How to make the perfect cup of tea
Making a cup of tea shouldn’t be rocket science, but there are a few things you can do to guarantee a perfect cup of tea every time.
Discover all the insider knowledge from T2 on the different tea types, tea tips and tricks.
Understanding the types of tea
Black Tea - It goes trough the most processing of all tea, resulting in a robust, fragrant and full-bodied brew.
Green Tea - Green teas undergo no oxidation and are mainly produced in China and Japan with subtle changes in flavour.
White Tea - The least processed of all teas, white tea is the closest tea comes to its natural state.
Oolong Tea - Oolong comes in two main varieties with flavours that range from floral and vegetal to sweet and woody.
Herbal & Floral Tea - Not technically tea as they don’t come from Camellia Sinesis, herbal and floral tisanes are a collection of flowers, leaves and herbs.
Rooibos & Honeybush Tea - Rooibos and the closely related honeybush produce a hearty brew reminiscent of black tea, but without the caffeine.
Fruit & Veggie Tea - Fruits ranging from tropical tree fruit and wholesome veggies are dried then combined for fruity flavours.
Matcha Tea - Matcha is a powdered green tea originating in Japan.
Chai Tea - Originally from India, chai’s combination of black tea and spices simmered with milk and sweetened with honey.
Tips & Tricks:
Measurements & ratios - The typical ratio is 1 teaspoon per cup for hot tea, or two teaspoons per cup for iced tea. So, a 1 litre teapot will need around 4 teaspoons of tea for a hot brew.
Strength - Like it nice and strong? Instead of brewing for longer, add an extra teaspoon and brew for the recommended time.
To serve - If you’re adding milk to your black tea, brew for the longest recommended time. Remember, save your milk for black teas – most whites, greens and herbals are best served straight up.
Temperature - White, green and oolong teas prefer 80°C/176°F, so just combine 20% cold water with 80% boiling water. Swill a little hot water in your teapot or cup, then discard. This will keep your teawares from cooling your tea too quickly.
Loose leaf vs. tea bags - Both have their perks. We love the ceremony of loose leaf, but will never say no to tea bags when we’re pressed for time. Whichever you go for, make sure you follow the tea’s brewing instructions
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T2 Tea Tummy Tea loose leaf tea will help those sweet cravings after a meal or when you are recovering from a food coma, this minty cup of tummy-loving tea will set you right. Loaded with soothing peppermint, liquorice root and fennel, it will settle any belly woes while reducing sugar cravings.
T2 Tea The Dreamer loose leaf is an organic pre-bedtime ritual of hot tea and deep relaxation helping you to unwind and lull you into a blissful sleep. Indulge in a dreamy blend of hops, valerian and lemon balm to ensure the gentlest landing on your pillow.