How to brew the perfect cup of tea


There’s nothing better than a cup of tea that has been brewed just right.
Our guide will help you achieve the best brew and most from your leaves.


BLACK TEA

One teaspoon or 2g of tea per 200ml.
Use water at 95°C, or just below the boil.
Steep broken leaves for 2-3 minutes, larger leaves and flavoured teas for 2-3 minutes.
Add a splash of milk, and sugar or honey if desired.


GREEN TEA

One teaspoon or 2g of tea per 200ml.
Use water that is 70-80°C, or one quarter cold water and three quarters boiling water.
Japanese Sencha is best steeped for 1-3 minutes.
Chinese green teas, rolled green teas and flavoured green teas can be steeped for up to 4 minutes.


OOLONG

One teaspoon or 2g of tea per 200ml of water.
Use water at 90°C, or leave your kettle for 10 minutes after boiling.
Steep darker oolongs for 2-4 minutes, green rolled oolongs for 3-5 minutes.
Leaves can be reused 2-3 times.


WHITE TEA

One heaped teaspoon or 2g of tea per 200ml of water.
Use water that is 70-80°C, or one quarter cold water and three quarters boiling water.
Steep for 3-5 minutes.
Leaves can be reused for a second brew.


HERBALS

One teaspoon or 2g of your herbal tisane per 200ml.
Use water at 95°C, or just below the boil.
Steep for 5-7 minutes, or longer for a stronger flavour.
Many herbals are suitable for making into iced tea.


FRUIT INFUSIONS

One flattened teaspoon or 2g of your fruit infusion per 200ml.
Use water at 95°C, or just below the boil.
Steep for 3-5 minutes, or longer for a stronger flavour.
Fruit infusions are perfect for making into iced tea – the cold brew method will produce the best flavour.


ROOIBOS

One flattened teaspoon or 2g of your rooibos per 200ml.
Use water at 95°C, or just below the boil.
Steep for 3-5 minutes.
Try making your rooibos into an iced tea and garnish with fresh fruit for extra flavour.


TEA TIPS

  • Green, oolong and white leaves can be reused up to three times.
  • With larger leaves – use a little more tea per serve for a fuller flavour.
  • Always warm your teapot or cup with boiling water before steeping, this step is very effective in keeping your tea hot.


MAKING ICED TEA

We recommend a cold brew method for making iced tea. It is a far more simple method and produces the freshest flavour.
To brew, simply add one tablespoon of your chosen tea to one litre of cold water in an iced tea jug and refrigerate for 4-7 hours.
You can use a regular jug too, but be sure to strain your tea as you serve.


TRADITIONAL STOVETOP CHAI

YOU WILL NEED
A Tea Centre chai (3 – 4 tsp)
Water (1 mug)
Milk (1 mug)
Honey (or preferred sweetner)
Medium saucepan
Strainer

METHOD
1. Pour water into a saucepan
2. Scoop in 3 – 4 teaspoons of chai
3. Bring mixture to a simmer on medium heat
4. Next add the mug of milk and bring to simmer again
5. Simmer for at least 5 minutes before turning off heat
6. Stir in a dollop of honey
7. Pour mixture through strainer into mugs. Enjoy!