‘Waterloo Tea’ is a small, independent tea company based in Cardiff. Kas, who founded it in 2008, is committed to the on-going exploration of the world’s finest teas and his passion for the careful brewing and use of only the best quality is infectious. After we met Kas we just wanted to make him proud by serving his tea well!
Tea at TY is a theatrical affair. Some varieties brew at different temperatures. For example black teas infuse more effectively using filtered water between 95-100 degrees and white teas at 85 degrees, whilst the more delicate green teas should be brewed more carefully at around 75 degrees. At TY we like to recommend the ideal brew time and provide you with a digital timer alongside your pot so that you know when your tea is ready to be enjoyed.
Brew times are provided simply for guidance. We are all different and your personal preference may be a stronger cup, so brew for a little longer if necessary. We do however recommend that you always remove the tea basket once you’re happy with the strength to avoid over brewing. Oolongs can develop and deliver different flavours at different times of extraction, offering delicious results, so try leaving your tea in for a more intensely flavoured second or third cup.
Matcha Classic Grade by Tombo – Great Taste Award Winner 2015
We work with a premium grade Matcha from Tombo which makes a velvety smooth Matcha latte with a natural sweetness, but if you like it a little sweeter try a spoonful of honey. Incidentally this Matcha is also great in smoothies, stirred into natural yoghurt and used cake and biscuit baking.
What is Matcha?
Matcha is a finely ground green tea leaf powder from Japan.
Renowned for its use in the historic tea ceremony, it is a vivid green tea valued for its antioxidants and extraordinary levels of ‘healthy’ caffeine that can provide a powerful buzz. This could perhaps explain why Matcha is popular with Japanese students cramming for exams…