Honey and Tea: A How-To

This one was like a smack on the forehead. I couldn’t believe how simple a solution this is.

Honey, among myriad applications, still is most popular as a flavouring for hot beverages; coffee, tea, and the like.

For those not familiar with raw, comb honey, utilisation is perhaps tricky, unless just using by the spoonful or complementing a cheese plate. My mother, who wasn’t familiar with comb honey before I sent her the first samples from the 2015 harvest, closed a recent email with “BTW, Your honey has a very nice taste though I miss it coming from a plastic bear 😉 ..kidding.”.

Perhaps she’s not kidding. You can read my opinions of plastic honey bears here. The fact that comb honey is still in the honeycomb presents a challenge for the consumer. Do you crush it? Spread it? Filter it yourself through a sieve?

For those who’ve added a teaspoon of raw comb honey to their cuppa hot tea almost immediately realises that beeswax melts and separates before cooling and re-solidifying, floating on the surface of an aqueous solution. It clings to the sides of the mug or spoon. It coats metal tea infusers. And makes a bit of a mess. You have to scrape the cooled wax off, or run under hot water to melt the beeswax away ,wiping with a paper towel. And then the wax is in your sink. Time consuming. Messy.

Well, today I was preparing some tea we got in over the holidays from our favourite café roastery, Raging Sage, out in Tuscon, Arizona. And my partner also ordered some T-Sacs, despite that we have at least 6 others ways to brew coffee or tea. He meant well, though I prefer to employ reusable methods of brewing, rather than something that needs to landfilled, composted, or carefully cleaned and dried. I also had a bit of a tickle in the back of my throat, and to soothe the discomfort wanted to dose my tea with some of my honey. In a stroke of genius I spooned the chunk of comb honey right into the T-Sac along with the loose tea. And what do know? It works. The honey melts out of the comb, sweetening the beverage, and all the beeswax stays right in the bag. Problem solved. Hassle-free comb honey use in a hot beverage. And this particular piece of honey was some honey-filled burr comb from early in the season, speckled with bright orange propolis, which is another one of Nature’s sore throat remedies.

Have a good day!

-Chase

Adding raw comb honey to loose leaf tea bag.

Adding raw comb honey to loose leaf tea bag.

Hot tea infused with raw comb honey.

Hot tea infused with raw comb honey.

Used T-Sac filtered beeswax

Used T-Sac filtered beeswax