How to Prepare Tea Correctly!
These are fully fermented teas that require 100 degrees water and steeping for 3 – 5 minutes.
Add the tea to the cup or pot and pour over the once boiled water, stir and then steep for the required time. Pour tea or remove teabag (please do not squeeze the teabag as you will release bitter flavours into your tea)
The biggest mistake we make is under steeping our black teas. All the flavour and antioxidants (good stuff) need that time to fully infuse with the water.
Oolong Tea and Green Tea :
These teas require 80 degree water and steeping for 2 – 3 minutes.
The easiest way to achieve this temperature of water is to first add ¼ cold water to the pot or cup then the ¾ of freshly boiled water. Add the Green Tea LAST so it is not burnt. The burnt tea will be bitter. Oolong tea can be re-infused a couple of times.
The biggest mistake with Green tea is using 100 degree boiled water which burns the leaf; this makes a huge difference to the flavour. I encourage you to try this for yourself using the above correct method for one cup and then just use boiling water for another and TASTE the difference, you will be amazed.
These teas require 80 degrees water and can be steeped for 2 – 8 minutes.
Real white tea does not go bitter as easily as green tea through longer infusion times.
- Measure the desired amount of tea leaves and place into a teapot or teacup. Use 1 tsp or 2.3g of tea leaves for every 8oz (1 cup) of water.
- Bring the water to a rolling boil at 212oF (100oC).
- Add enough hot water to submerse the tea leaves and let it sit for a few seconds before pouring out the water. Warming the tea leaves and teaware allow for a better brew.
- Add boiling water and let the tea leaves steep for 3 to 5 minutes.