How to brew my loose leaf tea?

How to brew my loose leaf tea?

Widely adopted methods of brewing oolong tea:

  1. Classical 

  2. Efficient 

  3. French Press

  4. Cold Brew

Classical method

The classical tea brewing is a process where tea is brewed in concentrated form for brief intervals that are repeated multiple times. This technique of brewing allows for successive release of flavors and aromas from the tea leaves, providing a more robust and full-bodied tea experience.

Step 1 – Warm up your tools

  • Rise and warm the teaware. You can do this by running hot water over the teaware. 

Step 2 – Put loose leaf tea into your teapot

  • The proportion of tea leaves to be used is usually determined based on the size of the teapot. As a general guideline, for smaller teapots, it is recommended to fill the pot with 1/6 of its capacity with dry leaves, specifically for tightly rolled Oolong tea. Looser tea leaves should have a different ratio. The larger the teapot, the fewer tea leaves required in proportion.

Step 3 – Steeping

  • Before starting to brew the tea, it is advisable to rinse and hydrate the leaves by filling the teapot with boiling water and immediately discarding the rinse water.
  • Refill the teapot for the first round of brewing. The first brew should take approximately 50 seconds, and each subsequent brew should have an additional 10-15 seconds of steeping time. 
  • By the third brew, an additional steeping time of up to 2 minutes for each subsequent brew is generally acceptable. High-quality tea can be brewed 5 to 8 times, depending on the type of leaves used. Taiwanese Oolongs are known to be able to be brewed at least 5 times, often even more.

Efficient method

  • Put in tea to cover about half of the bottom of a mug, then fill hot water over it halfway
  • Wait 1-3 minutes, then fill up the cup fully. 
  • You can repeat the above process until the tea loses its taste / strength. 
  • One of my favorite ways to make tea due to its simplicity and efficiency, a great way to start my day. 

French Press Method

  • For this technique, a ratio of 1:50 tea to water is recommended, which means 20g of tea per liter of boiling water. Place the tea leaves in any container you prefer for brewing, such as a large English-style teapot, glass pitcher, or French press. Fill the container with the appropriate amount of tea leaves and 100°C water, and let it steep for approximately 10 minutes. Strain the brewed tea to remove the leaves, and either keep it warm in a thermos or chill it for later serving over ice. This way, you can have high-quality brewed tea, either hot or cold, to serve as many people as desired!

Cold Brew

  • Cold brewing is a versatile method that can be applied to any type of loose leaf tea, and you can experiment to determine which teas have the best results. Calculate the amount of tea leaves in relation to the water you will be using. A ratio of 1:150 is a good starting point, meaning 7g of tea leaves per 1000 ml of water. If you don't have a scale, start with 1-2 tablespoons of tea leaves for every liter of water. Let the tea steep for a minimum of 2-3 hours at room temperature, or place it in the refrigerator overnight for a ready-to-drink treat the next day. Refill as desired.
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