Thursday, May 17, 2012

Steeping A Good Cup

Ok, so we are often asked,”How do I brew my tea to not have it taste bitter?” Well preparing the perfect cup of tea is a process to be savored. Come share with us and learn how to get infused.

It all starts with Water. The quality of tea is affected by the quality of water used to prepare it. Using filtered or spring water is best. If possible, avoid brewing tea with tap, distilled or mineral water. Never over-boiling water, as it results in flat-tasting tea.

Preheat your tea pot. For black and oolong tea a warm teapot will maintain the requisite temperature for superior tasting tea. While the water is heating pour hot water into your teapot and cups, let sit and then drain completely. Do not preheat the pot for white tea.
Next, add your favorite Praise Tea loose leaf tea. You can use your teapot with a removable infuser, paper tea sachet, or teaball. Try to avoid using small tea balls, as the leaves have less room to unfurl and develop their full flavor. Depending upon the tea type, use one teaspoons or one tablespoon per 6 ounces or cup of water.

As a general guide, follow the below guidelines for steeping the perfect cup.
Tea TypeLeaves – 12 oz. waterFire – TemperatureInfusion Time
Black1 rounded teaspoon205 – 212˚ F3-5 minutes
Oolong1 rounded tablespoon185-205˚ F3-5 minutes
Green1 rounded teaspoon150-180˚ F1-3 minutes
White1 rounded tablespoon180˚ F3-5 minutes
Herb and Fruited1 rounded tablespoon205 – 212˚ F5-7 minutes
Pu-erh1 rounded teaspoon205˚ F3-5 minutes
Steeping Notes: Although we recommend the proportions and infusion times above, you can experiment depending upon your own flavor and strength preference. With practice, you will discover the right steeping time for each tea and what works best for you. Also, for brewing green or white tea, you can bring water to a roiling boil, and then let it sit for 1-2 minutes before steeping to attain the proper water temperature. Happy Sipping!

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