Making a Great Cup of Tea
Taking the right approach to tea preparation can enhance the flavor and health benefits provided by exceptional tea.
Here's how to get a great cup of tea.
- Bring more than enough water to a boil in a non-reactive water kettle.
- Use good tasting water. The better tasting your water, the better tasting your tea. The best water is filtered or bottled (but not distilled). If using tap water, let it run cold for 10 seconds before using it for tea.
- Pre-heat the teapot with boiling water. Cover the teapot with the lid. Let stand until the vessel is warm, pour out the water and proceed immediately to step 4.
- Put the tea in an infuser or other infusing device. Start with one heaped teaspoon per cup. The amount of loose tea you use will depend on the type and strength of the tea, as well as your individual taste, so a little experimentation may be necessary.
- Add hot water by pouring it over the tea. Use an amount in proportion to the quantity of tea you've added (e.g. 6 cups of water for 6 teaspoons of tea). The ideal water temperature varies based on the type of tea being steeped. The more oxidized the tea (e.g. black tea) the hotter the water should be, whereas less oxidized teas (white, green) should be steeped in water that isn't as hot.
- white or green teas, well below boiling (170-185 F or 76-85 C) Bring the water to a boil, turn off the heat and let the water cool for 30 seconds for white tea and 60 seconds for green tea before pouring it over the leaves and steep 1-2 minutes
- oolong teas (185-210 F or 85-98 C)Steep 2-3 minutes
- black teas, full rolling boil (212 F or 100 C) Steep 2-3 minutesThe most common mistake is to steep black tea with water that is not hot enough, which can prevent the active substances in black tea from developing
- pu-erh teas, full rolling boil (212 F or 100 C) Steep Limitless
- Herbal teas, (210°F or 99° C) Steep 3-6 minutes
- Cover and steep. Different teas require different steeping times. Check the instructions for guidance. If there are no instructions, steep for three minutes, then taste frequently until it's flavorful but not bitter.
- Remove infusing device from the teapot. Tuck the teapot back inside a tea cozy or a warming device to maintain temperature of the tea.
- Some teas can be re-infused. Follow your taste buds because it is a personal preference.
- You may want to add milk, sugar or honey. If you use milk, add the milk to the cup first, then add the tea. This prevents the hot tea from scalding the milk by heating it up gradually.
- Enjoy the experience that warms the heart and soul with a great cup of tea!
Brew the perfect iced tea
Taking the right approach to brewing iced tea can create the perfect cold beverage from our exceptional loose leaf teas.
Here's how to get perfect iced tea.
- Add one tea pouch to a 1/2 gallon container.
- Pour 32 oz. (half of 1/2 gallon) over the tea pouch. Let steep for roughly 5 minutes.
- Remove the tea pouch and add sugar, stir. Fill to the top with ice for an instant cold iced tea, or fill to the top with water and refrigerate until cold.
- Enjoy your iced tea!