How to brew tea

The brewing method can be the difference between an ordinary or even bland cup of tea and an extraordinary one. At Teatulia we believe every cup should be extraordinary. Here is the essential Teatulia guide to the perfect brew:

 

 

Water

It might sound obvious but a cup of tea is more than 99% water. The more delicate the tea, the more important it is to have soft water.

 

For white and green teas, we recommend using filtered water where possible. London, built on chalky soil, has notoriously hard water, so a filter is a must for the best tea in the capital.

 

 

The three T’s

 

Temperature

Depending on the type of tea, it requires a brewing temperature between 71 degrees centigrade and 100 degrees centigrade. An electric kettle is ideal, but if you don’t have one you can guess by looking at the ferocity of the bubbles.

 

Remember also that every 100 feet in altitude you go up, the boiling point of tea falls by a degree. 

 

Type 

Green tea is more delicate than black, and must be steeped for a shorter amount of time at a lower temperature.

 

Black tea can withstand higher temperatures and longer brewing, especially for a punchy, big-flavoured tea such as the Teatulia Strong Black. Our herbal blends, which don’t contain Camellia sinensis, can be brewed for longer without becoming astringent. 

 

Time

The timing of a brew is crucial, which is why at the Teatulia tea bar in Covent Garden every pot or cup comes with one of our signature tea timers.

 

Tea brewed for too short a time will be watery and weak, especially true of black teas which are often under-brewed in tea shops, but over-brewed tea is astringent and bitter. We recommend you taste your tea after the brewing time we suggest.

 

If you prefer a stronger cup, leave it for a little longer.

 

 

View timers and tea-making equipment here