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How To

How To...

Instructions For Some Products:

  • A Great Cup of Tea (Methods 1 & 2)
  • Incense Sticks & Cones
  • Incense Resins (like Frankincense & Myrrh)

A Great Cup of Loose Tea
(Method #1)

A great cup of tea starts with a great cup of water. Cool, filtered or spring water is the best for starters. This technique uses a tea-ball for the tea.

  1. Heat your water on the stove. You want lots of oxygen in it so boil it old-style, in a kettle on the stove. A microwave just does not do the job.
  2. Place loose tea into a tea ball or a tea bag. (Measure it out according to how much you like, by experience, or use our measuring spoon to be exact.)
  3. Heat the water until it is almost-not-quite boiling. Then pour it into your cup.
  4. Place your tea-ball (with the tea inside it) into the hot water. Here is a guide for how long to let it steep, depending on what type of tea it is:
    • Black Tea - 1-4 minutes
    • Green Tea - 3 min.
      (with water not quite as hot)
    • Darjeeling - 2-3 min.
    • Herb & Fruit Blends - 5-7 min.
  5. When your tea has steeped, remove the tea-ball. (Do not reuse the tea; it will be very disappointing in flavor.)
  6. Drink your tea as-is, or add your choice of sweeteners/ milk/ cream/ lemon/ what-have- you.


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A Great Cup of Loose Tea
(Method #2)

As with Method #1, start with a great cup of water. Cool, filtered or spring water is the best. The more oxygen (bubbles) it has in it, the better. Oxygen helps carry the taste to our taste buds!

This method uses a strainer and two cups.

  • Place your measured loose tea into the first cup.
  • Heat your water until it is almost boiling.
  • Meanwhile, place a tea-strainer on top of the second cup.
  • When your water is hot enough, pour it into the first cup (the one with the loose tea inside).
  • Steep your tea for as many minutes as recommended (see chart on left-hand side).
  • When your tea is done steeping, very carefully pour the hot, infused tea through the strainer into the second, empty cup. (Use caution, this liquid will be very hot!)
  • The strainer will capture the tea leaves, letting pure, brewed tea pass into the cup.
  • Take your tea plain, or add sweeteners/ creamer/ lemon/ what-have-you. Sip it slowly!


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Incense Sticks & Cones

First, we will be using open flame, so be very careful. Prepare before you a small glass of water into which you can deposit matches or, if something drastic happens, you can pour over a small fire.

  1. Light the tip of the incense with a flame (e.g., match or lighter).
  2. Stick the tip of the incense into the flame until it catches fire.
  3. Let the incense burn for a few seconds, then blow it out with a slow, steady breath.
  4. Keep blowing for a few seconds, until the tip of the incense becomes a red, steady ember (no flame).
  5. Let that ember smolder through your incense, releasing fragrant smoke.
  6. Dreaming Gates brand incense (the kind we sell at Coy o'teas) burns 1-2 hours. If you need to extinguish it before that, we recommend pushing the incense ember into the soil of a potted plant. That way, you can always re-light it when you are ready.

Be safe, and enjoy!

Important: to make sure your order is shipped quickly, we send our incense out slightly damp. Please be sure to "air it out" befre burning. That means, either leave the bag open, or spread the incense out on a hard, non-plastic surface to let air get to it. (Why not plastic? Because plastic would absorb the smell and you would be stuck with it forever.)

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Incense Resins

Resins are the hardened sap of specific, fragrant plants. The sap is gathered and allowed to harden into pellets or chunks.

Resins require a little patience, but the fragrance they release is well worth it! You will require:


  1. First, prepare a cup of water, to use for spent matches, or (in case of emergency) for extinguishing small fires. (We have never had resin catch fire here, but we are using charcoal and hot surfaces, so there's no reason not to be prepared!)
  2. Prepare your area, so that you have the charcoal, lighter/matches, charcoal container, and resin all in the same spot. (Don't forget the water!)
  3. Hold your charcoal up with tongs and light one end with a match/lighter. Once the flame takes hold, set your charcoal into its container.
  4. Once the charcoal is hot, slowly sprinkle your resin on top of the charcoal.
  5. Enjoy the fragrant smoke that rises up from the resin.
  6. You can add more resin once your first sprinkle has melted and given up all its fragrance. The charcoal will burn about 30-45 minutes, so you can burn as much resin as you wish.

Be careful with your hot resin, and ENJOY! :)

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