How to brew tea, correctly.

Updated: Sep 28, 2021

Hate to break the bad news but, you’ve probably been brewing tea wrong you whole life.

So, you’re probably thinking: ‘Hey Crystal, why are you bothering to write out a step by step guide on how to make a cup of tea? It’s simple. Put tea and boiling water in a cup and go for it. Easy.”

Well, sure, you could do that and yeah, you’ll make a cup of tea. Sort of. But it’s not as simple as that and you won’t get the most out of your brew.

So let me spill the tea – lame pun intended. You’ll find these filtered throughout my blogs – another lame pun, sorry guys they’re going to keep brewing. I could go on for days...

Back to the tea. Let’s get serious.

You want to get the most out of your brew. The health benefits and the flavour are the obvious reasons, but you also don’t want to damage the tea leaves by steeping/brewing it incorrectly.

So, my friends, I’ve written an easy-to-follow guide for you to follow to ensure that your Bamboo Cocos brew (or any tea) is made correctly each and every time. And don’t forget to add an extra bit of love with each and every cup.

Please note; whichever tea you are brewing – use filtered or spring water. The quality of your tea will directly reflect on the quality of your water. FACT.

How to brew green & white tea:

It is ESSENTIAL that the water should not be boiling or reach boiling point. Simmering water only friends, simmering only! (80 degrees)

If the water does reach boiling point, don’t hit the panic buttons just yet. Let it cool down for about 50 seconds before adding your tea leaves. The reason for this is to prevent the tea leaves from becoming bitter.

Have you had bitter green or white tea? Have you just boiled the kettle and poured it still bubbling into your cup or tea pot? Well, now you know why your tea was bitter and how to never have a bitter cup of white or green tea again.

For both green and white tea, use one level teaspoon for every 250ml of water.

Let green tea brew/steep for about 1-2 minutes before it gets too strong – unless a very strong green tea is desired.

White tea is prepared the same as the green tea, however a longer brewing/steeping time is required – brew/steep for approximately 4 minutes.

How to brew black tea:

Bring water to the boil (90-100 degrees)

For every 250ml of water, use one level teaspoon of tea leaves.

If your tea is whole loose leaf, brew/steep for approximately 2-3minutes. For flavoured, smaller or fine cut tea leaves, brew/steep for approximately 2 minutes.

How to brew Pu-erh tea:

Bring water to the boil (90-100 degrees C)

For every 250ml of water use one level teaspoon of tea.

Steep/Brew for 5 minutes.

How to brew fruit infusions and herbal infusions:

Bring water to the boil (90-100 degrees C)

Use on level teaspoon of tea for every 250 ml of water or 1.5 level tablespoons of tea per litre. This is a recommended amount for full flavour without being too strong. Depending on how strong you like the flavours of your fruit or herbal infusion.

Some infusions may be stronger than others ie; lavender flowers VS hibiscus flowers. Or dehydrated ginger VS dehydrated apple.

My recommendation is to experiment with what infusion you prefer stronger and which you prefer less strong. However, following this ratio recommendation will be a great start.

Adding honey or citrus to certain infusions can add an extra depth of flavour also.

Herbal and fruit infusions may be brewed/steeped cold, however it is always recommended to brew/steep hot as directed above for the best flavour and then allow to chill if preferred cold.

How to brew Rooibos tea:

Bring water to the boil in a pot on the stove top.

Add one teaspoon of loose leaf rooibos tea for every 250ml water.

Add the tea to the pot and turn the heat down to a low temperature, let simmer for 30 minutes.

Strain the leaves and serve with a splash of your favourite milk if desired.

How to brew Oolong tea:

Bring water to the boil (90-100 degrees)

Use level teaspoon of tea for every 250ml of water.

Brew/steep full leafed tea for about 3 minutes. For smaller or fine cut leaves, brew/steep for about 2-3minutes.

This cylinder tea strainer is my go to for steeping and infusing - it also acts a a stirring spoon too!

So, there you have it my friends, an easy to follow guide on how to brew the most common teas for the best results.

Were you already crushing it and brewing your teas correctly? If the answer to that is yes, then give yourself a massive pat on the back – you must be a massive tea fiend just like me too!

‘But Crystal, you didn’t tell me about green matcha tea….you forgot about that one!’

I felt that green matcha tea deserved a blog all of it’s own and how to make a great matcha from home without a whisk – you can find it here: Make matcha at home you’ll love so matcha

If you enjoyed this blog, please share with your friends and don’t forget to follow and tag @bamboococos on your stories and posts to get your Bamboo Cocos gourmet tea photos featured on the Bamboo Cocos account and have the chance to win tea freebies!

Much love and happy sipping.

Crystal xox

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