Tea Brewing

How to Brew the Perfect Cup of Tea

Preparing a cup of tea is simple. But, to brew the perfect infusion, having the right tools, and the right background, makes a world of difference in giving you an unparalleled sensory experience.

Brewing Basics

WATER

The quality of tea is affected by the quality of water used to prepare it. Using filtered water is best. If possible, avoid brewing tea with tap, distilled, or mineral water. Try not to over-boil water, as it can result in flat-tasting tea.

PREHEATED POT

A warm teapot will maintain the requisite temperature for superior tasting tea. While the water is heating, pour hot water into your teapot and cups, let sit and then drain completely.

TEA BAGS

Whether black, green or herbal, use one Mighty Leaf whole leaf tea bag per 12 ounces or cup of water. Simply follow the steeping times detailed on the outer foil or tea tag.

LOOSE LEAF TEA

Prepare Mighty Leaf whole leaf loose teas using an infuser, paper tea sachet, or other traditional brewing method. Try to avoid using small tea balls, as the leaves have less room to unfurl and develop their full flavor. Depending upon the tea type, use one teaspoon or one tablespoon per 12 ounces or cup of water.

Many of our loose leaf teas and tea bags are good for multiple infusions. Simply add more hot water to the leaves and increase infusion times to achieve the desired flavor.

Steeping Times by Type of Tea

*Note: Although we recommend the proportions and infusion times below, we invite you to experiment with infusion time and tailor them to your own flavor and strength preference.

Tea Type Quantity (Per 12 Oz. Water) Water Temperature Recommended Infusion Time
Black Tea 1 teaspoon (rounded) 212° F 3 - 5 minutes
Oolong Tea 1 tablespoon (rounded) 185 - 212° F 3 - 5 minutes
Green Tea 1 tablespoon (flat) 170 - 180° F 2 – 3 minutes
White Tea 1 tablespoon (rounded) 180° F 3 – 5 minutes
Pu’er Tea 1 teaspoon (rounded) 212° F 3 – 5 minutes
Herbal Tea 1 tablespoon (rounded) 212° F 5 – 7 minutes

Note: for brewing green tea, you can also bring water to a roiling boil, and then let sit for 1-2 minutes before steeping to achieve the proper water temperature.

Preparing Iced Tea

Half Gallon Brews

1 tea bag makes 64 oz. (1/2 gallon)

  1. Add 1 half-gallon tea bag to a heat-safe pitcher (64 oz. or larger)
  2. Pour 32 oz. boiling water over tea bag and steep for 4-5 minutes
  3. Remove pouch and add ice to remainder of your 1/2 gallon pitcher
  4. Chill and enjoy over ice!

One Gallon Brews

  1. Heat water to a rolling boil or to 205° F
  2. Add 1 filter bag to a 1-gallon heat-safe pitcher or container
  3. Fill pitcher halfway with boiling water.
  4. Infuse for time indicated on package
  5. Take out filter bag with ladle and discard.
  6. Add enough ice so that the level of the liquid rises to the top of pitcher
  7. Chill and enjoy over ice!