How to brew the perfect GrunTea

Have you appeased the DeiTeas, with a Tea Ceremony?

Like with relationships and gardens, both thrive more through tender loving attention – Tea is the same!

By engaging consciously and mindfully with what we’re doing, slowing down to be present with the task at hand, we have to let go of all the chaos and distractions in our minds and emotions. In so doing, not only will we grow better gardens, create better relationships and brew better tea, we will also find a release of stress in the process – even before we take our first relaxing sip!

Instead of a life of fast food and fast living, we promote and encourage a slower more balanced pace – in all of life. We therefore support the Slow Movement and invite all of our customers to rediscover the joy of lovingly and consciously preparing their meals and drinks, from good-quality wholefood ingredients. Through a conscious, slower and joyful engagement, we bring back the ritual of making tea – The Tea Ceremony – and so reclaim a little real magic and sacredness back into our lives.

It is for all these reasons that we have not made GrunTea available in teabags. The added advantages to this are: reducing our eco-footprint by avoiding single-use plastic or paper teabags; and through brewing our tea with the addition of fresh ginger, we capture the Grunt in the flavour!

So…. when brewing your tea, do so mindfully – with Love in your heart, and Gratitude on your lips. The spirits of nature who embody the many healing properties found in our 100% organic ingredients, will greatly appreciate you. So will your body!

On the Slow Movement:

“It is a cultural revolution against the notion that faster is always better. The Slow philosophy is not about doing everything at a snail’s pace. It’s about seeking to do everything at the right speed. Savoring the hours and minutes rather than just counting them. Doing everything as well as possible, instead of as fast as possible. It’s about quality over quantity in everything from work to food to parenting.”   ~ In Praise of Slowness by Carl Honoré

So I need to add fresh Ginger? Why? 

We love all things fresh and tasty here at the Emporium, and when using dried ginger, there was just no grunt! Alchemy of flavour is what we are all about, and the fresh ginger adds a zing like nothing else while complementing the tea and spices so well that it’s just …. awesome … even if we do say so ourselves.
Give it a go and you will soon know exactly what we are talking about!

Useful Tips:

Storage: We recommend removing the tea from its bag and storing it in a glass jar or tea tin, in a cool dry place, out of direct light. This will ensure a longer shelf life, better flavour, and stronger health benefits.

Warning: Turmeric may stain – so please handle with care!

Brewing Videos – Step by step guides

Brewing Video

How to brew a cup of GrunTea Turmeric Green Tea Chai.
Duration 3:45mins

Brewing Video

How to brew a cup of GrunTea Turmeric Nettle Tea Chai.
Duration 3:15mins

Brewing Video

How to brew a 5-cup pot of GrunTea Turmeric Green Tea Chai.
Duration 4 mins

Brewing Video

How to brew a 5-cup pot of GrunTea Turmeric Nettle Tea Chai.
Duration 4 mins

Brewing Suggestions

Green Turmeric Chai

INGREDIENTS:

To brew 1 mug:   (450 mls)

  • 325 mls (1+1/3 cups) boiling water
  • 1 rounded teaspoon Green GrunTea powder
  • Approx 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger (or more to taste)

To brew a full pot of 5 mugs:

  • 1.7 L boiling water
  • 5 teaspoons Green GrunTea powder
  • Approx 1 rounded tablespoon grated fresh ginger (or more to taste)

Nettle Turmeric Chai

INGREDIENTS:

To brew 1 mug:   (450 mls)

  • 325 mls (1+1/3 cups) boiling water
  • 1 + 1/2 teaspoons Nettle GrunTea powder
  • Approx 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger (or more to taste)

To brew a full pot of 5 mugs:

  • 1.7 L boiling water
  • 6 teaspoons Nettle GrunTea powder
  • Approx 1 rounded tablespoon grated fresh ginger (or more to taste)

METHOD: (For both)

Add GrunTea powder, finely grated ginger, boiling water, and loads of Love into a 2L saucepan or stovetop kettle, bring to boil and boil for approx 2 mins. Remove from heat, and stand until movement stops. (You can of course use a smaller pot if just making a single cup.)

Warning: GrunTea can bubble up very high when boiling. Keep the lid off and Do Not Leave Unattended!

SERVING SUGGESTION:

3/4 fill each mug with tea (pouring through a tea strainer), and top up with Pureharvest Coco Quench or your preferred milk/mylk.
Sweeten to taste with rapadura/panela (evaporated unrefined cane juice) or stevia.

At our place, we brew a full pot and just reheat it through the day, or we make a full thermos to enjoy out and about.

*Some peculiar folk prefer GrunTea with no milk at all! LOL

More great serving suggestions!

LATTE

An extra creamy indulgence – 450 ml mug

For those that can’t resist a cuppa with loads of body, this suggestion is for you!

1. Place into a small stainless steel saucepan:

  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 1 rounded teaspoon of Green GrunTea powder or 1 + 1/2 teaspoons Nettle GrunTea powder
  • Approx 1/2 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
  • Loads of Love

2. Bring to boil for approx 2 mins.
3. Top up with the milk – a touch more than needed to fill the mug (in total).
4. Heat to your preferred drinking temperature.
5. Pour through a tea strainer into mug and serve with your sweetener of choice.

CHILLI

For extra Grunt!

As a variety for the brave… try our suggested Hot Pepper Zazaam!

  • Add a pinch or 2 of Cayenne Pepper to the stainless steel saucepan mix before boiling.

But Beware – this can be more grunt than many can handle!

ICED

A smooth inner chill 

For some nice cooling on a warm summer’s day, you can’t go past Iced GrunTea!
Iced Green is smooth with a kick, and Iced Nettle is smooth and silky.
To create these summer chills, you need to do some preparation…

1. Follow the brewing instructions for a “full pot of 5 mugs”.
2. Allow the brew to cool, then pour through a tea strainer into a lidded jug and put in the fridge to chill completely.
3. Once fully cool – 3/4 fill a tall glass and top up with cold milk.
4. Add sweetener to serve.

  • We have found that the iced version has more wow if you add a little more sweetener than usual, you may even want to try pure maple syrup – for a bit more indulgence.
  • If you wish to make a large quantity of Iced GrunTea, for a family get-together or party, or you just love it so much and want to drink many cups a day… Have a look at the Concentrate Method within our Barista Instructions.

Additional Brewing Notes, Thoughts and Ideas

On Milks / Mylks:

You can serve our tea with any milk of preference, however GrunTea and coconut milk are a divine flavour combo, and the healthy fats in coconut increase the bioavailability and absorption of curcumin, the active ingredient of turmeric. Hence we suggest Pureharvest Coco Quench, as it’s a match made in heaven.

On Sweetness:

We recommend using Rapadura/Panela (evaporated cane sugar), as it is only lightly processed, loaded with nutrients and minerals, not overly sweet, and has a hint of caramel to it. But you can use any sweeteners you prefer – or none at all if you believe you’re sweet enough!

On Brewing Multiple Mugs:

Obviously for 2 mugs you can just double everything in the “brew 1 mug” recipe – however a new alchemy happens when you brew 5 at a time, and you do not need 5 times everything – in fact the tea becomes overpowering!
Contrary to this warning, there seems to be no limit to how much fresh ginger some people enjoy.

So use your wisdom and your secret clever to modify the recipe as you need to.

On Teapots:

We don’t recommend simply steeping GrunTea in a teapot with boiling water – as it does not hold sustained heat sufficiently to create the Grunt Factor! You’ll get an utterly beige cuppa if you do this. Do so at your taste buds peril!

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