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Brewing Instructions

Producing the perfect cup of tea is a tricky process. If not handled properly, those same polyphenols that provide health benefits can ruin the flavor, making the tea taste "grassy" or bitter.

The traditional method of making a cup of tea is to place loose tea leaves, either directly or in a tea infuser and pour hot water over the leaves. After a couple of minutes the leaves are usually removed again, either by removing the infuser, or by straining the tea while serving.  Do not add milk. As soon as you add milk, most of the health properties of teas are lost. While it is best to avoid, you may add sugar or honey as per your taste. 
  

 

The best temperature for brewing tea depends on its type. Teas that have little or no oxidation period, such as a green or white tea, are best brewed at lower temperatures, between 65 and 85 °C (149 and 185 °F), while teas with longer oxidation periods should be brewed at higher temperatures around 100 °C (212 °F). The higher temperatures are required to extract the large, complex, flavorful phenolic molecules found in fermented teas. Never use boiling water to prepare your white or green tea. Water at this temperature will cook the leaves and destroy the tea and its flavor, creating a bitter tasting tea. Steeping time should be balanced with water temperature: the lower the temperature, the longer the tea can be steeped. Use approximately 2 grams of tea per cup to make a perfect tasting tea (1 teaspoon for a 6 to 8 oz. cup). You can use leaves for more than one infusion, and this is a common practice throughout the world. Full-leaf teas always produce more than one cup per teaspoon when made correctly.

To reduce the amount of caffeine, a prewash is recommended. For that pour just enough hot water over the leaves to cover them and let the tea sit for about 20 seconds after which pour off the water. Now cover the leaves with enough water to make a perfect cup or pot of tea and allow the tea to steep.

Also, when you are bringing water to a complete boil, do not boil it for too long. This will deplete the oxygen in the water too much, and your tea won't taste as nice. This is also the reason why you need to use fresh water every time you are making tea - because with repeated boiling the oxygen in the water gets depleted. Here is the table to help you make that perfect cup!

 

Steps White Green Oolong Black Herbal
Boil the water          
Let the water cool down to this temperature 90 C 85 C 99 C 99 C 99 C
Put tea leaves/bag in hot water (Steeping time in minutes) 4-5 min 1-2 min 2-3 min 2-3 min 4-5 Min
Take out the tea bag and serve          
Reuse same tea or tea bag 3-4 times 2-3 times 2-3 times 2 times for full leaf teas. Only once for CTC. 2 times
Steeping time during reuse Increase by 1-2 min during subsequent reuses 30 sec more in each subsequent reuse 30 sec more in each subsequent reuse 30 sec more in each subsequent reuse 1 min
Colour Pale yellow yellow yellow Dark chocolate Yellow

 

Please note above fine teas do not go well with Indian oily & spicy food such as samosa, poori, sabji, sambhar chutney & sweets, as they overpower the fine tea fragrance. Only Assam Black teas go well with Indian or spiced English breakfast. You should have 'less spicy' and preferrably 'organic' snack with fine teas.

 

Herbal teas go well with Green teas. However, Herbal teas are required to be brewed at 99 degree C for 4-5 minutes, whereas Green teas are required to be brewed at 80-85 degree C for 2 minutes. If the two are pre-mixed, the mixture will have be brewed as per Green tea brewing needs to avoid bitterness. Therefore, the herbs are not properly utilized! You can manage this situation by having herbs and green tea leaves separately. After boiling the water and allowing it to cool down for 10-15 seconds, you should first pour it over herbs. After 3 mintures, you should add Green tea leaves and brew for another 2 mintutes. With this process, you make optimum use of Green tea as well as herbs.

 


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