Fruit teas and tisanes are a great way to bridge the gap to non-tea drinkers. Of course, if you already love loose leaf fruit tisanes, then we don’t have to convince you! Fruit-based blends make wonderful iced teas, or are perfectly delicious as a warm dessert tea after a meal. However you like to drink them, you’ll fall in love with our loose leaf fruit tisanes at first sight.
Scroll down and read more about our fruit tea adventures. As always, our goal is to create the most enjoyable and beautiful teas and tisanes for our CommuniTea Center family.
(Or, if you’re ready to purchase loose leaf fruit tisanes, head directly to our web store!)
What is a Tisane?
“Tisane” (pronounced “tee-ZAHN”) is a fancy French word that means “herbal tea” or “infusion,” referring to a beverage that does not actually have any tea (Camellia sinensis). In contrast, black, green, white, oolong, and pu-erh teas are true teas, being by definition, composed of Camellia sinensis, processed in different ways.
So they may not technically be “tea,” but tisanes can still be absolutely delicious. Instead of tea leaves, they contain other fun and interesting ingredients, from fruit pieces and dried flowers, to herbs and spices. And all of CommuniTea Center’s loose leaf fruit tisanes are naturally 100% caffeine-free.
Why Loose Leaf Fruit Tisanes?
When you steep quality loose leaf fruit tisanes, there should be ample room for the ingredients to absorb water and expand as they infuse. As a result, the water can flow through and extract the full range of vitamins, minerals, flavors, and aromas. It tastes better, and it’s better for you!
By contrast, teabags usually contain smaller particles of ingredients. This means that there is more total surface area, and the infusion rate is faster. Unfortunately, the larger surface are also increases evaporation of the flavorful and medicinal compounds, so the ingredients lose potency much more quickly. The result is a rather flat, stale brew. Typically, freshness can be a major issue with typical teabags, especially if they are not packaged well (i.e. in a paper box with a paper wrapper).
On the other hand, properly infusing loose leaf fruit tisanes allows the hot water to surround every inch of the tea,
producing a fresh, full flavor. Yum!
General Steeping Tips for Loose Leaf Fruit Tisanes
- Serving size: Use 1 heaping teaspoon to 1 tablespoon tisane per 8 oz water
- Water temperature: 205°-Boiling
- Steep Time: 5-10+ minutes. Fruit tisanes will not get bitter if you steep the ingredients a long time.
To take the guesswork out, each package of CommuniTea Center tea has recommendations for preparing one serving of that tea or herbal blend. Or, for further reading and steeping tips, check out All About Teas!
If you are interested in serving, retailing, or private-labeling loose leaf fruit tisanes (or any other tea type/s), please visit our Wholesale Inquiry page.
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