Brewing tea is an art and like other forms of art, if you follow some basic guidelines then you’ll be able to brew a perfect cup of tea every time.
Start with quality
Doesn’t matter what kind of tea you like but while buying your tea, you should never compromise with the quality of tea. Always choose the premium quality tea because it matters the most for brewing the perfect tea. Teaspec only offers the top quality tea, so you can order any of our products without any hesitation.
Always use freshly drawn, cold water to prepare tea. Purified and spring water are best because they are relatively free from pollutants and other substances that can dramatically alter tea’s taste. On the other hand, it is preferable for the water to have some natural minerals content, as they may enhance the tea’s flavor. For this reason, distilled water should be avoided since the lack of minerals will leave the tea tasting flat.
Temperature is critical in making good tea. The popular conception that boiling water can be used on any kind of tea is actually incorrect. In fact, each variety of tea, from green to black, needs to be prepared at a different range of temperature.
Duration of infusion
Similar to water temperature, time requirements also vary according to the type of tea. Delicate teas such as green tea needs to be brewed for shorter amount of time like 1 to 3 minutes, while black teas and pu-erh teas benefit from longer infusions like 3 to 4 minutes. But of course, the duration of the infusion varies with culture and personal preference.
Material of teapot
While seemingly unimportant at first, the material of the teapot being used, also affects the quality of the infusion. While selecting a teapot, it is important to consider the type of the tea and the ideal water temperature for it. Our Lazy Pour teapot, which comes in 2 sizes, will help tea drinkers get the most of their tea with minimum effort. These cleverly designed teapots are also light, sturdy and travel well.
If you are using a traditional kettle to brew your tea, the following instructions will show you to make a good cup of any kind of tea.
- Bring freshly drawn, cold water to a boil in a kettle
- When water is at a gentle boil, remove heat
- Pre-warm your teapot and cups by cleaning them using hot water
- Put two grams of tea leaves per 150 millilitres of water. It’s a good rule of thumb for any type of tea, but trust your kitchen scale over your eye as some teas, like white and green, are lighter than others
- Allow the water to cool down to the desired temperature if necessary and pour it over the tea leaves. Darker teas, like black teas and Pu’ers, work best in water around 100 degrees. Whites and yellows are better at lower temperatures, anywhere from 60-80 degrees. Green teas do best at around 60 degrees.
- Steep it for the appropriate time duration as instructed earlier
- Strain completely into another teapot or directly into the serving cups