Tea blends DIY.
Thanks to globalization today everything is more at hand than ever before and when it comes to tea, in the market we can find a huge range of possibilities.
Of course, the immediacy of getting a ready-to-use product is appreciated, however, being part of the process of creating something that we like, has no price, and also gives it an added value.
We call blending or blends of Tea the products that at its base contain the plant Camellia Sinensis mixed.
The recipe was born of the inspiration of the blender, with other ingredients, such as dried fruits, spices, essences, flowers, etc.
When DIY tea blends, the tea blender, will carry out different tests trying to highlight sensory the aromas and flavors of the chosen tea.
Each variety of tea is usually combined with flowers or spices.
This black tea can be perfectly combined with ingredients such as spices, flowers, fruits, nuts, etc.
White teas, with white fruits, rose petals. Green teas combine perfectly with jasmine, toasted rice, citrus, and tropical fruits.
The Pu Erh, with chrysanthemums, ginger, and spices.
There is nothing written and everyone can prepare and customize their teas as they like, you will simply have to know a little with which they combine better.
Excess citrus as an example, it can make our blend only pleasant to the palate, for ourselves.
What are tea blends?
Today at the market, we can find a wide variety of tea flavors, also called herbal tea blends.
These are tea blends with different ingredients such as fruits, flowers, herbs, spices, and essences.
Carefully selected and combined to give a special drink for each person and for every moment.
Different types of tea from different origins are used in blends.
We can find blends made from black tea Ceylon (from Sri Lanka), Darjeeling (from India) or green tea Sencha (from Japan), and Lung Ching (from China).
The same goes for white, blue, yellow, and even dark teas.
England, for example, has created one of the world’s best-known blends, the Earl Grey.
This is a mixture of black tea with bergamot extract.
Each tea blend is made to look for a particular charm and this will be given by both the selection of the base tea type and the ingredients.
Thus, you will get a blend of aroma, flavor, and special body for each occasion.
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How to make your own tea blend.
First look for the effect you are looking to provoke: relax, activate, comfort, a childhood memory, or just fall in love, since this will depend on the ingredients to choose.
Then the selection of raw materials is a fundamental point.
The elements, if you want a good result, have to be of excellent quality since this will highlight the aromas and flavors.
Then choose the type of base tea that can be White, Green, Oolong, Black, Pu–erh, or rooibos.
Which one of them will be the protagonist? Which one do you want to stand out in aroma and flavor? What percentage will he be present?
We take care of balancing the ingredients so that they can pair with each other, but since the tea is your authorship, you can give us the instructions you like in the field “Special Indications” designed for this purpose.
Don’t be afraid to incorporate dried fruits, fruits give an incredible flavor to your mix. Dare with all kinds of fruit.
A pair of Goji berries can go well with a red tea (Pu–erh), blueberries with a black tea, orange peels with a Rooibos, and lemon, or grapefruit with a green tea.
But the final word is you, these are just ideas.
Play with spices, for example, in autumn or winter some spicy teas are wonderful.
Ideally, don’t overdo it, give it the right measure so that the flavors flow alongside the tea, generating harmony. Cinnamon, ginger, anise, cardamom, pepper, and cloves are just a few of the options you can be encouraged with.
Test your common sense! Dare with herbal tea blends according to what you think suits well and can work in your teacup according to your tastes and take the step to create something different.
A good idea is to use some flowers that give beauty to your mix.
Finally, while imagining that perfect blend and flavor in your head, think of a name!
Perhaps the taste evokes a beloved place, an important fact in your life, a dream, a mood, or a special person.
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What are the benefits of blending tea?
One of the main benefits of herbal tea blends is that each and every one of its properties can be enhanced.
In addition, in some cases, its particular flavor can be enhanced or softened.
The good thing about it all is that through this mixture we can meet each of the needs that our body is demanding.
In the end, this process to mix different varieties of tea involves a relaxing experience that can bring great benefits to our bodies.
The key is to know which infusions to mix and which do not.
Each plant has its own properties and in certain cases, these same properties can have the opposite effect than desired.
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Basic tips so you can make mixes to your liking.
Design your mix according to the tea pyramid.
Depending on the shape of the pyramid, this is how the combination develops.
Start with a base ingredient, which will have a larger portion in your mix and so on add other ingredients in smaller proportions to the smallest that would be the peak of the pyramid. It’s really simple.
It’ll be the main herb you use. To decide what to use, ask yourself first what you’re looking for in this mix.
Do you want something strong? Probably your best bet is black tea. Looking for something soft? Green tea blend is a great choice.
Whatever your choice, this will be the one that carries the most of your mix. If you are not sure, try different bases and choose the one you want.
Towards the peak of the pyramid.
A very fun part. Since we have chosen, the basis of our mix, it is time to add the following components.
Add the following secondary ingredient in a smaller amount than the base. So it adds the third ingredient in less quantity than the secondary ingredient and so on.
You can also try fruits and flowers.
There is no limit to ingredients to be added. The only thing is that you have to be patient to try and see if you’re liking it or not.
There’s nothing wrong with starting over or placing only a few ingredients.
When you’re done, pack the mixture correctly to store it.
Practicing tea blending or custom tea blending is easier than you think.
Basically, any tea can be customized and acquire a new personality, by incorporating spices, nuts, seeds, flowers.
There is no manual with rules to follow. It will depend only on personal taste and your own limits when it comes to experiencing new flavors.
To consume the blends, it is recommended to use 2 teaspoons of the mixture per cup (10 grams approx).
The same amount must be contained per tea bag if you use that format.
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It is important to note that tea has different chemical compounds that help improve health, causing general well-being and spiritual benefits, as it acts in the same way on the body, mind and spirit.
The properties of tea are present in the different varieties, although some teas, by the different processes they go through, differ by benefiting more certain conditions of the organism than others.
Tea generally contributes to health as follows:
- Protects and strengthens the immune system
- Helps reduce stress and fight infections
- Helps prevent cavities and gum disease
- Combats the process of cell degradation caused by free radicals
- Helps keep arteries healthy, protecting against cardiovascular accidents, thrombosis, and heart disease
- Collaborates on cholesterol reduction
- Helps control blood pressure
- Keeps sugar levels low, avoiding diabetes and obesity
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