No tea in the teapot
Viston East Frisian tea is our best loose leaf black tea to replace store-bought Assam or other strong black tea bags. Brew up to 40 cups with 70g of loose tea.
Our loose leaf East Frisian tea is a strong black tea that is malty and slightly spicy, with earthy and woody tones. A blend of strong Assam black teas creates a hearty and full-bodied, deep copper-colored cup. The richness and playful spiciness of this tea will quickly make it your favorite.
East Frisia is a region in north-central Germany, where people drink the most tea per capita in the world. They have a deep-running tradition of taking strong black tea with cream and rock sugar as part of their tea ceremony. We encourage you to try it: make our East Frisian tea in a teapot, put a piece of rock sugar in a small cup, pour hot tea from the teapot into the cup, and add a large spoon of cream - do not stir! By tasting all three layers - malty Assam tea, cream, and sugar you will get the best east Frisian black tea experience.
If you've been drinking strong Assam teas from tea bags - you will love our loose leaf blend of your tea. We love strong tea, but have found that black tea from tea bags doesn't cut it - it gets bitter yet there isn't much of a taste, if anything, it tastes stale. Only loose leaf tea will give you that warm buzz while tasting fresh and without getting bitter.
We encourage you to contrast any store-bought Assam tea bags you may have with Viston East Frisian tea and taste the difference by yourself. We promise you, after trying loose leaf tea, you will never go back to tea bags.
East Frisian follows the standard instructions for preparing loose leaf black teas:
If you have been using tea bags to prepare tea, there are some general tips you can follow to make a perfect cup with loose leaves.
If you cut open a tea bag you will find either dust or fannings. It's leftover tea from production. Use real loose-leaf tea, like Viston to have the best experience.
Brew black tea for 3-5 minutes, as opposed to 30 seconds for tea bags - don't worry, high-quality tea will not get bitter quickly and it's too hot to drink it right away anyway.
Don't use hard or chlorinated water to make tea. Preferably, use filtered water. Try not to reuse the same water many times if possible, because the minerals will get depleted and the resulting brew will taste stale.
East Frisian tea is best prepared with boiling water at 96°C-100°C. Green tea requires a temperature of 80°C-85°C, otherwise, it can get burnt and taste bitter. When preparing it, just wait a few minutes or transfer water between two cups a few times before pouring it on leaves.
Tea bags are designed to release all their potential at once. Loose leaves can be reused to brew several cups. Each infusion of the same leaves will result in a brew that tastes slightly different. However, you will have to steep them a bit longer each time.