Subtle Tea

White tea is an extravagance because it uses only the new leaves and buds of the tea plant. Even so, this tea is just too exquisite not to share. Drink it from your favorite teacup.


In most languages, the word “tea” uses te, cha, or chai as its root word. “Etymology of tea” is a great search term if you would like to geek out about language. Now go forth and brew some tea!

Makes 1 (6-ounce) mug
Takes 10–15 minutes

1 teaspoon white tea leaves
1 teaspoon cocoa nibs, minced

Heat the water in a covered pot until it reaches about 180°F, or bubbles the size of crab eyes plus some steam. While the water is heating, put the tea leaves and nibs in a tea ball. Put the teaball in a mug, pour the hot water into the mug, and steep the tea for three minutes. Remove the teaball and serve. Share and enjoy!

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