- Serving Size: 2.5g /cup
- Steeping Temp: 78°C
- Steeping Time: 2 mins.
- Certification: Organic
- Origin: Various
- Caffeine: Low
Casablanca Mint - Lotus Teabag Collection
This traditional Moroccan tea is a luxurious blend of Chinese Gunpowder green tea and fresh peppermint leaves. While some classic recipes are heavily sweetened with raw sugar or agave nectar, we've found that it is quite refreshing unsweetened as well. Casablanca Mint provides a sweet and subtle twist, using green tea, spearmint and lemon verbena to create a sweeter version of traditional Moroccan tea.
Story, Folklore, History...
Moroccan Green Tea and the traditional ceremonies associated with it are famous all over the world. Although Moroccan green tea rituals have gained in popularity throughout north Africa and around the world over the past 100 years this tea has remained a symbol of hospitality, welcome and family regardless of where it has traveled to.
The host will sit in front of a tray on which there are two teapots and ornate teacups. On the table are the ingredients: boiling water, green tea, mint leaves, and sugar. The ritual begins with the host rinsing the teapots with boiling water, to warm them up. Green tea leaves are added to each pot and are rinsed with the boiling water, to get rid of the initial ‘bite’. Sugar is then added to each pot, and then they are filled with boiling water.The mixture of green tea and sugar is left to steep for several minutes, after which it is stirred and poured into the teacups. When pouring this mixture, the host will pour from both teapots simultaneously from considerable height, and will only fill the teacups halfway. There is never a drop spilled.The guest can then enjoy this first cup of green tea while the host continues the ritual by adding more green tea lives and sugar to both teapots, and refilling them with boiling water. The initial water leftover in the teapots is not discarded. At this time, handfulls of fresh mint leaves are added to the teapots, and the aroma of sweet mint permeates the air. When the first cup of green tea is finished, this second cup, infused with additional sugar and fresh mint leaves, is enjoyed. It is this second steeping that is famous around the world.
While cooking and preparing the home for visitor’s has traditionally been done by the maternal head of a family, Moroccan Tea Ceremonies have historically been prepared by the paternal head of the family. By ensuring everyone in the family has a duty and responsibility to hospitality, participation in the tea ceremony itself has become a symbol of community, strength and family honour.
Tasting NotesCertification: Organic
Grade or Quality: Loose Leaf
Infusion Aroma: Minty
Infusion Color: Deep Gold
Base flavor: MInt
Infusion Strength: Light