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Brewing Guide

 

Beverage TypeWater TemperatureBrewing TimeApproximate Repeat Infusions

White Leaf Tea65 to 70° C1 to 3 minutes3 or 4
Yellow Leaf Tea70 to 75° C1 to 3 minutes3 or 4
Green Leaf Tea75 to 80° C1 to 3 minutes3 to 5
Oolong Leaf Tea80 to 85° C1 to 3 minutes +4 to 6
Black Leaf Tea95 to 100° C2 to 5 minutes +1 to 2
Pu Erh Leaf Tea95 to 100° C2 minutes +several
Tisanes95 to 98° C3 to 6 minutesto taste
Herbal Infusions95 to 98° C4 to 8 minutes +to taste
 
Temperature Tip:Take the kettle off the heat before it gets to boiling point, leaving some spare oxygen in the water. For Oolong Tea leave the hot water to cool for 2 to 3 minutes, for Green Tea leave to cool for 3 to 4 minutes and for White/Yellow Tea leave to cool for 4 to 5 minutes - all times are approximate.
Portion Quantity:The old adage is one, slightly heaped teaspoon per person and one for the pot. These days teapots vary considerably in capacity, so ONLY add the extra if it’s a large teapot or to taste. If the leaf is Gunpowder or small / flat sized then less is more - bulky leaf will require more on a teaspoon than smaller, flatter style leaf. It is vital to remember that the final ratio of amount of tea to use and the brewing time must be to taste - your taste!

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