Sourcing is a process which we take very seriously at Tribute Tea Company. Understandably, it's a frequently asked question, so we decided to devote an entire section to talk about it. So how do we do it?
Generally, we make every effort to buy as directly as possible. This is crucially important to us. The closer we get to the source, the more fresh, pure, and authentic your tea. Our partners in Asia -- who we consider dear friends -- include family, dedicated sourcing friends, and reputable tea brokers. They buy directly from farming families, tea markets, and recognized collectives. On several occasions, we have simply located the tea ourselves and carried it back in our suitcases!
Most of our teas are packed in airtight pouches and shipped directly to us from China. Being the land that discovered the treasured leaf, not to mention the deepest tea culture, we feel that it's only natural to begin your "tea journey" in China. The majority of tea in China is processed and sold through a "collective", which is simply a state-run processing operation. While these collectives often generate great teas, we try our best to maneuver around large-scale production facilities and focus on small batch, hand-crafted teas from farmers and villages. This is no easy task!
Fortunately, our smaller size enables us to be nimble. We consider ourselves a boutique tea business. As such, we can support small production villages that otherwise could never satisfy the demand of larger tea businesses. The result is that we source a lot of unique teas that are rare and amazing. We encourage you to follow along and we are very excited to share our leaves with you -- so please enjoy!
Tea Infusion Quantities
So how many cups is 50g of tea? Or 1lb of tea leaves?
The appropriate amount to use depends on the size of the teapot, teacup, or gaiwan, and how much water is being applied. Typically, an average serving of tea in a small-medium vessel is about 4-6 grams. Experienced tea drinkers will often use 6-8 grams per serving - with shorter and more frequent infusions.
Therefore, a 50 gram pouch of tea should be good for 8-12 servings of tea. Depending on the type of tea, however, the leaves can withstand several "steepings", so that 50 gram pouch should allow for 24-50 cups of tea! And, since a pound (lb) is about 450 grams, a properly steeped pound of tea should produce several hundred cups of tea!
Quantity of Tea
Cups of Tea*
*often depending on the technique of the tea master, time per infusion, and thirst of the drinkers