How to Easily Make a Proper Cup of Tea
How to Easily Make a Proper Cup of Tea

We hope you enjoy the process of making your perfect cup of tea.

Remember, if you’re not sure about what to do for a specific type of tea, experiment with different variables and see which one yields the best results

Don’t forget that these tips can be applied to other beverages – coffee, hot cocoa mixes, etc.

Experimenting is half the fun!


As a certified Tea Sommelier, I’ve learned that it’s all in the details when it comes to making a proper cup of tea.

Of course, you can boil some water and grab a tea bag, but you can take a few extra steps if you want to elevate the experience.

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TIP #1: Use Filtered water.
Use clean, purified water that won’t add any other taste to your tea. I always make my tea with filtered water since the better the water, the better the tea will taste.

TIP #2: Set the correct water temperature.
Water temperature is a little tricky. Some tea requires boiled water, while others are a little more sensitive to hot water (especially green tea), so you’ll need to make sure the water temperature is correct.

I use my electric kettle with a temperature setting (this is a MUST for serious tea drinkers) and set the temperature for each type of tea I drink.



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Brew tea

TIP #3: Steep for the correct amount of time.
Overstepping tea leads to a bitter cup. This is the time to use the timer on your smartphone.

Follow the tea package’s steep time recommendations, but roughly it is black tea for 4-5 minutes, green and oolong for 3 minutes, and white tea for 4 minutes.

Once the time is up, your tea is ready to drink. Don’t leave the tea leaves sitting in water since that makes the tea too strong and bitter.

If you’re making a big pot of tea, use a teapot with an infuser to take out the leaves after the steep time. You can add the infuser back in the teapot if you want to steep the tea again in hot water.

How to Easily Make a Proper Cup of Tea
How to Easily Make a Proper Cup of Tea

TIP #4: Use loose tea.

I rarely use tea bags since the tea is usually not as good as whole loose tea.

Tea in tea bags are the leftover broken bits, or “tea dust,” collected after processing the tea. That doesn’t sound too appealing.

Good quality tea is a rolled whole tea leaf. As the tea steeps, it will unfurl in hot water, and you should be able to see the entire leaf. Loose tea is the best tea to steep.

TIP #5: Warm the teapot.
Warming the teapot helps brew the tea properly, keeping the water temperature hot.

Pour some hot water into a teapot and swirl it around a bit, warming it up from the hot water. Throw out the water.

Now your teapot is nice and warm, ready to brew tea.

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