- Denise Beaulieu
MAKING CHAGA TEA
Updated: Jul 10, 2019
What Does Chaga Tea Taste Like
Most folks assume that Chaga Tea tastes quite strong, bitter, and unpleasant, but this far from the truth. A good quality Chaga Tea is actually quite mild, slightly sweet, and even somewhat fruity in flavor. That flavor coupled with our amazing Adagio Natural Tea Blends makes this tea excellent hot or cold.
Brewing Chaga Tea at home is as easy as 1, 2, 3. There are several ways to brew it, however, using Adagio Naturals prepackaged Chaga Tea bags would be by far – the easiest.
Tea Bags/Ground Powdered Chaga
You can brew single cups or small pots of Chaga tea by using tea bags or ground powdered Chaga.
1. Add 1 or 2 teaspoons of ground Chaga powder (or one Tea Bag) to 8 oz of water. If using the powder you should use a tea ball or Bodum style teapot. Otherwise, you will need to strain it.
2. Boil the water, and pour directly into a cup or pot. Drop 1 Tea Bag or the ground Chaga into your cup, ball or Bodum teapot.
3. Steep for 5 to 10 minutes, or longer if you like a stronger tea. Then remove the tea bag/ball, or Bodum/Seeper, and serve hot. The tea may be sweetened with Honey, Maple Syrup, Sweetener or Sugar. Even milk can be added to the Chaga Tea to substitute your morning coffee.
Stove Top Tea – Chunks
If brewing Chaga Tea on the stove top using a pot, it’s best to use larger chunked Chaga and not the powdered Chaga, as you can easily remove the solid pieces prior to drinking the tea.
1. Select 4 to 5 individual Chaga chunks to add to a pot filled with 4 cups (1 litre) of water.
2. Slowly bring the pot to a simmer, and simmer the tea for a minimum of 15 minutes. If brewing large batches of tea, simmer in the pot for 2 to 3 hours.
3. Strain the Chaga chunks from the tea, and serve the tea hot.
The nice thing about using larger chunks is that you can re-use the Chaga until the tea no longer becomes a dark brown color. Simply pop used chunks of Chaga into a small baggy, and pop them in the freezer. Use from frozen to re-use.
Freeze the extra brewed tea. If you make an extra-large batch of tea you can store it in a mason jar in the fridge for a few days. Or why not put it in ice cube trays and freeze them. Then you can throw these into soups, stews or whatever for an added boost. Remember if putting these into something hot like soups or stews, you don’t want the Chaga Tea to boil - just melt and stay warm. Wait until your soup or stew is completely cooked before adding the Chaga ice cubes. This way you are not losing any of their benefits.
Learn more about the benefits of using Chaga.