STRAWBERRY GREEN TEA loose leaf tea
(Green Tea with natural flavors)
Small Batch Blended and Packed in Canada. HACCP Certified.
Ingredients From: Sri Lanka
Region: Uva - Welimada
Shipping Port: Colombo
Grade: Pekoe Gunpowder
Altitude: 4000 – 5900 feet above sea level
Manufacture Type: Orthodox (Traditional leafy)
Cup Characteristics: All the delicious flavor of fresh strawberries combined with the goodness of green tea.
Luxury Ingredients: Green tea, Strawberry pieces, Safflower petals, and Natural flavors.
Antioxidant Level: High
Caffeine Content: Low
Shelf Life: Almost 2 years
The base tea for this delightful flavored green tea comes from a small tea estate in Sri Lanka called Elpitiya. The
estate is medium sized producing nearly 650,000 kilos yearly (1.4 million lbs.–enough to make 300 million cups) and does this
on about 900 acres of land in the Kandy district. The manager Mr. Gunawardene takes pride in the estate’s accomplishments.
Elpitiya only started producing green tea in 1995 and in a few short years, on account of the change in crop has managed to
increase the financial return to the estate, allowing it to invest in new equipment and upgraded housing for the workers. In total
the estate employs about 400 people but also buys ‘green leaf’ from small holders (small plot farmers), which in turn has
improved the living of another 500 families. Additionally the estate provides health care to its workers at district hospitals and
on the estate itself there is a small dispensary manned by a nurse to attend to minor day-to-day injuries. The estate provides free
housing to its workers as well as subsidizing food purchases of rice and fish, (vegetables are grown by the workers on small
plots around their homes). The estate no longer uses pesticides but does use fertilizers to maintain tea bush yields. The produce
from this estate finds its way to various markets in the Middle East as well as North America
The manufacture of this Hyson green tea commences with the fresh leaf being fed onto the Panner whose primary function
(through the use of heat) is to arrest the fermentation of the leaf and make it more suitable for the subsequent manufacturing
(leaf handling). The leaf extracted from the Panner is passed onto the Moon Type Rollers for a 20 to 25 minute pre-condition
rolling. On completion of rolling, the leaf is passed through a primary stage tea drier at low temperature to remove the excess
moisture. Following the primary drier stage, the green leaf is fed into the Ball Tea Driers for the final drying and formation of
the green tea. This process is long, often taking up to eight to twelve hours depending upon the ambient humidity. The dried
green tea is then graded according to the size and the appearance of the leaf. The main tea grades made at this estate are:
Gunpowder Special Grade, Gunpowder grade 1, Chunmee, Sowmee and Young Hyson.
Generally grown throughout the world, strawberries are known for being a delicious fruit. One has to consider Florida as the
winter capital, whereas many would argue that Belgium is the main capital of the strawberry. In the 13th century, France used
the strawberry for medicinal purposes being high in folic acid and vitamin C. The strawberry was first cultivated in ancient
Rome and said to be one of Nero’s favorite fruits. Thus it is of no surprise that strawberry green tea is one of the most popular
flavored green teas available today.
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. 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.
Bring filtered or freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. 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 recommended.
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):
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 or removing the tea bags. 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
Iced tea brewing method (Individual Serving):
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 or removing the bags. 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!)
RECOMMENDATION: We recommend the use of our ‘1 Cup of Perfect Tea’
measuring spoon for best
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.