BREWING TIPS

Tea Preparation

When preparing your loose-leaf brew of choice in a teapot always pre-heat the porcelain, ceramic or glass with boiling water. For best results we recommend that you only use fresh water which has not been boiled previously and to also pre-warm your cups.

Please see the table below for guidelines:

 

Blend Type

With or Without Milk

Quantity of Tea (per cup)

Infusion Time

Water Temperature

Black Tea  With Milk 1 Heaped Teaspoon 3 - 5 Minutes Boiling Water
Black Tea No  Milk 1 Flat Teaspoon 3 - 5 Minutes Boiling Water
Earl Grey Tea With Milk 1 Heaped Teaspoon 3 - 5 Minutes Boiling Water
Earl Grey Tea No  Milk 1 Flat Teaspoon 3 - 5 Minutes Boiling Water
Fruit Tea No Milk 1 Heaped Teaspoon 4 - 6 Minutes Boiling Water
Green Tea* No Milk 1 Flat Teaspoon 1 - 3 Minutes 70 - 90 Degrees
White Tea* No Milk 1 Flat Teaspoon 1 - 3 Minutes 70 - 90 Degrees
Rooibos Tea No Milk  1 Heaped Teaspoon  4 - 6 Minutes Boiling Water
Herbal Tea No Milk 1 ½ Heaped Teaspoons 4 - 8 Minutes Boiling Water

*Be sure not to over-brew these teas as they can sometimes become bitter if left for too long. These tea leaves can often be brewed more than once.

Tea Storage

To preserve the freshness and flavour of your treasured teas, they are best stored in an airtight container, which is kept away from direct sunlight in a cool and dry place.
Avoid storage in glass jars or see-through containers as the light will be harmful. Tea also absorbs odours from items around it, therefore if placing in your pantry it is important to make sure that it is tightly sealed.

Coffee Preparation

For optimum taste always use fresh beans, we recommend buying smaller amounts regularly rather than storing a larger purchase. When preparing your coffee always ensure that you use the correct grind for the type of coffee maker that you are using and where possible grind the beans prior to consumption to avoid loss of aroma. The finer the coffee is ground, the spicier the taste. A coarse grinding produces a somewhat lighter aroma. Espresso is always ground very fine. In general; for one cup of coffee use 8 – 10 grams of ground coffee. As with making Tea we recommend that you pre-warm your cups

 

Please see the table below for guidelines:

Preparation Method

Quantity of Coffee

Size of Grind

Brewing Time

Plunger (French Press) 1 Heaped Tablespoon per cup Coarsest 3 - 4 Minutes
Espresso Pot (Stove) Fill the Brew Basket (chamber) Medium/Fine Grind (Espresso Grind) Brew till chamber is full
Espresso Machine Tamp Coffee Fine - Espresso Grind As per manufacturer instructions

Coffee Storage

The worst threats to coffee aroma are oxygen and humidity. Store your coffee in a cool and dry place and away from intensive scents. Keep it in its original packing (if it is air-tight and re-sealable) or in a special tin/caddy. Please do not store your coffee beans in the fridge or freezer as the condensation/dampness can cause damage.