How do you make black tea?

There are many techniques that can be applied to making the perfect cup of black tea. To get you on the right track here is a quick guide to prepare the perfect cup.

How do you brew?

To get you on the right track here is a quick guide to prepare the perfect cup.

Let’s talk about brewing in the “Western style”, or the “Classic Infusion”. It is  an easy and quick method that works well for most teas.

All you need is a kettle, teapot, cup and strainer. Straining options are easily found online or in your local tea store and include a standard tea strainer, tea infuser, or a travel mug with strainer when you have places to be. 

Traditionally, black teas are brewed with boiling water and black tea brew time is around 2-4 minutes. This can vary depending on your preference of how strong you’d like the tea to be.

Step 1

Grab your kettle or saucepan and fill with cold tap water and boil to the suggested temperature. As an example our Ballarat Breakfast Tea requires a water temperature of 100 degrees. You can use a thermometer if you like, but freshly boiled water will be 100 degrees.

Step 2

Weigh or measure your tea using the amount indicated on the label. Our Ballarat Breakfast Tea details that for the perfect cup add 1 tsp (2 grams) of leaf to every 200ml water. Be mindful not to overfill as tea expands with water.

Step 3

 Pour the hot water over the leaves in your chosen tea brewing vessel and steep for 1-4 minutes.. If you are craving a stronger cup of tea, simply add more loose leaf tea.

Step 4

Remove tea leaves from the water, and hold onto them in case you want to re-steep for additional cups. You may find that you prefer a second steep more than the first, it’s all part of the process of getting to know your favourite flavourful steep.

Step 5

Now add sugar and milk if you prefer.

Step 6

What is the best time of day to drink black tea you ask? The answer is… ANYTIME!

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