The emperor of green teas, delicately sweet and smooth with a fresh cut grassy lingering aroma. A mild and subtle taste with pale hues, when brewed correctly this is a gentle and smooth drink. With lower caffeine, and more antioxidants, minerals and vitamins than black tea, this is a drink you can enjoy and feel good about drinking.
To get the perfect brew of green tea is simple, though often missed; getting the temperature and time just right. Many people find green tea too astringent because they are brewing their drink at 100 degrees celsius. Green tea is very delicate and needs cooler water. Brewing green tea at 80 degrees brings out completely different flavours, yielding a sweeter and much smoother brew with the complex flavours not overpowered by tannins.
To brew a good cuppa is pretty easy - it is all in how you prepare it. The following guidelines are to help you get the best possible taste and enjoyment out of our tea on offer.
Water - First start with fresh great tasting cold water. Bring the water to a rolling boil. Do not let your water boil for an extended period of time because this draws out of oxygen, which is necessary for the flavour extraction. The Depending on how strong you prefer your perfect cup of tea use approximately 1 teaspoons of tea per 250ml of water.
Temperature - Using the correct water temperature is of equal importance. Please note that only black teas, fruit blends, rooibos and herbal infusions are brewed with boiling water. It is of vital importance to remember not to use boiling water for oolong, green and white teas. After bringing the water to a rolling boil you have to let it cool down to the desired temperature.
Time - What turns most people away from tea is it being simply an over drawn. To avoid a bitter and unpleasant taste, never allow your tea to steep beyond the time as recommended on the brew card or in the instruction on the box. For a stronger cup of tea, add more tea rather than increasing the steeping time.
Green Tea - 75˚c / 2 - 3 minutes
White Tea - 75˚c / 2 - 3 minutes
Black Tea - 100˚c / 2 - 3 minutes
Rooibos - 100˚c / 5 minutes
Fruit Blends - 100˚c / 5 minutes
Herbal Infusion - 100˚c / 5 minutes