- First you boil a pot of water to about 220ºF;
- Then you add a teaspoon of loose tea leaves into a teapot;
- Pour the hot water into the teapot until it fills up halfway;
- Swirl the teapot a few times gently, and pour all the water out. If your teapot does not have a built-in strainer, use one so you don't pour out the tea leaves. This is what we call blooming the tea. Once bloomed, the aromatic properties of the tea leaves will start to activate;
- Now, you may fill the teapot with hot water, steep it for no more than one and a half minutes, and then serve.
- If you are not able to consume all of the tea, pour the remaining tea into a smaller teapot for later. Doing this will make sure your tea does not continue to brew. Over-brewed tea is bitter and unpleasant.
- If you leave the tea for too long, you may see a film residue on the surface. Fear not, this is called tea scum, or the oxidation of the natural tea properties. Which is why we always drink our tea fresh and warm.
While there's really no right or wrong way to brewing a nice cup of tea—it really depends on how you like it—there is always a best way to doing it. If you are brewing loose tea leaves, the best way to infuse the most aromatic cup of tea is as follows: