Brewing the perfect cup of tea
Begin with good tea – tea – even loose leaf quality – is the cheapest beverage in the world next to water – so there really is no excuse to be drinking poor quality tea. Use freshly drawn water – we recommend filtered water – but if you are lucky enough to have access to fresh spring water – use it. Measure 1 tsp per 6oz cup into an infusor. Make sure your infusor is large enough to allow the ‘agony of the leaves’ to take place properly. Allow your water to reach a boil when brewing black teas, pu-ehr, herbals – and longer oxidized oolongs. For white, green and lightly oxidized oolongs – use water that has reached approximately 80C. Allow your tea to steep – 3-5 minutes for white, 1-3 minutes for green, 2-4 minutes for oolongs, 3-5 minutes for black except for Darjeelings – which require only 2-4 minutes. Sit back – and enjoy.