Basic Tea Preparation

June 16, 2021

Préparer le thé simplement

How to prepare Tea

Preparing tea can be quite simple for every kind of tea. Rinse the inside of the teapot with hot water. In the infusion basket, put the tea leaves of your choice. (Usually between 1 to 2 tsp for 500 ml of water.) Pour water on the leaves. Temperature must not exceed the indicated temperature for each tea type. Otherwise, delicate leaves might be damaged.

Steeping temperature 

  •   White and green tea : 70° C to 85° C
  •   Japanese Green tea : 60° C to 85° C
  •   Oolong tea : 95° C
  •   Black Tea : 95°C       
  •   Pu erh Tea : 95°C
  •   Herbal teas and other plants : 95° C

Steeping Time for Tea and Herbal Tea

Steeping time varies considerably from one tea to another. Thus, we advise following the proper directions provided with your loose tea purchase. Tea is ready as soon as the infusion is completed. Remove the infusion basket and enjoy.

Tea preparation and tasting with gaiwan 

The gaiwan, because of its small size, is a favoured tool for enjoying moments dedicated to tasting finer teas. Several short and successive infusions are executed to better appreciate the given tea's aromas. Gaiwan Tea Preparation Method:

  • Start by heating water and rinsing the gaiwan parts.
  • Place about 2 tsp. of your prefered tea inside the gaiwan receptacle
  • Fill the gaiwan with hot water, place the lid over the receptacle, and let the tea infuse for a few seconds.
  • Pour the entire infusion into a new cup -- retain the leaves with the gaiwan lid while doing so.
  • Savor and repeat the infusions up to ten times. For every subsequent infusion, add a few seconds to the infusion time, stop infusing after 2-3 minutes at most.

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