How to brew & store your tea

Step 1

Use freshly drawn water, preferably filtered, that has not been boiled previously. For quantities of water, a common rule of thumb is to use 2.5g - 3g to 200ml of water but always check the brewing instructions to make sure. However, there are some exceptions.

Step 2

The two Ts of brewing are time and temperature and they're really important to remember if you want the perfect cup of tea. Different types of tea should be brewed for different times and at different temperatures; if in doubt, always check on the back of the packet. After the leaves have steeped for the correct time remove them completely otherwise the tea can become bitter. Milk and sugar can be added to black teas as desired. Re-infuse accordingly if brewing other types. Remember, this is your cup of tea and you will soon learn how you like it. If you like your tea lighter use less leaf if you like your tea stronger use more leaf. The two Ts are the main rules to follow, the rest is up to you to discover and enjoy.

Step 3

After the leaves have steeped for the right amount of time, remove them completely as the tea can become bitter. Milk and sugar can be added to black teas as desired. Re-infuse accordingly if brewing other types.

Dorothy's Brewing Tips
Dorothy's Brewing Tips

In China, black tea is known as red tea.

China is the birthplace of tea drinking and every type of tea is produced in China. Chinese tea production started in 2737BC and they've been perfecting the art ever since.

You can often reinfuse!

You may be able to re-infuse your tea - check on the back of the packet.

Dorothy's Brewing Tips
Did you know?

Keep up to Date

Sign up for Dorothy’s news, events & offers

• Tea Musings •

5 Popular Misconceptions About Tea… And The Truth!

Tea has been around for an incredibly long time (around 5,000 years!), so it's hardly surprising that lots of tea-related myths have started and been put to bed in that time. We're always hearing lots of different rumours about tea, and here are 5 of them... plus the truth!

How to Get the Perfect Cup of Tea

There’s nothing better than sitting down and relaxing with a cup of tea. Whether your drink of choice is a classic breakfast tea, Earl Grey, herbal, oolong or green tea, we know a thing or two at Dorothy’s Teas about making the perfect brew. Here’s our simple guide to getting the most out of your chosen teas, and how to get the perfect cup of tea.

Plastic, Teabags and Loose Leaf Tea

Plastic is a hot topic at present. And quite rightly so! Oceans awash with plastic, images of sea creatures struggling for their lives and David Attenborough’s beautiful “The Blue Planet” series have made us all re-think. But how does our over use of plastic affect our daily cuppa?