How To Brew Tea? 3 Important Rules For The Best Results

If you want to learn how to brew tea, the beauty of existing tea rituals and strict recipes can be very tempting. Usually, you can’t go wrong following them, and they can be a good starting point for your own exploration. However, instead of promoting “the right” way to brew tea, we would like to do the opposite – encourage you to leave the beaten path and find your own rules.

Drinking tea does not mean you only consume the final product. You have to prepare it. When you drink wine, you just uncork the bottle at the right temperature and let it breathe a bit. It’s quite a different story with tea. The preparation of the best tea is an integral part of its appreciation.

Rule nr. 1: Break the rules.

One thing in advance. Making tea means pouring water over tea leaves. It’s simple like that. The question is how. While making tea, you have many options for extracting the most delicate aromas from the tea leaves. You have to consider the following five essential dimensions:

  • amount of tea
  • amount of water
  • temperature of water
  • steeping time
  • number of infusions

Each time you brew tea, you are navigating within these five dimensions. You can find indications about suggested preparation on each tea bag and the product pages. Please consider this information as a suggestion. It gives you a good overview of where to start your own journey.

Now, if you have never done it before, try these five steps:

  1. Begin with the suggested preparation.
  2. Vary some of the dimensions.
  3. Observe the changes in flavor.
  4. Alternatively, recommended: Make notes.
  5. Repeat steps 2 through 4. 

Other factors can also have more subtle effects on the overall experience of tea: Quality of water (esp. the water hardness), the type of teaware you are using (the porosity of the material, and the heat distribution, for example), the environment, the season, or the humidity of the air also play a role in the final aroma and taste experience. It’s up to you to find the best environment for your taste.

Everything flows, and anything goes. (Paul Feyerabend meets Heraclitus for a cup of tea.)

Rule nr. 2: Each tea is different.

Each person is different. And so are the teas. Different cultivars, terroirs, and processing make every of our best teas unique. If you are curious about all the nuances, you can discover an endless universe of flavors.

The more tea you will drink, the deeper your understanding of the differences between the teas will become. Each tea type requires another steeping approach. Some teas require less water and more infusions, some more hot water and just 1-2 infusions.

Tea tasting is one of the best ways to learn to distinguish the flavor of different teas. You can also compare how a particular tea tastes when brewed differently. Some teas can taste even better when they are cold-brewed. Our tea tasting sets were curated to help you to find it out.

Rule nr. 3: Less is more.

Did you know that some teas are capable of more than a dozen infusions? Indeed, most great teas need more infusions to develop the full aroma. You can use your 1-liter teapot if you want, but you probably won’t be able to enjoy six 1-liter infusions alone within a 30 minutes long tasting session.

It’s one of the most beautiful things to observe the changes in tea’s taste, aroma, and texture over multiple infusions. If you plan your tea session, consider the estimated number of infusions and imagine the number of cups you will drink. Don’t be afraid to try more tea leaves and less water to intensify the taste experience.

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