These are really just suggestions. Brew your teas however you see fit, but we find that these basic guidelines tend to make cups that please our taste buds the most. You can find more specific steeping instructions for teapots in the description of each tea's page.

We also have steeping instructions for Gaiwans and Cold Brew Iced Tea.


TEAPOT

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The teapot is a seemingly classic way to steep your leaves, but it is almost entirely a western process. Regardless of the technique's origin, it is a most popular and most efficient way to steep. Always use clean, fresh water and a nice clean teapot.


WHITE TEA

2 heaping teaspoons (2.5 - 3 grams)
175 °F water
4 minutes


GREEN TEA

Chinese
1-3 level teaspoons (2.5 - 3 grams)
175-212 °F water
3 minutes

Japanese
1-2 level teaspoons (2.5 - 3 grams)
175 °F water
1-2 minutes


OOLONG TEA

Rolled/Twig
1 heaping teaspoon (2.5 - 3 grams)
190 °F water
4 minutes

Twisted
2 heaping teaspoons (2.5 - 3 grams)
175 °F water
3 minutes

BLACK TEA

1 heaping teaspoon (2.5 - 3 grams)
212 °F water
4 minutes
enjoy chai with milk and sugar


PU-ERH TEA

1 heaping teaspoon (2.5 - 3 grams)
175-212 °F water
3 minutes
pre-rinse with hot water


HERBAL

1-2 heaping teaspoons (2.5 - 3 grams)
212 °F water
4 minutes


MATE

1 heaping teaspoon (2.5 - 3 grams)
175 °F water
2 minutes

GAIWAN BREWING

The Gaiwan requires a little practice, but once you get the hang of it, it allows for all day steeping of a single dose of tea leaves. You are able to experience the different stages of a tea, and taste the subtlety of one steep to the next.


WHITE TEA

6 teaspoons
175 °F water
1 minute


OOLONG TEA

Rolled/Twig
3 teaspoons
212 °F water
10-30 seconds
5 second pre-rinse steep

Twisted
6 teaspoons
185 °F water
10-30 seconds
5 second pre-rinse steep

BLACK TEA

3 teaspoons
212 °F water
30 seconds - 1 minute


GREEN TEA

6 teaspoons
185 °F water
1 minute


PU-ERH TEA

3 teaspoons
212 °F water
10-30 seconds
5 second pre-rinse steep

COLD BREW ICED TEA

If you're like us summertime means iced tea and sun shine! Many would say that good iced tea can only be made with black tea, or that it's always sweetened. Some would say green tea is the only way to go for a refreshing summer drink. We've got a great secret for you: Any tea can be a delicious iced tea!

We've prepared some instructions to help you easily transform any tea leaves into a nice and refreshing ice cold beverage.


Tools:

2 One Gallon Pitchers (one for brewing and one for straining your iced tea into)
1 Fine Strainer
Tea Leaves
    White Tea - 11 Tablespoons
    Green Tea - 11 Tablespoons
    Oolong Tea - 6 Tablespoons
    Black Tea - 6 Tablespoons
    Pu-Erh Tea - 6 Tablespoons
    Herbal Tea - 11 Tablespoons
 

Instructions:

Toss the loose tea right into the 1st pitcher. Fill it with cold water. Let that steep for 8-10 hours (depending on how strong you like it). Strain it into the next pitcher.

If a gallon of iced tea is a bit intimidating, or you are working with something a bit on the pricier side, you can do small batches too. Use the 8 ounce dosing that came on the bag, and 8 ounces of water. Steep for 8-10 hours. Strain into a second glass. Once it's steeped and ice is added you will have a delicious and perfect 16 ounce glass of cold refreshing iced tea.