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Latte to Love: Create a Terrific Tea Latte at Home

October 15th, 2015 by Anni Pattee

Anni - tea team

During my time as a barista, I made countless lattes. Traditionally a latte starts with a perfectly pulled shot of espresso and 8 ounces of freshly steamed milk poured on top, leaving ¼ inch room for foam with the consistency of “melted ice cream” to top it off. Tea lattes were a bit of a red-headed stepchild back then and I’m excited to see they are now being given the attention they deserve.

With the variety of tea flavors available, tea lattes inherently provide a wider range of flavor profiles than coffee.  Chai lattes are the most popular of the tea lattes, with matcha quickly gaining in interest. I’ve only recently learned of the London Fog latte which is made with Earl Grey tea and vanilla. Our own Orange Dulce makes a tasty London Fog alternative as it’s a black tea that is already blended with bergamot and vanilla. You can steep black tea, green tea, or herbal tisanes to be used in a latte. I love playing with different pouches and loose leaves to see how they do.  We have many teas that steep well for this purpose.  I’ve found that our Vanilla Bean black tea works especially well, as does African Nectar—each offers its own sweetness that is enhanced with steamed milk.

Along with tea, milk is an essential ingredient in a tea latte. Whole milk typically gives the best balance in flavor and the fat content results in a glossy micro-bubble foam that is thicker and creamier. Some customers would come into the coffee shop believing that nonfat milk would produce the best foam, though I’ve never found that to be the case.  When I’m making a chai latte for myself I prefer to use soy milk because cows milk doesn’t carry the spice notes as well.  Soy milk also has a slight sweetness that balances well with the spices. I have a good friend, however, who adores her matcha latte made with coconut milk and unsweetened.  Tea lattes are great regardless of the type of milk you use and you should select your milk based on your personal preference.

Thick foam is best achieved with the aeration and pressure of a good espresso machine.  Since most of us cannot afford to invest as much as a café on such a machine we are lucky to have more attainable options.  My Dad, however, loves to recount how my Mom was able to achieve the perfect foam while camping.  She heated the milk over the campfire in a saucepan and using a fork whisked the milk into a frothy frenzy. So I’m a firm believer that where there’s a will there’s a way.  For something completely different you can blend cold milk and matcha on high in a blender for 10 seconds and pour over ice for a great foamy iced matcha latte. It’s important to remember that even in coffeehouses it takes trial and error, and a little practice to make a good latte.

So, now, you try it: Select your tea pouch. Based on the type of tea, steep 1 pouch (or 1 teaspoon loose leaf) in 6 ounces of water at the specified temperature and for the allotted steeping time. (Black teas steep for 3-5 minutes at 212°F. Green teas steep for 2-3 minutes at 170-180°F. Herbal infusions brew for 5-7 minutes at 212°F). Remove the tea and top it off with 6 ounces of steamed milk. If you are successful at making foam, spoon it on top of the latte. Enjoy!


Meet the Tea Team Behind Our Whole Leaf Tea

September 15th, 2015 by Anni Pattee

At Mighty Leaf Tea, our whole leaf tea goes through rigorous tastings to ensure they are ready for you to buy and brew at home. Take a sneak peek of one of our tea cuppings by clicking here or on the photo below to meet the tea team of Eliot Jordan, Danielle Hochstetter, and Anni Pattee. We will be bringing you freshly brewed ideas and talking about our favorite two leaves and a bud. Join us!

whole leaf tea cupping video

How to Video: Making Traditional Green Tea Matcha

April 1st, 2011 by admin

Making traditional matcha green tea is fun and easy. We are big fans of matcha, the premium Japanese powdered green tea that inspired the Japanese tea ceremony and provides the main ingredient in a variety of tea treats, including green tea lattes, smoothies and ice cream. Rich in antioxidants and nutrients, its complex and addictive flavor may quickly become a favorite of yours too. It also contains an amino acid, L-theanine, that is know to promote calm and a relaxed mind.

By using a tea bowl (“chawan”), bamboo tea scoop (“chashaku”) and bamboo whisk (“chasen”), you will be whipping up bowls of froty matcha in no time. Find your inner tea master and check out our video for more details.

New Tea Cocktails that Inspire the Spirit

November 12th, 2010 by admin

Making tea cocktails always provide an opportunity to explore the delicious flavors and nuances of tea blends and infusions. Pilar Gutierrez of Mighty Leaf recently spend some time with the master mixologist at Ozumo Restaurant in San Francisco whipping up some tea cocktails. Ozumo has developed and offers at their restaurant cocktails made with Mighty Leaf that include the Yuzu Mitsu with Organic Sencha Green Tea, the Twist Ginger with Ginger Twist and the Bourbon Nectar with Organic African Nectar.

You can find details on the recipes below. They are all easy and convenient to make. Enjoy!

Yuzu Mitsu

2 oz Mighty Leaf Organic Sencha Green Tea
1.5 oz. Ketel One Vodka
.5 oz. Green Tea Liqueur
Dash of Yuzu juice

Combine all ingredients and ice in a mixing tin and shake to combine. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

Twisted Ginger

2 oz. Mighty Leaf Ginger Twist Tea
1.5 oz. Sky Ginger Vodka
.25 oz. Simple Syrup
Juice of 1/2 Lemon

Fill a bucket glass with ice and build drink over it. Stir all ingredients lightly to combine and garnish with a slice of lemon and two small straws.

Bourbon Nectar

2 oz. Mighty Leaf Organic African Nectar Tea
1.5 oz. Bulliet Bourbon
.25 oz. Simple Syrup
Juice of 1/2 lemon

Combine all ingredients in a mixing tin and shake to combine. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a twist of lemon.

Three Ways to Brew Iced Tea

Bliss DakeJune 16th, 2010 by Bliss Dake

Iced tea is a classic summer-time ritual and distinctive American beverage. Legend has it that Richard Blechynden, an English entrepreneur and merchant, started serving iced tea on a hot day at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. Although many quality ready-to-drink iced teas are commercially available today, brewing iced tea at home is an easy and convenient way to enjoy the fresh and pure goodness of whole leaf tea. (more…)

Tea Pouring Reaches New Heights

Bliss DakeFebruary 18th, 2010 by Bliss Dake

Pouring tea is one of my favorite parts of the tea ritual. The weight of the teapot in hand, the steady stream of clear water and the soft sound of water hitting cup ground me in the moment. The art of tea pouring reaches new heights as shown in this video of a tea master pouring in a tea house in Chengdu, China. So watch closely, then get your own long spouted teapot and practice your pour. Your friends and tea drinking peers will certainly be dazzled.

Tea Top Brew Mug – Tea Gone High-Tech

Mighty LeafNovember 3rd, 2009 by Mighty Leaf

Brewing tea pouches or tea bags has gone high-tech with our new Tea Top Brew Mug.  You no longer have to drink over-brewed tea. Featuring the patented Tea Top lid, this brew mug is a “traveling teapot” perfect for enjoying whole leaf tea pouches.  The brewing system is simple: Fold the tea tag in half and thread through the underside of the slit on the lid. Once the brew time indicated on the tea tag is reached, just pull up on the string. This squeezes the oils of the tea pouch into the infused beverage below and pulls the spent tea pouch up to rest in a domed area. (more…)

Boiling Water for Tea: Bubbles and Steam

Bliss DakeOctober 13th, 2009 by Bliss Dake
Boiling Water - Tea Kettle A

Traditional methods and new technologies alike provide unique ways for tea fans to determine the correct temperature when boiling water for tea. From the shape and size of bubbles to electric tea kettles with built-in precision gauges, we will explore the nuances of measuring water temperature.   This includes a cooling your water down technique for green tea, thermometers, electric tea kettles, hot water dispensers and the traditional Chinese method of examining water bubble size.  Let’s get ready to boil! (more…)

Hi-Tech Teapot Delivers Wow Factor

Bliss DakeSeptember 15th, 2009 by Bliss Dake
One Tea Kettle from Vessel Ideation

I’m always keeping my eye open for cool and unique teapot designs that take the art of brewing tea to another level. The elegance of the tea brewing process lends itself to new creative designs providing fertile ground for the intersection of design, art, culture and technology. One favorite design that I recently stumbled upon comes from Chicago-based design team Vessel Ideation.  They were among the winners chosen for this teapot and kettle combo called One in this year’s World Kitchen Tea-Off Competition.  World Kitchen chose 3 winners out of 237 entries and 25 honorees. (more…)

Brewing Methods: Loose Tea Made Easy

Bliss DakeApril 13th, 2009 by Bliss Dake

We often hear from customers who are first time tea drinkers that they are intimidated by the thought of preparing loose tea.  Making loose tea does not have to be challenging or time consuming.  With a wide variety of tea accessories now available you can enjoy loose tea whenever, whether a full pot or single-serving with minimal preparation and effort. (more…)