A CUP OF HOT TEA (POUR OVER)
1. Bring 12 oz or 1.5 cups of water to a boil.
2. While the water is heating, place 1 flat teaspoon of tea in a heat safe measuring cup.
3. Pour the water into the measuring cup with the tea and let it steep for the time specified on the bag.
If you are preparing a green tea based blend, you’ll want to cool the water down to about 180 degrees before pouring it over the tea. Adding a little cold water to it should work just fine, or you can wait for it to cool down and use a thermometer. This will keep the green tea from tasting too bitter.
Brewing times on the bag are what we use when brewing our tea because we like how they turn out, but experiment and adjust to suit your tastes!
4. After the steeping is finished, pour through a straining device (hand strainer, tea shirt, etc..) into your mug or cup.
5. Sweeten as desired, but as a general rule of thumb, a lightly sweetened cup of tea is about 1 teaspoon of sugar, and a more southern sweet hot tea would be about a tablespoon. Follow your taste preferences!
Alternative: If you have are using a tea ball, put the 1 teaspoon of tea into the tea ball, fasten and place in the mug you plan on drinking out of. Pour in the boiling water and steep for the proper time, then simply remove the tea ball. We like and recommend the previously outlined method because the tea gets full immersion without restriction in the water for the full length of steeping. We have found this tends toward a fuller bodied cup of tea. However, tea balls and other contained strainers are a convenient alternative.