The Perfect Cup

Creating the perfect cup is an art that can be learned: a delicate balance of water quality and temperature, tea leaf quantity and length of infusion. When all these factors align, the perfect cup can be achieved.


Storage

The perfect cup begins well before the water has been boiled. Storing tea correctly is essential. Tea leaves are fragile and easily corrupted by heat, light, moisture and air pollution. Once our alu-foil seal has been broken, certain steps must be taken to preserve the integrity of the leaf.

Use a re-sealable pouch or a caddy with an airtight lid to store the tea, and keep it at a neutral temperature away from light.

Water

The quality of the water used can make a big difference to the taste, so choose either filtered water or natural spring water with low or medium mineral content. Always use freshly boiled water for the perfect cup, as re-boiled water will have lost much of its oxygen content.

Temperature                                                                        

Certain teas infuse best at certain temperatures. Black teas flourish with freshly, fully boiled water, but extreme heat scalds lighter, more delicate white and green teas. For these teas, let the water cool to between 70°C and 80°C before infusing.

Quantity

When preparing one cup (approximately 250ml) of loose leaf tea one heaped teaspoon, or two grams of loose leaf, will suffice. Depending on the desired strength of a tisane, often two teaspoons are recommended. For brewing a teapot, we recommend one for the pot and an additional teaspoon for every person.

Length of infusion

The length of infusion depends on the type of tea and leaf as well as personal preference. Teabags require less time as the leaves are smaller, and the increased surface area lends itself to quicker infusions. Loose leaf teas require slightly more time, with black teas and tisanes requiring the longest length of infusion. Please refer to the at-a-glance guide below for reference when preparing tea.

At-a-Glance Guide

Loose leaf teas

Type of Tea Water Temperature Quantity per cup Length of Infusion
Black Boiling 1 teaspoon (2 tsp with milk) 3-5 minutes
Pu Erh Boiling 1 teaspoon 3-5 minutes
Green 80°C 1 teaspoon 2-3 minutes
Oolong Boiling 1 teaspoon 3-5 minutes
White 70 - 80°C 1 teaspoon 2-3 minutes
Tisane Boiling 1-2 teaspoons 5 minutes


Teabags

Type of Tea Water Temperature Quantity per cup Length of Infusion
Black Boiling 1 teabag per person 2-3 minutes
Green 80°C 1 teabag per person 2 minutes
Oolong Boiling 1 teabag per person 3-5 minutes
Tisane Boiling 1 teabag per person 3-4 minutes