Brewing The Perfect Tea
Want to know how to make a perfect brew? The good news is that there are only a few failsafe rules that need to apply – it is also timely to remember at the end of the day a cup of tea can be as individual as the person drinking it! Discover our tips and tricks to ensure a delicious brew.
Get it right from the get-go
We always try to use freshly drawn, cold water to prepare our brews – purified and spring water are recommended as they are relatively free from pollutants and other substances that can alter the tea’s taste, basically water full of oxygen is a tea’s greatest friend! Distilled water lacks minerals and should always be avoided if wanting to dodge a lack lustre tasting tea. Always avoid using pre-heated water from the tap – the water will most likely be overheated – losing oxygen content. Gently boiling your water will equally enhance your tea’s flavour.
Check your temperature
To ensure a perfect brew, temperature is critical. Each blend of tea from green to black to herbal requires a different temperature range. For example green tea, to avoid bitterness, often needs a cooler temperature to bring out the right flavour. Conversely, black tea, which has been fully oxidized, needs much hotter water to bring out its characteristic, biscuity sweetness
Similar to water temperature, different kinds of tea need to brew for differing lengths of time. Generally, delicate teas such as green and white tea need to be brewed for shorter times, while heartier black teas benefit from longer infusions. Of course, the duration of the infusion varies with personal preference. We suggest to always look at the packet for correct brewing times!
Don’t be potty – get your tea wares right
While seemingly unimportant at first, the material of the teapot or cup being used can affect the quality of the brew. Avoid plastic as the tannins will stick to the side of the cup, metal can lead to your tea tasting metallic whilst ceramic is porous and can allow your tea to cool too quickly. Almost always, porcelain tea wares will achieve the best results.
Steep, sip and enjoy – snapshot
- Bring freshly drawn, cold water to a gentle boil and remove from heat
- Warm teapot or cup with a little of the boiled water and then pour out.
- Add correct amount of tea leaves or tea bags per person to the pot – the typical ratio is 1 full teaspoon of leaf or bag per cup for hot tea, or two teaspoons per cup for iced tea. A 1 litre teapot will need around 4 teaspoons of tea (leaf) or bags for a delicious hot brew.
- Allow water to cool to the correct temperature before pouring over leaves or bag.
- Steep for the correct length of time.
- Strain completely or remove bags and just simply enjoy on its own or with something delish to eat!