The temperature and quality of the water is very important. We encourage infusers so you can control the steeping time.
1. Preheat your teapot and cup by filling them with hot water, then discard water.
2. Place one teaspoon of loose leaf tea per cup into infuser.
3. With the best water available, heat to appropriate temperature and pour over tea leaves.
4. Steep for 2-5 minutes and remove infuser from teapot.
5. Enjoy multiple infusions by re-steeping the same tea leaves.
Your personal tastes and the type of tea determine the temperature and time:
Black Tea—boiling water (212°F) 3-5 minutes Green Tea—below boiling (165-190°F) 2 minutes Oolong Tea—boiling or below (190-212°F) 3-7 minutes White Tea—below boiling (190-208°F) 5-7 minutes (try boiling & below boiling) Puerh Tea—boiling water (212°F) 3-5 minutes Rooibos—Boiling water (212°F) 4-10 minutes Herbal Tisanes (Teas—Boiling water (212°F) 5 minutes
Keys to Making the Perfect Pot of Tea
Use the best water available as it will dramatically affect the taste of your tea. Recommended types of filters: reverse osmosis filtration, purified water, carbon filter (Britta or Pur). If you are traveling, use bottled water, as it's probably the best water available.
Black tea needs boiling water, 212°F
Green tea needs below boiling water, about 180°F
Oolong tea ranges from 185°F to 208°F
White tea needs below boiling water, about 185°F
Herbal teas need boiling water, 212°F
Steeping time determines how much of the elements of the tea infuse into the cup. Generally black tea is best steeped for 3-5 minutes, whereas green tea should only steep for 2 minutes.
Use the appropriate measurements, about one teaspoon per 6 oz. of water
Larger leaf teas require more leaf in the water, about one Tablespoon per cup of water; ex. White teas, fluffy leaf Georgian teas, & most herbal teas
Loose leaf tea is best steeped with plenty of room to open up and move around, infusers are the best for allowing space for the leaves and making it easy to remove them from the water when the time is up.