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BREWING GUIDE

To make a good cup of tea actually requires less of quality tea than that of cheaper varieties, which is worth remembering when comparing prices!

HOW TO MAKE A GOOD CUP OF TEA

01

USE FRESHLY BOILED WATER

Not reheated or reboiled. Water quality is important - use spring water or rainwater if possible.
02

WARM THE POT

Using steam or by rinsing with hot water.
03

MEASURE

The tea or infusion carefully into the pot, usually one teaspoon per cup (with green teas, less).
04

POURING

Pour the boiling water over the tea or infusion. Stirring the pot is optional - stirring gives a stronger liquor and flavour.
05

BREWING

Brew for the recommended time (refer to the table), before pouring. Do not let the tea 'stew' as this releases tannins and makes it bitter.

BREWING GUIDE

TEA TSP TIME STRENGTH MILK  DRINK
Ceylon Pekoe / Flowery Pekoe 1 4-5 3 OPT All Day
English & Irish Breakfast 1 4-5 4 OPT AM
Earl Grey 1 3-5 3 NO PM
Organic / Decaf Ceylon 1 3-4 2 OPT All Day
Darjeeling / Assam 1 3-5 3 OPT All Day
Traditional Afternoon 1 4-5 3 OPT PM
Long Leaf Ceylons 1 4-5 3 OPT All Day
Russian Caravan 3/4 3-4 3 NO All Day
Lapsang Souchong / Oolong 1/2 2-4 3 NO All Day
Green / Sencha / Jasmine 1/2 2-4 2 NO All Day
Silver Needles / Golden Tips 1 5-7 1 NO All Day
Flavoured Black 1 4-5 3 NO All Day
Flavoured Green 1-2 2-4 2 NO All Day
Herbal Infusions 1 4-7 2 NO All Day
Rooibos 1 4-7 2 NO All Day
Fruit Infusions 1 5-8 2 NO All Day

TSP = Teaspoon
TIME = Suggested brewing time in minutes
OPT = Optional
STRENGTH = 1 (Mild) -4 (Strong)

Please note this is a guide, which you can vary according to your requirements and taste.

BREW IN A POT

Brew in a pot, not a coffee plunger. Tea sinks and coffee floats. Plungers were made for coffee and usually retain traces of the coffee flavour. Use different teapots for green, black tea and herbal infusions.

USING TEABAGS

While using leaf tea is the best way to enjoy a good tea, contrary to popular belief, teabags do not necessarily give you an inferior cup of tea. It simply depends on the quality of tea in the teabag! Elmstock teabags are the best quality teabags available.

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