Tea Brewing Guide
Many of us have a particular ritual in place when it comes to making our tea. A certain time of day, a favourite mug. You might throw it together in the midst of a busy morning trying to get the kids out the door, or use it as a slow and quiet time for pause before your day begins.
Either way, you might not have paid much attention to the actual tea brewing process and the science behind a good cup. Yep, it’s a thing, and a rather important one that drastically affects the taste of your tea.
So put the jug on, we’re breaking down the brewing process one tea at a time.
Black tea ss it’s almost fully oxidized (that’s what causes the blackness), is more robust than other teas. According to Rishi Tea because of this it requires water with a good rolling boil and should be poured on top of your tea leaves so that the water doesn’t have time to cool and the flavonoids can be released.
Depending on the desired strength add 1-2 teaspoons of tea per 250ml cup of water, leaving it to brew for 3-5 minutes. Brewing your tea longer than this will release too many tannins resulting in a bitter taste and dry mouth.
Green tea however is one of the least oxidised teas and therefore doesn’t withstand high water temperatures. Ideally your water temperature should be kept around 70-80 degrees so that you don’t scorch the delicate leaves. A good hack to achieve 80 degree water at home is to add about 20% of cold water over the tea leaves in your mug before water from the jug.
Green tea is best served using 1-2 tsps of tea leaves with 250ml of water, left to brew for a period of 2-3 minutes. Again, as green tea leaves are more delicate, the timing it especially important to avoid a bitter brew.
Herbal and Rooibos Tea
Herbal and Rooibos tea however don’t actually contain any tea leaves (Camellia sinensis), and are instead made up of herbs, spices and fruits. This means you can be more bashful when brewing and essentially they can brew all day long without affecting the flavour too much. Ideally though 1-2 tsps of tea to 250 mls of water, with the brew time of 6-8 minutes is best.
Another good hack courtesy of Zippy Facts include always using fresh water from the tap, it is said that by re-boiling an already boiled jug of water or by using still water the oxygen and nitrogen in the water is depleted. Resulting in a flat, or more stale tea. So remember, fresh is best.
In general, a pleasant strong tea comes from more tea, not a longer brew time. So keep in mind that brewing your tea for longer more likely results in an unpleasant cup. Brewing accessories and a high quality loose leaf also go a long way. Leaves need room to expand to release flavour compounds and aroma, so ditching tea bags for loose leaf in a good infuser is key.
All in all, while the process isn’t hard to follow, correctly brewing your tea is a good habit worth adopting. We hope our guide helps you get the most out of your favourite brew.