Brewing Black Tea
When brewing black tea, it should be prepared in a pot – you can also brew black tea in a cup using a filter or infuser made for that purpose. Especially suitable are pots made of glass or ceramics.
- Use a teaspoon of black tea per cup and a further teaspoon ‘for the teapot’, or adjust according to your taste.
- Always pre-heat the porcelain, ceramic or glass with boiling water before brewing tea and only use fresh water which has not been boiled previously.
- Infuse in boiling water and let sit for 3 to 5 minutes.
Brewing Green and White Tea
- Take a teaspoon full of green or white tea per cup.Always pre-heat the porcelain, ceramic or glass with hot water.
- Only use fresh water which has not been boiled previously (if you make a mistake and do not want to start over, let it cool down to the required temperature.) Soft water is better than hard. Heat the water to no more than 80°C.
- Infuse the tea and let sit for 2-5 minutes. (See individual packet for specific instructions)
Brewing Herbal and Fruit Blends
- Take a teaspoon full of tea per cup.
- Use freshly drawn water to get the best taste from your fruit or herbal infusion.
- Use freshly boiled water and infuse for around 8-10 minutes at 100°C.(See individual packs for specific brewing instructions)
Common mistakes when brewing tea
- You brewed it too hot. If you brew tea too hot, it will become bitter. This is probably the most common of all mistakes.
- You brewed it too long. This depends on the variety, but generally speaking, don’t brew your tea for more than 2-5 minutes.
- You used too much tea. It depends on the variety, but for normal sencha (green tea), about one teaspoon to 0.25-0.3 Litres of water. For one type of tea, you may have to use an even level teaspoon, and for another a heaping teaspoon; it will vary from tea to tea.
- You didn’t use enough tea. For Gyokuro, you won’t get good results unless you use double the amount used for sencha.
How to make Iced Tea
- Brew double strength (2 tea spoons per cup) using hot water.
- Strain & keep in the fridge until cold.
- Alternatively pour straight over ice cubes.
- Put 2 tea spoons of loose tea leaves into a large pot or jug.
- Fill with cold water & leave to infuse in the fridge, preferably overnight.
- Most iced teas taste better with added sugar or sweetener.