Teas & Weaves is the product of two passions. Claire Keys love for Tea and Fritz Hollenbach's love for hand made textiles. Together we are Teas & Weaves.

 

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Claire keys

I love tea... everything about tea… the culture of tea, the health benefits of tea, the exciting new tea varieties and flavours, the beautiful and exotic tea ware, and just relaxing and enjoying a “cuppa”.

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Teas&Weaves

Put our two passions together, add some hard work, mix in some imagination, and the result is Teas & Weaves. All things tea and a wide variety of hand knotted oriental carpets.

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Fritz Hollenbach

Fritz has been growing grapes in the Okanagan Valley for over 25 years. When harvest is finished he can’t wait to travel to an exotic, and warm, location. His destinations are usually "off the beaten path’ and involve living and learning about different cultures, shopping, looking for bargains, and buying hand made carpets.

Wood floors are beautiful. Tiles can be full of style. But there’s nothing like the luxury of a carpet beneath your feet.

We have over 100 kinds of teas from around the world!


 

Brewing Tips:

Black Tea:

Boiling water – 1 level teaspoon per 6-8 oz cup. Steep for 3 minutes for most black teas. No milk with Darjeeling’s. Honey or sugar recommended with any black teas – although some black teas are best served without milk or sweeteners, with an addition of a slice of lemon. The above applies to flavoured and blended black teas.

Chai:

What is Chai? Chai is basically black tea with spices. Most people in the North West part of India drink tea with some basic spices, milk and sugar. Traditional masala chai has ginger, cinnamon and cardamom. Chai can also be made with lemon grass, fennel, cardamom and black pepper. To make 2 cups of chai: Take 1 cup of water, add two heaped teaspoons of chai tea and bring the mixture to boil. When boiling, add 1 cup of milk and bring the mixture to boil again. Let it simmer and cool a minute. Strain and serve sweet.

Oolong Tea:

Hot water up to 195 degrees, 1 level teaspoon per 6-8 oz cup. Steep for two minutes, most oolongs can be steeped multiple times. No sugar or milk required.

Green Tea:

Hot water up to 185 degrees, 1 level teaspoon per 6-80z cup, increase quantity depending upon the size and weight of tea – steep for 2-3 minutes, most green teas can be steeped multiple times. No sugar or milk. The above applies to flavoured and blended green tea.

White Tea:

Boiling water, 1 heaped teaspoon per 6-8 oz cup – Steep for 5 to 7 minutes reduce steeping time for multiple infusions, can be infused up to 4 times depending upon the tea used. No milk or sugar.

Rooibos:

Herbs & Herbal Blends: Boiling water, 1-2 heaped teaspoon per 6-8 oz cup. Steep for 7 minutes. Milk or sugar is not recommended for any herbs except Rooibos. Since these are not true ‘tea’, there is no caffeine.

Fruit Tisanes:

Boiling water, 1 heaped teaspoon per 6-8 oz cup. Steep for 7 minutes or longer. No milk please. A lot of tisanes /herbal blends have hibiscus in them, hence the milk will curdle. Sugar or honey maybe added. Since these are true ‘tea’, they are naturally caffeine free.

 

 

For a full line up of our Tea menu please go back to the home page and in the upper right hand corner go to 'all about tea'.

Everything you need and more to make the perfect cup of tea...