Easy steps 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)
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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