Tea Steeping Guide
CONNOISSEUR TEA STEEPING - USE A GAIWAN OR YIXING TEAPOT
Ready to make a connoisseur cup of tea? We are here to help. Follow this step by step guide to achieve the best results.
STEP ONE: Just like in cooking, a "mis en place" is integral to great tea brewing. Gather your tools and your favorite Teance tea before you begin!
STEP TWO: Measure your tea leaves on a kitchen scale for the most accurate ratio of tea to water. If a scale is not available, measuring spoons will suffice.
STEP THREE: Place your measured leaves into a gaiwan or yixing teapot and cover with hot water at the temperature indicated for your tea. For pu-erh and tightly rolled oolongs, we suggest swirling a small amount of hot water around the leaves to "wake them up". Discard this small amount of water (directly into your tea caddy, if you use one) before filling the pot to steep.
STEP FOUR: While the tea steeps, warm your cups by pouring hot water into them. Discard this water into your tea caddy, if using, or into another vessel. Tongs can be used to avoid touching the drinking surface with your hands.
STEP FIVE: Cover the gaiwan or yixing teapot, and steep for the recommended time.
STEP SIX: Decant your brewed tea completely into a server or other vessel, then serve in tea cups. A strainer (shown) may be used to capture any small leaf particles.
STEP SEVEN: Always "steep through", or re-steep, your tea leaves for maximum flavor and enjoyment.
EVERY DAY TEA STEEPING - USE A TEAPOT
If you're in a hurry, or don't feel ready to invest in a full set of connoisseur teaware and accessories, this every day steeping guide will still give you a great cup of tea without the hassle.
STEP 1: Even in a simple preparation, a "mis en place" will make the task go smoothly. Gather your tools before beginning. In this case, we recommend a tea scoop, timer, thermometer, tea pot and cups, hot water, and your favorite Teance tea.
STEP 2: Scoop your leaves into the pot, and cover with hot water at the recommended temperature. For pu-erh and tightly rolled oolongs, we suggest swirling a small amount of hot water around the leaves to "wake them up". Discard this small amount of water before filling the pot to steep.
STEP 3: Cover the teapot, and allow your tea to steep for the recommended time.
STEP 4: Decant your tea completely into large teacups, do not leave any tea in the pot to avoid overstepping!
STEP 5: Always "steep through", or re-steep, you tea leaves for maximum flavor and enjoyment.