Tea Brewing Tips

How to Brew the Perfect Cup of Grace Tea

Fill a kettle with freshly drawn cold water. We recommend using filtered water because the quality of your water will directly affect the taste of your tea. Many towns have water that has too much chlorine and other minerals. When the water is near the boiling point, pour a little into the teapot, swirl around, and tip away. This leaves a hot, clean teapot.

Measure the tea carefully into your teapot, allowing one rounded teaspoon or one tea bag for each cup (8 fluid ounces) required. Many people prefer to use a tea ball or filter to keep the leaves from spreading throughout the teapot. Bring the water to a rolling boil. Do not allow it to boil too long, as it will boil away some of the flavor-releasing oxygen and result in a flat cup. Green and white tea should be made with water that has boiled and allowed to cool for just under a minute.

Pour the water onto the leaves or tea bags. This saturates the tea allowing the flavor to release naturally. Do not pour the water and then add the tea, this will only result in a poor cup of tea. Always cover your tea when steeping. The tea leaves will unfurl properly when covered.

The differing types of tea should be allowed to infuse for the required number of minutes at the appropriate water temperatures listed below. Make sure not to venture too far from your tea when it is brewing. Teas take from as little as 1½ minutes to 5 minutes to achieve their ideal brewing time.

                                                          Pu-erh Tea                                             Steep for 2-4 minutes in 190-205° F (87-96° C) water (just short of boiling)
                                                          Black Tea
                                               Steep for 4-5 minutes in 200-212° F (93-100° C) water (boiling)
                                                          Darjeeling Tea                                       Steep for 3 minutes in 200-212° F (93-100° C) water (boiling)
                                                          Oolong Tea                                            Steep for 3-4 minutes in 190-205° F (87-96° C) water (just short of boiling)
                                                          Jasmine Tea
                                          Steep for 3-4 minutes in 190-200° F (87-93° C) water (just short of boiling)
                                                          Chinese Green Tea                               Steep for 2-3 minutes in 170-180° F (77-82° C) water (boil, allow to cool for 1 min)
                                                          Japanese Green Tea
                             Steep for 1-2 minutes in 160-170° F (71-77° C) water (boil, allow to cool for 2 min)
                                                          White Tea                                               Steep for 2-3 minutes in 175° F (79° C) water (boil, allow to cool for 1.5 - 2 min)
                                                          Herbal Tisanes                                      Steep for 5 minutes in 200-212° F (93-100° C) water (boiling)

If you prefer your tea stronger or weaker, never vary the brewing time; simply increase or decrease the amount of tea. If allowed to sit in the teapot, the tea can over-brew and turn ­bitter. Some green, oolong and white teas are good for multiple infusions – just add new hot water to the pot and increase the steeping time a bit. Repeat until the flavor fades.

Customers of ours oftentimes tend to enquire about the proper way to store their Grace Rare Teas. The freshness of Grace teas can be maintained for up to two years when they are stored in their own canisters or other tightly closed containers in a cool, dry place away from spices and other aromatics.