Brewing Guide

Easy steps to make the perfect cup of tea every time!

How to make the perfect cup of tea every time

Making a pot of tea is simple – add boiled water to a pot with tea leaves to serve. While these words ring true for many and capture the fundamental essence of tea making, the number of teas reaching more than a hundred would require intricate knowledge and attention to perfect.However, making a cup of tea shouldn’t be rocket science. For the sake of simplicity, which is what we are all about, we won’t bore you with the intricacies of water temperatures and infusion time (only in the table 😉 for the perfectionists)


Measurements and ratios

While some like their tea strong and others mild, 1 tsp of leaves for each cup of water plus “one for the teapot”. However, others would say 4 tsp per liter of hot water would do the trick for the perfect brew of tea. You’ll have to experiment to find the perfect tea for yourself.Lastly, 2 tsp of loose tea leaves would do for iced teas if that’s your ‘cup of tea’.


Temperature

Temperature is essential to making the perfect cup of tea. For the sake of simplicity, because of the delicate nature of white, green and oolong teas, they require a lower temperature compared to other teas to bring out its essence for the right flavor.On the other hand, black tea, which has been deeply oxidized, will require a hotter temperature to bring out its character.


Duration of infusion

As it is when it comes to water temperature when brewing tea, as a general rule of thumb, delicate teas such as white, green and oolong teas only require a short time to brew. While more exuberant teas like black tea, and the rarer counterpart – pu’er – benefit from longer infusions.


Strength

But of course, all of the above are only general practices to make good tea. However, the measurements, temperature, and duration of infusion can vary with personal style and preference.


General Guidelines

  1. Bring cold water to a boil in a kettle.
  2. Add the proper amount of tea as instructed into the teapot.
  3. Allow hot water to cool down to the appropriate temperature if necessary.
  4. Pour the hot water into the pot with the tea and steep for the proper length of time as instructed.


White tea  -  80°C/176°F  -  3-6 minutes

Green tea  -  80°C/176°F  -  1-3 minutes

Oolong tea  -  80-90°C/176-194°F  -  3-6 minutes

Black tea  -  100°C/212°F  -  2-4 minutes

Pu’er  -  100°C/212°F  -  3-4 minutes

Herbal & floral/fruit tisanes  -  100°C/212°F  -  5-6 minutes

Rooibos & honeybush tisanes  -  100°C/212°F  -  5-6 minutes