Northstar Tea Co.
Our teas are always hand-blended, in small batches to ensure optimum freshness!
Tea Brewing Guide
Even the best tea can be spoiled by incorrect brewing, here's some tips on how to brew the perfect cup...
Always start with fresh cold water to brew any tea.
We recommend you use one rounded tsp. of tea per cup.
If you like your tea strong, it's better to add more tea than to increase the steeping times - overbrewing will not make a better cup - it will however bring out the bitterness.
How long to brew?
Most black teas can be brewed using boiling water and steeping for approximately 3 - 5 minutes with very good results.
For both green and white teas, boil the water and let the water sit for two minutes before adding to the tea. Or heat the water just to the stage where it begins to form multiple strings of bubbles that rise to the surface of the water. Even better still use a thermometer to heat the water to 75 degrees celsius. Both green and white teas also require a shorter steeping time, so for green tea blends and white tea blends we suggest steeping for no more than 1 - 2 minutes. Using water that is too hot will damage green and white teas leaves and the tea will be bitter.
Tisanes or herbal teas, which do not contain any real tea leaves require boiling water with a minimum 5 minute steeping time - longer is better - and many can take up to 10 minutes to reach the peak of flavor.
Most of our teas can be re-brewed for a second cup. As a general rule, when brewing your tea for the second cup increase the steeping time by 1 - 2 mins. You may notice subtle changes in the flavour and colour with your second cup - depending on the ingredients.