Perfectly Steeped Tea

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Brewing the perfect cup of tea is fairly simple. You will extract the most pleasure from fine tea, steeped with care. But how to brew hot tea? You should keep in mind that the way a cup of tea is brewed plays an enormous part in how the tea finally tastes. Fine tea leaves and a good brew make your perfect cup!

How much to use

This depends on how you like your tea but a good rule of thumb is, a good teaspoon of tea and one cup of water per person.

White tea – 1.5 teaspoons | Black tea, Green tea & Oolong tea: 1 teaspoon

Water & its temperature

The water is best freshly filtered and should not be re-boiled because this diminishes the oxygen content. For good leaf tea the water should be below boiling temperature.

Black tea & Oolong tea at 90 degrees celsius. White tea at 80 decrees celsius. And green tea between 65 – 80 degrees celsius. 

Steeping Time

Pour the hot water over the tea leaves, cover it if it’s in a pot, and infuse to taste. Different teas need different infusing times. Experiment to find your ideal steeping time, but take care about steeping for too long or you’ll find your tea has turned bitter.

Steep black tea for 2-3 minutes. Green tea for 1 minute. Both oolong tea & white tea should be steeped for 3 minutes.

Accompaniments

Some people like adding sugar, milk, honey or lemon to their tea. For black tea, these are all suitable and helps in enhancing the natural flavours of the tea. In green tea, you could add a touch of lemon. But for white tea and oolong tea, we suggest drinking it as it is.

Read about the history of tea & sugar here.

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