Author(s): Timothy D'offay
Unravel the history, sample the flavours and experience the amazing versatility of the world's favourite brew and all its health-giving properties. At the beginning of the book, tea expert Timothy d'Offay starts with the very basics with a section on water and tea tools to make brewing easier, like the hoop jug that helps you get the water temperature right for your green tea in an instant and with minimal fuss. Then, as well as traditional ways of making tea, he explores new brewing methods such as Flow Brew, which involves brewing one tea through another to create an infusion, and Ambient Tea, a way of making tea pair better with food. There is a Cold Brew chapter as well as one for delicious sparkling teas, called Kitchen Colas, which you can make in the comfort of your own home with tea and a few other natural ingredients. Fresh Fruit Tea Quarters are another new innovation, combining tea and fresh fruit juice to create a refreshing soft drink. One of most exciting recent developments in tea is the worldwide popularity of matcha both as a beverage and as an ingredient liberating it from the refined world of the tea ceremony. In Easy Leaf Tea there will be recipes to make the most of matcha and the other stoneground teas now available so you can learn to make tasty Somersault drinks - frappes, milk shakes and ice creams. So turn on your kettle, tune into tea culture and drop those tasteless tea bags for some of the best leaf tea experiences you can have.
Timothy d'Offay became fascinated by tea culture and tea growing while living in Japan's ancient capital Kyoto, over 20 years ago. Using Japan as a base, he soon started to explore the tea traditions of Taiwan, Korea, and Hong Kong as well. These experiences led him to start importing tea in the late 1990s from the people and places he had visited and in 2000 he co-founded East Teas at Borough Market in London with the tea expert Alex Fraser. In 2008 he set up Postcard Teas, a high-end tea importing business with a shop in London's exclusive Mayfair. His work involves travelling extensively across Asia to many of the famous tea producing areas in India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and China to source the world's finest tea leaves to import.