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How to make tea

Making a cup of tea shouldn’t be rocket science, but there are a few things you can do to guarantee a perfect cup of tea every time. Read on and discover all the insider knowledge on the different tea types, our tea tips and tricks. This way

Types of Tea

Brewing guide for making tea

Whatever your sip, this handy guide will help you steep for just the right amount of time

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

Get the inside scoop on how to brew the perfect cup of tea

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.

Strength

Like it nice and strong? Instead of brewing for longer, add an extra teaspoon and brew for the recommended time.

To serve

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.

Temperature

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.