General

How should I store my Madura teas?

It’s all in the storage!

Storing tea is very simple – keep your tea in an airtight container, store in a dark, cool, and dry place free from strong odours, this will help avoid any deterioration

The five ‘MUSTS’ of storage – view our Madura tea caddys

  • Tea must be kept free from oxygen
  • Tea must be kept free from heat
  • Tea must be kept away from light
  • Tea must be kept away from strong odours
  • Tea must be kept away from moisture
Does Madura sell organic teas?

Yes and yes! Presently we have an expanding and delicious range of Australian Certified Organic (ACO) teas and tisanes. Want to see our organic range click here. 

Does Madura sell decaffeinated tea?

Though our teas are naturally low in caffeine, we do not as such have a specific decaffeinated brew. We choose not to artificially de-caffeinate – to do so would entail the use of harsh chemicals to strip the caffeine from the tea. We do though, have an old age Madura trick that will reduce most of the caffeine content.

Place a small amount of prepared boiled water (approx. 3cms) in your favourite cup and gently place a tea bag in the boiled water. Steep for no more than 20 seconds. Gently remove the teabag and discard the water. Place the tea bag back into another cup of freshly boiled water and allow for your normal brewing time. The majority of the caffeine, which is highly soluble will be in the first discarded cup, but note that this process can change the full flavour that you may prefer.

What accreditations does Madura Tea Estate have?

We are certified under SQF 2000 Level 3 Version 8.0, our factory is qualified as an organic packer  under ACO, and we are certified as a Kosher producer.

Where does Madura source its tea?

Our teas are sourced from our own Australian estate and from other carefully selected estates all over the tea growing world. The estates we buy from change from season to season, depending on their local weather patterns and crop availability – this is the only way that we can ensure the consistency for which we are renowned.

Why are some of our blends more expensive than others?

There are many styles of teas, each with a large spectrum of quality.  Purchases are made on an open market supply and demand basis, which means that prices vary hugely for each individual lot of tea. Some of our premium blends such as Dragon Pearls are hand-rolled and only created in small quantities, thus making the cost of production and subsequent purchase price very high.

Why do we blend tea?

We harvest our estate about 30 to 35 times per year, depending upon the weather. Every time we harvest, the made tea differs from the prior harvest, caused by a whole series of factors such as length of time between harvests, amount of rain, clouds, wind and sun. If we were to just pack out our estate tea, each packet would taste different to the prior one, and we would not be able to offer the different styles of teas, such as Premium Blend, English Breakfast, Pure Assam, Green etc. So to allow us to offer both product variety and consistency, we buy high quality teas from carefully selected overseas estates. These teas are then carefully blended under the watchful eye of our Master Tea Taster to produce teas of exceptional quality, variety and consistency.    

Read more about Madura’s art of blending

What is Dragon Pearl tea?

Dragon Pearl tea is a rare, hand-rolled variety of green tea delicately infused with blooming jasmine flowers – creating a decadent and exotic tea for any tea devotee. The tradition began over 1300 years ago in China, and when infused with freshly boiled water, the tightly rolled balls will release the most incredible scent whilst they slowly unfurl and come to life – it is truly theatre for your eyes.

What is White tea?

Like green and black, white tea comes from the tea plant, Camellia Sinensis. White tea leaves (the very top bud) are harvested at a younger age than green tea leaves and are considered rare due to  being hand-picked and their fragility. Due to the white tea leaves’ delicacy the buds need to be handled with great care to reduce any damage and they only require minimal processing compared to other teas.

White tea contains the same types of antioxidants as green tea, however in greater quantity and it has a smoother, gentler, almost sweeter taste in contrast to green.

What is the difference between Green and Black tea?

Besides taste and some varying health benefits, the real difference is the stages of oxidation during the manufacturing process. Green tea remains unoxidised, whilst black tea is fully oxidised.

How do I brew a perfect tea?

Want to know how to make a perfect brew? The good news is that there are only a few failsafe rules that need to apply – it is also timely to remember at the end of the day a cup of tea can be as individual as the person drinking it! Discover our tips and tricks to ensure a delicious brew.

What is the origin of tea?

To read about the origin and history of tea click here

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