Today, one of our regular customers told me at the tearoom how her tea at home never turns out the way we make it at the Tea Room. I repeated my refrain - we don't have any secrets and we make it exactly as it's written on each of our tea labels. So here are our tips - follow these guidelines and you WILL steep the perfect cup every time.
1. Use the right quantity of leaf. Too much green leaf can make a bitter cup. Too little of an Assam may make it weak.
2. Watch the water temperature - boiling for black, not boiling for green.
3. Measure the time you steep - 3 minutes for a Darjeeling, 4 minutes for a robust black, 2 minutes for a green....
4. Use a good quality leaf.
5. Bring fresh water to boil - don't microwave the water.
That's it. Those are our secrets. Make them yours.
Photo by Matt Monroe.