suits your personal taste or the atmosphere of your shop. Some customers I’ve talked to prefer concentrates for the convenience and the ease of use, whereas others prefer steeping tea for the authentic taste and the experience.

If you have any questions on either method of preparation or would like more info on specific products, please give us a call toll-free at 1(866)776-5288. We have an unprecedented customer service team that would love to hear from you!


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