How is TEA made?
White Tea, Green Tea and Black Tea. What is with the tea colours? Outside of East Asia, the main tea categories are white, green, yellow, oolong, black tea and dark tea named after the colour of the dried tea leaves. As you can expect, the quirky nature that is the tea industry adds confusion to this simple colour reference. You can chalk that up to thousands of years of tea history across multiple countries.
Curious about TEA?
Spend 5 minutes with East Forged’s Co-founders and resident tea specialists, Tania Stacey and Kym Cooper, and you’ll instantly level up your tea game. In our introductory tea guide we have answers to all of those frequently asked questions about the humble tea plant and by the end we hope to have sparked your curiosiTEA.
Let's chat about sweeteners and sugar
Iced Tea may have carried a ‘health halo’ in the past but today’s consumers are starting to get savvy at interpreting back of pack. Sadly, Iced Tea today carries a very poor health image, and most consumers stay clear putting it in the bucket of soft drinks.
Why does cold brew iced tea taste the best?
Our Co-founders, Tania & Kym, have worked with brewing hot and cold tea for over a decade. After countless cups of teas and cold brew experiments you learn a thing or 2 about how to get the most out of your tea leaves. They have spent a lot of time comparing notes of different brewing techniques and the impact on taste.
Behind the scenes of the Japanese Tea Industry
Find out a little more about the special green leaved tea we selected to cold brew for East Forged from the creator himself - Natsumi. Also learn a little about the strict tea training in Japan and the why behind the Osaden tea company.
Tea can do that...
Today, tea has become the second most consumed beverage in the world with hundreds of brands and flavours available. Yet it’s only been in recent decades that researchers have begun to look at the effects this simple beverage can have on our mood and brain function.
Tea Blogger, Nicole loves Tea Pets
What are tea pets, you ask? In the world of small tea pot brewing, they sit on the tea table and keep you company. There are many different types with the money frog (coins in the mouth) most favoured for good luck. During the sharing of tea, excess tea is poured over the tea pet so no tea is ever wasted. They are fun, conversation starters and part of the tea experience. Crossing the ocean, we chat with Nicole Wilson who has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008.
Why tea is one of the hottest ingredients in low and no cocktails
The proof that the humble tea plant is a superstar ingredient can be seen in its use by bartenders and mixologists around the world. Whilst tea has a long history on the back bar it is experiencing a spectacular rise in no and low ABV (alcohol-by-volume) drink lists.
The Future of Nitro Drinks
It’s tough being the new kid on the block, especially when you’re offering something unique people haven’t tried before – like our cold-brew nitro iced tea! While you can’t place East Forged drinks neatly into one category, we haven’t necessarily ‘re-invented the wheel’ but simply took inspiration from some of the world’s oldest and most popular beverages! Learn more.
Everything you need to know about Nitrogenated vs Carbonated drinks
“What is Nitro?” and “Are Nitrogenated and Carbonated drinks the same?” – are two of the most common questions we get asked about our cold brew iced teas. So we thought it might be helpful to get a bit nerdy and explain what they are and the difference between them…
🧧East Forged for Lunar New Year 🧧
Whether you are a closet astrologer or find horoscopes a little bit of fun you may be intrigued to know that our tea pets personalities stem from the lunisolar calendar. It was our way to acknowledge the origins and long history of tea. Tea pets provide the tea drinker good luck and remind us of enjoyable tea experiences. Next time you reach for a can of East Forged think about the tea ritual. Shake, pssssch and pour - showering you with positive vibes and a reminder of good times shared. What zodiac animal hides in your Heart?
Socialising Sober: Alcohol vs Tea
There’s a common misconception that if you’re not drinking alcohol, you’re not having fun. Whoever thought to spread this rumour did a good job, but it’s definitely not the case and people are beginning to realise that. There is a not-so-new trend that’s making its way into the mainstream and that is non-alcoholic drinks. What makes this news even better is the significant improvement in the availability, quality and variety of non-alcoholic beverages. So how do these alcohol-free variations fit into our society?