There's a big difference between a good cup of tea and a bad cup of tea. Here are our tips to ensure you get a great cup every time.
Tea leaves can be fickle things if you don't treat them correctly. There are several things affecting a brew of tea, from temperature to time. Keep those in mind when you're brewing, but adjust where necessary to get the most from your tea leaves.
You need to know what type of tea you're drinking in order to know how to brew it to perfection. Almost every tea comes from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, including black, white, green and oolong tea.
Temperature and time play a huge part in the perfect brew. Over-brewing can leave tea bitter with an unpleasant feeling in your mouth. Under brew, and the complexity of flavours in your tea won't develop.
Here are our guidelines for timing and temperature:
These are intended as a guideline only. Please follow the specific brewing instructions when they're provided with each tea.
The tea to cup ratio is important to consider. We recommend approximately 1 teaspoon per cup, but always check the brewing instructions of each blend. Fruit teas may require 1.5 to 2 teaspoons per cup, as they are chunkier than normal tea leaves.
Having a few simple brewing tools can help the tea to infuse properly.
The Infuser Bags are easy-to-use, single-use bags made from high-grade Japanese Tea Paper. Try a Tea Infuser and when the appropriate strength and flavour has been reached, simply remove the tea, or tisane, from pot or cup and enjoy.
This may seem obvious, but how do you know if it’s a quality blend? If you're able to, touch and smell the tea. Good-quality tea should have a distinct scent: by sniffing the tea, you should be able to get a beautiful aroma coming out from the dry tea leaves. Good quality tea leaves should be whole, smooth and not overly dried.