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Tea Harmony

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Brewing Tips

Water

A cup of tea contains 99% water so as the primary component of a cup of tea it’s important to ensure the water you are using is pure and uncompromised by heavy metals and impurities (chlorine, fluoride, magnesium)
We recommend using a water filter (example: Brita Filter) to remove as much impurities as possible.
Aim to fill the kettle with as much water as you need for your cup or teapot and only boil the water once. The best flavour is drawn out of the tealeaves using oxygen-rich water; water that has been re-boiled or has been sitting in the kettle awhile will lack oxygen leaving your tea tasting flat.

Temperature

One of the most important factors when brewing a cup of tea is the water temperature. Water that is too hot can burn the tea ruining the delicate aromas and leaving you with a bitter and astringent cup of tea. Water that is not hot enough can leave you with watery liquor, which is lacking of the teas richness and flavors leaving you with a tasteless cup of tea.
(Please refer to the brewing instructions on the back of your tea packaging; this can be used as a general guide to brewing your tea. Modify the recommendations based on your enjoyment of a stronger or weaker cup of tea)
A general rule of thumb suggests green teas should be boiled at 80 degrees Celsius, white tea at 85 degrees Celsius and oolong & black at 95 degrees Celsius (never fully boiled). (However there can be some exceptions to this)
Monitoring the water temperature allows you to control the balance of tannins, amino acids and aromatic elements.
Since every tea is distinctly different the optimal temperature will vary.

Warm the teapot & tea ware

Once the kettle has boiled, pour some of the hot water into your teapot and tea cup and swirl to warm them up – this keeps the tea ware at the optimum temperature for the tea. Empty out this water.

Tea Ware

Giving your tea leaves enough space to unfurl and expand is important to ensure you are allowing the tea to release their full aroma and flavours.
We suggest brewing your tea in a teapot (ideally glass so you can see the water) measure out your water using a measuring jug or your teacup to estimate the amount of water required in your teapot.
It is easier to brew an excellent cup of tea in a smaller teapot than a larger one.
Tea baskets are another suitable alternative to teapots. We suggest steering away from tea balls and small tea leaf infusers as they do not provide enough space for the tea to move and expand.

Steeping time

Tea leaves release their various components (caffeine, tannins, aroma etc..) into the water at different rates. Leaving your tea leaves to steep too long can cause the tea to become bitter or astringent, on the other hand not steeping them long enough can result in a watery tasteless liquor.
If you are experiencing either of these issues with your tea we would suggest modifying the length of steeping time respectively.

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