How to Brew Loose Leaf Tea

TEA BREWING GUIDELINES

We are often asked for Tea Brewing advice and Tea Brewing guidelines for our loose leaf tea products. We have put together a tea brewing guide below for your reference. Please treat this as a guide and experiment to find what suits your taste.

If you would like further tea brewing advice on specific loose leaf teas, please do not hesitate to contact us here at Forty One Tea.

Type of Tea

   Quantity of Tea

   Water Temp

   Steeping Time

White

   3-5g per cup

   70c

3-6 mins

Green

   3-5g per cup

   80c

2-5 mins

Black

   3-5g per cup

   95c

4-6 mins

Oolong

   3-5g per cup

   95c

5-8 mins

Herbal

   3-5g per cup

   95c

4-8 mins

Tea Blend

   3-5g per cup

   95c

4-8 mins

 

**** Loose leaf tea can be brewed 2- 3 times for added value and enjoyment *****

 

If you like strong tea, try using more tea leaves, a longer brewing time, or hotter water.  All of these factors will affect your infusion.

Experiment  with shorter brewing times and cooler water  if your tea is to strong, bitter or astringent.

 

Why do green and white teas taste better with lower water temperatures? With a less oxidized tea, the lower brewing temperature allows for a complex and full flavoured brew. Green and white teas are delicate, like fresh garden produce. If you put boiling water on them, the finished cup will seem like overcooked vegetables rather than an elegant sweet, vibrant beverage.

Why do black teas taste better with higher water temperatures? The more oxidized a tea is, the more stable. Hotter water is required to bring out the desired tannins from the tea leaves. If the water is not hot enough, the tea might taste weak and lacking in depth. Listen to your own palate, and find what tastes best to you. There is no hard rules of right and wrong ways to enjoy tea. It is all a matter of personal taste.