Bringing tea to the dining tables will be the new normal. When we move away from alcohol and soft drinks there is not much else to choose from than water.
Tea brings interest and can elevate your dining experience to a new level. To consume tea together with food is nothing unusual, in fact, it is very common to have a warm cup of tea together with food, especially in China and Japan. But when we talk about cold brewing tea it is a rather new way of seeing tea and food pairing together.
Cold Brew Tea - Is The New Wine
"When we change the way we brew tea, we change the way we see it"
Letting the tea leaves extract their flavours into cold water gives a sophisticated and clean flavour palette. The flavours are not big and robust as we can find in wine, they are very gentle and "calm" but yet complex.
When you find a match between food and tea you will notice how the flavours get together to elevate the whole experiences, just like with wine.
Pure Tea and Blended Tea
There is a variation between pure tea and teas that have been blended with other ingredients, they all have their rightful place and will speak to different people just like it is with wine.
It is often the first step to start cold brewing tea blends with flowers, herbs or fruits. However, with time our taste buds develop and you might find an interest to explore the flavours in pure teas. There is another complexity in pure teas and its flavours and a whole new world opens.
There is no right or wrong tea to drink as long as you are enjoying the tea you are drinking.
3 tips on how to think when pairing tea with food
1. Find matching ingredients
To start pairing your cold brew tea blends with food can be as simple as to look at what the tea is blended with. For example, we can take a look at our Tuesday tea, a green tea with coriander seed, coconut and basil. This tea works perfectly to pair with Asian cuisine food because the ingredients in the tea blend are often used in the food of this cuisine.
2. What type of food
Just as we know that red wine works often better with heavier foods and white wine pairs well with lighter meals, we can take the same way of thinking in the tea world. Heavy food needs oxidised black tea while a lighter meal works very well with green or white tea.
3. Get to know your tea
Drink your teas cold-brewed without food and get to know them well, when you know how the tea tastes both warm and cold you will get another understanding of how they will work with food. Have fun and experiment.
Pairing pure tea with food
Now, this becomes more complex and much like wine pairing. This is something we will dive right into later on in this blog series.
Cold Brew Weekday Teas
Quick guide about what to pair them with
This tea is a fresh and zesty green & white tea with rounded aroma, blended with ginger, lemongrass and nettle.
What to pair it with? We recommend pairing Monday tea with a meal containing white fish, potatoes and maybe a creamy dill sauce. To combine soft herbs and clean flavours works really well with our Monday Tea.
Our Tuesday tea has become a crowd-pleaser, with its beautiful pink colour from hibiscus and its well balanced big flavours of coriander seed, coconut and basil it is made to be loved.
What to pair with? Our Tuesday tea is definitely a tea you would like to drink together with a crispy noodle salad flavoured with sesame oil, chilli, soy and coriander. It is basically a match made in heaven! You can even squeeze a bit of lime into your Tuesday tea, this will make the hibiscus react with the acidity and turn the tea even more pink.
A rounded and robust rooibos tea celebrating the flavours of ginger and orange. This is a well-balanced tea with a bunch of bold flavours and a gorgeous red colour.
What to pair it with? Our Wednesday rooibos tea will accomplish the Indian cuisine very well. It basically acts as a beautiful palette cleanser between bites while still letting the flavours of your curry shine. The rounded flavour from our Wednesday tea can handle the big bold flavours from Indian cuisine.
Our sophisticated Thursday blend has dryness and a welcoming bitterness to it, it is a fruity yet not sweet tea. The red currants and pink pepper get to shine through.
What to pair it with? We enjoy this tea to a light meal preferably with shellfish and clean flavours. See this tea as a glass of white wine.
Minty refreshing zesty tea with a strong flavour. This tea can easily be quite strong and heavy and can be brewed with a little bit fewer tea leaves.
What to pair it with? Works perfect to enjoy with your Friday cheese platter, especially a creamy goats cheese or why not have it with your Friday taco. The minty flavours can cut through hot chilli food and pairs really well with traditional Mexican flavours.
A well-balanced and rounded tea that has a lot of body to it. This tea has a slight minty flavour and lets the apple and goji berry cut through with a floral flavoursome hint.
What to pair it with? We can't find anything better to pair this tea with than a chocolate mousse. The chocolate mousse allows the mint from the tea to stay on your tongue until the next spoonful. Oh, what a lovely combination!
Our Sunday tea is a floral sweet green and white blend. This tea has become a well-loved tea with an impressive ingredient list filled with healthy herbs, berries and flowers.
What to pair it with? - This tea does not yet have a perfect meal to pair with, however, it is the perfect welcoming drink to start the evening with or to combine with a creamy strawberry cake.