The Art of Brewing the Perfect Cup of Tea

Jan 11, 2021 Most Recent

The Art of Brewing the Perfect Cup of Tea

 

It is virtually impossible to get a common answer on how to brew the perfect cup of tea. Here we have boiled it down (pun intended) to what you actually need to know to get the exquisite cup you desire. Everyone has an opinion on what needs to be done first, on the temperature of the water, brew time, amount of water, and most importantly the tea type. There are so many opinions on what makes the best cup of tea but overall, the basics must come first, then of course, add your own flare to get that extraordinary cup every time.

 

How To

 

Step One

Choose a tea to fit your mood! If you’re getting ready for bed or feeling anxious, choose a relaxing cup of chamomile. If you’re tired and need a pick-me-up, choose a black tea that will give you that extra boost.

Step Two

Start with fresh cold water. Do not reuse already boiled water that has since cooled, it has become ‘flat.’ Tea prefers water with oxygen so the more oxygen the water has the better!

Step Three

Use a good quality tea! The secret to having the perfect cup of tea is having the best quality leaves to start with! We recommend using any of these amazing teas.

Step Four

Make sure to use a clean teapot or mug. You do not want to start off your divine cup of tea with leftovers from a previous cup of tea!

Step Five

Ensure the water temperature is right (more on this later)! After your kettle has boiled, remove it from the heat and let it sit for a few minutes, two to three will be fine. Pouring the freshly boiled water over the tea (bag or loose) will burn the leaves and not give the proper taste you desire.

Step Six

Stick to the brewing instructions. Most teas have instructions on the package for how long to steep and at what temperature. Don’t worry if this is not the case for your tea, there is a chart below that will help guide you based on your type of tea.

Step Seven

Remove the tea from the water once it is done brewing. Feel free to leave the tea in the water a minute or two longer if you like a stronger flavor and less time for a weaker flavor.

Step Eight

Add your milk or sugar to your cup of tea and enjoy! Tip: add the milk to the cup before the tea so the tea cools the milk rather than pouring the milk in after the tea and having the tea warm the milk.

 

Tea Type

Water Temp

6-8 oz of water

Brew Time (min)

White

175-185

1 tbsp

1-3

Green

180-185

1 tsp

3

Black

206

1 tsp

3-5

Darjeeling

185

1 tsp

3

Oolong Rolled

185-206

1 tsp

3-5

Oolong Long Leaf

185-206

1 tbsp

3-5

Tisane

206

1 tbsp

5-7

Raw Pr-erh

195

1 tbsp

3-5

Half & Full Baked Pu-erh

206

1 tbsp

3-5

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