The Art of Tea Brewing - Teapot, Kungfu & Teabag Brewing Tips
Updated: Apr 28
Tea brewing can be subjective from person to person due to differences in personal taste and preferences. Some people prefer their tea to be strong and bold, while others prefer a more delicate and subtle flavor. Factors such as the type and quality of tea leaves, water temperature, steeping time, and brewing method can all affect the taste and aroma of the brewed tea. Additionally, cultural and regional differences can also influence how tea is brewed and consumed. Some cultures may prefer to add milk or sweeteners to their tea, while others may prefer it plain.
Ultimately, the best way to brew tea is the way that you enjoy it the most, and experimentation and personal preference play a big role in finding the perfect cup. The following guide on teapot, kungfu and teabag brewing will help you brew a delicious cup of tea every time.
Start with high-quality tea leaves: The first step to brewing a great cup of tea is to use high-quality tea leaves. Look for loose leaf tea that is fresh and aromatic, as this will ensure that you get the best flavor and aroma from your tea.
Start by measuring out your tea leaves. The standard ratio is 2 grams of tea leaves per 100 ml of water. So for a typical 250 ml cup, you'll need 5 grams of tea leaves.
Heat your water to the appropriate temperature. Different teas require different temperatures, but as a general rule, green and white teas should be brewed at around 80-90 degrees Celsius, oolong teas at 90-95 degrees Celsius, black and pu-erh teas at around 95-100 degrees Celsius.
Once your water has reached the desired temperature, pour it over your tea leaves in a teapot or tea infuser. Let the tea steep for 2-3 minutes for green and white teas, and 3-5 minutes for black and pu-erh teas.
After the appropriate steeping time, remove the tea leaves from the water to avoid over-steeping and bitterness. If using a teapot, pour the tea into a separate cup or mug. If desired, add sweetener or milk to taste. Some teas, such as black tea, are traditionally served with milk.
Kungfu tea brewing
Heat water to the desired temperature based on the type of tea you are brewing (refer to the temperature guide above).
Warm up the teapot and cups by rinsing them with hot water.
Add the desired amount of tea leaves to the teapot (typically 1-2 grams per 100 ml of water).
Pour a small amount of hot water over the tea leaves to rinse and awaken them. Quickly pour out the water.
Fill the teapot with hot water, making sure to cover all the tea leaves. Cover the teapot with the lid and let it steep for 30 - 45 seconds.
Pour the tea into the cups using a strainer or by decanting. It is recommended to pour the tea into each cup in a circular motion to ensure an even distribution of flavor.
Enjoy your Kungfu tea and repeat the steeping process for subsequent infusions. With each subsequent infusion, you may need to adjust the steeping time slightly to account for the changing flavor profile.
If teapot and kungfu brewing are too time-consuming for the busy individual, brewing tea with teabags is a simple and convenient way to enjoy a cup of tea.
There are various types of teabags available in the market, so choose the one that suits your taste buds. You can choose from black, green, white, herbal, or fruit-flavored teabags. A top-seller at The Teh Company is our Artisan Collection, a meticulously curated collection of 10 different teas, ranging from white to green, light to heavy oolong, black and pu-erh teas.
Fill your kettle or pot with fresh, cold water and bring it to a boil. For black and herbal teas, boiling water is ideal. However, for green and white teas, wait for the water to cool down slightly before pouring it over the teabag.
Place a teabag in your cup or mug. If you're using a small cup, one teabag is sufficient. However, if you're using a large mug, you may need two teabags to get the desired strength.
Slowly pour the hot water over the teabag, making sure to cover it completely. The amount of water you use depends on the size of your cup or mug and the strength of the tea you desire. A general rule of thumb is to use one teabag for every 8 ounces (236 ml) of water.
Let the teabag steep for 2-5 minutes, depending on the type of tea and your desired strength. Check the instructions on the tea packaging for specific steeping times. Be careful not to oversteep the tea, as it can result in a bitter taste.
After steeping, remove the teabag from the cup using a spoon or a tea bag squeezer. Squeezing the teabag can cause the release of more bitter compounds, so it's best to avoid this if possible.
You can enjoy your tea as it is, or add sweeteners or milk to taste. Many people prefer to add a splash of milk to black teas, but it's entirely up to you.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy your perfect cup of tea!
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