Farmer Brothers Guide to Brewing Great Tea

November 14, 2014

teabagFor over 100 years people have enjoyed brewing individual cups of tea using pre-measured tea bags, but don’t let their simplicity fool you into think they’re fool proof. Brewing a great cup of tea still takes know-how and an eye for detail. That’s why Farmer Brothers is here with a few easy to follow guidelines that will help you brew your best tea ever!

 

DID YOU KNOW?

New York merchant Thomas Sullivan accidentally invented the first commercially marketed tea bag in 1903. A coffee and tea seller, Sullivan sent samples of his teas to customers in porous fabric bags and the customers found that it was easy to brew a great cup of tea by simply leaving the leaves in the bag!

 

IT MUST BE SOMETHING IN THE WATER

Just like coffee, tea requires a proper ration of leaves to water in order to brew a great cup. One teabag typically contains enough leaves to infuse 8 to 10 fluid ounces of hot water. If your favorite mug is bigger, you might need to use two bags in order to enjoy the tea’s full flavor without over-steeping, which can yield a bitter taste.

 

TIME IS FLAVOR

The second key factor to control when brewing great tea is the amount of time the bag is allowed to steep in the water. Every tea has its own optimal range of time and within that window you can find the perfect brew time for your own tastes. In the age of the cell phone we all carry our own kitchen timers with us wherever we go, so slow down and add a little precision to your brewing!

 

Recommended steeping times for common teas:

  • Green tea: 2-3 minutes
  • Oolong tea: 4-7 minutes
  • Black tea: 3-5 minutes
  • Scented tea: 3-5 minutes
  • Flavored tea: 3-5 minutes
  • Decaf black tea: 3-5 minutes
  • Herbal/tisane tea: 5-7 minutes

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