Choose a ceramic teapot, or a covered cup. A teapot
with a built-in strainer will prevent leaves from entering the spout.
For best results brew teas loose, not in a tea ball
or infuser, to allow flavor to develop fully. Different teas have
widely varying weights. With lighter weight teas, be sure to add
Start with good-tasting water. Try different
spring waters. Do not use boiling water when brewing white or green
tea as this will cook the leaves and destroy their flavor.
Until familiar with a particular tea,
steep for a minute or two, then try a sip. Pay attention to taste
rather than color. When the tea tastes right to you, serve or pour
off all of the liquid to avoid oversteeping. Most of these teas
are meant to be infused several times. Simply add additional hot
water as needed. Increase steeping time with subsequent infusions.
Feel free to experiment with water temperature,
brewing time, and proportion of tea to water. There is no right
way or wrong way to make tea. Let your palate be your guide.
Notice the beautiful colors and shapes of the leaves
as they steep; appearance is very much a part of the experience.
But most important, enjoy the tea!
BEST WAY TO STORE TEA
All tea has a shelf life. Proper storage is necessary
to prolong freshness. Store tea in opaque containers to avoid contact
with light. Use a container with a tight sealing lid to guard against
moisture and to prevent tea from drying out. Keep in a cool place.