Brewing tea is much more than just pouring boiling water into a teapot. By following these 6 tips you’ll make a top-notch brew every time.
How much tea to use
As a general rule, we recommend you use between 12 and 15 grams of loose tea per litre of water. For a large cup or mug (350 ml), that’s about 5 grams of loose tea leaves, or a full teaspoon. These quantities can vary, of course, depending on the type of tea and your own personal preference. Some people like their tea strong and almost bitter-tasting while others prefer a milder tea. Ultimately, it’s all a matter of taste and it may take a few tries to get your tea just the way you want it.
Ideal water temperature
The temperature of the water can make a world of difference to the taste of tea. If the water is too cold, the leaves will not release their full flavour and character. If the water is too hot, the leaves will release bitter particles and the tea tea lose all its delicate taste nuances. The ideal temperature for brewing tea varies per tea type, but is generally between 70 and 80 degrees.
Most black teas can take higher temperatures than white and green teas. All Arte & Zayne tea packs contain the ideal brewing instructions for each different type of tea, including the ideal water temperature and steep time. But the art of tea brewing is all about doing what tastes right and these instructions are meant as a guide. Feel free to try hotter and colder temperatures on your quest for the perfect cup of tea.
Steeping time is another important factor in the art of tea brewing. The longer the tea is left to infuse in the hot water, the more the leaves release their flavour and health-promoting compounds, and the stronger the tea. Steeping times vary depending on the type of tea, but don’t worry, we provide the ideal steeping time for your chosen Arte & Zayne tea on every pack.
When you steep tea, a foam can collect on the surface. This foaming of tea is a result of a chemical reaction when the gases and minerals naturally present in drinking water come into contact with the organic compounds in the tea leaves. These compounds are perfectly healthy, and will disappear if you allow the water to boil for a minute and then leave it to cool before pouring it onto the tea.
Teapots and tea cups
Tea does not like temperature fluctuations. Be sure to preheat your teapot and cups by rinsing them with a little boiling water before you add the tea. Also remember to give the water enough time to get to the right temperature before you pour it in. And, last but not least, never ever wash your teapot with washing-up liquid, just rinse it with boiling water after each use.
Tea has an almost indefinite shelf life and won’t spoil as long as it is kept in an airtight container that blocks out all moisture and light. Arte & Zayna offers a range of elegant but tough stainless steel tea caddies and tins to store your favourite teas.
Do you have a question about making tea? Or a suggestion? Feel free to mail them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org