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Tea is made by infusing a small amount of tea leaves in water. Water is therefore the main ingredient of tea, and its quality will determine the quality of the infused tea. However, tea is also rich in different substances such as tannins, amino acids (L-Theanine), stimulants (alkaloids) and aromatic compounds, and the art of tea making is to find the balance between these different elements!
It is important to use a good quality water, as pure as possible. We use filtered water to make our tea.
The temperature of the water used to infuse the leaves is a very important element to the success of the cup of tea. For green teas and for delicate black and oolong teas, in our opinion, it is often best to undershoot the recommended temperature. This reduces the risk of the tea having an overly astringent effect in your mouth or being bitter.
This is particularly true for green tea.
Given sufficient time, all teas can infuse in even cold water. However it is important to note that the components of the beverage will not be identical to those in a tea infused in hot water.
|Type of Tea||Ideal temperature|
|Green teas||70ºC – 80ºC|
|Most Black teas||95ºC|
|Darjeeling type teas||85ºC|
|Oolong teas||80 – 95ºC|
|Hot Rooibos Infusions||95ºC|
Tip: if you do not have a kettle with thermostat that boils your water to the recommended temperature, you can boil your kettle as usual and then add 1/3 of the water again to bring the temperature to around 70ºC.
We also sell a range of kettles with thermostat in our ‘electricals’ section.
This is a question that is often asked. The old adage of putting one teaspoon of tea for each cup and ‘one for the pot’ is a good guide for a blended black tea such as a breakfast blend or an Earl Grey but what about for other teas?
For other teas, the dosage of tea leaves necessary for a cup or a pot varies for each type of tea. At Rosevear Tea, we use around 9g of tea (around 4 level teaspoons) to make each litre of tea. This equates to 5g (2 teaspoons) for a small two cup teapot and around 2.5g (one teaspoon) per cup. However, we use less for our Black Velvet Keemun (around 8 g per litre) and more for our Malty Mid-Morning Blend (around 11g per litre). We would recommend to use around a teaspoon of tea leaves per cup but everyone’s taste is different. Experimentation is the way to find how to make one’s perfect cup of tea.
As a general rule, we always prefer to use too little tea rather than too much, because with too many leaves, the resulting tea can be overly bitter. However, the best combination of exactly how much tea to use and exactly how long to let the leaves infuse depends upon personal taste.
If you would like to find out more about making your perfect cup of tea or if you would like to try a selection of our loose leaf teas, then please visit us in our tea shop in Edinburgh.