Brewing tea with loose-leaf tea is not complicated, we promise. You just need high quality tea leaves, hot water and the golden ratio. What's the golden ratio you ask?

Golden Ratio: 1 teaspoon of loose leaf tea per 8 oz of hot water.

Making the perfect cup of tea is as easy as 1-2-3 when you know the golden ratio for loose-leaf tea. You can consider yourself an expert when you learn about time and temperature for tea. Just follow the chart below for the tea you're making and you'll brew a perfect cup of tea every time.

 Tea Type Time Temperature
Black Tea, Pu-erh Tea 212 °F 3-5 minutes
Green Tea,  White Tea 175-180 °F 2-3 minutes
Oolong Tea 195 °F 5-8 minutes
Herbal Tea 212 °F 5-10 minutes

Secret Tips To Perfect Your Tea Making

  • If green or white tea tastes bitter, it has been steeped too long or at too high a temperature. Stick to the time and temperatures in the table above.
  • We encourage you to steep oolong teas multiple times, revealing different flavor profiles with each different infusion.
  • Over-steeping of teas with caffeine will increase both the caffeine and acidity of the tea.
  • A pinch of sugar brings out the scent and taste complexities in teas blended with flowers, fruits, spices and herbs - much like salt does in cooking.
  • Milk is best used with black tea only.
  • Reuse can your tea leaves several times by saving them in the fridge. Remember to add more steep time for each subsequent use.
  • Today's mugs are large. Use the golden ratio to figure out perfect amount of tea leaves for your cup size. For example, a 12 ounce mug will need 1.5 teaspoons of loose tea.