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Now that you have visited our site and looked at the range of our delicious flavors, get tasting and discover your favorite one. Here are a few tips on how to prepare the best possible brew.

AMOUNT OF TEA LEAVES

Below are some general guidelines on how much leaves to use for different kinds of tea. Please note that the amount of dry tea leaves to use varies from person to person and from tea to tea, and it is always better to use less tea leaves if you are not sure how strong you would like the tea to be.

Our Tea Bags come with 2 grams in each bag. All of our Exotic Flavored Teas can be drunk Hot or Cold. If you like it sweet, we recommend raw sugar or honey.

BLACK TEA

  • Weak Brew: 2 grams ( 2/3 teaspoon ) of tea leaves per 6oz. cup
  • Medium Brew: 3-4 grams (1 level teaspoon) of leaves per 6oz. cup
  • Strong Brew: 5 grams (1 heaping tea spoon) of leaves per 6oz. cup

GREEN TEA (Same Leaves Can Be Brewed Multiple Times)

  • Weak Brew: 3 grams ( 1 teaspoon ) of tea leaves per 6oz. cup
  • Strong Brew: 5 grams (1 heaping tea spoon) of tea leaves per 6oz. cup

OOLONG TEA (Same Leaves Can Be Brewed Multiple Times)

  • Weak Brew: 3 grams (2/3 teaspoon for the tight rolled Oolong, and 1 heaping teaspoon for waving Oolongs such as Pouchong and Champagne Oolong ) of tea leaves per 6oz. cup
  • Strong Brew: 5 grams (1 tea spoon for tight rolled Oolong, and 2 teaspoons for waving Oolongs such as Pouchong and Champagne Oolong ) of tea leaves per 6oz. cup

WHITE TEA (Same Leaves Can Be Brewed Multiple Times)

  • Weak Brew: 3 grams ( 2 teaspoons ) of tea leaves per 6oz. cup
  • Strong Brew: 5 grams (3 teaspoons) of tea leaves per 6oz. cup.

WATER TEMPERATURE AND TIMING

  • Black Tea – Use water at boiling temperature. Brew tea for about 3-5 minutes
  • Green Tea – Most Green Tea can be brewed for up to 3 infusions). Use water at about 160-180 degrees Fahrenheit for Japanese Green Tea, and use water at 180-190 degrees Fahrenheit for Chinese Green Tea .  First Infusion, brew the tea for 2 minutes then pour all the tea from the tea pot (take the tea infuser out, if you are using tea infuser) into the cups and enjoy; Second Infusion, brew the tea a little longer (3-4 minutes); Third Infusion, brew the tea for 5 minutes.
  • White Tea – Use water at about 180 degrees Fahrenheit and brew tea for 3-5 minutes
  • Oolong Tea – Oolong tea can also be brewed multiple times (some can even be brewed for up to 7 times). Use water at 180-190 degrees Fahrenheit. First Infusion, brew the tea for 1-2 minutes then pour all the tea from the tea pot (take the tea infuser out, if you are using tea infuser) into the cups and enjoy; Second Infusion, brew the tea a little longer (2-3 minutes); Third Infusion, brew the tea for 3-5 minutes
  • Herbal and Fruit Blend – Use water at boiling temperature. Brew tea for about 3-5 minutes

How to Make Refreshing Iced Tea

  • Brew a tea by following the regular brewing instructions, but using Twice the amount of leaves (because the ice is going to dilute the tea).  If you like the tea to be sweetened, we recommend raw sugar or honey. You can also put milk or soy milk to make iced latte. For example, To make 32 ounces of iced tea, brew 16 ounces of tea using approximately 5-6 teaspoons (if you use tea bags, use 5-6 bags) of tea leaves.
  • Fill glasses or pitcher approximately 3/4 with ice. (Use plastic or tempered glass only)
  • Immediately pour the hot tea over the ice, using a strainer to separate the tea leaves.  If necessary, add more ice or cold water until the iced tea is diluted to nearly double its initial volume.
  • According to personal taste, add slices of lemon, lime, orange, or a few sprigs of fresh mint leaf to garnish the tea.

Shock Freezing: Shock freezing in iced tea making is the method of pouring the hot tea over ice. The sudden temperature change preserves the full aroma and active ingredients of the tea.  It also prevents the usual cloudiness that often develops in black teas as they cool off.  The cloudiness, however, is normal to all quality black tea and has no negative impact on the flavor of the tea.

Cold Brewing Guide

What Is Cold Brewing?
Cold Brewing is a tea brewing method that uses only cold water when brewing tea. Free form catechins and tanning acids, which are good for the human body, are more dissolvable and readily released in cold brewing as opposed to regular hot brewing. Cold brewing tea’s release of ester-dissolvable catechins is 70% that of regular brewing. In addition, the amount of caffeine released from cold brewing tea is only half of the caffeine released from regular hot tea brewing.

What Types of Tea Can Be/Can Not Be Cold Brewed?
Teas which have been processed (application of heat) by boiling, frying or steaming are safe to be cold brew. They include green tea, oolong tea, and black tea.

Herbal tea and floral tea are not safe to be cold brewed since these are usually unprocessed (application of heat) tea.

How to Cold Brew?

  • Use cold water or iced water to brew tea. (It takes longer to brew tea with iced water).
  • Ratio of tea leaves to water is usually 1:50 (you can adjust the ratio according to your taste)
  • Put loose tea or tea bags into a water container filled with cold/iced water
  • Put the container into the refrigerator * Do Not Put It In Freezer
  • Tea leaves which come in stripped form such as green tea, black tea or flat/wavy oolong tea (Pouchong) should be brewed in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours
  • Strain the tea leaves and enjoy the refreshing cold brewed tea. And if you have excess tea left over, put it back to the refrigerator (remember to strain the leaves)

How long can I store the Cold Brewed Tea?
Refrigerated tea will retain its quality for about a week.
If the tea is jostled in a car, or from walking/running for 6 hours or more, the tea will lose its quality.

Chai Tea Brewing Method

IMPORTANT: Turn your bag of Chai upside down a few times. The powdered spices can settle at the bottom of the bag during transit.

Common Hot Chai brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 heaping teaspoon of tea for each cup into the teapot or one tea bag. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 5-10 minutes. While the tea is brewing prepare your cup to receive the chai – put 2 teaspoons of sugar in the cup and add milk (about 20%) of the cup’s volume. You can also use steamed milk to get a richer taste. When the chai is ready – pour into your cup.

Lower the Caffeine Level of the Tea Yourself.

It is quite simple to lower the caffeine of our tea.

  • Brew the tea very briefly for about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  • Discard the first infusion.
  • Brew the tea again like you usually do and drink this second infusion. The reason why this works is that caffeine from tea is highly water soluble. When tea leaves come in contact with hot water in the first short infusion, most of the caffeine comes out.

The other way to make low caffeine tea is to Cold Brew the tea.