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Make a perfect Brew

    Cup of tea
  • Use a good quality loose leaf or bagged tea
  • This must be stored in an air-tight container at room temperature
  • Always use freshly drawn boiling water
  • In order to draw the best flavour out of the tea the water must contain oxygen, this is reduced if the water is boiled more than once.
  • Measure the tea carefully
  • Use 1 tea bag or 1 rounded teaspoon of loose tea for each cup to be served
  • Allow the tea to brew for the recommended time before pouring
  • Brewing tea from a bag in a mug? Milk in last is best

Recommended Brewing Times

Name of Tea Country Type Brewing Time With or without Milk
Gunpowder China Green 3-4 minutes without
Jasmine China Green flavoured with jasmine flowers 2-3 minutes without
Oolong China or Taiwan Oolong 5-7 minutes without
Lapsang Souchong China or Taiwan Black 4-5 minutes without
Sencha Japan Green 2-2 1/2 minutes without
Genmaicha Japan Green flavoured with popped rice and corn 3-4 minutes without
Darjeeling India Black 3-4 minutes without
Assam India Black 3-4 minutes with or without
Ceylon Uva Sri Lanka Black 3 minutes with or without
Ceylon Dimbula Sri Lanka Black 3-4 minutes with or without
Kenya Kenya Black 3-4 minutes with


Buying and Storing Tea

Tea table for afternoon tea

  • Use a good quality Tea Supplier or brand
  • Always taste your own teas because if you like the blend your customers are likely to
  • Store tea in a cool, dry place
  • Avoid placing it next to strongly flavoured or perfumed foods etc
  • Do not over buy tea

In some parts of the country the tap water is chlorinated strongly and this can affect the taste of the tea, if you are based in such an area consider using a water filter.

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