What’s That AMOUNT of Tea?

Getting the right amount of tea in your teapot can be a tricky business!

The traditional rule thumb is one teaspoon per cup and ‘one for the pot’. However I prefer one heaped tablespoon (or whatever spoon you have handy) for a small teapot and two heaped spoonfuls for a large teapot.  One thing to keep in mind is that flavoured teas can overpower the senses if you have too much tea in the pot. A delicious Earl Grey, like the What’s That Tea? version, is a delightful and subtle balance of tea with bergamont if brewed lightly but looses its subtlety and you’ll feel like you are trapped in a perfumery if you have too many tea leaves or leave it to steep too long.


I would suggest the above amounts for straight black teas like English Breakfast, Scottish Breakfast and Russian Caravan and a slightly smaller amount for the flavoured teas including the What’s That Tea Strawberry and Champagne black tea.

One of the joys of the Chinese Green Tea is that you can use as much as you like, leave the leaves in the tea pot AND you can even reuse the leaves for the rest of the day! Chinese Green is the perfect gift for a tea making novice and just remember to go light on the amount of flavoured tea so YOU can look like an expert!

Happy Drinking – buy our Chinese Green Tea now as a gift  for someone who likes to sip all day


What’s that Tea Launch: Menu Spotlight

Photo by Leisha Clancy

Our good friend Kate over at Plumcakeandpowertools catered our launch and the food went down a treat. Kate matched six appetizers to our launch collection of teas to complement the tastings.  We also had brownies, chocolate fudge, cupcakes and cookies all kindly donated by our lovely friends. The tasting menu included:

  • Green Cucumber Cups: refreshing cups made from cucumber filled with tangy sesame soba noodles
  • Earl Grey & Poppy Seed Cupcakes: Tea infused cupcakes with a sweet but earthy flavour highlighted by bergamot
  • Blinis with Smoked Salmon and Beetroot Caviar: Fluffy buckwheat pancakes with a fun tweak to traditional toppings
  • Egg and Bacon Tarts: tricky breakfast tarts that contain egg and bacon and nothing more
  • Shortbread with Raspberry Cream Dip: crunchy and creamy and a little indulgent
  • Scones with strawberry jam and cream: a tea time classic made by What’s that tea? owner Shardee Hoff

Can you guess which tea matches each dish?

Behind the scenes at the What’s that Tea? launch

Photo by Leisha Clancy

Apologies it has been a little while between posts, we’ve just been flat out keeping up with What’s that tea? post launch. However we’ve caught our breath and wanted to share with you some pictures of the fabulous afternoon our special guests had. This is Shardee Hoff, owner of What’s that Tea? and hostess with the most-est. She planned a lovely location, excellent food and of course fantastic tea tastings.

Photo by Leisha Clancy

The launch collection consists of six lovely teas including some delicious versions of a few classics: English Breakfast, Russian Caravan, Chinese Green and Earl Grey as well as two special extras: Scottish Breakfast and Strawberry Champagne. All of the teas are available for sale now over at our Online Store.

Photo by Leisha Clancy

Shardee gave a lovely speech in between tastings, sharing her hopes for What’s that Tea? to grow as she shares the teas she loves and thanked her supportive friends and family.

Photo by Leisha Clancy

And then we drank more tea as the sun set over the stunning Sydney Harbour. A huge thank you to our fabulous hosts Tracy and Ellie and to all of our helpers on the day. We hope you’ve had a chance to try some of our tea. Oh and we promise a post detailing all of the food from the launch (with recipes) soon!

What’s that Tea? launches tomorrow!

We can’t believe it’s come so quickly but the launch party for What’s that Tea? is tomorrow and we’re waiting nervously like children on Christmas eve. There are no stockings to hang by the chimney with care, however we do have beautiful seasonal floral arrangements in, what else, teapots to help set the mood for tomorrow.

We can’t wait to share What’s that Tea? with you all so remember if you aren’t in Sydney our Online Store launches tomorrow as well so everyone can try some of our amazing new range.

Oh and stay tuned for lots of pics of the launch party.

Two more days until the What’s that Tea? Launch

It’s been a late night at What’s that Tea? central as we burn the candle at both ends to get ready in time for the big launch party on Sunday. Shardee (pictured) and her helper elves had a busy night of labeling the canisters and as you can see they are looking amazing. It’s been tiring work but luckily we had a pot of Russian Caravan to sustain us into the night.

Stay tuned.

Russian Caravan loose leaf tea leaves available to buy online now

4 days ’til the What’s that Tea? launch: Strawberry Iced Tea

Our Strawberry & Champagne Tea makes fabulous iced tea so we thought we would share our secret recipe so that you too can always have iced tea on hand. We’ll be serving this combo at our launch on Sunday but you can mix up the fruit and herbs to make new flavour combinations.

You’ll need:

  • Tea (we recommend our Strawberry & Champagne Tea)
  • Water
  • Ice cube trays and a jar
  • Caster sugar (we recommend golden caster sugar)
  • Lemon
  • Mint
  • Strawberries
  • Ice
The first two elements of the ice tea can be made in advance and they will keep in your freezer for weeks.
Tea Concentrate
Add 4 teaspoons of tea to a cup of boiling water and allow to steep until cool. Strain out the tea and pour the tea concentrate into an ice cube tray and freeze.
Sugar Syrup
Take a small saucepan and add a cup of caster sugar and a cup and half of water. Stir over a medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Peel the lemon rind off the lemon in large pieces using a vegetable peeler and add to the sugar syrup and simmer for a couple of minutes. Take off the heat and allow to steep and cool. Pour the cooled syrup into a jar and pop in the freezer. Due to the high sugar content it will thicken but shouldn’t freeze completely.
Then to make ice tea you take a cube or two of the ‘tea ice’,  a large spoonful of the syrup and add water, play around with the exact quantities to make the iced tea to your taste. Add mint, chopped fresh strawberries and ice for a refreshing drink.
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Five days until the What’s that Tea? launch

Just a quick post today because we are super busy getting organized for Sunday’s launch of What’s that Tea? but we wanted to share with you the fabulous view our special guests can expect for the launch. Sydney is just glorious in autumn and the harbour sparkles in this particularly spectacular way against the bright blue autumnal skies so we are very excited we could secure this secret location that shows off Sydney.

This launch is getting set to delight all the senses. Stay tuned.

Six days ’til the What’s that Tea? launch…

We are very excited to be launching What’s that Tea? the tea company run by tea lovers, for tea lovers. Our official launch party is just six days away and we are very busy getting everything ready but here’s a little sneak preview of some of the fabulous food.

Our friend Kate from plumcakeandpowertools has designed a mini tea degustation with six hors d’oeuvres to complement our range. To give you taste, check out these earl grey and poppy seed cupcakes which are not only inspired by, but flavoured by, our zesty and refreshing Earl Grey Tea. Check out her blog for the recipe and stay tuned for all the highlights as we prepare for our big day!