10 Things Tea to Do at Home During COVID-19

April 10, 2020 3 Comments

Looking for something to do because you're stuck at home due to COVID-19? Well, it's never been a better time to learn about tea! Below, we've compiled a list of things to do to learn all about tea from the comfort and safety of your home! 

Taiwan's Most Famous Teas

Taiwan makes some of the finest teas in the world, particularly in the Oolong Tea category. But Taiwan is famous for other teas as well! Find out which in our post about Taiwan's top-10 most famous teas.

Harvesting Taiwan tea

Interactive Tea Tool

Many people write to ask us about Oolong tea taste, the difference between a Jin Xuan Oolong and an Alishan Oolong, or how roast affects Oolong tea flavor, etc. We do our best to answer one at a time and with our blog posts and videos, but our new interactive tool gives you the quickest and easiest way to view tea tasting notes, roast levels, growing regions, and more. Read more about our Interactive Tea Profiler and how to use it or play with the interactive tool here!

Interactive Tea Profiler

How Much Caffeine Does Oolong Tea Have?

Most teas have caffeine, but just how much depends on how the tea is processed and how you steep it. Did you know that roasting lowers the amount of caffeine in tea or that lowering the temperature of water used can halve the amount of caffeine? Find out more about how these and other factors affect the amount of caffeine in your tea.

Caffeine condensing on tea roaster

Oolong Tea Farmer Documentary

Interested in how a traditional, organic Oolong Tea farm is run? Check out our documentary about the establishment of a family-run organic tea farm and factory in Lugu, Taiwan. It's a great overview of small-scale traditional tea making and the development of large-scale tea production in recent decades in the Taiwan tea industry.

 Interactive Tea Calculator

Talking about caffeine, our caffeine calculator will help you understand the caffeine content of your favorite drinks and how much caffeine you’ve had in total throughout the day. Then, you’ll be able to decide if you should slow down, or go ahead and have one more cup! Read more about the caffeine calculator or you can play with the caffeine calculator here!

Eco-Cha Teas Interactive Caffeine Calculator

How to Brew Oolong Tea

Are you sure you're getting the most out of your tea? Sure you're brewing it properly? The main ways to brew Oolong Tea are Gong Fu, grandpa, large pitcher, and cold brew. Each method has its pros and cons and things to watch out for. To find out how to do each and make sure you're doing it right, check out our definitive guide to brewing Oolong Tea!

Brewing tea gong fu style

How Oolong Tea is Made

As you sit at home enjoying a nice cup of Oolong, have you ever wondered how it's made? It turns out making Oolong Tea involves some of the most complex and labor intensive processing of all teas. Find out why in our post on how Oolong Tea is made.

Drying oolong tea

How to Store Your Tea

Did you know exposure to air is really bad for keeping your tea fresh? Should you store your tea it in the fridge? Find the answer to these questions and more as we look into all the factors into how to best store your loose leaf tea.

Loose leaf tea in vacuum packaging

How to Cure a Gong Fu Teapot

There are many ways to brew up your favorite loose leaf tea, but one of the most meditative and relaxing ways is using a clay Gong Fu (or “yixing”)  teapot. But, like any finely crafted tool or cooking utensil, there are some specific recommendations for preparing and caring for a brand new Gong Fu teapot. Read our blog post to find out more on how to cure your teapot!

Curing gong fu teapots

Taiwan Tea Videos!

What a better way to pass the time than watching tea videos! We've made tons of videos about all things related to tea in Taiwan. From documentaries on Oolong Tea production to our favorite old-style tea house, you can find these videos and more on the Eco-Cha Teas YouTube Channel!

Eco-Cha Teas YouTube Channel

Let Us Know!

If you have any topics you'd like us to cover, please let us know in the comment section below! Enjoy learning more about tea and please stay safe!

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3 Responses

Donna Jorgensen
Donna Jorgensen

June 14, 2020

I’m thrilled that you are open to my idea! When i sat down to write you i really had no idea of the reception my comment would find.
It’s only a good thing, as far as i can see, that bubble tea is serving as the wedge that is opening Canada to oolong, at last. I look forward to the day when i, as a tea drinker, can expect good quality tea to be as ubiquitous as great coffee in this city. I want to be able to find decent tea everywhere from the gas station to the drive through (this is, after all, still North America) and from the family dining restaurant (where is is still a challenge to find a good cup of regular black tea) to the new upscale tea shops i hope to one day see in every neighbourhood. I have no bone to pick with coffee. I’d just like to see tea treated with the same respect 🙂
Have a great day in your corner of paradise.
And thanks again for the open ear!
Take care,
Donna Jorgensen

Eco-Cha Teas
Eco-Cha Teas

June 10, 2020

Donna,

That’s a great idea. Though we usually drink our teas as they come straight from the farm, we’re known to occasionally enjoy a good bubble milk tea. As you probably already know, Taiwan is steeped in bubble milk tea culture =-). We’ll take a look at some of the more popular places here and put our findings down in a blog post. Thanks for writing!

Donna Jorgensen
Donna Jorgensen

June 10, 2020

Hi there!
I am writing you from Montreal, Canada, to ask you to please please please broach the subject of Bubble Tea…most common types of teas used, brewing methods, amount of tea to water, etc. I love good quality milk tea, and, depending on your slant, you may, upon hearing this, be wishing to castigate me to the pits of hell! I know that purists may be horrified. But please hear me out. Bubble tea has become very popular here in the last couple years, but a lot of what you can find is from powder or mixed with flavour powders, and made with non dairy creamers. Much does not contain real tea. I’m not interested in that kind of beverage. I already know my way around black tea enough to make a mean black milk bubble tea. After all, black tea has been drunk a long time in Canada. Oolong, though, is a different animal. I would really love to see you cover this topic…roasted oolong milk tea, cream oolong milk tea, 4 seasons oolong milk tea, alishan oolong milk tea, tie guan yin milk tea. With bubble tea shops popping up all over the city and the beverage becoming more and more popular, Montrealers (and other Canadians) are becoming more aware of, and interested in, oolong tea. This is a new phenomenon. Montreal, with a large portion of the population descended from French and Italian immigrants, and a sizable number of North African immigrants, is a coffee drinking city. While green tea has been, thanks to an interest in all things Japanese, familiar to Montrealers for some time, and black tea is traditional, oolong is unfamiliar, until recently only being unknowingly sipped as the nameless ‘tea’ in chinese restaurants, but interest is definitely growing!
While going out for a bubble tea once in awhile is always enjoyable, I would really like to be able to make my own oolong milk teas at home. I’m sure i am not the only one.
Very sincerely,
Donna Jorgensen.

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