Are You Ready To Taste The Difference?
We started as a coffee company...
Our infrared roasted coffee is some of the best coffee around. But many of our customers asked if we could also produce tea. So we began a search to obtain the finest, unique, premium, high quality teas and tisanes to match our superior tasting infrared roasted coffee. We have created a portfolio of our own unique, premium signature blends. Our collection includes some standards with a twist, like our Touch of France Lavender Earl Grey and our South American Lemon Ginger. We also have a few fun and unique dessert teas as well.
Over time we will add more teas. Some of our teas are seasonal and only available until they run out.
Below is our current collection of PJ's Signature Teas.
Each tea has a unique story of their own. Some actually bloom, while others simply expand as they are infused.
Having our teas and botanicals directly sourced means our teas will always be innovative and of premium quality, ensuring a truly memorable superior experience.
Through our direct import partners, we are able to maintain a fresh and continuously replenished inventory year round. The diverse experience among our team allows us to collaborate in creating a personalized tea program for our clients.
As with our coffee, many of our teas are fair trade and organic, and a portion of our tea proceeds are also donated to charitable organizations.
We invite you to experience the high quality taste, aroma and purity that our select teas offer.
Loose vs. Tea Bag
PJ's Signature Artisan loose leaf tea vs. commercial tea bag tea
Why do we choose to produce artisan loose leaf tea over commercial tea bag tea? It all boils down to freshness, quality and flavor.
Brewing tea in its loose leaf form allows the hot water to infuse every inch of a high-quality, whole leaf tea, producing the freshest, fullest flavor possible.
The commercial tea bag is a modern invention designed to make tea drinking easy and convenient, but in its history gave us a lower-quality tea product that produces a one-dimensional flavor profile.
Here are the biggest differences between artisan loose leaf tea and commercial tea bag tea:
PJ's Signature ARTISAN LOOSE LEAF TEA
Whole leaf, high-quality grade tea
Subtle nuances and flavor extracted from whole tea leaves that are allowed to expand fully in hot water
Packaged loose in airtight containers to seal in freshness and flavor
Produced seasonally in small quantities in an artisan method that involves hand-picking and hand-sorting quality tea leaves
The same leaves can be steeped multiple times for several cups of tea
COMMERCIAL TEA BAG
Produced in the machine-driven Crush-Tear-Curl (CTC) method
Cut leaf, low-grade tea dust and fannings
One-dimensional flavor profile meant for a strong brew that can stand up to milk and sugar
Often bagged in bleached paper material that can add chemicals and off flavors to your brewed cup
Machine-produced in high volume to be warehoused and stored for long periods of time
Flavor is fully extracted after just one steeping
Improving the tea bag experience - finum Unbleached natural tea filters
True flavor filters from FSC-certified, biodegradable paper with an easy-fill flap.
This tea filter can be used without a filter holder as the filling flap facilitates the removal of the filter after brewing. The convenient “filling flap” prevents the mess while filling in the tea.
The filter can also be sealed in the manner of a “tea bag” by folding the filling flap and closing it with any filter holder, e.g. piercing the filter with a Filter Stick.
The finum® disposable tea filters come in various sizes but we carry the large size. These large filters are perfect for steeping loose-leaf tea in a cup or pot of your choice without the need of a filter stick. Simply open the filter and place your favorite tea or blend inside and enjoy!
100 filters per box.
Materials: Unbleached abaca pulp, cellulose and sealing fibers
How Much Tea Do I Use?
These are general guidelines, so feel free to experiment.
For an 8oz cup of tea, use one level teaspoon for fine teas. For fuller, fluffier teas, use one rounded, heaping teaspoon.
For a stronger cup of tea, you may use more tea leaves, but it is advised that you stick within the recommended steeping times to avoid bitterness from over-steeping.
Tea vs. Tisane (pronounced ti-zahn)
What is Tea?
Technically, tea refers to the leaves of just one plant. All "true" tea comes from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant, an evergreen shrub native to Asia. There is a separate category for herbal blends and fruit infusions, which are more properly characterized as tisanes. A tisane refers to a caffeine-free blend consisting of herbs, botanicals and/or fruits prepared like a tea, but technically not a tea.
If the drink does not have tea leaves from Camellia Sinensis, it is not a tea. It is most likely a tisane. Therefore, it would be an oxymoron to call something an herbal tea because it can only be one or the other.
Another big difference between tea and tisane is caffeine. All teas have caffeine. Herbal infusions, on the other hand, are caffeine-free, making them ideal for post-supper sipping.
Recommended Steep Times
Every tea is different, and you'll need to steep each variety of tea at a different temperature and for a different length of time to maximize the flavor and get the perfect cup. Steeping tea for too long or with too hot of water can produce a bitter cup, while steeping tea too little or with water that's not hot enough can make your tea bland – so getting the right flavor takes the perfect balance. To help you achieve it, here's our guide to how long and how hot to steep tea:
White: Use 1 tbsp per 6 oz cup and steep 1-3 minutes at 175º-185º F
Green: Use 1 tsp per 6 oz cup and steep 3 minutes at 180º-185º F
Black: Use 1 tsp per 6 oz cup and steep 3-5 minutes at 206º F
Darjeeling: Use 1 tsp per 6 oz cup and steep 3 minutes at 185º F
Oolong Rolled: Use 1 tsp per 6 oz cup and steep 3-5 minutes at 185º-206º F
Oolong Long-Leaf: Use 1 tbsp per 6 oz cup and steep 3-5 minutes at 185º-206º F
Tisane: Use 1 tbsp per 6 oz cup and steep 5-7 minutes at 206º F
Raw Pu-erh: Use 1 tbsp per 6 oz cup, soak for 30 seconds, flesh, then re-steep for 3-5 minutes at 195º F
Half & Full-Baked Pu-erh: Use 1 tbsp per 6 oz cup, soak for 30 seconds, flush, then re-steep for 3-5 minutes at 206º F
How Much Caffeine Is In Tea?
Interesting fact! Dry tea has more caffeine by weight than coffee. However, since more dried coffee is used than dry tea per cup, a cup of steeped tea contains significantly less caffeine than a cup of coffee of the same size. Most studies show that tea has between 40 and 120mg caffeine per eight ounce serving; whereas coffee has about 80-206mg caffeine per eight ounce serving. So even at the highest caffeine levels, tea has only half the caffeine content of a cup of coffee.
Additionally, caffeine levels are directly related to how long a tea is steeped. The longer a tea steeps, the higher the caffeine content.
Another fact to consider is that caffeine in tea is different from that found in coffee. Unlike coffee, tea leaves contain an amino acid called theanine, which works synergistically with caffeine to create a more balanced stimulative effect in the body. What this means is that rather than feeling a surge of energy then a sudden crash shortly after, as you sometimes do with coffee or other caffeinated beverages, you may feel a more gradual and revitalizing rise in energy that eventually balances itself out into a calmer, clearer and more focused state.
Storing Your Tea
Proper tea storage helps to preserve the flavor and freshness of your tea long after production. While tea does not spoil, as with any consumable product, the sooner it is enjoyed the fresher and more potent it will be. Stored properly, unflavored teas can last up to 18 months. Flavored teas can last up to six months.
We recommend storing your tea in airtight containers to ensure longevity. That is why we package our Tea in resealable zip lock bags for your convenience.
Keep the containers away from heat, moisture and exposure to light. Teas are fragile and can be easily altered by neighboring spices and aromas, so be sure to store them in an area where the leaves cannot be permeated.