Our journey with the taste of roasted tea began with an unexpected trip to Yunnan, a province located in southwestern China, also widely known as the birthplace of tea. During the trip, we were invited to try the traditional roasted tea that is famous in this mountainous area. In Yunnan, local people drink tea daily for nutritional balance, as they have limited access to fresh vegetables. We thought it was interesting that although we live in a very different culture from Yunnan, we have a similar lack of vegetables in our diets—not caused by limited access, in our case, but by limited consumption.
Our host, who was making the roasted tea, lit firewood to warm up a clay pot the size of a wine tumbler, then shook the pot quickly to evenly roast the tea leaves inside. As the leaves fried and turned yellow and slightly burned, they filled the room with a bold, nutty aroma. He poured in boiling water, causing frothy bubbles to pop up over the edge of the pot with a mouthwatering sizzle, and then he scraped them off quickly. Although we have many years of experience in the beverage industry, especially in tea, after each one of us had a sip of the roasted tea—literally “fresh from the oven”—our tea drinking expectations changed forever.
To re-create this unique drinking experience at home with the right product, we have learned two things. First, you have to use whole leaf tea to get the whole taste. Second, the best roasted taste does not just come from black tea—it can be found in many types of tea. We started trying some interesting recipes using Pu-erh whole leaf tea (which we brought home from that trip), Kukicha twig tea (from Japan), and even blended Chocolate Black tea to explore roasted flavor in different dimensions.
As the most versatile drink in the world, tea is more than a drink just for elegant tea time or a relaxing moment before bedtime. With the right amount of caffeine (still less caffeine than coffee, though), tea can be the spark we need to get through the day. We started bringing these lovely roasted flavors of teas to work and found them amazingly effective at keeping us in the zone and productive, especially during the sleepy 2 p.m. slump. It works just like coffee, but it’s healthier and better for you! Since trying roasted tea in China and making it at home, we kept thinking that we should share this amazing experience with more people with similar taste buds.
RSQAURED (ROAST & ROLL) was born from this journey. We teamed up with top-notch industry experts to build a robust roasted taste profile. People who love the roasted taste can brew their unique cuppa with our high-quality tea leaves and creative recipes. We are committed to bringing you tea with organic ingredients packaged in a biodegradable pyramid sachet with no excessive packaging.
(picture from puertea8.com)