Northstar Tea Co.

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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 for most of our teas. Steeping times are suggested - but you know best how you enjoy your cup! Adjust quantities and steeping times according to your tastes. 

If you like your tea strong, it's generally better to add more tea than to increase the steeping times - over-steeping will not make a better cup - it can however bring out 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, using water that is too hot will damage green and white teas leaves and the tea will taste bitter. Heat the water just to the stage where it begins to form multiple strings of bubbles that rise to the surface of the water. We like to use a thermometer to heat the water to 75 degrees celsius, or a kettle that heats water to a specific temperature. If you do boil the water, let it water sit for two minutes to cool, before adding to the tea. 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. 


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.


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