How to make tea
Types of Tea
Black tea goes through the most processing of all tea, resulting in a robust, fragrant and full-bodied brew.
Green teas undergo virtually no oxidation and are mainly produced in China and Japan with subtle changes in flavour.
The least processed of all teas, white tea is the closest tea comes to its natural state.
Oolong tea comes in two main varieties with flavours that range from floral and vegetal to sweet and woody.
Herbal & floral
Not technically tea as they don’t come from Camellia Sinensis, herbal and floral tisanes are a collection of flowers, leaves and herbs.
Rooibos & honeybush
Rooibos and the closely related honeybush produce a hearty brew reminiscent of black tea, but without all the caffeine.
Fruit & Veggie
Fruits ranging from tropical to tree fruit and wholesome veggies are dried then combined for complex fruity sips.
Matcha is powdered green tea originating in Japan.
Brewing guide for making tea
|Black tea||100°C/212°F||2-4 minutes|
|Green tea||80°C/176°F||1-3 minutes|
|Oolong tea||80-90°C/176-194°F||3-6 minutes|
|White tea||80°C/176°F||3-7 minutes|
|Fruit tisanes||100°C/212°F||3-5 minutes|
|Herbal & floral tisanes||100°C/212°F||3-5 minutes|
|Rooibos & honeybush tisanes||100°C/212°F||3-5 minutes|
Tea tips & tricks
Measurements & ratios
The typical ratio is 1 teaspoon per cup for hot tea, or two teaspoons per cup for iced tea. So, a 1 litre teapot will need around 4 teaspoons of tea for a hot brew.
Like it nice and strong? Instead of brewing for longer, add an extra teaspoon and brew for the recommended time.
If you’re adding milk to your black tea, brew for the longest recommended time. Remember, save your milk for black teas – most whites, greens and herbals are best served straight up.
White, green and oolong teas prefer 80°C/176°F, so just combine 20% cold water with 80% boiling water. Swill a little hot water in your teapot or cup, then discard. This will keep your teawares from cooling your tea too quickly.
Loose leaf vs. tea bags
Both have their perks. We love the ceremony of loose leaf, but will never say no to tea bags when we’re pressed for time. Whichever you go for, make sure you follow the tea’s brewing instructions.