New To Brew
Ok, I've got the tea...what do I do with it?
Now that you're on your way to discovering the many benefits of tea, we've put together a few pointers to help you out on your journey. We'll walk you through everything that's needed to make a delicious cup of joy...oops...tea. Follow the steps below to see just how easy it is to start brewing loose leaf tea.
Step 1: How much tea should I use?
Measure out the appropriate amount of tea leaves for your cup and add to your tea strainer. Most of our teas have a suggested measurement of 2 teaspoons per cup. However, if you enjoy making a stronger/bolder cup of tea feel free to add another scoop or two.
Step 2: Should I always use boiling water?
Heat your water to the appropriate temperature. Water temperature can have a profound impact on the tea itself. Some teas, like green and white, require water far below boiling so that it doesn't burn the tea leaves; leaving you with a bitter taste. Typically white and green teas will be far below boiling at 170 - 185 degrees. Oolong teas are best steeped slightly above this at 180 - 190 degrees. Black teas, herbal teas, and pu-erh teas often require the hottest water at 190 - 212 degrees. Each bag of Qntm Leaf Tea will have its own instructions for steeping.
Step 3: How long should I steep my tea for?
Pour your water over the tea leaves and allow to steep. We suggest steeping most of our teas for 3 - 5 minutes. This allows the tea leaves to open up and you to gain the most amount of flavor without over steeping the tea. Of course, this all boils down to your personal preference and taste. Some teas, like our Cloud and Mist green tea, require less time to steep (2 - 3 minutes) and depends on how bold of a cup you would like. As always, we encourage you to use our suggestions as recommendations and experiment with what works best for you.
Step 4: OK, I've steeped it, should I throw it away?
The benefit of premium loose-leaf teas is that you can infuse (steep) them multiple times and each time can create a different flavor profile. This is very pronounced in oolongs which have very pronounced flavors. So go ahead and reheat your water, steep it a little bit longer, and see what flavors you get.
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