When the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel opened in 1991 in downtown Vancouver, BC, Murchie's was asked to create a special tea blend in celebration of the grand opening and to serve in the hotel restaurant.
Murchie's created the Waterfront Blend, a timeless, aromatic blend of green and black teas to serve to all their distinguished guests, and yours as well.
|Tea Format||Loose Tea|
The best tea for that late night mug up Review by ['Tugboat Trento']
I bought a sampler when I was ashore and in it were about a half dozen different packs of two tea bags.One of them was waterfront blend.Even hurricane force winds on the west coast of Vancouver island could keep me from that end of watch comfort strong and sweet.When the supply ran low I would be ordering more.Now that I am at home with both anchors down I still make sure that it is in the cupboard at all times.Posted on 2021-07-23
A new find! Review by Robberfly
Just tried it today; I like mine strong with lots of milk and my spouse likes it black. It was terrific for our afternoon tea; especially with the white chocolate chip cranberry cookies that we brought home from Murchies Bakery counter. We are also very fond of Paris Afternoon for our afternoon tea break and in the morning Irish Breakfast is our favourite.Posted on 2016-09-07
Amazing both hot and iced Review by Heidi22
I tried this tea iced one day when it was over 90 degrees and a hot cup just didn't appeal. It is so incredibly refreshing. The hint of lemon is what makes it so good.Posted on 2013-07-14
My favourite tea. Review by Linda from Calgary
It's the best tea. I've tried others but its the one I keep going back to. It just one of those teas that makes you stop, and breathe it in, and smile. Easy to order and get it delivered to your home.Posted on 2013-07-05
A wonderful memory Review by Jan from Virginia, U.S
The boat was almost 3 hours late leaving Seattle on a rainy day in November 2003. By the time it arrived in Victoria and we cleared Customs, we had about 3 hours before the boat left. I was very disappointed that the time was so limited, and kept my exploring to Government St. At one store I asked about a good place to have tea, and was directed to Murchie's right across the street. It was hard to decide what flavor tea to order, but "Waterfront" sounded appropriate for the day. Relaxing at a table with a pot of Waterfront and a delicious flaky pastry with raspberry marzipan and watching people queue up for their afternoon tea was the best thing that happened that day. As the shop grew more crowded, I ended up sharing the table and enjoyed hearing about the tradition of afternoon tea. Before leaving I bought a half lb. of loose Waterfront, and have never been without it since. The smell is wonderful and transports me back to those few hours in Victoria. I hope to go back some day for a longer visit and afternoon tea at Murchie's.Posted on 2012-05-02
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Flavour Profile Guide
Tea and coffee tasting is a very individual, multi-dimensional experience: one person’s perfect cup can be too strong or weak, too brisk or watery for the next person. At Murchie’s, we believe that the best tea or coffee is the one that YOU like the best! We use the following flavour profile guides to help compare our teas and coffees within a relative scale.
Tea Strength Ratings
This rating method indicates the strength of flavour each tea has when brewed according to our brewing guide.
|Light/Delicate: Very light in colour and delicate in flavour|
|Medium: Medium-light cup with slightly fuller cup|
|Medium-Strong: Medium-dark cup, medium body, and full flavour without harshness|
|Strong: Full body, rich cup, takes milk well|
|Very Strong: Rich, dark cup with very full, strong flavour and briskness|
We rate the flavour properties of our coffees along two dimensions: roast and body.
Roast is simply a result of how long and how hot the beans have been roasted, which can be seen in the colour of the finished bean, and typically results in general flavour traits:
|Light Roast||More acidity, brightness and a slight pucker|
|Medium Roast||Slightly richer flavours, some acidity, enhanced creaminess|
|Dark Roast||Distinctive roasted flavour, sometimes notes of toasted sugar or charcoal|
Body is the term used to describe how the brewed coffee feels in your mouth:
|Light Body||Easy to drink with little lingering flavour, ‘thin’ or ‘clean’ feeling on the palate|
|Medium Body||Heavier, creamier mouth-feel with more lingering flavour|
|Full Body||Rich, full-mouth feeling: hits all of the palate and lingers|
Tea Brewing Guide
Different types of teas should be brewed according to certain times and water temperatures to bring out their best flavours. Use this guide as a starting point, and then experiment until you find the perfect brewing method for your favourite tea.
Based on approximately one level teaspoon (2.5g) of loose tea or one tea bag per 6-8 ounce (180-240ml) cup. For stronger flavour, add more tea. Brewing for longer may increase the strength of the tea, but will likely also cause bitterness.
Brew times shown in minutes.
Coffee Brewing Guide
The simplest methods for brewing coffee are drip coffee, pour over and French press. These guidelines are a starting point; modify the ratio of coffee to water, the grind, and brewing time to your taste. If your coffee is not strong enough, increase the proportion of coffee per cup of water, grind the beans finer, or allow them to brew longer – or any combination of these factors. If your coffee is too strong, simply do the opposite.
Drip coffee or pour over method: hot water is gradually poured over coffee grounds and slowly drips through
- Fine to medium grind coffee
- 1.5 to 2.5 tablespoons of coffee per cup of water
- Coarse grind coffee
- 1 to 1.5 tablespoons of coffee per cup (e.g. 4-6 tbsp for a 4-cup French press)
- Pour about 1/3 of the water over the coffee grinds; wait about 30 seconds and then pour in the rest
- Wait 4-5 minutes, then push down the plunger to separate the grounds from finished coffee, and enjoy!