Steeping tea is quite simple. The main goal is to keep the leaves out of your cup. There are so many methods - teabags or sachets, infuser tongs, strainers, french press or simple steep, gaiwan, yixing; but we will just cover the basics here.
5. Steep your Tea:
- Pour water over tea or botanical blend
- How long to steep depends on how strong you like your tea and the type of tea you're using
- Do not judge by color because some teas brew light while others brew dark
- Small tea leaves brew more quickly
- Most true teas will taste bitter if you steep to long or the water temperature is too high
- If you have used an infuser or tea bags, remove them from the steeping vessel/teapot when the tea has reached the desired strength
- If you placed loose leaves directly into the pot, you may want to pour the tea into a second warmed pot through a strainer to separate the tea from the leaves. This will prevent the tea from becoming bitter.
6. Adding Lemon, Sugar, or Milk:
- If you are a lemon sugar tea drinker - add the sugar first, since the citric acid from the lemon will prevent the sugar from dissolving. Or use honey 🍯!
- Milk is often used in full-bodied teas such as Indian and Ceylon black teas. Sweet & milky Indian chai is divine.
- And cream - Just don’t do it.
Because we use high quality whole leaf tea, herbs and spices for our blends - many of our teas can be steeped more than once. Re-use your leaves! Our teabags can be used for multiple steepings.
If you have any questions about steeping tea, botanical blends or drinking oolong tea out of paper cups in truck stops - CONTACT ADMARI
1. Good water is vital to good tea:
- For best results, use filtered water
- Fill an empty kettle with fresh cold water
- If using tap water, let the water run for 30 seconds so that it is fresh
2. Heat Water:
- As soon as the water comes to the proper temperature, remove it from the heat
- Overheating the water reduces its oxygen content and causes the tea to taste flat
- Do not microwave your water!!!
3. Measure Tea:
- For loose tea, place approximately one teaspoon (3 grams) of tea leaves per cup into the steeping vessel/teapot, or into an infuser placed in the pot
- The amount depends on the type of tea and personal preference
4. Warm your pot (depending on method):
- When your water is done, swirl a bit around in the steeping vessel/teapot to warm
- Warming your teapot prevents cracking that can occur when hot water is placed in a room temperature pot, and it helps ‘wake up the leaves’
- Discard the water once the pot is warm
ICED TEA PREPARATION
Steep tea as usual, just use half the amount of water. You are making a concentrate so it can be diluted over ice.
Iced Tea for One
- 1 teabag or 3-5 grams of tea (depends on tea and how strong you like it)
- 4oz hot water
- Steep for 3-5 minutes (depends on tea - see steeping guide)
- Remove bag or strain leaves
- Add honey or sugar to taste
- Pour over pint glass filled with ice
- If you want to get fancy - use a cocktail shaker instead. Shake it up, then pour into pint glass. You'll get a nice foamy head.
KickAssam is especially delicious iced, thats why we have it READY TO DRINK - check it out.