Alice's Guide to A Delicious Cup of Tea
Preparing tea is an ancient art. There are thousands of different ways of doing it, and many people have their own special methods of creating the perfect brew.
Making a delicious cup of tea is a combination of tea leaves, the amount of water used, the temperature, the brewing time (infusion), and the type of vessel you are using (usually a teapot). Different types of tea require different processes to bring out the best in them.
With something so complex, a short post like this can only scratch the surface, so I've gone for simplicity over depth.
If you discover a new way of brewing that tickles your fancy, please share it with me via our social media. We love to hear the latest to keep our tea taste buds tantalized!
And remember to enjoy your precious tea time. It's a special moment made just for you.
Alice's tips on preparing your teapot
- Begin with cold water (tap or filtered), and heat it in your kettle or pot.
- Use that hot water to then heat your teapot, by pouring a small amount of hot water into the teapot and swirling it around. Please be careful - it's hot! Discard the water after heating your teapot for one to two minutes.
- Fill your kettle or pot, and bring it to boiling.
- Add the tea leaves to your teapot or infuser. One level teaspoon of leaves per cup of water is usually right, but strong tea lovers might like a bit more, and weak tea lovers a bit less. Experiment until you find the level that works for you. For iced tea lovers, add a second semi-heaped teaspoon.
- Allow the tea to steep for roughly 3-5 minutes, then remove your tea leaves. Do not steep any longer than 5-6 minutes, or you will most likely have a bitter cup. Say "No" to bitter tea!
Green and Pouchongs Teas:
- Bring your water up to a pre-boil then remove it from the heat. In a pot this is when the little bubbles start to form on the bottom of the pot. If your kettle has a temperature function you can set it to 70-80 degrees Celsius.
- Add one level teaspoon of loose tea per cup of water. More leaves - stronger brew. Less leaves - weaker brew.
- Allow the tea to steep for 1 ½-2 minutes then remove the tea leaves. Quality green tea can be steeped more than once. We love green tea even more for this! Save the leaves and re-steep, adding 1 minute for each additional brewing. Remember to remove the teas at the right time so your brew remains smooth.
Oolongs and White Teas:
- Bring your water up to a pre-boil then remove it from the heat. In a pot this is when the little bubbles start to form on the bottom of the pot. If your kettle has a temperature function you can set it to 70-80 degrees Celsius. With White and Oolong teas it is always best to be cautious rather than having the water too hot - your tea will thank you for it.
- Add your tea, usually one level teaspoon per cup. Make it heaped if you like it strong.
- Allow the tea to steep for 4-6 minutes and remove the leaves. Oolongs can also be re-steeped. Follow the same steps as with green teas, above. That way you'll get to love your oolongs (and white teas) for a long time.
Tisanes or Herbal Teas (one and the same):
- Bring your water to a full boil (100 degrees Celsius) and remove it from the heat.
- Add your herbal tea/tisane, one heaped teaspoon per cup. For iced herbal infusions, add one level tablespoon.
- Allow the herbs to steep for 5-7 minutes and then remove them. Herbs don't generally get bitter if you allow them to steep longer, so you can leave them in your teapot to keep brewing if you like it a little stronger. Experiment to find the right length for you.
You will find brewing instructions on the back of all our teas. These are specific to the tea or tisane that is in the packet and will help insure your cup of tea is delicious.
We hope this has made your tea adventure that bit more enjoyable. Stay curious. Keep discovering. There are thousands of teas out there waiting for you to try. Thank you for joining us on our tea adventure!