How to Brew the Perfect Cup of Tea

Now that you've found the perfect loose leaf tea, how do you go about brewing a great pot of it?  We feel very strongly about not over-complicating the issue, but even still it can be daunting your first time.  Some simple guidelines can take the mystery away and help you achieve a great result every time:

  • For each cup of water, use 2 grams of loose leaf tea, which is roughly one teaspoon.
    • White teas should be brewed at 175-1850 for 3-10 minutes.
    • Green teas should be brewed at 165-1850 for 2-3 minutes.
    • Oolong teas should be brewed at 185-1950 for 3-7 minutes.
    • Black teas should be brewed at 2120 for 3-5 minutes.
    • Rooibos, herbals and fruit tisanes should be brewed at 2120 for 5-12 minutes.
  • Water should be brought to a boil first and then cooled down to various temperatures.
  • For a stronger or weaker cup of tea, you can adjust the time and temperature within the ranges above, but the best way is to use more or less tea.
  • The infused tea (the liquor) should be decanted from the leaf after the proper amount of time has passed.  If it is left to stew with the leaves in the pot, it will become bitter and loose most of its complex aroma and flavor.
  • At TeaLula we carry a wide range of products to help make this process easier for you- everything from teapots with built in mesh infuser baskets to tea balls and infusers that accommodate mugs and teapots you already own. 
  • Of course the final step is to relax and enjoy the tea you just brewed in a proper ceramic or china cup with milk, sugar or honey if you please!