Tea Recipes

- Tea Recipes-

Use an Infuser

World Par-TEA always recommend using an infuser to brew tea, or for convenience, our empty tea bags are awesome for outings and the office. Whether brewing in a pot or cup, we recommend you place the tea in an infuser, so the leaves have room to expand and can be removed easily with no mess at the end of the brew time. This stops the tea from becoming over-brewed and bitter.

Tea baskets or balls of various sizes and shapes can be used in pots or mugs which do not have an infuser

Make the Tea

  • Boil the water.
  • Use pure, fresh water.
  • Warm the teapot with boiling water and empty.
  • Then follow the instructions for the type of tea or herbal infusion you are making. General instructions are given below, and more specific instructions are given with each tea or herb on each web page and pack.

Black Teas

Measure the Tea

Generally use 1 heaped teaspoon per 400 ml or 2 cups.

Please note: we find where tea is to be drunk without milk, only 1/2 to 2/3 of this amount of tea is needed, or the brew becomes too strong. This especially applies to the flavoured teas such as French Earl Grey, Lady Grey, Earl Grey and Blackheathens Brew. Vary the amount of tea to suit your taste.

Water Temperature

Always boil your water and let sit for 1 minute, then pour onto leaves – otherwise, it will scald the leaves and you will end up with a bitter tea.

Brew Times

I- Small-leaf teas need 2 to 3 minutes.

- Large-leaf teas need 3 to 4 minutes.

- These brew times can be varied. Choose a time to suit your taste.

- Longer brewing times will give a stronger tea, but if you over-brew, the tea will become bitter.

- Shorter brewing times will give a lighter tea.

Remove the infuser and leaves from the teapot at the end of the

Milk and Sugar

Flavoured teas are not generally served with milk.

Large-leaf, high grade unflavoured teas do not require milk, but it can be added if you wish.

Add milk to the empty cup first and pour the tea over the milk.

Sweeten to taste with sugar or honey, stir and drink.

Oolong Teas

The bitter flavour that often accompanies these teas is prized in Asia, but is not often to western taste. Rinse the teas first to avoid this bitterness and use less leaf and a shorter brew time.

Milk and Sugar

Oolong tea is generally taken without milk or sugar.

Measure the Tea

It is usual to use 1 full teaspoon per 200 ml cup. Adjust the amount to your taste.

Water Temperature

Do not use boiling water. Boiling water will scald the leaves and the qualities which give oolong tea its flavour.

Use water at about 80 to 90 degrees Centigrade.

The easiest way to do this is to add approximately 20% cold water to the pot or cup, top up with boiling water so the temperature is correct, and then add the infuser with the leaves.

Brew Times

1½ to 2 minutes.

These brew times can be varied.

Oolong tea leaves can be re-infused up to three times. Not all teas will take three or more brews, so re-infuse until the tea no longer suits your taste.

The first serve highlights the aroma. The second brew will strengthen the flavour. The third brew will taste sweeter, with a stronger flavour

Green Teas

The bitter flavour that often accompanies these teas is prized in Asia but is not often to western taste. If you’re “new” to green teas, why not try one with a flavour? Rinse the teas first to avoid this bitterness, and use less leaf and a shorter brew time.

Milk and Sugar

Green tea is taken without milk or sugar.

Measure the Tea

It is usual to use 1 heaped teaspoon per 400 ml or 2 cups.

We find some stronger green teas, such as Gunpowder, Jasmine Dragon Pearl Tea and Green Pure Australian Tea require less leaf; other very light teas may require more. Adjust the amount to your taste.

Water Temperature

Do not use boiling water. Boiling water will scald the leaves and give the tea a bitter flavour.

Use water at about 80 to 85 degrees for green teas.

The easiest way to do this is to add 20% cold water to the pot or cup, top up with boiling water so the water temperature is correct, and then add the infuser with the leaves.

Brew Times

Generally Japan Green Teas need about 3 minutes and China Jasmine needs 2 to 2 and 1/2 minutes

These brew times can be varied. Choose a brewing time to suit your taste.

Longer brewing times will give a stronger tea but if you over-brew, the tea will become bitter. Shorter brewing times will give a lighter tea.

Green teas can be re-infused up to three times. Not all teas will take three or more brews, so re-infuse the leaf until it no longer produces a tea that suits your taste.

The first serve highlights the aroma. The second brew will strengthen the flavour. The third brew will taste sweeter, with a stronger flavour.

White Teas

The mildness of white teas are not full appreciated by people who consume strong black teas or coffee.The flavour that often accompanies these teas is prized in Asia but is not often to western taste. Other very light teas, such as Yin Zhen Silver needle, may require more time to brew. Rinse the teas first to avoid this bitterness and use less leaf and a shorter brew time.

Milk and Sugar

White tea is taken without milk or sugar.

Measure the Tea

It is usual to use 1 heaped teaspoon per 600 ml or 2 cups.

Adjust the amount to your taste.

Water Temperature

Do not use boiling water. Boiling water will scald the leaves and give the tea a bitter flavour.

Use water at about 80 to 85 degrees for White teas.

The easiest way to do this is to add 20% cold water to the pot or cup, top up with boiling water so the temperature is correct, and then add the infuser with the leaves.

Pearls – JDP – Buddha Tears

Fill a tea glass with hot water (75 to 80 deg C). The easiest way to do this is to add 20% cold water to the pot or cup and top up with boiling water.

Add 2 to 3 pearls for each 200 ml cup.

Brew for 3 to 4 minutes. The pearls can be brewed three or four times.

Vary the number of pearls and brew time to vary the taste.

Artistic Tea – Tea Blossoms

Each artistic tea ball will make 2 litres of tea. Make the tea in a glass container/teapot so the flowering ball can be seen as the tea steeps.

Fill a glass teapot or carafe with hot water (80 to 90 deg C). The easiest way to do this is to add 15% cold water to the pot or cup and top up with boiling water so the temperature is correct.

Place 1 flavoured tea blossom into the water.

Brew for couple of minutes, until the leaves of the ball have unfurled and the natural dried flower blossoms opens in the cup.

These teas can also be re-infused a number of times.

Organic Herbs and Natural Fruit Blends

Measeure the Herb or Fruit

Generally use 1 heaped teaspoon per 400 ml or 2 cups.

You can vary the amount to suit your taste. The more herb or fruit, the stronger the flavour.

Use a large infuser for the herbs, as the leaves and flowers need room to expand.

Water Temperature

Use boiling water for herb and fruit blends.

Brew Times

Herb and Fruit Blends can be brewed for 5 to 10 minutes or more. Choose a time to suit your taste. Longer brewing times will give a stronger flavour.

Remove the infuser and leaves from the pot or cup and serve. Refrigerate any remaining brew for a delicious cold drink – see Iced Teas

Iced Teas

Many of our premium quality loose leaf teas and herbs can be served iced to make a sumptuously delicious and refreshing summer drink. Iced Fruit teas are a wonderful natural alternative to soft drink or cordial especially for children.

The stronger flavoured fruit drinks, such as Berry Bonanza and Lemon & Ginger Energiser are beautiful iced.

Some flavoured black and green teas, such as Raspberry Tea, Quilters Cuppa, French Earl Grey, Mango Black and Tropical Green Tea make more subtle refreshing drinks.

Add fresh mint, mango, peach, lemongrass, lime slices or ginger where appropriate, to enhance the flavour.

Measure the Tea

It is usual to use 1 full teaspoon per 200 ml cup. Adjust the amount to your taste.

Water Temperature

Do not use boiling water. Boiling water will scald the leaves and the qualities which give oolong tea its flavour.

Use water at about 80 to 90 degrees Centigrade.

The easiest way to do this is to add approximately 20% cold water to the pot or cup, top up with boiling water so the temperature is correct, and then add the infuser with the leaves.

Brew Times

½ to 2 minutes.

These brew times can be varied.

Oolong tea leaves can be re-infused up to three times. Not all teas will take three or more brews, so re-infuse until the tea no longer suits your taste.

The first serve highlights the aroma. The second brew will strengthen the flavour. The third brew will taste sweeter, with a stronger flavour

- Tea Health & Happiness -

People have been aware of the health benefits of drinking tea ever since that first cup was brewed 4,700 years ago in China. With no sodium, fat or sugar, tea is virtually calorie free.

For nearly as long as this ancient beverage has been consumed, there have been many and varied claims regarding the health benefits bestowed on drinkers.These claims range from a general purification of the body and cures for various ailments such as tumors, atherosclerosis, liver disease and abscesses, to the maintenance of mental health.During these years, it had been generally accepted that the consumption of tea is good for you; however, there had been a lack of any significant studies to prove its effectiveness.

In more recent times, considerable scientific research has been undertaken on how tea consumption reduces the likelihood of illness and promotes good health.It is thought the important antioxidants found in both black and green tea contribute substantially to the prevention of chronic disease. The antioxidants help to maintain healthy cells and tissues. Antioxidants are widely found in fruits and vegetables, as well as red wine. The good news is that tea has greater antioxidant activity than red wine, and adding milk does not diminish the effectiveness of the antioxidants.Numerous reputable scientific studies have determined that tea consumption has a multitude of health benefits. Tea consumption may:

Reduce the risk of stroke; Protect against a range of cancers; Promote cardiovascular health; Boost the immune system; Aid with depression; Promote fat loss by increasing the metabolism; Develop higher bone density and Lower stress levels

If that is not enough, it has been shown that tea drinkers are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and also have lower cholesterol and blood pressure.To get the most health benefits out of your teas, choose high quality loose leaf teas like those available at World Par-TEA. Brew it up and enjoy.Don’t wait any longer! Sip, savour, be happy, and fight disease today. It’s never too late to enjoy the many health benefits of tea!

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