Good preparation is half the job! Brewing fresh tea is even easier with our extensive range of tea accessories.
Sustainable tea strainers to disposable filters. Professional teaspoons to timers. There is something for everyone.
To brew tea
In our shop, we are often hear that brewing loose tea is such a hassle. The preference is for ready-made bags of Lipton and Pickwick. Nice and easy, really fast ... Not knowing the quality and taste of the tea used in these bags is often a lot less than fresh tea. Beside this, each bag is more expensive than the same amount of good quality loose tea.
Basically, you do not even use a tea bag for good loose green or black tea. The tea leaves will sink by itself to the bottom of your glass. Is this still inconvenient and cumbersome for you? We have a large choice of different types of strainers and filters.
Additionally, you can brew loose tea for multiple times, in contrast to the bags of the aforementioned brands. Cheaper and tastier ... Count your profit!
The amount of loose tea
There are simple set of rules for the amount of use loose tea. (Although there are always exceptions to the rule.)
Only one cup of tea? Then usually 1 or 2 grams of tea sufficiently. This corresponds to 1 or 2 teaspoons of tea.
Brew a pot of tea? Use 5 to 6 grams per liter. Or 5 or 6 teaspoons of tea.
New in the world of brewing loose tea? Do not start putting too many tea leaves, the tea can in fact be too strong. Try out yourself what is for you the optimal amount of tea.
The right temperature, the right brewing time
For optimal taste experience of loose tea, it is important that the water is at the right temperature and not the tea is not brewed too long.
Below is a list of water temperature and brewing time for each type of tea.
White tea, water temperature 75 ° C, brewing time 1-3 minutes
Green tea, water temperature 65 ° C - 85 ° C, brewing time 2-3 minutes
Oolong tea, water temperature 80 ° C - 90 ° C, brewing time 2-4 minutes
Pu-Erh, water temperature 90 ° C - 100 ° C, brewing time 2-3 minutes
Black tea, water temperature 90 ° C - 95 ° C, brewing time 2-4 minutes
Rooibos, water temperature 100ºC, brewing time 6-8 minutes
Fruit infusion, water temperature 100ºC, setting time 8-10 minutes
Herbal infusion, water temperature 100ºC, setting time 8-10 minutes
The brewing times above are guidelines. It's fun to found out yourself what for you the best water temperature and brewing time of your tea is. On the information sheet of the tea is indicated what is the desired water temperature and brewing time.
Especially in China the tea leaves are often washed out for the first infusion to open the leaves, so the taste can be better delivered.
The right water?
Still excited to brew loose tea after reading the above? Beautiful! Then let's go, we are going to brew tea like a real pro.
Like all drinks, tea consist for the most part out of water. So you may understand that water is of great influence on the taste of tea.
Normally, most people who brew loose tea, use plain water. This is, especially in Western Europe, a good alternative. However, there will be changes in the hardness and acidity of water per region.
The harder the water, the greater the chance is that tea is darker and cloudier. Often accompanied by an oily layer on the tea. For the best taste, the taste of the water should be as neutral as possible (pH 7)
Professional tea tasters use water which has a dry residue of less than 50mg / liter and slightly acidic. (Dry residue is that which remains when the water is completely evaporated.) In order to achieve this, they often make use of expensive reverse osmosis devices, so that the quality of the water continuous remains the same. Fortunately, there is a cheaper and easier alternative at hand and available in the supermarket. Mineral water! For example, the mineral water of Spa has a dry residue of 33mg / liter and a pH of 6.
It is nice to see for yourself and taste the differences between teas brewed with normal tap water and bottled water.