High Noon Tea Co wants you to have the best possible cup of tea: it's why we exist! We also want to be sure you know how to brew the best cup, once you get our tea.
All you need to start is:
Kettle or Pot
Teapot or Cup
Note: be sure to use the best quality water available. Tap water may be fine if you don't mind the taste already or go for filtered water. Don't bother with distilled water though - it's lacking in the oxygen tea needs as it brews.
- Black Tea Brewing Tips: Steep 1 rounded teaspoon of our black teas for ~3-5 minutes in 96°c - 100°c water from the purest possible source. Black teas require hotter water to break down and release their fullest flavour. Note: Due to their stronger flavor, steeping black tea too long will quickly result in a bitter taste. These teas do not hold up well to multiple brews.
- White Tea Brewing Tips: Steep 2 rounded teaspoons our white teas for ~3-5 minutes in 80°c - 88°c water from the purest possible source. White teas are flexible and forgiving in their preparation so feel free to explore and experiment with different brew times for your white teas as one serving of white tea can be brewed several times, with each steeping revealing another element of flavor.
- Green Tea Brewing Tips: Basic brew guidelines for our green tea generally depend on that particular teas firing process: typically steamed or pan-fired: Steamed green teas can become quite astringent, or sharp, if the boil is too hot or if steeped too long - try steeping 1 rounded teaspoon in water that is around 72°c for 2 minutes, or 77°c for about 60 seconds. Play around with these times and temps to find your taste. Pan-fired green teas can take a higher heat to bring out their gentle toasty notes. 82°c for about 3 minutes.
- Oolong Tea Brewing Tips: Oolong teas vary greatly in taste and prep time. Our darker, highly fermented Oolongs generally require very hot or even boiling water to get the leaves to open up and release their oils; brew at 90°c for 3-5 minutes. Steep time is really to your preference - Oolongs are designed to be steeped multiple times
- *Bonus* Pu'erh Brewing Tips: Pu'erh is a varied and forgiving cup to brew; you can steep it for 30 seconds or 5 minutes - really, whatever your preference.