Good tea making begins with good quality water and having proper steeping time. With the NESCO Real Tea tea maker, you only need to provide the water and the appliance does the rest. As you experiment with different teas, you will figure out which teas you prefer to brew stronger and which teas taste better brewed weaker.
Gernerally, 1-1/2 teaspoons of loose leaf tea per 10 oz. cup - this formula will vary for gourmet teas. Serving size is more of an art than of science. Experiment until you find the perfect amount for your personal taste.
Tea will expand 2 to 5 times in size after absorbing water, do not overfill filter chamber. High quality teas can be steeped longer, add one minute of steeping for each steep.
TEA STORAGE: Store teas in tightly sealed container and in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and strong odors. Never refrigerate tea or store near spices as flavor and odors may transfer to your tea. Metal containers work best when placed in cupboard or pantry.
Recommended times for the perfect cup of tea:
BLACK: Black tea is the most familiar tea type to North Americans and Europeans. Earl Grey, English Breakfast and orange Pekoe are all black teas. Black teas pair nicely with dairy and sweetener. Good black tea can usually be steeped longer, which explains why they usually contain highter amounts of caffiene.
GREEN: Green tea is best known for its grassy vegetal notes and greenish liquor and leaves. Green tea has minimal processing, protecting valuable antioxidants. Green teas must be steeped more carefully, as they can become bitter if steeped too long.
HERBAL/FRUIT: Herbal/Fruity teas by definition are not really teas they are made of herbs, flowers, berries, spices, roots, fruits or other flora sources. These types of teas are generally caffiene free.
OOLONG: Oolong teas are another healthy variety of tea and similar to Green teas. They are full bodied with a sweet aroma and low in caffiene.
WHITE: White teas are the least processed and contain only the buds and very young leaves of the plant. As a result, they are more rare and expensive. They have a delicate taste and health profile as green teas.