BREWING AND TASTING TIPS
The Best Cup of Tea
Have you ever wondered why your tea might taste differently at home than at TeaHaus?
To ensure that each of our teas is consistent and tastes its best, we use reverse-osmosis water, thermometers (for green and white teas), timers, and gram scales (especially for white teas).
The informational label of every TeaHaus tea (and our website) provides the recommended amount of tea as well as the optimal brewing temperature and time.
In general, green and white teas are brewed at lower temperatures and for shorter periods of time than are black teas. Fruit tea, herbal tea, and rooibos blends can generally be brewed for long periods of time without becoming bitter because these don't contain tea leaves (Camellia sinensis).
Always begin with cold water, keeping in mind that the quality of the water directly impacts the end result. If you don't like your tap water, consider using a filter or purchasing bottled spring water (distilled water not recommended).
Multiple infusions are possible for many loose leaf teas, especially for those that are whole leaf. Just be sure not to over-steep the leaves; we recommend lowering the brewing temperature by 5° for each successive infusion. The number of times that you can re-steep depends entirely on how each infusion tastes to you!
We’re often asked at TeaHaus how to make iced tea at home. Regardless of the different ways that people might do it, here is how we make iced tea. It's easy!
The informational label of your TeaHaus tea provides the recommended amount of tea to use as well as the optimal brewing temperature and time. To make iced tea, brew the tea at double strength (using the same recommended temperature and time). Then, pour the hot tea over ice, thus diluting the tea to the perfect strength.
You can add carbonation to any tea. Simply start with concentrated tea and add carbonated water and ice, adjusting the ratios to your personal preference.
For example, for a 20-ounce glass of iced carbonated tea, use the amount of tea recommended for 20 ounces—but then brew in only 6 ounces of hot water (use the temperature and brew time specified for that particular tea).
Fill a 20-ounce glass about half full with ice. Pour in the brewed tea and add carbonated water to fill the glass (you can either make your own carbonated water with a carbonation machine or you can use bottled sparkling water). Top off with ice.
Note: If you prefer, add agave or honey while the tea is brewing.
Make a tea-infused syrup and add to any sparkling water.
Syrup A: Add 12 grams (about 0.5 ounce) of fruit tea to 16 ounces of boiling water; allow to infuse for 15 minutes to overnight. Strain and cool completely.
Syrup B: Add loose tea to water heated to the appropriate temperature for that tea and allow to brew for 10 minutes (or, do a 4-hour cold infusion). Strain the tea, and add sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring, and then, at low heat, reduce syrup for approximately 20 minutes. Cool completely.
Lisa has a fun video on YouTube demonstrating the best filter and giving filter suggestions. Click here to view!
Tea Tasting Note Card and Tasting Wheel
Keep a record of your tea with our tea tasting note card, which also contains a tasting wheel for your reference. The wheel helps you put words to what you taste, and our card gets you started on your own tasting journey.
How Much Tea Should I Buy?
All our teas are available to buy in bulk (both in-Haus and online) and are labeled with complete brewing instructions.
50 g (1.8 oz) ~ 15–20 cups
100 g (3.5 oz) ~ 30–40 cups
200 g (7 oz) ~ 60–80 cups
500 g (17.6 oz) ~ 150–200 cups