How to Make the Perfect Cup of Tea


How to Make the Perfect Cup of Tea

"When the world is all at odds And the mind is all at sea

Then cease the useless tedium And brew a cup of tea.

There is magic in its' fragrance, There is solace in its' taste; And the laden moments vanish Somehow into space.

And the world becomes a lovely thing! There's beauty as you'll see; All because you briefly stopped To brew a cup of tea."

~ Unknown author


The author of this poem would not be singing the praises of tea if he or she were alive today. Today's bagged tea is weak, tepid and commercialized. Luckily for you (and me), the type of tea the author sings about in the above poem is still available. But before you can have an almost religious like tea experience, you first need to know how to brew a proper cup of tea. The good news is it isn't as hard as you think.

What you’ll need:

  • loose tea
  • a teapot
  • Tea Kettle
  • bottled water
  • a mesh strainer
  • tea cup

How to brew your tea

  1. Fill your kettle with fresh cold water and heat until it reaches a boil

  2. Pour a little bit of water into teapot, swirl it around and discard the water. This will heat the teapot which will help keep your water at the proper temperature.

  3. Place 1 rounded teaspoon of tea the teapot for every 6 ounces the teapot holds. For example, if you have a 24oz teapot, use four rounded teaspoons of tea.

  4. Now it is time to pour the heated water into the teapot. If you are using black tea or a dark oolong, pour the boiling water into the teapot.

  5. If you are using green or white tea, boil water, wait 5 minutes for it to cool and pour the water into pot

  6. Steep tea for 3 minutes for green, 4 minutes for black. Do not over-steep.

  7. Pour the brewed tea into a teacup. I like to pour the tea through a mesh filter so the leaves do not get into my teacup.


    Mistakes to avoid

    • Pay attention to the steep time on the label of the tea you are using. You do not want to overstep your tea otherwise the tea will get bitter. The general rule is black tea should be steeped for 4 minutes, green, white and oolong for 3 minutes. This can vary greatly so be sure to ask your tea supplier about each tea you own.

    • Do not use poor quality water. Tap water contains a lot of chlorine and other chemicals. Since brewed tea is mostly water, you will taste all these chemicals in your tea. At a minimum, use filtered water.

    • Avoid using the water at the wrong temperature when brewing your tea. If you use boiling water for your green teas, they will burn and get bitter. Likewise, if you use water that is too cool on your black teas, they will taste weak and watery.  The ideal temperature for black and dark oolong teas is 220 degrees Fahrenheit. For green and white teas it is 180 degrees Fahrenheit.

    • Be sure to use the proper amount of tea when brewing. If you use too little, your tea will be too weak. If you use too much you will be wasting your tea and your money. The ideal amount of tea to use is 2 grams, which roughly equals a rounded teaspoon.


    As you can see the extra time and effort needed isn’t as big of a deal as some people make it out to be. Once you try tea the proper way, it will be hard to go back to large commercial brands. After all, when was the last time you heard someone write a poem about a teabag?


    2 Responses

    Kathryne Hill
    Kathryne Hill

    June 14, 2017

    I got my packages of samples and my tea pot and measuring spoon today. I have tried 2 of the read and so far I loved them. I will order more in the future.


    September 21, 2016

    Great site, wonderful beliefs, and I’m sure, some very delicious teas as well! Love your instructions, especially for the green and white teas. Many times people don’t realize that these teas will taste bitter if boiling water is used.They will blame the tea, when in fact, it’s just the wrong water temperature :) Looking forward to trying your teas!

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