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Leaf House Tea Garden
Contact: Mike Loeb
City: Tallahassee, FL, 32309
Email Address: leafhousetea101@gmail.com
About Us
Leaf House Tea, a Tallahassee-area business, is now offering organically grown black tea and green tea, each made exclusively from the tea plant Camellia sinensis. First domesticated in ancient China, Camellia sinensis is the source of the true teas, for example, oolong, pu'erh, white, and of course black and green teas. This revered plant has now found a happy home in our local tea garden.

We started our journey in tea cultivation because we love tea and we wanted to drink more of it! We also wanted to drink tea that was not contaminated with heavy metals or the residues of pesticides and herbicides. Even though organic methods of farming are labor-intensive, we think that it's good practice for our planet and also makes a superior cup of tea. We also appreciate that farm-fresh camellia tea, grown the organic way, will retain more of the health-promoting compounds of tea such as antioxidants derived from plant polyphenols.

To our knowledge, we are the first producer in Florida to farm, manufacture, and distribute camellia tea. And please note: true tea is not widely grown in the US, so unless indicated otherwise by the seller, all other camellia teas sold here are imported from unknown locations.
Practices

FAQs about our tea garden and tea products

What kind of tea do you make? We make black tea and green tea, each from the leaves of Camellia sinensis. The difference is in the way we process the leaf after harvest. For instance, black tea (top image) is what we obtain from tea leaves that we oxidize for long durations, while green (lower image) emerges from very brief oxidation. Oxidation is what makes tea leaf black, tea liquor (the part you drink) reddish-brown, and tea flavor robust and earthy. Our green tea, in contrast, evokes vegetal and fruity qualities from the leaf while having a bright golden or light-green liquor. The sensory experiences with these two types of teas are very different and usually chosen according to the tea drinker's mood or the setting. Which tea appeals to you? Sample our teas and find out!

How are your teas different from herbal "teas"? The word "tea" is widely used nowadays but properly applies to beverages made from leaves of C. sinensis. Though fine beverages, herbal teas, or "tisanes," are made from other plant species that are very different from tea camellia.

Are your teas handmade? Yes! Our small-batch methods are adapted from traditional principles of tea craft developed long ago in China, India, and other tea cultures.

Do you use any synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers? No, no, and no. We are 100% committed to growing our tea in the organic tradition. Any fertilizers that we purchase are OMRI-certified organic, and those that we make on-site, such as composts, are supplied from materials sourced within Leon county.

Do your teas contain caffeine? Yes. Camellia sinensis, just like the coffee plant, naturally produces caffeine as a defense against insect herbivores. And because our teas are very fresh, they'll have a bit more caffeine than most store-bought teas which tend to be long past their storage prime. You can reduce caffeine levels in your cuppa by infusing fewer tea leaves or by shortening the duration of infusion. Also, eating a meal or a snack along with or before a tea session will lessen the impact of caffeine on your nervous system.

Are your teas bagged or whole-leaf? Our teas are unbagged and whole-leaf. We prefer drinking whole-leaf tea because it allows for lots of enjoyable experimenting with the amount of tea leaf that you steep. All you need to steep a batch of whole-leaf tea is a heat-resistant cup or teapot to hold the tea leaf and hot water. Observe the leaf expand and unfurl in the water, and when the tea is ready to drink, strain off the liquor into a second cup or a small pitcher. Adjust your technique from one tea session to the next and you'll soon hit the sweet spot.

Are there any added ingredients to your tea? No. Naturally grown and traditionally processed tea camellia is by itself a treasure and needs no help from flavorings, herbals, or other ingredients.

How should I store the tea? We provide a zipper-seal packet for you to store your teas in. You can also transfer your tea to an airtight tin or glass jar.

Can I drink your teas without adding sugar? Absolutely! Our teas have their own exotic sweetness that will be masked by added sugars. However, if you like Southern-style sweet black tea, then by all means give it a try. Green tea is best without any added sweeteners.