Steeping tea is an art form of its own, as steeping can make or break the perfect cup of tea. The practice of steeping tea is to infuse water with your tea leaves. The key elements in the process are the water temperature and the length of time you let your tea leaves steep.
The ideal water temperature can vary based on the type of tea you are steeping. When making a cup of green or white tea, you want to keep your water temperature between 150 – 180 degrees Fahrenheit. These teas steep in a cooler temperature than others because their leaves are more delicate and higher temperatures risk burning the leaves. Black and Oolong teas steep at a slightly higher temperature, 180 – 200 degrees Fahrenheit and Herbal has the highest steeping temperature at 200 degrees.
Each type of tea also has its own ideal length of steep time, seen in the chart below. The length of time you let your tea steep for is important as too little time does not allow the tea leaves to release each of their unique flavors and too much time can over steep your tea and you risk your tea becoming bitter. If you are re-steeping tea leaves you should add an extra minute or two to the original steep time.
For specific steeping information on each of the Elden Street Tea Shop teas, click here to go to our tea catalog.
Come into Elden Street Tea Shop this holiday season to get the perfect gift for every tea lover on your list!
Hostess Serving Tray:
Need that perfect hostess gift for your holiday parties? Here it is! Our Hostess Tea Serving Tray has everything you need to serve tea on one tray! 3 different types of tea inn beautiful glass jars, local honey, rock sugar, tea spoon and filter all included! $54.95
Reusable Canister or French Press Travel Mug:
Give the gift of SustainabiliTEA! The ESTS Canister and Travel French Press Mug are part of our BYOC program. Save money every time you bring them in to fill up! Canister $29.95 French Press Mug $34.95
Ceremonial Matcha and Matcha Tea Set:
Our matcha tea set is perfect for the caffeine lover on your gift list! With all the health benefits of green tea and the caffeine content of a cup of coffee! $49.95
The Tea Lover’s Gift Set:
A great gift for the tea lover in your life! Includes mug, ESTS Infuser, and 2oz tea of your choice! $24.95
24 Tea Sampler Set (Advent Calendar):
24 Days of Tea! Sampler pack includes a tea for every night
of December! $45.00 AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER
Bring in this flyer to receive 1oz of tea FREE with any holiday gift purchase!
Chado, “the Way of Tea,” is a traditional, formal Japanese Tea Ceremony. The ceremony was perfected in the 16th century by Japanese philosopher Sen no Rikyu. Rikyu designed Chado as a spiritual practice of Wu (harmony), Kei (respect), Sei (purity) and Jaku (tranquility). Chado is a practice in mindfulness, encouraging the participants to focus on the goodness around them and to be present in the moment.
Traditionally, guests walk through a landscaped garden before entering the tea house. Upon arrival, they are greeted by the host in a simple room decorated with either a hanging scroll or a vase of flowers and a floor laid with mats made from woven reeds. As guests kneel on the mats, the host serves sweets and matcha, a type of green tea, using elegant, choreographed movements. The tea is served in ceramic bowls, using a hot iron kettle and stirred with a bamboo whisk. This practice represents the five elements of Taoism: water, earth, wood, fire and metal.
Join tea practitioner Bob Bernhards for a traditional Japan Tea Ceremony at the Elden Street Tea Shop on Nov. 10 from noon to 4pm. Limited seating in each session; four guests max per session. We sincerely hope that this experience will broaden your appreciation of this art form and that you will, of course, enjoy a good bowl of tea. Click here to buy your ticket!
Join Elden Street Tea Shop owner, Rachel, in the video below as she describes our BYOC (bring your own cup/canister) program!
Options available for purchase in the shop:
Travel Thermos $29.95
2oz Container $6.95
8oz Container $29.95
16oz Container $36.95
Although in the U.S. chai is thought of as a tea flavor; in India, chai is not a flavor of tea, it is the Hindi word for "tea." So when someone says "chai tea," they are literally saying "tea tea."
Originating over 5,000 years ago, legend holds that chai was invented for an Indian king who requested that a healing, spiced beverage be created to use in the traditional healing practice, Ayurveda. When first created, chai was made up of ginger and black pepper to stimulate digestion; cloves to relieve pain; cardamom as a mood lifter; cinnamon to support circulation and respiratory function; and star anise as a breath freshener.
When the British-owned Indian Tea Association was established in Indian during the early 20th century, black tea began to be blended into the traditional Indian chai, becoming the chai we know today. In America, chai's base is black tea and can consist of various spices including cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg and many others. This combination makes chai a perfect tea for fall!
At Elden Street Tea Shop you can find two types of chai: Monk's Honey Chai and Masala Chai Organic.
The Monk's Honey Chai is a soothing tea with notes of chrysanthemums, honey, turmeric, and cardamom. Perfect for a sore throat!
Masala Chai Organic has a fuller flavor and is a historic favorite in India. Featuring a blend of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves, and peppercorns this tea preserves each of these unique flavors when adding milk and honey and maintains its strength when served as an iced tea.
Take some home with you the next time you come visit the tea shop!
Did you know that a single nylon tea bag releases 11.6 billion microplastics into a cup of tea? Researchers in Canada recently conducted a study sampling tea bags from four tea shops and cafes across Montreal and found each bag contained a thousand times more plastic than contained in table salt. Some of these microplastics are even small enough to penetrate human cells! To learn more information about this study, click here.
Want to enjoy your tea and avoid ingesting plastic? Watch the video below to learn about healthy, sustainable alternatives!
Interested in products featured in the video? Stop by Elden Street Tea Shop anytime to purchase your own sustainable tea filters, prices listed below!
Silicone Tea Bag (BPA Free): $5.50
Tea Filters (100ct): $5.00
Tea Ball Infuser: $4.25
Tea Witch: $5.50
King Kong Tea Ball: $5.50
Travel French Press Travel Mug: $34.95
We also have a B.Y.O.C (Bring Your Own Cup/ Canister) Program:
Bring your own cup: Bring your own cup and save! Save the planet, save some money!
Your own canister: Get .50 off your purchase
Purchase an ESTS canister to get further discounts:
8 oz ESTS canister: Get 15% OFF Every time you bring the canister back and fill up!
16 oz ESTS canister: Get 15% OFF Every time you bring the canister back and fill up 8oz.
We have 2 awesome new flavors of Iced tea at the shop! I have added the recipe here sonyou can make them at home!
Blood Orange Black Tea Recipe
Makes 1 gallon of Iced Tea
Ginger Honey Green Lemonade
Makes 1 gallon of Iced Tea
come Join Us on Saturdays, Starting December 9th @ Herndon Artspace
Your present cam early this year! Elden Street Tea Shop will be open in Herndon Artspace, this winter. Try any of our 20+ locally blended and non blended teas while enjoying one of the many spectacular art installations at Herndon Artspace.
We will be open for most events at Herndon Artspace. Please check our TEAVENTS for details.
How to get there
We hope to see you there!
Delicious chocolates are from Chesapeake Chocolates in Lake Anne Reston, VA
- blend of rooibos, dark chocolate chips, hint of caramel and vanilla
Paired with Bulldog Bark. A delightful mixture of chopped walnuts and rich dark chocolate.
- Green Chai! White tea, lemongrass, ginger, and fennel blended precisely with chai spices.
Paired with Ginger Spice Milk Chocolate
Last night, we practiced tea pairings with chocolate. What a great way to end the day! We hope you will join us on a monthly or bi-monthly basis for our in store tea pairings. Coming Soon!
Rachel Eisenfeld is the owner of Elden Street Tea Shop. She is a fan of Pu'er (poo-air) teas, refreshing and subtle white teas, and any tea mixed with bourbon. Rachel has been to many tea houses on the East Coast, Ireland, and San Franscico. She enjoys learning about the chemical process of making tea and international tea culture. During good times and bad, tea warms the soul.