Brewing Parameters for Chinese Tea

Published: Friday 13 April, 2018

Brewing Chinese tea is not the same as brewing coffee from a coffee maker or an espresso machine.Brewing Chinese is an art, a science; a simple change in temperature can affect the taste of these teas.So you need to make sure that you have brewed it into perfection.In order to achieve this, there are some important factors that you should know about.

Tea Quality

Although this is not a brewing parameters, it is considered as one of the contributing factor that makes up a good tea.If you want a good cup of tea, you must ensure that the quality of the tea leaves are in good condition.

Quantity of Tea Leaves

There are different tea classes, therefore, ratio of tea to water will also be different.If you need some guidance on the suggested quantity for each tea class you can refer to our brewing table which can be found here.Take note that, too much tea leaves makes it bitter and lack of it make your cup of tea flavorless.

How to Brew Chinese Tea

If you are expecting to have the “the best way to brew method”, sorry but you won’t read it anywhere else, because there is none.Though there are no best methods to brew, there are definitely “worst methods to brew”.For instance, do not use Kung Fu brewing and a Yixing teapot if you want to brew a green tea.For more proper methods of brewing for your type of tea, do visit our brewing methods page.

How Hot Should the Water Be

To make a perfect coffee the water temperature should be between 91 degree (195 F) and 96 degrees (205 F).And making a good cup of tea is no different. You need to know the exact water temperature to properly extract the flavor from the Chinese tea leaves and avoid killing the nutrients and freshness of the tea.Different classes of teas have different water temperature needs.For example: To make a good cup of green tea the water should be around 80 degrees (176F) and Oolong, flower and red tea’s boiling point should be around 100 degrees (212F).If you don’t have an idea on what is the optimal water temperature for your tea, you can search it out in the internet.

How Long is the Brewing Time

Next important factor to be aware of in preparing tea is brewing time.A 15 seconds difference in brewing time could greatly affect your tea, it can turn a high grade tea into a tasteless cup of liquid, especially if the one you are serving is a tea enthusiast.Though this is not applicable to all tea types, but it often happen on high grade ones.Also, always keep in mind that to maintain the flavor and color of the tea, brewing time has to increase along with the number of infusions.