How to prepare tea?

All of our packaging include easy to follow detailed temperature requirements and steeping instructions. It is important to follow these instructions in order to get the best outcome when brewing your tea.

Quantity of tea

How do you know the quantity of tea leaves needed to brew in your teapot? Firstly, it goes without saying that the more tea leaves you use, the more concentrated the liquor will be. Too much or too little can cause an imbalance in its components and therefore in the taste. To avoid an unpleasant experience, use 0.07 oz. (2g) of tea leaves for 4 fl. oz. (12cl) of water. One option to make sure you have the right quantities is to use tea filters or tea measures. Alternatively, another option is to use tea bags. Our tea bags contain exactly 0.07 oz. (2g) of whole-leaf tea, making it extremely easy to brew. Lastly, if you want to weigh the dry leaves, you can use an electronic scale. We have a some available on our site.

Water temperature

While heat is necessary for most components of tea to become soluble, an incorrect temperature can destroy or alter some components. This is why controlling the water temperature is extremely important for a well-balanced tea. There is an optimal brewing temperature for each type of tea and it should be respected to ensure the best outcome in terms of taste and balance. To guide you, we have included the appropriate brewing temperature on all of our packaging.

We also suggest the use of the stainless steel thermostatic kettle which makes it easy to select one of six different pre-set temperatures.

Perfect brewing time

It is essential to steep your tea for the correct amount of time. Brewing times vary between 10 seconds and 20 minutes and are determined by the chemical components of each tea. For example, an Oolong can be brewed for a long time, and even several times. On the other hand, a Japanese green tea should never be steeped for longer than two minutes. In reality, what is more important than a rule is to know about the type of tea. For the perfect tasting experience, we suggest you following the indications on our packaging. To avoid brewing your tea for too long, we suggest the use of an electronic timer.

Brewing board

 
Green Teas Water Temperature Brewing Time Quantity for 10 fl. oz. (30 cl)
Japan 50 to 75°C – 120 to 170°F
1 - 3 min 6g
China and other origins 75°C - 170°F 2 - 5 min 6g
Black Teas Water Temperature Brewing Time Quantity for 10 fl. oz. (30 cl)
India - Darjeeling first flush 85°C - 185°F 2 - 3 min 8 to 10g
India – others Darjeeling flush 85°C - 185°F 3 - 5 min 8 to 10g
India – Assam 95°C - 200°F 3 - 4 min 6g
China 85°C - 185°F 4 - 5 min 6g
Sri Lanka and other origins 85°C - 185°F 3 - 5 min 6g
Oolong Teas Water Temperature Brewing Time Quantity for 10 fl. oz. (30 cl)
Oolong Teas 95°C - 200°F 5 - 7 min 6g
Gong Fu Cha preparation 95°C - 200°F Brews of 20 sec - 1 min Fill the teapot with tea
White Teas Water Temperature Brewing Time Quantity for 10 fl. oz. (30 cl)
White Teas 70°C – 160°F 5 - 10 min 6g
Dark Teas Water Temperature Brewing Time Quantity for 10 fl. oz. (30 cl)
Pu Erh 95°C – 200°F 4 - 5 min 6g
Flavoured Teas Water Temperature Brewing Time Quantity for 10 fl. oz. (30 cl)
Green Teas Base 75°C – 170°F 3 - 5 min 6g
Black Teas Base 85°C – 185°F 4 - 5 min 6g
Oolong Teas Base 95°C – 200°F 5 - 7 min 6g
Rooibos Base 95°C – 200°F 5 min 6g
Iced Teas Water Temperature Brewing Time Quantity for 17 fl. oz. (50 cl)
Iced Teas Ambient temperature 30 min 8g
Infusions Water Temperature Brewing Time Quantity for 10 fl. oz. (30 cl)
Herbal teas 95°C – 200°F 4 - 7 min 8 - 10g