Recipes2019-08-22T11:02:31+02:00

A nice cup of tea grown at home!

A cup of tea is healthy and is also great for relaxing. Tea is made with the help of leaves of the Camellia Sinensis, or the tea plant. White, green, black and oolong tea all come from this plant, but are distinguished by their own unique production. With the tea plant from Tea by Me you grow your own tea with some love & attention.

For black tea, pick the top two leaves and the bud. Certainly don’t pick too much, especially if your tea plant is still very small.
1. Wilt
On a cool and dry day, place the leaves on a fine grid or (baking) tin and place them outside or inside. Let them soak for around 20 hours so that they lose 60% of their moisture. The leaves must become soft and limp.
2. Roll
You can now roll the leaves between your hands. This causes the cells to tear off the leaves and releases juice that comes into contact with natural chemicals. In response, the leaves turn brown.
3. Oxidation
After rolling, place the leaves directly on a baking tin and let them oxidize for about 3 hours at room temperature (around 24 ° C). The leaves now get a brown color.
4. To dry
After the oxidation process, the leaves must still be dried. Place them in a preheated oven (110 ° C to 125 ° C) and let them dry for about 20 minutes. The leaves are ready when they crackle and are completely dry. Let them cool and enjoy your homemade black tea.
For green tea, pick the new young leaves that appear in the spring. These young leaves are attached to a light branch while those from the previous year are attached to a brown branch.
1. Wilt
On a cool and dry day, place the leaves on a fine grid or (baking) tin and place them outside or inside. Allow to dry for 20 hours so that 60% of the moisture evaporates. The leaves become so soft and limp.
2. Steaming
Use a metal or bamboo steam basket and place it in a pan with 1 cm of water. Put the lid on and bring to the boil. As soon as the water boils, remove the lid and place the tea leaves in the steam basket. Put the lid back on and let them steam for 1 to 2 minutes until they get a nice olive-green color. Remove the pan from the heat and immediately rinse the leaves with cold water.
3. Roll
Roll the leaves between your hands. This releases juice which, in contact with natural chemicals, causes the leaves to give off taste.
4. Oxidation
After rolling, place the leaves directly on a baking tin and let them oxidize for about 3 hours at room temperature (around 24 ° C). The leaves now get a brown color.
5. Dry
After rolling, place the leaves directly on a baking tin and let them oxidize for about 3 hours at room temperature (around 24 ° C). The leaves now get a brown color.
For Oolong tea, pick the top two leaves and the bud. Certainly don’t pick too much, especially if your tea plant is still very small.
1. Wilt
On a dry day, place the leaves on a fine grid or (baking) tin and place them outside or inside. Let them soak for around 20 hours so that they lose 60% of their moisture. The leaves must become soft and limp. Shake the leaves regularly.
2. Dry
Place the leaves on a baking tray in a preheated oven (110 ° C to 125 ° C) and let them dry for about 20 minutes.
3. Roll
You do not let the leaves cool and you will now roll them between your hands. This causes the cells to tear off the leaves and releases juice that comes into contact with natural chemicals. In response, the leaves turn brown.
4. Oxidation
After rolling, place the leaves directly on a baking tin and let them oxidize for about 1 hour at room temperature (around 24 ° C).
5. Dry
Repeat the rolling process a second time after they have been oxidized at room temperature.
6. Oxidation
Allow the leaves to oxidize for another 30 minutes at room temperature.
7. Dry
After the oxidation process, the leaves must still be dried at a higher temperature. Place them in a preheated oven (130 ° C to 135 ° C) and let them dry for about 20 minutes. The leaves are ready when they crackle and are completely dry. Let them cool and enjoy your homemade Oolong tea.


Workshops

Always wanted to know more about tea? Learn all about the art of mixing tea and tasting tea in one of our workshops. A truly unique tea experience! Come and visit our unique tea plant nursery in Brabant, or in consultation on location. Contact us for more information.

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