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.
Tea Resources and Helpful Teaware
- Mei Leaf (https://meileaf.com and http://www.youtube.com/user/chinalifeteabar)
- Stash Tea (https://www.stashtea.com/blogs/education/81153347-how-to-brew-tea)
- Mighty Timer App (http://mightytimer.com)
- Programmable Electric Kettle
- Tea basket or infuser when using loose leaf tea