Strength of tea is a very personal thing, so you may need to experiment a little. One important thing to remember is not to change the brewing time for the tea. As a guide, we recommend brewing black tea for 3-5 minutes, green tea for 2-3 minutes, herbal and fruit tea for 5 minutes, white tea for 3 minutes, and oolong tea for 3 minutes also.
As a general rule a teaspoon of tea per cup is the way to go, for everything except green. With green tea err on the side of caution and use about half that amount you would for black tea. So for black tea - 1 teaspoon, green tea - 1/2 teaspoon, white tea - 1/2 teaspoon, oolong tea - 1/2 teaspoon, and herbal and fruit tea - 1 heaped teaspoon.
Water temperature and quality is also extremely important. It is best to use filtered water and not to reuse water in the kettle, only boil the amount of water you need. Water too hot may burn the leaves creating a bitter taste, especially green tea. As a guide, here are the recommended temperatures: Black tea- 100 degrees Celsius, Green tea- 75-85 degrees Celsius, White tea- 75 degrees Celsius, Oolong tea- 80 degrees Celsius, and Herbal and fruit tea- 100 degrees Celsius.
To sum it up, this method ignores many of the traditions of making tea, which are really fabulous if you have time. This way you will get a really good cup of tea with minimal time and fuss.
- Add the tea to the pot or infuser (If you are using an infuser try to use as large an infuser as possible. This will give plenty of room for the leaves to swell and for the water to swirl around the leaves).
- Boil the kettle. Follow the above temperature guidelines for each type of tea. Pour the water over the leaves.
- Let steep for the recommended time, 3-5 minutes for black tea, 2-3 for white and green tea, 5 or more for fruit and herbal infusions.
Add milk, sugar, honey or lemon to suit your own taste.