How to Steep Tea

How to Steep Tea - For more detail, read our Blog story here:

DO
  • Use Fresh Water
  • Use an Infuser Basket or Filter
  • Time the Length of the Steep
  • Store tea away from Light, Air or Moisture
DON'T
  • Use Too much Leaf
  • Microwave the Water
  • Add Milk to all Teas
  • Use Tea Bags!

How Should I Select a Tea?

The many varieties of Tea can be confusing, particularly if you are new to Tea.  We've put together a simple chart to assist you in choosing a tea.  You can view our guide to selecting a tea HERE.

How Much Is 1oz. of Tea? 

  • An ounce makes approximately 8 – 10 cups, depending on the type of tea.
  • A teaspoon of tea per 8 oz. cup is standard. For stronger teas, use a heaped teaspoon. For larger leafstyles, use 2 teaspoons or 1 tablespoon.
  • Fruit Tisanes are heavier than regular tea so they will yield fewer cups per ounce.
  • Green and Oolong teas may be infused multiple times.

Should You Add Milk?

  • Milk can be added to most Black Teas except early-season Darjeelings.
  • Milk is not recommended for Green or Oolong Teas.
  • Milk should not be added to herbal teas.

How to Reduce Caffeine

  • A simple way to reduce your caffeine intake is to steep regular teas (with caffeine) for 30 seconds, discard the liquor and re-steep for the recommended time.
  • The second infusion has almost no caffeine. You will lose some of the flavor but the result will be a stronger cup compared to commercially decaffeinated teas.
  • Teas that have been commercially decaffeinated will tend to have less flavor and will usually be smaller in leaf size and be lighter in the cup.
  • Rooibos, Fruit Tisanes & Herbs have no caffeine at all because they are not teas.

If reducing stress is your goal, Tea can help you with that as well. Click Here to find a Tea that will help you.

To learn more about Breakfast Tea Blends - the differences between them, as well as the history behind them, Click Here.

If allergens are a concern, Click Here for information on our Teas with common allergens.

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