Since most of us have not taken prestigious courses from the Polytechnic School of Tea, preparing tea can prove to be initially challenging. Don’t worry though, as this is only a myth. In following our tips, whether you use tea bags or tea in bulk, preparing a good tea will no longer be as difficult as climbing the Matterhorn, whatever that is…it’s probably difficult!
In the end, making tea will depend on the desired result. Some will like a strong, bitter tea, while others prefer their tea sweet and powerful. It’s only a matter of taste. There are, however, three important factors in ensuring the quality of tea.
Weight can vary depending on individual tastes, but in general, 2 to 3 grams are recommended for a cup of tea.
Very hot water on the edge of boiling is more or less at 90°C. Water at this temperature will increase the bitterness of tea made with crushed leaves, but will allow the subtleties of high quality whole leaves to come out.
Water that is less hot, at more or less 75°C, will accentuate the sweetness of teas made with crushed leaves, but will degrade the delicate taste of high quality leaves.
- Green Tea: usually steeped in water at approximately 70° – 80°C for 2 to 3 minutes. The same process is suitable for white tea and yellow tea.
- Black Tea: usually steeped in water at 100°C for 3 to 5 minutes, depending on the quality of the tea. Sugar can be added to decrease bitterness.
On peut y ajouter du sucre pour en diminuer l’amertume.
- Herbal: usually steeped, by contrast, for 6 to 8 minutes in 100°C water.