You are able to master brewing a cup of tea to your own liking by adjusting three factors: water temperature, steeping time and the amount of tea used.
Basic directions to make that perfect cup
If your tea becomes too bitter, you may wish to either decrease the steep time or lower the water temperature, if your tea is too weak, you may wish to increase the steep time slightly, increase the water temperature or simply use an extra teaspoon of tea.
Avoid distilled, mineral and soft tap water, which will weaken tea’s flavour or impact a “chemical” or “off” taste. Filtered tap water or bottled spring water work best and will provide a lively, aromatic infusion.
The ideal water temperature for brewing most teas should be around 195 degrees fahrenheit which is just before boiling point. We recommend that you bring your water to boil and let it cool for a minute to achieve that perfect brewing temperature. Some teas may go bitter if the water is too hot or taste dull or flat if the water is not hot enough.
Remember for that perfect cup, pre-heat your teapot or cup with hot water before brewing begins. Remember to always to re-steep your tea leaves as our leaves are fresh and full of flavour so you’re able to get several cups out of one serving.
To hot tea, add honey, milk and/or sweetener to your preference. For iced tea try a slice of lemon, fruit or mint. You can try adding frozen berries or banana slices to replace ice cubes. Mixing iced tea with diced fruit/mixed berries and fresh mint sprigs will create a fresh Sangria style drink for those hot Cayman days.
Store tea tightly sealed in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and strong odors. Do not refrigerate. Tea easily absorbs scents around it. For this reason, we do not recommend storing tea in your spice cabinet.
Whether you prefer hot or iced tea, always prepare it fresh. According to the USDA’s report on the antioxidant content of fresh food, fresh iced tea may contain 20 times more antioxidants than bottled or canned iced teas.
We typically recommend drinking tea within 1-2 years of purchase. Tea rarely goes bad, but it will lose freshness, flavor and contain less health benefits.