Tea masterclass

Create plastic-free tea from your home garden


Tea Masterclass with Monica Naples 

Join local tea blender/botanist Monica Naples from ArTe online on Wednesday 29 July, 10am on Sunshine Coast Libraries Facebook and craft your own (plastic free) tea from your home garden. Learn which plants to grow in your garden to add to your daily cuppa or craft your very own herbal tisane. Take a stroll with Monica through her own tea garden while she demonstrates the art of tea blending.

Benefits of making your own tea

Many commercial tea brands contain plastic, either in their packaging or in teabags. Buying loose-leaf tea helps to eliminate much of that plastic. Growing your own ingredients to add to a base tea is a sustainable and inexpensive way of enjoying several different tea blends to suit differing tastes or tea moods.

You will need:

  • 50g of a quality loose-leaf tea (can be a plain or naturally flavoured green or black tea such as English breakfast, Daintree or green tea, or a herb such as chamomile, peppermint or rooibos) – this will be the base of the tea.
  • Herbs and ingredients that you may have growing in the garden such as ginger, turmeric, lemongrass, lemon myrtle, lime, rosella, peppermint, fennel, rose, lavender, calendula.

Equipment required:

  • Kitchen scale
  • A way of drying the herbs, either a dehydrator or by air drying
  • Mixing bowls
  • Spoons

For extra tea making supplies, visit Monica’s website.

Sunshine Coast Libraries members have loaned tea-making titles 4,277 times! Check out the range of titles on eAudiobook, eBooks and eMagazines available through libraries. Free, anywhere, anytime with your library card.


Reserve these titles and collect from your local library:

View the help guide for reserving items. Libraries will alert you when an item is ready for collection. If you are not member, join online.


Libraries love these tea-making eBooks:

Borrow up to 30 eBooks on your device. To get started download the ePlatform by Wheelers, RBDigital and Libby apps. Select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password. Need help setting up your device for eBooks? Watch this video tutorial.


Grow your tea-making herbs with these gardening eMagazines:

  • ABC organic gardener
  • Backyard and garden design ideas
  • Gardening Australia
  • Good organic gardening
  • Mother earth news

To get started using free eMagazines download the RBDigital app, select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.


Listen on the go with these tea friendly podcasts:

  • Tea, Mud and Hope: new podcast following the adventures and learnings of the experimental teagarden Windy Hollow in Scotland. Learn about tea growing, tea making and growing tea in the face of climate change.
  • Talking Tea: raising awareness of tea and tea culture in all its forms. Listen to tea experts, writers, sellers, industry insiders or tea masters about unique aspects of tea drinking, tea history, tea production or tea culture.
  • TeaLife Audio: podcast about the Japanese Way of Tea and related arts. A round table discussion about various topics related to the way of tea, Chado or Cha no yu.
  • Pod of Tea: your go-to podcast for tea reviews, interviews and chats! UK tea enthusiast Emma is on a tea adventure, pop the kettle on and join in.
  • Floating Leaves Tea: Taiwanese Tea Jedi, Shiuwen Tai, shares tea with a rotating cast of friends.
  • My Japanese Green Tea: for tea enthusiasts, and wanting to learn more about Japanese teas such as Sencha, Matcha and Gyokuro. Plus, you'll get to know more about each tea company and the people behind them.

All podcasts are free and available to listen on: Android - Google Play, Procast, Downcast, Pocket Casts, Player FM and AntennaPod. iOS - Apple Podcasts app, RadioPublic, Pocket Casts, Castbox, Podbean and Stitcher. You can also stream podcasts from Spotify. 

On the web

Catch up on these tea-making blogs on the web:

  • Herbal Tea Australia: organic herbal teas using Australian organic herbs
  • Oolong Owl: assisted by a parliament of Tea Owls, Oolong Owl is all about tea and teaware reviews, tea travel, and providing helpful tea information
  • TeaTime: informative articles that include tea room reviews and food pairings.


Stream these free tea documentaries on Kanopy:

  • All in this Tea: enjoy this free film that follows world-renowned tea expert David Lee Hoffman to remote regions of China in search of the best handmade teas in existence.
  • The Roots of Tea: see where the source of nearly 1,500 different types of tea come from. Find out how tea spread from Japan to Europe. Learn the differences between green, black and white teas and how the tea bag was accidentally invented.

All in this Tea 

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