How to Brew
The 3 elements to making the perfect cuppa tea are the leaves, the water, and the steep.
Tea Leaf: Quality - original handcrafting of tea leaves & freshness matter Quantity - in proportion to the amount of water used
Water: Quality - use the freshest filtered water available Quantity - in proportion to the amount of tea used
Steep: Vessel - ceramic is best, glass is great, metal can give an unwanted flavor Time - key to getting the perfect balance in flavor and tannins
Use this chart as a starting point. If you like your tea stronger, try using more tea leaves. You can also experiment with longer or shorter steeping times, and hotter or cooler water. In all cases, use the freshest filtered water available. Water quality is as critical to producing a successful tea as the quality of the tea leaves.
Why are Green and White teas better with a lower water temperature?
With a less oxidized tea, the lower temperature is will provide a complex and full flavor. Green and White teas are very rawólike fresh garden produce. If you put boiling water on it, the finished cup will seem like overcooked vegetables rather than an elegant sweet, light beverage.
Why are black teas better with a higher water temperature?
The more oxidized a tea is, the more stable. Hotter water is required to bring out the tannins of the tea into the cup. If the water is not hot enough, the tea will be weak and lacking in depth.