(China Green Formed Tea)
Small Batch Blended and Packed in Canada. HACCP Certified.
Ingredients From: China
Region: Yunnan Province
Antioxidant Level: Low
Caffeine Content: Low
Shelf Life: Almost 2 years.
Shipping Port: Shenzhen
Grade: Mini Toucha
Altitude: 1500 – 4900 feet above sea level
Manufacture Type: Compressed tea
Cup Characteristics: Nest shaped compressed green tea. Each makes tea for 3. Full bodied with a hint of oak.
Infusion: A lightish tea. Leaves can be brewed multiple times.
Luxury Ingredients: Green tea
Simply put, mini Toucha is the smaller sibling of our large Toucha pods. This ancient variety of tea is made from a Yunnan
large leaf varietal, Camelia Assamica, and is actually a variety of Pu-erh. The pods themselves are made by taking the
processed green leaves, steaming them, and then pressing them into small bowl-shaped forms. The process is quite laborious
as each pod must be pressed by hand.
Mini Toucha pods, like all Pu-erh teas age exceptionally well – in China it is not that uncommon to find processed tea in local
Yunnan tea shops that has been aged for 25 years or more! When infused the tea has a mild musty character that to
connoisseurs is immediately identifiable as Yunnan Pu-erh. To the initiated, this character can be surprising and remind one of
the smells of fresh earth. It is also because of this character that the tea is known in some parts of China as “Earth tea.”
As with many green teas, and especially Pu-erh teas, mini-Toucha pods can be infused multiple times. The next time you brew
up a pot pay close attention to the flavor profile of the cup. Much like re-reading a novel, or watching a movie again, you will
discover that while the fundamental character remains, the subtle nuances of flavor will change slightly from cup to cup – a
subtle mustiness here – a milder sweetness there. This is truly one of the Yunnan provinces most compelling brews.
Hot tea brewing method:
Traditional method (see note below): When preparing by the cup, this tea can be used repeatedly - about 3 times. The secret is
to use water that is about 180°F/82°C. Break apart and place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon in your cup let the tea steep for about
3 minutes and then begin enjoying a cup of enchantment - do not remove the leaves from the cup. Adding milk and sugar is not
recommended. Once the water level is low - add more water, and so on and so on - until the flavor of the tea is exhausted. Look
at the pattern of the leaves in the brew, not only do they foretell your fortune but you can see the bud and shoots presenting
themselves, looking like they are about to be plucked.
Modern Method: Bring filtered or freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Break tea apart and place 1 slightly heaping
teaspoon of loose tea for each 7-9oz/200-260ml of fluid volume in the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and
let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea). Adding milk or sugar is not
Note: Traditionally, the recommendation has been that green tea be brewed at 180°F/82°C. Regretfully, modern society makes
it necessary to consider that water may not be free of harmful bacteria and other impurities. Therefore you need to boil water
to kill bacteria. If you wish to use traditional brewing temperatures bring the water to a boil and allow it to cool to the desired
brewing temperature – it’s the food safe thing to do!
Iced tea brewing method (Pitcher): (to make 1 liter/quart): Break tea apart and place 6 slightly heaping teaspoons of loose
tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Using filtered or freshly drawn cold water, boil and pour 1¼ cups/315ml over the tea.
Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the tea. Add
ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to increase the strength of
hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water. (Note: Some luxury quality teas may turn cloudy when
poured over ice. This is a sign of luxury quality and nothing to worry about!)
Iced tea brewing method (Individual Serving): Break tea apart and place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea into a
teapot for each serving required. Using filtered or freshly drawn cold water, boil and pour 6-7oz/170-200ml per serving over
the tea. Cover and let steep for 5 minutes. Add hot tea to a 12oz/375ml acrylic glass filled with ice, straining the tea. Not all of
the tea will fit, allowing for approximately an additional ½ serving. A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to
increase the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted. (Note: Some luxury quality teas may turn cloudy
when poured over ice. This is a sign of luxury quality and nothing to worry about!)
More antioxidants are extracted from tea (L. Camellia Sinesis), or rooibos (Asphalatus Linearis), the longer it is brewed….and
the more tea or rooibos that is used, the greater the antioxidant benefit.
FOOD SAFETY ADVISORY:
While green tea is traditionally brewed using 180°F/82°C water, we strongly recommend using filtered or freshly drawn cold
water brought to a rolling boil when brewing all types of tea. Today‟s water has been known to carry viruses, parasites and
bacteria. Boiling the water will kill these elements and reduce the potential incidence of water-borne illnesses.
Ideal Brewing Temperature: 100ºC/212ºF.
Minimum Brewing Temperature: 90ºC/194ºF.