Steep for 3-5 minutes, 208°F
For loose leaf iced teas, use 2 tsp per 8oz glass.
All tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. How the leaves of the plant are processed and their level of contact with oxygen determines the type of tea. The more processing the leaves go through, the darker the leaves become, resulting in a distinctive color and taste characteristic. There are four main varietals of tea: black, green, white, and oolong. Tea contains substances called flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidant polyphenols. Antioxidant polyphenols help protect the body's cells from damage due to harmful molecules called free radicals. Regardless of the processing method, black, green, white and oolong teas all contain polyphenols. In fact, tea ranks as high as or higher than many fruits and vegetables in the ORAC score, a score that measures antioxidant potential of plant-based foods. Black tea is a varietal of tea that has been cultivated for centuries. It is more oxidized than the green, oolong and white varieties. During processing, the leaves are heavily oxidized and fermented Our black tea is made from fresh leaves, hand processed under high humidity to promote carefully crafted oxidation, and then oven-fired which turns the leaves a dark, coppery color to yield a superior complex and authoritative flavor. It has higher caffeine content and is stronger in flavor than the other tea varietals.
Average Customer Rating
Glad It Is Back!
Love this tea and missed it when it was not available in loose format.
12/5/13 | Lee, Las Vegas, NV
Bring back the loose tea Forte!
I love this tea, and buy it three or four loose tea canisters at a time. I use it in the single-cup Katis (best invention ever!) and in the pots. However, TeaForte has STOPPED carrying the Forte variety in loose tea! I do have a complete cafe cup set and yes, I can use the little pyramids, but that's not how I like to drink it. The Kati keeps tea MUCH hotter than does the wide-mouthed Cafe Cup, and I prefer the loose tea. Forte is the name of the company, after all--you should have it in all varieties! I'll keep watching for its return.
1/9/12 | Pamela, Minneapolis, MN
The first time I had this tea was at a Spa in Tuscon. I loved the flavor & I was immediately hooked on forte. I enjoy it in the morning. The tea has a mild jasmine flavor. It is the best of two flavors, black & jasmine.
5/19/10 | Barbara, Nazareth, PA
this has been the best tea bag tea. I tried it at a conference and was hooked. They had an abundance of it at the conference so I enjoyed it till then.
5/19/10 | Smitha, Centreville, VA
Perfect for any time of day
This was the first Tea Forte blend that I tried and I was instantly hooked. It is one of your signature bests! Perfect for any time of day.
5/21/09 | Mylinda, Cartersville, GA
The caffeine level in a cup of tea can vary by tea type, steeping practices and even the particular tea harvest. We use the following designations as guidelines for the caffeine levels of our teas:
Robust, high caffeine teas; 50-100mg
Lower caffeine teas with shorter steeping times; 30-50mg
Tea/herbal blends with less than 30mg
Decaf tea retains a tiny amount of caffeine
Herbal teas are 100% caffeine free
These steeping guidelines produce the best results for our palates. Use them as a guideline, but you may certainly experiment and find the best results for yours.