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How to make tea

Are you ready to make the perfect cup of tea every time? Read on to gain in-depth knowledge and tips on how to brew your tea.

What you need to get started: Loose leaf tea of choice, infuser, mug or teapot and water.

Loose Leaf Tea

  1. Boil water to the correct temperature required for your chosen type of tea. Refer to the table below to determine the correct temperature.
  2. It's always a good idea to warm your mug before pouring the boiled water into it. It's a science thing. Hot straight to cold can affect your tea experience. To warm your mug, you can pour a little boiled water into it, swill and discard.
  3. Place the loose leaf tea in your infuser. The general rule is 1 teaspoon of tea per 250 ml/8.4 fl oz.
  4. Place the infuser in your mug and brew for the recommended time (see table below).
  5. Remove the infuser. Add milk and/or sweetener if using. Sip and enjoy!

What you need to get started: Teabag of choice, mug or teapot and water.

 Teabag

  1. Boil water to the correct temperature required for your chosen type of tea. Refer to the table below to determine the correct temperature.
  2. It's always a good idea to warm your mug before pouring the boiled water into it. It's a science thing. Hot straight to cold can affect your tea experience. To warm your mug, you can pour a little boiled water into it, swill and discard.
  3. Place the teabag in your mug and brew for the recommended time (see table below).
  4. Remove the teabag. Add milk and/or sweetener if using. Sip and enjoy!

Recommended boiling temperature (By tea type) 

 Type of tea Water temperature Brew time
Black tea 100°C/212°F 1-4 minutes
Green tea 80°C/176°F 1-3 minutes
Oolong tea 80-90°C/176-194°F 3-6 minutes
White tea 80°C/176°F 3-7 minutes
Fruit tisanes 100°C/212°F 3-5 minutes
Herbal & floral tisanes 100°C/212°F 3-5 minutes
Rooibos & honeybush tisanes 100°C/212°F 3-5 minutes

Please use this table as a guide only. Always experiment to brew your tea exactly how you like it. We recommend following this guide and if you don't love your brew, tweak the steps from there.

Tips to help you take your tea game to the next level.

I like my tea strong.

Here is a great tip. Instead of brewing for longer (which can turn your tea bitter), add an extra teaspoon and brew for the recommended time. Hope that helps.

How should I serve it?

If you love milk with your tea, brew your black tea for the longest recommended time possible, add milk and enjoy. It's recommended to use milk with black teas only.

Too hot? Which temperature settings should I use?

Black teas are fine at 100°C/212°F. Other teas like oolong, green and white are brewed better with water temperature set at 80°C/176°F.

What's the difference between loose leaf and teabags?

Many people have asked this question and the answer is simple. No difference at all. Loose leaf just feels more personal and more enjoyable to brew. Whereas the teabag is more for people who are tight on time and need to enjoy tea on the go. They both taste the same.

How much is too much?

The recommended ratio is 1 teaspoon per cup for hot tea, or two teaspoons per cup for iced tea. So, a 1 litre teapot will need around 4 teaspoons of tea for a hot brew. Remember, if you like it stronger then follow the tip mentioned above.