The Art of Brewing

The Art of BrewingWe truly live by our philosophy of Take Time For Tea. We prepare each cup of tea with the purest water, temperature controlled and individually timed and steeped to serve the perfect cup every time.


Our quality is reflected in the purity of our tea, the art of brewing and the passion of our people. Our goal is to inspire people to try new varieties of tea so that everyone can find their perfect blend for every occasion.


Our entire range of over 30 premium loose leaf varieties are sourced from around the World with the promise to always bring our customers the newest, freshest and most innovative blends of the highest quality.


Premium Loose Leaf Tea

Always start with a premium loose leaf tea. How much depends on how you like your tea but a good rule of thumb is a good teaspoon of tea and one cup of water per person.


Water

Water is best freshly filtered and should not be re-boiled because this diminishes the oxygen content.


Water Temperature

For good leaf tea, the water should be below boiling. This is because the amino acids (which produce the tea's flavour) dissolve at lower temperatures than tannin. Tea made with water at 100c will be more astringent and less sweet.


Ideally stop the kettle before it reaches the rolling boil - when small bubbles form along the sides of the kettle.


If youre a real stickler like us and want to get it exactly right, white and green teas are best at about 75c. For black and oolong teas use water around 85c. For herbal infusions use 98c water, and 90c for Chamomile.


At To a Tea, we leave nothing to chance. We have Tom, Dick and Harry. These are our three water boilers. Tom is set at 75c, Dick is set at 85c and Harry at 98c. This ensures our teas are consistently brewed at the right temperature.


Steeping Times

White Tea

White tea is the purest and most delicate of all teas. It needs longer brewing time than other teas. Please allow to steep for 1-3 minutes.


For a subsequent brewing, less time is needed to steep whole leaf tea because the water will have already penetrated the leaf, allowing the flavour to be released. They can be brewed many times without becoming bitter.


Green Tea

Green teas should be brewed for 1-2 minutes for the first brew. If you are going to make iced tea or to sweeten the green tea with sugar you may want to let it steep a little longer to bring out the more robust tannic flavours.


Oolong

In China, Oolong is drunk from tiny cups and each sip savoured. The best results are achieved by making it in small quantities with a high leaf to water ratio and quick, 30 second infusions. The number of infusions depends on your own taste but oolong is often re-infused over six times, revealing different subtleties of flavour each time.

Once brewed the aroma can be savoured for a moment before the taste.


Black Tea

For black tea, the steeping times really differ with preference. If you want to drink the tea on it's own (without milk) 45 seconds to 1 minute is ideal, but if you want to build the strong tannic flavours, you may want to leave it longer, for 2-3 minutes.


Milk and sugar?

White and green teas are so delicate and naturally sweet that you won't need to add sugar or milk. With black tea, anything goes. We only sell the best leaf teas - and they do not need anything, but it's entirely a matter of taste.


Tea Ware

Tastes may differ but our suggestion is that tea is best drunk from a porcelain cup. Just as a fine wine may not live up to its full potential when drunk from a mug, the same can be said of fine teas!


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