Brewing Tips

For the perfect cup of Origin Tea every time, follow our simple brewing tips that we’ve put together for you.

Tea type Temperature Time Visuals
Black Tea 100°C 2-4 mins Tiny bubbles will start to appear along the surface
Green tea 80-85°C 1.5-2.5 mins Steam will begin to rise as a column

 

Note, for loose leaf tea, the standard recommendation is 2 teaspoons of tea for every 200ml of water.

Why does black tea need hotter water than green tea?

In general, black tea needs a higher temperature and a longer boiling time as it requires the hotter temperature to bring out the full flavour of the tannins into the cup. Green tea, which you can think of as more like a ‘raw vegetable’ needs a little more care when brewing, allowing the tea to capture the sweet, light flavour it is supposed to, rather than being overcooked with ‘too-hot’ water.

Extra little things:

  • Why not try warming your tea cup or pot before popping your tea in it, it makes a big difference to the way the tea tastes
  • Make sure you don’t brew your tea for too long, as it can leave your tea tasting bitter.
  • Don’t over boil the water as it can cause it to lack oxygen. For green teas, let the water stand for a few minutes before pouring it in, in order to make sure the taste of the green tea Is not affected.
  • Also be aware that in general, the larger the leaf, the longer the brewing time in order to get the infusion just right. Use this as a guide though and find out what works for you best by experimenting with many different types.

Please remember though, everyone has their own tastes and preferences! Play around and experiment with water temperature, quantity and flavour until you find one that works perfectly for you.

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