Afternoon Tea is a tea-related ritual, introduced in Britain in the early 1840's. It evolved as a mini meal to stem the hunger and anticipation of an evening meal at 8pm.
Afternoon Tea is a meal composed of tea sandwiches , scones with clotted cream, jam, pastries, cakes and various treats!
A tearoom is an establishment which primarily serves tea, tea sandwiches, pasties and other light refreshments.
A tea room may be a room set aside in a hotel especially for serving afternoon tea, or may be an establishment in your community!
Tearooms often serves as centers of social interaction. Engaging conversations and stimulating companionship's!
Whether it's for an Afternoon tea, or High tea... we're ready to serve you and your special guest ~ Today!
A Proper Cup of Tea
I’ve learned that when it comes to making a proper cup of tea, it’s all in the details.
Of course you can just boil some water and grab a tea bag, but if you want to elevate the experience there are a few extra steps you can take.
Five Tips to Making a Proper Cup
TIP #1: Use Filtered water.
Use clean, purified water that won’t add any other taste to your tea. I always make my tea with filtered water since the better the water, the better the tea will taste.
TIP #2: Set the correct water temperature.
Water temperature is a little tricky. Some tea require just boiled water while other teas are a little more sensitive to hot water (especially green tea) so you’ll need to make sure the water temperature is correct.
TIP #3: Steep for the correct amount of time.
Oversteeping tea leads to a bitter cup. This is the time to use the timer on your smartphone.
Follow the steep time recommendations on the tea package, but roughly it is: black tea for 4-5 minutes, green and oolong for 3 minutes, and white tea for 4 minutes.
Once the time is up, your tea is ready to drink. Don’t leave the tea leaves sitting in water since that just makes the tea way too strong and bitter.
If you’re making a big pot of tea, use a teapot with an infuser to take out the leaves after the steep time. You can add the infuser back in the teapot if you want to steep the tea again in hot water.
TIP #4: Use loose tea.
Spoon tea leaves directly, or use your tea bag directly into the teapot or into a strainer inside the pot; Good quality tea is a rolled whole tea leaf. As the tea steeps, it will unfurl in the hot water and you should be able to see the entire leaf. *Loose tea is the best tea to steep.
TIP #5: Warm the teapot.
Warming the teapot helps to brew the tea properly, keeping the water temperature hot.
Pour some hot water into a teapot and swirl it around a bit, warming it up from the hot water. Throw out the water.
Now your teapot is nice and warm, ready to brew tea.
The ART of TEA
From gracious Tablescapes to an English style tea room... to serving the finest of teas, the experience is simply amazing, as my five year old granddaughter would say!
Although we specialize in High Tea parties, we also Love Cocktail parties & Amazing Brunches!
So whether you're the brunch type or cocktails are your thing... we have you covered!