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Practical and Ecological Tea Bottles

30 September 2018

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Perfect for travelling, tea bottles are a practical and ecological object. We offer several varieties, perfect for every need!

They offer both ways to infuse your tea, according to the technique that suits you and your preferences.

Technique # 1 - ”Chinese style”

  • Warm the inside of the flask with hot water for a few seconds.
  • Remove the infuser, place the tea at the bottom of the flask (1 to 2 tsp, depending on the type of tea selected) and replace the mesh sieve.
  • Pour in water at the recommended temperature. Wait a few minutes and enjoy.

This preparation technique ensures that the tea is infused continuously. To avoid a too full bodied infusion, it is recommended to add more water at the correct temperature after drinking about half of the brew. Nearly all teas can be prepared this way. Only very finely chopped teas do not provide good results.

Technique # 2 - Controlled infusion

  • Warm the inside of the flask with hot water for a few seconds.
  • Remove the basket part of the infuser and put the tea leaves in the basket before reattaching the mesh sieve.
  • Install the infuser in the flask and pour in the water at the recommended temperature.
  • Infuse for the time required, remove the infuser and enjoy.

This preparation technique is suitable for all types of tea and allows you to control the development of the infusion to your own taste.

Discover our three practical bottles:

Bamboo and Porcelain Flask

Here is a practical brewing vessel of amazing simplicity, designed for people who want to drink tea on the move. This flask is made of porcelain with an airtight lid and a removable stainless steel filter. It allows you the choice to brew your tea leaves using the technique you find most convenient at the time.

Glass Flask

Here is a practical brewing vessel of amazing simplicity, designed for people who want to drink tea on the move. This flask is made of double walled glass with an airtight lid and a removable stainless steel filter. It allows you the choice to brew your tea leaves using the technique you find most convenient at the time.

Inox Flask

Besides its insulated aspect, the magic of this flask lies in the fact that none of its components have to be detached to drink the tea, or even to infuse it.

The sealed lid can be opened with one hand with the push button. The filter is attached to the flask and its function is transformed depending whether it is placed on the left or right side. This enables you to brew your tea leaves using the choice of technique that suits you. This simple handling makes it a very useful travel accoutrement.

This flask is made of double wall stainless steel which considerably reduces heat to the hands while effectively maintaining the temperature of the tea. The lime green part is made of certified BPA free plastic.

Drink up!

12 September 2018

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Following the recent article in La Presse about the democratization of wine tasting, the Camellia Sinensis team sat down to discuss tea’s evolution over the past 20 years. (translated from the French)

Tea… an elitist passion?

As with wine and other fine tasting products (coffee, cheese, chocolate, spirits …), there is always a risk of rigidity when talking about tea. The specialization and knowledge that come with any form of fine tasting, and the apparent expertise that ensues, can easily lead to lack of compromise in one’s discourse, especially early on as we begin a new passion.

Are Camellia Sinensis purists?

We are of course no exception, and we’ve had all been through our own personal purist periods. When we opened back in 1998, the atmosphere was more Bohemian, to say the least. Then we gradually developed an expertise that led us to into what we call our “purist era” (about 2001-2003). Early trips to Europe, especially France, had given us the false impression that to be credible, one had to project a certain elitism. This, we later realized, is not only completely wrong, but plainly against our company ethos!

It is tempting for the enthusiastic tea folk in our team to spread their knowledge in this way, especially when they first join the company. For some, it almost seems to be a mandatory stage before they can feel at ease in their dialogue. As in many other industries, it takes time to understand how much or what type of information a customer needs. The team receives constant and intense training in may aspects of tea, but we always emphasize the importance of keeping everything accessible to the client.

Focus on sharing

For us, tea remains both a passion and a pleasure, and our approach is first and foremost focused on taste, pleasure and sharing. Possessing a thorough knowledge of tea is an intellectual endeavour but is not necessary to appreciate its fascinating diversity of flavour profiles or to enjoy its benefits immediate and longterm. This is a message we advocate in all the classes in the Tea Schools, many of which are focused on tasting, sharing and exchanging impressions without censorship.

As Jasmin often likes to say, “ Everybody should drink tea!” – whether it be in our shops, our teahouses, our tea classes or anywhere else, our role is the inclusive democratization of tea for all.

Learning About Tea: Our Favourite Books

9 September 2018

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Over the years, our research has not only pushed us to read a lot about the tea industry, but also write a lot about it. Here are some recommendations if you’d like to learn more about the fascinating world of tea:

Green Tea: A Quest for Fresh Leaf and Timeless Craft

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Travel with us through encounters with the artisans and other highlights of Asia’s green tea cultures, a new study on tea and health and page after page of beautiful photos and illustrations. Winner of World’s Best Tea Book for 2012 in the Gourmet Awards, Paris.

Tea: History, Terroirs, Varieties

This prize-winning book, now published in four languages, takes us through the various terroirs of China, Taiwan, India, Japan and many other important producing countries. Explore the diverse cultures and rituals, learn to cook with tea with some great Chefs and discover the many properties of tea through new, extensive scientific research on antioxidants and caffeine. World’s Best Tea Book 2014 World Tea Awards, Las Vegas. Canadian Culinary Awards 2010.

Tea Journey Magazine

Co-founded by our own Kevin Gascoyne, tea taster and owner here at Camellia Sinensis, Tea Journey Magazine is packed with well researched articles on every aspect of tea culture. With a focus on origin specific teas, much of the material is translated from Asian tea-writers translated into English for the very first time.

The Classic of Tea (Lu Yu)

Written in 7th century by the first tea master, Lu Yu, this really is ‘the classic’ with many illustrations and drawings of how tea was originally prepared with over 25 instruments!

Art of Tea

For fans of aged teas, this book delves deep in to the world of Pu Ers as well and offers great information on ceramics and other styles of tea.

The Tea Studio is Rolling!

8 September 2018

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Back in March 2018, we officially announced the launch of a project we had been working on for a few years: the Tea Studio, an experimental tea factory located in the Nilgiris. The machines have now been operational for a full year and our first 4 teas launched in March.

Surprising results

Within the first 12 months of Tea Studio’s existence, our team worked hard to develop the quality of the teas and make adjustments according to the different seasons. We were pleasantly surprised by our the first lots, especially for the Nilgiri Mao Feng 01. We did not expect such good results at first with our green tea using the assamica variety leaf. Encouraging for the creation of new interesting possibilities as we move forward!

The teas have been praised by our loyal clients who have been following the story of the Tea Studio. We are numbering each lot as they arrive so that customers can follow our progress and the seasonality of the teas. The 2nd lot will be available in just a few weeks.


Our Tasters at the Studio

Our four tasters will head to the Tea Studio in India for two weeks in October to work on methodology and logistics. They are also bringing one of our favourite tea producers from China, Mr. He, to help fine tune our manufacturing process.

Stay tuned for the next chapter in this very exciting project!


special collection

Welcome to the Special Collection
Here you will both find Teaware and Teas created by some of Asia’s most talented craftsmen.