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  • Writer's pictureFreya Ingva

Mastering Tea Brewing

Ever wondered how to prepare the perfect teacup? The magic of loose leaf tea unfurls in well-known conditions.

Welcome, tea enthusiasts, to a journey through the exquisite world of tea preparation. Each tea has its own rules; however, the industry standards of excellence are clear and easy to follow. Experiment at your own peril, and be prepared to encounter a bitter taste from over-brewing or a lack of flavour if under-brewing.

In this comprehensive guide, we will unravel the secrets to brewing the perfect cup, starting with the delicate charm of white tea, moving on to the bold richness of black or red tea, and concluding with the vibrant green tea. This knowledge, coupled with a touch of inspiration, will not only elevate your tea-drinking experience but may also open a door to the mystical world of tea leaf readings. So, let's embark on this refined exploration together.

My first piece of advice, regardless of the tea to be used, is to warm up your teacup, gaiwan, or teapot with hot water before starting the brewing process.

White Tea:

Known for its subtle flavours, delicate aromas, and minimal processing, white tea requires a gentle touch in preparation. Begin by using fresh, pure water heated to around 71-85°C or 160-185°F. This temperature preserves the tea's subtle nuances without overwhelming them.

white tea brewing

- Brewing Time: Allow your white tea leaves to steep for 4-5 minutes, depending on your

preference for strength and tea. Please check the producer's guide beforehand. This ensures that the leaves unfurl completely, releasing their full spectrum of flavours.

- Teacup Choice: Ideally, opt for a transparent glass teacup to appreciate the pale, golden, almost ethereal colour of the brewed white tea. The visual aspect adds an extra layer of sophistication to your tea-drinking experience.

Black (or Red) Tea:

Black tea, or red tea as it is known in some cultures, boasts a robust symphony of flavours and a rich, deep colour. Opt for whole or high-graded leaves for a fuller experience. To unlock its full potential, use water at a temperature of 93-100°C or 200-212°F. This higher temperature extracts the boldness without bitterness.

- Brewing Time: Let your black tea steep for 3-5 minutes, depending on your desired strength. Timing is crucial; steeping for too long may result in a bitter taste.

Black or red tea brewing in a cup

- Teacup Choice: The complex flavours of black tea come alive in a ceramic or porcelain teacup or teapot, allowing the rich colour and aroma to enchant the senses that complement the boldness of black or red tea. The substantial nature of black tea pairs perfectly with the weight of these materials, creating a balanced and refined experience.

Green Tea:

Renowned for its health benefits and fresh, grassy notes, vibrant taste, green tea requires a more delicate approach in brewing. Choose high-quality loose green tea leaves and use water heated to approximately 80-85°C or 175-185°F, preserving the tea’s colour and preventing bitterness.

- Brewing Time: Keep a watchful eye and steep your green tea for 2-3 minutes. This short duration ensures a crisp and invigorating cup without the risk of a bitter aftertaste.

A bag of green tea brewing in a transparent cup

- Teacup Choice: Choose a ceramic or clay teacup to enhance the earthy notes of green tea. The

porous nature of these materials adds a subtle depth to your tea experience. The ideal vessel for green tea is a classic Japanese teacup, enhancing the experience with every sip. Revel in the harmony of nature's bounty as the verdant elixir revitalises your spirit.


As you embark on this journey of tea exploration, remember that each cup is an opportunity to engage your senses and discover the unique character of different teas. The perfect cup of tea is an art, a symphony of water, leaves, and time. To delve even deeper into the mystique of tea, consider the ancient art of tea leaf reading. If you're intrigued by the prospect of unlocking your destiny through tea wisdom, I invite you to book a personalised tea leaf reading session with me.

Stay connected on social media for more tea-related insights, brewing tips, tea wisdom, and the occasional glimpse into the captivating world of divination. Follow me for a journey into tea, where tradition meets the present, and every sip is an invitation to savour life's extraordinary moments. Discover the stories your tea leaves may tell, providing insights into your past, present, and future.

Mastering Tea Brewing

British teapot with the Union Jack in  a heart shape

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