Brewing the Perfect Cup of Tea

Everyone's got a different way of making tea. We've spent over 130 years honing our technique for the perfect cuppa: here's a few of our not-so-secret tips, from water temperature to infusion time.

How to brew loose tea

1. Use Fresh Water

What You Can Do

1. Use Fresh Water

Always use water freshly drawn from the tap or a filter jug: the higher levels of oxygen in fresh water give your brew a cleaner, brighter taste.

2. Watch the Temperature

What You Can Do

2. Watch the Temperature

Black, puerh and most oolong teas can be brewed with freshly boiled water, but for less processed teas like green, white or yellow tea use water closer to 80°C. Just leave the kettle lid up for 3–5 minutes after boiling, then pour and infuse.

What You Can Do

3. Remember to Spoon

What You Can Do

3. Remember to Spoon

Loose leaf can seem fiddly, but the truth is it's as easy as teabags. Just remember: use one teaspoon (around 2g) per cup, or two per cup if you're brewing white tea, yellow tea or a fruit and herbal infusion.

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How Long Should I Brew?

Each of our teas tells you how many minutes to brew, but it all depends on your taste. As a general rule, more robust teas reach the best strength between 3–5 minutes' infusing, while delicate teas like Darjeelings, white and green teas should only be infused for around 2–3 minutes.

Tea Type Boiling Temperature Steeping Time
Most black tea 100 Degrees 3–5 Minutes
Green tea 80 Degrees 2–3 Minutes
White/yellow tea 80 Degrees 2–3 Minutes
Fruit & herbal infusions 100 Degrees 3–5 Minutes