22 Mar How To Brew Tea
How To Brew Tea?
- Use the correct leaf-to-water ratio
- Get the correct water temperature
- Use a timer when infusing
- Use 2-3g of leaves per teacup (150ml). Approximately one teaspoon of broken, black tea or a dessert spoon of whole leaf teas (may include petals and buds) which are lighter and more bulky.
- Whole leaf teas need space to unfurl as they infuse, re-hydrating and swelling, which can’t happen in a bag!
- For stronger tea – use more tea not more time!
- Infusing tea for longer does not make it stronger, it just makes it bitter. So if you prefer your tea strong, just add more leaves.
- Different teas infuse at different temperatures.
- White and green teas infuse at lower temperatures – around 70°C – to bring out their delicate sweetness.
- Black teas infuse best at 80°C – if you drink them without milk; or 90-95°C with milk.
- The hotter the water the more tannic (bitter-tasing) the tea.
- Boiling water is only suitable for industrial, off-the-shelf, type black and herbal tea bags.
- To brew proper tea at the right temperature you will need a water thermometer or temperature controlled kettle.
- However, adding a little cold water to the teapot before the boiling water, works too.
- Trial, error and taste, will teach you just how much to add.
- One minute for a light infusion
- Two minutes for a strong infusion
- Three minutes or more for a very strong infusion
Remember, the longer you leave tea to brew, the more tannic it will become. So length of infusion really comes down to taste preferences.
Once at your desired strength, remove the leaves right away so that they don’t continue to brew and become bitter. When you’re ready for your next cup, just re-infuse the same tea leaves with fresh water. The second cup is often better than the first and some teas will infuse several times. So in fact, loose-leaf craft teas may seem rather expensive compared to industry-standard tea bags, while they’re actually more cost effective – and they taste so much better too!
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