Preparation Preparing the perfect cup of tea

To make the perfect cup of Tea. This is a process that has been used for hundreds of years, Tea is produced by Countries all over the world, tea comes in many different shapes and sizes from full leaf  O.P. (Orange Pekoe) and T.G.F.O.P (Tippy Golden Flowering Orange Pekoe) to P.F (Pekoe Fannings).

Water

The quality of tea is affected by the quality of water used to prepare it. Using filtered or bottled water is best. If possible, avoid brewing tea with distilled or mineral water, tap water in hard water areas can change the taste of a tea and increase staining effect of teas. 

Preheated Pot

A warming the teapot many people think is old fashioned, but infact it helps the tea to infuse as it helps to keep the temperature of the water constant making superior tasting tea. While the water is heating, pour some hot water into your teapot and cups, let sit and then drain completely. If using bone china, before adding water from the kettle warming the teapot or cups by running under a hot tap or putting a teaspoon in the cups or teapot will help to stop your best china cracking.

Whole Loose Leaf

Using a teapot (with or without) an infuser, use one to two teaspoons per 12 ounces or cup of water. Many of our teas are good for multiple infusions such as the oolongs. Simply add more hot water to the leaves and increase infusion times. The infusion of Tea like Coffee, is a very personal thing, which depends on ones individual preference.   Although we recommend the proportions and infusion times below, you can experiment depending upon your own flavour and strength preference. With practice, you will discover the right steeping time for each tea and what works best for you. 

Suggested Infusion Times

TeaType ............... per 12oz Water.......... Infusion Time
Black tea ...................1 teaspoon ..................3-4 mins
Formosa Oolong ........ 2 teaspoons ..................3-4 mins
Green tea ................. 1-2 teaspoons .............. 3 mins
White tea ..................2 teaspoons ................. 3-4 mins
Black base fruit teas ...1-2 teaspoons ...............3-4 mins
Herb tea ...................2 teaspoons ..................4 mins
Fruit pots ..................2 teaspoons ..................4-5 mins

Green Tea

For brewing green tea, you can also bring water to a roiling boil, and then let it sit for 1-2 minutes before steeping to attain the proper water temperature.

Storage

Light, temperature, and odours can affect the quality of tea. To maintain freshness tea must be stored properly. Use an airtight, opaque container, tea preferes to be kept in a dark & dry environment, but away from direct sunlight. As excessive heat and strong odours can compromise the tea’s flavour, keep away from stoves or other strong smelling foods.

If stored properly, teas retain their quality for extended periods. The higher quality green teas will loose their freshness within a year, so it is best to drink them more quickly. At The Tea Junction, we work hard to ensure the freshness & flavour of our teas, to help we use triple foil lined bags.