How to Brew Tea 101

Making tea is a subjective art. Some like to brew their tea light, others love to "scorch" their tea to draw the bitterness out.

However, it is helpful to know how to brew tea without bitterness and understand the basics of tea brewing to get the most out of the tea leaves, flowers and fruit.

As the saying goes - learn the rules before breaking them ;)

 Brewing without bitterness is not hard at all..

1. Get rid of your first infusion.
2. Hot water into tea leaves, hot water out right away.
3. Pour in fresh hot water again into your tea leaves and brew it normally, make sure you do not over brew it, particularly green tea because it will make it bitter.

To enjoy a beautiful cup of tea make sure it is on the right temperature and right brewing time. Perfect for your tea time me time moment :)

 Here are a few more tips on tea brewing for you:

  • Use roughly a teaspoonful of dried tea per cup.
  • The finer the leaf, the cooler the water should the tea be brewed with.
  • For herbal/fruit infusions and black tea we suggest the use of “jumpy / rolling” boiling water to bring out their flavours.
  • Green and light oolong tea requires water that is not as hot.
  • White tea can be made with even slightly cooler water.
  • Warming cups (pour some hot water into the cups and discard the water) before use will keep the tea warm longer.
  • Brewing time depends on your liking – the more broken the leaf, the shorter it needs to be brewed, eg black tea about 2-3 minutes, white tea about 5 minutes.
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