Mint tea is more than just a beverage in countries such as Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, it's a social event!
When prepared for guest, the tea takes on a ceremonial form with the use of Chinese green tea, fresh mint leaves, boiling water and lots of sugar! Below is a simple outline of how this beverage is Traditionally prepared.
1. In a teapot, combine two teaspoons of tea-leaf with half a litre of boiling water. Allow it to steep for at least 15 minutes.
2. Without stirring, filter the mixture into a different stainless steel pot, so that the tea leaves and course powder are removed.
3. Add Sugar (about 1 teaspoon per 100 millilitres).
4. Bring to a boil over Medium heat (this helps the sugar dissolve).
5. Add Fresh mint leaves to the teapot or directly in the cup!
Pouring of this tea is often done at a high height to create a foamy top. It is also custom to serve the same tea pot three times, giving the consumer three very different cups of tea!
Try this North African tradition at home with our Moroccan Mint, a blend of Gunpowder green tea and Peppermint!