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Steeping guide

Preparing an excellent cup of tea is ritualistic and personal. Once you’ve determined the steps to brewing a perfect cuppa, you will insist on making it the same way every time. Here are our basic guidelines for brewing an excellent cup.

Start by preheating  your teapot with hot water. Pour 1 cup (6 oz.) of hot water over one teaspoon of our premium quality loose leaf tea. Wait the recommended steep time and remove all leaves. It’s always best to give leaves room to move around in the pot to release flavour.

You might think that all tea loves boiled water; however there are some important subtleties in water temperature that can maximize the flavour of your leaves:

  • Black tea yields better flavour if the water used to brew the tea is brought to a full, rolling boil.  Let steep 3 to 5 minutes
  • Green tea has a better flavour if the water used to brew the tea is brought to just before the boil begins. Let steep 1 to 3 minutes
  • Herbal infusions have a better flavour if the water used to infuse the leaves is brought to a full rolling boil. Let steep 7 to 10 minutes. It’s hard to overstep herbal infusions.

 Tea

Water Temperature

Steeping Time

White (Buds ~ Ya Cha)

185 F (i.e. boil and let cool for 4 min) 7-12 min

White (Soumei)

185 F (i.e. boil and let cool for 4 min) 6-7 min

Green (including blends)

170-180 F (i.e. boil and let cool for 5 min) 2-3 min

Darjeeling

190 F (i.e. boil and let cool for 3-4 min) 3 min

Oolong

185 F (i.e. boil and let cool for 4 min) 4 min

Black

205-210 F (i.e. boil and pour) 5 min

Puerh

205-210 F (i.e. boil and pour) 5 min +

Herbal Infusions

205-210 F (i.e. boil and pour) 5 min +