During those hundred years, cinnamon found favor throughout Europe, having been transported there along the ancient ocean spice routes. European chefs found the aroma of cinnamon to enhance both sweet and savoury foods, adding a sharp bite to all types of cuisine. By 1833, the cinnamon monopoly collapse when growers found it could easily be grown in places like Sumatra, Java, Mauritius, Réunion, Guyana, South America and the West Indies.
To this day, cinnamon ranks among the most commonly used spices on earth. In addition to its culinary uses, the spice is also prized by adherents of natural remedies who believe it reduces the risk of heart disease, eases inflammation and lowers blood sugar – thanks to high levels of antioxidants.
Use this organic cut cinnamon to add a dash of flavor, history and health to your own custom tea and herb blends. A well-storied spice, if there ever was one.
Hot tea brewing method: Bring filtered or freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 2 teaspoons of herbal blend, 1 tea bag or 1 Q3 single serve packet for each 7-9oz/200-260ml of fluid volume in the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 5-10 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time, the better the flavor as more fruit and herb flavor is extracted). Garnish and sweeten to taste
Iced tea brewing method (Pitcher): (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 12 slightly heaping teaspoons of herbal blend, 6 tea bags or 6 Q3 single serve packets into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Using filtered or freshly drawn cold water, boil and pour 1¼ cups/315ml over the herb & fruit blend. Steep for 5-10 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the tea or removing the tea bags. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced herbal tea is to increase the strength of hot brew since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water.
Iced tea brewing method (Individual Serving): Place 2 slightly heaping teaspoons of herb & fruit blend, 1 tea bag or 1 Q3 single serve packet into a teapot for each serving required. Using filtered or freshly drawn cold water, boil and pour 6-7oz/170-200ml per serving over the herb & fruit blend. Cover and let steep for 5-10 minutes. Add hot tea to a 12oz/375ml acrylic glass filled with ice, straining the tea or removing the bags. Not all of the tea will fit, allowing for approximately an additional ½ serving. Garnish and sweeten to taste. A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed herbal tea is to increase the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted.
Ideal Brewing Temperature: 100ºC/212ºF. Minimum Brewing Temperature: 90ºC/194ºF.