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This week on So Much On My Plate I talked about the latest innovations in the world of tea. One of the great new things I’ve tried lately is this Brewt tea and coffee infusers I found at the Coffee and Tea Expo in Vancouver. The Cornelia Bean folks from Winnipeg are distributing this product in Canada. What I love about it is that is makes it very easy to brew loose leaf tea. Put a ‘three-fingered pinch’ of tea in the Brewt, add hot water, let steep. Then place the Brewt on top of your teacup. A special one-way valve opens and dispenses the tea. The moment you lift up the Brewt, the tea stops pouring! No muss, no fuss of teaballs or strainers, and then just rinse out the Brewt and you’re ready to go again.
You can learn much more about tea by going to the Tea Council of Canada website. A common trend I spotted at the Coffee and Tea Expo was the appearance of the pyramid-shaped tea bag, or ‘sachet’ as they’re known in the industry. These bags allow for more free-flow brewing and leave room for whole-leaf tea to expand. A company from Aspen, Colorado called Two Leaves and a Bud was promoting its single origin teas, another big trend.
The final exciting trend I spoke about today are flowering teas. These are hand-sewn tea leaves and sometimes some real flower buds that expand when you brew them for a magnificent display. The ones pictured here are from the Numi Organic Tea company.
Of course the key to serving these teas at home is to have a nice clear teapot to brew them in!