Tea Lovers - are you preparing tea the right way?

Tea is a flavourful refreshment and after water the most commonly consumed non-alcoholic beverage in the world. With the popularity of tea spanning across centuries, tea traditions have been widely recognised across cultures. In fact, recent studies have given tea even more importance. An increase in awareness concerning antioxidants and its role in battling cancer and cardiovascular diseases has now positioned tea as an ideal health beverage. Lower caffeine levels also make tea a healthier alternative to coffee and soda. So irrespective of whether you love green, black or infused spice tea, tea is a refreshing drink to enjoy at any time of the day.


So – fantastic news right! let’s get that kettle to boil - time for another cuppa....

Well, it’s not all that simple!

Irrespective of the type of tea you consume, getting the most out of tea depends on how the tea is consumed. Tea brewing is extremely important and can greatly impact both the taste of tea and its health benefits. Experts recommend a brewing time of 3-4 minutes for most teas. However, several studies have revealed that majority of the tea consumers do not let the water brew for the recommended time or do not steep it properly. Our busy lifestyle has turned us into impatient consumers. However, whether it is the lack of knowledge or of patience, with improper brewing we are trading off on both the flavour and the health benefits of tea consumption. So if you love your tea and want to enjoy its goodness to the full, follow this excellent guide on tea brewing timings. The information covers the brewing details for some of the popular teas consumed globally and it is a great starting point.

Till next time happy sipping :)


Name of teaCountryTypeBrewing timeWith or without milk
Gunpowder
China
Green
3-4 minutes
Without
Jasmine
China
Green flavoured with jasmine flowers
2-3 minutes
Without
Oolong
China or Taiwan
Oolong
5-7 minutes
Without
Lapsang Souchong
China or Taiwan
Black
4-5 minutes
Without
Sencha
Japan
Green
2-2.5 minutes
Without
Genmaicha
Japan
Green flavoured with popped rice and corn
3-4 minutes
Without
Darjeeling
India
Black
3-4 minutes
Without
Assam
India
Black
3-4 minutes
With or without
Ceylon Uva
Sri Lanka
Black
3 minutes
With or without
Ceylon Dimbula
Sri Lanka
Black
3-4 minutes
With or without
Kenya
Kenya
Black
3-4 minutes
With


Source: UK Tea and Infusions Association