Our anciently inspired philosophy of tea is rooted in the art of the senses. Lusciously full and nuanced flavours are heightened by intoxicating aromas with vibrant leaves and blossoms. Our signature whole leaf blends come wrapped in our handcrafted, silken and award-winning biodegradable Tea Pouches™. Originally designed in 1996, our specially created Tea Pouches™ filled with whole tea leaves, chunks of fruit, spices and flavours too big for ordinary tea bags, are stitched with unbleached cotton and are without glue or staples. Our unmatched proprietary process allows for larger whole leaves, without limitation to size, in a precision pre-portioned serving, offering a superior alternative to the more labour intensive loose tea preparation, translating to an unsurpassed tea experience. Our Tea Pouches™ are available in 15 count retail boxes, 100 count food service boxes, gifts and samplers.
We have carefully selected loose tea leaves from the finest sources, presenting them individually, as varietals, blended, and scented. When introducing complementary elements to produce both traditional and our own unique blends, we always strive to utilise the highest quality ingredients, often organically grown. Our expansive range of teas are packaged in triple-ply foil bags. Each bag has a re-sealable pressure-zip closure and will maintain a nine-month shelf life.
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.
I often make a single-serving of loose tea while at work. It allows me to sample a wider variety of loose teas versus drinking only flavours available in tea pouch or tea bag form. Using a tea infuser makes preparing a single-serving convenient and quick without having to prep a whole teapot. I heat my water using an electric kettle, and add the appropriate amount of loose tea to the infuser resting in my cup.
Within minutes I am sipping on a freshly steeped cup of loose tea. You can find infusers available in a variety of styles and sizes, including stainless steel infusers, mesh tea balls, tea infuser spoons,plastic infusers, tea wands and more. Clean up only requires washing your infuser and cup. Browse our vast selection of Loose Tea
Mighty Leaf’s Green Tea Pouches™ and Loose Green Teas are sourced from preeminent estates in China, Japan and India. We offer a 9 different green teas in pouches and over 20 different green teas as loose tea. Green tea, which has been consumed for more than 4,000 years, has been the focus of many health claims. The earliest recorded book extolling the virtues of green tea is the Kissa Yojoki (Book of Tea), which was published in 1191 by a Zen priest, Eisai. The first sentence of the book goes like this: “Tea is the ultimate mental and medical remedy and has the ability to make one’s life more full and complete.”
Eisai thought that the bitter taste of green tea would strengthen the heart and free the body from illness. He may have been on to something, but it would take almost 1,000 more years to find out the chemical properties of green tea, and the implications for health are still being worked out.
What’s in Green Tea:The first thing you should know is that green tea contains caffeine.How much? You may be surprised to learn that a cup of green tea brewed for 5 minutes will have nearly as much as a cup of freshly ground coffee – 32mg. ( Please note, however, that on average brewing times for green teas usually range from 2-3 minutes. ) The longer it’s brewed, the more caffeine will be released – a standard tea bag has about 50mg caffeine. The leaves also contain the caffeine metabolites theophylline and theobromine, which act much like caffeine but also have anti-asthma properties.
But most of the excitement about green tea comes from those bitter tasting compounds, which are collectively known as catechins. These flavonoids make up about 25% of the weight of a greed tea leaf, although the exact proportion can vary by location and growing conditions. The most common catechin in green tea is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and is a powerful antioxidant.
The idea that this compound can reduce inflammation has led to most of the health claims, real and otherwise. Although brewing the tea with water at 165°-175° (ideal brewing temperature for green tea) can damage the catechins, several have pointed out that this method has probably saved millions of lives over the years by killing the bacteria responsible for cholera and typhoid fever!
The Evidence:The health benefits of tea is such a big subject that there are multiple yearly scientific meetings. I can’t possibly cover all of the evidence but I will make a general statement and look at one study in particular. The statement is that the gold standard in clinical studies is the randomized, blinded, placebo-controlled trial – and there have been none of these published to back up the big claims. In fact, the FDA has rejected petitions to claim that green tea reduces the risk of cancer and the risk of heart disease.
The most interesting study published to date (JAMA, Sept 2006) followed a group of 40,530 subjects for about a decade. 4,209 people died, and the authors determined that drinking green tea had a protective effect from overall death. Men who drank five or more cups per day had a 12% lower risk of dying, and women were even better off, with a 23% lower risk of dying.
These figures held up to statistical testing, although for the men the lower risk could be as low as 2%, statistically speaking. When the authors looked at subsets of the cohort (known as subgroup analysis) they couldn’t find any benefit in preventing cancer-related mortality, but they did find reduced death from cardiovascular causes, especially stroke, in the heavy drinking folks.
Future Studies:So now that the evidence is starting to build that green tea might protect people from dying, especially from cardiovascular disease, and stroke to be specific, what’s next? For starters, it would be nice to see the results of the Japanese study replicated in other parts of the world. There are currently 28 studies in the United States recruiting subjects to look at a variety of disease responses, from cancer to diabetes to osteoporosis, although most of these are small trials. In conclusion, Eisai could be right – drinking large quantities of green tea really might save your life. Stay tuned!
Mighty Leaf handcrafts Herbal Tea Pouches™ and Loose Herbal Tea blends with fresh flavourful herbs, blossoms, spices and fruits from around the planet that support and complement your healthy lifestyle. Rich in vitamin and antioxidants, herbal teas are naturally caffeine free unless noted otherwise. Mighty Leaf offers 7 herbal teas in pouches and 17 different loose herbal teas. Our most popular herbal tea is Chamomile Citrus followed closely by Organic African Nectar made principally from organic rooibos.
Making black tea involves withering, rolling, oxidation and drying.
Withering- Workers start picking early in the day and usually return to the processing factory around mid-day. These freshly harvested leaves are spread out on racks and left to wither for 14 to 24 hours. During this withering process, the leaves become soft and pliable losing much of their water weight due to evaporation.
Rolling- Next, from the racks, leaves are fed into rolling machinery that break up the cellular structure and release the natural enzymes of the leaf. An elliptical motion created by large rollers exerts just enough pressure to roll and twist the leaf without causing heat damage. The resulting product is a green, pungent pile of twisted tea leaves.
Oxidation- After the rolling, the leaves are transferred to a cool, humid location in the factory to begin the oxidation process, also commonly known as the fermentation process. Over the next two to three hours, the leaves release their enzymatic juices and oxidize upon exposure to air. A chemical reaction occurs whereby the mixing of polyphenols and pectin with oxygen and enzymes cause the leaves to turn black and also give black tea its characteristic flavour. Determining how long to oxidize the leaves involve considerable expertise and different styles of black tea demand varying time for fermentation.
Drying- Upon reaching the optimal oxidation level, the leaves are fired or dried to stop the fermentation. In essence, the drying seals in that particular tea’s characteristic flavour. Placed on large trays or on a conveyor belt, the tea travels through an oven chamber that halts oxidation and reduces the leaves water content to an ideal 2%.
Our Wholesale Tea clients include hotels, restaurants, retail/grocery outlets, and coffee bars/cafes. Minimums apply. We recognize that whole leaf loose tea provides an optimal tea service in terms of taste profile, finish, and clarity. To provide a service that captures all of the benefits of whole leaf loose tea, with the convenience of a standard tea bag, we are distinguished in offering our unique tea pouch line. Our pre-portioned whole leaf pouch allows the best of both worlds. Sensual translucent fabric pouches are packed with the identical whole leaf teas that we offer in our loose-leaf tea line. We have carefully selected tea leaves from the finest sources, presenting them individually, as varietals, blended, and scented. When introducing complementary elements to produce both traditional and our own unique blends, we always strive to utilize the highest quality ingredients, often organically grown.
Our expansive range of loose teas are available in one pound bags packaged in triple-ply foil. Each bag has a re-sealable pressure-zip closure and will maintain a nine-month shelf life.
After thousands of years, the traditional teapot still brews up the perfect cup. Here are some secrets for preparing the highest quality tea using a teapot. We recommend that you dedicate one teapot for only one type of tea: one for black, green and herbals. Pots can become seasoned by black teas and if you prepare other styles of tea, like green, in the same pot, it may affect the flavour. Other factors to consider when thinking about tea preparation is how many cups you will be serving. It is best to have both a small and large teapot - a small one for single cup and a larger one for multiple cup servings. Mighty Leaf Tea Pouches are designed to accommodate 12 oz of water or a small teapot that usually matches the same quantity. Teapots are made out of a variety of materials including cast-iron, clay, glass, porcelain, silver and earthenware. Whether it is tea culture in China, Japan or other countries, each respective tradition involves preparing and drinking tea in distinctive way, including the kind of teapot used.
We have a vast selection of Tea Accessories for you to choose from including glass teaware, cast iron teaware and Yixing teaware.
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