How to Perfectly Brew Tea

A good cup of tea can be a comforting and relaxing treat at any time of day. However, brewing the perfect cup of tea requires more than just boiling water and dropping a tea bag in a cup.

Traditionally brewing tea has been an art form often performed in ceremonies all around the world and in the presence of royalty. It was done with great care, pride and precision.  Learn all about traditional tea ceremonies from around the world here.

In today's modern world we have easy access to a huge range of tea, ranging from low quality supermarket teabags up to the finest teas from the finest estates.  We have a huge range of tea pots, infuser mugs, infuser balls and teabags to choose from.  Ultimately your choice will depend on convenience, time and costs.  In this blog post, we will explore the steps to making the perfect cup of tea, including the type of tea, water temperature, brewing time, and teaware.


tea being poured into a cup

Brewing Instructions 

Choose the Right Type of Tea: The first step in making the perfect cup of tea is to choose the right type of tea. There are many different types of tea, including black tea, green tea, oolong tea, and herbal tea. Each type of tea requires a different brewing time and water temperature, so it is important to choose the right type of tea for your taste preferences.

Use the Correct Water Temperature: Use freshly drawn, filtered water at the correct temperature. The temperature of the water is crucial to making a good cup of tea. Boiling water can scorch delicate teas, while not heating the water enough can result in a weak and flavourless cup. Different teas require different water temperatures. For example, green tea should be brewed at a lower temperature of around between 70-80°C, while black tea should be brewed at a higher temperature of around 95-100°C.

Table showing the brewing times of different types of tea

Chart showing approximate brewing times of different teas

Measure the Tea Properly: Using the right amount of tea is also important in achieving the perfect cup. Typically, one teaspoon of loose tea leaves or one tea bag per cup is sufficient. However, you may need to adjust this amount based on your taste preferences.

Steep for the Correct Amount of Time: The length of time you steep your tea will also affect the taste. Over-steeping can make the tea bitter, while under-steeping can result in a weak cup. The general rule of thumb is to steep black tea for 3-5 minutes, green tea for 1-3 minutes, and herbal tea for 5-7 minutes.  Fruit Ice teas will need a minimum of 5-10 minutes to fully allow the flavour to infuse. However, you may need to adjust this based on your taste preferences.   BEWARE:  Brewing your tea for too long will release tannins which will make your tea bitter.  And don't squeeze the tea bag as this also makes for a bitter cup of tea!

Use the Right Teaware: Using the right teaware can also enhance the tea drinking experience. A teapot with a built-in infuser is ideal for loose leaf tea, while a teapot with a strainer is best for tea bags. A teacup with a saucer can also add elegance to the tea drinking experience. Additionally, using a tea kettle with a built-in temperature gauge can ensure that you are brewing your tea at the correct temperature. If you do not have one of these fancy kettles you can boil the kettle and open the lid up to allow the water to cool for a few minutes if necessary.  Our teaware range offers a variety of high-quality teapots, teacups, infuser mugs and infuser balls to enhance your tea drinking experience.

Glass tea pot with infuserGlass teapot with an infuser (for loose lea) tea.

Tip: You can re-infuse our white, green, oolong, herbal infusions and ice teas 2-3 times.  In some cases, the tea can actually taste better on the second and third or even the fourth infusion. If you forget to drink your tea, do not microwave it, throw it out and start again!

In conclusion, how you brew your tea can greatly affect its taste and therefore the enjoyment you will receive from sipping on your cup of tea. Brewing the perfect cup of tea requires attention to detail, but the end result is worth it. By following these steps and using the right teaware, you can enjoy a perfectly brewed cup of tea every time.

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