How to Brew
How to Brew Loose Tea
Depending on whom you talk to, brewing tea can be a very simple or a very complicated matter. Believe it or not, the government of Great Britain actually maintains official specifications on the “proper” way to brew tea! We at Arbor Teas firmly believe that tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste.
With that said, follow this step by step guide to get you started, but please remember you can make adjustments based on your own personal taste. There are three main considerations when brewing tea: quantity of tea, water temperature and steeping time.
Note: If you are brewing Matcha please check here for a step by step guide on How to Make Matcha.
Step One: Start by measuring your loose leaf tea. Generally, you should measure 1 teaspoon loose leaf tea per 8 oz cup of tea. However, fluffier blends such as white teas and Chamomile may require as much as one tablespoon or more, while denser teas such as Gunpowder may require less than one teaspoon.
Flip over the tea label on your Arbor Teas bag to find our suggested serving size per 8 oz cup.
Place the measured tea in a T-sac to make a do-it-yourself teabag or directly in an infuser. Next place the T-sac or infuser in your mug/teapot.
Step Two: Next, heat your water to the temperature suggested below. Use fresh water whenever possible - water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight may impart a flat or stale taste to your tea. Be careful not to boil your water for too long. Over boiled water can sometimes impart an unwanted taste.
Black & Pu-Erh -- 212° F
Oolong -- 195° F
Green & White -- 180° F
Herbal -- 212° F
If you don’t have a thermometer handy to measure your water temperature, don’t worry! Here’s an easy way to estimate 180° F, 195° F and 212° F.
180° F = bubbles form on the bottom of the pot
195° F = the first bubbles begin to rise
212° F = full rolling boil
Step Three: Pour your heated water over the tea-filled T-Sac or through the tea-filled infuser.
Measure 1 cup (8 oz) hot water per cup of tea.
Be sure the tea is covered completely with water. Steep your tea for the amount of time shown below. When enough time has elapsed, remove the T-sac or infuser. Keep in mind that brewing your tea for too long can extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves, so steeping time matters! For a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea.
Black & Pu-Erh -- 3-5 minutes
Oolong -- 4-7 minutes
Green & White -- 2-3 minutes
Herbal/Fruit/Tisanes -- 5-7 minutes