Tea Brewing Tips & Tricks

  • NEVER brew your tea in a kettle. Brew your tea in either a cup, a french press or a tea pot.
  • To make a tea stronger, don’t steep it for longer. Unless it’s an herbal tea, steeping a tea for too long will make it bitter rather than strong. Instead, add more tea leaves or bags!
  • As a general rule, use one level teaspoon or 2 grams for every cup (8 oz) you’re making. Fluffier ingredients like mint and chamomile, or teas with larger leaves like green tea or oolong could use an extra teaspoon.
  • Tea bag teas are usually one per cup (8 oz) of tea, though you can always double-up when you want it stronger!
  • Spring water is ideal for brewing, but not necessary for making a good cup of tea. If possible, use fresh cold water. Never use water from the hot water tap. Let the tap water run for a few seconds until it is quite cold; this ensures that the water is aerated (full of oxygen) to release the full flavor of the tea leaves.
  • Try not to let your water reach a rolling boil, as that will release oxygen and result in a flat-tasting, bitter cup of tea.
  • If brewing with loose leaf tea, there are several different types of infusers available; sometimes you’ll need to experiment a little until you find the perfect one for you and make sure the infuser you get is big enough to allow the leaves to expand to get the full flavor of the tea.
  • Many teas are good for a second (even third!) steeping. Multiple steepings can bring out more subtle flavors and notes. Commonly, oolong, green tea, white tea and pu-erh fall into this category. Give it a shot—you might end up liking the second infusion better than the first!
  • If you’re planning to reuse tea leaves, make sure to drain all the liquid in the pot (if using a french press or tea press) if you’re not going to be brewing tea in the next 30 minutes to prevent the tea leaves from burning or turning too acidic. You can then remove the infuser basket from the pot or transfer wet tea leaves onto a clean paper towel and store in a dark, dry spot to reuse later in the day. Do not reuse tea leaves after 12 hours of first brew.
  • If a tea doesn’t taste quite right the first time around, experiment with changing the steeping time, water temperature, and tea amount until you find the flavor you enjoy.

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  1. Thank you for this fantastic post. I have a question. If you are researching a tea kettle to buy, what factor do you look at. Do you consider only the price or the manufacturer or the consumer reviews on the product? Thank you.

    1. Hi Chenden! Thanks for your lovely comment. I consider the material it is made out of (stainless steel, glass, plastic, etc), the brand or manufacturer, the features the electric kettle has, the price and product reviews. I do read all the 1-2 star reviews and figure out for myself if it is a valid review meaning the buyer had a legit reason for the low rating and not because they ordered the wrong item. For those types of reviews I disregard them because the fault lies with the buyer and not the product itself. I also look at how the customer service is for that brand or manufacturer because if you’re buying anything electric, you’d want to make sure it does work and that you can get help from either the store or the manufacturer if something goes wrong with the product. I hope this helps and hope you find the right kettle for you and enjoy your tea!