In theory the preparation of tea is very easy. You just need boiling water, tea, and a cup; and for loose tea also a filter. However, a careful and dedicated preparation can make a huge difference. Find out how you can get your perfect cup of tea.
There are some basic rules you should have in mind when preparing your cup of tea:
Always use fresh water.
Keep the recommended steeping times and water temperature (see below).
Take your time to find the perfect set-up.
Generally speaking, a shorter steeping time leads to a lighter, less strong tea while a longer steeping time helps to develop more intense flavours and more body.
Black tea is traditionally one of the most popular tea types. Caused by the fermentation process black tea leaves have a colour varying from copper-brown to dark black. They are usually stronger in taste than green teas.
Brewing instructions: 1g of tea per 100 ml of water, time of infusion is 3-5 minutes at a temperature around 95-100°C.
The various forms of tea leaves, vivid colors of greenish hints and exquisite refreshing flavour are the distinguishing characters of green tea. It is exposed to only minimal treatment, therefore preserving the maximum of its natural goodness. Originated in China, green tea has deeply rooted in many cultures and traditions throughout Asia.
1 g of tea per 100 ml of water, time of infusion is 2-3 minutes at a temperature around 75-85°C.
Oolong is a traditional Chinese tea produced through a unique process. It is especially popular with tea connoisseurs of South China, preparing it with the Fujian preparation ritual known as the Gongfu tea ceremony.
Brewing instructions: 1 g of tea per 100 ml of water, time of infusion is 3-4 minutes at a temperature around 75-80°C.
A generous amount of mouthwatering fruit pieces, mingled with colourful petals and herbs.
Brewing instructions: 1-2 g of tea per 100 ml of water, time of infusion is from 5 to 10 minutes at a temperature of 100°C.
The preparation of herbal teas has a very long tradition in Austria. Julius Meinl Tea carries on this heritage, basing some of its creation on old herbal tea recipes.
Brewing instructions: 1-2 g of tea per 100 ml of water, time of infusion is from 5 – 10 minutes at a temperature of 100°C.
Rooibos is a small bush plant which only grows in South Africa near the Cederberg Mountains. The beauty of African nature is fully manifested in the needle-shaped rooibos leaves. The popular type of “rooibos” has orange-brown dry leaves thanks to the fermentation. And to offer a special taste, tea experts innovate with the unfermented rooibos, known as “green rooibos”. Rooibos is known to be stomach-friendly and does not contain any caffeine.
Brewing instructions: 1-2 g of tea per 100 ml of water, time of infusion is from 5 to 10 minutes at a temperature of 100 °C.