Save the wood
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It's unfortunately easy to forget about how much energy goes into each product we use, but 4 tea plantations in Kenya have pooled together to build a hydro plant which will power the drying of their tea leaves, which is typically done with wood. This is great news for the conservation of the area after the local government banning logging.

Want to know more? Check out the full article below...

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/03/21/muranga-tea-firms-completing-hydroplant-no-more-firewood_c1733053

Monique
How much are you willing to pay for a cup?
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How much would you be willing to spend on tea? I know I complain about a $5 tea in a cafe, but $100 for 20g?

According to Perth Now, a planation in Sri Lanka is selling one of their premium teas for $1,950 per kilo! With only 120kg of the tea produced a year it's no wonder it comes with a hefty price tag. So it's also not surprising the growers go to all lengths to protect the leaves including ensuring all pickers wear gloves so not to damage the leaves. 

Want to read more? Check out the full article below...

https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/travel/travel-tips-the-art-of-tea-in-sri-lanka-ng-b88780179z

Monique
Aussie billy can
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The Australian billy-can has an interesting history.
Want to know more about the billy can? Well look no further, here is a article from The Advertiser (Adelaide) published 18 September 1937. 

THE AUSTRALIAN BILLY-CAN HAS AN

INTERESTING HISTORY

by

Richard Ross

THERE is an interesting history connected with the Australian billy-can. 

The story dates back to the early gold-mining days of Victoria, when food was fairly difficult to procure and still more difficult to take to the diggings. It was found necessary to import from abroad large supplies of preserved provisions—tinned meats, stews and soups, &c. Among such supplies were cases of canned meats from France. These tins, branded -"Bouilli," contained meaty mixtures and thick, soup-like stews for which the diggers developed a ready taste. 

The miners were unable to pronounce the trade-name of the mixture, so it was soon dubbed "Billy," and in this way was struck the name that was soon to be adopted to distinguish the "Bouilli" brand of provisions. (“Bouilli" means boiled meat It is in the English dictionary.) 

The tins that contained the mixtures were of a very handy size and, when empty, many found use as water-boiling vessels. That they made suitable kettles and teapots was thus an automatic discovery. And so the "billy”- can was gradually introduced into general use. 

A quick-witted fellow, anticipating that it had arrived to stay, decided at once to arrange for the factory manufacture of cans of similar pattern, and before long there appeared on the market the billy-can, pint-pot and quart-pot. with neatly made lids and wire handles.

Today they are sold in all sizes throughout Australasia and beyond by the millions: still simple, they remain much the same in shape and size as they were decades ago. Like a smoking pipe, the billy is not at its best until it becomes stained and blackened with usage—or, as the sundowner says, with "experience." Billy-boilng contests used to be popular in the Australian bush. The older the billy the quicker it boils.

Experts carry billies burned to tissue-paper thinness, keeping them in calico coverings. Such billies will boil in two minutes. The competitors in these bush contests are required to gather leaves and wood, light fires, race to the creek and fill their billies, put them on and stoke the fires until the cans have boiled.

Surreptitiously dropping a stone into another man's billy is an old camp-fire joke. When the other quart-pots are boiling the "doped"' billy has still a long way to go, and the owner usually cannot understand it.

The Australian stockman's outfit should include four billies—of four quarts, three quarts, two quarts and one quart capacity; they fit inside each other, so that the set can be carried by one handle. The largest size is used to carry water from the creek to the camp fire, the next to boil the mutton, the two-quart to hold the vegetables, and the smallest for tea.

To boil a billy quickly, place length-wise on the ground a petrol tin and cut in it a round hole just smaller than the billy; then cut out from a side of the tin a square large enough to accommodate the sticks. Next punch small holes all around the tin so as to create a draught and when this has been done make a fire inside and place the billy over the hole.

The billy is an essential part of every bushman's equipment. The original round, squat type is still the most popular, but several ingenious "improvements," including convertible and colapsible types, have been placed on the market.

The drover's battered tin quart-pot is part of him. Being wider at the bottom than at the top, it is steadier and exposes more surface to the flame. A folding handle at the side enables it to be pushed into the fire, a mug fits into the top. The three-pint size is in most demand. A two-pint size is often carried inside it.

The average bushman considers billy tea the drink of drinks. Even many wealthy squatters, while out on the run drafting and dipping, &c, prefer it to the kitchen-brewed tea—providing it is properly made. For there is an art in preparing good billy tea. Effort was once made to affix the trade name of "camp-kettle" to the billy-can, but it failed. Australians prefer the old tag. Henry Lawson’s famous "While the Billy Boils” should always remind us of the tradition that clings to the simple invention —an Australian heritage!

Transcript of the article from https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/30778527

Monique
Breath of fresh air.
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Tea needs room to breath. By doing so, it allows for the tea to absorb and expand in the water which produces more flavours and aromas to be released into every cup. It is one of the many reasons why loose leaf tea wins over teabags every time.

It's part of why we are all about loose leaf tea. Our tea allows you to get the most out of every cup in flavour & quality every time you put the kettle on.

Monique
Colourful cups
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We will have these little beauties available on Sunday 22nd October as part of the Garage Sale Trail. Get all the details from here...  https://www.garagesaletrail.com.au/stall/loose-leaf-tea-house 

Monique
Garage Sale Trail

Hello Sydney ppl!

Our studio is getting involved in the Garage sale trail on Sunday the 22nd October. We will be selling a range of teas, hampers, tea ware plus some exciting new tea! PLUS will be brewing some iced tea for you all needing a refreshment from all the bargains!

Check out the links below for more details 👇
https://www.garagesaletrail.com.au/stall/loose-leaf-tea-house https://www.garagesaletrail.com.au/group-sale/nauti-name
See you guys there

Monique
What we have install
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Wanna know what we will be selling at the garage sale trail on the 22nd October? Well we will be selling these cute little one person teapots. 
For more details check the link below:
https://www.garagesaletrail.com.au/group-sale/nauti-name

Monique
Multicoloured love
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There is so much negativity and unnecessary political debate at the moment in Australia, so even though they aren't tea plants, I'll leave you with this beautiful bed of multicolored tulips living together, thriving and looking magnificent! 🌷
❤️💛💚💙💜

Monique
Healing Turmeric Spice
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Very rarely do I get colds, but today I woke up with a sore throat and stuffy head 😔 Plus side, a great reason to drink our Organic Turmeric spice to help build my immune system, a spoonful of honey to help my throat and some sunshine cause who doesn't like spring sunshine ☀️🌱

Monique
Samples <3
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One of the best things about having a tea business is getting to try ALL the teas! These guys are from china. Time to put the kettle on!

Monique
ORGANIC BEETROOT LATTE: This month feature tea
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Did you know we now sever Organic Lattes? This lovely blend is our Organic Beetroot Latte. Made with organic Beetroot, Hibiscus and Maca powder, this latte blend is full of Vitamin C, Magnesium, Potassium which all make for a great energy & immune boost. Naturally sweet with no added flavour or sugars, just the real stuff.

How to brew the perfect cup:
Loose leaf tea – 1tsp per 200ml
Mix with either boiling water or your choice of milk.

Monique
Spring Time <3
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Happy first day of spring! Got my foot fingers out and drinking a lovely cup of tea to celebrate! This beauty is our new Organic Turkish Rose coming soon! 
#spring #springsydney #tea #herbal#flowers #turkish #turkishrose #organic#looseleaf #looseleaftea#thelooseleafteahouse #morningtea #friyay#friday #workinghard #studio #nautistudio#moretea #drinkmoretea #teaporn#drinkporn #teatime #tealover #drinks#beverages #clogs #stripes #winterisover

Monique
What REAL tea looks like
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This is what real tea should look like! No dustings from the floor put into a sad tea bag :( Just real whole leaves!

Monique
Organic Turmeric Latte
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No it's not a cutting of the earth, it's our new Organic Turmeric Latte being hand blended from all organic and natural ingredients. No artificial flavours, colours or sugars added. Just the real stuff! 
Grab yours today at 👇🏼
https://www.thelooseleafteahouse.com.au/latte/

Monique
Hand blended

All our signature blends are hand blended and packed straight away to keep all the goodness in! This guy is our Organic Turmeric spice blended yesterday and one of my favourites! 

https://www.thelooseleafteahouse.com.au/herbal/organic-turmeric-spice

#handblended #organictea #organic #turmeric#spice #ginger #cinnamon #cloves #spicey#sogoodforyou #sogoodforme #immuneboost#immune #yummy #yum #looseleaftea#looseleafteablends #teaporn #drinkporn#drinkmoretea #nobags #winter #sydney#sydneywinter

 

Monique
Sharing the tea love <3

I recently moved into @nautistudios with some lovely humans! Each week I'm adding to their shelf to share the tea love 🌱❤️ #winter #deliciousnessinacup #tealove #sharingiscaring #teapackets #noteabags #looseleaf #looseleaftea #organic #foodporn #teaporn #drinkporn #water #sunroom #wintersun #teacup #tea #yum #collection #nosuchthingastoomuch

Monique
The benefits of Ginger tea
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Image from Wikipedia 

Do you all know how good ginger is for you?
The team at Natural Cures has this quick video about all the benefits https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYLX3DC4Tn0

Our Organic Ginger flower, this months feature tea, made with Organic Ginger, Lemon Grass, Hibiscus flowers & Calendula flowers makes for a lovely sweet and spicy tea with all the health benefits. Grab yours today at 👇
https://www.thelooseleafteahouse.com.au/herbal/organic-ginger-flower

Monique
ORGANIC GINGER FLOWER: This months feature tea

Spicy, sweet and refreshing! Made with Certified Organic Ginger, Lemon Grass, Hibiscus flowers and Calendula flowers this tea not only taste great but also helps stimulate circulation and aids digestion.


How to brew the perfect cup:
Loose leaf tea – 1tsp per 200ml
Water Temperature – 100 Celsius
Brew time – 5 - 8 minutes

Monique
New teas coming soon
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We have some exciting new teas coming soon! 🙈including this golden cup of deliciousness!

Monique