The Tea Experience offers over 30 different varieties of loose leaf teas from India, China, Africa, and Japan. Teas can be enjoyed during parties or purchased for your enjoyment at home, or given as a gift.
- White teas: 3-8 minutes for best flavor.
- Black teas: 3-5 minutes for best flavor. They will often get bitter if you let them brew more than 6 or 7 minutes.
- Green teas: only 1 minute, but 2-3 minutes is not unusual.
- Oolongs: 2-3 minutes.
- Herbals/Tisanes: 5-10 minutes, and they generally don’t get bitter, so you can let them brew as long as you like.
- In general, finely cut teas, whether black, green, or herbal, require shorter brewing times than large leaf teas.
7 Basic Brewing Tips
- Always use fresh water, low in chlorine and calcium salts
- Heat the water to just below boiling point, about 90-95°Celsius. At this temperature the water begins to roar slightly.
- The tea leaves should be added to a pre-heated Tea pot, preferable ceramic or glass. One level tea spoon is sufficient for one cup or one tea bag.
- The hot water should be immediately poured over the tea leaves, the pot covered and given time to brew.
- After the stipulated time, which may vary depending on the type of tea used (see steep times above) the tea may be gently stirred, and poured into cups through a tea strainer.
- In the case of tea bags the bag can be placed directly in the cup of hot water poured over it.
- Additives like sugar, milk, lemon etc., may be used as per individual preference.