Trade customers
0207 096 4242

“Tea is one of those rare treasures, enjoyed throughout the world, that actually benefits health.” – KIT CHOW

Tea pot

Equipment

A really good teapot is a must. One with an infusion chamber is recommended so that the leaves can be separated from the liquor to avoid over steeping. A couple of small traditional tea cups or tea glasses also make the whole experience more authentic.

Temperature

Freshly filtered water is best and avoid using re-boiled water as it loses its oxygen content. White tea should be infused at around 75 degrees and green tea at around 80 degrees. Ideally stop the kettle just before boiling point, pour the hot water in your cup (to warm the cup and cool the water slightly) then pour into your teapot. This also measures out exactly enough water for each person.

Tea in spoon

How much tea to use

We would recommend one generous teaspoon of tea to one cup of water per person. Because our teas are high quality loose leaf, the same leaves can be infused several times. In fact the 2nd and 3rd infusion is often believed to taste better. The ancient Chinese saying goes ‘The first cup is for your enemies, the second cup for your wife and the third cup is for yourself’.

Tea pot

Steeping time

This can be down to personal preference, but our recommended timings are a useful guide. Experiment with shorter and longer steeping times to find your idea of perfection.

White tea needs 3-6 minutes for the first infusion. Subsequent infusions can be shortened as the water will have already penetrated the tips releasing the flavour.

Green tea should be steeped for 2-3 minutes for the first infusion. If you are going to make iced tea or add honey to sweeten your tea you could allow it to steep a little longer to bring out more depth of flavour. As with the white tea, subsequent infusions need less time.

Avoid over steeping by only adding in enough for water for each cup, then adding more water when you are ready for your next infusion. Over brewing can result in a bitter tasting tea with all the delicate flavours drained away.

Adding milk and sugar is not recommended for the delicate and naturally sweet flavours of white and green teas. If you do wish to sweeten your tea, we would suggest honey rather than sugar.

 

 

MasterCard CreditDebit MasterCardJCBMaestroVisa CreditVisa Debit Acceptance Mark
Powered by WorldPay