The feisty Melbourne lass @joiedetea describe both her and myself as “hardened and shameless” tea drinkers.
The minute I saw that phrase, I felt compelled to write for Beasts of Brewdom. So here we are.
The subject of today’s blog is about exactly how much size matters.
If it’s too small, you miss out on a great deal of satisfaction.
If it’s too large, there’s a heavy price to pay.
Yes, like Goldilocks ordering some Keemun Mao Feng from the Three Bears Tea Company, you want to get it just right.
In the civilised world, where we long ago gave up on things like “pounds” and “ounces” along with cave wall painting and mammoth-wool cardigans, there is a standard ‘postable’ tea size of 100grams, and another of 250grams. Sometimes 50g or 500g come up, but they are a little unusual.
Is 100grams big enough?
I’ve had samples of 20grams where I’ve nursed each gram, re-steeped as often as possible, and they’ve lasted a week. I’ve had 100gram bags gone in a day. I’ve still got tea from 100g bags I bought in 2010. I’ve got a kilo of Wild Cherry Rooibos I’ve had for years, but that’s another story.
Soon, I hope to sell a lot more tea on-line.
What is the right size?
I just don’t know.
And please don’t tell me it doesn’t matter.