Celebrate Hot Tea Month

Celebrate Hot Tea Month by brewing up a perfect cuppa @readwithacuppa

Have a Little Fun with your Next Cuppa Tea

In 2737, Shen Nung, the second Emperor of China, known as the Divine Healer, discovered tea when he spilled leaves from the Camellia Sinensis plant into an open pot of hot water. 

There are thousands of different varieties of tea out there, pu-erh, black, white, green, oolong, just to name a few and they all come from the same plant Emperor Nung used.  It’s an amazingly versatile plant.

No matter which variety you prefer, you can steep yourself the perfect cuppa to fit your mood, activity or read.

5 Weird or Fun Facts about Tea:

1. The tea bag was mistakenly invented in 1908. A New York merchant, Thomas Sullivan, would sell tea to his customers in silk bags. His customers mistakenly steeped the tea in the bags instead of loose.

2. Richard Blechynden was a hot tea salesman at the 1904 St. Louis World Fair. Due to the heat he wasn’t selling anything. So he threw in some ice cubes and introduced the world to Iced Tea.

3. In Great Britain they drink on average 165 million cups of tea a day. That’s 62 Billion cups annually.

4. Tea bricks were the preferred form of currency, over metal coins, in Siberia as recently as the 1930’s.

5. The Teapot Dome Service Station in Zillah, Washington was designed by Jack Ainsworth in 1922. It is one of the oldest surviving gas stations in the USA. 

Selection and Storage:

When purchasing tea, look for packaging that will keep out light and moisture. Also look for packaging that is sized for the amount you are keeping and not too large. 

If you are buying tea bags that come in a box (like my beloved Red Rose) transfer the bags into a more appropriate container.

Most teas, except pu-erh, should be stored in an air tight container in a cool, dry and dark area. Do not keep it in the refrigerator as the condensation that develops will ruin your tea. 

Most teas will keep for up to a year.

Pu-erh teas age and develop better flavour with some air and variable temperature exposure. But they do need to be stored away from odorous foods and too much moisture.

Preparation and Serving:

Brewing a Perfect Pot of Tea

Use this as a guideline. There will be no particular amounts specified in the recipe for this one. Factors such as size of teapot, or cup, and personal taste apply.

What You Need:

  • Kettle or Pot
  • Teapot
  • Teaspoon - if using loose tea
  • Optional: 
    • Tea ball - if you don’t like loose tea leaves in your cup.
    • Tea cozy - a cover for your teapot to keep your tea warm for longer. A tea towel will also work, but not as well.
    • Thermometer - if you are specific about steeping temperature, (but I love you anyway Farmer Pete).


  • Water
  • Tea - Leaves or Bags depending on what type you are making.


  • Warm your teapot by filling it with warm or hot water.
  • Cover with the tea cozy or tea towel, if using.

Putting It all Together:

  • Starting with cold water, bring it to a rolling boil and let sit to cool slightly.

For those specific about steeping temperature, below are the recommended guidelines from the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada:

  • Pour out the water warming your teapot
  • Add approximately 1 TSP of loose or 1 tea bag to the tea pot for each cup of water. 
  • Optional - If using a tea ball add the leaves into the ball before putting it into your teapot.
  • Pour the warmed water into the teapot
  • Steep for approximately 3 minutes, or use the guidelines above for your specific tea type.
  • Remove the tea leaves, or tea bags from the tea pot.
  • Enjoy your Cuppa!