I picked up this delicious Guava Tea Bud from Spice and Tea Merchants in Temecula, California. It was perfect for last weeks Tea for Two theme! I’ve brewed a tea bud once before and I had no idea what I was doing. I learned a lot after that first experience. Here’s hoping you’ll learn from my mistakes!

Most companies put the brewing instructions on their packaging. (If they don’t, you can google it.) Allowing green tea to brew for too long will result in a bitter taste. So follow the instructions!

This is what the tea bud looks like before it’s brewed.

Watching this bud blossom in the Blooming Tea Pot was pretty awesome! So awesome that I recorded it. I allowed the bud to brew for five minutes, as instructed on the package. Don’t worry, I sped up the video so you can see it bloom in less than one minute.

The tea bud is doing it’s thing, and check out that color. The tea looks great! But the smell… it’s divine!

Guava Tea Bud from Spice and Tea Merchants in Temecula, California

Alright! The part we’ve all been waiting for- the Guava Tea Bud has bloomed! What do you think? Does it look like you expected? It smelled really good. Not at all like I had expected. I really like fruity and herbal teas, so this one was a win for me. I actually picked up two more Guava Tea Buds after trying this one! On the package it says it’ll make ten more cups, but, there are five of us in the house and we all really liked it. This is one we’ll be going back for, for sure.

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Check out my other posts if you’d like to learn more about the Tea for Two project.

January 27, 2019

Brew a Guava Tea Bud at home

What is Tea For Two about?

I am so excited that you’re interested in my project; tea for two. Over the next few months I’ll be posting a variety of tea themed photos, from product shots to lifestyle images, close ups, gifs and maybe some talking videos. The idea is reconnecting; with yourself, spouse, family, etc. For me, I’ll be reconnecting with myself and my family. 

Where did this idea come from?

My family and I spent the last five years traveling the United States. When we were on the road we connected with so many people. Often over hot chocolate, coffee or tea while hanging out at the campfire. I’ve made some of my best friends doing laundry and drinking tea! We’ve been “parked” for a year now and we’ve not been connecting. We’ve fallen into this mundane routine and I’m ready for a change. Thus “tea for two.”

What do you have planned?

As a product photographer, I’ll be setting the scene and photographing products, in a lifestyle setting, to share on social media. Currently on my calendar is Guava, Flannel, Self Care, Valentine’s Day, Book, Camping, Pi Day, Saint Patrick’s Day, 1st Day of Spring, Seaside/Beach, Cactus, Earth Day.

I am open to other ideas, most of these are inline with “national” days, like National Flannel Day on February 10th. 🙂 These are just a starting point to keep things organized and to create a cohesive look, like the photos featured in this post.

You can learn more about me here.

What items are you looking for?

Items I am looking for include but aren’t limited to; tea, tea cups or mugs/pots, tea accessories, tea towels, serving trays. I can incorporate jewelry, such as rings and long necklaces. Textile pieces like gloves, scarves, hats, placemats, and table runners. I can also use art prints, journals, notebooks, writing utensils, candles, etc.  

What do I get?

All products will be photographed alone and in a lifestyle setting. A minimum of 5 high resolution images, per product, will be yours to use as you’d like. I would love to receive credit for the photo when and where possible but it’s not necessary. 

I’d like to participate, how much does it cost?

The cost for one product is $130.

  • The cost includes five product photos per item.
  • A blog post with links to your product on your website.
  • A post on Instagram and FaceBook tagging your business.

I will not be accepting more than five artisans each week to allow space for each brand to be properly represented. 

If you’d like to chat more, I encourage you to contact me!


January 16, 2019

Project: Tea for two