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3 tips for the perfect cup of tea

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Use filtered water

If you use tap water to make tea, your infusion will have the flavour of…well, tap water. And that’s just so sad. Defend your luxury tea from corruption by using a water that is pure; like spring or filtered water.

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Use the right water temperature

Boiling water is not a one-temp fits-all solution. Some teas (like white and green teas) are more delicate than others (like black and fruit teas) and will turn bitter when steeped with boiling water. For a quick reference on which temp is right for your tea, check out our handy guide here.

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Set a timer

Just like water temp, different teas require different amounts of time to achieve the optimal infusion. Most fruit or rooibos teas can be steeped until you drink the last sip, while green teas should not stand in the water for more than three minutes. This guide also has info on the right amount of steeping time for each tea type.

(Of course, for the perfect cup of tea, you’ll want to use a high quality loose leaf tea; and for that, our subscription boxes can help you out.)

Happy Steeping! ♥

The tea lover’s best friend

Making the perfect cup of tea is easy. On the other hand, it’s also easy to miss; particularly with more delicate varieties of tea.

The trick is to know and follow the “rules” of steeping.

Did you know that each kind of tea has its own rules? Yeppers. Things like water temperature and steeping time can have a dramatic effect on the end result.

For example, water at 100° (boiling) can turn green tea bitter, leaving an infusion that is far less than optimal. Green tea should be steeped with water that is around 75° (Wait a minute…does this mean it’s possible that some people who believe they don’t like green tea…have really never had a properly-steeped cup?! *gasp* How tragic!).

But never fear! We’ve got the rules laid out for you in this quick reference chart. Like a good friend, it’ll be there for when you need that helpful advice on getting the perfectly steeped cup.

(By the way, for Rooibos and some Fruit teas, you can actually leave the steeping for as long as you like, as they won’t turn bitter with over-steeping; 5 minutes is just the minimum. Also, generally speaking, 1 heaping teaspoon of dry loose tea for 1 cup of water will do the trick).

Happy steeping! ♥

Steep the perfect cup of tea

 

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