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How To Make Your Own Tea Blends

By October 13, 2017 No Comments

Creating your own tea blends specific to the herbs and spices that your taste-buds enjoy is a fun way to get closer to your food. Many people don’t know this, but the teas you find in the store are blends of various teas and other ingredients. So today we wanted to show you how easy it is to make your own customer tea blend from scratch. It’s super easy!

A tea blend is a blend of various ingredients including tea or herbal tea (peppermint, rooibos, etc.), spices, herbs, dried fruits, seeds, and just about anything else that can be steeped in hot water for flavor.

Homemade Tea Blends

To get started making your tea blends, you’ll need single ingredient teas as well as at least a few other ingredients so you can come up with a tasty blend. The first thing you need to do is get your ingredients together and choose what flavors you are interested in marrying. You really can’t go wrong with any combination, though some may be bolder or spicier than others!

**Check out the Masala Chai Blend we made for October’s Rosehive Box on our blog here.**

Step 1. Choose a Loose Leaf and Or Herbal Tea Base

Decide on your “base” tea. This is the tea that will usually make up 40-80% of your tea blend by weight.

Some popular Loose Leaf Teas:

  • Green tea – Sencha, Gunpowder
  • Black tea
  • White tea
  • Yerba Mate
  • Red Rooibos

Herbal Ingredients:

  • Hibiscus
  • Peppermint
  • Spearmint
  • Chamomile
  • Rose petals
  • Elderberries
  • Cocoa Nibs
  • Get creative here!

Spices to add:

  • cloves
  • pepper
  • ginger
  • stevia
  • dried chilis
  • Just about anything!

Step 2. Blend Your Ingredients

Now there is another step we missed here which is to tell you how much of each ingredient you should put in. But we are believers in instinct on this one! Add as much or as little of each ingredient as you’d like. Typically, the base tea you choose will take up 40-80% of the total blend weight. You really can only learn by trying it out and adjusting as you go!

I do recommend writing down your blend and the rough portions so you can remember it and tweak the recipe if necessary. Once all of your ingredients have been placed into a mixing bowl, blend using a large utensil such as a spoon. If you are mixing in a jar, close your container and give it a good shake.

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Step 3. Brew Your Masterpiece

Grab your favorite brewing vessel—French press, Tea brewer, Strainer, etc.—and brew your first batch! Brew times are going to take some experimentation. A good rule of thumb is to stick with the brewing recommendations for your base tea. For example, if Rooibos is your base, follow our tea brewing chart and aim for 5 minutes at 200°. After trying your tea hot and cold, make notes about possible iterations on your recipe.

**Check out the Masala Chai Blend we made for October’s Rosehive Box on our blog here.**

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