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
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.
Tea Steep for 2-4 minutes in 190-205° F (87-96° C) water (just
short of boiling)
Tea Steep for 4-5 minutes in 200-212° F (93-100° C) water
Tea Steep for 3 minutes in 200-212° F (93-100° C) water
Tea Steep for 3-4 minutes in 190-205° F (87-96° C) water (just
short of boiling)
Steep for 3-4 minutes in 190-200° F (87-93° C) water (just short of
Tea Steep for 2-3 minutes in 170-180° F (77-82° C) water (boil,
allow to cool for 1 min)
Steep for 1-2 minutes in 160-170° F (71-77° C) water (boil, allow to
cool for 2 min)
Tea Steep for 2-3 minutes in 175° F (79° C) water (boil, allow
to cool for 1.5 - 2 min)
Tisanes Steep for 5 minutes in 200-212° F (93-100° C) water
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.