What type of tea to use to brew Kombucha
As with any other recipe, using high-quality ingredients gives you the best results. For the best tasting Kombucha, use high-quality loose leaf tea. The tea that is found in tea bags is tea dust or small broken tea pieces. Loose tea is higher quality than that found in tea bags. Using loose tea to brew your Kombucha will deliver a better tasting drink.
Here’s a price breakdown for loose tea:
Measures of Grace: $10 of tea gives you 11 gallons of Kombucha
Teavana: $40 of tea gives you 10 gallons of Kombucha
David’s Tea: $22 of tea gives you 10 gallons of Kombucha
It's easy to see, you're getting the most bang for your buck by using our tea to brew your Kombucha! We have 19 options of black & green tea for you to choose from and experiment with in your brewing journey! Click here to browse all of our teas!
Make your own Kombucha
So you understand how wonderful Kombucha is, and you're ready to brew some "booch"! Don't let the long instructions intimidate you. Brewing Kombucha is seriously SO easy. Here's how we brew...
What you will need:
Instructions for second ferment:
Cold, fizzy, fresh strawberry Kombucha!
To learn why you should use Measures of Grace loose leaf tea to brew your Kombucha as opposed to other brands, check out Kombucha Series Pt. 3!
Kombucha is a beverage that is made from sweetened black or green tea and has been fermented through a process using yeast (like beer) and bacteria (like yogurt). Because it is fermented, kombucha may contain tiny traces of alcohol (around .5%). Kombucha is a great alternative to sugary sodas, because it is a naturally fizzy beverage. The sugar in Kombucha is largely consumed by the bacteria during the fermentation process, which leaves you with a healthy, fizzy, and low sugar beverage.
Kombucha is known as the “elixir of life” because it is so good for your health. Some of the health benefits are: aids in digestion by its rich probiotics, enhances liver function by its high glucaric acid content, aids in nutrient assimilation by creating a healthy gut, boosts the immune system by its high antioxidant levels, ease joint pain with its natural glucosamine content. Other noted benefits of Kombucha: alleviates chronic constipation, improves mood/depression, boosts energy, reduces allergies, reduces insomnia, and prevents gout and stomach ulcers.
Kombucha tastes delicious and it is wonderful for your health! No wonder it has become so popular.
The down side to drinking Kombucha is the price to purchase it. One 16oz bottle in a grocery store costs between $3-$6. Crazy, right?! Brewing your own Kombucha at home is very, very easy… and inexpensive! Want to learn how to brew your own Kombucha? Check out Kombucha Series Pt. 2!
With the heat turning up outside, it’s time for you to learn some new ways to brew your tea! We chose Mojito Martini for May’s tea of the month for that very reason. We have a couple delicious drink recipes to share that feature our Mojito Martini blend.
Skinny Strawberry Mojito
with Mojito Martini green tea
This recipe yields 4 servings.
Check out all of our Spring & Summer tea blends - use tea in summer mocktail/cocktail recipes to keep your drinks healthier!
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Everyone wants to give their mother a gift she’ll remember. You’ve already given a necklace, a special charm to add to her bracelet, a spa certificate, or flowers. This year, go for something different and memorable. Try breakfast in bed! Don’t just deliver breakfast to her, but sit and eat with her. Time spent together is always worth more than a gift that's tossed in a drawer.
Brew a pot of tea to compliment the scones. Buckingham Palace black tea is a perfect choice. It's a beautiful blend, has caffeine (because we all need that in the morning!), and its delicate flavor won't overpower the scones.
Every mom would love their Mother's Day to start their special day with a thoughtful gesture and quality time with family! And we've made it easy for you.
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms!
Easter is only a week and a half away, and what better way to get in the Easter spirit than with a classic Easter Tea?! A tea party with a 12 month old is…well…let’s just say it’s not your typical “pinky-up” tea party. Ha! But it sure was adorable and we created memories that we’ll giggle about for a long time.
Then it was time to head outside for the party. Gram showed baby A the table and the first thing she was interested in was grabbing the hot pink peep and sticking her hands into her cup of tea… not quite what you do with tea, little one! We both laughed and let her get herself (and Gram) messy with spilt tea.
Gram and baby A enjoyed their rice krispie nests. It was definitely a toddler-approved treat. This was baby A’s first sip of tea, but certainly not her last! Maybe next year she’ll realize it’s for drinking and not for sticking her hands in…
I’m a little late but…Happy 2017! We are now three months into our new venture and it happened in the blink of an eye. The last half of 2016 was very busy for us as we prepared to launch, and when we finally “opened our doors” we were thankful to be busy. It seems that others love our tea as much as we do! Yay!
Since this is really my first retail experience, it’s been quite the learning curve. Wait. You mean we have to decide on our summer product NOW?! It’s only January! Actually, it all sounded like a party to me. Two full days with my girl, shopping for hours, dinners out, and a sweet hotel room. What is not to love?
What actually happens on shopping day is this: You walk into a building that is approximately 4 city blocks in size, along with thousands of other (mostly) women. There are more stores than you could ever dream of, selling everything under the sun. You meet with vendors who all tell you the same thing. Your customers will love their product and they can barely keep said items in stock. Hmmm. Well, that can’t possibly be true of every single item we saw.
Enthusiastically armed with water bottles, a shopping list, budget notes, and of course, wearing Fitbits and walking shoes, we hit the ground running. We each had an idea of what we would be looking for. I knew Grace and I are like-minded in many things and expected that we would love the same things. And we did. Well, sort of.Needless to say, as different generations, we each have our own opinions of what would be a must-have item. I still don’t understand why anyone wouldn’t want to buy a patent leather wine purse from our site. In a variety of lovely colors!! (Okay, okay; so we don’t sell wine. But they are NOT for old ladies! And did I mention that they were super cute?) Sorry to say, I didn’t win that argument, but you can’t win them all.
We spent our first day perusing the aisles, pausing to inquire, occasionally raising our eyebrows or cracking up over the items we each proclaimed to be “hideous!” (No, not the wine purses.) We love our new business and we want our customers to continue to love it, too. So we studied, tasted, sipped, and laughed our way through our day and proclaimed it to be a good start. Over dinner, we checked and rechecked our lists, changed our minds a few times, and made our final decisions. Day two was a little more relaxed as we returned to place our orders and spend a bit of “free time” just in case we missed anything really awesome. We didn’t. But all in all, we had a blast. At the end of the day, we dragged our weary feet back to the car and headed toward home.
So, I’ll rate our getaway as “very successful.” Our friendship has grown deeper, and we’ve got new material filed in our memory banks. We will have some really cool, new merchandise on our website very soon. And the new tea flavors…so many, and all so very tasty. We are confident you’ll love them as much as we do.
Time to brew another cup…
The Holiday season is upon us! Thanksgiving is tomorrow, which means Christmas is just weeks away. When you read that, your heart probably skipped a beat and your to-do list started building in your head. From simply reading a couple sentences, you’re already feeling the stress of the Holiday season. Hurrying and busyness is at the root of this stress. Ann Voskamp says, in One Thousand Gifts, “Being in a hurry. Getting to the next thing without fully entering the thing in front of me. I cannot think of a single advantage I've ever gained from being in a hurry. But a thousand broken and missed things, tens of thousands, lie in the wake of all the rushing.... Through all that haste I thought I was making up time. It turns out I was throwing it away.”
Much too often, Thanksgiving is centered on a to-do list and stress to get it all checked off. All the while we are missing the very purpose of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving: (n) the expression of gratitude, especially to God. It is a day that is set aside to give thanks. Yet somehow, over time, we have turned it into the exact opposite. “Black Friday” made its way to Thursday. The one day of the year that is meant to be set aside to give thanks for what we have been given, we find ourselves in long lines to gather more things. We are throwing away our Thanksgivings – one after the next. Let this be the year that you decide to dedicate the whole day, with your loved ones by your side, to pausing and giving thanks to God.
The season of Christmas is meant to be a time when we remember the greatest gift the world has ever been given, Jesus Christ. We are to celebrate His birth and give thanks to God for giving us such a wonderful and undeserved gift! But we are throwing away the Christmas season by allowing our minds to instead be filled with greed, jealousy, aggravation, stress, etc. This season should indeed be a time for giving. But our giving should be from a heart overflowing in thankfulness for what God has done for us. Let this be the year that you decide to make Christmas prominently about Jesus and allow your giving to be in celebration of His birth.
How do we stop throwing away the Holiday seasons? We must be intentional about not allowing our minds to be cluttered with endless to-do lists and busyness associated with the Holidays. Tea time will help you to be intentional. Brew a pot of tea, sit down, and enjoy. In that moment, center your mind around what this season is about. It is about God’s provision for us and the good gift He has given us in Jesus. Starting today, let’s gather around the table to eat, drink (tea), and be merry!
What's Tea Got To Do With It?
It’s been a whirlwind of a few months.
My daughter-in-law Grace and I decided to start a business. A new mom, Grace made the decision to leave her full-time job. With my part-time business we were able to spend a good bit of time together (I’ll grab every chance I can get to see my first grandbaby) and have lots of conversation. Eventually, we got around to talking about starting a business together. In the 7 years we’ve known each other, it has come up a few times, but it never seemed like the right time. We share a love of tea, good conversation, family…well you get the idea. Thus, the idea to form Measures of Grace was born.
I have a tendency to underestimate the physical effort of any project. Just ask my husband. Not only do I believe every project to be “easy,” but my time frame may sometimes be a little off—“We can do it in TWO weekends!” My husband’s formula for my project ideas is (the amount of time Susie says it will take) X 20 = Reality. I don’t agree, but let’s move on.
With a lively baby, a 90 minute commute between households, my part-time catering business, and my son’s new construction business, we all have our plates full. But we were determined. I spent my very first day wholesale shopping solo because Grace didn’t have a babysitter. I had to practice saying “Let me call my business partner before my final decision” without breaking into laughter. Thankfully, she loved my choices, and we’ve gotten a lot done since then. But it hasn’t been easy. Not at all. There have been a lot of late nights and early mornings. A lot of texting, calling, and commuting. Our “to do” lists have grown to swallow legal pads. Who knew there was so much to do?!
Every week, Grace and Baby A pack up and head over to Gram’s. We take turns watching her so one of us can get something done. Since Baby A is now crawling, we can’t take our eyes off her for a second, so a lot of our day consists of hollering ideas to the one who is actually working. There is zero rest until the magical time of day- also known as NAP time! (Yippee!)
This past week was no exception. Grace and I spent three full days working on our website and getting ready for our launch. With our yoga (sweat) pants, makeup-free faces, and pony tails, we looked more like frazzled housewives than entrepreneurs. We lived for naptime as we were in crunch mode.
Our final shipment had come and Grace needed to finish photographing our products. My sons were here helping out with Baby A, and Grace and I were left to wrap things up. My entire house looked like it had been ransacked. There wasn’t a room to escape for a glimpse of rest. We had unpacked and repacked, shot photos, ironed linens, shrink wrapped, rearranged product, made a TON of tea, and all of a sudden we were done.
We quickly decluttered the dining room (as in, piled everything into the foyer), filled my tea kettle, and grabbed the tea treats I had made for her photo shoot. Within 15 minutes we were sitting at the table with my sons (yes, one is her husband) and a beautiful spread. We went instantly from frazzled to relaxed, from business mode to party mode. It was the most wonderful 30 minutes of our week.
We are very blessed in our family. We really enjoy being together. But, like everyone else, lots of stuff seems to keep us preoccupied. So if you find yourself in a frenzy, brew a pot of tea, and call everyone to the table. You may be surprised how quickly the daily stresses disappear.
Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world second to water. If you aren’t an avid tea drinker, you may wonder why tea is so widely loved. Not only does tea smell and taste delicious, it is also extremely good for your overall health. The following are ten reasons you should be drinking tea: