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Even tea of the highest quality can produce a poor tasting cup of tea if it is improperly infused. Many who claim they don’t like tea have probably tried a poor quality leaf or have had it infused incorrectly. Making your cup of tea just right is easy, once you know the three components of creating the perfect cup.

Amount of Tea

Measuring loose-leaf tea is the first step to making the perfect cup. A good rule of thumb is 1 level of teaspoon of tea per 8 oz cup of water. Check the front of our CitizenTea tin for specific measurements.

Temperature of Water

The second step is correct water temperature. To achieve 90°C, simply bring water to a boil and let stand for 2-3 minutes. To reach 80°C, bring water to a boil and let stand for 3-5 minutes. Water should be brought to a boil using a kettle, and never in the microwave.

Infusing Time

The final step is all about timing. Infusion time will depend on the variety of tea you are making. See the chart below for specific infusing times.

White

1 tsp

80°C / 176°F

2 – 3 min

Green

1 tsp

80°C / 176°F

2 – 3 min

Oolong

1 tsp

90°C / 194°F

3 – 4 min

Black

1 tsp

100°C / 212°F

3 – 4 min

Mate

2 tsp

90°C / 194°F

6 – 8 min

Rooibos

1 tsp

100°C / 212°F

6 – 8 min

HERBAL & FRUIT

1 tsp

100°C / 212°F

6 – 8 min

Wellness Blends

1 tsp

100°C / 212°F

6 – 8 min